Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I had three days of 10K steps under my belt and then the weekend hit. Saturday I worked and...forgot to put on my fitbit til almost 10 a.m., when I'd been up at 5. no good. The rest of the weekend was lazy and I got sucked into the amazing world of ancestry dot com and....that was that.
Yesterday, back at it with a vengence, 11k+.
More learned on getting 10K a day:
If I don't get a morning workout (zumba), I have to walk on both my breaks and take a 45 min to an hour walk at night. This isn't a bad thing, but some evenings are booked and fitting that 45-60 min in is a bear.
Wearing slippers around the house defeats step counting. I guess I shuffle more with slippers on. I spent over 2 hours in the kitchen putzing around with some recipes going back and forth, out to the garage a dozen times or more, etc and had less than a 1000 steps. I knew it wasn't right and when I began to pay attention to what I was doing...noticed the shuffle shuffle instead of "steps".
But, back at it with a vengeance today. :)
Saturday, May 25, 2013
or, trying to.
I was so excited about the three-day weekend! Then.....I found out at 3 pm yesterday I have to work today because I wasn't notified of someone's vacation request and they have family coming into town and....
No three-day for me. I tried to be gracious, but I was really disappointed. Last night, I had a really bad attitude about it. A lot of work stuff has been building up and this was sort of the straw that made me fall apart (when I got home).
But, today is a new day...and I'll still have 2 days off. I just keep telling myself that.
10,000 steps a day streak: Three days. Took a walk around the block at 9 pm to make it, but I did it!
Food...ahem. Not so great. That work "Stuff" I mentioned? Coupled with my partner's continued unemployment? The realization my 27 yo alcoholic daughter is drinking really heavily ...again? yeah. "Stuff" is what I did to my face yesterday. Overall, it's not a horrible binge or anything, but there was some mindless eating in there I could have done without. That said, I'm coping pretty much as best I can with my stress. Walking is definitely a stress release for me, so those 10K steps are helping.
I realized last night, I need some fun. Life has not been fun. It's been one hurdle after the next for quite awhile. Then I had to think, what is "fun" for me and how do I get there on a squeeky tight budget of both time and money?
Crafts. I love crafts. I love playing with color, paper, paint, clay, glitter, modge podge, you name it. I have projects that need to be completed...but they are large and some of them are more "work" than fun - bellydance costuming etc. Those "have" to be done, have deadlines etc and they do not count as "fun". I'm not sure that makes sense, maybe this analogy will: A professional photographer shoots a wedding. He might enjoy his work....but it's work. It's not for fun. Maybe that gives an idea of what I mean.
So, I'm going to set aside some time this weekend to work on something crafty that is not "required" or pending a deadline. I'm giving myself a $20 budget if I need to go out and get materials, and i'm not going to feel guilty about it (yes, I'm talking to myself here) because $20 for some sanity is pretty damn cheap.
Friday, May 24, 2013
10,000 steps a day streak: 2 days.
Due to appointments and work meetings, getting 10K steps yesterday required about 45 minutes of walking at 7:00 pm again. But I did it. I also did a conditioning video with a dance friend that drilled some dance technique but was mostly yoga/pilates-based stuff and....ow. A reminder of the muscle I've lost for sure. I was feeling pretty stoved up last night after all that even after a long hot soak and this morning....well, ow.
But, I did it. Now, to do it again today - at least the 10K steps part.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I made 10,000+ steps yesterday.
During the day I got up and walked, a lot. I tried marching in place when I had to wait (though I discovered the Fitbit doesn't really seem to pick up my marching in place steps, more like half). At 7 pm last night I had 6500. So, I put my shoes back on and walked the dog. Not far enough. Another walk around the block. Almost. 250 steps of walking around the house and I was done.
Now to do it...today.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Been awhile since I posted. I lurk on SP a lot, but...it takes time and energy to commit to teams/participate and I haven't had either.
I've been amazed at how darn hard it's been to increase my steps. It's really easy to sit at my desk during work for a good 2 hours without getting up once. Even with walks on breaks, my step count has been sinking rather than rising.
I want to fix this. I want to fix it badly. How am I going to do it? Well...
I'm back at doing Zumba in the a.m. several times a week. Even if it's only a 15 minute session, it's adding steps.
A SP/Fitbit friend mentioned setting her Outlook calender at work to remind her to get up and move. I'm going to start that today.
I need to start adding in walks after work. Planned on last night, but we had high winds and rain. I went grocery shopping instead, lol.
This has to change. The count has to go up for me to be getting the calorie burn I need to maintain. Belly dance unfortunately does not count. I can take a 15 min walk at work and get 1400 steps easy. I can do 15 minutes of dance practice, and dance hard, and the Fitbit says I took 250 steps. I took a lot more than that, but because of the nature of dancing - knees are always soft and steps are more gliding - it doesn't register the steps taken. I think my body also does not recognize the steps taken because if so, my dance time alone should help keep my weight in check. There is a lot of muscle being used, so I don't think it's "wasted time" (besides the fact it's my art), but it means that I have to go above and beyond the dance time. That makes time an issue, because I dance frequently.
Blah blah blah. I'm rambling. :)
All this to say, yes, my weight IS still at exactly the same point it's been for darn near a year, 244. doesn't seem to matter what I eat, doesn't seem to matter how much I dance or add walks on breaks etc. That means I must do more.
That's sort of a daunting thing.
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