That's what my pedometer currently says: 19,007. Magnum and I got these pedometers through his employer. They have put these health incentives in place, and the latest thing is the "Health Miles" program. Sign up, get a pedometer, download your daily steps, earn points. Take the health challenge today!
Today was a running day so I racked up over 15,000 steps before I even took a shower. Weee! Most recently, I got back from taking China the crazy dog for her daily beauty walk. Net so far = 19,007.
I remember when this all started. There were health screenings that paid $50. We didn't even have to be healthy! Just participate and get the $50. So yeah, I got screened! I recall one woman there, while we were in one of the waiting stations.
"She just told me I'm fat. I already KNOW I'm fat", she commented.
I suspect this is true for most. We know that there are things we should do more of and things we should do less of. It's just a matter of priorities. I think it's really the psychological aspects that drive us to do what we do. And to permanately change what we do, our psychology needs to change.
I had a friend who was quite an avid smoker. Naturally, she knew it was bad for her, but it didn't worry her that much. She always said she could quit if she wanted to, she just didn't want to.
Then one day she just stopped. Cold turkey. She came in to work, declared that she no longer smoked and that was that. Others didn't really believe her. They looked on while wearing their nicotine patches or chewing their nicotine gum so much their chewing muscles were sore or visiting accupuncturists or trying to cut back. How could she just be so calm and smug?
"It was that Yul Brynner commercial", she told me.
That's it. That 30-second PSA made a non-smoker out of her for life. Even when others would take smoke breaks, even when she went where others were smoking, even when she started putting on weight. I haven't seen her in years, but I feel pretty certain that she hasn't smoked a puff since. I could see it in her eyes.
Now I see that the U.S. is going to start putting graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. My first thought was, "people already know that smoking is bad, I don't think this will really work".
But what do I know?