One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


The #100kSteps Challenge!

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I had so much fun hosting The One Week Eat IN Challenge with the American Heart Association that I’ve been wracking my brain for something else we could do together.

Then it hit me… steps!

You may have noticed I stopped talking about my Fitbit. I think it was early March when I stopped using it. I decided at that time it was doing more harm than good. The weather was miserable, my injured hamstring ended my #2014RunningStreak and I was simply unmotivated to hit the 10,000 step daily goal. Frankly, I was having a hard time even reaching half that and it was starting to get depressing.

Sometimes when something isn’t working you just have to change your focus. So I decided it was time to take a Fitbit break and I did, with NO guilt. 

Well, the break has served its purpose because now I’m raring to go! I put my Fitbit on yesterday for the first time in months and BAM!

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I killed it! And it felt great!

The week before I left for vacation I decided I would issue a 100,000-step challenge the Monday I got back.  Then I did the math and realized we would have to average over 14,000 steps a day to reach 100,000 in a week.


I almost decided against it.

BUT… then I realized…

Challenges are supposed to be CHALLENGING! Right?

I think we can do this!!

Coincidentally when I was contemplating the challenge, reached out asking if I was interested in partnering. I was like… PERFECT TIMING! I’m planning a step challenge and you guys would make the perfect sponsor!!

They agreed!

Funny enough they were reaching out to me to promote their challenge — which is pretty cool! Click here to check it out — I guess great minds think alike. :)

Roni’s #100kSteps Challenge Details

Goal: Reach 100,000 steps in 7 days.

Note: You can track steps via any type of device, even a good old fashion pedometer. NO CHEATING. What’s the point? I mean, really.

My day started today so my goal ends on Sunday the 11th. I realize not everyone will see this in time to start today so I’m building in two buffer days. You can run the challenge from this Tuesday through Monday or this Wednesday through Tuesday. Regardless, you only get only get 7 days to reach the goal.

Prizes: Gift gertificates… $100 Lululemon, $50 Athleta, $50 Nike and $50 Under Armour all thanks to!

How to Enter: Simply leave a comment on this post letting me know you are accepting my insane challenge. I will be posting all week on my progress and you can share yours, too. 

How to Win: Leave a comment on next Monday’s wrap-up post with your total step count (EVEN IF IT’S UNDER 100,000!) for the week by Tuesday at midnight. Be sure to include your best tip for upping your step count, aka how the heck you did it! Anyone over 100,000 will automatically be entered into the random drawing for the $50 Nike and $50 Under Armour gift certificates. The top 3 tips (even if you are under the 100,000 step goal) will be entered into a community vote for the $50 Athleta gift certificate. Note: The top 3 tips will be decided by myself and The tip that gets the most votes will win.

Finally, the $100 Lululemon gift certificate will be awarded to the person who most accurately guesses MY total step count at the end of the challenge. Click here and leave your guess by Wednesday — don’t worry no sign ups or anything just a comment on google plus. I wanted to keep them hidden from me so I can’t see the guesses until the end. It’s going to be so fun to see the entries post fact!

How to Stay Motivated: Use the #100kSteps hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (I will be) and know that we are in this together. This one is going to be tough, that’s for sure, but I really think we can do it!

 In addition to all this awesomeness is offering a special discount to my readers. If you call or live chat with one of their operators and mention me, you get $50 voucher toward a treadmill purchase of  $499 or more. This can’t be combined with any other discounts, but you will be able to participate in their Weight Loss Challenge with payouts up to $100, $250 and $1,000!

I’m really excited about this — can you tell?

We better get moving!


We’ve got a lot of walking to do! So far today I’m at 13,021! You can keep tabs on me at and I’ll be posting updates here all week!

Full disclosure: This challenge is sponsored by All opinions expressed are my own. If you are interested in purchasing a treadmill or any of their other products, be sure to tell them Roni sent you for $50 discount on items over $499! 

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There are 69 comments so far.

