Crossposted to FitBit How to get in extra steps during the day~
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Since I work at night for the most part I do this; I plan for 15 minute bursts of exercise by walking up and down the stairs, jumping on my treadmill, walking up and down my block or in the neighborhood. I do this 3 different times in the day or night. I do my active 90 minute through 2 hour walking period on top of this. I am starting to get to at least 15,000 steps a day doing this!
I get more steps if I have errands or other things to do that day but that doesn't happen everyday so I act like I have nothing extra planned for those days. 15 minutes is not usually that long unless you are watching the clock. If I have extra minutes during those 3 periods that is a bonus! I pretty much decided to do this because I am a total desk jockey with my work. I'm trying to be less sedentary and get my body even more energetic and ready for activity. I stop activity at least 3 hours before I hit the bed though otherwise my sleep is a bit restless and I need at least 6 hours to be rested and not cranky~
EDIT--It seems I am doing exercise in the afternoons and evenings again, I suppose the point is to actually exercise. The weather this past week is throwing me off some as well, it looks like its about to burst forth with rain a lot of the time so I'm constantly checking the weather and seeing if its alright to venture outside and get in the walking. As long as I am close by I can get back pretty quick if it starts pouring down. I like my treadmill but outdoor walking is a favourite of mine. I can do intervals out there and practise a little spurt of jogging once in a while. I have to be careful of the knees and legs though, low impact, low impact...
Anyhow I just had dinner at round 500 calories, but that is because I was almost having breakfast for dinner. I had 2 eggs, vegetables, a little cheese, cranberries, a pita, and a tilapia filet. I had a peanut butter granola bar earlier for a snack and a bit later I have a snack and lunch to go before I get in my food for the day! Its been a bit of a wonky day weather wise but no rain yet it seems. I've gotten in nearly 5000 steps and most of them being active. I'm not sure if I want to wear FitBit unless I am sleeping or actively exercising really anymore. I think it throws off the exercise minutes on Spark People and I'm not too keen for that to occur. Granted I can always know when I do active exercise but still its kinda crazy when the exercise minutes say I've been active for almost an hour when I think its more like 30 minutes; I don't count being in the house walking around as active. Now I did run up and down the stairs and walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes. I'd count that sure but after today I think I might not wear the FitBit unless I am sleeping or otherwise being active. If I do my exercise then I'll keep wearing it for extra steps or when I do the 15 minute bursts of exercise but the rest seems pointless to me. It's kinda fun to track yourself on FB's Dashboard but I don't think it would be too consistent since I do things differently a lot of time each day. I had to think about it and plan those 3 15 minute bursts of energy just so I'm not so sedentary beyond my active exercise sessions, its pretty bad to be sedentary. Granted I do yoga and other cardio sessions but I don't always have time to plan round during the day or night.
So now that I am doing a little bit extra exercise through the day and eating better most of the time its time to go onto the third component the emotional/mental!
Okay, so the SO and I had dinner last night without his kids or anyone else round to disturb the process lol. We had dinner at a French Café and strangely I had salmon, brown rice, and broccoli with lemon caper sauce and fresh lemon. I had iced tea to drink. The SO had pork chops, broccoli and brown rice. He had a wine with his dinner, he knows I can't hold my alcohol beyond 1 drink so I usually don't drink. I had a little bit of bread from the bread basket because it felt like I had an empty stomach a little bit too long. Sometimes I don't think of food and I forget to eat for longer than 4 hours and when I try to eat my stomach rebels on me. I usually can't eat anything until that nauseated feeling passes so I excused myself to the restroom and the feeling passed pretty quickly which was very nice. I think the SO thought I was going to be ill but that happens very rarely. I think Spark People helps me in that respect so if I plan out my meals beforehand then I can know what times I am eating and what I am eating. Those nauseated feelings come less now which is nice. Its why I gave up most white food products, because they seem to instigate trouble for me. (White pastas, flours, sugars, rice, potatoes. The only thing I eat is cauliflower.)