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"Busy" does not equal "Active"

Friday, February 15, 2013

That's been my big lesson with the Fitbit. Yes, I am crazy busy..and I fall into bed exhausted every night. For years, I have equated that with being active.

Nope. The Fitbit has shown me that despite all that "busy-ness" - I am typically fairly active about 2 hours a day. I am slightly active about an hour a day. And very active? once or twice a day - typically zumba and walks.

Yesterday was another 10K+ day, and again, it was noteworthy to me that to get over 10K required a "short class" of 20 min of zumba, two 15 min walks, a trip to the grocery store, and getting up and walking around a little every half hour. That doesn't sound like a lot, but piled into my day...it is.

The scale..it's teetering. I think I might have lost a half pound, but I don't have an electronic scale, so I only count what I know is true, and what was true yesterday was 244. Again. I do expect, by the shift in my clothes, there will be a drop soon. Last time I went down 7....up 3 and stayed there for a net loss of 4 pounds. For some reason, that's the way my body works. None of this a pound a week thing. It hangs on for 2 weeks, 3 weeks, maybe a month, then BOOM. 5-7 pound loss, then it wiggles up and down a little for a 2-4 pound "real" loss.

Learning this is helping me to be more patient.

Food? Well....much drama ensues from the south while Jodie's mom declines rapidly. Hospice said she won't make it til Jodie's planned trip end of March, so next week jodie is making a flying trip to Louisiana to say goodbye to her mom. Meanwhile, her sister calls 10x a day with increasing hysteria/drama. Seriously. 10x a day. As i said.....Drama ensues. Oy. So the food? yeah. It's not pretty. So, I'm focusing on movement...that's the best I can do right now.

And the best you can do....is the best you can do. Have a rockin' weekend folks!

  
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40PUDDLEJUMPER 2/17/2013 3:41AM

    emoticon doing your best is the big thing...that's all we can do so be very proud of that,

Hang in there x

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 2/17/2013 3:35AM

    emoticon doing your best is the big thing...that's all we can do so be very proud of that,

Hang in there x

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TRIXIETEXAS 2/15/2013 10:29AM

    The fitbit is so great for making you see what your patterns are...I am finding also that it is so hard to get to 10K. I'm fitting in extra steps all day and I am still not making it every day.

You are right to know that you just have to do the best you can in trying times. Losing a parent is so awful and tough, and being the partner of someone losing a parent is hard, too. Knowing what to say, allowing them to experience their grief...it's all just hard. Continue to do your best, it is all you can do. emoticon



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Overeating

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

At first, when I actively logged my food with my fitbit I was undereating.

Now, since I'm carefully tracking again the last couple days - overeating.

It's emotional, stress-driven eating.

Lots of pressure right now - Jodie's health issues have suddenly come to the forefront. In 7 days we learned she has cataracts on both eyes (at 48!), beginnings of diabetic retinopathy, kidney function not as good as it could be, and she's developed a small abscess on her hip. And her mother is dying of cancer. She bought a ticket home to Louisiana at the end of the school term, but sister called last night saying hospice said her mom isn't likely going to make it through the month. That's just in the last week, and just Jodie's stress. Let's not start listing mine, or I might run to the fridge, LOL.

I'm trying to be aware. I'm trying to log every ugly bite, and I'm trying to keep on moving.

Wouldn't you think, when an obese apparently overly sedentary woman starts moving about an hour a day more than usual, there would be some weight loss, LOL?

I will say, despite the scale's stubborn refusal to budge one bit (tho perhaps I should be grateful it's not going the wrong way!), my clothes are fitting different. Definitely, with no reservation I can say my body IS changing due to the exercise. As always, it amazes me that the first places that begin to show change are the places I don't actually have a problem with in the first place - like my calves. Or my chest (please, I really don't need to lose one more inch there!). Wouldn't you think it'd come off the big areas first? The hips? The belly?

