This time last year, I randomly decided to leave the house in the middle of the night and walk for the next 14 hours until I hit 100,000 steps on my FitBit.
I know what you might be thinking. Why on earth did you do that? And I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t really have a worthwhile reason behind it. For a start, I’ve had Fitbit since April 2015, and as of this writing I am currently on 19,287,747 life time steps. I’m a postman, so it’s almost like I cheat. There’s no reason for me to quote that figure other than I think it sounds awesome. But I had always wanted to get the biggest badge that they had, the Olympian Sandal. Well, here it is:
I understand that you may be thinking I’ve just saved that image from Google. But I haven’t, that would be a stupid, and slightly weird thing to do and here’s the proof:
Again, I understand that even that might not be considered proof. But if you really are all that sceptical then just message me. I’ll give you the 15 minute interval breakdowns if you want and you can even add me on Fitbit. Not that I think anyone is going to be doubting this. Anyway, where was I?
Embracing the 100,000 Steps
The real reason behind doing this challenge was simply to impose a large amount struggle on myself. That moment when I left the house, I knew I had a daunting, time consuming task on my hands. I knew I was just going to be going until that 100,000 steps had been hit.
Was it difficult? Not massively. But I am a postman and walking is how I earn my living. I simply had a load of podcasts to get through and went for an exceptionally long walk. Was I drained and tired by the end of it? Of course. But leaving at midnight on no sleep had a big part to play in that.
I wanted this to translate into a metaphor that I could take into my everyday life. Whenever I feel a large amount of struggle coming on, or I find myself in a position where something is going to take a lot of time, I think back to doing this. Whether I’m struggling with Isabelle, or about to start cooking for 7 hours for a buffet. I just breath in and think “I’ve been here before, let’s do this.”
I genuinely feel that these days people generally have life a little bit too comfortable. Of course, that’s not true of everyone, but for a lot of us it is. And it’s those people who would think that they could never do a task like this. But they could. They either just don’t want to, or aren’t motivated enough to try. I know this sounds silly, but this was less a physical task and more a mental one. It’s just putting one foot in front of the other, albeit for 100,000 steps.
I have thought about doing something like this again, and if they had a larger badge, maybe 150,000, I would go out and try and get that. I still had plenty of time in the day to keep going. I managed to get the badge not long after 3pm, although I did start at midnight.
There’s still a part of me that wants to do a 24 hour walking challenge. Midnight to midnight, with virtually no stopping. If I had the backing of a charity it might be something I’d consider doing. At least that way I can feel that it’s actually for something. But I am going to look for my next charity challenge for 2018. Just watch this space to find out what I pick.
Well, that’s it for this post. I know this post might seem like it’s just here to show off, but my overall message is to embrace self imposed struggle. That way, when real struggle comes along, you’ll be better equipped to deal with it.
If you want to buy a Fitbit, then here’s a link to the one I use, the Fitbit blaze. They also have the Flex, which is a much cheaper option, but isn’t anywhere near as good as the blaze. Maybe I’ll do a review at some point in the future. But I doubt it.