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Things I wish I had done as soon as I started

Sunday, January 06, 2013

When I hit my high and got sick of it, I started eating properly and tracking it all. The only thing that is measurable from the beginning is the scale weight.

I lost 6 pounds before I took a full body shot, I would have liked to see that extra 6 pounds. I had lost nearly 10 pounds before I started measuring myself with a tape measure. I'll bet that there was at least an inch or two lost in those 10 pounds.

I'm all about the measurable statistics and being able to write everything down and see the results is a big thing for me. Just call me a scientist...

I also think it would have been more helpful for me to have some kind of tracking device, I have a FitBit, but there are other measuring devices like heart rate monitors. I happened upon my FitBit in March, but didn't start using it until late summer. Now that Spark People connects to FitBit, it's much easier for me to know what I need to take in because I know the real amount of fitness I do in a day, although I go by the FitBit ranges, not the Spark People ranges because Spark People wants to put my calorie burn higher than FitBit does.

When everything is accurate, then I have a much easier time doing this right. Writing everything down, having measurable statistics, and then seeing the results really helps.

It would have been nice to see the full results, but I suppose I started close enough to the beginning that the results won't be skewed too much.

Don't wait too long to use all the statistics you can!
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    I am so glad I read this blog. I havent taken measurements yet and I have lost 15 lbs already, so I am going to get right on that. I am not sure what a fitbit is but I am going to have to check this out! emoticon
    1897 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I think we were separated at birth (though I am probably at least 15 years older!) because I am the same - I hid from the camera for sooooo long these past 25 years that I was reluctant to track with pics, didn't accurately measure for at least 2 months, and had my Fitbit and didn't know how to really get the most out of it. I am also a numbers person and thrive on tracking here, on Fitbit, and everymove. Go figure!
    The good news is that you are sticking with the program, making the changes now, and you look absolutely fabulous in your new profile pic!
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    1899 days ago
    When I started with Spark, I got a GoWearFit by Body Media. It has an electronic armband. This is the same device used by the Biggest Looser TV show. I like it very much as it shows in an hour by hour visual graph your individual calorie burn. I got it in June of 2009. I also have an Omron pedometer which has a software tracker to save daily stats. I had hoped to be able to stop using the pedometer as the GWF counts steps also. Alas, the step counts were so far from each other that I continued to wear the pedo.

    I was successful in loosing weight, I got down as far as 149, when late fall came and Seasonal Affective Disorder hijacked my mind. I went into a don't gain weight mode. By June 2010, when my mojo came back I was only at 155. emoticon

    Mental illness is certainly not for sissies! emoticon
    1899 days ago
    I just got my FitBit in November, totally wished I had it earlier- really was an eye opener. I aim for 10k steps a day now. :)
    1899 days ago
  • MOXIE26
    I'm glad to hear that your FitBit tracks calories lower than SparkPeople. I've been using Cardiotrainer on my phone and it always estimates the calories burned as at least a third lower than SP. I took a before pic and measurements but that was really hard to do! As it is, I cut my head off for privacy reasons.
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    Keep up the great work!
    1899 days ago
    Since I am starting over at my highest weight I need to get my daughter to take a full body photo shot. I doubt I am willing to share it right now but maybe after the weight starts coming off. I can't find my tape measure :(
    1900 days ago
    Thanks for the info. Learn from your mistakes and don't dwell on them. Let me know how you like your fitbit.
    1901 days ago
    I'm with you, I wish I had taken a photo earlier as well. Better late than never, though.

    Hope you're having a great Sunday!

    1901 days ago
    You know that you lost before you started with the pictures. I wouldn't reflect too much on the past. Just look forward.
    1901 days ago
    I agree I wished I had tracked my body sooner. Seeing your progress is very motivating. I have been thinking about getting a fitbit.
    1901 days ago
    Start where you are truly, what is behind you doesn't matter. I'm a numbers person too and I didn't do body measurements either, still don't because now there won't be enough change to encourage me. Anyway I was thinking about this yesterday when we talk and think about weight and numbers (body numbers) that are in the past we don't think in details or I don't When I was in high school a weighed about 130 lbs in my 20s I was 140 At 32 right before I had my son I weighed 125 ect We don't talk about the weeks and the lbs up and down just the year so yes we need goals and things to measure but if there not available that ok go from where you are Best of luck
    1901 days ago
    I wish I'd taken real before pictures, and measurements. I didn't measure until I'd lost the first 30 lbs!! I'd lost two sizes by then - who knows what I'd lost and will never have the info for!
    1901 days ago
    Yes I totally agree -- it's great to have those initial statistics so that you can look back and see your progress to date! I used to keep a log when I was serious about working out and strength training in a gym -- it was great to flip through the book and see the improvement in my strength and abilities over time.
    1901 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Great job and you are right, measuring and seeing the numbers are great motivaters!
    Even if you don't have the official pics or numbers, you know you are on the right track! emoticon emoticon
    1901 days ago
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