I know that getting a consistent 10,000 steps per day is not really likely to happen in my life at the moment. I walk a lot, but I just stand still for even longer and standing is exhausting in itself. So, when I first started using the SHealth app on my phone, I counted my steps for a couple of days and then added a couple hundred more to push me a bit harder. The total I came up with for the day was 8,200. And, over the first year and a half that I used the app, I got so that having an average of 8,200 steps per day for an entire month got to be pretty easy. I didn’t necessarily make it every day, but I did more days than not, and was able to make up the excess so that I got the average nearly every month.
Then May 2016 happened.
I got off to a kind of weak start because May 1 was a Sunday and I generally don’t work Sundays. Alex and I went to see a movie and then walked for about 20 minutes, which works out to about 2,000 steps. So that’s an average of 2,000 steps per day for the month of May. Then I was off on May 4 and didn’t get an early enough start to do much walking. By the time I got my act together, it was starting to get too warm to walk. On May 7, I worked the municipal election, so I didn’t get my full steps that day, either. Then I came down with some kind of virus on May 16. For the next week, it took a Herculean effort to even hit my goal for the day, much less start on the shortage.
So now it’s about bedtime on May 25 and I only have six days left in the month. I also am still 47,000 steps short for the month, which means that I need to average 7,800 steps per day for the next six days. Two of these days are my days off, though. If I don’t do any walking on either of those days, I need 12,000 steps per day on the four days that I’m working.
Will I make it? If I remember to do so, I will post on June 1 and let you know.