One of these days, I will get back on the Crockpot Monday bandwagon – recently, everything I have made in the crockpot has been beans beans beans!
Today, I am going to talk about my pedometer! (Yes, my pedometer has paint on it, so what?)
For the last couple of years, my work has been involved with a program called Virgin Health Miles. As one of our benefits, we could join this program – you pay a couple bucks a pay period, and my employer paid the rest. You got a pedometer through Virgin Health Miles, and a USB cable to connect it to your computer. Every so often, I would log onto their website, and upload my steps. You would get “points” for how many steps you took. There was one level for reaching 7000 steps per day, the next level was 12,000 steps per day, and the highest level was 20,000 steps per day. You would earn money based on how many points you got. The first level was $25, then $100, up to $300 for the very top level!
Every year, you would have an “anniversary”, where you would cycle back to the first level. The first year I was in this program, I made over $300! I LOVED it! I love walking, and on my breaks/lunches, I go out and walk in the area around my work building. It is my thinking time. Or listening to music or This American Life! Plus, it gave me a break from the stressors at work. At first, people would make fun of me for always walking on my breaks (instead of smoking like the cool people do). Then people started to join me!
However, my work decided to stop its partnership with Virgin Health Miles. I was so bummed!! They said it wasn’t worth it, and the people joining this program were ones who worked out normally anyways. The fun part was that you could create challenges with other people in the program. You could challenge a group of people to see who would walk the most steps in a month, or who got the most points in a set period of time. I am very competitive, so it was a lot of fun! Plus, it was a bonding thing with people at work revolving around fitness. I mean, I sit at a desk for 12 hours a day, so I take any opportunity I can to get up and walk around!
I wore my pedometer ALL.THE.TIME. I mean, I wore it when I was painting! I wore it to bed, to work, around the house, 24/7! I think I have a bruise on my hip bone where I would roll over on it at nightmarried in Alaska, I had it with me. I didn’t wear it with my wedding dress lol! But, on our honeymoon, somewhere in the vastness of Alaska, I lost it! I can only imagine it fell off at some point and I didn’t realize it. (The clip wasn’t the greatest..) So in about 5,000 years, someone is going find it and wonder what the heck these people were thinking!
So, now I’m wondering, do I get another pedometer? I really did like seeing how many steps I was taking, and what kind of activity I was getting just from my normal walking around. But, at the same time, it is kind of nice not to be constantly checking it.
Question: Do you have a pedometer? If I was to get another one, is there one you would recommend?