Ok, it's been 2 weeks of wearing my Fitbit 24/7 and I am seeing changes for the better! It's also been a challenge. I am spending less time on Spark, however, since I don't have to record my exercise. Fitbit does all that FOR me! So I can focus on doing, and not recording.
I have the Fitbit One, which tracks your sleep - time in bed, the amount of sleep you actually got, the # of times you woke up, and the overall efficiency of your sleep.
It was worth the extra $ to get this feature. I used to worry more about my sleep! The tracking reveals that on those nights when I wake up often, I am still sleeping a lot more than I think I am sleeping. My sleep efficiency rating doesn't go down very much on these nights, and when I can sleep longer, I am still fairly rested, despite the waking up. I KNEW this, it's one of those facts you hear, but seeing the tracking is revealing.
The relationship between exercise, evening eating, sleep, and weight loss is becoming clearer too. I CAN add an extra mile of Walk Away the Pounds if I do it at least a couple of hours before bedtime, and it does make a difference in weight loss & doesn't harm my sleep.
The most important result is not that I am doing more ACTIVE exercise. My daily walk/run time is pretty much as it was. The valuable thing is knowing the sedentary % of my day. It was much TOO HIGH, in spite of the fact that I usually walk fast for an hour or more every day, and this walk includes at least 2 fairly big hills, which register on the Fitbit as floors climbed.
So I have given some real thought to how I can be less sedentary in general, even though I LOVE to read & do stuff on the computer. I'm breaking up my reading into smaller chunks, going up & down stairs more (immediate Fitbit payoff), doing a jog around my apartment while things heat on the stove (I used to sporadically do ST during this, but not real often), and just generally walking around more. I think this more frequent motion is helping curb my cravings for food during the day. I'm also getting more work done, which is helpful since right now I have extra things to do.
I'm down to 140.8, for the second time in two weeks. Victoire! My last spike up was to 143, but only one day of that. It is such a relief to know that I don't really have to work in a lot more strenuous exercise in order to lose. I just have to get off the couch more, with a degree of purpose.
I'll keep you posted, but at this point, I have good hopes of making my goal of 139 and possibly my goal of 137 by the time we leave for Rome on Dec. 27th.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!