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21 Day Fix and Fitness Trackers - Double Blog!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Always......Brings out the dieting/exercising inner goddess in me!!

So, here we are, first week of Summer? Check!
Losing weight and feeling great? 17 pounds since April 15th! Check!

Two things I want to talk about today....
1. 21 Day Fix
2. BodyMedia vs. Fitbit vs. Perfection????

I'm on week two of the Beach Body 21 Day Fix with trainer Autumn Calabrese. First, I will say, if you are thinking of doing this, go on YouTube and search for Autumn's channel. Make sure you like her before buying this program....in my experience, if I don't like the person telling me what to do everyday....I shouldn't have bothered forking over my $$$.

If you like her, then, go for it!! This is an excellent program if you are having trouble with portion control. If you aren't, save your money.

This program (for the first tier calorie level) is essentially 5 meals at under 300 calories each. 300 is actually too much....250ish calories each. If you can manage that....save your money and buy yourself a new outfit.

The workouts are intensity for 1 minute, and rest for 20 seconds (just about) depending on which one you're doing. I like that the workouts are only 30 minutes long and that I'm doing a different one every day. I don't like hour long workouts at this intensity. Nor, do I like 3 sets. She has you do 2 sets of every move. I LOVE that!!! I think the workouts alone were worth the purchase price. (I bought the basic program). Then again, could probably find similar on line....gotta love YouTube!


My thoughts on Shakeology: $129?!?!?!?!!? NO THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I supplement with other protein powders. I've tried a few different ones and right now, I am enjoying one with great "healthy" promise. Sun Warrior Protein. It's not Soy or Whey which both have their drawbacks. Sun Warrior uses a combination of Rice, Pea, and Hemp....natural, natural, natural... :)


Fitness Trackers:

I own two. Okay, got me, three. BUT, I am currently wearing two. :)

BodyMedia and Fitbit Flex. I have been wearing them both all week as a test. I bought the BodyMedia last year. Wore it for 4 months and then pretty much put it in a drawer and forgot about it and dieting and exercising...but, that was my last blog post!

Anyhoo, I digress, you may be wondering which is better??? Well, Fitbit Flex didn't make it onto a list I have seen floating around the internet...not sure why, but the BodyMedia came in at #1 for accuracy with an error rate of less than 10%. The Fitbit One came in 2nd with just over 10%.

I have learned a few things that really didn't surprise me this week....

Exercise:

The Fitbit doesn't really recognize any exercise that isn't walking, jogging, or the elliptical. Which isn't the end of the world, unless seeing that you've only exercised for a minute when you really have worked your butt off for the last 30 minutes bothers you. Uh, yeah, that bothers me. The Fitbit needs a consistent pattern of movement to determine exercise. (Wrist movement).

BodyMedia recognizes it. So, it made me feel better. BodyMedia uses body heat and sweat. :)

Calories Burned:
BodyMedia was consistently higher in total daily caloric burn (includes BMR for both devices). Range was anywhere from 100 - 500...usually came in at about 200 calories higher than the Fitbit.

Exercise Calories:
Both devices are compatible with Spark and I have them both running. Fitbit #'s are so very wrong. BodyMedia is spot on. Fitbit will say I've burned over 1,000 calories a day during exercise. BodyMedia will come in at a more normal 400 caloric burn (which is accurate for what I am doing). (Common complaint with Spark/Fitbit integration).

If I use the Fitbit dashboard and add up all the exercise bars I get a more realistic number. But, that requires a little more work on my part and a calculator. :)
BodyMedia is even worse if I wanted to use that dashboard, BUT, it has a workout feature that you can turn on before you start your workout and then when you finish it tells you what you've burned.

Steps:
Fitbit registers more steps than BodyMedia by 700 - 2,000 steps!! Probably arm movement! If you are a passionate talker, you may not want the Fitbit Flex!!! hahahaha
Fitbit shows steps and miles...BodyMedia only shows steps.

All Day overall Caloric Burn:
Surprisingly enough...these numbers are consistently close... 100 - 300 difference with BodyMedia having the higher burn.

Sleep Monitoring:
I don't really look at this very much....the Fitbit requires that you turn it on and off. BodyMedia is automatic so, just with that feature I prefer BodyMedia for sleep.

Style and ease of use:
I prefer the FitBit Flex over the BodyMedia.

FitBit is a sleek bracelet that comes in different colors. You can essentially put it on and forget about it. Needs charging every 4 days or so, syncs wirelessly to computer and cell phone.
Auto syncs with spark.

BodyMedia is a little ugly and you have to wear it on your upper arm which, uh, pinches your arm fat!!!! Not a good look in the summer! Eeeeek.
You have to take it off to shower and to sync with your computer.

You also have to manually sync with Spark.

Website/App/Social Media:
BodyMedia and Fitbit both have a website that will show you all your numbers. Fitbit is free and has a social platform where you can make a profile, add friends, and interact with other Fitbit users. BodyMedia does not have any of that, so it's like you're flying solo there.
Fitbit is free with a premium option. BodyMedia costs $7 a month.
Both have Live info apps when synced on your smart phone.

Cost:
BodyMedia costs more than the Fitbit Flex.

