Today after getting breakfast, throwing in some laundry and taking a shower, I programmed my new Tri-Axis Pedometer and stuck it in my pocket. Then I went about a fairly normal day, without "trying" to make my step counter higher than normal. I wanted a baseline for a normal (non-sick) day. I did the usual stuff: dog walking in the morning, grocery shopping, household chores. The only thing unusual was that I went roller skating with my daughter in the afternoon, but the instruction booklet said the pedometer might not count steps if you are "shuffling" or have an unusual gait. So I looked at it before and after and sure enough it did not register very many steps while I was skating. That's okay, since I knew about it ahead of time. Skating is just a little extra activity I got in! The only change from usual is that the weather was not too nice in the evening, so I didn't get out for my normal after-dinner walk which is usually a mile or so.
So my baseline steps, not counting pre-shower or after 9:30 pm, was 4229 steps for today. I have plenty of room for improvement to get to the recommended 10,000 steps per day. I got that figure by searching online and finding several articles suggesting that number as a goal. I will try to go farther each day to get to that goal, checking my pedometer every so often to help motivate and remind me to get moving.
I got some lovely fresh tomatoes from the farmer's market today and they are just divine! I cubed them up, sprinkled with black pepper and freshly ground sea salt and topped with a little drizzle of olive oil. Tomorrow I will have more of the same, with fresh basil leaves and light mozzarella cubes added! It's one of my favorite summertime pleasures.
I hope you are enjoying your summer with friends and family! Life is a blessing.
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