OK, perhaps saved my life is a teensy weensy melodramatic. Forgive me but I have a toddler and everything is melodramatic around here. However, I will admit the Omron Pedometer 10,000 Steps a day for 30 days challenge changed me. The Omron Pedometer is a strapless heart rate monitor and so much more.
First of all, it was pretty darn easy to get started. I began by pressing buttons before I read the instructions. When you first turn it on it goes immediately into set up mode and I was pretty sure I screwed the pooch from the get-go but they account for idiots like me in the instructions. It was very easy to erase and begin again. I was worried about losing it. I’m very accident prone. It has a belt clip and an extra safety clip. Unfortunately the first time I tried use the safety clip it broke. I think if I could have found the other half I could have easily fixed it but I never found it. In all 30 days, I never once lost it. I did forget to put it on before a Zumba class (guaranteed 6,000 steps) and had a breakdown but otherwise it stays in the clip.
Before the challenge I could have sworn I was a very active person. I’ve done five 5Ks so far this year. I run 3 – 4 times a week. Toss in Zumba, strollercize and having a toddler, you would think I do 30,000 steps a day. I was shocked to discover in the first few days I was not in fact as active as I thought. 10,000 steps a day is roughly 4 miles with my legs. On running days I easily breeze past 10,000. The other days I would find myself walking my neighborhood at night trying to reach that faraway goal. What an eye opener!!! I endeavored to uncover every opportunity for adding in a few more steps. I parked further from any destination. If my daughter got fussy, I took her for a walk instead of my occasional backup for the fussies (Princess Sofia – don’t judge).
On one of our Fuss-Buster walks around the neighborhood.
The only major issue I had with the Omron Pedometer was when I connecting it to the computer. The Pedometer has a USB which plugs right into your computer. Which is awesome! However, I have a Mac and my hubby is a bit of a computer nerd so I have my own side of the computer. Complicated enough for you yet? Well, trust me, it puts me to sleep just thinking about it. It was quite the struggle to get the download program to work on my computer and I ended up having my husband do it for me. It worked fine two times and then I couldn’t get it to download my information again. I had to wait for my husband to fix it again. I’m sure it has to do with firewalls and administrative permission, etc. The benefit with Omron is the pedometer holds 7 days information you can easily look at but holds 22 days worth of information inside for download. This gave me plenty of time to get my husband to fix the bugs. They, also, have a help line you can call. I find it easily to wait and have my hubby do it.
Once downloaded I loved the dashboard on OmronFitness.com. It charts your steps, calories burned, mileage and more. The steps are broken down into regular steps and aerobic steps. You can input your weight to chart the change in weight and set goals for yourself. I’m a total nerd for data and the easier it is to get the data the better! I can tell you that since I started the challenge I have taken 260,666 steps, gone 102.62 miles and burned 11,978 calories. I would love to tell you the inches and weight loss but we had new floors put in the office and I have yet to get my office back in order. The slip of paper with my numbers is packed neatly in a spot where I am guaranteed not to lose it or find it. I’ll let you know as soon as I find it.
By the end of the 30 days, I am sad to see it end. The first week was eye opening to my lack of consistent physical activity. Week two was rough because I was tired. I simply wanted a day of rest but having made it over 10,000 steps every day kept me going. I didn’t want to break my streak. The third week I got deathly ill and my steps fell harshly to under 1,000 for several days. This last week has been amazing and so far today has been my highest step day yet making it over 13,000 and the day isn’t over. This challenge sparked something inside me. I love having goals to work towards. This pedometer gives me immediate feedback. I can look at it and know I better get my butt to the gym mid-afternoon if I have any hope of making it to 10,000 steps. I can tell my body is responding differently to my workouts by throwing in this mix of constant activity. I seriously would double dog dare everyone I know to try this type of challenge. Write down how many steps you think you take per day. Then clip on an Omron Pedometer and find out if you are even in the ball park. I plan to keep wearing my pedometer daily and not let this habit drop. It has changed the way I look at my day. I’m constantly looking for ways to increase my steps and be more active. The Omron Pedometer has been a positive influence for change in my life and I welcome it.