I'm feeling a little better today. I'm still grumpy about the Spark Activity Tracker... but what are ya gonna do? I may just replace my fitbit after x-mas, I really like it much better. (and maybe by then i'll feel better about the SPAT and won't bother spending the $$$)
(I used the one with no lights since I can't seem to get my stupid lights to light up! GRRRR)
So anyway here's how I did in November...
1. Planksgiving - FAIL, I basically forgot to participate except on weekends when I was drinking and physically around other people doing it. Then I got sick and just stopped trying.
2. 5K training - FAIL, I decided running is drudgery and when I got sick I wasn't about to run a 5K.
3. IF - I kept on with this all month, and it is still working for me. I don't know that my choices were that much better on my feed days... but i'm still a work in progress.
1. Feliz Squatidad - another facebook challenge.
If I keep up woth this I will have completed over 3000 squats in December!
2. Back to DERBY! - I took November off for the most part and now i'm back. My goal is to go to practice 3x per week. I need to get back into shape since they're re-drafting travel teams in January.
3. HAPPY holidays - I'm going to make a solid effort to craft almost all my x-mas prezzies to my family this year. I'm going to stay positive and try not to be a cranky grinch. I'm not going to spend a ton of money. I'm going to stay on top of it so I don't fall behind.
OK, that's all for now. I'm off to squat and jog and squat and jog!
Ok, so first of all I want to complain that i'm STILL sick. It has been over 10 days and I keep going back and forth from feeling just OK to feeling like complete CRAP. I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday so hopefully if i'm still feeling crummy they can help.
I went ahead and bought a spark tracker as a reward for myself since I've been doing really well losing weight on the fast diet. I had a fitbit but I lost it. I thought I would switch to the SAT since it is less expensive and I wasn't really using the other features unique to the fitbit.
I'm trying to keep an open mind but I feel like I'm not getting as much credit as I did with the fitbit. Which is really annoying. I have been experimenting on where I keep it. I think the shoe is the best place but I don't really wear shoes at home and not many of my work shoes have laces. So that has been a struggle. I always clipped the fitbit to my bra and it seemed to track all my steps. The SAT is really stingy with steps so far.
Another issue I have is the fact that there's no readout on the tracker so you can check your progresss throughout the day. I keep my syncpoint at home so I basically have to rely on these little glowing lights throughout the day. Well it's pretty discouraging to know I walked for 40 minutes already on my breaks and there's only 3 lights lit up. With fitbit I'd be at around 4000-5000 steps by now so that should be 5 or 6 lights. Again, i think it's being super-stingy but it's hard to tell withour counting and syncing immediately...
Anyway, I'm probably pretty biased since i'm sick and cranky, but right now I'm really not loving the SAT. I wish I had just coughed up the $100 and replaced my fitbit. I'm trying to be positive and say to myself "well if it's stingy with the steps I'll just have to be even more active, win-win." But It's really annoying when I feel like I should be halfway to my goal and I'm only a quarter according to the lights.
I've been sick for the past 5 days. I left the house ~once~ to watch the Broncos game with my Broncos boyfriend (I really think they'll lose if I don't watch the games with him) and now I can't find my fitbit ANYWHERE.
So now i'm debating getting a new fitbit OR getting the spark activity tracker.
I liked the sleep monitoring function of the fitbit, but I honestly wasn't using it much.
I like that it measured floors climbed because there are about a billion stairs in my house.
I've heard some mixed reviews of the S.A.T. and I don't know how it would react to roller derby practice.
Also, this girl is pretty broke these days. So the price point on the spark is looking pretty attractive.
My October Goals Were:
1."1000 burpees in October - Burptoberfest" challenge on facebook. I finished a couple days early. They got easier, but not much!! But hey I definately did 1000 of those suckers!
2. My very first ever 5k on October 12th. Done, it wasn't horrible, i'd like to be able to do it faster and with less walking breaks!
3. IF program. I'm going to give Intermittent Fasting a try. I will eat my normal diet 5 days a week (~2000 cal) and "fast" 2 days a week (~500 cal). This has been amazingly successful. Its so perfect for my lifestyle. I can schedule my fasting around family dinners and meeting friends for drinks and I don't have to worry about ruining my progress. I really like this program and I attribute my 5-8 lb loss in October to sticking to it. (i'm sure the running and burpees helped, but still!)
1. Planksgiving - another facebook challenge (i'm lucky to have such health minded drinking buddies!) I will plank every day in November. I will add 5 seconds to my time every day. If I skip a day I have to add 10 seconds to my time.
2. 5K training - i'm going to do the Denver Mustache Dache on Nov 23rd. I will train at the gym at least 2x every week. Running has NOT gotten easier, but i'm going to stick with it!
3. IF - I will continue to work the 5:2 fasting program however I will try to make healthier choices on both fast and feed days. (less processed food, more freggies!)
I would normally be coming up with some kind of reward system for all this jazz, but I'm planning a trip to Prauge next summer so I need to tighten the old belt so I can spend $$$ on vacation stuff.