Thursday, October 18, 2018

10,000 Steps

If, by chance, you are interested in getting your 10,000 steps in every day, you may want to consider a career in waitressing. 

It seems that everybody and their brother is wearing a Fitbit these days, or in my case, an Apple Watch. I don’t wear my watch for fitness tracking, I wear it because I don’t know who I am or where I am going if I don’t wear it (ADHD + SmartWatch = Success) but it does keep track of my steps, which I guess is a bonus. 

Apple Watch tracks three activities: your stand time, your move time and your exercise. The stand ring tracks how much you stand and move around each hour - which motivates me to get up from behind my sewing machine and stretch my weary legs, back and arms. 

The exercise ring tracks a specific exercise - so anything that gets my heart rate going and keeps it going. That ring doesn’t move much at all on my watch.

And then there’s the move ring. This is the step tracker. And the calorie tracker. It takes into account my every movement. Mostly mine takes into account the fact that I don’t move much, except when I am at work as a waitress.

The goal is to close all three rings every day. I remember the month after first full month I had it. I was at the clinic getting a mammogram and the gal running the machine was all excited about her Apple Watch and how she was addicted to closing her rings every day. I mentioned to her that my watch had sent me a congratulations notice: “You did it, Therese! You closed one ring one day last month!” Whoo hoo! It was a 31 day month, so I’d had the opportunity to close, let’s see, 31 x 3 = 93 rings, and I managed to close one. One! How bad is that? The technician laughed and laughed.

“Oh well,” she said. “At least there’s nowhere to go but up, right?”

Back to waitressing. At home I am pretty sedentary. I sit and sew a good share of the day. In between sewing bouts I like to nap. Or sit with a kitty on my lap. Therefore, when I leave for work, my move ring hasn’t moved much at all. I maybe have 2000 steps in. Maybe. 

And then I get to work and I get a 10 top, which is, by the way, a table with 10 people. This is how a typical 10 top goes:

“Hi! How are you folks tonight? Tonight’s feature is yada-yada-yada. What can I get you to drink?”

At that point I take 10 orders for 10 different beverages. I go off to place the order in the computer system for those drinks while the customers study the menu and deliberate about what they want to eat. I then serve the refreshments and take their food orders. Just before I take their leave to start making salads for them, I ask if anyone would like a drink refill. One person says yes, the other nine decline. Looking around at the glasses, many of which are less than half full at this point, I question again, “Everybody is sure they are all right on their beverage right now?”

Yup. They all give me a thumbs up.

Inwardly I sigh, because I know what the rest of my night is going to be like. I know it’s going to be a 20,000 step night.

When I return to the table with the one drink, someone else says they’d like a drink refill. I casually ask if, by chance, anyone else needs one at this time. No, no-one else does. So I go to get that one refill. And guess what? When I return with it, another person wants a refill. Now, I bet you are already catching on to how this story turns out. But just in case you aren’t, this continues all night long. This is one of those “one drink at a time” tables. Oh, they don’t do it on purpose. They don’t even realize they are doing it. 

After a few drinks I just give up and quit getting them drinks. After all, I do need to get their salads out to them and, eventually, their entreés. I am assuming they will want to eat at some point and that they will not realize that the reason I am not bringing them any food is because I don’t have time to, because I am busy getting them drinks - one at a time. 

Of course, don’t forget that while I am doing all of this for this one 10 top, I am also taking care of a few other tables. I can assure you they each have their own set of special needs. 

At the end of the night I check my watch and sure enough, I’ve closed my move ring. I’ve logged 23,132 steps. I smile and thank the 10 top for helping me achieve at least one fitness goal, even if it wasn’t really on my goal list. 

1 comment:

  1. I envy those who can still be active and walk a lot. I still walk but not as much as I used to since I have had so many issues with my feet and legs. But I did a lot of walking in my early life so maybe that is why I am so filled with arthritis now. I think I might have 15 years more mileage on me then you too. That makes a difference.