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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Haven't written here for a while, primarily because I was working and volunteering at our state fair, with no scale and little computer time available.

However, that did not stop me from watching my FitBit step numbers add up AND keeping an eye on my active minutes. I honestly don't understand how those active numbers are determined by the FitBit. I could walk quickly with a regular speed for quite a while on the fairgrounds and end up with maybe one active minute. And then yesterday, with a morning of mostly desk-sitting, followed by an afternoon with more sitting and some walking in a pasture, and end up with six. Ah, well, I guess keeping an eye on when I'm moving is still the right thing to do.

Perhaps a new tack to this personal challenge is now in order: For three days I will record at least 8,000 steps, 15 minutes of walking and four glasses of water.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/21/2014 9:42AM

    You can do that!

Active minutes are a mystery .

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The "uh-ohs" and "ups"

Monday, August 04, 2014

I sure am having difficulty getting active minutes to show on my tracker. I know it's not user error, so it's probably user omission. Of course it varies, but in general I'm doing stairs at work and home (thanks to water shut-off at work and laundry at home) but I'm not getting in the real movement that I need, and that I need to show on my FitBit.

So, I continue to wait for the real start to this personal streak/challenge: 15 minutes of walking and 5 active minutes as shown on my FitBit. I'm really tired of not even getting it started, especially after such a great start with my earlier self-challenges last month. It's really irritating to think "uh-oh, I didn't get there again!" each night.

On the other hand, those "uh-ohs" really help me relish the "ups" when they occur. Like this morning when my scale read 185.0. That number has been my goal for quite some time, and never did I think it would happen now, in the midst of all these non-starting challenge days.

So, today I'll thumb my nose at the streak that won't start, while I applaud my inner determination that helps other good things happen in the meantime.

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CTUPTON 8/7/2014 7:48PM

    Just focusing on the exercise has you doing more than you'd do otherwise. The streak will fal nto place. Then we all will congratulate you! chris

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BIGPAWSUP 8/4/2014 7:27PM

    You can do this!!

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WIFE48 8/4/2014 1:05PM

    emoticon Congrats on reaching 180. Hang in there.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/4/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon on reaching your 180 goal. I am happy that you are embracing various areas in measuring your progress. as you have noticed relying on just one area can be misleading and frustrating ... the Fitbit is not showing you the results you want to see but the number on the scale tells you that you must be doing something right because you are seeing improvement there. Persistence is one of the keys to success, keep on working with the Fitbit, you will eventually get it to show the results you want.

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OTTD update

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Well, my FitBit showed only one active minute for all of yesterday, though I can't understand why. I walked briskly to my car, I did some marching at home last night and I spent 30+ minutes mowing the lawn. Huh.

So, that means I start this three-day streak again today: 15 min walking and 5 active minutes. Doesn't seem like much, but as yesterday showed, even this little bit sometimes is hard to do.

I will start in a few minutes with walks to two different places on campus. It's beginning to feel a lot like fall with bright sun and cool early morning temperatures, and that really helps with mental encouragement to be outside.

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CTUPTON 8/7/2014 7:51PM

    Sounds like that Fitbit is nt giving you credit where credit is due! On my fitness racker onSP can reclassify things if it measured activity over 10 min. When I reclassify, often I get more credit. My water classes don' register as water aerobics so I reclassify them. I get more steps that way. chris

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SHOYER 7/30/2014 5:43PM

    Noreen, I have the fitbit one and wear it clipped inside my shirt. Usually it's pretty accurate on the steps, but I know my mowing used more "action" than the fitbit showed. That's okay. I am sometimes pleasantly surprised to see flights of stairs adding up when I don't always use stairs. I figure that it must somehow measure or account for the force of my steps as I walk up a slope or hill.

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WIFE48 7/30/2014 12:08PM

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NHES220 7/30/2014 11:29AM

    I will tell you that marching in place does not always show as active minutes on my Fitbit. Mowing the lawn you are not moving your arm, so if you have a Fitbit Flex that you wear on your wrist it may not have even measured those steps. Know that you moved - you did what you set up to do! Just FYI - you can put the Fitbit Flex in your pocket when you are mowing the lawn and it should measure your steps, but again you are not moving fast so they will not be active.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/30/2014 10:02AM

    It does sometimes seem like me walk more than those thing tell us, but a mile is a good distance when you look at it.

"Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal." Unknown.

emoticon Keep walking. Linda

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BIGPAWSUP 7/30/2014 9:00AM

    You got this

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OTTD -- (4) and (5) accomplished!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I wasn't able to blog much of the last several days due to travel and family obligations for an out of state wedding, but I thought about this often. I definitely got my 15 minutes of walking in for two 3-day streaks in a row. Lots of walking while helping set up and clean up at the wedding, plus airport "travel" to kill three hours.

Today is a new streak-starting day, so I say let's do 15 min walking and 5 active minutes, according to my FitBit. Still some to do on that, so I'm hoping I find a good stopping place in my first day back to work schedule soon. emoticon

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NHES220 7/29/2014 3:47PM

    Good for you for keeping it up!

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JTREMBATH 7/29/2014 2:47PM

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OTTD (3)+++

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Whew! I did it. Three of the "One Thing, Three Days" streaks accomplished. Again yesterday (heat, humditity outdoors and lots of desk work indoors) I had to work at getting the final "active" minutes to show on my FitBit so I could close out that streak.

Today I'm choosing to start a slightly different streak because of some air travel, etc. coming up. I'm going back to the regular minutes, but will increase it to 15. It should be very "doable" but I don't want to mess up this soon. So, 15 regular minutes of walking a day this streak.

And away I go! emoticon

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AMYBUTLER10 7/23/2014 12:43PM

    You can do it!!!!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/23/2014 12:21PM

    You got this.

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