That’s the percentage I achieved over my goal of 930,000 steps during the past 93 days. With just over 11,000 steps on the last day of summer, I walked a total of 966,975 steps beginning June 21 through September 21.
When I set the goal to walk 10,000 steps everyday, I did it without really knowing a) if I could do it or b) if I would do it. Because summer is my favorite season, I did find it easy to spend time walking outside in my neighborhood to track my steps. I found a routine quickly. After a few weeks, I had to change things up because as I got more stamina, I was able to walk faster and wanted to walk longer distances. I answered the silent objections about my ability and desire. The highest amount of steps I walked on a single day was 20,137 one Saturday in early September. There were a couple of days when I walked less than 1,000 steps–usually a weekend day when I practiced being a couch potato with my shih tzus.
12 things I enjoyed during my summer walks
- The gorgeous sunsets; there were too many to count.
- A rainbow I noticed at the halfway point of one of my walks. I took a picture and then began to walk back home. I turned around to get another glimpse and it was gone.
- The day my husband said he was proud of me for sticking to my goal.
- The days I walked when I didn’t want to were especially memorable and long because I always looked at my Fitbit multiple times, asking myself, “Am I there yet?”
- The deer that saw me at dusk.
- The roses and statue I found in a garden during a short walk in downtown Chicago.
- The morning I walked all over campus looking for cupolas.
- Birds chirping in the morning and crickets chirping at night.
- The mother I saw many evenings strolling with her young daughter. Sometimes I saw her push her daughter in the stroller and other times I would see the daughter pushing the stroller on her own.
- Walking to the beat of Exercise Machine Radio on Pandora; even in the rain.
- The full moon shining through my window the night of my birthday.
- Seeing a father and daughter play together while watering their plot at Westside Community Gardens
What I learned this summer
- Every step, even the ones I didn’t want to take, was a step in the right direction. I was able to spend more time than I can remember as an adult outdoors during my most favorite time of the year.
- I increased my stamina and endurance.
- Most importantly, I set a goal, stayed committed to it, and exceeded my expectations.
Though it is not my favorite season, I definitely prefer fall to winter. One of the reasons is, of course, the colors. As an eclectic person, I understand the leaves. Just as some deciduous trees have their many colors covered by chlorophyll until the weather turns cooler, I have several dimensions as well. As varied as those natural earth tones can become, my preferences and pastimes are also wide-ranging and diverse. My fall project will be to find breathtaking representations of the season I like second best and choose one standout every week. I’m anxious to see what story my photo essay will tell. Until winter solstice…