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Day 8 Of My ActiveLink Baseline

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today is day 8 of setting my baseline for my ActiveLink. Once I feed the USB of the ActiveLink into my computer, I should have a baseline established. The program with then design a 12 week challenge just for me. I'm very excited about the process!

Today, I did 90 minutes of deep water aerobics and 30+ minutes of slow walking. I did my walking when I went shopping. I walked the perimeter of the store inside and then went up and down as many isles as I could. Next, I did actually shopping - trying on clothes and looking for specific items. I had two coupons that I used. One coupon was a bonus coupon for $10 and the other was a $10 off coupon. The two items that I purchased were also on sale, which made the purchases that much sweeter. The first item was a top that I bought in a size that barely fits. It will be my reward for losing my next 5 pounds. The second item was something that I purchased for hubby as a reward for all of his hard work this week. I saved about $45 dollars on this shopping trip. I was pleased!

I'm glad that I packed a snack which I ate after I finished working out. I lost all track of time and didn't eat lunch until about 2:30p.m. I did get very thirsty so I was happy that I had several 20 ounce bottles of water in the car. By the time 2:30p.m. rolled around, I had already had 64 ounces of water. Pre-planning really worked in my favor today!

I can't wait to plug my ActiveLink into my computer tonight. I'm looking forward to seeing my weekly progress and to beginning my 12 week challenge.

  
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L*I*T*A* 10/20/2012 8:51PM

    sounds like a great day overall.......
looking forward to hearing how your active link works out!!!
blessings and hugs.......lita

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Days 6 and 7 Of My ActiveLink

Friday, October 19, 2012

Day 6 was a good day for my ActiveLink. I did 100 minutes of deep water aerobics and water jogging. I took off the Link when I was walking around the house tightening screws on drawers and doors because that isn't something that I ordinarily do for activity. My tracker definitely showed some big dark green bars indicating activity that was intense. The activity time was consistent with the time I spent working out in the pool.

Day 7 was complete and total overkill on my part. I was active from 7:20a.m. until 3p.m. I did 120 minutes of water aerobics followed by several hours of walking as I completed my errands. This wasn't planned; it just kind of happened. Thank goodness I had a snack and water with me in the car because I didn't eat lunch until 3p.m. I was exhausted when I got home and ate lunch. This caused me to have to lie down for almost 2 hours. emoticon I will find out later this evening what my activity looks like for today and add it into this blog. I hope my activity overload won't skew my baseline for my tracker. I worked around my tendency to over do my activity all week and am disappointed in my own judgement. Live and learn. This is the very reason I got the ActiveLink in the first place. Looking at the data in living color will hopefully help me to use moderation more often.

Tomorrow is my last day of tracking to establish a baseline or starting point. I'm looking forward to seeing the results of my first week of activity tracking. The ActiveLink will give me a 12 week challenge for activity after my baseline is established. I'm excited to start my activity challenge. At the rate I moved around today, I have a feeling that the ActiveLink is going to tell me to slow down. I certainly hope it will!!! It's a great tool for me to use to monitor myself as I exercise and live an active life.

When I plugged my ActiveLink into the computer, all of these dark green bars that indicated high intensity activity popped up. I was right about being active from 7:20a.m. until 3:00p.m. The darkest green showed during the time when I was doing water aerobics. However, a lot of activity of a medium intensity popped up in the hours after water aerobics. I'm looking forward to my last day of setting my baseline. I'm excited about getting started on my challenge!

  
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L*I*T*A* 10/20/2012 12:15AM

    so great that you have been able to find such and awesome tool!!!
wishing you continued success with your ``active link``
blessings and hugs...........lita

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Day 5 of My ActiveLink

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today, the pool chemistry was off so we held our class in the therapy pool. The heat was off in the therapy pool so I only did the healthy back class, got cold and got out of the pool. I was in the pool for about an hour doing stretching and strengthening. Despite the short workout, my activity tracker showed that I was fairly active at home so I feel it was a good balance.

