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First Week of Fitbit and Other Fun Fitness

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I am living in Baltimore, Maryland for the summer because I am doing at research internship at UMBC. The last two days have been super hot! emoticon And I keep hearing from everyone "Yep, it gets hot here." GREAT. I leave my perfectly cozy 70 degree weather in Washington (state) for this. At least I am learning a lot doing this internship and I hope it gets me into a better position for grad school.

I have worn my Fitbit everyday this week. I have also worn it overnight every night, too. I heard a professor say last week that this is how we create a "quantified self". And it's true. I'm gathering all these numbers on myself and from these I am learning how to make adjustments to be a healthier, happier me.

I've learned that while I might be in bed for 8-10 hours per night, I'm really only sleeping maybe half that time. So fixing my sleep is on the top of my list. I also learned that, if I keep the momentum I have right now, I'm getting a good amount of exercise. I mean, I want to always be working in more exercise, but it's really not the area I should be working on. It's my food. I have not been consistent about what I eat and how much. While I might be burning a good amount of calories per day, I'm certainly eating more than that.

Enter my newest health tool: "It Starts With Food" by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. I once tried doing the Whole30 from their website. However, I let myself get in my way because it was finals and I was in the process of moving to Baltimore for the summer. However, I'm moved in now, so the excuses need to stop. NO MORE EXCUSES!

Now, for some fun pictures. I finished a couple (or almost finished) knitting projects last week.

This is going to be a cat, when the face gets embroidered on.

This is a little 3month sized baby sweater for a friend who is expecting in October.

You'll be seeing lots more baby stuff because I know 7 people who are expecting between August and October. emoticon

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  • CANDOK1260
    2089 days ago
    I also love my Fitbit, though I'm on the fourth one in a year due to various malfunctions and losing one (they fall off waistbands WAY too easily).

    Welcome to the Baltimore/DC area at the hottest time of the year. Hope the "cold" front comes through Friday and drops us back down to the lower 90s. Sometime in the not-so-distant future (we hope), DH and I hope to retire to the Vancouver, Washington, area, so any hints you can share about the Pacific Northwest are most welcome.
    2099 days ago
  • 1TERRY7
    Best wishes in your new home and internship! The knitting looks cute. I am going to research Fitbits right now.

    2099 days ago
    Woohoo...go you.....we are coming into winter here....brrrr....enjoy the warmth...I am envious.....
    You can so do this
    2099 days ago
    I really need to get a Fitbit one of these days! It's difficult to stay on track with eating when your schedule/routine is off (finals & moving), but you're on the right track now. Keep it up!
    2099 days ago
    Love my FitBit!
    2099 days ago
    You picked the perfect time to move to Baltimore, right when the east coast is having super high temps and super high humidity. I got home last night and made dinner on the grill, I kept running out to check on my food, but the rest of the time, I stayed in the A/C. BTW, I live outside Philly, so that's why I'm mentioning the hot weather. Don't worry, it's not always like this, but we are known to have a couple, few heatwaves throughout the summer.

    I don't know how much free time (or money) you'll have during this internship, but I recommend visiting the Baltimore Aquarium, Ocean City Maryland, and DC (TONS of free stuff to do there). If you wander up to Philly, there's a few cool things to do downtown, although while I've lived here almost 10 years, Philly isn't my favorite place to go. I like Baltimore and DC better.

    Love your knitting! I'm a very basic crocheter (I make crooked dish cloths). I've tried knitting, but haven't been successful. After casting the 1st row, I'm stuck. Once I find a free minute in my day (hahaha, free minute, that's funny. Maybe when my 4 and 1 year olds are behaving and being quiet, like that ever happens), anyway, I thought I'd try following some Youtube videos some time to try and figure out the knitting thing. There are so many more knitting patterns that I like more than crochet.

    I haven't used the sleep tool on my Fitbit for awhile. I tried it at first, but I kept showing as getting 2 or 3 hours of sleep and I felt fine. I know if I do have a night I don't get the sleep, I'm exhausted the next day, so when I was seeing it on my tracker for several nights in a row, I was questioning the accuracy. I saw on one of the forums on their website that you can change the sensitivity of the sleep tracker, so I tried that, but then the one night when I got up to go to the bathroom, the next morning it showed that I slept the whole night and never showed that I was up ever. The only thing I definitely felt was accurate was that it showed I fell asleep usually in 15-20 minutes, which I typically fall asleep easily, so that was believable. But I think I saw on the forums that if you are naturally a mover in your sleep, the tracker will think you wake up several times. I think I saw it posted that people suggested putting the trackers elsewhere other than your wrist so it wouldn't catch so much movement, but I don't where else I'd put it.
    2099 days ago
    I've been reading about the Fitbit since I broke my pedometer and need to replace it. This seems like a handy upgrade - thanks for posting your perspective.

    Cute knitting projects - My skill is limited to scarves! emoticon
    2099 days ago
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