In her book French Women Don't Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano talks about gaining weight as an exchange student, and relearning the French way of eating and moving. One of the things I was most struck by is a comment she made about walking an extra hundred steps any time you have some extra time.
Become aware of those times, when you could walk extra steps. Again, she mentions one hundred steps, but start with whatever number you can comfortably add, and, over the course of days or weeks, work your way up to one hundred.
If you go to a movie with family or friends and have to wait, walk up the hallway and back and go in and enjoy your movie. Start parking farther and farther away from stores. If you’re watching a movie, get up and count off twenty (or one hundred) steps.
One of our friends rigged up his television to be powered by a stationary bicycle, so his family had to take turns bicycling in order to keep the TV or the game going. Quite ingenious. Hey, we’re ingenious. We can figure out ways to work in a few extra steps.
Just a few. Don’t overdo. Baby steps, always baby steps.
And they will lead us to where we want to go.
And maybe, just maybe, when we get thin, we’ll want to go to Paris, to show those slender French women that we’re not fat, either.
The Eiffel Tower. Next year. What do you think? We could all meet there. It’ll be a great party. We’ll call ourselves the Baby Steppers, and baby step our way around the tower. I can picture us now, slender, beautiful, talented women who have finally figured out who we really are.
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