Mostly I'm hanging in there....but boy, can I feel the stress eating at me (and apparently, I'm a stress-induced eating machine, sigh). The movement of zumba, the walks on my breaks - those are definitely helping with the stress though. Sort of shudder to think where I'd be if I wasn't moving!

That's it, checked in for another installment of Lisa trying to get healthy. Have a great day folks, and keep moving!

  
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TRIXIETEXAS 2/13/2013 9:40AM

    I am so sorry for everything that you and your partner are going through right now. Your self-awareness and your positive attitude are admirable. If you feel like quitting, continue to remind yourself that staying unhealthy will only make all the issues even worse. And the endorphins from exercise are surely keeping you from having a total breakdown, so keep it at it! Continue to be proud of yourself, you have earned it! emoticon

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ICBNIC 2/13/2013 8:59AM

    Stress is always a good hanger-on to weight. For whatever reason the more stressed I am, the more weight I hold!! it's more important now than ever to take good care of you - so you can give and be your best for others! I always count the shift in my clothes a better indicator of weight loss/muscle formation. With moving from sedentary to more active it may just be you are toning and forming muscles and those weight more than fat!! Give it time!! You can do it! Best wishes!

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Keep on chugging away...

Monday, February 11, 2013

No weight loss.

Really?

Adding zumba several times a week, adding walks on my break, moving my steps up from 3K a day to 8-12K a day.

Scale is stuck at 244.

no the scale is NOT the be all and end all of weight loss. But, really?

What shall I do then? Well, I shall keep doing it. Keep doing zumba, keep walking. last week my food tracking was not consistent - but I also didn't eat anything unusual. However, I willl track.

I will be patient.

Fitbit and Spark do say I can eat more food than I'm eating most days, when I have been careful about tracking. Perhaps, just as a lark, I will eat up a couple hundred more calories a day and see what that benefits me.

Not giving up, just whining. Everyone needs a little whine session now and again, eh?

  
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MS_ZENZI 2/11/2013 1:32PM

    Congrats on your consistent effort. I'm feeling the same way!

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Thursday Check In

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Well, I'm working it. Let's see, I think 10 days or so since I got the Fitbit. I'm averaging about 8000+ steps a day and three times I've been over 10,000. I've held my sedentary rate at around 83%, and it's still taking zumba several times a week and walking on both breaks to keep it there. My daughter and I hadn't weighed for a month and we did so Tuesday and I lost 5 pounds last month! Hot dog!

Sunday was the local dance guild showcase and I danced. Below is the picture. I think the word "horrified" would be pretty close to how I felt when I saw it. I could go on and on about how I usually wear a different kind of midriff cover that holds in all ...of..... THAT in a whole lot better. But the reality is I'm an obese woman with a short body and it has to go somewhere so it goes.....there.

I warred with myself about posting it. I'm not happy with it. But I'm still out there, living my life. I could wait to dance until I lost the weight. Well, I would have been waiting a very long time, wouldn't I? I choose to live today, even if I'm obese doing it. So, there you have it.

That said, today I went online and ordered the "power net" midriff cover I USUALLY wear, LOL. That new, "oh so soft, don't even know it's there" one? Not so much.

  
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GOPINTOS 2/10/2013 4:43PM

    5lbs is awesome! emoticon

Thanks for sharing!

Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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40PUDDLEJUMPER 2/10/2013 3:25AM

    As I always say its no use waiting for a better bit of your life to arrive we all have to go for it and make it the best we really can - emoticon

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KATCHAGIRL 2/8/2013 12:19PM

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YOU GO GIRL!!! :)

I hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend!

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TERRYT55 2/8/2013 1:32AM

    Yay for you, Lisa. For your increasing Fitbit steps and for not waiting to live your life. You, my friend, ROCK

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DO4FIT 2/7/2013 9:58PM

  awesome

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MS_ZENZI 2/7/2013 9:44PM

    So glad you're not waiting to live your life! Looks like fun!

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KIMBERLY19732 2/7/2013 9:35PM

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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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KRICKET4 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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