How I managed to walk 10,000 steps a day

Hi there and welcome back. How are you? I hope that you are well. Today I’m going to talk about, how I’ve been doing over 10,000 steps a day. It’s not easy, even without a dodgy right leg, but achievable. Here’s how:

  • Cook
  • Walk in town/shopping
  • Find a path at home
  • Have a competition with someone
  • Stick a treadmill in front of the TV
  • Build it up slowly
  • Energy balls
  • Self motivation

I make my own breakfast, everyday. I make, two slices of doubled buttered toast, cooked on a flat pan, with guacamole and crunchy peanut butter. No, I’m not pregnant.After my radiotherapy, my tastes buds have changed. I never used to like guacamole, but now I love it.  When I put the slice of bread on the pan, I like to walk up and down the kitchen. Doing that is about 2,000 steps. Do that three times a day and you’re already halfway.

Walk in town/shopping
I’m lucky that I live on a main road, where there are lots of shops (and bus stops). Whenever I go to the shops with my mum, I always do over 10K by the end of the day, even without going on the treadmill. Because there are a lot of bus stops on our walk, we do take breaks. Me because of my fatigue and my mum, because of her back.

Find a path at home
Back in January this year, I had the flu and didn’t go out for a walk in a week and I hardly went on the treadmill. And yet I still did over 10,000 steps a day. What I did was that I worked out a path at home that was over 250 steps. I did that four times every hour until I got to 9K.

Have a competition with someone

This is my uncle. He is known in my house as Naughty Mamaji. Mamaji is Hindi for uncle/Mum’s brother and Naughty because he used to pick on me and my sister when we were little. He is the one that took me to the F1 British Grand Prix, back in 2016.

Since July last year, we’ve been texting each other updating each with the amount of steps that we do everyday. It’s motivating to compare with someone, it pushes me to beating him everyday. Although, there are days that he does 15K and more.

Stick a treadmill in front of the TV
My Dad brought home a second hand treadmill back in December 2016 from a friend of his. Ever since my Dad set up the treadmill, it’s been pointing towards the TV.

When the TV is on and I’m on the treadmill, a half an hour on it, seems to float by. My sister is a big fan of the Simpsons and that is usually on when I go onto the treadmill.

Slowly build up the number of steps
When I started walking to lose weight, I jumped straight to 10K. That was a bad move, because my sides mostly started to ache. After taking a break from my walk, I’ve settled a goal of 6,000 and every week, I would add 500 steps to my goal. By the time my goal was 8,000, the amount of steps was over 10K.

Energy balls
Before every walk, I like to have a homemade energy ball. It’s a good little power boost that I need to get me out of the door. The recipe that I use is here.

Self motivation
I know that I go on about this app called Productive (iOS) or Habit Hug (Android), but it’s really motivating to see how many days in a row. I’ve walked over 10,000 steps in 200 plus days.

I know that it can be hard to do something like this everyday, but hopefully.with these  tips, you should be able to do this and lose weight.

So, that’s it. 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 Louise 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 sharing my story and I would like to thank Joe for motivating me to getting back on the horse. And I would like to thank everyone at the hospital, my family and friends and everyone who I’ve met on this journey.

The next time that I talk to you, I will be talking about the physiotherapy, that I’ve started at the Myton Hospice. And don’t forget, if you buy something from Amazon, through my blog, 100% of the money that I get, goes to Brain Tumour Support.

Thanks and I will see you soon.