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 haven’t heard, 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 was reminded of this 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. 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. I made small changes here and there, and over the course of the six or seven months, I lost almost 20 lbs (9.07 kg). It was a painstakingly slow process, but it was a successful one. Yay me!

In those weeks on vacation before my birthday though, I’d managed to revert to many of my old, bad habits and quickly regained 5 (2.26 kg) of the almost 20 lbs (9.07 kg) I’d worked so hard to lose. My clothes were already feeling tighter and I realized that if I didn’t do something to get myself back on track soon, I’d find myself right back where I started. It occurred to me that challenging myself to walk 15,000 steps a day could be the first step towards getting back on the weight-loss-wagon. I decided that day that 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.

Then, 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. Frankly, 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 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! In the book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, he explains that sometimes, all it takes is changing one habit to change your life. This challenge could change yours; I hope it changes mine.

Current step total: 4,156