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Day/Dydd 80

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Yesterday's Progress:
Calories: 2,150 (OVER range)
Calories Burned: 1,976
Steps: 6,161
Distance: 2.74 miles

Starting to get back in the groove - although not there yet. Yesterday, I was a little more active than I have been lately; but I didn't do any formal exercise. I also did much better on nutrition throughout the day. I snacked too much in the evening (hence the calories over range), but it was a huge improvement over the past week not to blow the entire day by mid-afternoon.

I had to go to the doctor's yesterday morning (nothing important - just routine maintenance) and, while I was there, I asked him if I had his blessing to start my race training. His answer was a VERY enthusiastic "YES!" So, I was pleased about that. I didn't expect him to say, "no"; but, at my age, I thought I'd better check.

I also showed him my wrist from where my FitBit Force caused that skin irritation. Here's a pic I took a couple of days ago, but it's still no better today:

He'd never even heard of the Force; but, as soon as he saw my wrist and the device, he said that it was contact dermatitis (probably caused by impurities in the nickel in the charging port) and prescribed some steroid cream. Hopefully, that clears it up within a few days.

After that, I went to The Running Room (where I'm going to start my running clinic on Monday) to buy a proper pair of trainers. I haven't had a really good pair since I used to run track and field at school. I was very impressed how the manager there properly fitted me for them. First, she had me walk back and forth in my stocking feet to watch my gait, then she had me do a couple of squats and lunges, then she checked the soles of my old shoes for wear patterns. She talked to me about what kind of running I was intending to do in them, and then she got me to try several pairs on. I liked the Brooks Glycerin ones the best:

I wore them around the house all day yesterday, just to start getting used to them before I have to wear them running. So far, so great! I love them. I'm going to keep wearing them around the house all weekend.

So, I'm getting re-energized. This is a good thing!

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ZOSBOS 3/14/2014 2:52AM

    Love the new shoes, very swish! The running clinic sounds intriguing, I look forward to hearing how you get on with that.

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WITCHYALISHA 3/13/2014 10:13AM

    Nice shoes. Keep up the good work, I recently started running training to. I'm doing sparks 5k your way.

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DRAGONSDAWN 3/13/2014 10:05AM

good luck on your training

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Days/Dyddiau 77 - 79 - Starting Race Training

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Well, the truth of the matter is that I haven't been tracking ANYTHING since the weekend. There was really no point. I knew that I got virtually NO exercise since I've spent every waking minute at my desk; and I knew that my eating habits had gone right out the window. I was so stressed trying to get two projects out the door on the same day (didn't quite manage it - the second project ended up two days late), that I was just eating absolute JUNK - way too much sugar and not much else, just trying to keep myself awake more than anything.

Anyway, the second project shipped yesterday evening. I was feeling completely miserable - full to bursting from eating so much rubbish and guilty that I hadn't exercised at all in a week. So, I did something about it!

Last night I signed up for a running clinic with a local running store in order to train for a charity 5K on May 24/14. The clinic starts on Monday evening, but I'm going to swing by the store today to buy myself a proper pair of trainers as I haven't had a really good pair since I was in school.

I'm really excited about this; but, unfortunately, my DH isn't being particularly supportive. I'm not sure if it's because he doesn't enjoy running himself; which means he doesn't want to do it with me, and we usually do almost everything together. Whatever the reason, it's putting a bit of a grey cloud over the whole thing. I'm not going to let that stop me, though. Running a 5K has been one of my goals for some time, and I'm not going to let his lack of enthusiasm stop me.

I can't wait to tell my young cousin! I know she'll be proud of me!


Days/Dyddiau 70 - 76 - Including Virtual Walking Tour

Sunday, March 09, 2014

WOW! What an intense week! I can't remember the last time I worked so long and hard! Unfortunately, that included working all day both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. I had meant to take Sunday off, but we found a bug in our code Saturday night, and it took all day today to fix it. Deployment is at midnight tonight; so it HAD to be done today.

Other than the work, though, today was a lovely day. We spent a couple of hours Skyping with my cousin and her kids in Liverpool. Every time we do that, I'm set up for the rest of the day. emoticon My cousin's DD is running a half-marathon to raise money for Alzheimers research in a couple of weeks, and I'm SO proud of her!

In other news, my poor little Anwen is still limping fairly badly after hurting her leg in the snow on Monday. We're trying to keep her resting it, but it's been a real battle. She only turns three this month, so she's still quite a young dog; and she loves to run and play. It doesn't help, either, that Nia keeps pushing toys in Anwen's face trying to encourage her to join in a game of "chase me." We've been told by the vet that we have to be very careful, as it's her elbow that she's hurt; and, if it doesn't heal properly now, she could be lame for life. I'm so glad we work from home, so she's not left to her own devices for hours on end. If it was up to her, she'd be swinging from the chandeliers (if we actually owned chandeliers).

The other newsworthy snippet from this week is about my Fitbit Force. I absolutely LOVED that device. It was exactly what I wanted - the convenience of a bracelet that you never took off, along with a fully featured "lifestyle monitor" (Like that phrase? I just made it up.) that gave me my daily steps, distance, stairs, calories burned, vibrating alarms, and even told the time. It really helped me stay accountable.

Unfortunately, I'd been hearing for a while about the fact that it was causing serious skin irritations for some people. I didn't worry about it, though, as I'd been wearing mine for four months and hadn't had any issue. ...famous last words... A couple of days ago, I noticed that my wrist was itching under the band where the charging port touched my skin. It was so bad by that night that I took my Force off to sleep (first time since I got it). By the morning, it was a full-on horrible red, bumpy, itchy, burny rash that hasn't gotten any better yet. So, I've had to contact Fitbit about returning it, and I'm wearing my old Fitbit Flex (a far inferior product IMO) now. I'm very disappointed.

