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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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Day Two of ActiveLink

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Today is day two of using my ActiveLink activity tracker. I did have a little trouble reigning myself in yesterday as I work to establish my activity baseline. I think that I'll just walk about 20 minutes today since Sunday is my rest day. I will make an effort to do normal daily activity as much as possible. This is not the time to tackle any big cleaning jobs or marathon workouts.

I want to keep my baseline low to moderate, so that as my activity increases later I can still keep up with the new activity levels. The idea is to increase your activity level slowly over time. For those of you who know me, slowing down hasn't been in my vocabulary recently and sometimes it should be. Sometimes I become obsessive about exercising and that tendency needs to be controlled a little better!

I am hoping this tool will help me to use moderation so that I don't exhaust myself in my morning workouts and then be unable to do anything else for the rest of the day. I'm working toward becoming active for the whole day and not just during workouts. I'm off to my walk now!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 10/14/2012 2:54PM

    Very interesting process. I have heard some people say they took their Active Link off to run or workout during the baseline process. I have no idea if that is what you are suppose to do. Keep up the good work. I am very curious as to whether it will end up being a help or not. -Marsha

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PMFISH 10/14/2012 12:49PM

    Enjoy your walk!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/14/2012 12:24PM

    Enjoy!

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L*I*T*A* 10/14/2012 11:58AM

    great plan.......enjoy your walk......
blessings and hugs.......lita

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Day One Using My ActiveLink

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Technology can be really awesome sometimes! This week I purchased an ActiveLink to track my actual activity calorie burn. It's an impressive tiny gadget that I wear daily and insert into my computer before retiring for the night. Starting today and continuing for eight days, I am setting my baseline of activity. The great thing is, that the ActiveLink is waterproof and I can wear it in the pool while I'm swimming and doing water aerobics. I was advised to limit my activity level as the base line is gearing up so the gadget won't set my workout level too high.

Why do I need one of these, you might ask? Well, I didn't think that I needed one at first but sometimes my activities show such a high calorie burn that I wondered if it was accurate. I'm hypothyroid and I have orthopedic issues so I need to know if I'm overdoing things. My Weight Watchers activity points were 88 for last week. I have trouble using the 49 flex points per week and I very much doubt that I could lose weight if I used an additional 88 points. There are days when I struggle to meet my regular daily point total. The ActiveLink looked like a viable solution for me.

How it works: It measures your body's motion going in all directions. (It is different from a pedometer which only measures activity as you move forward and back.) The measure of total body motion gives me feedback about how active I am overall during the day. You take the device off when you go to sleep at night.

My Activity Link will give me feedback on peak activity times as well as times when I don't move around to any great degree. I feel that knowledge is power. If my feedback indicates that I'm not moving around enough, then I can look for exercise opportunities throughout my day. If my feedback indicates that I'm overdoing my workouts, then I will cut back on my workout time and spread out my activity throughout my day. Either way, it's a win, win situation for me. I'm very excited about my new gadget and how I can use it to help me achieve my goals.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 10/14/2012 9:10AM

    I'd never heard of this gadget but I do want to look in to it as I sometimes wonder about how high the burned calorie count is, also. It seems like the weight should be falling off but I continue with 1/4 and 1/2 lb losses at a time. Thanks for sharing and keep us posted how it works for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/14/2012 8:38AM

    That is exciting, Cyndi. I haven't gotten one, but hope you will continue to share your experience. I would consider getting one. Did I read that you lost weight again this week? That is fantastic. Good going. You are doing so well! Take care, Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 10/13/2012 7:34PM

    sounds very interesting as a tool......
hope you get the information you need......
what are the costs involved????
where do you but it????
blessings and hugs........lita

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ALIDOSHA 10/13/2012 5:32PM

    Thanks for a good idea - I'll consider getting a Lin k myself.

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