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Fun With Pedometers

Friday, July 19, 2013

I got a new FitBit Zip pedometer, and it's loads of fun. It tracks steps, distance, and estimated calories burned. I love that it estimates my basal metabolic rate, so I get a reasonably accurate picture of exactly how much of a calorie deficit I have at the end of the day. The best part is the software it comes with - their online system gives you so much detailed information, like what parts of your day were the most active down to 15-minute increments! Lots of colorful charts and graphs, and even a food tracker.

This is only my 2nd full day with the pedometer so I am starting with little goals. I've been rather discouraged about a plateau over the last couple of weeks. This week has been tough because I've had to commute 3 hours a day for 5 days in a row, and the heat is killer with no air conditioning at work. The sitting and driving, and then more sitting, and then more driving is killing my back. But this morning I woke up and had lost 1 pound since yesterday! I wonder if the pedometer had anything to do with it? I definitely was more active than usual. I'm trying to deal with this heat by only going for short walks more frequently throughout the day. So like 15 minutes at a time. That way I don't get sick.

I've started to regularly make a recipe from SparkRecipes, Blueberry Oatmeal Protein Pancakes. I try to make breakfast my biggest meal of the day, and this pancake has a whopping 31.6 grams of protein! With a glass of milk it keeps me full for the entire six hours between breakfast and lunch.

I continue to look for work. I got some resumes out this week for some potentially fun jobs. I love working here, but I can't wait to end this miserable commute. Even NJ Transit into NYC would be better than this.
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  • MAURIZIA
    Oh, congrats on your FitBit! I actually was thinking about getting one but they are expensive and didn't know anyone who had one. You're someone whose evaluation I would trust so now I have to check them out! :)

    Oh, commutes are killers. Depending on where the Hope Bus is going, my commute can be 45 minutes one way (to the office) or up to 1 1/4 hours one way. Somedays I could just scream about it...or have the urge to pull into the breakdown lane and walk it for 15 minutes. I can't. I completely understand what it does to your bone structure. For me, my right knee begins to hurt at about the 45 minute mark...and my still not healed right shoulder just cramps from being in the same position. Is there a pillow, heated maybe, designed for cars, I wonder? That might help you. Sometimes I take my ice pack with me and throw it on my knee as I drive.

    Have a happy Saturday! Hope it's cooler there than it is here!! Hugs.
    2828 days ago
  • LAWANDMUSIC
    Excellent post. Keep it up! ONWARD!!
    2829 days ago
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