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Baby Steps, Day 7 Pick Out Your Clothes

Thought of the Day…A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~Paul Dudley White

Each day I feel almost “psyched” to do my next steps. Sounds strange? Maybe a little, but you know the fact that I’m doing this in little bits of time… I’m not stressed by it. My old inner self (as mentioned in Day 1 post) is feeling GREAT.

I received two great comments yesterday on my Baby Steps, Day 6 Hot Spots post; one from Kim and one from Elaine. Thank you so much! Your words of encouragement mean so much to me. I love having your support.

Elaine, I hope you’ll share your progress. ;) I love having people tag along. The more the merrier … It makes me feel so much better that there are others out there in similar situations. It can happen to ANYONE!! Remember, what I said on Day 1? I cleaned with toothpicks and straight pins… I was a F-R-E-A-K! Now look where I am… you’re not alone! If you’re taking the Baby Steps, it’s OK. You’re in this situation because you’re working your way out of CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome).

As the post title reveals, I’ve been taking Baby Steps* for seven “days”. (*If you don’t know about my Baby Step process? You can get caught up by reading about my Baby Steps. ) A week! I’ve been at this for a week. WOW! (I know it’s really not a week, but let’s not squabble over the minute details)

So the FlyLady says that Baby Steps, Day 7 is “Pick Out Your Clothes”

  1. Get up and dressed - YEP
  2. Keep your sink shining - YEP
  3. Read Big Tent or FlyLady.Net email messages - YEP
  4. Look at sticky notes in the kitchen and bathroom - YEP
  5. Recognizing the negative voices when you hear them and changing the words to be nice to you. That is what FLYing (Finally Loving Yourself) is all about. - YEP
  6. Put out ONE Hot Spot for 2 minutes - YEP, I actually did it for 5 minutes
  7. New habit for “before bed routine” – Set out clothes for tomorrow - YEP
  8. Walk a minimum of 7,500 steps but goal is 10,000 steps - YEP, I actually walked 10,602

I was so glad that the new step 7 was added… I’m really behind in laundry and this helped me get ready for work yesterday…
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…All I had to do is get up and VOILA! I was ready. :D

New self-imposed step Walk a minimum of 7,500 steps but goal is 10,000 steps
As you may see, there is an unusual step that has nothing to do with de-cluttering… Yep, walk 10,000 steps. According to Drs. Oz and Rozien, to be considered “active” we need 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles).

That’s right, 7,500-9,999 is “low activity”, so I have to get it up to 10,000 to reach my goal. Ultimately, I want to get to 12,500 (“highly active”), but I’m taking Baby Steps here, too. ;)

I almost always wear a pedometer to work so I can see how much I’m actually doing. I have been writing them on my calendar and now this is a self-imposed step because I need to stick to it and if I add it here then I’m more accountable. The weekends are going to be hard, but I’m going to work at wearing it then, too.

After dinner last night I took The Offspring and two of her closest friends to the mall for frozen yogurt. This place has 16 different self-serve flavors along with toppings if you want. It only costs 36 cents an ounce… not bad… tasty, too! I have a frequent shopper card so for every $20 spent, I get $2.00 off next purchase.

Afterwards, while the girls where shopping, I settled in to write this post, but the chairs were really uncomfortable so I walked to the bookstore. I looked at blogging books, WordPress books, and other “techie” books. Decided I really didn’t want to buy a techie book so I went to sit in their comfy chairs. I started to fall asleep…

…after a little while I realized I was in a BOOKSTORE and the FlyLady has written a few books…

…you guessed it… I found her Sink Reflections book. I love this bookstore because they have used books. They had it used, so I saved some money! I sat down to look at it and started getting sleepy again…
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…WHACK I snapped awake and realized I was only at 6,383 steps for the day and my goal was 10,000, so I went and bought her book and then started walking around the mall.

It wasn’t a big mall, but it did the trick. After a little while I ran into the girls and they were ready to go, but I looked and I still had 800 or so steps to go, so I told them I’d be a few more minutes. I kept going… I didn’t want to give up…

…I walked to the end and turned around… I walked past the store where the girls were, but kept going, as I looped around and we met I was at 10, 023 steps! :D Now, I could go home and go to bed. ;)

If you don’t have a pedometer and have an iPhone/iPod Touch, did you now that there is a great app called iTreadmill… I use my pedometer for “daily” use, but for long walks I use iTreadmill.

At the end of the day, I had walked 10,602 steps.

How many steps do you walk a day? Do you wear a pedometer? Do you use iTreadmill?
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4 comments to Baby Steps, Day 7 Pick Out Your Clothes

  • Elaine

    Hi Stef,
    Baby step 7 easy for me the last two days as the day before yesterday, laid out the clothes I would be wearing to clean up our cabin after a weeks stay with houseguests and actually hung up the clothes I would be wearing on the plane to return home from Vancouver Island yesterday. We arrived home late and I decided to wear the yoga top and pants to bed that I am wearing today to save the step of getting dressed in the morning! Does that count?? No, I didn’t wear my runners to bed.
    I am very inspired by your goal of 10,000 steps but even more inspired by the fact that you told the girls that you weren’t ready to leave yet, even though they were. Great for you for looking after your needs first; that’s an ongoing challenge for me even though my daughters are now adults. Yet getting healthier will give me more energy and probably more years to be there for them and with them.
    I think you are right about the sticky notes; I did skip that step last time so I am going to go right now and put those up – at least while I am home alone for the day.
    Thanks for the encouragement. Fun to share the journey.
    Elaine

    • Stef

      Hi Elaine,
      I thought Day 7 was pretty easy, too. Did you get your sticky notes put up? I made more to put in the master bath and in The Offspring’s bathroom, too. ;) It’s really amazing how a few little sticky notes around the house keep me motivated! :D

      I have been to Victoria, BC once. Beautiful city. Hubby and I drove to Port Angeles, WA and then took the ferry to Victoria. We stayed for a few nights and then ferried to Vancouver. Vancouver is one of my most favorite cities. I haven’t been there in quite a few years. :( It’s unfortunate because it’s only six hours from us. Do you live in Canada? It’s a beautiful country (only been to BC and Ontario) and very nice people.

      Thanks for keeping me posted. Take care!
      Stef

  • Did you know there’s an App for that ;)… hahaha that’s PC and my fave joke to Every circumstance! Nope never had a pedometer but I should :)

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