Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Wow it's been awhile since I've written a blog. Oops.
I am not a runner. Never have been, never been that interested in being one, despite the fact that my dad, brothers, and several cousins all are. When I try to run, I am ridiculously slow, to the point where I can actually walk faster if it's over any sort of distance longer than a short sprint. I don't like traditional running shoes. They make my feet feel trapped, like they can't move right and are suffocating.
Despite all that, I have recently had this little voice in the back of my head telling me I should give running a try. I don't know where it's coming from, but not only is it not going away, it's getting louder.
So, I think, once baby arrives and I'm ok to start real exercise again, I am going to get myself a good pair of minimalist running shoes and give this "running" thing a try. We'll see what happens. I'm not really expecting much, but that little voice is getting so darn insistent.
Anybody know anything about how to pick good shoes? I'm thinking I'll probably want to go to an actual running shop and get some help picking a pair that way.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Apologies if this ends up not being coherent. I'm not feeling the greatest right now (have a sinus and ear infection and just generally feel like yuck), but I have the time and interest to write this now, so, here goes!
My husband got me the Fitbit One for my birthday! It arrived Thursday evening. I've been using it since then, and I'm pretty pleased with it so far.
It's tiny! And the clip stays VERY firmly attached to my pants. Those were some of my biggest gripes with my previous pedometers. They were pretty big, and kept falling off. Plus, where they needed to be placed meant there was always a weird bulge under my shirt, and when ever I sat down, or heck! just moved around, it was getting knocked off my waistband. That led to the demise of my last one, as it didn't have a tether and got dropped on the floor one to many times.
With the fitbit, I can clip it to the side of my pants, rather than in the front. Which solves the knocking off problem. Though, it holds on so much better it probably wouldn't fall off anyway. The fact that it's so small means it makes a much smaller bump under my shirt, and since it's on the side, it's harder to notice.
It seems to be more accurate, and also appears to be able to tell the difference between me walking and riding in a car. I don't think it requires 10 steps to start counting, either, so I assume it will pick up even short movements.
I don't have to do anything besides sit at my computer to log how much I've walked for the day, and then it gets uploaded to Spark. That's super convenient. I haven't messed around with the Fitbit dashboard that much, but it seems pretty cool as well. However, since it duplicates Spark, I probably won't do much with it.
The sleep tracking feature is interesting. I have no idea how well it actually tracks how much I'm asleep for, but it is pretty handy having a record of when I went to bed and when I got up.
I don't know how I feel about the alarm yet. I will give it a week before I make up my mind. It did wake me up this morning. At least, sort of. I don't like that the only snooze option is to ignore it. I suspect that will pretty quickly lead to just sleeping through it altogether.
Overall, I am very pleased with it and glad I got it. I think it will be a big help to me, because having a thing tracking how much I move around has proved very good at getting me moving in the past.
Edit: I have given up on the silent alarm. It just doesn't wake me up. Halfway, just enough to turn it off, seems to be the best it can do. Oh well. Wasn't a feature I was particularly excited about anyway.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Well, 5 days a week instead of 7, for the last 2 weeks. Big improvement over what I was doing. I intend to keep at it, except that...
..family is all sick now. Been super busy taking care of them and trying to get the house in order for visitors this weekend. Little Bug hasn't been sleeping well on top of that (poor guy has an ear infection, a nose infection, and an eye infection! He's on antibiotics now, so should be better real soon), which means I haven't been sleeping well. I need to not get sick! Don't have time!
On pedometers, the Nike Fuel band is off the list. Not accurate enough, and the data is too much stuck in their proprietary format. The Fitbit One is currently on the top of my list, though I'm still debating if I really need one that fancy. I'm also interested in the Flex they're supposed to be coming out with soon ("Spring," whenever that means). If it is as accurate as the One, I may go with that instead. Either way, won't be getting whatever I decide on for a bit.
I saw something that seemed to imply that Fitbit won't let you sync with Spark unless you buy their membership. Anyone know if that's true?
Monday, March 11, 2013
Been at this a week, and it's going pretty well.
Last Monday, I exercised, then I missed Tuesday and Wednesday, but every day since then I've managed to get at least 10 minutes of *something* in!
Even though I know it's not much (yet), I feel so much better after just a week of doing something every day.
Going to try to do a yoga video plus something else this week. We'll see how it goes.
On the down side, I grabbed my pedometer this morning, intending to start wearing it again, and found it doesn't want to register steps. Even shaking it, nothing. So, going to see if I can reset it or something tonight. If no luck, I guess I'll start trying to decide if I want to replace it right away with another cheap one, or save up for a fancy one (and decide which fancy one to get if I do decide to go that route).
I'll get there!
Monday, March 04, 2013
Just saw the DailySpark blog about the streak into spring challenge. I don't do the social media thing (I have a facebook, but I refuse to associate it with Spark, because I don't need/want to share my weight there), so I'm joining in here, even though I'm a couple days late.
Going to aim for a minimum of 10 minutes of exercise every day. Hopefully I can pull that off. So, #streakintospring (am I doing that part right? I don't get the whole hash tag thing...)
Edit: did one of my 15 minute yoga videos instead of the pilates I had planned, but I exercised for at least 10 minutes. Off to a good start!
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