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My FitBit Score? Sedentary... and some new non-scale goals.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

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.

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    1763 days ago
    Looks like you're on a great path! emoticon
    1764 days ago
    Congratulations. It won't be long now!
    1764 days ago
    emoticon I love data too. Can't wait to view your blog on what progress you made. You have set quite a few goals for yourself so I am positive you will like the results. I have thought about getting a FitBit myself but am resisting for now because of the very fact that I tend to obsess on data.
    1764 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    1764 days ago
    Way to go on finding the positive in what could have been a really stressful situation.
    You are doing great! emoticon

    1764 days ago
    I flipped out when my fitbit zip didn't record my hard-earned burned calories after my bike ride (burned 598 calories!). Then I read the SP fitbit team info & realized it's a pedometer---steps!! But someone said they put the fitbit on their shoe & maybe that would record it for you.

    I wear a heart rate monitor when I bike, so I record biking an an additional fitness on SP & fitbit records their info. But Mr. Fitbit is still be stingy with compliments since he doesn't know about the uphill, ocean headwind biking! The good news is your BODY knows how hard you're working! And the fat we accumulate around our organs which is deadly is evaporating even though you can't see it happening! You are determined & dedicated; that's the final word! emoticon
    1765 days ago
    Woohoo! What a happy blue line!
    1765 days ago
    Way to go.. It's all a tool to make you more healthy. I love the idea of riding your bike to work and to the store. I need to put a basket on mine to be able to do it. My husband is from Holland land of millions of bikes.. those moms have seats for 3 kids and them on bikes .. they bike everywhere..

    Walking breaks.. great idea.. You are doing wonderful things for you .. Keep it up.
    1765 days ago
    It's really interesting about how Fitbit interprets the data that is gathered. When I started wearing mine, I was surprised at how much movement I got with my "sedentary" job and lifestyle. I run at about 75-80% sedentary when I expected the number to be much higher (like 90-95%). However, in thinking about it, most of the time when I move from one work area to the other, instead of just scooting the chair, I get up and walk the 3 or so steps to it bringing the chair along with. When I answer the phone and the person wants to talk to someone else (which is about 99% of the time), I get up and walk to where they are to deliver the message (a minimum of 40-50 steps). Just by these two habits and taking a couple breaks to just walk around the store, I usually get in about 2500 steps a day at my desk job...

    A note about riding your bicycle, you might experiment with your Fitbit there. I think that sitting on the seat and pedaling would not get enough movement of the Fitbit to count it as "steps". You might consider wearing it lower, like near your ankle or in a lower pocket of cargo pants. Otherwise, I think that Fitbit calls it "lightly active", even though you may be busting a gut on hills. I have seen reports of people getting in lots of "steps" driving on rough gravel roads on the other extreme.

    Have you been wearing the Fitbit while you do your CrossFit? If not, that would also help explain the sedentary classification. Of course, an hour of CrossFit is still only a bit over 6% of a person's waking hours.

    Have fun playing with the numbers, and getting them to change.

    1765 days ago
    If I were doing CrossFit and riding in Redbud Classics and making the amazing progress you've been making...I'd probably have some four-letter words to throw at the computer screen that dared call me sedentary.

    I admire your outlook. :) And your computer/Fitbit screen should say:
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    1765 days ago
    The graphs are really impressive. Congrats and making a plan and getting more movement during each day. I have a desk job and have scheduled 5 minute walk in place breaks, and I walk outside around 2 blocks during my 2-15 minute, then during my 30 minute lunch break, I walk around 4 blocks or go uphill to the neighborhood and walk where there are lots of inclines. Then I try to walk an additional 30-60 minutes in the evening. But, I am a empty nester and have no one at home waiting on me.

    Keep up the great work, emoticon emoticon
    1765 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    What does that descending line mean?!
    1765 days ago
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