Step, 2, 3, 4

September 17, 2008

Sometimes, when I say I’m a nerd, I think people don’t believe me. I mean, I cover for myself pretty well by wearing normal clothes, wearing makeup, and carrying on a decent conversation. But, now, if someone tries to argue with me, I can whip out proof that I am indeed beyond saving.

People, I’m wearing a pedometer. And I like it.

Oh, it started innocently enough, when I got an email at work for a new fitness program they’re rolling out and, hey, why not come down to the lobby and get a free solar-powered pedometer. You know I’m unlikely to turn down anything free.

I probably wouldn’t have actually used except for they said that you ought to be doing 10,000 steps a day. But don’t worry if you don’t do that many right now – you can work your way up to it over time, you poor pathetic non-walking cubicle dweller.

If there is anything I’m less likely to turn down than a free item, it’s a challenge.

And that’s why, if you look closely, you’ll see a little square bump under my shirt, at the top of my jeans. And if you ask, I’ll tell you that so far today I’ve walked 2000 steps.

Take that, uppity emailer. I’ll show you “work your way up to it.”

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  • Reply Bart September 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Can I use it when you’re not?

  • Reply Elizabeth September 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Hee. bart is cracking me up.

    Also, when I first read this I might not have given it the FULL attention it deserved and I may have thought you said “I’m a pioneer” instead of “I’m wearing a pedometer” and I was like “Oh no! She’s doing role playing!” and I thought you were going to tell us all about how you put on a sun bonnet on the weekends and go out the prairie or something.
    In comparison a pedometer doesn’t really seem THAT nerdy.

  • Reply hello, my name is amber marie. September 17, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    taylor once got a lilo + stitch pedometer in a kids meal and i wore it for a couple weeks. and then he realized that i had stolen his toy + my fun ended.

    you’ve convinced me that i need another one. today.

  • Reply One Smart Cookie September 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I might have an extra one that Bart can have! We got them for free at work last year and somehow I ended up with two of them. I’ll look at home and if I can find it I’ll let you know. Then you won’t have to fight over it 🙂

  • Reply Tristen September 17, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    You are halarious Janssen! I know you will every single of those 10,000 steps in!

  • Reply Packrat September 17, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    10,000 steps a day. (Be prepared for sexist remarks – sad, but usually too true.) Obviously, the person who said that has never followed a woman – especially a mother with little children – around the house, a female clerk around an office or store, or a waitress around a restaurant, a student around a campus, a teacher or aide around a school or classroom, or … Not that I want that amount upped, but sheesh. If we women don’t take 10,000 steps a day it sure as heck feels like it. And, we’re usually too tired at the end of the day to take more steps than we already do.

    Anyway, I guess you could be called a nerd in a want-to-learn, smart, bookwormish way, but just from your blog – nah, no way, no how.

    No fighting over the pedometer, either. lol

  • Reply Megs September 18, 2008 at 12:11 am

    hahahaha. I like this post a lot. Just thought you should know even though I have nothing interesting to say in response.

  • Reply Noelle September 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Hmmm it seems like I need to get one of those. I’m pretty sure I take about 200 steps a day… sadly.

  • Reply zoot September 18, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I’m going out to get a pedometer today. While you may think you’re nerdy – I think you’re a TRENDSETTER. That sounds much better, doesnt it?

  • Reply tootie September 19, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Hee hee. I must be a nerd, too, because I wouldn’t have passed up the free pedometer either! 🙂

  • Reply aaron and allee September 21, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Maybe they have an extra one that Bart can wear all day to make sure he’s getting his 10,000 steps in. If not, Special K cereal had a mail-in deal for a pedometer… =)

  • Reply Mad Hadder September 21, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    If you’re like me (a little ocd), you’ll end up walking laps around a gym because it’s raining outside. Or getting up earlier each day just to “get a jump” on your steps. Or you’ll walk madly in preparation for a two week backpacking/hiking trips in the Alps and develop plantar fasciitis. But I hope not.

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