Congratulations to ca..firstname.lastname@example.org for winning the giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered ~ I so wish I could give one to all of you and loved reading your birthday stories.
Y’all might just think I’m nuts, but yesterday I turned forty (O.U.C.H.) and decided to celebrate by walking 40,000 steps using my Fitbit.
To be clear, that’s exactly 19.45 miles.
More than I moved the day that I ran a half marathon a few years ago.
I woke up yesterday at 4:50 AM (I’ve done that part for years ~ it’s what I have to do to force myself to exercise because otherwise I’d be a jillion pounds . . .), and set off to do my normal 10,000 step walk/run bright and early. (Mostly so I could enjoy my birthday without worrying about calories!)
For a few months I’ve been trying to hit somewhere between 15,000 – 20,000 steps at least on weekdays, so that part wasn’t all that new to me.
But as I was walking it occurred to me that I might just try being a little ridiculous and hitting a 40,000 mark goal to celebrate turning 40. Truthfully I’ve been a little sad about turning 40 ~ if I’m being honest, really a little more sad about turning 40 and still in the process of just getting to know people in Ohio so I didn’t have folks to celebrate with besides my family.
(People have been so sweet to me here, but working from home full time and keeping up with my family makes it hard to really get to know people all that often, which I thinks is true for work-at-home folks no matter where they are!)
But it dawned on me that I could turn my wee bit of sad into glad. I am glad because God has given me two strong (albeit pudgy!) legs to walk on every day. I can walk wherever I want, whenever I want, and for some that alone is an incredible gift.
So I did the math, and realized that if I walked 3,000 steps every hour throughout the day I’d be pretty close to my goal by nighttime.
Every hour on the hour, I hopped up from my computer, turned on my favorite podcasts (right now I’m listening to a lot of Michael Hyatt and Chalene Johnson), and “walk/jogged” up and down our hallway upstairs to reach those 3,000 steps.
I ended up averaging 3,000 steps in a little over twenty minutes each hour. Because I’ve had a huge bout with plantar fascitis since running my half a year and a half ago, I wore my favorite Adidas Adissage sandals throughout the day. (These sandals have helped my feet a ton ~ I highly recommend them if you struggle with constant heel pain!)
Then I asked my sweet husband and kids to head to the mall with me after dinner last night, and we walked until I hit my 40,000 steps ~ then celebrated with a Cinnabon. (I haven’t had one in years and it sounded so good – honestly now though I think our homemade Cinnabons are way better, and my kids agree but it was still a fun treat!)
So, I made it! As a person who’s glued way too closely to her computer throughout the day I’ve loved the motivation of my Fitbit (and especially Fitbit groups), to really encourage me to get up and move around a bit more throughout the day.
I’d love for one of you to have that motivation too, so decided to celebrate we should do a giveaway! I’m giving away one Fitbit HR (the same one I have which is also on sale right now at Ebay) to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter to win:
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The giveaway will close 11/19/15 at 9:00 PM, so be sure to enter to win ~ good luck!
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