A Bit of a Slow Start to One Million, But Confident

Last week, I decided to challenge myself to hit one million steps in 80 days. That comes out to 12,500 steps per day, which is quite a bit for a desk jockey. And although I had a bit of a slow start, I’m still confident I can hit my goal.

Yesterday, I decided to take things a bit more seriously, especially since I haven’t had the most stellar performance with completing challenges as of late.

Luckily, I set up a few new things to help me reach my step goals.

Yep, Doing Some More Case Studies in a Spreadsheet

I created a new page for burning calories through physical activities. As such, I am in need of some data again. I’m essentially starting this one completely from scratch.

The idea is to record how much I can burn during certain activities and to show the results. I know that everyone will burn calories at a different pace depending on a slew of factors. But perhaps the data can help someone decide which activities are best for them for weight loss.

The best part is that setting up a spreadsheet like this is my cup of tea. I love collecting data. As I’ve said before, I should have been a scientist.

At any rate, curiosity is pretty much driving this thing forward. For example, I have a pretty good idea about how many calories I can burn taking a hot, 5-minute shower while actively cleaning myself.

The fun you can have with a Fitbit.

The point is that these case studies on myself help keep me motivated and focused while increasing my step count. Take today, for instance. I’ve been keeping track of how much I can burn with 15-minute walks around in the backyard.

Since you can burn calories doing just about any activity, I’m going to geek out a bit and record them all. Well, maybe not all. Some things are probably better left being a secret.

Data for Upcoming Articles

Not only is the data useful for that new page, but it’ll also help me write some upcoming posts. I have a few ideas for walking and running as well as some exercises planned out.

Unlike other people, though, I need to know precisely what I can do instead of just assuming and going off calorie burn “calculators.” Not everyone will burn at the same rate.

Anyway, I find it fascinating to see what activities can elevate the heart while helping to rack up some steps even though the activity isn’t actually based on walking.

For instance, at one point, my heart rate jumped high enough in the shower to record as “cardio activity” by the Fitbit. This was while I was washing my hair; get your mind out of the gutter.

In the end, I’m sure I’ll find all kinds of things to write about thanks to the data I’m recording.

Staying Motivated on the Weekends is HARD

One thing I’d like to point out is how staying motivated during the weekend is most difficult for me. Especially given how much I try to handle throughout the week.

There are days when all I want to do is veg out on my bean bag chair in the living room with Netflix.

Nonetheless, I’ve been able to squirrel a bit of time here and there to get in a couple of thousand steps. I just need to get back into the habit of what I was doing while living in Westminster.

Back then, I was walking around the backyard five or six times every day. Then, when I lived in the hotel for a month and a half, I did laps in the parking lot quite often.

Of course, that was at the height of COVID and really didn’t have much else to do. With everything closed, it was either walk or sit and watch YouTube in the hotel room all day.

Well, outside of work, that is.

Anyway, even though the motivation levels are pretty low, I still managed to get somewhat back on track yesterday. So, hopefully, that is a good sign of what’s to come.

15 Minutes at a Time

In reality, I can hit one million steps still as long as I take it 15 minutes at a time. This is the most ideal because my day is pretty full, and taking a walking break helps me keep my sanity.

Even at the gym, I’ve added a 15-minute, 3.6 mph treadmill walk at the end.

Yeah, this first week kind of sucked for numbers. But I’m still confident I can hit one million in 80 days without sacrificing parts of my day. For someone who is as busy as I am, it’s not impossible.

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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