When I started wearing my Fitbit, I was pretty much convinced that I was already moving enough to maintain my weight. After losing 35 pounds twelve years ago with Weight Watchers, my healthy eating and activity habits are pretty well-documented and well…habitual. I refuse to eat less than my recommended budget. My mantra: Don’t do anything to lose weight that you aren’t willing to do to keep it off.
Moreover, I’ve been a WW leader for seven years. I know this stuff. But I’m also in my sixties and retired. And the scale was giving me feedback I didn’t like. But seriously, shouldn’t that sweaty 45 minutes on the elliptical four times a week, a yoga class, a long walk every Friday, little walks in between, and living in a three-story house be enough? I mean I’m not THAT sedentary, right?
Wrong. My post-retirement life is just that sedentary. So I followed the advice I give my members: set some itty-bitty goals. My starting goal was 8000 steps a day for two weeks. I made it most days, but it took walking, marching and dancing through numerous television shows to make it. I also read my email and the newspaper on my mobile device while walking in place. I started focusing on even smaller milestones like 4000 steps before I could lie on the couch after lunch. And 6000 steps before 3 o’clock.
This week, I upped my goal to 8500 steps per day. And just to show you how challenging that is, Wednesday, after doing 30 minutes on the elliptical and attending a one-hour yoga class, I hadn’t even made 4000 steps by one o’clock. I marched and danced in place all afternoon and part of the evening and finally ended with just over 9000 steps.
The good news is that scale has stopped inching upward and started heading back to a happier number. And I’m sure my dancing has improved.