Saturday, November 17, 2012
After coming off a not-so-good October and letting it slide into November, I wanted to take a minute to do a progress update and let everyone know I'm still in this.
I have been really working on my fitness minutes this month. This has been my weakness since Day 1 and I'm happy to report, I'm doing much, much better. For a geek like me, the tools make a huge difference. Earlier this month I purchased a fitbit and have had that sucker on constantly since it came. What a story it tells!!! As a programmer I sit and sit most of the day. I know this but the fitbit gave me this chart that shows my level of activity for the day. When you see a chart that shows you are sedentary 80% of your day, you kind of get a shock. I guess I thought I moved more than that even though I have a desk job. Well, surprise!!
This simple fact and tool are making me move more. I take a trek or two up the stairs to just get some movement in and have been researching standing desks. I think in my line of work, the standing desk is a HAVE TO not a SHOULD. Plus I do have a stability ball. That ball of fun is going to become my new chair.
Yes. I will still work on my cardio and strength training. But in actuality that is a small part of my day. I need to be more active throughout the day and have been working on ways to do so. Chances are I will be a desk jockey for the rest of my working career. So I need to make it a livable situation instead of one that sends me to an early grave.
Now I know that may seem dramatic but I don't think so. The number of health problems related to sitting, desk chairs and even computer use don't lie. I have a great job and career. Now it is time to be sure it doesn't kill me. ;)
December is fast approaching and I will be back to monthly goals and weekly updates. I miss doing it. I miss the accountability. And frankly, I just need to do it.
Here's wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and rest of your November.