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Fitbit - Day 6

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The first couple of days with my Fitbit, I was appalled at how sedentary it showed I was. 96% out of my day was sedentary. I THOUGHT I was busy all the time, I did dance classes and started Zumba for Wii and walked.....

But there was that number, 96%. I realized, it was right. I was sedentary a LOT.

So, after that initial period of shock, I decided I would start moving more no matter what! 96% was not acceptable!

I began:
*Getting up every 30 min from my desk (computer job) and walking a quick lap around our floor (about 100 steps).
*I started walking outside on at least one of my breaks, many times both of them (about 1500 steps).
*I paced back and forth if I had to wait somewhere, instead of finding a chair and sitting down
*I continued Zumba for Wii and was shocked to see that it didn't burn as many steps as I thought it would (about 1500 steps for 30 minutes). However, I do feel it is high intensity (for me!) movement and well worth that 30 minutes, even tho Fitbit gives it about half the steps I would have expected for the time.
*I did only have 2 nights of dance, where normally I would have 4 (student illness, cancellation)

You can see my progression in steps - due SOLELY to the motivation of making my Fitbit stats rise:
(Goals 10,000 Steps/day, 1000 activty score/day)

Monday: 4061 steps, 326 activity score (no dance classes, 20ish min of Zumba)
Tuesday: 7039 steps, 485 activity score (no dance classes, 30 min of Zumba)
Wednesday: 8730 steps, 662 activity score (one hour of dance class, 20 min of Zumba)
Thursday: 9210 steps, 661 activity score (1.5 hours of dance class, 30 min Zumba)
Friday: 7379 steps, 521 activity score (no dance class, no zumba).

Fitbit is a huge motivator for me. I walked, moved, zumba'd, and danced around as much as I could.

Friday, I was tired. I mean TIRED, lol. Over the week, I at least once moved my sedentary rate from 96% to 83%. That's a pretty big increase for only a few days. I was frankly pretty amazed at how much work it took to raise my activity level that much!

I was also surprised that by calculating my calories burned in a different way than SparkPeople, I could eat more food. I didn't necessarily eat more calories a day than I would normally, unless I felt hungry.

Weight? Well, it's really early to tell. I have a strong history of it taking about a week to 10 days to show the effort of a week's work on the scale. I started the week at I think at around 247ish and this a.m. was at 244. That's where I've been bouncing up and down up and down for about three weeks, the lowest I got was 241, for about 1 day, LOL. Then I went from 244 to 249, up and down up and down, up and down. I'm not a fast loser (see previous posts about insulin resistance, estrogen dominance, and perimenopause, sigh).

I can tell you I think Fitbit is worth every penny. I've had pedometers and had poor success with them in the past. I have three pedometers in a drawer, if that tells you anything. Fitbit's dashboard, showing not only your steps, but your calories burned, distance traveled, and your activity, is a massive motivator for me. Possibly the most motivating tool I've ever used. I love that it syncs with Spark, meaning I don't have to log my food somewhere else, because I know for a fact....I won't. Spark has the best food tracking system for me and I love that I can still use it and see it on the Fitbit dashboard.

That's it. My post in continuing praise of the Fitbit. I noticed a couple snarky comments from folks I shared my excitement with in the 'real' world. "wow, that's really expensive" - from a woman with $200 worth of extensions in her hair. "That's just a glorified pedometer, you didn't need that" from someone who is just as obese as I am - and frankly not doing a single thing about it.

I'm extremely pleased I purchased it. I even posted a link to Fitbit on Facebook and wrote "Best $50 I ever spent, period!".

That's it for today. Have an AWESOME weekend!

  
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TRIXIETEXAS 2/12/2013 12:03PM

    I just bought a fitbit about a week and a half ago, and I am experiencing similar things...it is certainly motivating me to MOVE! I love this thing! It is well worth every penny.

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SHAR140 2/6/2013 8:32AM

    YES!!!! Soooo happy for you, that it's helped motivate you so much. :)

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LEXIE63 2/5/2013 1:01PM

    I want to get a fitbit one day, but right now I just don't have the money. *sigh*
Sounds like you are having a whale of a time with yours! Awesome!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/3/2013 12:14AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE my fitbit.

