#Selfcare – 10,000 Steps

A couple of years ago, I began to notice a lot of the friends around my age putting on weight.  Actually, I didn’t notice I was included until I had trouble getting into my clothes, and then I saw a picture of myself! UUUUUggh!

At the Dr. for a checkup, he says, ‘what’s going on with your weight?’  After ruling out a thyroid issue, he looked at my age. Then, he began talking as though it was a given – his prescription was 10,000 steps per day.  He showed me the app with the red heart on my phone to keep track of my steps.

Well, I had trouble figuring out how to get to 10,000 steps, but I begin to exercise 30 minutes per day, 5 times / week.  I was so proud of my commitment!

However, in a subsequent visit with a different Dr., she indicated that due to my age, it didn’t matter if I exercised 30 minutes – 5 times a week the weight wasn’t going anywhere. She actually said I needed to do double. I was really discouraged . . . I stopped altogether 🙁

I noticed when I stopped exercising, I was out of breath after going up a flight of stairs. . . so exercise was working even if the weight wasn’t noticeably coming off.  I resumed exercising and I also noticed a jacket that I wasn’t able to fit previously began to fit – kudos to losing weight in my arms!

10,000 Steps . Finally, by taking a walk with my friend on the marina, I happened upon 10,000 steps — it’s a little more than 3 miles.  This is how I get it in (see pic below  — beginning of my walk and the end). It’s also a great way to disconnect! I initially started on weekends, now I go 5 times / week.

Well, I’m learning that even though PE is no longer required, we still need to keep it moving.

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