Fact: I have gained weight in the past year. This isn't a bad thing really as I was a size 4 and now I'm an 8 so I'm by NO means fat. BUT, I am out of shape and my metabolism is shot.
Fact: I gained a lot of this weight when my dad passed away. The second he passed our house was inundated with all kinds of food, mainly trays of lasagna and deli platters. (I now say that when a friend suffers a death in their family, I'll send a condolence card and a can of Slim Fast with a note saying, "You'll thank me later. I say this part jokingly, but mostly sincerely.)
FACT: I need to work out again. I've been lazy. (I'm really good at lazy because I can multi-task "lazy" with "eating cheese.")
A friend said to me last week, "I'm wearing my pedometer today." This reminded me that I had one (somewhere) and that I'd read about how we need to walk 10,000 steps a day to stay in shape (which averages about 5 miles). I found my pedometer and saw the last number registered on it: "2,549." Ooops. That's not so hot.
So last Saturday I put on my pedometer and clocked in roughly 18,000 steps. WOW. I walked to and from work, then to a friend's place, then to the Whitney Museum on the east side (gross) and then to the bus that took us home (which was a good thing as my legs almost fell off the next morning).
Since wearing the pedometer I've clocked in 10,000 (or more) almost every day. On my day off from work, I clocked in 6,500 (something in that area). All in all, not bad. I'm fairly impressed.
Downside: OH MY GOD MY LEGS AND KNEES HURT. This may be because I had been wearing my Sketcher Shape-Ups and WOW they worked me out a little too hard. (One customer at work asked me, "Do those sneakers work your ass out?" Needless to say, he was met with the famous Eolin, "Jackass Stare.") Anyhoo, as a result of my over-zealousness with the Shape-Ups, I have apply a sexy layer of Icy Hot every night. (Actually it's a generic brand, because this biddy's on a budget.)
Today I walked 11,400 steps. WHEEEE! Tomorrow is my day off work but I'm hoping to at least hit 7000 steps with my errands.
I'll try to give updates on my progress. I've been walking to and from work for about 2 months now and my jeans are fitting better for sure. I'm not weighing myself as I'm more concerned with being in shape than being an exact number.
So if you live in NYC and you see me powering down the street (sometimes with my dog, Annie, who is NOT excited about my 10,000 steps a day program and would rather take a cab) get out of my way. I will plow you over and I will mutter under my breath, like the proper biddy that I am. You've been warned!