Jul 31, 2015

11,041 steps

Did it! I hit over 11,000 steps today.  It will take some time but I will eventually get back up to my 20,000 step days!

On Fridays (for the summer) I finish work at 1. Today I had to deliver some documents so I actually left at 12 and had a short walk from the parking lot to my delivery then back. Then I came home and picked up my son and we went to the beach for a quick lunch and then walked along the beach trail.

I have done this trail many times, and normally do a 10k loop, today we did 2k and it was a struggle. It was very hot, but also - I am so out of fitness now that my legs, feet and back were hurting, of course the extra weight isn't helping either.

I'm going to do 3k tomorrow and aim for a longer walk on Sunday and Monday. I need to work back up to that 10k.

Liam and I also went to see the new Mission Impossible movie, it was violent but I did enjoy it. Tom Cruise is the same character in all his movies I find, but the supporting cast, especially Simon Pegg were brilliant and it was quite well done.

In terms of WW, I am still tracking and doing well.  I used a few more weekly points today but my walking is earning lots of activity points....more than I expected. I don't plan to eat the activity points but I can see that it will be a fun challenge to see how high I can get them.

Today was one of the best days I've had in a long time - spent time with my son, the weather was perfect, work day was short and un-stressful......just a lovely Friday!

Here are some photos from our beach walk today.

Jul 30, 2015

Does 2 days make a streak?

My second successful day back on Weight Watchers. It's amazing how it all comes back to you when you JUST DO IT!

I hit almost 8,000 steps on my FitBit today so tomorrow's goal and for Sat/Sun/Mon is 10,000 steps each day.  Not insurmountable - but a long time since I've done it more than two days in a row.

I am registered for the Niagara Falls 10k (I will be walking) in October and it has been quite some time since I walked 10k in one go so I need to work up to that. It would be nice to beat last year's time of 1 hr 46 minutes.

I went for a short walk at lunch today and that helped boost my steps.  I am no longer working the hospital where it was easy to get 10,000 steps just in my normal work day because of the size of the campus. My current workplace is tiny, tiny, tiny and cramped, so there is no room to just walk about or take the long way to the loo or the photocopy machine when the are less than 20 feet from my desk.  It's not a great neighbourhood for walking in, and the last two weeks have been incredibly hot and humid, I'm hoping it will get better over the next few days.

I have a plan on Sunday to walk at a new trail with a friend and then Monday I am going to hit the beach trail with my tunes and my favourite  walking shoes and see if I can do the 10k loop along the beachfront.  If I go early enough, it will be cool and not overrun with cyclists and roller bladers :)

Jul 29, 2015

One step at a time

I rejoined Weight Watchers last night.

I know the plan like the back of my hand and I know what to do to be successful.  Weight Watchers gives me the structure, routine and accountability that I desperately need right now as well as allowing me to follow a low-carb eating style and makes sure that I stop ignoring my growing waist line.

I've regained a lot of weight since we lost Den last August.  

Lots of reasons, lots of excuses.  I'm not sure I want to dissect them in this post and at the end of the day, I can't change losing him and all I can do is take care of myself going forward.

I didn't regain all my weight, so I am not completely starting over.  Last time I was this weight, I was wearing size 22-24 and although my 18s are tight, I can wear them so my body composition has changed from the running, walking and hiking I had been doing for the last 3 years.

There were also some scary health issues since I was last blogging and I am not yet 100% but I am getting better bit by bit. There have also been some wonderful blessings.  I will write a bit about both over the next few weeks.

So here I am.  Back to Weight Watchers, back to blogging, back to my FitBit, back to hiking and back to my life.

I have 30 points a day which seems like a lot from the last time I was doing WW.  Today went well, I used my 30 points plus 1 of my 49 weekly points and earned 3 activity points from my FitBit.  I like how they synch for activity.

We are in the middle of a heat wave so walking is problematic but I am determined to get back up to my 10,000 steps a day and then work my way back up to 20,000 a day....one step at a time!

I'm looking forward to catching up with all your blogs.  I will need your support so I hope I haven't lost all of you.

Jul 28, 2015

Is there anybody out there?

It's been a long time. 

It's taken a long time to start caring about me again. 

Baby steps. 

Back to Day 1. 

More tomorrow, today was my turnaround day.