Wednesday, March 24, 2021

SOL March 24: Steps


I try to walk every day, outside if possible, inside following a 2-mile walk video if it’s wet or too cold. I used to think that 10,000 steps a day was the goal, until I read that there’s no science behind that number, 5,000 is sufficient, and more than that is even better.

            Today, I walked outside only twice, on errands, and I still managed to get to 7,000 steps.

            First errand, an appointment for a CT scan (just checking up on something that may be, but probably isn’t, a problem). It was at my local hospital, just a few blocks away, but maybe even a block or two of walking once I was inside the hospital, walking down long corridors. After the CT scan, I went to the bone density office; I was supposed to have had that scan last year, but of course, Covid. There, I heard that the machine was down, and I don’t even have to make an appointment: it’s walk-in, three days a week. I’ll be back.

            I walked home for lunch.

            Mid-afternoon, I walked up to a stationery store to get passport photos. I’m not planning any international travel even this year, but my passport expires next month, so I’d better get it renewed when I am not in a hurry for it.

            I walked home.

            I might have gotten to 10,000 steps if it hadn’t started to rain, and my plan to meet a friend out in the park to give her a couple of books was canceled. I’ll do better tomorrow.


I’m participating in the 14th annual Slice of Life Challenge over at Two Writing Teachers. This is day 24 of the 31-day challenge.  It’s not too late to make space for daily writing in a community that is encouraging, enthusiastic, and eager to read what you have to slice about.  Join in!



  1. Apt time for this quote from comedian Steven Wright: "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time."

    1. I love that line. And Steven Wright is so witty. You just sent me to find more of his quotes: "Why do we park in the driveway and drive on the parkway?" "7% of statistics are made up on the spot." "A clear conscience is the sign of a bad memory." In fact, you just inspired my slice for today. Thank you!

  2. Walking is cathartic and can be so meditative. Lovely slice!

  3. I love that you walk to run errands. I love walking, too.