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Once again I face the doctor's scale

Monday, September 15, 2014

And once again I am elated! I know I do this so rarely that I truly can forget the delight when the doctor scale shows a lower weight than my own scale. And yep, that happened again today. This is even with clothes (no shoes) so I'm trying to figure out what the difference is between the two. I think it could be up to 4 pounds difference, but because I'm such a negative-thinking person, I'll say my home scale weighs 3 pounds more.

Even with that, I'm on track for a continued downward trip, vacation coming soon and all. Wish me continued strength to do what's right for me, and jump for joy with me on the scale numbers. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/16/2014 11:46AM


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NHES220 9/16/2014 10:25AM

    Congrats on the good numbers at the doctors office scale! Here's to keeping on track on vacation and making good choices!

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IWANT2DOTHIS1X 9/15/2014 9:31PM

    That is great!

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Lumbering forward

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
) 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

Anyone care to join me in a virtual dinosaur walk/run/jog? emoticon

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SIOBHANKNITS 8/22/2014 11:38PM

    Thank you for posting this. I never would have seen it if you hadn't. Awesome!

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Back at this

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.

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BIGPAWSUP 8/21/2014 9:42AM

    You can do that!

Active minutes are a mystery .

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The "uh-ohs" and "ups"

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.

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CTUPTON 8/7/2014 7:48PM

    Just focusing on the exercise has you doing more than you'd do otherwise. The streak will fal nto place. Then we all will congratulate you! chris

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BIGPAWSUP 8/4/2014 7:27PM

    You can do this!!

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WIFE49 8/4/2014 1:05PM

    emoticon Congrats on reaching 180. Hang in there.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 8/4/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon on reaching your 180 goal. I am happy that you are embracing various areas in measuring your progress. as you have noticed relying on just one area can be misleading and frustrating ... the Fitbit is not showing you the results you want to see but the number on the scale tells you that you must be doing something right because you are seeing improvement there. Persistence is one of the keys to success, keep on working with the Fitbit, you will eventually get it to show the results you want.

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OTTD update

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.

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CTUPTON 8/7/2014 7:51PM

    Sounds like that Fitbit is nt giving you credit where credit is due! On my fitness racker onSP can reclassify things if it measured activity over 10 min. When I reclassify, often I get more credit. My water classes don' register as water aerobics so I reclassify them. I get more steps that way. chris

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SHOYER 7/30/2014 5:43PM

    Noreen, I have the fitbit one and wear it clipped inside my shirt. Usually it's pretty accurate on the steps, but I know my mowing used more "action" than the fitbit showed. That's okay. I am sometimes pleasantly surprised to see flights of stairs adding up when I don't always use stairs. I figure that it must somehow measure or account for the force of my steps as I walk up a slope or hill.

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WIFE49 7/30/2014 12:08PM

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NHES220 7/30/2014 11:29AM

    I will tell you that marching in place does not always show as active minutes on my Fitbit. Mowing the lawn you are not moving your arm, so if you have a Fitbit Flex that you wear on your wrist it may not have even measured those steps. Know that you moved - you did what you set up to do! Just FYI - you can put the Fitbit Flex in your pocket when you are mowing the lawn and it should measure your steps, but again you are not moving fast so they will not be active.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/30/2014 10:02AM

    It does sometimes seem like me walk more than those thing tell us, but a mile is a good distance when you look at it.

"Don't wait until you've reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal." Unknown.

emoticon Keep walking. Linda

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BIGPAWSUP 7/30/2014 9:00AM

    You got this

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