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.