It’s been well over half a year since I’ve had a week above goal, and, sadly, last week was no different. Sunday got off to a somewhat decent start, compared to recent weeks, with 4500 steps, thanks in part to a trip to Lowes to check out plumbing options. I was home from work again on Monday, as the dehumidifiers were removed, which left me a step over 3600. Tuesday was the high point of the week and was still over 500 steps below goal, which is pretty sad. Wednesday managed to come in at around 6200 steps. Thursday was down to 5200 steps, while Friday bounced back up to just under 6000. Saturday came close to 2900 steps, despite heading out to look at carpet replacements.
Total steps: 35,365
Daily average: 5052.1
A horrible week, in more ways than one. I actually got off to a pretty decent start on Sunday, thanks to trips to Costco and the grocery store, which left me with over 6100 steps. I managed to surpass my daily goal on Monday by 92 steps. Tuesday, things fell apart as I came home to a ceiling leaking water from the upstairs to the downstairs and then into the basement. All of the running around trying to contain the damage left me with nearly 7100 steps. I worked from home on Wednesday to let in the salvage/cleaning crew and managed only 3200 steps. Thursday I put in half a day at work before coming home to see the destruction of the hardwood floor in the kitchen, gaining 3900 steps along the way. I was home again on Friday, which left me with only 3200 steps. Saturday was another black hole of a day, with a mere 3400 steps.
Total steps: 34,639
Daily average: 4948.4
Yet another disappointing week. Things got off to a typical slow start on Sunday, coming in a mere 1 step shy of 3000. Monday was the best day of the week, earning over 9400 steps. Tuesday and Wednesday were limited thanks to all day meetings with IBM in Schaumburg, so I pulled down 4200 and 3800 respectively. Thursday bounced back over goal, thanks in part to a post-work snowblowing session, and finished with 8300 steps. Friday was another disappointment, with 5600 steps. Saturday was its usual mess, with only 2200 steps.
Total steps: 36,689
Daily average: 5241.3
A year ago, I set a goal of 2,730,000 steps, an average of 7500 steps per day. Thanks in part to only 12 weeks where I managed to meet that combined daily goal, I fell 237,254 short of my challenge, the first time I’ve failed to surpass my yearly goal since 2014 under the old GlobalFit program. My average step total per week was 47,937.42, which comes out to about 6848.203 per day. The median weekly total was 44,710. My best week was Week 19, where trips to Baltimore and Washington DC propelled me over 105,900 steps for the week. My worst week was Week 44, where Thanksgiving left me wanting.
For the upcoming year, I’m going to keep things as is, in the hopes that I can reverse this downward trend. I am leaving my goal for steps per day at 7500, which would again bring me to a yearly total of 2,730,000 steps. Hopefully the second attempt is the one that sticks.
We kick off the 6th year of Fitbit use with yet another down week, though I continue to trend in the right direction. The week got off to a better than usual start on Sunday, with 3800 steps, thanks to my trip to the Chicago Magic Lounge the night before which kept me out past midnight. Monday managed to just slip past my old/continuing goal of 7500 steps, despite a double whammy of PI planning in the morning and a DevOps workshop in the afternoon. Tuesday was not as lucky, as I was only able to score 5600 steps. Wednesday was a nice bounce back, with 7600 steps on the nose as we wrapped up PI planning. The workshop wrapped up on Thursday, though I managed to net over 9300 steps. Friday combined a morning trip to the Tech Café with an afternoon coffee run to score 8700 steps. Saturday was another disappointment, getting only 4000 steps despite a trip to Evanston for the Purdue/Northwestern basketball game.
Total steps: 46,827
Daily average: 6689.6
We wrap up the year with yet another bad week, though things look to be trending in the right direction as I broke 40,000 steps for the first time since early November. Things, as usual, got off to a bad start on Sunday, with just over 2200 steps. Monday was the big day of the week, coming in over 9100 steps. Tuesday finished over 7600 steps, but set the tone for the rest of the week as I discovered that my furnace had given up the ghost. Wednesday, I left work early to come home in the afternoon to wait for the repairman, which left me with only 5400 steps. I repeated that same schedule on Thursday, this time waiting for the installers to arrive with the new furnace, which netted me 4900 steps. When the install took until 1:30 AM Friday morning, I took the opportunity to leave at lunch for third consecutive day, which I ended with 6100 steps. Saturday, I ventured out into the city for an exciting night at the Chicago Magic Lounge, which put me just over 5000 steps.
Oh, and I also managed to get roped into a step challenge at work, so I hope that is motivation to start moving again.
Total steps: 40,631
Weekly average: 5804.4
Another down week, which has become too much of a trend. The week got off to a slow start on Sunday, with less than 1900 steps. Monday finished just over 7700 steps, thanks to a wonderful start to the work week. Tuesday was even better, with over 8300 steps. Wednesday was a step in the wrong direction, with only 5800 steps. Thursday was a nice bounce back, coming just shy of 8500 steps. Friday was another downer, with just over 5400 steps, as an impending snow storm saw me leave work a little early. Saturday continued my weekend trend of nothingness, with just over 1500 steps, though I think I missed some due to a depleted battery on my Fitbit.
Total steps: 39,175
Daily average: 5596.4
My first full week of work in 2020 doesn’t result in much better results, as my below goal streak reaches 18 weeks. The week got off to a slow start on Sunday with just under 4600 steps, despite a trip to Champaign to watch an awful Purdue basketball game. Monday was back to work, but only managed to get 7100 steps. Things were better on Tuesday, as I managed to squeak past the 8000 step mark. Wednesday fell back down to 7600 steps. Thursday was a disappointment, coming in with just over 6000 steps. Friday was even worse, with under 3900 steps. Despite a trip out for a haircut and lunch on Saturday, I barely got over 2000 steps.
Total steps: 39,272
Daily average: 5610.3
The long holiday vacation came to an end, and while there was some signs of life, it was another disappointing week. Unseasonably warm weather on Sunday led to a nice walk around the neighborhood, which put me over 9200 steps, my first day over goal in nearly 2 1/2 weeks. Monday was back down to 2700, as I settled back in to vacation malaise. Tuesday, New Year’s Eve, improved on Monday’s total by 38 steps. Wednesday welcomed 2020 by nearly reaching 3000 steps. Thursday, I headed back to work and managed to surpass my daily goal by 61 steps. Friday, thanks to a lunch time trip to Costco and accidentally leaving my phone in the car when I got to work, I put together my first 10,000 step day since October. With that head of steam, Saturday fizzled, falling back to just over 2000 steps.
Total steps: 37,366
Daily average: 5338
My final work week of 2019 ends in disappointment, with only one single day coming in over goal. The week got off to a slow start on Sunday with just under 3700 steps, thanks in part to the long drive home from Ann Arbor, where we watched Angelina and the BU Synchro team perform. The easy last week at work did mean no afternoon coffee runs, so Monday and Tuesday both finished between 5700 and 5850 steps. Wednesday saw an improvement all the way up to 6600 steps. Thursday was the lone good day of the week, using trips around campus to pass out Christmas cards to nearly get to 7800 steps. Friday, being a day off with bad weather, put me barely over 2200 steps. Saturday was more of the same, with a vast 100 step increase.
Total steps: 34,229
Daily average: 4889.9