Friday, May 16, 2014
So it seems my page is being featured as the Motivator of the Day! What an honor!
It's been a while since I updated, so just want to let anyone wondering know...I am STILL more or less in maintenance mode after 4 years and some major life changes!
My original goal weight was 124 pounds, to make it an even 50 pounds of total weight loss.
I reached it a little less than 4 years ago. Everyone I meet that finds out I used to be heavier always asks what my secret is. They always seem slightly disappointed when I tell them because it actually involved effort and not some magic solution.
I initially lost the weight by tracking all my food and doing Jillian Michael's workout DVD, The 30 Day Shred (I did NOT do it for 30 days - I did it 3-4 times a week for months). I slowly incorporated other workout DVDs (I love the 10 Minute Solutions ones) to mix things up a little, as well as completed Couch to 5K.
Unfortunately, in January 2012 I injured my lower back badly and got two slipped discs as a result. Since that time, pretty much any excessive cardio screws up my back. I also went back to work (first 3, then 4 days a week) to a mostly sedentary job in September 2012. These 2 things have been a HUGE challenge in keeping the weight off. I am no longer 124 pounds, but I hover between 126 and 132 depending on the day, week, month. I am okay with this and still consider this maintenance mode because of the above mentioned challenges. I still track my food a good portion of the time and own a Fitbit, which has been an essential tool for me. Despite being at a sedentary job, I make an effort to get at least 10,000 steps in a day or 5 miles. Due to time and physical limitations, I am not able to exercise the way I could a few years back, but I am as active as a can be and I still fit in my smaller clothing, so I must be doing something right! I owe a HUGE part of that to tracking. It is something I recognize that I will always have to do.
Certain things remain a challenge for me. Strength training is still my nemesis. Every single week I promise myself I will start to strength train again because it's not as bad for my back as cardio but I always break my promise to myself. I would like to raise my fitness level to at least half of what it was 2 years ago, and I am having a hard time doing that. I would love my body to be more toned and I know strength training is the only way to do it!
Alcohol is another challenge for me. My consumption is much more moderate than it once was, but when I DO treat myself, it inhibits my ability to make healthy choices and is, in itself, a bad choice. I know this is one area I need to learn moderation in and it is taking me too long!
Overall, however, I think I have done well for myself in the fitness and health aspect over the past 4 years and I am flattered to be a Sparkpeople motivator. I look forward to being motivated by you all, as well, as I can always use a "re-boot!"
Wishing those of you beginning your journey a big cheer. Good luck and stay strong! You won't be sorry you started, but please don't be discouraged if you don't see results over night. These things take time and studies have shown that the longer it takes you to reach your goals, the more likely you are to maintain! To long time users/friends - hope you are finding continued success here!
I love being part of this community and consider it a second home. Glad to have you all as neighbors.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
One year ago today I received my Fitbit Ultra in the mail and it has been - literally - quite a journey with this gadget!
In one year, I
~ walked 3,425,643 steps
~ went a total distance of 1,458.67 miles
~ climbed 2,542 floors
I won the following DAILY badges:
~ 5,000 steps walked (earned 295 times)
~ 10,000 steps walked (earned 165 times)
~ 15,000 steps walked (earned 29 times)
~ 20,000 steps walked (earned 7 times)
~ 10 floors climbed (earned 117 times)
~ 25 floors climbed (earned 6 times)
~ 50 floors climbed (earned 1 time)
I was originally on the fence about purchasing this item, but had some gift cards to reduce the price and ultimately was extremely satisfied with the purchase. This satisfaction increased ten-fold when Sparkpeople linked with Fitbit so that the 2 sites could share information - this "marriage" between the 2 companies made my life so much easier and made me work a bit harder physically since I didn't have to spend so much darn time at the computer linking everything together everyday. I especially like that Sparkpeople calculates the minutes that really "count" into your total activity. Likewise, Fitbit gets a thumbs up for continuously recalculating calories needed based on current activity. It takes all the guess work out.
I thought this device would make me more active and it did, but not as much as I originally anticipated. I was (and still am, to a degree) recovering from a back injury and had to put running on the back burner so I though this would be a good tool to measure my activity but it didn't give me as much motivation as I had hoped for. However, I am in maintenance anyhow and this device helped keep me there so I can't complain. I live on the 3rd floor of an elevator building and I took the stairs FAR more often than I did prior to getting this device, so there's a plus. It also made me more aware of my sleep patterns and I was able to see what things helped/hindered my sleep.
My only issues with the Fitbit are the following: the belt clip broke twice in one year! The first time, there was a backorder and it took almost 2 months to get. The second time they had no idea when one would come in and encouraged me to wear the Fitbit without the belt clip. I hesitated to do o b/c the design seemed flimsy and sure enough the device cracked open! This happened literally days before my warranty was up (earlier this week, in fact) and because it had been less than a year Fitbit is sending me a brand new, updated model! Great customer service for sure! Another issue I had, which I never addressed with Customer Service was the wireless connection. Although it was supposed to sync wirelessly, more often than not I had to un-plug, re-plug and then charge my Fitbit in order to get the info on the screen. Not at all a problem for me, but may be annoying for some.
So overall, a great purchase. It really became an obsession over time. On the rare occassion I forgot my FitBit at hme I almost felt like my activity wasn't really happening because I no longer had a record of it, lol. If you are considering purchasing one, I really think it is an amazing (and accurate) tool for the money!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Saw this on Swanson Vitamins Facebook page this AM and thought I'd share...
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