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!
*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!
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.
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~!
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.
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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