My office is doing a "healthy living challenge" at work, and we are using Fitbits to track our progess. They clip onto your clothes and track your distance traveled, calories burned in the day and steps taken in the day. After one week of tracking progess I thought I would post some stats. I am finding that I am all over the map because I am tracking my food on Sparkpeople, tracking my exercise on Mapmyrun.com and tracking my steps and calories burned on Fitbit.com. Gathering all of this information and putting it together sucks. I wish Fitbit had a good food tracker. I wish Sparkpeople had a good fitness tracker. I wish that Mapmyrun was good for tracking food and steps and calories. Guess I will just have to use all of them until I find a solution.
I love that the fitbit tracks my daily calories burned from the moment I wake up to the moment I take it off before bed. No really, I love this!! It is making me realize how much I actually burn, which is giving me a more accurate representation of how much I should be eating. It seems like on an average day I am burning approximately 1,900 - 2,300 calories depending on whether or not I go for a walk or a run. So I am realizing that I need to eat a little less or I am never going to lose weight! The prior week's calorie burn was higher, but 13,820 is still pretty good!
My food and calories have been all over the place. I am doing a great job of tracking my food but a terrible job of watching what I put into my mouth and being aware of how awful it is for me. I am way over on my sodium daily and know I need to cut out the chips, soy sauce, hot sauce, all of that junk.... and wine... I definitely need to cut out wine.
I am pretty happy with my activity level. Of course it could be increased, but it's been sunny lately and I just want to be outside, not in the gym. So before and/or after work I've been outside walking and running with my dog, and loving every second of it. We have been keeping track of our steps as well and I haven't been doing too badly with that either. The goal is 10,000 a day and I've been around that mark, of course some days are higher. I realize now that I spend WAY too much time sitting... sitting at my desk, sitting in the car, sitting at home... yikes. I really need to fix this. I need to be steady with my calorie range and the sodium levels. Now that tracking my food has become habit I need the healthy eating to become a habit too.
I've started using Mapmyrun.com to determine how far I am going on my walks and runs around the community. I love it! I like that it tracks how far you've gone, how many fitness minutes you've logged and how many workout you've logged too. I love that it tells me how far my run was, and that I can create different routes on their website. It's awesome! I just hate that it doesn't tell me how many calories I burned. I need a new battery for my Polar HRM but haven't gotten one, so I'm relying on my fitbit to tell me as of right now.
So based on all of that information I have a 3,500 calorie deficit, which I think means one pound, but I am probably so full of sodium that I'll never see that 1 lb.
Things I'm doing right:
- running & walking as much as I can
- tracking my food
- drinking plenty of water
- being aware of the "reports" so I can make changes
Things I need to change:
- less sodium
- plan healthier meals
- need to be more consistent with calories, protein, carbs and fat levels
- less wine and no chips (I have no idea how they've crept back in... I assume the wine had something to do with it).
I am going to a conference all weekend so my activity level is going to be way down. I will have no chance to exercise. I also don't have a choice when it comes to food, so it's going to be off the rails I'm sure. Next week I am planning on making up for it though, hitting the trails hard, running like I stole something, enjoying the sunshine, reducing my sodium intake drastically and drowning in hot lemon water to normalize my body again!