Saturday, February 02, 2013
The first couple of days with my Fitbit, I was appalled at how sedentary it showed I was. 96% out of my day was sedentary. I THOUGHT I was busy all the time, I did dance classes and started Zumba for Wii and walked.....
But there was that number, 96%. I realized, it was right. I was sedentary a LOT.
So, after that initial period of shock, I decided I would start moving more no matter what! 96% was not acceptable!
*Getting up every 30 min from my desk (computer job) and walking a quick lap around our floor (about 100 steps).
*I started walking outside on at least one of my breaks, many times both of them (about 1500 steps).
*I paced back and forth if I had to wait somewhere, instead of finding a chair and sitting down
*I continued Zumba for Wii and was shocked to see that it didn't burn as many steps as I thought it would (about 1500 steps for 30 minutes). However, I do feel it is high intensity (for me!) movement and well worth that 30 minutes, even tho Fitbit gives it about half the steps I would have expected for the time.
*I did only have 2 nights of dance, where normally I would have 4 (student illness, cancellation)
You can see my progression in steps - due SOLELY to the motivation of making my Fitbit stats rise:
(Goals 10,000 Steps/day, 1000 activty score/day)
Monday: 4061 steps, 326 activity score (no dance classes, 20ish min of Zumba)
Tuesday: 7039 steps, 485 activity score (no dance classes, 30 min of Zumba)
Wednesday: 8730 steps, 662 activity score (one hour of dance class, 20 min of Zumba)
Thursday: 9210 steps, 661 activity score (1.5 hours of dance class, 30 min Zumba)
Friday: 7379 steps, 521 activity score (no dance class, no zumba).
Fitbit is a huge motivator for me. I walked, moved, zumba'd, and danced around as much as I could.
Friday, I was tired. I mean TIRED, lol. Over the week, I at least once moved my sedentary rate from 96% to 83%. That's a pretty big increase for only a few days. I was frankly pretty amazed at how much work it took to raise my activity level that much!
I was also surprised that by calculating my calories burned in a different way than SparkPeople, I could eat more food. I didn't necessarily eat more calories a day than I would normally, unless I felt hungry.
Weight? Well, it's really early to tell. I have a strong history of it taking about a week to 10 days to show the effort of a week's work on the scale. I started the week at I think at around 247ish and this a.m. was at 244. That's where I've been bouncing up and down up and down for about three weeks, the lowest I got was 241, for about 1 day, LOL. Then I went from 244 to 249, up and down up and down, up and down. I'm not a fast loser (see previous posts about insulin resistance, estrogen dominance, and perimenopause, sigh).
I can tell you I think Fitbit is worth every penny. I've had pedometers and had poor success with them in the past. I have three pedometers in a drawer, if that tells you anything. Fitbit's dashboard, showing not only your steps, but your calories burned, distance traveled, and your activity, is a massive motivator for me. Possibly the most motivating tool I've ever used. I love that it syncs with Spark, meaning I don't have to log my food somewhere else, because I know for a fact....I won't. Spark has the best food tracking system for me and I love that I can still use it and see it on the Fitbit dashboard.
That's it. My post in continuing praise of the Fitbit. I noticed a couple snarky comments from folks I shared my excitement with in the 'real' world. "wow, that's really expensive" - from a woman with $200 worth of extensions in her hair. "That's just a glorified pedometer, you didn't need that" from someone who is just as obese as I am - and frankly not doing a single thing about it.
I'm extremely pleased I purchased it. I even posted a link to Fitbit on Facebook and wrote "Best $50 I ever spent, period!".
That's it for today. Have an AWESOME weekend!