Monday, November 04, 2013
Considering I went on vacation for 10 days, October turned out pretty well. I owe that In part to the Spark Activity Tracker. It doesn't track everything exactly as I would like it to, but what it does do, it does well. I took it with me on vacation. It hold 2 weeks of data, so it was nice to get home and watch it upload all of the walking and the workouts I did in Vegas and not have to manually add it. Normally I would just skip it and not worry about getting credit for all of it. Also, it is motivating to get that little sparkly Glow Getter award. Short story, I'm glad I didn't send it back and I now see how it can be an adjunct to my fitness regimen.
2013 JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER
LOWEST WT 138 138.6 139.7 139.1
# WORKOUTS 20 12 15 19
FITNESS MINUTES 1004 528 795 980
CALORIES BURNED 11,209 6,341 8,016 10,018
% GOOD EATING DAYS 87% 65% 70% 61%
Now the fun stuff! I just celebrated 5 years of 60 pound weight loss maintenance...in Las Vegas. We have gone every year for Halloween for the past 10 years...and this may have been our last trip....but who knows? We sure had a blast!
Just a few pics...
It sure is fun to LOVE having my photo taken instead of running behind the camera like I used to do! It's also fun to not be the least bit worried about the little bit of weight I gained on vacation. I know exactly how to get it off...what a GREAT feeling!
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
I've started keeping a monthly table of my numbers that are important to me. It may sound silly, but tracking these numbers keeps me diligent to the task of keeping off the 60 pounds I've lost.
2013 JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER
LOWEST WT 138 138.6 139.7
# WORKOUTS 20 12 15
FITNESS MINUTES 1004 528 795
CALORIES BURNED 11,209 6,341 8,016
% GOOD EATING DAYS 87% 65% 70%
September was better than August, but not as good as July. I can see that my weight is creeping up and I don't like it. I know the problem is eating too much on the weekends. I'm not taking this lightly. I'm taking action.
I renewed my gym membership as well as my interest in attending fitness classes. I am breaking out of my rut and trying some new workouts (Zumba) and going back to some workouts that have worked well for me in the past (Spin). I typically don't work out on the weekends...working on changing that. I need to work out every day if I can, and waste no opportunity to move it!
I gotten all artificial sweeteners out of my diet. Yay!
I'm making more room on my plate for lean protein.
I've refocused on water...making sure I get it in, and not all at once at the end of the day, but throughout the day.
I bought the Spark Activity Tracker. I'm struggling with finding a way this cute little gadget can enhance my fitness level and struggling with keeping it or not. I love being able to tap it throughout the day and see where I am I'm going on vacation the end of October, and the Tracker would be nice to have with me. My vacation workouts tend to be distance-based which work well with the Tracker.
Onward to October!
Sunday, September 29, 2013
This is what I have recorded in my fitness minute notes this week regarding my first week using the Spark Activity Tracker. I am an avid HRM (Polar RS200) user and I do a variety of fitness activities.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
On Friday I received the new Spark Activity Tracker. Yesterday and today I've just worn the tracker to get used to it and see how it syncs and offloads data. I've mainly worn in on my bra strap since it is the weekend and I am not wearing shoes. The tracker was easy to set up and the offload happens any time I am near my lap top. The tracker only records data when I move. It records nothing when I am just sitting or standing, or when I am sleeping. We all know that calories are always burning, even at rest. I thought the tracker would give me calorie credit for just being...but I guess not. I don't own a Fitbit, but I have always assumed that device recording information for when you are "at rest" since it tracks sleep patterns. Maybe not.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Today I tracked my first workout using the Spark Tracker. I walked at 3 mph for 60 minutes on a treadmill with a 30% incline. My Polar tracked 379 calories burned, but the Tracker only gave me credit for 205. I expected this, and I am disappointed that the SP site will not allow me to edit fitness minutes or calories burned for workouts recorded by the Spark Tracker.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Today's workout is something I do often, and I must say, I don't like the way the Tracker recorded it. The workout is intervals of running on my treadmill 4 MPH at a 1% incline for 1-2 minutes mixed with lifting heavy weights for 1 minute. The total workout was 35 minutes, but because the Tracker was on my shoe, and none of my foot motion was 10 minutes or longer, the tracker did not recognize the activity as fitness minutes. The tracker gave me credit for 316 calories burned for the entire day, so far. My Polar recorded 331 calories burned for the 35 minute workout alone.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I am wearing the Tracker 24 hours per day, except when I shower. I'm not sure why, other than to track steps. Tracking steps is not something I generally do...and this is a pretty expensive pedometer.
Today's workout was an interval run/walk through the streets of downtown. I am pleased that the Tracker picked up exactly that. The Tracker gave me 407 calories burned, 432 according to my cardio trainer app, and a whopping 860 according to my Polar. It was HOT out there! The Spark Tracker recorded 4.6 miles, and the cardio trainer app tracked 4.1 miles. This discrepancy is likely because I sometimes have to wait to cross streets. I keep my feet moving, but I'm not moving in terms of distance. I will have to do a distance comparison again on a run where there aren't a lot of starts and stops.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Today's workout was 60 minutes of RIPPED. This workout covers it all, Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Abs. The Tracker called this a run/walk/cycle event and gave me credit for 45 minutes and a measly 75 calories. My Polar ticked off 558 calories in that 60 minutes. The Tracker was on my shoe, and in some segments of this workout, the feet are firmly planted and the arms are doing all the work, so the tracker didn't know I was still moving.
Oh boy...just went back and looked at today's Tracker stats again. The Tracker did not track my RIPPED class as a workout at all. It just counted extra steps during that hour. Each segment of the workout runs 7-8 minutes...not enough constant moving for the Tracker to call it a workout. The run/walk/cycle event was tracked while I was sitting on my butt in a meeting doing nothing but shaking my foot or tapping my toe. I was doing it on purpose just to see what the Tracker would do. LOL! Now I know!
