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Strength training and motivation

Monday, May 06, 2013

So, looking over the past week I have to admit it was pretty darned good. I finally got back to feeling physically "in the zone" and I have noticed, in general, a huge uptick in mood and outlook. I've noticed my clothes are starting to feel looser. Not massively lose or anything, but definitely not tight and uncomfortable like they had been. That certainly helps with the mood. When my clothes were so tight (because I swore I would NOT BUY ANOTHER SIZE UP-- AGAIN!) I found myself holding myself in or holding my arms and body in unnatural ways in an attempt to somehow look better or less fat in front of others. I'd hurt from the muscle strain of it later on, too. How freaking crazy is that?

Anyway, my FitBit arrived on Friday so I set it up and started wearing it. How on earth do people get in 10,000 steps a day or more??? (You guys know who you are). People who can easily pull 10,000 steps a day must be really running around and have my respect! Man! I was surprised that one Zumba class did rack up over 6,000 steps, so that was good. I'm going to have to figure out something because with me working a desk job, something's going to have to change. I LOVE how it automatically enters your activity to SP. That is a great feature. It's a really neat little gadget and I am glad I splurged on it. I definitely find myself looking for opportunities to get in more steps.

My daughter is fascinated by the FitBit too. For instance, last night I was under 10,000 steps so she wanted to join me for a little walk after supper to make sure that I got my 10K in. I live in a very hilly area and when we got back to the house we noticed I had been given credit for 8 flights of stairs! Since you get a badge at 10 flights, she INSISTED that we go back out to get those last two flights because, as she pointed out, I was "just too close to not do it." What a little motivator! I love that she doesn't even realize the benefit she herself is getting.

Other than that, there's not much to report. I really, really need to start incorporating strength training into my workouts. That's something I haven't started back with since climbing back on the SP wagon. I've only been focusing on cardio. I have a mental block with the added strength training, even though I know it's integral to boosting the amount of calories you can burn--so that's going to be my focus this week.
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    You sure they aren't paying you to advertise this device. I managed to loose what I need without one but you make me want to order one as it sounds like a real challenge. What does it do on the elliptical? Glad you are doing well. I already spend too much time on my ellipical and get really tired before i get to my strength training.

    Thanks for sharaing. My daughter is 13 and she hates anything that looks or sounds like exercise but she is crazy about gadgets. I might get one of these just ot get her moving.

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    i am obsessed with your daughter haha that is so awesome!!!! i am treating myself to a fitbit as soon as i lose one more dang pound and hit my first goal haha and i. cannot. waiiittt!!! you sound like you are doing so well, you should be proud!!
    1868 days ago
    That is awesome! Gotta love kids and especially when they are the motivation! I am also where you area about the strength training. I've been great with the cardio, but I too need to get busy in other areas. Let's do it!
    1868 days ago
    Great Job. I enjoyed your blog. I work a desk job myself and work days, I have a hard time getting in 10,000 steps. I do go for a walk or hit the gym daily, but the only alternative is walking on my breaks, which I have done from time to time.

    Keep up the good work!
    1869 days ago
    Def send me a friend request on fitbit!! http://www.fitbit.com/user/24VF5QR>
    I've found when I have days around the house, I have to really work to get my 10,000 steps in, but on my cruise, because I refused to use the elevator, I was getting 15000-20000 steps in most days. It was crazy how much easier it was!
    1870 days ago
    emoticon Great Job on staying motivated and getting those 10,000 steps!! I have heard of fitbit, but haven't heard much of anyone using it, so I will definitely have to look into it!!
    Isn't it a great feeling when you notice clothes fitting a little looser! I felt the same way "I will not buy another size up" and I too tried to stand differently, strained my back more sucking it in as hard as i could! I did buy the next size up, and I cried the whole time in the store! But now on SP after a month they no longer fit! So I understand completely!! Stay motivated, I'm super proud of you!!! emoticon
    1870 days ago
    Seriously - that FitBit is an addiction - and I'm going to keep feeding it!

    1870 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this. I have never heard of this gadget before but I'm sold! Gonna do a little research. And btw...you did your walk...and THEN went back outside for more! OMG!!!!!!! I couldn't be more proud of you AND the little one!
    1870 days ago
    Dude . . . let's start out by saying IT ISN'T EASY! Oh my goodness - it isn't easy! However, I have found that the FitBit is a way for us to be more aware of what we are/are not doing. When we are aware - then we have the choice to push ourselves. Last night, for example - I was motivated after trying out my bike. I already had 4,000 and I'm like - why not try for 10? While cooking - I had to stomp - while cleaning - more stomping. Still, only 6,000 steps now. Then dh decided he wanted to watch a movie. Instead of sitting there watching - I stomped while he sat comfortably in his chair. I got to 10,000 at the very end of the movie and just sat right down.

    You would think I would have felt jealous of dh sitting there. Instead - I was feeling sorry for him. Too bad he doesn't know how great it feels to get 10,000 steps in! It is AWESOME!

    I do not make 10,000 every day. I am thinking I will set my goal to be 5,000 and get in some other type of workout - whether a bike ride or pilates or something else. On days I can - I will strive for 10,000. If you look at my streak - it says I have only made 10 on one occasions recently. Before that, I actually did it for a whole week before setting the streak. So no - please don't be fooled into thinking everyone is happily skipping and easily breaking out 10,000 steps. Not happening in my back yard, anyway!

    As I said - it just is a great motivator - one you really wouldn't expect. You might be at 1,000 and say - I want to get to 2,000. When you get to 2,000 you might set your goals higher. It just makes you want to get a better score (kinda like a game addicted kid in an arcade). Oh - but in a good way!

    As for your little one joining in - mine do to. Since getting the FitBit they have been begging for their own. Perhaps even plotting my demise so they can fight to see who gets it. They check my steps throughout the day and tell me to keep moving. When we go walking they root me on saying "you can do it, just 2,000 more steps!"

    FitBits are awesome - and I couldn't recommend them more. So glad you got one and hope you enjoy the heck out of it. If you ever want to link up on FitBit - it allows you to see each other's scores - and root each other on - let me know.

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    Comment edited on: 5/6/2013 3:15:14 PM
    You are a ROCK STAR my friend...and so's your little one too!!! So proud of you, Holley! Good job going out and getting the last two flights in!!!
    I giggled when i read that! You go, Girl!!!
    Love having here to do this with me!!!

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