As far as my virtual walk goes, I haven't done too badly on distance this week; especially when you consider that I wasn't wearing a Fitbit for most of Saturday while I sorted out what I wanted to do about that rash. I've done 15.7 miles this week, and that puts me in the lovely little village of Appleton Thorn, Cheshire.
Isn't that pretty?

Look at how far I've come since December 29/13:
I'm so close to my cousin's house (marked "B" on the map) that I swear I can smell the tea being made for me.

Talking about a cup of tea...I think that's exactly where I'm headed now.

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SCUBAMUM 3/10/2014 12:20PM

    Hi Lisa:

I'm not actually using an app for my virtual walk. Apparently, there is one for the U.S. (my friend Sarah uses that one - you can check in her Sparkpage Blog for a link); but I haven't found anything for the U.K., so I've just been using Google Maps.

I planned out a walking route on Google Maps and then just saved the link it created. The map comes with numbered directions with distances between direction points, so I just add up the distances from my last recorded direction point to however far I've walked that week. Then I record which direction point I ended on this week and will start on that one next week.

Yes, I'm very disappointed with not being able to use my Force anymore. My wrist is still bright red after not wearing it since Friday, so that's not a good sign. I agree with you, though - I wouldn't bother buying the Flex. I'm just wearing it because I had it hanging around the house, but it's nowhere near as good a device as the Force was.

I'm guessing the issue with the Force (for me, anyway) was something to do with the charging port. The reason I think that is that I'm assuming the bands for the Flex and the Force are made of the same materials, and the Flex never had this affect on me. The only difference between them is that the Flex required you to pull the little device out of the band to charge (so, nothing to do with charging it was in contact with your skin), whereas the Force has an opening towards your wrist where you would plug the whole thing in. I only developed the rash on the exact spot where that opening was - NOT along the whole length of where the band touched my wrist.

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LKISINSATIABLE 3/10/2014 11:30AM

    What app are you using for your virtual walk? Too bad about the force. I thought about getting a Flex, but I think I'll wait and see if they come out with another generation of the Force with the band issue resolved. It could seriously be the carbamates in the rubber, though, that's causing the issue. When I got my patch test done, I was surprised that carbamates were one of the top things people are allergic to. Nickel is another one, which I read may have been part of the problem with the force. I'm hoping they come out with another one with a vinyl band.

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Days/Dyddiau 67 - 69 - Virtual Walk, St. David's Day, and Sandra Bullock

Sunday, March 02, 2014

This Week's Progress:
Calories: Did not track over the past two days
Calories Burned: 12,919 (average of 1846 per day)
Steps: 28,075 (average of 4,011 per day)
Distance: 12.44 miles (average of 1.78 per day)

Thank heaven for FitBit. If it weren't for it tracking my exercise for me, I wouldn't have a clue of how I did this week. I was doing alright with exercise and nutrition tracking until Wednesday, but then work got the better of me. I'm back, though, and ready to go.

First off - a belated "Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus!" (Happy St. David's Day) to all my Welsh friends! Sorry - I worked every minute yesterday and didn't have a chance to do anything special, even just posting that happy thought. Normally, I make a nice leg of lamb, maybe some bara brith, and find some daffs for the table - but I'm afraid this year went by with only my mum sending me a quick email to mark the occasion. Oh well - hopefully, next year won't be so busy.

OK, my 12.44 miles puts me near the lovely little village of Church Lawton on the boundries of Cheshire and Staffordshire, just north of Stoke-On-Trent. Although I didn't get anywhere near as much exercise this week as I have in other weeks, I'm still moving and still thinking about what I'm supposed to be doing.

In other news - yesterday, we bought the blue-ray of the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It was an excellent sci-fi film, but what I couldn't get over was the fact that I'd read that Sandra Bullock is 49 years old. That's only two years younger than me! I had no idea we were so close in age! Watching her floating around in space stations in her underwear, she's AMAZINGLY fit! It made me realize that I have NO excuses for not being just as fit as she is. If she can be that strong at 49, I can be that strong at 51. It's just not that big a difference.

I'm inspired!

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ZOSBOS 3/5/2014 12:54PM

    Belated Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus i ti! I find it quite sad, now that my children are grown (well teens), that they don't get dressed up for St David's day anymore - they always looked so sweet going off to school in their Welsh costumes, bless!
I am glad that you're still managing to keep more or less on track despite work commitments, it can be so hard to balance everything.
Keep up the good work!

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Day/Dydd 66

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yesterday's Progress:
Calories: 1,605 (WITHIN range)
Calories Burned: 1,938
Steps: 5,919

OK, I'm getting back in the groove, burning more calories than I'm taking in. This morning's unofficial weigh-in put me back where I was before I travelled last week; so, that's good news. I always think that if you're able to lose any weight you gained on a trip within the first week, it was probably just water retention anyway. I tend to swell up whenever I fly, so I think that supports my theory.

Today has been a very busy work day, but I started the day off with 45 minutes of very vigorous house cleaning and have purposely taken several "dog play" breaks throughout the day, so I'm on track with my exercise.

My cousin from Gwynedd has invited my DH and I to join a Fantasy F1 league with him, so we're going to have some fun picking our drivers and teams tonight.

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ZOSBOS 2/27/2014 3:06AM

    Well done for staying on track despite your work commitments (something I am struggling with at the moment!).
Keep up the good work!

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