I upgraded my FitBit account to Premium, mainly because I wanted to be able to download my data to excel to look at it differently. Anyhoo, there is a Trainer there that does analysis of your activity. I thought "why not"? Expecting to be encouraged and maybe a vit proud of my progress. What do they say? Pride goeth before the fall?? Yep.
Here's my rating:
Sedentary!!! OUCH!! I was surprised.. and then it told me I wasn't alone.
I dug a little further and found how I stack up against all women:
The blue bar is "typical" or average... and the green bar is me. Okay, I'm feeling a bit better. Below average but not horrible. Certainly better than 2 months ago.
Then I compared myself against obese women in my age group (45-54 yrs):
Okay!! In this one, I'm right in line with "typical". Cool.
Now, what am I going to do?
1. Well... I have a treadmill in my office but I had to quit using it because my plantar fasciitis and heel spurs started flaring up. That was about 4 months ago. I'm going to start walking on it again at a slow rate. There's something about my gait on a treadmill that causes me to place most of the impact of my weight on my heels which is no bueno. However, at a very slow speed (which is what the dern thing is for anyway.. I'm talking about 1mph or 1.5mph... I think I should be able to keep my gate more natural.
2. I'm going to purposefully "take a walking break" every two hours.. 10, 12, 2 and 4.. just a 5-10 walk to other departments.
3. I'm going to start walking every morning. Not hard core training type of walking but simply moving.. stopping to admire the blooming flowers.. etc.
4. Finally, I'm going to start riding my bike to work again.... and to the store.. and just, in generally, get on it more often!
I'm going to implement the plan starting today! My goal is to move up my percentile in both the obese women 45-54 (48th percentile) and all women (41st percentile). I just want to be at a higher percentile than this week. That's it.
I like having goals that are short term ('ll know in a week how I'm doing), measurable and not related to the other numbers I'm tempted to obsess about - the scale. WOOT WOOT
I'll check back next week and we'll see where I land. It's a challenge.. and one I'm prepared to meet. I can't wait to have that label "sedentary" removed from my fitbit grafts!
So, back to why I originally upgraded to Premiere on FitBit... i downloaded my weights and here they are.. the red arrow is pointing to when I began eating Paleo and doing CrossFit.
I like this graph. It makes me happy. I am on the right road. I already knew that of course but I do loooooove data.
117 days til Africa
34lbs to go for my Zipline Goal