Importance of 10,000 Steps…

According to scientists, bloggers, and other more important people than me. Which is why I have feel in love again with my old FitBit. So I have been in a bit of a rut as far as seeing progress with my fitness. Yes I’m getting more flexible, yes I don’t get motion sickness while upside down…But I felt like my body image wasn’t portraying what I felt like. I’m not trying to get super skinny or super buff. I just want my body to show the progress I’ve been working hard at. Well at least what I thought was hard work.

I have a desk job, which means sitting 9+ hours EVERY DAY! I would get up…every hour or 2 and go on a light walk during lunch. But For about 4 months of doing that…still nothing. So that’s when I decided to turn it up a bit. Reconnected with my FitBit, and really commit to moving around. Now I was my lightest in college, about 129lbs. I figured out that during 2 classes, I had a 4 hour break between the two. And what was I doing?? Walking! I was up and moving around. So that was 3 classes a week, 4 hours per day… that’s 12 hours of walking per week (give or take) on top of hiking with my mom on Sundays. So I was moving a lot during that time. And the best way to figure out what will work for weight loss is to look at what used to work before.

Baby steps right? (pun intended) SO basically here is my work day:

  • 10:30 am – 15 minute break walk
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch walk (I eat and pace basically)
  • 2:00 pm –ย 45 minute ย lunchย walk followed by 15 minute yoga
  • 4:30 pm – 15 minute after work run
  • 5:00pm – 30/60 minute gym weight training/aerial conditioning (depending on the day)
  • 7:00 pm – 30 minute or 2 mile “bedtime” walk
  • (every 30 minutes at work of sitting, I stand and stretch/pace/move for 2-5 minutes)

I want to make a note that some people say its not good to eat and walk at the same time. I believe otherwise. I eat very mindfully. I’m not rushing or shoveling food in my mouth. I’m calmly enjoying my food while listening to a podcast, pacing around an empty training office.

This usually equates to about 11,000 -17,000 steps. Now on the weekend, it varies. Saturday is usually just about 10,000 maybe 7,000 steps but that’s because its my “rest” day. I want to recoup and relax but also Pilates doesn’t involve a lot of walking lol. Sundays are usually the same as weekdays sometimes higher, due to my morning hikes.

Now since changing my daily activity habits, about a week and a half ago, I have lost 3 pounds. And it isn’t “water weight” I drink 120oz of water a day. But its actual weight loss. My pants are fitting looser, and I don’t have a mini muffin top anymore.

I have also adopted a “diabetic diet” which is basically staying away from sugar loaded foods and eating low glycemic fruits and veggies. Since I already eat healthy and wasn’t seeing any progress, I found out that I was eating waaaaay too much sugar. Even if its naturally occurring sugar, its too much sugar. A person should stick to less than 50grams of sugar a day… I was eating so much fruit it was getting up to 70-80+ grams. Now I keep my sugar to less than 40 grams…ideally 30 grams a day. This has been proven to help with weight loss and the fattiness surrounding your organs. (I think its called visceral fat?)

So this is my current fitness point:

  • 139.3lbs
  • 21%body fat
  • ~1,400kcal a day
  • 30 grams sugar
  • 15,000 steps a day
  • yoga every single day

Now to each their own. Just because it’s working for me, doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. But its a place to start right?

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