Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I am considering going back to a wearable activity tracker. I actually do pretty well calculating calorie burn if I am "not doing much" (well for me) and just running. I just calculate my basal metabolic rate with a minimal multiplier and add in 100 calories per mile and voila.
The problem comes in when I am working on a remodeling project or am just in general more active, or when I start training, which means I workout A LOT. I don't know how many calories I am burning to adjust my eating toward so I then tend to not eat enough and either slow my weight loss or find I am starving all the time. The latter paired with my Mom leaving snacks all around is a recipe for disaster.
I think I may have solved her leaving snacks all over btw. I mentioned to her one day that I felt like I was gaining weight and having snacks all over the place certainly wasn't helping. She came home and threw them all away. I felt bad sort of, I know she thought she was contributing to people's enjoyment by buying them and leaving them out. In truth, the only thing that contributes to is a bigger waistline. I know in the end I have the responsibility for what I eat. But come on people. No one needs literally 4-5 bags of chips/snacks, bowls of chocolate covered coffee beans, yogurt covered nuts and raisins (ok at least those had 'some' health value), a bin of pretzels, bags of candies and chocolate bars lying around out in the open, as well as occasional boxes of pastry and donuts coming into the house. Like I said, it almost becomes sabotage.
Anyway, in shopping for activity trackers the Fitbit Flex has caught my eye, unfortunately, it doesn't come out until the end of April/early May. Huge downside as I had hoped to be at my goal weight by then (but then I've hoped to be at my goal weight since 2011 or so, so LOL). The Flex is a wristband activity/step/calorie/sleep tracker that just looks like a bracelet. It syncs via Bluetooth to your smartphone or computer, and is waterproof (attractive to me since I killed my Bodymedia armband by jumping into a pool with it on last fall).
The Bodymedia has been around for a while and has more sensors, so is supposedly a more proven device. A large downside for it to me is that I wasn't successful losing weight with the numbers it spit out. I can only guess that because I was living in the hot and humid Midwest at the time, the accuracy was less due to the sweat-o-meter part (my non-tech name for one of the sensors on it). Another downside is you have to wear it on your upper arm, so if you go out or wear a tank top, you look odd.
I realize there is the Fitbit One out there now, which clips onto something like your bra or waistband, but I know I would forget to put it on, accidentally put it through the washing machine or forget to hit the button each night before I sleep to indicate it to start tracking that. The Bodymedia Link and Flex stay on all the time, and automatically start tracking sleep on their own.
So, go with the imperfect Bodymedia option that is available now, or bag the idea, and go with the Flex if I have not lost the weight by that time. The Bodymedia is on a good sale at Costco now, and they have an awesome return policy. So, I could get the Bodymedia now, and if it's not working satisfactorily for me when the Flex comes out, I could also return the Bodymedia at that time. I'm leaning toward this option.
In other news, I don't have an update on my weight loss. I have been so tired for the past week and a half that I could not focus on it. I suspect it was because I was trying to adjust the bright lights I was using to treat my seasonal depression, and the new schedule wasn't working, so it got me out of sync pretty badly. I've been using them in the early morning again since last Friday, and only today am starting to feel somewhat better again. The issue has become so major I am considering moving to Albuquerque from Seattle. I am really trying to make this work because I love living close to my sister, and there are so many positives here, but at the same time I can't jeopardize my health and well-being for months at a time each year, if I can't get a handle on this.
OK! How have your goals been progressing?