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Friday, January 03, 2014

I've been eating right, drinking lots of water, sleeping plenty and moving more for a mere 40 hours and I *already* feel better, more settled, a little brighter. Isn't it amazing the difference it can make? The big test will be over the weekend when I have a couple of meals out, but I 've aleady done some due diligence to make sure that the treat will be a true treat, rather than heavy on the calories. How I did this?

1. I've made each meal a lunch. As I tend to have a lovely, healthy, filling breakfast of oats, muesli, eggs or poridge, by lunchtime I am hungry but not famished, so choosing lighter options is always easier. As my standard lunch tend to be veggies and hummus, soup or salad, wiser choices abound at lunchtime. I'm also aware that I'm much more likely to not have wine, beer or cocktails at a lunch...

2. For both occasions I've chosen a restaurant where I know lots of great choices (lean meat, fruits, salads, fish, soup, yogurt...) exist, and I've had a look at their menu online to suss out options ahead of time. There are lots of restaurants where eating well can feel rather like a punishment, so I've opted for health-friendly venues!

3. I'm looking for 'bang for buck' lunches - I'm quite happy to use half my daily calories for a yummy meal out (and willing to plan lighter breakfast and dinner to accomodate), but I want lots of nutrients, goodness and yumminess in return!

4. I've paired each lunchdate with some walking. So tomorrow we will walk ound the mall for an hour for an hour to work up an appetite - on Sunday I'm going for a walk along the Thames before meeting my girlfriend.

On the subject of walking, I am having a total revelation with steps at the moment. I have a pedometer app on my iPhone and am using it to plot daily steps. By the end of January I'm hoping to be at 10,000 per day - at the moment I'm hovering between 3,000 and 5,000 but I'll be interested to see how that changes once work and volunteering kick off next week!

Do you count steps? Do you have any tips?

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  • DSJB9999
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    One day at a time we have to work towards our plans (and I still still need to make my plans!

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    2519 days ago
    Great tips, Emilt, thank you!
    2520 days ago
    Great job getting back into those healthy habits, it does feel great!

    I used a fitbit last year, and it was so fun to see the steps adding up over the course of the day. It's helpful to be less efficient when doing daily tasks, like making more than one trip upstairs or into a room when putting away laundry or things like that. At one point I'd simply march in place while watching tv or doing things I'd ordinarily just sit for, to rack up some extra steps.
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