Why hello there, how are you? I hope you are well. Today’s blog post is about how I slowly rebuilt myself by redoing 10,000 steps daily. Now before lockdown, I was often doing 10K steps a day. But during the lockdown, I was struggling to get up to 5K. Now I’m happy to say that I’m up to doing 10K. Here’s how I did it.
Walk to music
Every morning, before breakfast, I will do laps of my bedroom. I would load up my Spotify “future #rockulele songs” playlist and walk. I’m doing 3 songs, take a break to either list weights or go on the ab-swing and then do another 3 songs. Then repeat until my mum comes upstairs and puts my eczema cream/oil on me. This is easily 4,000 steps.
Take my own plates back, one item at a time
After every meal, I get up and put my dishes back into the kitchen, Now instead of carrying one plate and bowl in one go, I like to take each item individually. Wherever it’s one plate, one bowl or even one spoon at a time. For most of my meals, I like to have some fruit, olives, yoghurt and poppadom. This is another 2,000 steps.
Go into the kitchen
I like to make my own snack and cups of tea. Getting up and going into the kitchen and making my own snack and cups of tea is a real confidence booster. After my diagnosis, I would struggle to carry a small cup of tea. Now, I’m carrying my morning cup of tea and sometimes, carry my large cup of tea. I do still struggle with my large cup of tea but that is slowly improving. For my snack, I like to have some oil-roasted lotus seeds with seasoning. What I like to do is, put some oil in a pan, then put in some pink salt, turmeric, pepper and black salt. Black salt adds a tangy egg-like taste to the lotus seeds. I sometimes like to add mixed herbs or a shop-bought mild spice mix. I then put some lotus seeds in the pan and put the pan on a hob. I also like to have some pop crisps, a brand of oven-roasted crisps, and I like to have some roasted chickpeas.
Every evening, I like to have some homemade granola with some gluten-free cereal. Before I started to decide to redo my 10K steps, my mum would make my granola. Now I’m getting my granola ready. This is another 2,000 steps.
So now we are at 8,000 steps now before dinner.
Go into the garden or treadmill
Most evenings, I like to do laps in my garden. When the weather is a lot cooler, going into the garden can really wake me up. I sometimes like to do my Apple Watch’s breathing excise outside. When it’s too hot or too cold, I’ve been going back on the treadmill. I restarted my treadmill workout by doing 10 minutes at a slow walking speed and slowly rebuilding myself to doing couch to 5K. This is another 2,000 steps.
So we are at 10K. Hurray! Now I’m going to talk about how to go above 10K.
A couple of weeks ago, I and my dad did our weekly shopping. When I did this for the first time, I didn’t go into the garden and still did over 16K.
Every time I attend my Bhangra Blaze, which has restarted up again, I always end up leaving full of joy and over 10K
That’s it for now. Once again, I just want to thank a few people. Firstly, I would like to thank my mum, dad, sister, and my Naughty Mamaji, for being by my side, throughout everything. I would like to thank everyone from BTS for sharing this with the community. I would like to thank Kanika, Shirley, and everyone at Carers Trust for giving me the confidence to share my story and I would like to thank Joe for motivating me to get back on the horse. And I would like to thank everyone at the hospital, my family and friends, and everyone I’ve met on this journey.
Next time, I’m going to talk about what lifestyle changes I had to make post-diagnosis. Please feel free to leave a comment and as always, if you buy something from Amazon, through the blog, or click on an advert, 100% of the money that I get goes to charity.