• Exercise aerobically 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week.
  • Track your eating.
  • Eat less than 300 calories of junk food per day.
  • Avoid fast food
  • Floss daily.
  • Sleep at least 7 hours a night.

I bought a Fitbit in June and got up to 5-7k steps most days, with the occasional 10k day. Then the fitbit quit. They sent me a new one, but it took them a couple of months, and the new fitbit didn’t work properly at first. Not only did it not track correctly, but I forgot to wear it. And when I got the tech sorted, I found that I had slipped back down to 3-4k steps a day.

The takeaway for me is twofold: first, keeping track helps me follow through on the things I want to do, and second, it isn’t just a matter of establishing a habit. I have to keep making that effort.

So I am. I’m back in the 5-7k range, heading toward 10k/day.

I’m tracking two out of three meals so far this week, but I’m definitely eating more than 300 calories of junk food a day. I’ll be stopping that. It might take me a little time, but I expect to succeed.