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P0KERS0PH 2/2/2013 5:56PM

    The Fitbit is so worth the money. It's so much more than a pedometer. It's so motivating and a real eye opener when it comes to seeing how active or inactive you are.

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KIMBERLY19732 2/2/2013 2:09PM

    Ignore the "haters" enjoy your FitBit, I'm loving mine!!!! emoticon

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PENGUINSRBEST 2/2/2013 2:08PM

    I LOVE my fitbit! I also purchased the online upgade and am doing the "training" - each week it increases the number of calories I have to burn through movement - some days it is pretty tough to get those calories burned, but I am at the end of week 12. Also, best money I have ever spent! Congratulations on your progress - keep going - you can get to that 10,000 step mark and beyond!

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TERRYT55 2/2/2013 12:11PM

    I'm happy you are enjoying your fitbit and that it encourages you to move more. I agree that the money spent on my fitbit was the best I ever spent too.

You are getting so close to the 10,000 step mark. I know you can do it! Do you watch much TV? If so, I find pacing while I watch helps my steps add up and keeps me burning calories too emoticon

Keep up the good work and have fun!

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MS_ZENZI 2/2/2013 10:58AM

    Wow! I believe that, if it works do it! If we were all motivated by the same thing and achieved success the same way, wouldn't there only be one SparkTeam and we would all be super-successful there! Not the case, right? As for "real people", any investment in your health is not a waste. No one blinks when they see people with a $400 phone, but $50 to know for sure you're doing all that you can for your health? That's money well spent!

Good luck and I'm glad you enjoy it.

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Fitbit day 3

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Well, I have one thing to say:

Fitbit has woken me up to a very scary thought. I'm sedentary way more than I thought I was.

Granted, Monday's dance practice was cancelled, and that would have been an hour and a half to 2 hours of dancing and so that didn't happen.

But otherwise? I was shocked, literally shocked to see that over the last 2.5 days, I've been what the Fitbit considers sedentery for 96% of the time.

HOLY. EFFING. COW.

That includes doing a minimum of 30 min of zumba in the a.m., adding a walk in yesterday etc. Now, the rest of my week - if it goes as scheduled, will have at least an hour of dance a night, if not 2-3 hours of dance. But....that doesn't change reality.

I'm much, much too sedentary.

First thing I'm changing? I sit at a computer all day every day. Every 30 minutes, I'm going to start getting up and walking a lap around our floor.

It's a start.

Do I like fitbit? Yes! I'm still new and still catching on, but I like it. It's REALLY motivating me to get off my butt, which I think we can all agree on, is probably the most important thing I could do.

I have other news to share, but no time today. My insurance company is setting me up with a health coach because of my multiple risk factors. That should be interesting.....

Hopefully I'll catch up to posting soon.

  
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TERRYT55 1/31/2013 5:34PM

    I love my fitbit! It keeps me moving. I can see when I am having a sedentary day and I get off my butt!

Happy you and Jodie both have a fitbit......Have you joined the fitbit challenge page? Watching my steps add up there keeps me moving too.

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JENSEMINARA 1/31/2013 12:26PM

    Glad you are liking the fitbit. It really has been eye opening to me as well. It truly has helped me stay focused on being more active too. I have added a second workout most days to get to my goals for the day. What I like too is on the days I know I am going to be sitting more than I know to tone down my eating . Love this little gadget too.

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MANDAROSE80 1/30/2013 9:53PM

    I've been thinking about spending the money on a Fitbit but have hesitated. Sounds like it is helpful. emoticon

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PINE76APPLE 1/30/2013 8:44PM

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ROCKMAN6797 1/30/2013 4:09PM

    It is eye-opening, isn't it?!
Good for you for attempting to find periods throughout the day to get up and move! That will definitely add steps to your total.

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USMAWIFE 1/30/2013 4:04PM

    It is an incredible little gadget which truly makes you get going

I love give One day I am thinking of naming it.

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MS_ZENZI 1/30/2013 3:52PM

    Awesome!! I'm now a little scared to face the Fitbit, too. But, it's better to know that to feel like you're being active and wonder why the scale isn't moving. Continued good luck!!

