Baby Step Two

This is Day Five and I’m still going strong without the sugar and still hitting up other carbs pretty heavily. Overall my intake has reduced and my cravings are minimal – I am happy with the progress. I’m feeling comfortable with this change so it’s time for another baby step! I have been thinking about what should come next, so many possibilities. I want something positive this time – something to add rather than take away. I narrowed it down to two choices, getting more protein and moving more. I flipped a coin and movement won!

Baby Step Two: Move more.

What That Means: Start by tracking what my current activity level is and then slowly increase to 10,000 steps, on average, per day. Aim to increase by 500 steps every couple of days. Try to make it fun!

I actually started wearing a Fitbit again for a couple of days and almost cried when I saw how few steps I’ve been getting, about 5,000.  I took the device off about six months ago because I was obsessing about getting in my 10,000 steps, walking around and around the family room at night while watching TV or reading. It was driving the family nuts, not to mention wearing out the carpet and not helping my stress levels when I just didn’t have the time or energy before bed. My plan to overcome the obsession is the average – if I’m short one day I can try to increase the next, no big deal. I’m also not logging the steps by checking in with Fitbit.com so I can’t over-analyze the data or get too competitive with family and friends. I want the extra movement to improve my health, not hinder it, so I will try to be more relaxed. I also hope to take some walks outside despite the snow-covered ground. The fresh air does wonders for my overall well-being and I think it helps me sleep better as well.

On a different topic, I made some pretty good protein pancakes for breakfast with cottage cheese, gluten-free oats, and an egg (with a little vanilla, Himalayan sea salt, and baking powder) blended in a magic bullet. I cooked them in a little coconut oil and served with butter and unsweetened applesauce and some sauerkraut on the side – yum!

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