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Saturday, January 06, 2018

January is about a week old now and so far so good. I gained a little bit at the beginning of the week, however I lost it already and a little more. The walking daily really helps. As I have arthritis it is essential to move for me. With the extend of damage in my hips, knees and ankles there is not much left I can do as far as exercise is concerned. Any activities that require sudden or directional change such as ball games, dancing and skating are out. So I walk.

I upped my step count to 12000 going into the next week, but have a feeling I need to up to 15000 simply because I been hitting those numbers or getting close to them. Also I stopped counting the casual steps around the house or when shopping at a store. Now I count when I go out on a walk or step on the treadmill. It gives me a better grip on the exercise level and the mileage, since I track both. I want to hit the 10 miles a day mark by summer. My hubby says I am in a much better mood when I am walking outside and I know and feel it, too. He has promised to walk with me once in a while, but it hasn't happened yet. He says he slows me down. Doesn't he know its worth it just to have his company. Men are so silly.

The next thing I need to tackle is my evening snacking. I don't snack like crazy, or even every night, but when I do I don't care what it is. Usually when I am tired but not ready to go to bed. Yah, that's another thing that needs to change. Hubby teases me when I get ready to go to bed because it's usually early like 9 p.m. time frame. I end up staying up even though I am done for the day. So that has to stop I need to go to bed, because that's what my body needs and not because of my hubby. We do our own things in the evening anyway, like I read or knit and he is on the computer reading the days news, doing the Facebook thing (which I hate) and then settles in to watch a movie or something TV wise. We don't ignore each other and talk quite a bit. Especially when my hubby finds me deep in a book, he loves to talk to me ( to annoy the crap out of me I am sure). But back on track... I need to get the snacking under control. I want to get to the point where I don't snack at all at night and shut down the kitchen after dinner.

So my challenge this week will include just that. Try to manage 4 days without evening snack and the following week I go for 5 days and so on until it's a habit. Just like we all did with 10 minutes of exercise a day.
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    1110 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing a great job of being intentional in both your exercise and your nutrition. And don't knock walking - it was my exercise of choice for losing 40 pounds!
    1110 days ago
    Wow that's a lot of walking. emoticon
    As far as night time snacking goes-- one of my favorites is (& it's not because I love them) an apple. I go sit down with a knife and cut slice by slice as I eat it. It takes me awhile and it's good for me. Plus my doctor says everyone should eat an apple before going to bed every night. I don't but I try. (I really don't care for apples unless cooked)
    Did u ever tell Hubby that it would make ur day if he would walk with u?
    Ur doing great!! emoticon
    1110 days ago
    Great job walking and getting rid of the weight!
    1111 days ago
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    Good job losing what you gained and more
    1111 days ago
    You have some great ideas that are very doable.
    1111 days ago
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