At the end of last year, I proposed a challenge to Mrs. 1500. She had mentioned she wanted to start being more active and I knew I needed accountability to stay on track. The challenge was to walk 70k steps a week for all of 2019. If one of us fell short for the week, we would owe the other $5 to be paid up at the end of the challenge…you know us frugal people hate to part with cash!! Once the rules were all set, we thought it may be fun to let others join in so on January 1st of this year, I wrote a blog post introducing the #70kChallenge and opened registration to the first 8 people to respond. Within a few hours our #70kChallenge team had swelled to 13 (we just couldn’t say no!) and we had to start turning people away. Rules were explained, a Twitter DM group and Google spreadsheet were set up, and the challenge began.
In the first couple of weeks, we had 2 people drop out. One due to time commitments, the other due to seriously high numbers. He had never tracked his steps before so he didn’t really know what his daily steps were. Turns out, it was DOUBLE what everyone else was stepping so hitting 70k wasn’t much of a challenge. As the weeks wore on, we lost a few more folks, mostly due to other priorities trumping this one. Currently, 30 weeks in, we are down from 13 to 8 members deeming this less of a challenge and more a walking version of The Hunger Games.
Reflections from the past 30 weeks are as follows:
- 52 weeks is a loooong time to run a challenge
- 70k steps a week is sometimes hard to get when you factor in illness, injury, travel, and other things that pop up in the course of a year.
- $5 is difficult to part with for a personal failure – no matter how much money you have…
But the best reflection of all…