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Buy an Omron Pedometer and Shed Weight Effortlessly

Updated on December 11, 2011
Work your way to the recommended 10,000 daily steps
Work your way to the recommended 10,000 daily steps

Like many of you I've struggled to lose some weight. For years I have been forever cautious of what I eat. I eat as healthy as I can within the foods that I like. I limit portions and am conscientious of what touches my lips, even so I'm still a little overweight. Technically, according to the ideal body weight charts I am considered obese.

Purchasing a pedometer and using it daily has been one of my better decisions recently in life. The unobtrusive gadget has really helped me get off my duff and made me aware how sedentary my life had really been. Strange how in the past I easily confused being busy with being active. My pedometer doesn't lie and now prevents me from making that clouded judgment.

I don't think I am obese but I recognize I could stand shedding a few pounds in the name of better health. I'm happy with the success I've had by using my Omron pedometer. It has truly become an additional accessory I clip on my pants waistband in the morning and remove at night. I still need to lose a few more pounds but I'm confident that as long as I have my trusty companion pedometer by my side losing the weight will not even be an issue. Below is my true story of how a small pedometer and my love of poker came together to achieve what I had been unsuccessfully trying to do for years - Lose weight.

Losing Weight While Doing Something you Love

My husband and I were asked to go to New Orleans for work and help out a fellow bail agent that had enough trouble with bail skips to potentially put a huge dent on a well known insurance company. After doing some research and figuring the office we would be working out of was 3 miles from the Harrah's casino, we decided to take advantage of the challenge, visit a new city and proceeded with booking a hotel right smack in between both the office we would work out of and the casino. That's what being centrally located is all about!

My logic for picking the hotel location was I needed to put a bit of distance between us and a potentially unhappy client and be far enough from the office so as not to be followed by a disgruntled defendant or family member. In this business they love you when you are posting the bond to get them out of jail and hate you if you have to put them back in jail through no fault of yours. I also needed to be far enough away from the casino so as not to have the urge to visit daily.

We were to be there there for a month and half. The plan worked beautifully, unfortunately or fortunately depending which side of the fence you are on when it comes to gambling, it wasn't far enough to deter us from walking the mile and a half to the casino.

I have been wearing a pedometer every day for over a year since my son gave it to me as a Christmas present last year.  I am so dependant on it now I about cried when I forgot I had it on and jumped in the pool with it. My brother in law sweetheart that he is immediately took it apart and layed it out in the sun to dry. After a few hours it almost worked perfectly. It was still a bit water logged and refused to record all the readings I had become accustomed to like - total steps taken, moderate steps, calories burned and distance walked. I eventually travelled the half hour to the nearest Sports Authority to replace it with a similar pedometer.

Since using both the Omron HJ-112 and the round black Omron HJ-151 I've monitored my average steps daily and sometimes several times a day to know where I am at and to be able to increase my total steps. The recommended total steps should be about 10,000 which sounds overwhelming at first. I've monitored my pedometer diligently and although I have not reached that goal yet nothing prepared me for the record numbers for me on any given day in New Orleans. I walked a mile and a half to and from the casino on a daily basis plus whatever other steps I took in the normal course of my day. Without dieting or changing any eating habits I lost 7 pounds in that month.

That was three months ago. I have not gained any of that weight back partly because I still monitor my pedometer. On days I don't feel I will reach my target steps I jog in place at home. It could be while I am watching over a pot in the kitchen, while I am babysitting, going about housework, blow drying my hair or doing just about anything. As long as you keep moving you will rake up steps to help keep your weight in check and help increase your metabolism.

After work every day my husband and I would look at each other, both of us trying to be the one to hold out, be mature, certainly there's was better things to do than gamble. Honestly we tried. We went out to the highly recommended and delectable ACME Oyster House and indulged in their delicious mouth watering chargrilled oysters and the sweetest tasting bread pudding ever. We went to our favorite place Mother's Restaurant for some local Cajun food, we went to the Kitchen Pizza next to the straw market and for the very first time ate warm pocket bread dipped in herbed olive and Parmesan mixture, we went to the marketplace, Bourbon Street on more than one occasion, ate the road side hotdogs and shopped.
But what do you do after all that? Go to a bar? The hotel room? Rest? NOT!

After a week there, no words needed to be spoken. Automatically after work we would drop off our briefcases and laptops at the hotel, close the files and hope we'd come across our skips at the at the three card poker table. That didn't happen but in our defense we found every single one of the fugitives on the list we were given. We were able to clear half a million dollars worth of liability that was due at months end. We also trained a local agent to do what we were sent to do. We were paid well and although we weren't left with much after all was said and done we had a heck of a good time. Cocktails!

Setting your Omron Pedometer is Easy

As discreet as my pedometer is sitting on my hip, curious friends and family have asked about it. While they understand the concept behind it they were oblivious to the fact that everyone has a different stride and so you need to set your pedometer to get accurate results.

They all come with a little instruction manual that easily explains how to set them correctly by inputing them with the current time, age, weight and your stride. You can also look up your model online and learn how to do it.

Basically you just measure your stride length. Walk 10 steps and measure out the distance with a tape measure. Divide the total distance by 10 to get your stride length and enter into your device. Check the link below for more detailed information and how to set yours up.


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    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago


      so nice to hear from you! Yes, I love my pedometer...would have never known actual steps taken any other way. Hope it works just as well for you. Thanks for visiting.

    • fastfreta profile image

      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      7 pounds in one month, I've got to get one, ASAP. Thanks bail up for sharing this bit of encouraging info. WOW, and you're good at your job too,impressive, "(We were able to clear half a million dollars worth of liability that was due at months end)."

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago


      You are welcome. Hope you get your soon, your body will thank you later :)

    • Mandeeadair profile image


      7 years ago from California

      Oh great idea! Great hub, thanks for the information!

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago


      I wouldn't kid you. I find pedometers very useful. It's like a subliminal reminder to get up and walk a bit. Once you are hooked you rather enjoy it and find ways to park your car further so you can walk a bit more, etc. You won't be sorry you purchased one. Here's to our 2011 healthy habits.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Maybe that is what I need to do just to have that awareness of how much I am actually walking. It sounds like it has worked really well for you. Thanks for some good information.


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