Fitbit VII – Week 25

An improvement over last week, though still well below where I want to be.  Things got off to a decent enough start on Sunday, as I finished with 4900 thanks to my first post-pandemic trip to the movie theater to see Black Widow.  Monday improved that total just a bit, up 42 steps.  Tuesday started PI Planning, so I fell back down to 3400 steps.  Wednesday was back up a bit, to 3700 steps.  Thursday was even better, as I managed to get up over 4600 steps.  Friday was my first game of the second half, which left me with the evil looking total of 6,666 steps.  A return trip to Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday put me one step over 5600.

Total steps: 33,955

Daily average: 4850.7

Fitbit VII – Week 24

A step in the wrong direction this week, as I continue to fail to get moving and have any realistic chance at meeting my goals.  Things got off to a slow start on Sunday, as I finished 9 steps over 3400.  Monday improved a bit, up to 4100.  Tuesday fell back down and was the worst day of the week, as I barely managed to pass 2000 steps.  Wednesday saw a slight improvement, as I managed to get back up to 3400 steps.  Thursday was the week’s highpoint, thanks to a trip to Wrigley Field which put me up over 6800 steps.  Friday fell off quite a bit, as I dropped down to 3200 steps.  A day of leisure on Saturday, which included a trip to the grocery store, put me back over 4500 steps.

Total steps: 27,593

Daily average: 3941.9

10 Years Of Step Tracking

10 years ago, I started a program through work that “encourages you to track your steps and help you to focus on your fitness in a simple and accessible way.”  They gave us a tracker, which attached to your shoe and used “an accelerometer to accurately calculate the number of steps, distance walked, calories burned and time of activity.”  I received that first tracker 10 years ago today.  After a little more than 3 1/2 years, the program shut down and I finished with a little more than 6.5 million steps.That same week, I ordered my first Fitbit, looking to continue tracking my steps.  Which worked out well, at least until last March when the global pandemic caused by the corona virus shut everything down.

That is a total of 22,247,266 steps over 10 years, which averages out to a little over 2.2 million steps per year and 6095 steps per day.  In the early days, this was well above my goals.  I started looking to get 2,000,000 steps in those first few years, which I had a difficult time making.  As I moved over to the Fitbit from the Global Fit tracker, I started meeting those goals and, subsequently, increasing them each year.  These last 2 years have seen some backslides, as I try to get into a sustainable rhythm while working remotely.

Along the way, I participated in some 5Ks, hiked up a mountain, and traveled the world, racking up steps along the way.  Now that the world is opening back up again, here’s hoping the next 10 years is even better.

Fitbit VII – Week 23

Another slight improvement, as things continue to move in the right direction, even if they are still well below where I want to be.  Things got off to a slow start on Sunday, as I finished 1 steps shy over 4600 thanks to Lucas Giolito bobblehead day and a double header at the old ballpark.  Monday improved a bit, up to 4700.  Tuesday fell back down, as I barely managed to pass 4400 steps.  Wednesday saw a big improvement, as I was off work and ran some errands which got me all the way up to 5700 steps.  Thursday was even better, as another trip to Guaranteed Rate Field put me up over 6500 steps.  Friday fell off quite a bit, as I dropped down to 3700 steps.  A day of leisure on Saturday put me back over 4000 steps.

Total steps: 33,839

Daily average: 4834.1

Fitbit VII – Week 22

Well, things are starting to move in the right direction again, as I passed 30,000 steps for the first time in 3 weeks.  Things got off to a slow start on Sunday, as I finished 27 steps shy of 4000.  Monday came 3 steps shy of 4600.  Tuesday fell back down, as I barely managed to pass 4000 steps.  Wednesday saw a big improvement, all the way up to 5000 steps.  Thursday fell back again, down to 4300  steps.  Friday was the best day of the week, as I earned 5800 steps thanks to a trip to Guaranteed Rate Field.  A return trip on Saturday, with plenty of rain, gave me only 5000 steps.

Total steps: 32,816

Daily average: 4688

Fitbit VII – Week 21

Another disappointing week, again in more ways than one.  Things got off to a decent enough start on Sunday, as I somehow managed to get 4600 steps.  Monday came 50 steps shy of 7000 thanks to a trip to Guaranteed Rate Field to see the White Sox lose to the Rays.  Tuesday then fell off completely, as I barely managed to pass 1700 steps.  Wednesday saw a slight improvement, all the way up to 2300 steps.  Thursday continued the long climb back up to respectability, with 3500.  Things fell apart again on Friday, as I dropped to 2700 steps despite a lunch time trip to Superdawg.  A trip to Oakbrook on Saturday to see a Sistine Chapel exhibit moved me all the way up to 4700 steps.

Total steps: 26,659

Daily average: 3808.4

Fitbit VII – Week 20

A disappointing week, in more ways than one.  Things got off to a decent enough start on Sunday, as my only baseball game of the week left me with 5000 steps.  Monday saw a decline, coming in 6 steps shy of 3400.  Tuesday was even worse, with only 2700 steps.  Wednesday was the low point of the week, with only 1400 steps.  Thursday started a climb back up to respectability, with 2900.  Friday improved again, coming 15 steps shy 3900.  Saturday saw another improvement, going up to 4700 steps.

Total steps: 24,112

Daily average: 3444.6

Fitbit VII – Week 19

A move in the right direction this week, thanks in part to multiple baseball related outings.  Things got off to a decent enough start on Sunday, as I traveled to Guaranteed Rate field and finished with 4700 steps.  I celebrated the Memorial Day holiday on Monday with a trip to Wrigley Field, which left me with 6400 steps.  Tuesday’s return trip to Wrigley Field left me over goal with 7600 steps.  Left to my own devices on Wednesday, I managed only 5200 steps.  Thursday was the lowest day of the week, but still had 4400 steps.  Friday was back over 5000 steps, thanks to a trip out with friends after work.  Saturday sent me back to the ballpark followed by a trip out for dinner, ending with 5700 steps.

Total steps: 39,311

Daily average: 5615.9

Fitbit VII – Week 18

A downturn this week, despite multiple baseball related outings.  Things got off to a decent enough start on Sunday, as I finished 21 steps shy of 5500.  Monday was a little bit better, coming in with 4700 steps.  Tuesday’s trip to Guaranteed Rate Field to see the Cardinals and the White Sox left me over goal with nearly 7900 steps.  The return trip on Wednesday afternoon put me at only 4200 steps.  Thursday fell all the way back down to 3150 steps.  Friday, with rains in the forecast all day, was even worse, finishing with only 2900 steps.  Saturday’s return trip to the south side for a double header put me at 5300 steps.

Total steps: 34,834

Daily average: 4976.3

Fitbit VII – Week 17

Things continue to trend in the right direction, as I managed to post my first 10,000 step day and my first 40,000 step week since March.  The week got off to a decent enough start on Sunday, as the final day of my 7 games in 6 days week at Guaranteed Rate Field left me 6 steps over 6000.  Monday fell off a bit, coming in 8 steps shy of 4800.  Tuesday was the low point of the week, finishing with a mere 3100 steps.  A trip to Wrigley Field after work on Wednesday put me over goal, finishing with 8300 steps.  Thursday fell back down again, with only 4200 steps.  Friday saw an increase up to 5500 steps.  Saturday’s trip to Brookfield Zoo put me 20 steps shy of 10,900.

Total steps: 42,962

Daily average: 6137.4