    Laura Berman Chambers

    May 5, 2014

    I am in!

    Jackie Miller

    May 5, 2014

    I’m in. And needed a kick in the @$$ to get back into things so thanks for that!


    May 5, 2014

    This is a great challenge and I wish I could do it. I have a Jawbone UP and was doing great (had a few weeks of 13-14,000 steps a day) until I pulled my hamstring running. I am just starting light activity again.

    Danielle Jaffee

    May 5, 2014

    I accept! Great goal


    May 5, 2014

    Count me in! I’m always up for a challenge!


    May 5, 2014

    I’m in!


    May 5, 2014

    Oh yeah! Count me in!! What a great challenge! I’ve been looking for something to get me motivated and going more. Thanks!


    May 5, 2014

    Yes!! Count me in. My fitbit results have been a little underwhelming lately and I’ve been trying to find a way to reinvigorate my enthusiasm. Perfect timing :)


    May 5, 2014

    Great challenge. I’m in.

    Sarah Lightner

    May 5, 2014

    I’m in. Whew! I need this! Thanks for a little kick in the pants! Starting tomorrow!!

    George McKenzie

    May 5, 2014

    I will give his a whirl. Sounds like fun!

    Paige Van Otten

    May 5, 2014

    I’m in! Last week I set the goal to hit 70K steps (i.e. Average 10k/day) and I did it, in fact I got 75,672! My most steps in a long time. So this is perfect timing. I think I’ll start counting today even though I’m only just going to get 10k (9459 @ 8:41 PM). Woo hoo! This is going to be hard but awesome!

    Patty B

    May 5, 2014

    I am in, I am so excited!!

    Becky T

    May 6, 2014

    Im in. Think I’ll start on Wednesday though…since today the doc said I have bronchitis. :(


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! In need of new motivation. My hormones are playing havoc on me and I’m so over it! Wanna start cross fit soon too but my doctor said no way til my adrenals are back up and running! Ugh.


    May 6, 2014

    I’m In!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Deniz Carroll

    May 6, 2014

    Love this! Perfect timing. I have been itching for a challenge. Now that the weather is finally cooperating, I hope to get outside and enjoy some beautiful runs. Thanks for putting this together!


    May 6, 2014

    Ok I have been using my pedometer for about 7 weeks and each week gets better (over 15,000 steps yesterday.) BUT I need a challenge to get my eating under control.

    Amy Wiles Proper

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! I need all the extra motivation I can get! Trying to get rid of the extra pounds I packed on this winter!

    Melanie Deardorff

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in, Roni! I’ve been using Fitbit for more than a year now, and it’s
    been part of my weight-loss journey (it and MyFitnessPal). My goal is
    10k/day, but I can see I’ll need to boost that to be part of your

    Kelly @CurvyFitGirl

    May 6, 2014

    Yes, I’m in!! Looking forward to this. :-)


    May 6, 2014

    This challenge is just what needed after a week down with a cold! Looking forward to getting my steps in :)


    May 6, 2014

    I walk to and from work but adding extra steps during the day will be challenging. I’m in!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! This will definitely help me kickstart my summer tune up plan!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in too!!!!!

    Katie Gillespie

    May 6, 2014

    challenge accepted!!!

    Patricia Carlson

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m up for the challenge, although I did a half marathon on Sunday so too bad we couldn’t count that day because I had about 31,000 steps lol :)

    Tonya Fry

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! My company is having a fitness challenge which my husband and my team won last year, but it took over our lives so we are not participating this time. But this challenge of 100,000 steps in a week will be perfect (by the end of the work challenge last year, I was doing 25,000 steps a day and my husband was doing 40,000 — see how that might be too much?? ha ha). Time to dig out that pedometer!


    May 6, 2014

    I accept the challenge!

    Katie Meier

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! I love my fitbit so this will be motivating to go above what I’ve been doing (which is NOT 100,000 steps/week!).

