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Happy and Healthy New Year 2013 to all my Spark friends and fellow Sparkers


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy and Healthy New Year 2013 to all my Spark friends and fellow Sparkers.

I received my FitBit One on New Year's eve and today I used my FitBit One for the first time and am pleased with its performance and ease of syncing with the Spark People fitness tracker. I'm not too sure of the accuracy of its indicated calorie burn as I don't know the basis of it's estimation. Best I can figure it uses my weight and height and some internal formula that correlates to activity. I think I'll continue to rely on SparkPeople's fitness tracker for my general estimate. I went for my morning walk and got back to find that according to my FitBitOne I'd walked 18,354 steps, gone over 8 miles, climbed 30 floors. Yes in my part of northwest Florida we do have changes in elevation due to small hills.
The FitBitOne indicated that I'd burned over 2200 calories from this level of activity. I think that is a big over estimation as my doctors have consistently told me I have a very slow metabolism compared to other males, mainly due to my long term diabetes and not doing enough daily strength training.
So this year to improve my metabolism and get my weight loss program kick-started, I've used Spark People to develop a beginner daily strength training program with enough variety that I should be able to seem some progress while keeping my muscles confused and challenged enough to hopefully grow stronger and maybe bigger or at least keep them from atrophying.
We had a beautiful day here. The skies were mostly clear and blue in the morning with a temperature of 70 degrees. For my first walk of the new year, I chose to walk over to one of the local parks called Turkey Creek North.

This place is about 4,000 steps from my home and once there its a fairly short walk in the park. The main features are three pavilions for picnickers, it does have restrooms and water fountains but otherwise it has limited assets. It does have a dock at one end that would be convenient for swimmers and kayakers to access the cold waters of the swift flowing creek.




Since I had a lot of energy left, I decided to walk over to the other Turkey Creek Walk park that is south about another 6000 steps to its entrance. It has a longer walk way that is miles long so a RT for it gives you at least 1.5 miles and it does have a couple little side walks you can add that will bump it up to 2 miles for a RT. I usually take the side walks too. By the time I got back home, I had over 18,300 steps done and it wasn't even time for lunch yet. Unfortunately my walk wasn't without physical complaint as my right ankle started freezing up and didn't want to flex properly, a heel-spur flared up and still hurts even now while I'm sitting, also an old shin split on the right leg gave voice to a loud complaint but at least my gout didn't decide to join the chorus. Hopefully this will all be quiet in the morning and I can venture forth once more while we're having such good local weather.

I decided to add some more bison to my original solo bison and I think I like it better now.


Also I finally did another flower painting which became a Christmas present for my mother. I don't enjoy painting flowers for some reason so I don't have very many of them.



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WILSONWR 1/2/2013 7:40PM

    Nice pictoral and great art work. Happy New Year to you also!

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PLMITCH 1/2/2013 9:19AM

    Happy New Year to you as well!

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MOBYCARP 1/2/2013 7:31AM

    All calorie burn estimates are bogus. If they're consistent in how they're bogus, they can be an indicator of having done more or less than other days estimated by the same method; but that's about all they're good for. They don't really compare well to calories eaten.

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