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Two weeks into Fitbit and Calorie Cycling

Monday, December 10, 2012

These two things just coincided, I didn't start them at the same time on purpose.
The fitbit has caused me to be more motivated to walk on the treadmill, and I've gotten semi close to the 10 k step goal a couple of times. I think my cardio workouts are more intense than what I was doing on the recumbent bike, if the built in HRM is to be believed.

I am still trying to figure out what to do for my whole body strength training. I feel like I'm doing pretty well with my pullups and pushups, and I've added dumbbell curls and extensions. I actually find I'm getting some nice tone in my midsection and legs just from walking. I guess when you are getting the results you want, why rock the boat, right?

The calorie cycling kind of fell apart this week between the rough days I had. But I do think I'll do calorie deficit M-W, maintenance Thursday, deficit F-Sa, and maintenance Sunday. The numbers continue to evolve, but I came really close to my 3500 fitness calories last week. It's a weird number, it includes much of the activity from, say, a shopping trip but the base calorie range is BMR x 1.2. My goals are based on deliberate fitness, though. So, yeah. I have a spreadsheet where it all makes sense. Just if you add in 300 calories a day for nursing, it all comes out about right.

The Fitbit by itself would be pretty straight forward. I'm just more concerned about my deficit range because of the nursing, and I'm trying to do calorie cycling.

I do have to say I had no trouble getting out to go shopping Saturday night. I usually put it off if there is any way I can get out of it. I don't know if it was energy from calorie cycling or motivation from the fitbit.

P.S. Unfortunately, the fitbit does not register ambling about doing minor chores, which I had hoped it would. So I'll have to find other enticements for me to do those.
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VTRICIA 12/10/2012 3:18PM

    It's hard to say. Sometimes it seems to and sometimes it doesn't. I believe it gives me calories for stairs, even though I'm not sure if it's giving me steps. This morning when I was cleaning the dining room I strapped it to my right elbow and it counted that as "somewhat active". So I guess that's something! My house has very long hallways because my bedroom and the kitchen were added on to different parts of the house, so I do get a lot of steps in that way. But the other day I fixed myself lunch and ate it at the dining table, and the fitbit didn't seem to notice anything there. I think knowing that, I wouldn't have wanted it rather than my omrom pedometer (which I can't find...) but I also wouldn't have anticipated some of the other motivational qualities it has. Like yesterday I shoveled my car out of the snow, but couldn't find my car keys. Normally this would have been a disaster, but now I'm like "double calories!" It's kind of sick, when you think about it.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/10/2012 1:07PM

    The fitbit doesn't get your steps around the house or did I miss understand?

Sounds like you are doing well. Great workout.

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