2/26/23. Increasing your steps for health, weight loss, and strength.

So I first did Keto a couple of years ago and got amazing results.  I dont know what I have been doing differently this time around but I am not getting those same good results. I have lost only a couple of pounds (which would have probably happened anyway) and so I am changing course. I am going back to my roots of tiny actions instead of bursts.  I wrote my book about tiny actions. I use tiny actions in other areas of my life and so when a burst isnt working (like right now) I have to go back to tiny and see if I can tweak things in order to succeed.  

So the first tiny action is to increase my step count. Luckily I am in a challenge at work that is forcing me to workout 12 times in the month of Feb for 30 min each time.  I have participated 9 times so far and I feel really good about my progress. My 30 min workout is a walk (sometimes its 40) and they have been outside when the weather is decent, treadmill or track at work when the weather is not decent. 

My daily step count is about 8150 for the last 5 weeks (I averaged with the help of my fitbit) so I am increasing my step count by 125 steps a day so that I get to 9000 by Spring Break (first week of April)  I think that will help me be on track to get to 10000 by the end of the school year. Some people balk at the 10000 step goal and say that it doesnt matter and yet a lot of people say it does. I used to know a woman that when she would walk 5 miles a day (about 10000) steps, she was at her healthiest weight.  I also know that last time I was doing the keto/low carb diet, I was averaging closer to 11000 steps a day and sometimes 14000 or more (coaching after school) so if I JUST simply look at step count and add that to the weight loss (if nothing else changes) it should start to improve things.

As always, I will keep you updated on this blog. 

until next time…stay tiny!

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July 14-use the tiny moments to organize a cupboard

Last night I opened a kitchen cabinet and a Tupperware lid fell onto my head. After shouting at my husband (it wasn’t his fault but he was closest), I vowed that I would reorganize the 3 shelves of Tupperware.

Then, I woke up this morning and forgot about my desire to organize the Tupperware. I was reminded of it as I put away the dishes from dinner last night as my coffee brewed and once again, I had to get into the Tupperware cabinet.

So after I put the dinner dishes away (there weren’t a lot), I took out everything from the 3 shelves of Tupperware storage. Mismatched lids, tiny school lunch containers, bigger containers, you name it. It was all in there.

First, I used a container I already had to stack the big lids.

Second, I put the lids ON the little containers we use for packing lunches. We won’t have to pack lunches again for about 5 more weeks.

Third, I took some extra napkins that were being stored in there and put them in a napkin holder.

All of this while my second cup of coffee was brewing (single serve machine.)

Then (this is where a “dump area” comes into play), I took a bowl and the ice cube trays that had been in there and simply stuffed them in a different cabinet. I am unsure of what to do with them at this time and they would have really held up the organization of the other cabinet so Boom! Problem solved!

***Another tiny tip is STOP STUFFING EVERYTHING into the cabinet you think it belongs in! I am convinced that every single person can be organized, but we simply have too much stuff we are trying to put into one space. For example, only have room for a few dishes in the kitchen? Then keep the crockpot, roasting pan, grilling tools, muffin tins, bread baking container SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!!! Otherwise, your kitchen is always a mess and you never feel “organized.” If you have to, make one place a dumping ground/storage area and then keep all of your other areas clean and tidy.

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