Wednesday, July 06, 2011
My week's vacation away from work and caring for my elderly parents really paid off. First, it was the most relaxing vacation I have taken in recent history. Being able to focus on myself and nobody else makes a tremendous difference in following the steps I need to take to accomplish my goals.
For one week now I have walked over 10,000 steps each day. This is great! I used to walk regularly, when I was 40 pounds lighter and that is WHY I was 40 pounds lighter. My significant other and I went to the San Diego Zoo and I logged 16,000+ steps that day. We went to Disneyland and I logged another 13,000+ that day. What a good start I was off to! On the 4th of July when we flew back to Seattle from California, I spent about 45 minutes walking back and forth through the airport at a quick pace while waiting for the plane. When we got back to his house we decided to walk to Subway and get a sandwich. Another 1,500 steps. Finally, we went to his mother's house because you can see the Seattle fireworks from her front yard. We had time to kill until it was dark so we went for another walk. In the end I logged 12,000+ steps for the 4th.
Yesterday I had to do a lot of things for my mom and dad (88 and 90), so I only got in 8,000 steps. I was back to work today, though, and I went walking at lunch time for 40 minutes. Also, my new thing is every time I go to the restroom I walk around the three elevator banks in my building -- this is 300 steps. It gives me a little break from the computer and a chance to get my blood flowing. It only takes a couple of minutes but I return refreshed. I am trying hard to get in my 8 glasses of water a day, so this is causing many trips to the ladies' room. I am sure that I went 5 times today, so there was another 1,500 steps! I gardened tonight and with that I ended up with a total of 11,457 steps for today -- so far. It is 9pm so I may get a couple hundred more in just settling down for the night.
I am so pumped up that I have been consistent with my 10,000+ steps for 8 days! I was two pounds lighter after my vacation -- what a feat! All the walking and being careful with my food choices really paid off. I have some momentum now and it feels great.