A couple weeks ago, we decided to take on a 30 day “Fitbit” challenge at Thought Ensemble.  We thought it would be a fun way to stay connected and encourage everyone to stay active during our crazy season.  I have to say, I’ve been very surprised by the change it has made to my lifestyle (and our family’s as a result!).
I haven’t been inclined to take on any major workout goals lately since I’m still nursing a four month old.  I’m not going to mess with that 500 calorie a day burn to try to fit in more workouts; I can only handle so much right now.
But, I thought the team building would be a fun challenge and I was curious about the phenomenon of these little contraptions on people’s wrists.  My colleague John, who is our Fitbit challenge coach, asked us all to set a daily goal.  I stuck with the “recommendation”, which I figured was possibly on the low end, but all things considered, something reasonable for me to take on right now.  So I’m committed to 10,000 steps a day, which is just under 5 miles.  This is an easy goal to reach if you actually go exercise, but it is very hard to achieve sitting at a desk all day.
I’m 8 days in and have hit the goal every day, often just a couple steps over as I pace back and forth in my bedroom getting my last steps in before bed.  I love the simple lifestyle changes it has encouraged.  I take more calls while pacing outside.  I’ve had meetings walking around the park.  I get out for an evening stroll with the kids after dinner.  It is a great balance to working from home!