Okay, so it was 20,842, but who is counting?!
So I wish I had this epic tale about how I achieved this, and how I earned my Fitbit 20,000 step badge, but I really don't. I didn't go anywhere exciting... I didn't even know I was going to set out to do it. My days are set up very weird, I go to bed around 6am and wake up around 2 or 3pm. Well Fitbit doesn't understand this at all. Fitbit functions from midnight to midnight, counting that as a day. So it was Thursday night for me, technically Friday morning because it was after midnight... and I had already taken Sparky for his walk. Some of my Fitbit friends have been a little competitive with their steps, so I was trying to join in on the competitive spirit, and boy did I ever!
I turned on some music, and I danced, and walked and danced all around in my living room off and on until about 5am. Then it was bed time, I was in bed til around 3pm. I got up and nothing out of the ordinary happened. I did my best to get in some steps around the living room. Later I went shopping with my brother to 3 different stores with the intention to do a lot of walking... but I kept getting side tracked and forgetting I was meant to be walking. There was a point around 8pm where I thought, this isn't going to happen, I can't reach 20,000 by midnight. But I pressed on. We went home and were watching a movie, We're The Millers, and I decided to get up and walk back and forth while watching. Then we capped off the night with Sparky's walk... and as we were nearing home, I had done it, 20,000 steps!
Streamers didn't fall from the ceiling, my brother and Sparky didn't care... but I cared. Why? Because I have arthritis in my knees, a metal plate in my leg, and screws in my ankle. According to fitbit these steps meant I went 9.39 miles in a 24 hour period. Me! Of all people, someone with bad knees, a messed up ankle, and who weighs almost 200 pounds! Most importantly, I didn't actually believe I could do that... and that is why I am writing this today. That story was a whole lotta nothing...
But my point is that we are far more capable than we give ourselves credit for.
I would have typically said that my knees can't handle that kind of walking and that I was asking for a flare up. My right knee was slightly swollen after I hit the 20,000 steps, but after sleep and getting up today and taking it slow... stretching, and walking slowly I feel fine. I lived to tell about it. I almost let my mind hold me back from something that my body could actually accomplish. We all have limitations, there is no way I could get out and run a half marathon... in fact, with my knees, running honestly isn't an option. But on the flip side of that, I can still push myself out of my comfort zone and try just a little harder concerning things I can do. Walking is my thing... so why not walk farther? Faster? Work on improving steadily? It really felt great to push myself and accomplish something... even if no one cared, even if streamers didn't fall from the ceiling... it was my accomplishment and it made me feel like I can do anything. I am going to take that feeling of accomplishment and prove to myself that I can:
Get to my goal weight of 160 pounds in 2014.
That I can someday get 2,000 fitness minutes in a month on Spark People.
That I can do strength training and watch the muscles in my arms and legs get bigger and stronger.
That I can not only lose the weight but that I can keep it off!
Those are all things that years ago I would have told you I could never do... and now I know I can do it!
So I encourage you to find something that challenges you, but that is also a reasonable goal for you to workv towards. A lot of the magic happens just outside your comfort zone!