In the last 2 months I've come to see just how externally motivated I am. It's sad really. And maybe just a little pathetic.
Two months ago my husband bought us each a pedometer. Since then I've been known to clip it on my belt BEFORE my feet hit the floor in the morning so I can record every possible step. I also find myself willing to walk a little further into the kids' rooms to put away a toy instead of just dropping it at the door for them to put away - all for the sake of recording a few more steps.
See? I told you it's really sad.
Omron Premium Pedometer, in case you're interested) record number of steps and distance walked (the manual gives a formula for how to configure this) in a day. On a typical day, WITHOUT EVER LEAVING MY HOUSE, I walk about a mile. Wow! That's a lot of back and forth down my short hallway!!
So, on one hand wearing the pedometer has made me feel better about how much I move. I can see that I'm not just sitting on the couch all day. But, on the other hand, wearing the pedometer has made me feel that how much I move isn't enough. I want big numbers on that little gadget! And for that I have to walk. And walk. And walk.
And Heaven help me if I forget my pedometer at home!! I did that once when I went to the grocery store. I was sick about. Just sick!
I guess you could say I love my pedometer. I wear it everywhere - even to church.
Interested in its features? Clips to my waist. Records steps, aerobic steps, calories burned and distance for 7 consecutive days. Also has a clock, which is great since I don't wear a watch. And seems pretty sturdy (mine has survived been dropped a couple of times).
Anybody want to join me in a little external motivation to walk more? I'm available for a friendly pedometer competition. Just name the start date!
Disclosure: No goods, services or compensation of any kind were given for this blog post. My husband researched pedometers several weeks and decided this one was the best on the market for our budget.