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Slowly Making My Way to 10,000 Every Day

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

So, I own a SP tracker. I have had it since about October I believe. I started out with the recommended steps of 6,000 per day at first. I am ashamed to say that I actually lowered my goal to 3,000 steps a day for a while. I work in an office and I sit most of the day so at first getting more than 3,000 was challenging.

Fast forward to now. Now I make It a point to try and walk around the office building as much as I can throughout the day. I have upped my goal to 6,500 steps. However, since last week I have been making it a point to get 10,000 steps in per day - except over last weekend, oops! emoticon

Anyway, one of the things that motivated me to aim for that many steps is a walking challenge we are having at work that is sponsored through our insurance. Each week they announce a winner on each of the teams. I haven't won yet and next week is the last week. I really want to win!!! Some days it has been really hard for me to get those 10,000 in. I have had to make it a point to walk around my living room at night for 30 minutes to an hour to make sure I get them. But I noticed something over the course of last week. I felt really great all week. And, after MONTHS of no progress on the scale I saw a change. It was a very small change, so I don't know if it was water weight or what - I'm going to go with it wasn't water weight. emoticon

I guess my whole point of this was to say that 10,000 steps is not impossible. It's hard to believe that I had so much doubt in myself before that I had my goal at only 3,000. 10,000 steps is possible for anyone as long as you put in a little effort. I plan to push myself again this week to get 10,000 steps every day, and if I can do it again this week I am going to change my goal on my tracker to 10,000. I can do this. Getting another gold fitness medal next week is also keeping me motivated. I want to be the best that I can be, and I know that right now I could be doing better.

  
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SYDLETZIII 4/16/2014 12:17AM

    keep up the great work, the more you walk the more you succeed

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MOTHEPRO 4/15/2014 2:50PM

    emoticon Great job adding more steps to your day! I have a desk job too, and you're right. You have to make an effort and find opportunities to get that many steps in.

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KRISZTA11 4/15/2014 1:53PM

    Congrats to your progress!
It is great that you have a walking challenge at work.
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LOVELESMILLS 4/15/2014 11:07AM

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/15/2014 11:07AM

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I hope you win.

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2 Steps back again

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Well here I am again. Once I start getting back on track and making progress with getting my eating and exercising on track I get sick, and it puts me back off track. This seems to happen to me often. I believe I had the flu a couple of days ago so obviously I didn't do much but lay around and sleep. I am so frustrated because the last two weeks before that I really started to get back into my workouts and was doing pretty good with my eating habits. The only good thing that came out of being sick was that I didn't over eat on Monday and Tuesday. In fact I barely ate, which I know isn't good but I couldn't stomach anything.

With all that being said I know I have to give myself the time to recover from my illness before I get back into it. I did some cleaning this morning at work and it took a lot out of my so I don't believe I could handle a real workout for the rest of this week. I guess I will have to make sure my eating stays on track and hope for the best.

  
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/20/2014 2:37PM

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SYDLETZIII 2/19/2014 11:44PM

    Spring is around the corner and with it better days of health.

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CAROL494 2/19/2014 11:53AM

  Take care!

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Gotta to have self control tonight

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

So tonight my family and I are going to dinner at a pizza place with my husband's boss. It's sort of like a little Christmas gathering. Anyway, it is one of my favorite pizza places, and it is very easy for me to over eat when I go there. I must stay strong! I need to remind myself to eat slowly and really enjoy my food, and listen to my body when it says it is full. After all, one (or two ) pieces will taste just as good as three.

  
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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 12/19/2013 11:44AM

    Our boss treated everyone in the office to pizza a few days ago, so I know how you feel. Hope you stuck to your plan. If not, we always get new days to start over emoticon .

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SYDLETZIII 12/18/2013 10:49PM

    I will pray, I ate six, but I was lucky, I only gained 1 pound.

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3016DEBRA 12/18/2013 4:55PM

  emoticon I believe in you!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/18/2013 4:49PM

    Just take your time and eat slowly...drink lots of water, and enjoy the company you're with.

I've heard that you by dabbing the top of your pizza with a napkin to remove any oil, you can save a few calories. Every little bit helps, eh?

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MOTHEPRO 12/18/2013 4:21PM

    Stay strong! emoticon

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THE_RED_BIRD 12/18/2013 2:41PM

    You can do it! Maybe a salad before the pizza would help? emoticon

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TINY67 12/18/2013 1:31PM

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PGHP31CK 12/18/2013 12:51PM

    You can do it!!

