It’s Sunday.  Day 5 of the 75 Hard Challenge.  Only 70 more days to go.  And I’m very confident that I will successfully finish this.

The system that I have put in place works quite well.  It’s almost robotic – not quite yet, but it’s settling in as a habit.

Change To My Walk

This morning, on my walk, I decided to play some music instead of listening to the audiobooks or podcasts that I normally do.  This was a game changer for me.  I tuned into Spotify and chose a pre-made workout playlist that had quite a few upbeat songs.

Playing these caused me to move faster – in fact, my app recorded that I actually sped up my walk from 13 min/km to 11 min/km.  Playing the music also caused me to move my arms which added to the intensity of the workout.

My favorite song that seemed to have the most impact on my movement turned out to be “Girls run the World” by Beyonce.  Why?  Because the marching beat fit quite well with the walking activity and made it easy to speed up without realizing it.

I normally do a 1-hr walk which equates to about 6000 steps.  Well today, propelled by the music, I extended my walk to 1 1/2 hrs and broke out quite a sweat.  Even my dog was worn out when we were done. 

The most amazing thing was that, with the addition of just that half hour, my step count got to over 9,000 steps. To say I was thrilled was an understatement.

Can I keep this up?  I’m certainly going to try.  I won’t lie – I had to take a nap in the afternoon, just because this was much more than I have done in a long time.  But I have no doubt that as I get stronger, and my capacity expands, that that well-needed nap will no longer be required.

My Meals

Noom has a recipe database and so I decided to try out one of the recipes.  Curried Cauliflower Soup.  Very tasty.  And filling.  And extremely low in calorie count. Here’s the recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 


Here were my meals today:

Breakfast – Mango; Sauteed veggies (onions, collard greens, tomatoes, collard greens)

 Mid morning – Apple

 Lunch – Curried Cauliflower soup

 Mid afternoon –  Avocado wrapped in a Collard leaf

 Dinner – Curried Cauliflower soup

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