Monday, May 26, 2014

Sometimes Life Gets in the Way of your #daileysteps

If you follow me on Instagram or we are Fitbit friends, you know that I usually walk a lot. My goal is to walk at least 10,000 steps per day, but it’s often considerably more. Not so in the last week as life has been unusually busy with grading papers and getting ready for the older kid’s graduation party. To be honest, I could have gone for a long walk this morning, but I got buried in a good book, and then Andy and I watched Mad Men while the kid was still away at a sleepover.

I also ate a few too many treats over the last few days. As a result, I didn’t feel my best today. After another low step day, I went for an hour-long evening walk and feel a lot better after hitting the 10,000 step mark.

In the past, I felt guilty when I didn’t eat the way I should or didn’t move as much as I could have. But guilt is really a useless emotion. Now, instead of feeling guilty, I come up with an action plan for the coming week. Here is what I plan to do this week:

  • Walk at least 10,000 steps per day and at least 15,000 steps on three days
  • Start every day with a short yoga routine
  • Drink 32 ounces warm lemon water after yoga
  • Drink a big green smoothie every day
  • Eat a big salad with some protein each day
  • Take a break from chocolate 

Here are some photos from the older kid’s college graduation. We are so proud of him!

Chris Graduation 04

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? Definitely the older kid’s college graduation. Am I really old enough to have a kid that is “all grown up”…. What do you do when your eating and/or workouts/activity level aren’t what they should be? Any tips to get back on track?
 
Be well,
Andrea

22 comments:

  1. highlight of the weekend: shapping galore!!!
    when I eat/move in a way out of my normal routine, I come back to it as soon as possible and most importantly listen to my body when it wants. :)

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  2. I loved spying all the graduation pics on face book too.
    SO MANY CONGRATULATIONS.

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  3. Congrats to your son!!! I think it's so cool that I've met all of you in person. I love that I have a voice to go with your pics! As far as being off track??? Ha ha! I'm so off track it's not even funny. I'm glad we aren't fitbit friends too...I've been such a slug lately although I have a pretty good excuse! ;-) xx

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    1. It's totally okay to be a slug at this point.... :) Just enjoy Thing 3! :)

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  4. LOVE the pics!!!! I am one that is all abut moving on if I eat a bit too many cookies! ;) It is what it is & I just go back to my normal way.. as long as I catch it before it goes too many days - all is fine.. no use ruining your life over it! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jody! And, yes, it's all about getting back to your normal way of life as soon as possible without stressing out... :)

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  5. I try to walk 10,000 steps a day too. Congrats to your oldest on his graduation.

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  6. Andrea, I was just thinking the same thing - I ate like shit while Tony was in the hospital, almost used his stay away as an excuse although truth be told, I could have spent an extra 15 minutes putting healthy food together to bring with me.

    Congrats to your son! I know you are so proud of him! :D

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    1. You certainly have been through a lot lately, Biz! I'm thinking of you guys this week! I find when things are stressful, it's even more important to take care of ourselves by moving and eating right. I so know how hard it can be... But when we slip, we can always get back to the "right" way!

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  7. I remember when I used to wear a pedometer! I would get about 15-25 k steps A DAY!!! Love that thing, but it did start controlling my life a little too much!

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    1. Yes, when it starts controlling your life, it's not good...

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  8. A big congratulations to your son! Same, I usually do smoothies and lemon water as well as making big hearty salads.

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  9. Hi Andrea ...just hopped over from Gwen's blog and read your post. Lovely to see the graduation pictures ....special moment.

    Have a good weekend

    All the best Jan

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  10. Congrats to you and your eldest-how exciting! You don't look like you should have a kid graduating from college though :-) I think it's completely natural to "get off track", but I think the key is to not feel any guilt about it, and, do like you did-just get moving! I'm big on only taking on 1 or 2 goals at a time, otherwise it think things get overwhelming. Plus, I think any healthy habits (usually) automatically encourage more healthy habits. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thanks, EA! :)

      Yes, guilt isn't helpful... And just a few goals at a time is also a smart way to get back on track...

      Have a great week, too!

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  11. BIG congratulations to your son!!!!!! Enjoy this very special time with him!

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