    Darcy Patch

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! I’ve been very distracted lately. This is just the push I need to get back on track. Thanks Roni!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! Just finished half marathon training and now I need a motivator until I start my next training schedule.


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in!! I love seeing my total count for the day when I remove my Fitbit at the end of the day…I don’t peek until bedtime!

    Agnes Thatcher

    May 6, 2014

    I am in. I love Fitbit…..great motivation, thank you!!!

    Sharon Garces

    May 6, 2014

    Great idea! I am in!


    May 6, 2014

    I am in! My pedometer bit the dust, so I just went and borrowed one from the local library. I am wanting to get a fitbit, perhaps a reward at the end of the challenge? I will be doing Wed to Tues – awesome challenge, Roni!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in. I have a Fitbit


    May 6, 2014

    I have had a fitbit for a while and have gotten lazy with it….this may be the thing that kicks me into high gear again! I’m in!!


    May 6, 2014

    Count me in! I’ll have one happy doggy.


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in – I have a fitbit!

    Elizabeth D'Oliveira

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! I am excited to try and challenge myself!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! I’ll be using my Fitbit too…but I only hit 10,000 steps yesterday! I have some catching up to do!

    T Good

    May 6, 2014

    I am in :-) I’ll be doing Wednesday through Tuesday since I’ve already blown today sitting on my rear!


    May 6, 2014

    I am in! I am already doubting that I will make the goal, but I will try to keep my phone on me to keep track of steps. I will start Wednesday!

    Leigh Anne

    May 6, 2014

    Count me in starting Wednesday! I’ve been slack about wearing my Fit bit recently as well so this will be a good nudge :)

    Martha Glantz

    May 6, 2014

    I don’t see my post from earlier today, but I’m in doing Monday – Sunday.


    May 6, 2014

    I am in, I too haven’t been using my Fit Bit! Will do Wed-Tues.


    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! 15,512 for today so far :)


    May 6, 2014

    I just got my fitbit and love it — so I’m in! Just over 16,000 steps today – my highest yet!

    Susan Murray

    May 6, 2014

    I used my Fitbit for the first time today—13,052 steps. I’m in!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m IN!!! This sounds pretty cool & I’m at over 13,000 today!


    May 6, 2014

    I’m gonna try!! In!!

    Julie Loses!

    May 6, 2014

    I accept the challenge! I’ll start Wednesday (May 7th) and will do my absolute darndest to get to 100k. I think it’ll be a personal record for me, so it’s a taallllll order, lady!!

    Lori Rebert Albert

    May 6, 2014

    I’m in! I have a Fitbit Force, since I seem to be getting 10,000 steps per day effortlessly, on Friday of last week I have been challenging myself to get in 15,000 steps per day. It takes effort, but so far so good, I will start counting for the 100,000 steps on tomorrow, Wednesday, May 7, 2014.


    May 7, 2014

    I’m in! This is just the motivation I need.

    Beth Mason

    May 7, 2014

    I’m in too! We also started a team walking challenge at work. I was trying to decide on a goal and 14000 a day will be a challenge! Great motivation to do more!

    Naomi Boyd

    May 7, 2014

    I’m in!!! Starting today

    Kathren M

    May 7, 2014

    I’m in, I’m gonna try my best. :)

    danielle j

    May 7, 2014

    Count me in!

    Amanda Williams Straw

    May 7, 2014

    I’m in! My week will run Tuesday (yesterday, when I started) to Monday.

    Amanda W

    May 8, 2014

    I’m in!


    May 8, 2014

    I’m in

    I’m in!

    Laura Landis Esker

    May 9, 2014

    I am in! Tues – Monday!


    May 9, 2014

    Im in!

    Georgia Reed

    May 12, 2014

    Is it too late to join?


      May 12, 2014

      It is for the official challenge but that doesn’t mean you can’t start today!

    Joshua stephens

    January 18, 2015

    I work retail and I walk 100,000 on average every week with out doing anything two days a week what is the advantage of my walking and what would be the benefit of doing more