It’s been a good week for walking. I bought a new pair of shoes on Saturday at Road Runner Sports. They have a service called “Shoe Dog” and I took advantage of it. My consultant had me asked me a long list of questions about my fitness level, goals and types of activities I do most often. Then I stood on a special mat which projected a heat map of my feet — and amazingly, you could see exactly where my plantar’s fasciitis was in red and orange detail!
Next, I walked on a treadmill for about a minute and afterwards we reviewed the video to assess my gait and pronation. The prescription was for motion control shoes with orthotics. I already had the orthotics so I headed over to the shoe department to try on new shoes…. and it didn’t take long before I found the perfect pair!
Now that my feet are happy, I have been focusing on getting as close to 10,000 steps per day as possible. In the past, I’ve tried increasing my steps after work, but find that’s not an effective strategy. So this week, I’ve added extra time to my morning walks and with the exception of Tuesday (which was an extra early day at work), I managed to get 7000 to 8000 steps done before breakfast, and have made the 10,000 step goal 5 out of 7 days.
I use a groovy music mix when I walk. Once, a neighbor child asked my why I walked like a robot. Well, that’s a good question. When I walk, I like to think it looks something like this:
But I probably look more like this:
And that’s just the way it is…
Saturday was a less than stellar day for good food choices. It was my first day back at Seaport Village and I had to try Ben & Jerry’s newest ice cream flavor, then hubby’s department had a party at a German restaurant that evening… I ended up eating about 1000 extra calories that day. And on Sunday, I was up 2.3 lbs. And despite staying within calorie limits and increasing my exercise this week, I only lost 1.8 lbs, resulting in a net gain this week.
Fortunately, the backslide was only one day and I think I’m back on track now. I am trying to make better choices and eat more salads and fresh fruit, but I still hear the siren call of ice cream… and some days, I just can’t tune it out.
Still, it was a positive week. I find my long morning walks really help give me more energy and mental focus during the day… AND, this morning I saw a slight definition where my abs are! Things are shifting even if they’re not getting significantly lighter at this moment.