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BATCHICK 12/18/2013 11:57AM

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You can do it! Stay Strong!

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EVIE4NOW 12/18/2013 11:02AM

  So true. You can do it!

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It's Almost Here

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Although this week at work is dragging by for me, I just keep reminding myself that Christmas and my two week vacation is almost here! I can't wait to spend some time with my family. This is the first year that I think my son is old enough to really enjoy Christmas. I just can't wait to see his face when he opens his presents.

I am also pretty happy for the fact that even though I have been doing some Christmas baking, I haven't been eating too much. I haven't been doing great, but I could be doing way worse. I mostly am just not doing that great with my workouts due to lack of time to really get anything more than 10 minutes in. Oh well, 10 minutes is 10 minutes I guess.

  
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KRISZTA11 12/18/2013 5:23PM

    Yes it is almost here! : )
Hang in there, soon you will have time to relax and to be active and to sleep and so on.
I'm planning some Christmas baking with my daughter on Saturday too, it really creates a lovely Christmas spirit : )

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SYDLETZIII 12/18/2013 8:10AM

    10 minutes is better than nothing, but if you are trying for more than just walk and track how long you walk for. I walk around my house at least 1-2 hours a day, why commercials are on, when I am waiting for the coffee to make, even when I am cooking and I am waiting till I need to stir it again, it all adds up and so far I have lost over 25 pounds.

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RENEEAQUA 12/18/2013 1:55AM

    10 is better than what i've been doing lately. i think last wk was 50min for the wk.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 12/17/2013 1:48PM

    10 minutes is better than no minutes. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/17/2013 11:08AM

    Congrats on not giving in too much to the holiday treats, and for working out. Ten minutes is better than nothing, so you should be proud!

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Update on My Spark Tracker

Monday, October 14, 2013

Okay, so I have had my Spark tracker for about a week now and I am a little more impressed than the first couple of days I had it. It seems to track my steps well. A lot of people have said that is misses steps a lot when compared to their pedometer on their phone or their fitbit. Well I don't have either one of those to compare, I am only using the Spark tracker to monitor my steps. The workouts that I have been doing while I have been wearing it were not picked up as what it was, but it did pick up the steps I did while I was doing it. I didn't expect it to pick up the type of exercise since I was just doing a Biggest Loser workout dvd. I was also wondering how it was supposed to know what type of exercise you were doing and didn't think that would be very accurate.

Anyway, I guess overall I am decently happy with the tracker. I must say it is pretty motivating when you tap on the tracker to check you status for the day and you see more and more of it light up as the day goes on. I have had 3 days in the week I have had it where it lit up completely. I think that's pretty good considering I have a sedentary job. I was really surprised that one of those days was yesterday. On the weekend, Sunday one of my laziest days usually! So I guess I have decided to keep my Spark tracker as it does count my steps and motivates more than not having it. I guess how happy you are with the Spark tracker kind of depends on what you were expecting from it. Hope this helps anyone who was thinking about buying one.

  
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JUSTME29 10/15/2013 9:01AM

    Thanks for the update. I'm still happy with my fitbit, but if it quits the Spark tracker will definitely be something I look at.

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BURGUNDYBABE 10/14/2013 9:19PM

    Nice review. Will definitely take this into consideration.

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BOBBYD31 10/14/2013 1:06PM

    my wife and i love ours too, very accurate and so easy to use once you figure all the in's and out's

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JANET552 10/14/2013 11:55AM

    Thanks for the review!

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TULIATART 10/14/2013 11:47AM

    Thank you for posting your experience so far. I have been deciding if I want to get an exercise tracker. I am still deciding, but this is helpful!

The best of luck to you!

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USMAWIFE 10/14/2013 11:35AM

    glad you are enjoying yours. mine is going back this week. missing so much activity compared to the fitbit and also this thing hates the syncing to my computer.

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/14/2013 10:38AM

    I'm on day three with my spark, and I like you I am learning to appreciate it more! As for how it knows what you are and aren't doing, I've discovered it sometimes doesn't; so it records your steps and time...BUT on your spark home page, it will let you go in and put it what you did.. once you do this and hit the button it will update your overall steps.. (I discovered this after doing a 30 minute walking dvd and getting the correct steps with my Fitbit but not with my Spark!) The page will actually have a prompt letting you know you have some unclassified exercise) Sure hope this helps!!!

At this point I still prefer my Fitbit, but am growing more fond of Spark!!

Have a great day!

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