I’m in a step competition with Rose

It's easy to avoid giving up when I'm competing with a friend.

A few weeks ago, Rose invested in a pedometer in order to help her lose some weight. Last week, when I saw her, Rose looked so healthy. She was glowing from all of the moving around that she'd been doing, and I asked her if she liked the pedometer. She told me that it was really helping her to stay motivated to stick to her workout routine, but she wished that someone else would use one too. 

I told her that I was interested in getting in better shape before summer started, and maybe I would compete with her. Rose and I have both heard of corporate offices or schools that hold competitions based on these devices, and thought that if we held our own, we could see similar results. 

Right now, we're shooting to meet our goal of 10,000 steps a day, which amounts to about five miles, and has been recommended by numerous sources to promote health. 

The rules of our competition don't just have to do with meeting the goal. The first person to make it to 10,000 steps a day has to take a picture of their pedometer, and send it to the other one. By the end of the week, the person who has won less often has to buy the other lunch. We thought that this would be a friendly way to motivate one another to stay in shape. 

Even though we've only been at it for a week or so, I've already been able to see it working on me, since I'm much more likely to go out for a walk or run before work, as opposed to later in the day, not wanting Rose to win because she worked out first. I like the contest a lot, and hope it keeps working!

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