Monday, July 08, 2013
It has been 1 month since I started wearing my Fitbit Flex and in that month I have recorded 141 miles and 330,974 steps! I started out with a goal of 10,000 steps a day and met that with the exception of 2 days, one being the first day and the other when I was stuck on a flight due to weather delays. My new goal is 12,000 steps a day. I never realized how sedentary I was on the days I did not do cardio just sitting at my desk. Now I am moving every day getting out for walks or doing the elliptical. My leg is finally starting to feel better, so I think I will get back to incorporating some running soon. I read an article that 10,000 steps is the key to lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and lowering your risk of diabetes. I believe this is true. The Fitbit also measures sleep efficiency based upon your movement. My efficiency is usually 93-96% and I am surprised by the number of times I wake up or stir during the night. My husband's sleep efficiency is usually 100% - he sleeps like a log!
Yesterday I went on my usual walking route, but instead of turning around I decided to keep following the path. Well, I wasn't sure what street I ended up on. I've lived in this area almost 12 years and I still get lost in some of these subdivisions. I ended up pulling up google maps on my phone for directions back to a street that I knew. I ended up with a 3.7 mile walk which was around what I was aiming for. That evening we volunteered at Naperville Ribfest on behalf of the food pantry that we volunteer at and we worked the food tent. I was in charge of putting out the brownie bites and cheeze-its. Talk about resisting temptation! There was also ice cream and potato chips. Our only option for dinner was Hot Dogs, so I had one and resisted everything else. We were dishing out pulled pork, potato salad and green salad in the food tent the rest of the evening and we did grab a taste of the pulled pork before the evening was over - it was from a place called Texas Outlaws and it was very good.
At the end of the night, we opted to skip the bus ride back to the parking lot and walked back to our car - it was about a mile walk. I ended up with over 14,000 steps for the day and my husband had over 19,000 steps! I definitely like the new me and how active I've become!