Advent Ultra Step Challenge Day Navigator –
Woah is it only day 11?! It was around 9˚C this morning so much warmer than i’m used to, i seem to function better when it’s around the 1˚C mark. I also travelled with my new friend “Mr Blister” for the first time today…I don’t think the extra weight slowed me down but the constant stinging on every step was an extra challenge, lol! 🤣
I split my walk by having a short pitstop after i’ve walked for 2 hours…I always pause my tracker every time at my front door so any of my lazy steps around the house do not get counted in with my racing steps, lol.
After an amazing fresh and warm Sarah coffee, some mineral water and my secret advent Grenade bar (see near bottom of post) i was just getting ready to leave, when i heard it was hammering it down with rain! So with a quick waterproof outfit change i headed out for the second stage. 💪🏼
I took my first couple of photos when it was chucking it down but i’m not sure if you can tell in the images below?!
Walking a little further and trying not to slip on this super wet stage of my walk, i stopped to take another photo…
The rain only lasted about half an hour, and i started missing it as i got overheated with my full waterproof gear on…But come on Steve is this a challenge or not, lol! 🤣
“Keep on walking”…
I’m not sure if it was my new found fame after the newspaper article, or the rise to stardom from the Pride of Britain awards acknowledgement…But as i was walking up one of the roads (for about the 5th time) i heard “Keep on walking” from about my 4 ‘O clock. I instantly started smiling and stuck my thumb out to acknowledge the kind man who was cheering me on! 👏🏻 🤣
Sarah’s stupendous post-walk nutritional lunch…
I’d like to introduce you to the best pizza i’ve ever had, and i’ve had thousands over the years! This is our protein pizza which we prepare on Sunday evening (we make 1 each), cut into 6 pieces and have a slice each day. We both make our own so we can have our fave toppings (Sarah often puts olives on hers) and i hate olives, lol! 😀 We make the base from turkey mince so it has no carbs but lots of protein which is great for Sarah as she’s a T1 diabetic, then i can have my fave carb source food which is dry 7 seed wholemeal toast (like Elwood Blues) and Sarah doesn’t have to worry about carb counting or her blood sugar shooting up! 💪🏼 😀
As i returned home today after walking through the rain…My lovely wife Sarah had prepared me with a warm slice of protein pizza (less than 200 calories a slice 😲) my new fave carrot kebab (i used to love donor kebabs but after dumping the junk and eating healthily this is my new fave) it’s a huge iceberg lettuce leaf rammed full of grated carrot and topped with cottage cheese…Mmmm, and of course a salad containing tomatoes, cucumber, apple, spring onion and beetroot…And of course my fave dry seeded wholemeal toast! 💪🏼 😀
I always consider what i’m eating after my long walk so my post-walk recovery meals always consist of carbohydrates and plenty of protein. As your body is designed to extract much-needed nutrients from your food quickly and efficiently after a long walk, protein is important post-walk because it’s necessary for building and repairing muscles. Ultra long walks can cause micro-tears in muscle tissue which must be repaired, hence the need for protein! Plus when you’re as old as me it’s a great way to fight off sarcopenia, lol! 💪🏼 🤣
Wow how amazing is my wife?!! ❤️
Today’s Grenade bar advent calendar flavour is…???
Grenade Carb Killa Peanut Nutter Bar…Mmmmmm A triple layered bar consisting of protein nougat, topped with caramel, coated in milk chocolate and peanuts! 💪🏼 😀
Stats so far…
- Total steps: 238.630
- Total miles: 123.40
Now to try and rest and repair these aching, tight and tired legs, back, hips, knees and feet ready for tomorrows challenge!
An Advent For Change…❤️
OH…Have you heard about my ‘Blindman 20,000 steps, every day, for 24 days (during advent 2020) for Blood Pressure UK!’ That’s around 252 miles!!
If not, lol…Please read my story and DONATE and help me smash my £1,000 target! 💪🏼
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Do you know YOUR blood pressure numbers??
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your loved ones and the world this Christmas…Is a healthier you! ❤️ 💪🏼 😀