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New Toy - Fitbit Zip!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Yesterday, my partner and I were in Best Buy. I stopped to look at the heart rate moniters. By the time we left, we had a two-pack of Fitbit(s). I'd seen them here on spark and looked them up, but thought, cool, but $100? That's too rich for my sad pocket, LOL. Then we had a little windfall last week. Paid some bills, etc and had a little left over. Hence the trip to Best Buy. We found the 2 pack of the Zip style Fitbit for $100 (reg 59.95, it's the new "One" style that was $100), so that was a savings of $9.95 each.

Now normally, I would balk at paying $60 for a gadget. I stood in the aisle awhile, warring with myself over it. "Is this a glorified pedometer? You have pedometers at home, and for whatever reason they either track too many steps, not enough steps, fall off, reset every time you look at them....do you NEED at $60 gadget that might not be any better?" So, I was pretty much on the fence about it. I might have left with a $39.99 heart rate watch had I been on my own. But then I saw Jodie looking too, and she was interested.

Jodie has been working really hard the last two-three weeks, walking, trying to make better choices etc. If you've been with me awhile, you know I have been upset as all H*LL that she won't take care of her diabetes, at all. Well, in the last three weeks, Jodie has taken her blood sugar daily and is taking her insulin.

I can NOT express what a big deal this is. We've been together almost 8 years, and that is more than all the other time combined that she has faced her diabetes head on. She wants a job with campus security for the local college, and has joined their volunteer cadet program and realized she had to get ahold of her health, period, if she wants a job with them.

And she's doing it. I can't express what that means to me - that she is finally, finally taking care of her diabetes.

So, we walked out of Best Buy with Fitbits. I set them up last night online and today will be the test. For me, it will be an interesting baseline - because I have no dance today. I also am taking a day off of Zumba after doing it 3 days in a row. So, today should be a "no-exercise" day. It will be very interesting to track today against a "regular" day with dance for me, then with Zumba as well.

Had a dance show last night, and my costume was a little loose. :) Haven't weighed this week yet, but I'm looking for a little change~!

  
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SHAR140 1/28/2013 1:44PM

    Yay!! So happy for both of you! :) Let me know what you think of it - I had the old fitbit ultra, but lost it...took it off changing at the gym, I must have set it down on the bench, and never saw it again. I didn't realize until later that night. So I've been debating buying another, but the Zip is really all I need. I rarely (like maybe 3 times) wore it at night, and tracking flights of stairs was nice, but I don't *need* it - that's the big differences I see going to the Zip.

I miss the instant reminder when I'd check it, that I needed to get up walk more!!

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ICBNIC 1/28/2013 9:37AM

    I'll be interested to hear how you like fitbit as well - I've looked at it half a dozen times, and like you war with myself over if it's worth it! Keep us posted! And congrats for both Jodie AND your costume being a little large!!! That's a big WOOT WOOT from me!

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IMAGINE_IT 1/28/2013 9:31AM

    emoticon That your DP is on board with living more healthier.... emoticon emoticon on the Fitbits......

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MS_ZENZI 1/28/2013 9:01AM

    I can't wait to hear about the Fitbit!! I've seen info about it all over this site, but I'm very cautious when it comes to investing in gadgets. I'm glad to hear that your partner is making positive steps. It's hard when it feels like you care about someone else's health more than they do. You never want to harass, but you always hope....

Maybe doing Fitbit as a team will give you both extra motivation. Good luck!!

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SAMMI4444 1/28/2013 8:49AM

    I love my fitbit! I'm sure you and your partner will as well :). So happy Jodie is doing great taking care of her diabetes! My mom is diabetic as well and soemtimes it feels like babysitting the way we have to keep at her to monitor her sugars and what not. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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SUSIEQ911 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    Great deal! And great news that Jodie is interesting too!



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Zumba 2 for Wii - Holy Cow!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

So...I'm one of those people who are always way too busy. Full-time job, part-time "job" of dance commitments, kids, and partner all add up to: I have Tuesday evenings off (if I don't schedule someone for dance) and a little time on the weekends for "extra" activities. I dance 4 nights a week on average.

