I’m Going Steady

I’ve got a new Zip in my step!  Literally!  I recently bought a new Fitbit Zip to keep track of my steps every day.  I love gadgets and I love competition.  I’m highly motivated by the thought of beating someone else.  Dunno why.  Just wired that way, I guess.

Anyway, now that I’m going steady with my little Zip I am logging on more steps a day than previously.  I love it!  Imagine my excitement when I saw an email in my inbox that was announcing a challenge to walk a million steps in 100 days.  I am so in!  I signed up immediately then went over to my Fitbit dashboard and found a group of people who are part of the same challenge.  Hello competition!  Every day for the past four days I have logged over 10,000 steps toward my ultimate goal.

fitbit day 1

I know I will have some travel dates over the course of 100 days so I am factoring that in by walking as many steps as I can per day.  So far 15,000 steps has been the most I have managed.  But that isn’t enough.  There is one guy that has already logged more than 1,000,000 steps in June alone!  He has a deskmill, which is a treadmill with a desk on top.  Hmm, I don’t have one of those, perhaps I can make one?!?!?  I think I’d like to walk slowly while on the computer.  I could probably eat a bowl of ice cream at night without feeling guilty!

There is another reason I am logging the steps though.  I have a BIG DREAM.  BIG.  700 kilometers or over 500 miles big.  It’s called the Camino de Santiago.  The most popular route starts in France and ends in Spain in the town of Santiago de Compostela.  I will walk every mile.  For about 30 days.  I’m crazy, I know.  Yet, just the thought of such a dream fills me with excitement.  I wish I could make it happen this year.  I’m raring to go.  But I have to place the realization of that dream firmly in 2015 or 2016.  There is too much going on between now and then.  That’s okay, though.  I’ve got lots of miles to log in order to be ready and have the best experience possible.

Lindsey gave me this book for Mother's Day. I love that my kids are big dreamers too!
Lindsey gave me this book for Mother’s Day. I love that my kids are big dreamers too!

That’s kind of how it works with dreams though.  You have to start somewhere.  Dreams just don’t come true over night.  They usually require lots of work and sweat equity.  And that’s the trouble with dreams.  Many of us aren’t afraid to dream the big dreams, but we are afraid to take the steps to achieve those big dreams.  Taking the initial steps means making a commitment.  Commitments are scary.  What if I fail?  What if I want to quit?  What if it’s not what I expected?  So????  What if it is all of those things and more?  You won’t ever find out if you are too afraid to launch yourself into fulfilling your dreams.

My last post was titled Something is Better Than Nothing.  Taking steps, even baby steps towards accomplishing our dreams is better than nothing!  Buying a Fitbit Zip is one baby step toward accomplishing the dream of walking 500 miles across France and Spain.  Actually putting it on and walking out of my front door is another!  The average person walks between 3,000 and 5,000 steps a day.  In order to gain greater stamina to walk for 6 hours a day I need to walk way past 5,000 steps.  I need to walk way past my current goal of 10,000 steps a day.  I need to walk much more than an hour a day and as I get closer to buying a plane ticket and investing in backpacking gear I need to be walking for several hours a day!  But, that is in the future.  That can seem overwhelming.  So I don’t look at walking for several hours a day.  I look at today.  And tomorrow.  I look at steadily increasing my number of steps per day.  Baby steps.

Do you have any big dreams?  What are you doing about them?  Do you have any fears that have kept you from launching out?  Isn’t there a Chinese Proverb that says “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” or something profound like that?  Baby steps.

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