2020 was rough! I never experienced a pandemic before in my life! I am an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse so; I theoretically understand the concept. But I never experienced living in isolation, lockdown or a “protective shelter-in-place bubble”. That dark isolation for social beings was emotionally difficult. Enter the unhealthy pounds weight gain!
In January 2021, I weighed in and started documenting and trending my health status on an Excel spreadsheet. I had to lose those pandemic pounds and keep them off!
I was pretty successful! By February 2021 I started my COVID vaccinations, situations were great and infection rates dropped. I was getting my 10K steps in daily, the weather was getting warm, my blood pressure normalized, I was doing formal walking marathons and my weight was dropping. Yippee!!!
Unfortunately, too many people remained unvaccinated, so infection rates increased, two (2) dangerous mutants evolved, and I had to return back to my pandemic cave and where the emotional pandemic pounds returned. However, during 2021, I NEVER missed a single step goal…. NEVER!!! I remained committed to walking 10K steps!!
On January 2, 2022, I nervously weighed in. To my SHOCK I did NOT regain as much as I thought! I was so relieved!!! So, “Counting Steps Really Matter!!!”
Here are my continued plans for 2022 to get back on track to reach my goal weight:
- Continue weekly 10K step goal for most days of the week! Counting steps matter.
- Manage diet with reduced carbohydrates.
- No eating after 6pm.
- No more Pinot Noir.
- Weekly weigh-in.
- Check blood pressure.
- Be creative with a variety of music with in-home steps.