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Fitbit and the Treadmill

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Okay, so I do the same exercise every day. I walk on the treadmill for the same length of time, same speed, use the same incline intervals, and swing my arms for the same periods of time. Works for me.

And, most always, my fitbit registers 46-48 active minutes. Which puts me nicely into my green zone, and makes me happy.

But every once in a while, I get less. 22 minutes. 31 minutes.

At first, I would email fitbit Help in a huff, state the activity tracker was off, the sync to my phone was wrong, and I would get a polite answer that made no sense to me.

Until I started realizing that maybe the "difference" was me, that I was walking differently?

So, being the scientific type, I experimented. I had the same exact settings, but did not put quite so much "oomph" (if anyone can operationally define oomph, please let me know, but I think Sparkers know what I mean) into the workout.

And there you go, fewer active minutes.

Upon more reflection, I realized that if I an really engaged in whatever TV I have recorded to watch whilst I am treadmilling, the active minutes will be lower.

So today, I was watching the final episode in one of the summer shows I have been following while I treadmilled. Really engaging and good. But, I made a conscious effort to pump up my walk when I remembered. And, got 46 active minutes.

Fitbit, I promise I will no longer kvetch when I happen to get fewer active minutes than I expected. My bad.

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GAYLLYNNE 8/12/2014 7:30PM

    Sounds like me and my saga. I wear my fitbit on the treadmill but it usually registers just what I want. I make sure I go at least 6000 steps because I know I will make up the rest during the day. Foot problem right now so I can't walk but you, don't stop! You're doing great!

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Tooth Extraction and Ice Cream

Thursday, August 07, 2014

So, in my unfortunate journey to what will probably be a mouthful of more implants than teeth, I had a molar extracted today. It had been drilled and filled so many times its roots just closed up and died, and there wasn't enough tooth left to put on a crown anyway, so out it went. Sigh.

It was a complicated surgical extraction, as the tooth next to it is root canaled and crowned, and could have been damaged. That means the tooth went out in pieces. As well, there was a risk that a hole could have been opened into my sinuses (read brain) yikes! But, the oral surgeon was excellent, the tooth is out, the crowned tooth is okay, and no gateway to my brain was created.

I drove home (no sedation for me, this was done with local needles) and read the aftercare instructions. They said eat high calorie soft food with a lot of protein. Ice cream, I thought. When has anyone ever told me to eat high calorie food? Never!

So, lots of ice cream in the house, as DH eats it. I ate ice cream and didn't even like it that much. I think that after so many years of health management, since 2009, my taste and body just don't like the junk like they used to.

I think I will be fine, managing the pain with Advil,and tonight for sleeping will take that very effective drug called Tylenol 3. I don't think it is available in the states. It has codeine in it, and can constipate you like crazy, so just one pill for sleeping. Advil tomorrow if I need it.

Good night all.


today is the first day of my streak

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Well, Friday held together but yesterday was a bust.

But, I am optimistic, and am starting again. A five day streak for me these days is pretty good.

to get off the subject of me, we have ahd a really bad (no exaggeration) ice storm in my neck of the woods. It has been going on for a few days. In Toronto proper, there are 250,00 thousand people without power, the streetcars are not running, a couple or hospitals are without power. Most of the damage is from tree limbs loaded with ice snapping off, hitting wires, and there you go.

I am fortunate, live in a development with services buried underground. Even though power comes to us from overhead lines at some point, we usually do not have much of a problem. There have been a few blips, but so far so good. And of course, even though you have a gas furnace, you need electricity to run it. So, we are warm as well.

Grocery shopping got put off, not a great idea to venture out today, but plenty of healthy food at home.

Take care everyone. Hope the weather is treating you okay.

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MEXGAL1 12/24/2013 10:13AM

    Been watching the news of the ice storm.. Yikes
stay safe and Happy Holidays

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DDOORN 12/23/2013 9:07AM

    Streak, streak, STREAK AWAY Bonita! :-)


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yesterday was the fourth day of my streak

Friday, December 20, 2013

Actually a very quiet day, I was home by myself nnd was able to do what I wanted to when I wanted to, low stress and easy to follow plan?

Well, yesterday, yes. But, for all you emotional eaters our there, you will realize I had a sterling opportunity to eat what I wanted, no need to sneak food, a day long binge!

But I didn't. Public accountability, and desire to avoid stomach upset.

So it goes.

Today is a bit harder. DH is home, and his presence is probably the most frequent thing that starts a binge. Sigh. But, as I said, I am taking full responsibility, so let us see what today can bring. So far so good,

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MEXGAL1 12/21/2013 9:17PM

    I so get it...but we can do it. we are strong and will feel so much better when we take responsibility and make good decisions.

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DDOORN 12/20/2013 10:38PM

    Hey, we're all pros here, right? ANYTHING can be a terrific (AKA: HORRIBLE) reason for a binge, right?

Kudos to staying the course!

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yesterday was the third day of my streak

Thursday, December 19, 2013

A difficult day where I managed to stay on plan.

Yesterday was the kind of day where I might be likely to feel so sorry for myself, I "deserved" to overeat. Now what kind of thinking is that?

It was very busy--a class, a guitar lesson, and a shift in my volunteer work. But the "icing on the cake" (oh, that is a good metaphor) is that I had two posts inserted in two of the three implants in my mouth and then teeth placed on them. Now, I should and can really feel blessed that the technology exists to replace lost teeth, and that I have the resources to pay for it. But, it is very brutal work, you can relate it to orthopedic surgery, because that is what it is, metal and tools and tiny little socket wrenches--all aimed at the bone of your jaw. And, if your gums get in the way, full speed ahead and don't spare the torpedoes. Seriously, it hurt so badly I cried, and I have never cried in a dental chair before. It also took two hours. I think sometimes dentists kind of forget that there is a person attached to the mouth they are working on.

So, armed with painkiller, I could have really eaten junk. What I did eat is a tea biscuit, which I love, and I incorporated it into plan and stayed in my fitbit calorie range.

Why on plan? Well, definitely being accountable to you, my sparkfriends, and also developing an attitude of gratefulness for my life. My volunteer shift yesterday was in the Emergency Room triage area for a local hospital. What I see and hear about, I feel doubly blessed.

By the way, there are approximately ten places to stop and buy junk between my home and the school where I take my guitar lessons. Gas stations with convenience stores, fast food, and so on. It's only about 3 kilometers or so. Why so many? Interesting comment on our culture.

Today, so far so good. Weight is down.

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/19/2013 3:28PM

    woo hoo, good for you....pain really causes our defenses to be done, but you stuck it out. emoticon

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WIFE49 12/19/2013 2:23PM

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