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ActiveLink Baseline Results - The Challenge Starts!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Drum roll, please! I plugged in my ActiveLink last night and I was surprised at my level of activity. Unfortunately, I think my baseline is too high but I'll have to live with it. I compared my activity with the Weight Watcher's average of participant's activity and mine was much higher than the average. That doesn't leave me much room to improve without hurting myself but still there is room for some improvement. I will get creative and just a little scientific.

One thing that really jumped out at me was the fact that I do deep water aerobics and water jogging at least 3 times per week. For those of you who are familiar with these activities, they are much more intense than regular water aerobics. The only label available on the ActiveLink was regular moderate intensity water aerobics. I may have to log it as lap swimming to increase the intensity level. That isn't a real big deal. I can live with this.

Another thing that jumped out at me was the fact that I do long workouts in the morning and then am over tired and have to rest later in the day. I think by decreasing the length and increasing the intensity of my morning workouts and doing more afternoon activity, I would see a larger benefit from my overall daily activity. This might increase my stamina over time and help me burn calories better over the course of the day.

The last thing that I noticed was that I do much of the same thing every day. Up until now my activity has been either water exercise or low intensity walking. Whereas both those activities give me a good activity level, I should switch it up at least once if not twice a week to use my muscles differently. Perhaps I could do high intensity walking, ride the stationary bike, do weight training out of the water or do some cardiovascular DVD workouts.

After I got over being disappointed in my baseline for weekly activity, I could see that it actually gave me some very valuable feedback. My 12 week challenge is to increase my daily activity, over time, to 4 activity points per day. On Friday, my activity level was already 4 activity points. I thought initially a daily increase would be impossible since I work out so hard already. I gave it quite a bit of thought and really, all I need to do is tweak my regular workouts a little and do some sort of activity later in the day as well. Once I reached that conclusion, I stopped being disappointed and frustrated. The ActiveLink is supposed to be a tool to help me. I may not like the reality of the data that it generates but it won't help me unless I make the decision to change. If I am honest with myself and look at the patterns shown in the data collected, there are some areas where I can improve. I'm up to this challenge!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:44PM

    Excellent analysis. To spread out your activity over the day will undoubtedly help you. To add variety to your exercise routine has to be positive as well. Good job on the activity and planning to step it up to the next level! -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 10/21/2012 4:38PM

    One day at a time and you'll do fine!

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L*I*T*A* 10/21/2012 12:46PM

    remember it is a mechanical tool....
so it's measurements may not be what you expect ........
only you know what you do.....
all the same congratulations on your results!!!!
blessings and hugs...............lita

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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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L*I*T*A* 10/18/2012 3:05PM

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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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