Is I stated last night, yesterday was a difficult day to get in steps. Today, I feel similar but have done better. One of my biggest barriers to success with this challenge will be progressively increasing my step count and keeping it at a higher level.
Yesterdays final step count was 8,515… This makes me proud that I have at least been able to meet my goal of 7,500 a day this week. Today makes three days in a row with 7,500+ steps. Today will probably end up 10,000+. Hooray!!
For those wondering how I will am planning to add so many extra steps to my life. The answer is lots of Munzee, Geocaching, and Flagstack. For people whom are unfamiliar with these activities they are all GPS based games that are played worldwide. All of these I have been doing off and on throughout the year. Recently much more Munzee then anything else.
Well that’s all for today… I have been doing some other reading on ways to increase steps in your day and plan to publish some links / tips this weekend.
Thanks for Reading.. Rob
I didn’t get the time to do a true post today. Now it’s midnight and I can’t sleep and have a million things going through my head. Today was a tough day to get my steps done. It was a cold day and went to the movie with my son. I ended up having to go to the gym and spend 45 minutes on the treadmill to come close to getting some minimal 7500 step count. This first month of this challenge is going to be the worst trying to get my body to step up to doing this much walking.
It has been nearly a week since I started to plan for this adventure of “6 Million Steps in 2016”. I now believe I am ready to share this Blog with Facebook, Twitter and the rest of the world. I also think I am set to start actually writing daily, and sharing a little more of my plan and story.
I have scrapped my S-Gear Health fitness tracker and purchased and linked a new Garmin Vivofit activity tracker to my phone. Re-setup my My Fitness Pal account, and linked both to my Achievement.com profile. I am planning on getting some new shoes this week and believe I am all set to start. This week I am off work and plan to try and get 7500 plus steps a day. Hopefully by doing this prep this week, and being able to make a conscious focused effort on sharing this week I will be set to gain momentum starting Friday to start 2016 strong.
Why did I pick “6 Million Steps”? Well based on my previous efforts to track steps with my Fitbit and S-Gear Health I seem to average about 3500 to 5000 steps a day when not doing a workout. According to About.com that is fairly average: “A study published in 2010 of over 1000 Americans found an average of 5117 steps overall, with men only slightly ahead of women at 5340 steps compared with 4912 steps.” This would make the average American walk just under 2 Million steps in a year. My thought was to try and truly push myself to do something “Amazing”. So given that it is 2016 I figured on “6 Million Steps in 2016”.
This breaks down to an average of 16,400 steps per day to achieve my challenge!! 300% of the normal average American!!!
MY STORY –
Well it has been a few days since I thought of this challenge for myself in 2016. It has taken me some work trying to set up this Blog. Despite being good at computers and previously having my own website for my skills are to say a little rusty and I am having issues figuring out how to create and arrange items.
Today is the official 8 month mark since my last (and final) weight loss surgery. Eight months ago today I had my previous lap band converted to a full gastric bypass. Two days later I would be in the ICU for a day after the surgeon having to go back in because of a bleed. I don’t remember anything of that entire day. I remember going into the endoscopy lab about 5 am as they were going to fix the bleed by doing an EGD (putting a scope down my throat). Apparently sometime during this procedure I woke up and tried to strangle my surgeon. After this I was rushed to the operating room as my vitals were not doing well. In the operating room I received some blood transfusions and they went in again laparoscopically to fix the issue and ended up in the ICU. I of course don’t remember any of this until waking up around 10 pm in the ICU. I spent most of the night crapping out bright red blood into bedpans and feeling like I was hit by a truck. What was supposed to be maybe 2 days in the hospital turned into seven…
This brings us to today where I have again struggled with weight loss. I started this journey just pre surgery at 423 lbs. I have been as low as 357 back a few months ago, but now I have been steady in the 365-375 range for the last 3 months despite efforts. Today I am 375.
My mind is racing with the things I need to plan and do to help me succeed. My barrier are long, but I am not going to let myself fail again at major weight loss after going through this trauma. My hope is that this challenge to journey 6 Million Steps will break me through this plateau and help lead me to finally having success in changing my life’s health / weight journey.