Monday, October 15, 2012
I have had and used my Fitbit ultra for almost 3 weeks and I really love all of the information that little thing gives me. Well today I got a Sparkmail that you could now link you fitbit to Sparkpeople. I immediately clinked the link and connected the two and it is really cool! My steps, time of exercise, calories burned and I guess also your amount of sleep (I didn't wear mine last night) is recorded for you. What a great gadget! I am hooked!
Oh Yea, and I got 500 Sparkpoints for connecting the two! How great is that?
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Due to my schedule and the fact that I am away from home from Friday afternoon until Monday morning, I decided to weigh and start my week on Thursday for the 5% challenge. That means that my first week is now complete. I weighed this am and ........down 2.2 pounds!!
Now normally I would have just jumped right in full force and watched every bite that I took and really put in the time for lots of exercise and lost 6-8 pounds in the first week. Then maybe 3, then maybe 1, then probably gain 2 and that would be it. I decided that this time would be different. I really just tried to be mindful of what I was putting in my mouth and thinking about substitutions or was I really hungry or just bored, tired, depressed or what. I also just tried to increase the movement instead of really going strong. After the "left butt cheek" incident, I thought maybe I should take it a little slower and just move. Not try to set records or anything. (By the way, my hip areas are still sore and stiff when I try to get up after sitting for a while. Hope that stops soon.) Also the LTGL part of the challenge is drinking water. That one is easy for me. I love water and if I am really thirst, hot, tired or anything only water will do.
Next week goals are to stop the evening munchies!! I like to spend about an hour with a good book and a snack before going to bed in the evenings while my husband is on the computer. It is a habit more than anything but it must stop.
Next week exercise goal is to continue the walking 45-60 minutes daily and add some other form of exercise. I just received Coach Nicole's DVD so I will either try that or another video on Sparkpeople site to add an additional 10-15 minutes of strength training or stretching or something.
The last posting of our ranking put the Starfish dead last in the 5% challenge. Let's get in that exercise and water and come up from behind.
Friday, October 05, 2012
Note to self:
You can do this! You are a woman that has been Blessed with good overall health, a supportive husband, and 4 wonderful dogs that like to be active and spend quality time with you. What more do you need. I realize in the past that you would decide to lose weight and really watch what you eat and start walking for a week or two and then you would stop writing down what you ate and not walk as often with some perfectly accurate excuse for doing so. Then you would wind up right back where you started with maybe a few more pounds to lose. Well this time is going to be different. You are reading The Spark and you just read about goals and how to set and achieve your goals. You just need to set some new goals for yourself that are unique, concrete goals are have a completion date. Since you have decided to start the 5% challenge you already have a weight lose goal.
Weight loss goal: lose 12.8 pounds in 8 weeks. (Oct 6- Dec 1)
Since exercise minutes are a part of the challenge you must also set a goal for yourself for completing daily exercise. No excuses. There is 24 hours, 7440 minutes, or 446400 seconds in every day and there is no reason that you can not take 15, 30, or more minutes every day to get in some form of exercise. Obviously walking is the go to exercise so that you can spend time with the dogs and they get some exercise as well but you also own an exercise bike, mini trampoline and oodles of fitness DVD's that you can use to change it up.
Exercise goal: Complete at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Now let's talk about journaling. I know that keeping a journal is just not your style. In the past you have started out writing down everything you eat and how much exercise you get along with maybe a blurb or two about how you feel or what you did that day and then it would fall by the wayside because you are just not the "writing" type. Well it is time to buck up and use some of the stubbornness you are so famous for to your advantage. Tell yourself that this is something that you must do for yourself and to keep yourself on track and just decide to do it ! Is should not be so difficult. You have every app known to the fitness world on your ipod touch as well as computer programs to help you. Pick a way and just do it! Consistently do it!
Journaling goal: Use "Lose it" on the ipod touch to log food every day. (Even if you eat something that you think you shouldn't). Sync it with your new fitbit for accurate exercise information. Also keep a notebook just to keep all information in one place. Maybe just total calories consumed, minutes and type of exercise and something about your day. Were you stressed, did you go somewhere special, etc.
Okay, now you have a plan of attack. But if I know you like I think I know you, after the first little slip up you will start with the negative talk. You must remember that every minute and every day is a new opportunity to start fresh. If something doesn't work out exactly like you think it should, get up, brush yourself off and start again. The ultimate goal is to keep going and make the scale have a downward trend. You can do this! Make good choices! Think of the goals and work hard. It will be worth it.
Now get moving!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I started exercise for REAL this week in preparation for the upcoming 5% challenge that will be starting Saturday. Tues I walked down the road and back which is a total of 2 miles and according to my fitbit is the equivalent to 19 floors in elevation. It is downhill when I leave home and uphill coming back. I walked my rescued pit bull Petie who is estimated from 10 to 12 years old and I thought I was going to have to call my husband to come and get her. She sat on the side of the road in the grass and refused to move. luckily we were just about 1/4 mile from home and after about 4 minutes she got up and we finished. I was tired but still felt good. Then yesterday I took one of my other dogs, a beagle X, named Yoyo, to walk on an old railroad bed turned into a walking, biking, horse trail that is not to far from my sisters house. My sister, her dog, Yoyo and I walked 3 miles in about 65 minutes. Okay, I was tired after that walk. And my Left butt cheek was hurting. I am just hoping that it is the muscle and not the hip. After just having both knees replaced back in March 2012, I do not want to start having hip problems. I thought about not doing any walking today and just rest just in case but then decided to take a more leisurely walk. I took Yoyo to a local park with a walking trail and we walked for 35 minutes and the fitbit said an equivalent of 9 floors in elevation. This is a nice trail because It has a short little uphill section within the track so it is not just flat the the railroad bed was. I let Yoyo stop and sniff when she wanted and we were not stressed. It was a beautiful day and I think I actually worked some of the tightness out of my backside and thighs.
The moral of the story is that I can walk and get in my exercise, I might just have to take it a little slower and work my way up.
I am ready to have it all count toward our goal for the starfish!
Let's go Starfish!!!
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