Sunday, November 03, 2013
3. What is your big picture, long-term goal? Why is this goal the one you work towards?
Whoops. I think I muddled up the short, long, and medium term goals. What I talked about yesterday was my ultimate long-term goal, but let me tell you about the fairly-but-not-ultimate long term goal that really got me started.
About a year ago, a good friend of mine talked me into signing up with my DH and a bunch of other crazy Alaskans for a 2-week rafting trip in the Grand Canyon in the fall of 2014. Yup, this is such a rare and rationed experience that you have to sign up for it 2 years in advance. Itís billed as a hikerís extravaganza, with lots of hikes up side canyons along the way. I knew it would be a lot of fun, but I also knew the hiking would be a major misery unless I could unload at least some of the excess baggage I have been toting around lo these past 25 years or so. And then, upon signing up, came the list of physical requirements from the rafting guides:
--Ascend and descend two flights of stairs carrying a 20 pound bag without using a handrail
--Get up on top of a kitchen counter, stand up, and return to the floor without using a stool
--Climb several sets of stairs while urgently needing the bathroom
--Rise from a seated position on the ground up to 30 times a day.
--Balance a plate of food on your lap while eating.
--Suspend your weight from a pull up bar for 15 seconds.
The accompanying letter suggests ďworking on stamina, aerobics, and muscle strengthening between now and your tripĒ.
It was enough to scare me into action. Iím in OK shape for my age and size, but itís a no-brainer that a smaller size and better fitness were definitely called for. And two years was a reasonable time line to achieve it.
Why do I work toward this goal? Well, the rafting trip will be a major load of good fun, a unique and thrilling experience, and the better prepared I am, the better the experience will be. And having the date of the trip for a deadline, and a big deposit down on the cost adds a no-bs urgency to my motivation. Plus, Iím vain enough to want to NOT be the fat, slobby old lady that slows everybody down!
Saturday, November 02, 2013
2. Imagine you have met your new short- or medium-term goal or challenge. What would you like to say happened for you while you were working toward that goal?
What I hope to happen while I work on this challenge is to reaffirm my connection to my long term goals and to reignite the enthusiasm that re-energizes the behavior that makes me progress.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
1. Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it?
Well, you're lookin' at it right here. Blogging every day stimulated by questions about my motivations and goals, and wouldn't you know it--I'm already a day behind! What I've been working on for a while--a long while--is releasing excess weight to get my body size into a healthy BMI range. Good progress so far, but only halfway there and hung up on a plateau. What do I hope to gain? Good health, and the ability to enjoy life.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
It's lovely having gotten this far in my weight loss, but it seems like I have now been camping on this plateau for a long, boring time. I love the fitness and weight release I've achieved so far, but I'm only half way to where I hope to be. It's time to shake things up and get moving again.
One of the ways I intend to do this is by joining DOGLADY13's 3 week blog challenge www.sparkpeople.com/mypa ge_public_journal_individu al.asp?blog_id=5527780 and do some introspection and cogitation publicly on my goals, motives, and motivation. As you probably realize, I'm a very intermittent blogger, so daily blogging will be a challenge and shakeup in itself.
You're welcome to join, too. Just take the link over to check it out. And watch this space--see you tomorrow!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
For a long time I've been interested in trying an activity monitor, but as I get most of my exercise in the water, I wanted a waterproof one and none seemed to fit my requirements. Then I saw the Fitbit Flex. Perfect!
Not only is it waterproof, but I love the discreet bracelet design with the minimalist display of a few tiny lights in the black strip. And even those don't show unless you tap the bracelet. It's really a triumph of design. It's flat and thicker on the display side, which makes it always stay right-side up and not twist around the wrist. Watchmakers could take note. And the clasping device is completely flush with the surface so it never catches or scratches.
The bit itself is a little bug that comes out of the back side to plug into its charger, and it charges very quickly. Mine's charging while I write this blog, and it will probably be done before I am.
I was curious to see how the Flex would handle water exercise. The web site warns that it doesn't convert swimming into steps very well, and I can report that the same is true for water aerobics. That's ok. I'm used to exercise being calibrated for landlubbers rather than mermaids, and I've grown used to ignoring underestimates of calories burned. (You're lucky to burn anything at all when you're all wet, right? ) I can handle it. Everything's different in the water. There still is no better gauge than perceived exertion for intensity of water exercise, because heart rates are different in water. So no surprise that for a half hour of intense interval training in the pool, I am awarded only 9 "very active minutes".
That's all fine, because although I want to wear my monitor in the pool, that's not what I got it for. I wanted motivation and feedback to help me be more active in the rest of my day, and the Flex fills my bill admirably in that department. I need to get up from the computer more often, go up and down stairs more often, park further from my destination, and it definitely helps with that.
I deeply dislike being constantly nagged by numbers, and that's why the 5 little lights on the Flex please me so. I can tap it at any time to find out the proportion of my step goal for the day accomplished so far, but I would hate to get obsessive about how many steps I got walking the dog just now, or which area of the grocery store parking lot gets me the most steps. Nor do I want to share any of my data with anyone. This is just for me. If I want numbers, I can go to the web site and sync, but once or twice a day is enough for me.
I was intrigued by the sleep mode, and it has been interesting to use it and see that my sleep is very regular in quantity and quality. There's a calculation of sleep "efficiency", and I'm happy to note that I'm apparently a very efficient sleeper--96 - 99%! It's great to find out that I've been doing this so well! And even more interesting to let my husband wear it for a night and find out that in spite of his perception that his sleep is lousy and intermittent, he sleeps about as long and efficiently as I do!
So all in all, I'd say that the Flex is the right monitor for me, but it probably wouldn't suit everyone, especially the data-driven. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get my bit out of the charger, strap it on, and get MOVING!
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