One Week (Sprint 4/Day 5 & 6)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

It's been one week since I took the elevator at work. So far, the Fitbit is still working to keep me trying to move more. I do find it extremely difficult to get 10000 steps in if I'm not doing a cardio work out on a particular day. I can generally get at least 5000, no matter what. I'm not sure how motivated I am to try to get to 10000 on the other days. I'm already devoting so much time to exercise, I'm just not sure how much more I want to do. And I'm honestly not sure how much difference it makes in terms of weight loss. I mean, I know it's a great thing to move more, take the stairs, etc. I'm just not convinced it's going to make a huge difference towards my weight loss goals. It hasn't made any difference at all so far.

A small Fitbit update -- I was wrong when I said I thought that if you forgot to put your Fitbit into activity mode before doing an activity that it would figure it out when you synced if you entered an activity record manually. It doesn't figure it out. I did find though, that when I remembered to put it into activity mode before my run the calories and distance results it gave me were very close to what my Endomondo GPS tracker said, so that's good news.

I've also contacted customer support to get my question about how Fitbit determines which calories burned are due to activity vs. BMR. While they have been prompt to respond, they have been absolutely useless in answering the question. The first response was about how they determine BMR and was copied exactly from their FAQ, which I had already read. I tried again, this time enclosing some screen shots so they'd know what I was asking. The second response was another exact copy of the instructions for syncing my Fitbit with Sparkpeople. I'm not really sure whether I should bother trying again. So far, I haven't bothered. So, not too impressed with the support staff's ability to answer questions. They are quick to respond though, so I suppose if I had a technical problem with the unit itself they would get back to me. A friend of mine lost her Fitbit, called them, and they sent her a new one for free. Can't beat that for customer service.

In other news, my weight and measurements have remained static. I'm trying very hard to ignore that and just keep going. It's very difficult though. I'm the most active person I know. I track everything I eat, pretty accurately I think. There are days when I'm over my calorie range, but an equal number of days when I'm under. For example, this week, according to all my tracking, I've burned an average of 760 calories more than I've eaten per day. Even on days when I've eaten more and exercised less than usual (like yesterday), I still come out with a slight calorie deficit. It's difficult to understand why I've been stuck at this plateau for so long, and just a little bit frustrating to be honest. I could maybe understand it if I didn't have a lot of weight to left to lose -- I know it's hard to get rid of the last 10 or 20 pounds. But at 240 pounds, I have a lot of weight to get rid of.

Anyway, that's my vent, just going to pick myself up and get on with it. This afternoon I'm going to a craft day with friends. Have to finish a few more items for the craft fair I'm selling at next weekend.

Happy weekend everyone.

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