|Pelican line up near Swami's Beach|
|Palm trees and hot air balloon (center of photo), near Swami's beach|
I saw on Facebook that Skinny Hollie was doing a 100 mile walking challenge. I've been inspired by Hollie's transformation photos. I love it that she's getting outside, walking, hiking. Good stuff. Great transformation.
I'm a huge walking fan for weight maintenance. I typically walk 9-10,000 steps a day. Walking is my primary exercise, with 2-3 strength training days added to my week.
Depending on my job assignment, day, life, slippery slope thinking, I can start to fall back to lower numbers 7-8000 or fewer steps.
Anyhoo, I'll be tracking my steps and converting them to miles using this website I think I calculated that I'll walk 200+ miles in 6 weeks, so I'll use 200 miles as a goal. The challenge runs from March 17-April 28th, 2014.
What's working now
1. Walking 9-10,000 + steps per day, most days
2. Eating a 4th small meal if I hit over 10, 000 steps before 3pm.
3. Eating protein, fat, carbs from non-starchy veggies for fuel. This keeps me lean and energetic. (chicken, guacamole, bell pepper)
4. Taking my camera.
5. Using the walk time to de-stress and exercise
6. Using a simple digital pedometer to measure steps.
What didn't work in the past:
1. Not wearing a pedometer and discovering I was only walking 4-5,000 steps a day.
2. Eating snacks all day long, no matter what my activity level was.
3. Eating high carb processed snacks when I did walk - think Cliff bars, 100 calorie packs. This kept me storing fat and sleepy during the day and evening. Focus on calorie burn and not calorie quality. This did not work for me.
4. Not taking my camera.
5.Walking indoors on a treadmill or elliptical.
6. Thinking I needed complex digital gadgets to measure my movement. Fun, but not required. I would have used the calorie "burn" number to eat processed foods, anyway. The fat burning technique was beyond me at that stage. Live and learn!