Friday, August 22, 2014
I didn't get to 8,000 steps yesterday, but the walking and water numbers were met -- yay!! I consider that two steps forward, in spite of the bad pun.
Today is already going well -- water level met before 10 a.m. Steps are at 1,300 -- not great, but a good start. Minutes -- if I count two times 2 minutes, I'm about 25% there.
I have to give props to a great (funny, serious, inspiring without being way too giddy for me) message I read yesterday in the "Fitness and Exercise" forum. If you'll take a moment to read, "I run like a dinosaur" by SP'er COURTNEYANNE414 (see her page here www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CO
URTNEYANNE414 ) and some of the comments with it, I think you, too, will smile with perhaps a renewed energy toward more active movement whatever your fitness level. I think of the Flintstones and my DD every time I hear or read "dinosaur." My DD loved learning about dinosaurs when she was young and I value that thirst for knowledge, and the Flinstones make me think of Wilma -- who wouldn't want to have her figure?
Here's the link to the blog www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
Anyone care to join me in a virtual dinosaur walk/run/jog?
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Haven't written here for a while, primarily because I was working and volunteering at our state fair, with no scale and little computer time available.
However, that did not stop me from watching my FitBit step numbers add up AND keeping an eye on my active minutes. I honestly don't understand how those active numbers are determined by the FitBit. I could walk quickly with a regular speed for quite a while on the fairgrounds and end up with maybe one active minute. And then yesterday, with a morning of mostly desk-sitting, followed by an afternoon with more sitting and some walking in a pasture, and end up with six. Ah, well, I guess keeping an eye on when I'm moving is still the right thing to do.
Perhaps a new tack to this personal challenge is now in order: For three days I will record at least 8,000 steps, 15 minutes of walking and four glasses of water.
Monday, August 04, 2014
I sure am having difficulty getting active minutes to show on my tracker. I know it's not user error, so it's probably user omission. Of course it varies, but in general I'm doing stairs at work and home (thanks to water shut-off at work and laundry at home) but I'm not getting in the real movement that I need, and that I need to show on my FitBit.
So, I continue to wait for the real start to this personal streak/challenge: 15 minutes of walking and 5 active minutes as shown on my FitBit. I'm really tired of not even getting it started, especially after such a great start with my earlier self-challenges last month. It's really irritating to think "uh-oh, I didn't get there again!" each night.
On the other hand, those "uh-ohs" really help me relish the "ups" when they occur. Like this morning when my scale read 185.0. That number has been my goal for quite some time, and never did I think it would happen now, in the midst of all these non-starting challenge days.
So, today I'll thumb my nose at the streak that won't start, while I applaud my inner determination that helps other good things happen in the meantime.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Well, my FitBit showed only one active minute for all of yesterday, though I can't understand why. I walked briskly to my car, I did some marching at home last night and I spent 30+ minutes mowing the lawn. Huh.
So, that means I start this three-day streak again today: 15 min walking and 5 active minutes. Doesn't seem like much, but as yesterday showed, even this little bit sometimes is hard to do.
I will start in a few minutes with walks to two different places on campus. It's beginning to feel a lot like fall with bright sun and cool early morning temperatures, and that really helps with mental encouragement to be outside.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I wasn't able to blog much of the last several days due to travel and family obligations for an out of state wedding, but I thought about this often. I definitely got my 15 minutes of walking in for two 3-day streaks in a row. Lots of walking while helping set up and clean up at the wedding, plus airport "travel" to kill three hours.
Today is a new streak-starting day, so I say let's do 15 min walking and 5 active minutes, according to my FitBit. Still some to do on that, so I'm hoping I find a good stopping place in my first day back to work schedule soon.
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