Fitbit VII – Week 11

A decent pandemic week, though still quite shy of my goal.  Things got off to a good start on Sunday, as a trip in to Chicago to celebrate birthdays with Val and Daryl put me over 7500 steps.  Monday and Tuesday were slight disappointments, as I finished over 7000 and 7100 steps respectively, but couldn’t get those few additional steps to put me over goal.  Things fell off on Wednesday, as I dropped down to 4000 steps due to meeting after meeting after meeting.  Thursday saw a bit of a bounce back, thanks to the White Sox home opener and my triumphant return to Guaranteed Rate Field, leaving me with 6400 steps.  Friday was a little worse, with only 4800 steps.  A rainout on Saturday kept me home all day, which left me only 3 steps shy of 2400.

Total steps: 39,524

Daily average: 5646.3

Fitbit VII – Week 10

The final week of the March Madness Step Challenge fell short of my weekly goal, as I fell off as the week went on.  The week got off to a good start on Sunday, as I picked up 8900 steps.  Monday I fell off a bit, going down to 6200 steps.  Tuesday fell even more, as I just managed to surpass 4900 steps.  Wednesday was easily the worst day of the week, as I finished with only 2200 steps, my lowest total since early February.  Thursday bounced back a bit, rising up to 4100 steps.  Friday was down again, dropping back to 3600 steps.  Saturday saw a nice bounce back, with 5500 steps, thanks to an afternoon trip to the local Jewel.

Total steps: 35,756

Daily average: 5108

Fitbit VII – Week 9

The second week of the March Madness Step Challenge puts me over goal for the second consecutive week, the first time I’ve managed that since early August.  The week got off to a good start on Sunday, as I picked up 7800 steps.  Monday I managed to garner my first 10,000 step day since my August trip to the zoo with Danny, finishing over 10,300 as I ventured out to a not-so-local CVS to get my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.  Tuesday fell back down to 8100 steps, which I guess is still acceptable.  Wednesday finished with only 6300 steps.  Thursday bounced back, rising up to 7700 steps.  Friday was nearly as good, with over 7500 steps.  Saturday was the down day of the week, with only 4700 steps.

Total steps: 52,716

Daily average: 7530.9

Fitbit VII – Week 8

As we kick off our second year of working remotely, a little good news as, thanks to a March Madness step challenge at work, I managed to finish the week over goal for the first time since early August.  The week got off to a good start on Sunday, where I managed to pick up 9100 steps, my highest single day total since my vacation to Michigan in early September.  Monday fell off, coming in 7 steps shy of 5800 as the weather turned bad.  Tuesday bounced back, as I managed to get back over goal with 7600 steps.  Wednesday went back down again, but to a still respectable 6,666 steps.  Thursday saw another big increase, jumping all the way up to 9100 steps.  Friday was a bit of an adventure, as I drove down to Purdue to pick up Danny before heading to Indianapolis to see Purdue disappoint in the NCAA Tournament, ending up with 9600 steps, although I think I lost a few along the way as I relived the 11 PM hour thanks to the time change between EDT and CDT.  Saturday, despite being sore as all get-out from Friday, I still managed to get 7500 steps.

Total steps: 55,581

Daily average: 7940.1

Fitbit VII – Week 7

We wrap up a full year of pandemic-induced working from home with a pretty decent week, my best weekly total since I went to Michigan in September.  Spring-like weather helped me get the week off to a good start on Sunday, as I took an afternoon walk to listen to the White Sox game on the radio and finished 10 steps shy of 7700, my first day over goal in over a month.  I managed to better my performance on Monday, racking up over 7900 steps and finishing over goal two days in a row for the first time since early November.  Tuesday was yet another winner, with 7800 steps, giving me 3 straight days over goal for the first time since that September trip to Michigan.  Things fell apart a bit on Wednesday, where meetings kept me chained to my desk all day and left me with only 3200 steps.  Thursday saw a decent bounce back, as I was able to get back up to 5900 steps.  Friday saw another slight decline, coming 17 steps shy of 5300.  Saturday saw a nice improvement, despite the spring-like weather starting to fade, finishing over 6000 steps.

Total steps: 43,992

Daily average: 6284.6

Fitbit VII – Week 6

A pretty decent week, all things considered, as I put up my highest total since the first week of January.  Things got off to a decent-enough start on Sunday, as the weather was nice enough for a short walk, which led to over 5400.  Monday fell down a bit, both in weather and in steps, coming in at 4000 steps.  Tuesday saw a slight improvement, moving up to 4200 steps.  Wednesday was another decent enough day, going all the way back up to 5300 steps.  Thursday was just a little bit worse, coming in with 5000 steps.  Friday was easily the low point of the week, as leftovers for lunch and the season finale of WandaVision left me with only 3000 steps.  Saturday was the high point of the week, thanks to a trip to Mariano’s, ending up with 5600 steps.

Total steps: 32,698

Daily average: 4671.1

Fitbit VII – Week 5

A big drop down in steps from last week, despite the temperature finally starting to break in a good way.  Things got off to a decent-enough start on Sunday, falling 1 step shy of 4300.  Monday was almost the same, coming in just 4 steps short of 4200.  Tuesday fell off a cliff, as a busy day of meetings left me with only 2400 steps.  Wednesday bounced back a bit, going all the way back up to 3800 steps.  Thursday was another busy meeting day, coming in with the low total of the week with only 2200 steps.  Friday saw another improvement, going up to 3700 steps.  Saturday saw the best weather of 2021 so far, and an afternoon walk helped to propel me to the week’s best day, with more than 6100 steps.

Total steps: 26,852

Daily average: 3836

Fitbit VII – Week 4

A nice increase from last week, in steps if not in temperature, as winter continued showing its ugly side for the second straight week.  Things got off to a decent-enough start on Sunday, as I managed 4100 steps.  Monday saw an increase, thanks to yet another round of snow, which put me up to 6300 steps.  Tuesday saw even more snow, which boosted me back up a bit more, with over 6600 steps.  Wednesday saw the snow taper of, so the lack of snowblowing saw my steps taper off as well, falling 19 steps shy of 4000.  Thursday saw a further decrease, falling to 3700 steps.  Friday, despite being a day off of work, was the low point of the week, with only 3400 steps as I spent a couple of hours in the Tesla waiting room.  Saturday bounced back up a bit, coming in with 3600 steps.

Total steps: 31,947

Daily average: 4563.9

And I Would Walk 15,000,000 More

A little more than 4 years ago, in January of 2017, I crossed the 5,000,000 step mark while using a Fitbit.  Less than 2 years later, on October 21, 2018, I surpassed 10,000,000 steps.  Thanks in part to the ongoing global pandemic, it took me 2+ years to reach 15,000,000, which I did earlier today.

All told, I’ve amassed over 21.5 million steps in a little over 6 1/12 years since I started tracking my steps.  Not bad, but could be better.  Hopefully things get back on track once the pandemic winds down.

Fitbit VII – Week 3

A big drop down from last week, both in steps and in temperature, as winter showed its ugly side for the first time this season.  Things got off to a decent-enough start on Sunday, as I ignored the Super Bowl and came just 26 steps shy of 3900.  Monday was not quite as prolific, finishing with only 2500 steps.  Tuesday bounced back a bit, falling 31 steps shy of 3800.  Wednesday was the low point of the week, finishing a mere 3 steps lower than Monday’s total.  Things improved slightly on Thursday, which left me with 2700 steps.  Friday saw another improvement, going up to 3200 steps.  Saturday’s snowfall led to the best day of the week, with more than 5800 steps thanks to snow removal activities.

Total steps: 24,451

Daily average: 3493