Final thoughts:

I am actually not happy with either one of these fitness trackers. I want more. I want sleek. I want easy. I want accurate. I want heart rate without a strap, GPS (like Map my Fitness), calorie tracking, distance (steps and miles), waterproof (as in I can swim with it on). I want seamless syncing. I want super long battery life and I want it to tell me when I'm improving!!!
I want a lot of things!!!
But, I think we will get it...maybe not in 2014, maybe not in 2015....but soon!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MSBOOTCAMP 8/17/2014 12:31AM

    Well said. I use Fitbit. So, following your assessment and "wish list," where do we go from here?? Thanks for weighing in.

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TINA8605 6/30/2014 10:26AM

  Thanks for all this info about these devices. I've thought about getting Something but have decided I'm happy with just my simple $5 pedometer. I, myself, don't need to be that accurate. I enjoy exercising! I love to sweat! The feeling I have when I'm done with a 5 mile walk/run or the 1 hour cardio I do at the gym just jets starts me.
But I'm glad to get feedback on devices. Thanks!

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Shaking Off the Cobwebs

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Winter was not kind to me. I was not kind to my body. Luckily, Spring is here....though it isn't exactly a lovely Spring here in NJ (it is 46 and raining out). But, with Spring comes thoughts of Summer and thoughts of Summer always mean: Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BATHING SUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SHORTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SLEEVELESS SHIRTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUMMER DRESSES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOW MUCH WEIGHT DID I GAIN?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

So, though I made it to my personal goal in September (size 8, 152lbs)....I am now weighing in at 167. (173 earlier this month which SHOCKED ME INTO ACTION)!!!

Here I am! Back in the saddle again!!!

  
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KAMMYJO3 4/30/2014 2:46PM

    You've got this!!!! YOU can do it!!!! One foot in front of the other and you will be just fine!!!!




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ICEDEMETER 4/30/2014 1:59PM

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You've done it before - you can do it again... it's just "fine-tuning" this time around!

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GEORGE815 4/30/2014 1:56PM

    Just do it!

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JES_VARNER 4/30/2014 1:52PM

    Welcome back! :-)

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I made it to goal!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Holy crap, I did it!!!

I am wearing Size 8 pants!!!!



My current weight is 152...which is a little higher than I wanted. (I wanted some wiggle room...like 145 - 150)...so, though I am not 100% on with my weight target...I am exstatic that these pants fit! AND...I am going to give myself a little breathing room for a bit. I'm also going to join a maintenance group. emoticon

  
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JANET1012 9/25/2013 8:59PM

    Great job!! emoticon Keep up the good work as you maintain your good eating and exercise habits!

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NELLJONES 9/25/2013 8:33AM

    Come on over to the At Goal and Transitioning to Maintenance team. You'll feel right at home! Congrats!!

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I'm so happy for you!

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 9/24/2013 5:47PM

    emoticon You look amazing. Great job, I knew you could do it.
Joan

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GK1963 9/24/2013 2:27PM

    WooHoo! Way to go!

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    Congratulations!

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"You must be hot from all that burn!"

Monday, September 23, 2013

"You must be hot from all that burn." - BodyMedia Device's motivational statement

I literally laughed out loud when I read what my BodyMedia had to say about all my kick ass exercise sessions this week. Aaaah, my hard work has been noticed!!

My salt intake on the other hand...uh...not so good. Have to pay more attention. Weigh in tomorrow.

  


Fear vs Acceptance

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fear. F.E.A.R.
Four letters.
A pretty short and insignificant word...

Acceptance. A.C.C.E.P.T.A.N.C.E.
10 letters.
Long and attention grabbing...

What's my point? Hm. Well, I'm approaching what I think and hope will be the end of the road for me. The end of dieting and the beginning of maintaining. Keeping up who I've worked so hard to be!! (I'm 13 pounds away).

But, what happens when fear of not being as happy as you expected to be takes over?
What if I want to lose more weight? And more fat? And trim and tone some more? What if I am not happy with loose skin and it makes me depressed and unhappy and, gasp, EAT! And the fear kicks in. The stress levels go up. The scale does not budge.

I have weighed 153 pounds for the last 3 weeks. I feel as though my fear of not being satisfied and happy with my body is sabotaging my efforts.
I am in no way veering off track though. I am exercising and eating right...other than sucking on 1 - 2 blow pops a day (which is new)...I still have my eyes on the prize.

I am looking at all sorts of before and after pictures and I actually get upset because I don't think I will ever look like that. I don't want to weigh 105 pounds. EVER. I don't want to be that thin. I want to be that toned though!!! I don't want cellulite or all this jiggle...but, how can I have one without the other??? I am only 5'2", so a 140 pound goal weight isn't, ummmm, very sleek/fit/toned.

What are some ways to just accept yourself as you are and not focus on being "perfect"????

  
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ICEDEMETER 9/16/2013 4:35PM

    I honestly couldn't say how it would be done, but the only thing I can suggest is to change the focus from "how does my body look" to "what can my body do"...

Does some loose skin really mean more than the fact that you can walk/jog for miles? Is a bit of cellulite more important than being able to play for hours with your daughter and husband? Does a spot or two of extra fat really take anything away from being able to carry whatever you want to without having to think twice about it?

It sounds like you've got the eating and the cardio down to what is a comfortable and happy part of your life, so you might want to start doing some serious strength training - focusing on full-body exercises that will really show results in what your body can DO.

Kudos on your success so far, and good luck in working past this little bump and getting back to enjoying your healthy lifestyle!

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