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July - 4 weeks Sparking and 20 lbs gone!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

4 weeks on SparkPeople:

I lost 20 lbs!!!!!

For 11 straight days, I have walked at least 10K steps per day…many times more.

Through fitbit, I have received the 5K, 10K and 15K awards! (Soon I will be trying for the 20K!)

I love keeping track on the calendar as shown here….it’s my cute and fun motivational method:

- The star means no beer (or any other alcohol) for the day….in July I have a 25 day streak and still going strong!
- The smiley face means I tracked my calories for the day AND stayed in range..July I have a 24 day streak and still going strong!
- The Heart means cardio exercises…in July, that meant I walked at a pace which raised my heart rate to what fitbit calls very active…anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes per day…in July, 14 days..as you can see on the calendar, I got much better at the end of the month.

I have discovered Two of my favorite things:

My toaster oven: bakes fish, chicken, kale chips, vegetables, etc….in less time and without heating up the house. I love it! Usually makes my dinner in 20 minutes or less.

The FitBit Flex: Here are many reasons why I love it

1) It is constantly on my wrist…I change clothes many times throughout the day and this way, I can’t forget to clip it on. It’s with me 24/7.
2) FitBit and SparkPeople websites communicate together…I don’t have to worry about entering my steps, miles, etc….it does it automatically for me. SparkPeople transfers my food log to fitbit..what a time saver!
3) FitBits Dashboard report is cute. I try to achieve three goals a day..completing at least 10K steps, burning the recommended amount of Calories and 30 minutes of very active exercise…at the end of the day, I get a HUGE smiley face on each accomplishment…who couldn’t love a smiley face at the end of the day! (Look at my calendar….I LOVE smiley faces!) Now my goal is to add one more smiley face which will be for walking 5 miles min/day. (That’s about 12K steps for me.)
4) Also what I love about fitbit, is they have a graph which compares Calories burned to Calories Eaten….I always make sure that I am burning more calories than I eat (I average 1,200 calories a day.)

So all in all, after 4 weeks, I’m feeling a lot better, more active and motivated. If I wanted to, I can start riding my horse any time…although, I’m holding off until I weigh 220 lbs. (I know at that weight, I’m much more balanced and secure in the saddle) Fall sounds like a great time to start riding again.

My knees don’t hurt anymore, although my hips are still giving me problem. (Nowhere near as bad.)

My feet hurt less...even though I'm walking so much.

My 1X clothes are loose!

The roll above my pants is getting smaller!

I have a family wedding to attend next week, and I’m really looking forward to it!

So, this ends my July blog. I’ll come back and post my August results next month.

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    WOW!!!!!! In a word: emoticon You really ROCK, Girl!!!

    What a motivational blog! Your attitude is great and I think you might have just sold about a million more fitbits! lol lol You are doing FANTASTIC! Good for you!!!!!

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    1656 days ago
    What a great month you've had! You've made progress in many areas. Keep it up! emoticon
    1659 days ago
  • JAYDEE1211
    Fantastic. Well done on an amazing effort. emoticon
    1659 days ago
    I love how you keep track of how well you did with the stickers, very cute idea!

    You are doing so well, and you are truly working so hard at it!

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    1659 days ago
    you're doing great!
    1659 days ago
  • PDQ1203
    1660 days ago
    Does the fitbit connect with a phone? I no longer have a computer. If it will work with my galaxy 3 then I will get one. Todays blog was so ment for me. I went to a ton of stores for the fitbit yesterday. I need to do more and I believe the fitbit will help me. What you are accomplishing is amazing.
    Connie in WV
    150+ to lose SparkTeam
    1660 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2013 10:27:09 AM
  • KAZZIE531
    Paula.....I am so freakin' proud of you. 20 pounds is 4 bags of flour gone from your body. Way to go and keep it up girlfriend!!!

    I can't wait to restart walking and stepping. I bought a fitbit with a gift card I had. I started to use it before I hurt my foot and got bit from my cat. I was loving it and can't wait to use it again. I like your calendar too. You are so inspirational to me. Thanks!!! emoticon
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