Stepping through the day one step at a time

For me, Christmas was a kaleidoscope of all kinds of wonderful; laughter, presents, family, friends, and food.

For me, Christmas was a kaleidoscope of all kinds of wonderful; laughter, presents, family, friends, and food.

Mostly food, I’m thinking.

The kaleidoscope has, of course, stopped turning and it is over.

And in my house, as I’m sure in every other house on my street and on your street and out in the country where there are only fields and forests, everything that spells Christmas has disappeared. It’s in storage and that’s a good thing.

But, I’m sad to say some things you cannot store away.

This year, as December has given way to January, I discovered one unwanted little Christmas gift that simply won’t go away.

It seems in the happy season of cookies, chocolates and cake which all add up to calories, a few extra pounds have crept onto my person.

“No,” I argue with scale, as I peer nearsightedly at the alarming new number that jumped out with alarming clarity. “You are so wrong. You are lying.”

But, it turns out either all the scales were lying or I was in denial, which, of course, leads to lying.

After I got over the denial thing and allowed some time for mourning, I decided to get proactive.

I quit eating all the Christmas goodies (okay, that was easy, everything was already eaten), and told myself to take my self, extra pounds included, to the gym.

I also bought a pedometer.

The pedometer is so cute. It’s this tiny scrap of nothing that will measure how many steps you actually take in a day.

Apparently, if you do 10,000 steps you are right in step with active people who step a lot and not just to the fridge and back.

I bought it with my usual optimism born of a natural instinct to do the easy thing first.

But, apparently, you can’t just buy a pedometer and expect to lose weight, just like you can’t just drive by the gym, and say you’ve been there.

Really! Who set those rules?

With forced cheerfulness, I gingerly took the cute little pedometer out of its packaging which took exactly four hours and 23 minutes as it was secured in this childproof packaging that no one could open without the aid of a cutting tool.

Once I got it out, I discovered I really had no idea how to set the thing, even after I quit trying to read the French side of the instruction book.

Luckily, my daughter-in-law knew how to set it. She’s good at stuff like that. She set it quickly, efficiently and correctly and handed it back to me almost immediately.

“Thanks, I think,” I murmured, somewhat aghast. Now what? I have to actually get up and start stepping, I whined.

I’ve had the pedometer for about a week now. And I’ve stepped. I’ve stepped on ice and through snow banks and onto the treadmill at the gym. I’ve stepped up and down the stairs and from my car to the office. I’ve stepped to the grocery store and to the mailbox and to Tim Horton’s for coffee. I’ve stepped, stepped and stepped some more.

And every night before I go to bed, I take off the pedometer to check and see if I have made the required 10,000 steps. And, every night, I discover I have not.

It is very discouraging.

But, really I am very close. So close.

Maybe tomorrow!

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ice fishing enjoyed by all

Crestomere 4-H members enjoy ice fishing

Major announcement planned for Tuesday at Westerner Park

Hopes are that the CFR will be relocating to Red Deer

Volunteers busy

Volunteers at Pas Ka Poo Park

Hockey heroes and every day heroes needed

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes

Volunteers busy

Volunteers at Pas Ka Poo Park

Global Affairs aware of report of two Canadians kidnapped in Nigeria

The foreigners were heading south from Kafanchan to Abuja when they were ambushed around Kagarko

Fatal collision in B.C. involves Alberta family

Vehicles have since been cleared and the highway is open.

Bank of Canada hikes interest rate to 1.25%, cites strong economic data

The rate increase is expected to prompt Canada’s large banks to raise their prime lending rates

Trump aces mental aptitude test designed by Canadian immigrant

“This is a good example, I think, that will be helpful to change views about immigration. And maybe for Mr. Trump himself to consider immigrants as contributors to advancing science, advancing our societies.”

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas took major steps toward reducing their bitter animosity

Canada, U.S. lead call for sanctions against North Korea

Foreign ministers from 20 countries are meeting in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces engagement

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh engaged to clothing designer Gurkiran Kaur

Hijab-cutting case highlights ethical issues with putting kids in spotlight

A Toronto police investigation has concluded a girl’s hijab was not cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school

Most Read