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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

Keep on Sparking!

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CANDOK1260 7/1/2012 6:24AM


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CELIAMINER 6/21/2012 8:29PM

    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.

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1TERRY7 6/21/2012 8:22PM

    Best wishes in your new home and internship! The knitting looks cute. I am going to research Fitbits right now.


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LYNMEINDERS 6/21/2012 7:42PM

    Woohoo...go you.....we are coming into winter here....brrrr....enjoy the warmth...I am envious.....
You can so do this

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MNNICE 6/21/2012 3:42PM

    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!

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    Love my FitBit!

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DRAGONFLY02 6/21/2012 1:03PM

    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.

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GLASSART43 6/21/2012 12:48PM

    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

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