I think everyone hates the numbers on the scale, but habits are hard to break because we can't replace a habit with nothing. We have to have something to replace it with.
I fell off the Spark Wagon for a few weeks in Sept, Oct, Nov of this year and when I climbed back on board, I had a Spark Activity Tracker with me.
I like the numbers it reports and I like seeing them go up!
I had committed to a goal of 11,000 steps everyday in December. I had two days this week that I fell short of that goal by a few hundred steps. I'm going to give myself a pass on those days because there was some fairly heavy duty emotional trauma going on, so I was not checking my tracker progress the way I usually do.
Long story short - oldest daughter comes home from a her first semester away at college and says she wants to drop out and find a job.
That face does not fully emote all that I felt and the sentence does not encompass all of the nuances of the issue. We have always taught the children that college is good, but it is better when you have a definite goal in mind. She has lots of examples of people in our immediate family who never went to college, but ran successful business. She also has examples of people who went to college, spent lots of money on advanced degrees and then decided that they wanted to do something else that did not require advanced degrees.
She is unsure of herself and what she wants to do, so she feels like she is throwing good money after bad by “prolonging my childhood” (her words) She has always been very mature and feels very out of place among a bunch of “children who eat like cattle out of a cafeteria, drink heavily on the weekends and then take pointless classes and write pointless papers that no one cares about.”
She is enrolled in a very small liberal arts college (1600 kids) in the middle of the no where which does not help matters.
Mind you, she got a very good academic scholarship and we have been saving for college for the girls since they were born, so the money is there…it is not a burden to us.
At any rate, we convinced her to go back to finish the year. If she still feels that way, she can transfer the credits next year to a local college and get an associates degree in less than a year while working and then re-assess from there. Or maybe she will find a more pointed goal to pursue in the mean time.
Goals are good things.
So back to the tracker and my goal of 11,000 steps everyday....
Here are the screen shots for the results for the last week:
Averages for the week of 12/7/13 - 12/14/13
11,630 steps per day
40 minutes of work out time per day
157 minutes of total "movement" time during the day
(work out time is different of "movement" time - to count a "workout" I have to move CONTINUOUSLY for at least 10 minutes. "Movement" is just be-bopping around without 10 continuous minutes - if that makes sense....)
These are all numbers reported by the tracker since my goal is to have an independent way to assess my progress. I don’t want to manually add any fitness info into Spark. It's frustrating when I forget to transfer the tracker from one shoe to the other, or when it does not seem to catch all my movement when it is on my bra, but it just makes we work harder to finish getting those numbers.
I wish I had something that would automatically add up what I eat....
My food tracking was good last week. I tracked every day except one. Again…was preoccupied.
And the most exciting thing I have to report is that I got my DH a Spark Tracker and he actually seems to like it! Mind you he just put it on yesterday, but he is really finicky about technology so the fact that he still has it on today speaks well of it.
I told him he needs to write up a review after he has used it for a while.
Have a GREAT week Sparkers. We are heading fast and furious to Christmas and then to the end of the 2013.
What are you going to do with what’s left of it?