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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

One month in and I'm down 14.6 lbs. This past week I haven't seen much movement but that is to be expected as hormones have me retaining water.

I'm entering the final stretch on finishing my thesis (two weeks til my draft needs to be in my committee chair's hands) and I'm continuing to make some time for being active. I am still struggling to meet my 10k step goal each day and have only managed to hit it a couple of times, but I'm working my way up and really trying to focus on making sure I get over 5k every day and aim more towards the 7k-8k range.

Yesterday, was one of the days I more than hit my 10k step goal yesterday though and boy am I feeling it today. SOOOO sore! I am making progress and will take this one month at a time, one week at a time, one pound at a time, one choice at a time.

I can do this.

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FAVALL 2/5/2013 10:59PM

    Congratulations! You are doing great.

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PRETTYPITHY 2/5/2013 3:34PM

    Wow, you are doing an amazing job! emoticon I know how tough it can be to maintain your healthy lifestyle when school stress hits so an extra big congrats for that! emoticon

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EBPOOKIE 2/5/2013 3:06PM

    Great Job Ammie!!! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY156 2/5/2013 2:55PM

    Wow that is an awesome month! Great job!

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One tiny state down--14 larger states to go!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Since getting my fitbit one www.fitbit.com/user/24336C , I have set a goal of walking (virtually) across the U.S. using the American Discovery Trail as my path. And since getting my fitbit, I have walked (virtually) across the state of Delaware, travelling 44.66 miles. This takes me (virtually) into Maryland along the American Discovery Trail. My total steps? 104,222.

Total pounds lost since getting my fitbit? 8. Since January 1st? 5lbs gone.

The fitbit definitely seems to be making a difference in helping me stay motivated to move. I need that reality check that I haven’t moved enough—that I haven’t even made it halfway to my goal. It helps kick me in the ass enough to get moving for 15 minutes at a time several times throughout the day. I can make time for 15-30 minutes of walking or aerobics at least once a day—maybe even 2-3 times throughout the day. Beats the hell out of sitting in an office chair or on the couch in front of my laptop all day without getting up for anything except to go to the bathroom or get something to eat.

Onward! Let's see how far across Maryland I can get before January is over!

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    I use my mileage from the fitbit to calculate my distance and then I use the AMerican Discovery Trail website to figure out the route and then map it out on google maps and take a screen capture.

I hadn't thought about looking up the fitbit team and had no idea there were virtual walk teams! Thanks for the heads up ladies!

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JUSTA77 1/14/2013 12:01PM

    This is SO FREAKING AWESOME! How do you do that? I have a fitbit, too. Did you know they have a sparkteam here? Just an fyi. I am not active there, just taking it slow this time, though I do belong. I caught your blog from the 100+ in a year group. Great job on making it through Deleware! And, if you don't mind and have time, please let me know how you set that up! Thanks & keep up the great work!

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FISEFTON 1/14/2013 11:42AM

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I use my pedometer (Fitbug rather than a Fitbit, we couldn't get Fitbit in the UK until late last year) to calculate the distance I walk each day and use the miles to do a virtual walk. So far, I have been from home to Disneyland Paris and from home to Fort Lauderdale (Virtual Walk Challenge team). I am now walking from home to DisneyWorld as my own personal virtual walk, from DisneyWorld to Disneyland Paris as a team walk on the Disney Lovers Around the World team (we've already gone from Disneyland to DisneyWorld) and, finally, from London to Rio de Janeiro as a team walk on the Yorkshire team.

Keep up the good work and keep plodding along.
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Rough week, but I'm on track (mostly)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I don't know what it is about January. It's always such a rough month for me. Of course some of it is that fact that its the anniversary month of my father's death--which was a very traumatic event in my family's life. And probably some of it is the fact that my husband is usually doing at least some traveling--and this year he's traveling a lot more than usual.

We've also had a lot of sickness in our house since Thanksgiving and the Holiday break was not all that relaxing when you have two kids down with something viral resembling mono.

And I have the looming deadline of my thesis--which MUST be finished by the end of February...

And work deadlines are always bad this time of year and seem to be quadrupled this year.

Oh, and did I mention I'm also PTA president of my kid's school?

Oh... I guess that's why I've been so stressed.

BUT. I have not blown it on the food choices. I'm actually doing pretty good there. It's always a fight to get my family's eating back on track after a period of several weeks of not eating great. The husband always wants to eat out and his choices suck.

BUT. I've done okay. I'm down from my weight on the first. As of today I'm down five pounds since my official January 1st weighin. I'll take that. I wish I could maintain a half pound a day average. That would be awesome, BUT I know I can't and that some of this is water weight, especially as it pertains to hormones. Oh yeah, another reason this week has been so rough.

The last two days I have not managed to get in any formal exercise and yesterday's activity level was down right pathetic. But I'm hoping today to make it back to the Y when I take my oldest to swim practice this evening.

So, it's been a rough week emotionally and stress-wise. But I'm pretty much on track. Mostly.

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CAPECODLIGHT 1/10/2013 2:59PM

    Wow! It sounds like you have/had so much on your plate, there's no room for food! :0)
It's great that you are staying on track despite all the stressors in your life. Good job!

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who knew?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Continues to amaze me how hard I have to work to make sure I get over 5,000 steps a day. From my baseline measurements the week after Christmas I have doubled my steps (or more) to hit that 5,000 or more mark and I have eliminated the junk from the house and my diet (for the most part) since the first of January.

I am down 2 lbs since January 1st.

The only day this week I didn't get above 5,000 steps was yesterday. I hit a little over 4,000 steps yesterday--and I had to go into work and I didn't go to the YMCA to walk on the treadmill since my son didn't have swim practice yesterday. That's always the part that trips me up. I'm going to have to make some time--just 30 minutes if nothing else--on the days I work to get extra steps in. On the days when my son has swim practice, I'm trying to take the opportunity to use that time to work out as well.

As always, it's baby steps.

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EBPOOKIE 1/6/2013 8:04PM

    You are doing it keep it up it's not easy to do 10000 steps... that equals 5 miles just an fyi just the fact you are moving is important my friend!! Keep up the great work!!!

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breaking that 5000 step barrier

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

It's amazing how difficult it is for me to get just 5,000 steps a day--that's just half the recommended 10,000 steps goal! Wow, I have a long way to go from sedentary to get active.

A couple of things I looked at starting yesterday includes Leslie Sansone's mile a day challenge. On her website she is posting a fast mini-walk (1 mile) each month and if I can just do that each day, I think it will help motivate me to be more active throughout the day.

I'm also looking at doing a virtual walk across america where you log your steps each day and the website translates that into miles and will plot your course across the U.S. on the american discovery trail from Delaware to California. That's 5,000 miles. I would have to walk at least 13.5 miles a day to make that walk in a year--I don't think that is going to happen but if I can get up to a minimum of 10,000 steps a day I might be able to make it in two years or less.

This is where patience needs to comes in and I need to just focus on the baby steps. If I start trying to push to hard/far, too quickly, I'll just burn out like I always do.

So, my goal for now is to make that 5,000 steps easy to consistently reach every day and then start pushing for that 10k steps a day.

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EBPOOKIE 1/2/2013 5:08PM

    Baby steps you can do it!!! emoticon

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