I may be a few days late, but I wanted to share my success with meeting my goal of 20,000 steps a day last week.
On day 7, Eric and I took the dog for a walk. We also ran a couple errands on foot that we would have otherwise done by car, so we saved a little gas while getting some exercise. It was a bit too hot out for poor Hazel. She had to take four breaks. As you can see in the pictures below, she likes to rest in shady areas near the curb.
I went to work with about 9,000 steps and easily got the rest before the end of my shift.
Getting 20,000 steps a day for seven days in a row was challenging, but doable. I took more walks than usual. I took fewer shortcuts than usual. I picked parking spaces further from the door when I went out. The nice thing about trying to get steps, as opposed to running more miles, for example, is that you can get them anywhere, in any quantity, and it adds up.
Eric has continued the challenge into this week, with 20k step days every day so far! He paces at work and walks on his lunch break every day. He also reports that he's lost weight. I, on the other hand, have gained weight, and although according to the scale it is muscle weight, as my body fat percentage has dropped at the same time, I am skeptical.
I don't know if I'll continue aiming for 20k forever, but this week taught me that I can do more than I think I can. This, if I remember right, is basically the lesson I've taken from every exercise challenge. The real challenge comes in figuring out how to balance everything. There's time to exercise, if I make that my priority, or time to write, to meditate, to make smoothies - but not enough time for everything at once. As soon as I figure out how to make more time, I'll let you know.