Monday, May 11, 2009

Everybody dance now!



Today is another new low!!!!! 180.8 on the digital scale, 179 on the challenge scale. Figured I would get an updated photo as well. In medium leggings. Woohoo! Still a couple of bubbles in the belly, but that ultimate abs ball is definitely working on those!!!

A great email from Denise Austin
Simple Steps
Walk the Pounds Off!

Do you walk the recommended 10,000 steps a day? If not, it's a great health goal to strive for! Japanese researchers were the first to set that number of steps to take a day; it is also about equal to the U.S. government's recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Taking 10,000 steps burns approximately 300 calories and, over time, has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and help with the maintenance of a healthy weight.

Does 10,000 steps sound like a lot? Don't worry! You don't have to walk all 10,000 at once — and they don't even have to come from what you normally think of as exercise. If you go grocery shopping and walk through the aisles for 45 minutes, you've walked 2,000 steps or so right there! It's easy and exciting to find new ways to rack up more steps!

Tracking your steps is easy with a simple device called a pedometer. Simple attach the pager-like piece to your waistband and let it count your steps for you. While there are expensive pedometers with lots of extra features — like a heart rate monitor and radio — you really only need an accurate one, which you can buy for about $10 to $15 at a sports or discount retail store.

Research has proven that people who wear pedometers walk more. The best way to start out is just to wear your pedometer for a few days as you go about your normal activities. This will give you a starting point — the number of steps you take in a typical day. If you're pretty far from 10,000 a day — say you take about 4,000 steps a day — set your first goal lower so it's more realistic to achieve. For example, aim for 5,000 steps a day for the coming week. As you hit your goals, keep setting them a bit higher until you're getting in the recommended 10,000 a day. You'll be surprised at how many steps you can accumulate just doing your daily activities. Don't be surprised to get more and more motivated to move once you see your number of steps rise! Now, who's ready to go for a walk with me?

20 comments:

fatty McButter Pants said...

You look great....the pic is cute too. I like the way you did it.

Mother's Day is kind of hard for me too. I lost my mother over 10 years ago. It does get better, but never goes away! And if you ask me, it shouldn't.

Kyle and Darci said...

Great job!!! You're doing SO awesome!!!

Bonnie said...

You look fabulous! I agree with the walking more if you have a pedometer. Since I have gotten mine, I am a walking machine! Keep up the good work.

Kelly said...

Yeah! What a beautiful number to see on that scale.
And you lok beautiful. :)

Patty said...

Wow, you are practically skinny!

Ang said...

congratulations and great job!!!

Cammy said...

I'm 30 pounds lighter and don't look half as good as you do! LOL But I've learned it is entirely possible to be envious of and thrilled for someone at the same time!

Congrats on the new low!

Heather said...

woo hoo! congrats!

Sarah said...

I exercised twice today!! Body Flex in the am and a long walk around the block in the pm. Woo Hoo!!
YOU LOOK GREAT!!!!
I'm also glad Mother's Day is over. After a ball game in the morning and lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings I went to Dad's and watched golf...and took a really, really long nap!! It was great! I decided spending the day with Dad was pretty important...if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have had the mom we had! BTW, he's should be in Iowa by now.
Love ya,
Sarah

Teena in Toronto said...

Whoohoo! Good for you!

Mary @ A Merry Life said...

Loving that email and doing a little dance for you! *dance* *dance* Way to go! Keep it up!

Ro said...

whhoooooooooooooooo hooooooo
I am loving those numbers....OMG. I cant stop smiling!!!!
congrats
You are such a BIG LOSER! :-)

Hanlie said...

Wow, you look awesome! Well done, your hard work is evident!

Karen said...

I'm SO proud of you! You're such a good inspiration. You look awesome.

Martha said...

I'm sorry to say.. You do NOT look 180 lbs, in fact, I thought your scale read "119" and I believed it!! :o) You look fabulous and thank you for getting that song stuck in my head LOL

My 3 Month Challenge said...

Congrats on the new LOW!!! :>
And I've been into walking and step counting lately too! My goal for this week is to go slightly above the recommended 10,000 - I'm aiming for 12,000 :)

Sassle said...

You look great! Nice pic, you are doing so well :) I left you something on my blog, come check it out!

Congrats!

S.

Trisaratops said...

Congrats! I really admire you sticking to your routine even when filled with grief. I bet your mom is proud you too.

tisha said...

Amazing!! I also thought your scale said 119 and believed it. You look terrific in those medium sized pants. Woo-hoo!

SeaShore said...

You look great! I need to start concentrating more on my abs. I mostly ignore them and it shows!