Friday, September 26, 2013
No workout today.
I wore the tracker on my bra strap or waist band all day instead of on my shoe. Appears it tracked steps just as accurately as wearing it on my shoe.
Saturday, September 27, 2013
Zumba today, 60 minutes, and 717 calories burned according to my Polar. I just saw the option to "reclassify" a workout on the Tracker page, but Zumba is not one of the options. The Tracker gave me credit for only 23 minutes and 30 calories.
Sunday, September 28, 2013
I didn't work out today, but we took a long nature trail walk with our grandkids. The Tracker is awesome at tracking steps, and it was nice to get credit for activity when I didn't really intend to.
Honestly...I'm just not sure if this gadget is for me. I suppose I could benefit from it just by using it when I am NOT doing an actual workout. It would be a good tool for helping me to set goals for increasing my activity outside of when I work out. Since 10 minutes of solid movement is required to get workout credit, and so many of my workouts are in intervals, I think it will bring me more frustration than motivation. Only being able to edit the type of activity and not the minutes and calories burned is a problem for me.
So whether or not I will keep or return the Spark Activity Tracker is undetermined at this point. I suppose I should give it a little more time to see what additional enhancements turn up, and I would also like to know what the phone app that is coming out will do.
What else ya got out there to win me over, SparkPeople?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Yep. I still do it. I have scheduled cheat days usually every weekend as part of my maintenance plan, but that's not what I am talking about. To me, a cheat day is having a bit more calories and carbs than I normally eat, but still making conscientious and reasonably healthy food choices.
This is what I ate on Saturday, September 21:
Ezekial 4:9 Low Sodium Bread (1 Slice), 1 serving 80 15 1 4
Smart Balance Chunky Natural Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp 100 3 9 4
Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 4 0 0 1
Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Squares (4 squares), 0.5 serving 110 12 9 1
Coffeemate Natural Bliss - Vanilla, 1 tbsp 35 5 2 0
Smucker's Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread, 0.5 tbsp 20 6 0 0
Grapes, 1 cup, seedless 62 16 0 1
Cantaloupe, 1 cup, diced 55 13 0 1
Jalapeno Peppers, 10 pepper 42 8 1 2
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 4 tbsp 80 4 5 4
Ketchup, Heinz, 6 tbsp 120 24 0 0
Kraft Sweet and Sour Sauce, 6 tbsp 180 39 0 0
Ghirardelli 60% Dark Chocolate with Caramel (3 Squares), 1 serving 220 25 15 0
Natures Own 100% Whole Wheat bread, 1 serving 50 10 1 4
Red Wine, 3 glass (3.5 fl oz) 262 8 0 0
Weight Watchers - Mexican Style Shredded Cheese, 1 serving 80 0 5 7
Baked String Fries, 1 serving 140 22 5 2
Italian Rose Fresh Salsa, 10 tbsp 50 10 0 0
Keebler Chocolate Chip Cookies, 0.5 serving 50 9 2 1
Dry Roasted Peanuts - No Salt, 3 oz 480 18 42 21
Smart Balance Chunky Natural Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp 100 3 9 4
PERDUE Crispy Chicken Strips(2pc.), 2 serving 340 26 18 36
Italian Rose Mango Salsa, 6 serving 120 30 0 0
XOCHiTL Mexican Style Tortilla Chips - NO SALT 1oz (28g), 4 serving 540 76 24 0
Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Dulce de Leche Icecream Bar, 1 serving 120 19 5 2
Voskos Greek Yogurt - Wild Strawberry 5.3oz, 1 serving 120 18 0 12
Smucker's Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread, 1 tbsp 40 11 0 0
Weight Watchers Red Velvet Creme Cake, 2 serving 180 32 6 2
This is what mindless eating gets you...even after almost 5 years of 60 pound weight loss maintenance...almost 4000 calories, just shy of 500 carbs, and 5000 mg of Sodium. Some would say...blow it off, it was a cheat day. And to a point, I would agree. But I know, and you know, that too many so called cheat days like this will put me right back where I was 6 years ago...size 14-16 and miserable. I also know that this is a symptom of a bigger problem...and there is more exploring I need to do in the psyche of CAROLISCIOUS to figure out why I would eat like I just got voted off the Island. It was a busy week, but I wasn't in any particularly over-stressed state. It wasn't a holiday. I wasn't bored. I wasn't angry. I was happy. It was a nice, rainy Saturday where I had nothing to do but my regular weekend chores, play around with the new Spark Activity Tracker, read, and rest. I just plain wanted to eat for the sheer joy and comfort of it...and so I did...completely mindlessly.
So where am I going with this? I've written it down in my tracker. I've looked at it, acknowledged it, and owned it. I know that a few good eating days will negate any resulting water retention and weight gain. I've already started that recovery process today. So what does it matter? Why should I track it and, worse yet, embarrass myself by publically blogging about it?
The truth is, this is happening more often that I care to publically admit. It is past time for me to come clean and stop ignoring that it is occurring. This is step one.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Workouts - 20 (a combination of running, RIPPED, Boot Camp and weight lifting)
Calories Burned - 6,341
Eating cheat days - every weekend...plus, I ate out 5 times
Weight August 1 - 139.2
Weight August 31 - 141.2
Average Weight - 141.6
Lowest Weight - 138.6
Measurement change - none
Overall feeling about this month...pitiful!
On a good note...I had my annual employee health screening this month. All my vital statistics are top notch (weight, abdominal circumference, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides).
I also completed my 5th annual update for the National Weight Control Registry. I'm still in the 5% of weight loss maintainers. Yay!
On to September!
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