Monday, February 25, 2013
I had no real idea how many calories I burned during my Israeli dance sessions, and I was afraid I was overestimating. Iíd tried wearing my Polar HR monitor, but thought that was overstating things. Losing weight is always a real struggle for me, so I thought it would be a good idea to get a real sense of the calories I might be burning. So when Spark partnered with Fitbit, I decided to go for the basic model.
I run three times a week, and I teach dance for 3 Ĺ hours, so you would think I get a fair amount of calorie burn. But Iím a sloth: I can sit in my office working and move so little that the light goes off. I then have to wave my hand vigorously to get the light to switch back on. Sad, isnít it? I have a several kids with ADD. Clearly they didnít get it from their mother.
So, my first few days with the Fitbit were very disheartening. Not only do I not reach anywhere near the recommended 10,000 steps a day, but a typical workday with no running or dancing might net me all of 4,000 steps! And that's if I use the parking garage stairs instead of the elevator.
The second disheartening bit of information is that on a typical day, I donít burn much more than 1,100 calories. So if my eating range is 1,200 to 1,550, what am I to do?
I struggled with this, tried to cut back on the calories to stay below my Ďburní, only to pack on a quick five pounds. Other physical problems compounded this so Iím finding myself with an extra 10 pounds over my highest Ďcomfortableí weight.
Back to the drawing board. I was tempted to throw away the Fitbit, but the truth is that wearing it reminds me to take those extra steps. And so for that reason alone, itís worth having. But Iím not looking at the calories expended most days. I did confirm how many calories I burn during a typical dance evening, and the Fitbit and Polar HR monitor seem to be pretty much in sync.
Iím going to forget what it says about total daily calories expended and stick to 1,200-1,550 on a consistent basis. The Fitbit is there to help keep the lights on in my office, and thatís all!
Edit: to be clear, there is nothing wrong with the numbers when I run or dance. The calorie burn is what I would expect for someone my size. It's on non-cardio days that I apparently don't move. My base metabolic rate is that of a slug.