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Third time's a charm?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I cannot seem to stay motivated! I wish I was thinner. I wish I had more energy and did not feel cranky and tired ALL THE TIME. I wish I could control my cravings for sweets/carbs. But I have not been trying. I got a Fitbit back in November, and have worn it every single day since, but still no pounds lost. It's like I look at it, think "interesting, I walked 3800 steps today", and leave it at that.

So I am looking for a little motivation. Since I figured out that I can connect my SparkPeople account to my Fitbit account, I am coming back to SparkPeople every day. Still not eating in my calorie range (although I am recording everything). Still not exercising as much as I should. Still not losing weight.

Joined a couple of challenges, so I'm hoping maybe I can get some of that spark back.

That, and I need to get past some of my Fitbit friends who have crazy high numbers of steps...how the heck do they do that??
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    You CAN do it.
    1935 days ago
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    if you want I will be your fitbit partner just send me a private e-mail and I will tell you how I get around 20,000 steps per day and we can challenge each other to do 1 more step each day
    1937 days ago
    I've been on again, off again since 2006....or was it 2005? I forget now, but in any case, a really long time. I have always struggled with motivation. My eating habits were pretty good but my exercise habits were almost non-existent......well.....they were non-existent. Getting a FitBit helped, but reading The Spark helped much more. I got it on my Kindle for $5. I love Chris' approach of small changes.

    I also tried SO MANY exercise programs and hated them all. I never understood how anyone could possibly enjoy, much less CRAVE, exercise like some folks on here and my hubby say they do. I thought they were all nuts and I'd never have that. The one and only exercise I didn't hate was walking. So, I increased that. And I got hubby to do it with me. He prefers to run. He says walking isn't enough for him but I caught him at a time when he wasn't motivated either and drug his butt off the couch and made him walk with me. emoticon Our evening walks have turned into a bonding moment. Time for the two of us to unwind....share things about the day....be a couple again without kids (that's an important one).

    We started walking 2 miles then increased it to 3 and then 4. Now we have a 5 mile circuit we walk each night. For the first 3 weeks, we only walked 3 or 4 times a week. Now we're up to 6 times a week. We found the quieter streets with less traffic since we're walking after dark and we have coats, hats and gloves for those cold nights.

    Keep trying different things......things that don't seem like much but can be increased....things that you don't HATE. You'll get there. And read The Spark. It really is worth the money and I'm not typically one to read self-help books.

    1937 days ago
    welcome back to SP and Fitbit. Here is how I get my crazy high numbers. I am an empty nester (and that helps a lot), I have a desk job and I walk in place for 5 minutes at 900am,1100am, 200pm and 400pm. Then at 10am and 300pm I walk outside for 15 minutes (approximately 2 blocks). At about 1230pm I walk for my 30 minute lunch break and then eat my lunch at my desk (knowing that I might get interrupted, and that is ok). Then when I get home from work I never sit down. If it is day light I change clothes and walk briskly around the neighborhood before it gets dark, then I am walking in place, making loops around the house, walk on the treadmill, etc. while watching or listening to the TV until I go to bed.

    You don't need to follow my crazy schedule, but I hope it gives you some ideas to try.

    1937 days ago
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    Hang in there!
    1937 days ago
    Good Luck!
    1937 days ago
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