They say you should walk 10,000 steps per day to stay healthy. Seeing as I work a desk job, I was certain I wasn’t walking anywhere near that much most days. I’m not a gym rat and don’t play sports. Just isn’t my thing. Nonetheless, I still want to be healthy especially after my last visit to the dentist. I am committed to improving my health.
My employer is hosting a fitness challenge next week. Basically we form teams and everyone wears a pedometer. The team that clocks the most steps wins the challenge and a cash prize. Normally, the introvert in me shy’s away from these activities. Too much pressure! However, my supervisor signed up to be a team captain and she needed more people to join her team.. Brownie points anyone?
I bought a pedometer at Target and wanted to test the thing out before the challenge started. I know these challenges are really just supposed to be for fun, but they stress me out. I don’t want to be the person with the fewest number of steps and hold the team back! The brownie points better be worth it.
What I Discovered
Much to my surprise, I clocked nearly 8,000 steps on both Monday and Tuesday. I’m doing much better than I originally thought. It shouldn’t be too hard to incorporate 2,000 more steps into my day. Not bad for someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle. That’s a win in my book.
The discovery got me thinking. I tend to be very critical of myself. For example, I assumed that I only walked like 1,000 steps a day and was failing miserably at staying active. Turns out I’m doing a lot better than that. Yes, there’s definitely room for improvement, but I wasn’t giving myself any credit for the exercise I was getting. Finances are no exception to my critical self. I’m working on improving my finances. There’s no doubt that I’ve made mistakes with my money. I’ve purchased things I don’t need, spent too much money on eating out, and haven’t budget in the past.
But maybe I’m not doing so terribly? For some reason, I often fail to recognize my own victories. While I’ve made many mistakes, I’ve had many victories along the way in improving my finances. For example, I raised my salary more than 15% in 1.5 years. I invested in the stock market and have made out pretty well. I also learned how to budget successfully and save for retirement.
One Step at a Time
Improving your finances and/or health is a lot of work. You likely won’t see results overnight. Sometimes we beat ourselves up and focus on all the mistakes we’ve made in the past. Stop doing that! You are only hurting yourself. It may be hard to know where to start and how to measure success. After starting this pedometer challenge, my advice is to simply focus on taking one step at a time. The road may be daunting but just keep at it. One step at a time.
I haven’t reached my goal of 10,000 steps a day just yet. When I first signed up for the challenge, I was skeptical about being able to keep up and succeed. After giving my pedometer a try, I realized I will reach my goal of 10K steps by making a few small adjustments to my schedule. The same thing can be said for my finances. I haven’t paid off my student loans yet and certainly haven’t reached financial independence, but we will reach these goals one day. It’s all about taking the journey one step at a time. Keep calm and walk on.
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