Fitting in MORE activity? A big chore. I already get up at 4:45 a.m. to have a cup of coffee, work out, do personal dance practice and get ready for work. After work, I have about an hour to get home, have dinner and do whatever chores (or sometimes take a nap!) before dance folks begin arriving to dance in my dining room.

I knew I need to take my exercise up a notch, but was at a loss how to do it. I walk when I can - if it's still light, not snowing, and I'm not committed elsewhere. I don't have time for a gym, and trying to fit to a schedule of classes somewhere? Really freakin' hard. I do Wii fit in the a.m., sometimes, but have a hard time really working up a sweat with it....So, I read some reviews and decided to purchase Zumba 2 for Wii.

Oh. My. Gawd. Friday I had time for about 20 minutes. Soaked in sweat by the end of it. This a.m., I did a 60 min "full class" routine and....wow. Again, drenched in sweat and I was TIRED when that 60 min finally wound down. A good tired, but tired nonetheless. I chose a "low intensity" class...I'd tried a medium intensity on Friday...and I could not keep up. Not remotely. And this is with 4 nights of dance a week!

Enjoying the change of pace, enjoying getting a great workout - at my convenience in my living room - and interested to see what this does, if anything, for the weight loss.

Still hanging in at 244 as of late this week.

  
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WONDEROONA 1/27/2013 7:34PM

    I was going to buy Zumba for the Xbox but I downloaded a trial of it and almost killed myself and my wife doing it!!! I kept tripping and couldn't keep up. My wife almost died of laughter. I think that I'm going to give it another shot when she's not watching. I'd like to learn how to do it in the comfort of my home. I have no rhythm, unfortunately.

Good job at stepping up the fitness!!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 1/27/2013 12:46PM

    this is my best thing to do... i love to zumba i love to zumba!!!

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FITWITHIN 1/26/2013 6:59PM

    Love Zumba! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEQ911 1/26/2013 6:24PM

    I am SO not coordinated to do any kind of Zumba!

Good for you!

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P-p-p-pressure

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've been struggling with anxiety the last few days. Why? Well, I dunno.

Do you need a reason?

Sigh. I've never needed a reason to feel anxiety or depression. They just come along uninvited.

The impact on my food/exercise program? Usually, I will overeat. Eat out of anxiety, not hunger. Wanting somethng to soothe me, and my drug of choice for soothing myself is SUGAR.

In hindsight, I can look back at Tuesday's nosedive into the candy jar at work and think "ooooooh. Oh. That's what that was about!" Because again in hindsight, I can see I was struggling with anxiety.

Yesterday I had a rare midweek day off. I still felt anxious, in fact, I felt pretty darn anxious. But I managed to refrain from overeating, or binging on sugar. I worked out and I focused on a project. I also worked on filling up my sleep deficit with a nice nap and some quiet time reading a book.

Yes, I feel it on the fringes of my awareness today, that anxiety. But I know what the monster in the corner is this time, and I know it's just feelings....and feelings don't need to be fed with food.

  
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GOPINTOS 1/24/2013 6:19PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing!

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ICBNIC 1/24/2013 11:13AM

    You've got some great advice about handling your anxiety - it DOES take practice. I'm an emotional eater (my whole life) and had to create some if/then plans to make me mentally know what the plan was when things happened. IF stress raises at work (demands of the job), then go for a short walk around the building, breathe deeply and come back with a new attitude.

A part of the emotional eating is the equivocating food with love (I wrote a blog on this very subject this week). It's all about relearning what food is - food is not a security blanket, it is not a hug, it is not love. Now repeat after me - food is fuel. Best of luck!

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DITA48 1/24/2013 9:45AM

    I agree with SUSIEQ, it takes practice. Knowing your demons is one thing, but successfully slaying them time and again is what is needed to build confidence. Have patience and determination. You can do it!!

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SUSIEQ911 1/24/2013 9:22AM

    I think it's all about being mindful. You really have to stop and analyze why. It's hard, but it sounds like you did a good job yesterday.

I think it takes practice. You have to do the hindsight thing multiple times before you start seeing it before it happens.

Have a great day!

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MYUTMOST4HIM 1/24/2013 8:20AM

    That's the problem with this - it is a vicious cycle cause the anxiety causes those cravings and IF you give in to them - they make them worse......

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