It will be interesting, when I'm finished tracking on Saturday, to see how many WW activity points I've earned for the week. I really like having the tracker measure the time and intensity of my workouts so that there isn't any guesswork involved. I'm finding that I look forward to plugging the ActiveLink into my computer just so I can see exactly what I've done during the day. Since water offers resistance, I will have to label all of my water activities so that the ActiveLink calculator can measure my calorie burn more accurately. This is really a lot of fun and very motivating!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2012 7:22PM

    Actually, it was yesterday that the chlorine level was off in the pool. I meant to post the blog yesterday but didn't post it until today.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/18/2012 7:17PM

    Thanks for posting your experience. Can't wait til you have your base line and see how it really works for you. Take care and keep up the great work!! Hope the pool is back in business tomorrow.

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Day Four Of My ActiveLink

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Today I did three back to back water aerobics classes for a total of 150 minutes. I knew this would really skew my baseline for ActiveLink so I took my device off while I was in the water. I thought that that would flatten my activity level for the day but it didn't. There was a three hour blank on my chart where I took the AL off but other than that, there were lots of other bars of activity. To balance things out, I made sure that I did a lot of moving out of the water today. I could see where I was very active from 12 noon until at least 2:30p.m. All I did was do tasks around the house. Because I worked out so hard and also was active afterwards, I am exhausted tonight. Tomorrow is a lighter exercise day. I plan to wear my ActiveLink in the pool tomorrow to record my regular length aerobics workout. I also did this on Monday so some of my exercise will show up on my baseline.

Wearing the ActiveLink has made me very aware of my body movement. I didn't realize how much I move around even when I think I'm just sitting. The data I'm collecting tells the story. My husband has always told me to just sit still for a while and relax. I had no idea what he was talking about and honestly thought that I did that, until I saw my daily activity. I became aware that when I sit down to rest, I get right back up again to do brief tasks. Interesting!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 10/17/2012 6:20PM

    I am so inspired by you!

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L*I*T*A* 10/17/2012 11:43AM

    sounds like an awesome learning tool.....
great that you are finding it very helpful......
blessings and hugs.............lita

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Day Three For My ActiveLink

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today is day three for using my new ActiveLink activity tracker. I'm having such a great time with this. I did 110 minutes in the pool (I attached the AL to my suit) and later did a 10 minute walk for a total of 120 minutes of activity. I didn't take it off until about 9:15p.m. tonight and logged my daily activity into the computer. Then the excitement began!!!

Saturday, when I put my Link into the computer no image popped up. I was bummed. Sunday, when I put the Link into the computer I could see hour by hour how active I was. Two bars on the graph were dark green indicating a higher intensity of activity. One bar showed a brisk 20 minute walk and the other showed me climbing stairs and walking around the yard as I toured my friends' new house.

Today, when I put my Link into the computer all kinds of activity showed up. I had dark green lines when I was working out and medium green lines when I walked and did things around the house. It looked to me like I was non stop motion from 7a.m. to about 1:30p.m. No wonder I was so tired today!

Since I'm in the process of setting up my baseline, I'm going to take SLENDERELLA61's advice and not wear my Link in the pool tomorrow when I do 3 aerobics classes. I feel that this would really set the bar way too high and since I do have a physical disability, that wouldn't work. I think that I'll just leave the device on my shirt when I lock up my clothes. I will wear it the rest of the day and maybe even take a walk later in the day just to keep the activity level going.

This is turning out to be so much fun!!! At the end of 8 days, my ActiveLink will set up a 12 week fitness challenge for me. As I progress each day, I will look to see how many of the little lights on my Link light up by the end of the day. If I can move enough to light up all of the lights around the outside of the ActiveLink, I will achieve my goal for the day. Yes, I know, I'm like a little kid with this thing. The great thing is how motivated I feel!

  
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