Breakfast - Blueberries and yoghurt
Dinner - Salmon with quinoa salad
Steps - 11,576
Total weight lost 11lbs
A bit late I know but today I went to give bloods to get my baseline HBAC1 so I can gauge the affect of the diet on my diabetes. Since starting the diet and trying to make sure I do my steps I have got used to walking everywhere. It is about a 30 minutes walk to the doctor and in the past I would not have hesitated to get in the car and drive there. Nowadays I will walk as much as I can do get my steps in. I have even got off the bus a few stops early to make sure I average my 10,000 steps a day and I think that it has helped in my weight loss.
I guess when I was a teenager I walked a lot - to school, to the park, to visit friends, to the bus stop. In fact anything I did would involve a certain amount of walking. Even moving from class to class at school meant that I was moving every after. That all changed once I left school. I remember putting on about 7lbs quite quickly and now I realise that I went from being quite active to sitting in an office for most of the day. Then once I passed my driving test I did even less walking resulting in more weight gain. I don't think I am the only one who gets used to the convenience of a car and I used to use mine even if I was just going down the road. What surprises me now is actually how little time it takes me to walk to some of the places. Salsa on a Thursday takes me six minutes to walk and I used to drive. Tesco is about 15 minutes, not always practical to walk if I have a big shop but definitely an easy way to fit in exercise if I am just picking up a few things.
I do like walking and when I worked in Bristol I uses to walk to work. The only days it was a pain was when it was raining. Sometimes colleagues would see me and stop i=ad ask if I wanted a lift but I would say no because I really enjoyed it.
Apart from helping with the waistline there has been lots of research into the benefits of walking, especially as a diabetic, as it reduces blood sugar levels. It is a low impact exercise that strengthens bones and muscles, improves your moods and has been shown to slow mental decline in old age. It is a new habit that I have formed that I'm going to make sure stays part of my daily routine.