I’m sure that as you read the title of this blog, your eyes widened and you thought— say it’s not so! Toni is walking her way to weight loss and making good progress and now she’s ditching the pedometer? This can’t be!
Don’t worry— it’s not. This is about my sister, Ebony. She’s an energetic 7-year-old who loves to be on the same playing field as her big sister, Toni, who is 28 years older. Basically, if I have something, she has to have it too.
My mom is also walking daily and trying to beat me by racking up more steps. Ebony decided that she wanted to join in too. She came home prepared with a pedometer that she had won in school from the local fire department. Ebony was hyped and ready to beat Mom and I at our own game. Little did she know that her pedometer wasn’t exactly a top of the line model. Mom and I are equipped with the Omron Walking Style HJ-112. Ebony’s pedometer counted steps with each breath that she took. She’s wasn’t concerned though, she was just motivated to be like her big sis.
Just like me, Ebony was wearing her pedometer at every waking moment and checking in to monitor my progress. I must say, she was breathing a whole lot. Ebony was even wearing her pedometer to school. My mom told me that one day, Ebony had asked her teacher to go to the restroom, and the teacher agreed. But then Ebony decided that she would walk down the hall a little further to get in some extra steps. Ma told Ebony not to walk the halls, as she could get in trouble, but Ebony replied that she needed to get her steps! Mom is the walk-in-place queen, and she told Ebony to lock the door to the stall and get some steps while in the bathroom.
The next day Ebony went to the restroom with one of her classmates, and she took some time out to do some stepping. Upon her return to the classroom, the teacher questioned Ebony about what she was doing. Ebony simply responded, “Nothing.” The teacher then revealed that a classmate had informed her that Ebony was exercising in the bathroom. To explain, Ebony revealed her pedometer. The teacher kindly told Ebony not to bring that back to school. Ebony agreed but was crushed.
Ebony came home and told Mom she was no longer going to wear the pedometer because the teacher said she could no longer wear it to school, and also because her model was “a piece of junk.” What I will report is that her spirits were not totally crushed. She is still stepping and waiting on her Omron Walking Style HJ-112 to arrive by mail.
Kids, you have to love them. Follow Ebony’s lead and get to stepping, pedometer or not!