Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Hey guys! Hope everyone had a good Christmas/New Year/whatever you celebrate! Mine was pretty low key. I was at my parents' for 8 days at Christmas , but unfortunately my dream of visiting the local CrossFit and cooking amazing meals in their renovated kitchen did not come to be. Instead, I got sick on Christmas Eve with a pretty bad cold, so I spent most of the week sleeping and watching TV.
One thing I have been thinking about lately is that even though I go to CrossFit 3 or 4 times a week, I am SUPER SEDENTARY when I'm not there. When the weather is good, I'm pretty good about taking my dog for walks and going on bike rides in addition to CrossFit. In winter? Not so much. I let my dog out in the yard instead of walking him and sit at my desk or on the couch for most of the day, even more so now that I don't even have to walk around campus to get to class.
So I decided to get a FitBit to track my activity and see how bad things really were, as well as to motivate me to move more when I'm not working out. It's already working! I'm down 4 lbs from when I got back from my parents and I've been getting in a lot more low impact activity! I've been walking my dog at least once a day (yes, even when it was -20 degrees out, although that was a much shorter walk than usual!). This weekend I was inspired to get some snow shoveling done. I even went to the mall on Sunday just to walk around....haha. If I have errands to run or if it isn't too cold to take my dog on a few walks or walk to the coffee shop, I have no trouble hitting my daily goal of 10,000 steps. To see how inactive I was before my fitbit, Monday was a great example. It was -20 out, so my dog and only went to the end of our block and back, instead of around the whole thing (or sometimes longer). I went to CrossFit in the afternoon, but I spent most of the day on the computer or watching TV (I just started looking for a new part time job, so right now I'm unemployed too!). My steps for the day? 4,400. If I hadn't gone to CrossFit, it would've been even fewer!
Aside from moving more, I've been doing pretty good with nutrition. Paleo + dairy + dark chocolate. I've been tracking my calories too (this keeps me from snacking too much). I'm also going to try and keep in mind my activity level. If I have a day where I'm not moving as much, I don't need to eat the same amount as if I'm doing a long CrossFit workout and taking my dog on 3 10+-minute walks.
Welp, that's what I've been up to in the new year! Now I'm off to walk to the coffee shop and get some work done on my master's project so I can finally be done with it!