Can I Stop Now

So I’ve walked at least 10,000 steps for 8 days. On average it has been 10,400 steps per day or about 4.24 miles per day. I tell you this because, with this much time and effort, I might actually have arrived somewhere, but no, I have been walking inside my house – mostly. It’s either a testament to my tenacity or my stupidity that I’ve set upon this as the thing I can and will do each day, but here it is. And here is what I’ve discovered:

1. It takes a long time to walk 10,500 steps when you are doing that exclusively. If you go to the supermarket, you can knock off about 3,500 steps without any effort. Those same 3,500 steps inside your house take some time.

2. I am ridiculously delighted when I reach my 10,500 step goal each day. I take a screen shot and I plan to make it into a collage of success. Seriously. My kids are actually supportive of this, although they say that having me pacing around the house if making them jittery. It told them to join me.

3. My glucose levels are lower and my estimated average A1C is down one point. I’m not sure this is real – could just be a matter of when I’m testing – but I’m keeping the testing times constant to see over the next week.

4. Steps taken while dancing count. When no one is home, I crank up the volume and go for it. (Poker Face is an especially good one.)

5. Listening to an audiobook is a great way to listen and take care of my health. I got a Great Courses book from audible.com. They have them on a bunch of topics. I’ve listened to several in my car, and listening while I’m walking is just as good. In fact, it’s turned my walking into a treat and break from my day.

Still. When that counter hits 10,500 steps, I am so ready to stop!

There is one other thing, as long as I’m telling you about this in the first place… When I set my goal at 6,000 steps – rather than 3,500 or 5,000 – it made it so much more likely I’d go to 8,000. Setting it at 8,000 was too much. Setting it at 6,000 was a stretch but attainable. Then once I got to 6,000, to go to 8,000 seemed like it couldn’t be that much more difficult. And going from 8,000 to 10,000 was like, “why not?”. And then to get to 10,500, so that the total for the week was 73,500, which seemed like a good number, was just a given.

My next goal – although not quite yet? 11,500 steps a day. That way, it’s like I had an extra day in there.

I’m determined to kick this Type 2 Diabetes’ butt. If this is one way to do it, I’m in!

~Mia

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