Day 1: What’s the 15,000 Step Challenge and why am I doing it?
Earlier this year, I read an article that claimed 15,000 steps a day was the new 10,000 steps a day. If you hadn’t already heard, taking 10,000 steps a day is recommended for general health, but upping that daily step total to 15,000 can get you well on your way to weight loss.
I remembered this tidbit when I turned 37 last month. I was visiting family for a few weeks before my birthday, and like many people, I felt the need to take a look at my life and do a self-assessment of sorts when the big day rolled around (what? You don’t do that?). I’d been gaining weight steadily since my first kid, and finally, late last year after having kid #2, I’d managed to put a stop to it – without really even trying (that hard). I just made a couple of small changes here and there, and over the course of the six or seven months, the weight came off. I lost about 20 lbs. Yeah, it was a painstakingly slow process, but it was a successful one. More importantly, I’d kept the weight off.
Until I went on vacation that is. Without noticing what I was doing, I fell right back into my old, bad habits. Suddenly, my clothes started to feel a bit snug, and I when I stepped onto my mother’s bathroom scale, I saw it: I’d already regained 5 of the almost 20 lbs I’d lost. I knew I had to do something quick to get back on track. Otherwise, I’d end up right back where I started last year. That’s when the decision was made: I would walk 15,000 steps a day every day for one year beginning on my 37th birthday and ending on my 38th birthday next year. Oh, and I would blog about it to stay motivated.
Great idea, right? I sure thought so.
Unfortunately, my birthday came and went. Life happened. I didn’t get around to starting the blog, and although I tried to walk 15,000 steps on some days, I wasn’t exactly successful. Truthfully, I forgot all about it most of the time, so it’s no surprise that almost a month later, here I am, still carrying around the weight I regained on vacation and then some.
It’s never too late to make a change though, and the best time to start is now. So, starting today, I am challenging myself to walk 15,000 steps every day for a year – and to blog about it. Wish me luck, or better yet, join me! I’ve read* that sometimes, all it takes is changing one habit to change your life. This challenge could change yours; I really hope it changes mine.
Current step total: 4,156
* The book I read this in is called, “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg. It’s a great read, I highly recommend it.