In 2016 I was averaging less than 2,000 steps a day. I was dealing with an insane work schedule, chronic pain issues, depression and my dad had recently been diagnosed with late stage cancer.
Over the last few years, I have advocated for myself and my health. I have been in psychotherapy for over a year to work on my mental illness(es), finally found a doctor who will help with my chronic illness and got diagnosed and on the right medication, adopted and trained a psychiatric support dog, and learned to make exercise a priority in my life again.
Today I am averaging around 10,000 steps a day and I enjoy being outside or on a treadmill. I also participate in weekly step challenges on Garmin and usually place pretty high! Sometimes its a long road to becoming more active and it can take a lot of steps (LOL). We might face a lot of barriers but it is possible with dedication and self love!
What has your journey been like? Have you used step count to help you get back to a functioning place in society? What is your average like today versus the past?