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Sweat equity and a discussion of tracking fitness and food.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

I've accomplished 1 coat of primer and 1 finish paint in 2 days on my sunroom exterior. I've worked out! Step up on the stool, step down. Bend, twist. Oh, and the heat!
The first day was nice; hot but dry. Yesterday was hot and muggy. Even my shorts were soaked in sweat. I drank lots of water and took breaks in the air conditioning.
NO snacking!
I've one more coat to apply but considering the heat wave approaching I may be waiting several weeks.

I've recently listened to an NPR segment on a study of fitness trackers. Read for yourself:


One of the researches brings up that these devices work when people are already dedicated to using a fitness tracker. There are some who swear by one but they are the type to get out and run/walk those miles daily. I've seen plenty of people who bypass that vibrating reminder to get up and move.

Yep. I'd say it's the same for food tracking.

I do both. My step tracker is in my phone but I use it to record my day, not motivate me. I evaluate my results and try to adjust my future days to include more exercise. It works for me. The same with the food tracker. I don't pre-fill my meals. I enter them as I eat, including my bad choices, and evaluate the day.
It's kept me from regaining but not really losing more. When I've lost it's been a mindset, not entries in a tracker.
More for me to ponder!

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    32 days ago
    I personally track, too, but it is not the source of my motivation, either. It is a tool so I can make better choices when needed.
    33 days ago
    33 days ago
    Good for you on that painting work -- you are a MACHINE!!! So disciplined!!!

    And yeah . . . . the tracking thing works when my mindset is good with it. Right now, the intuitive is working okay: but if I gain weight back I'm betting I'll be back tracking!!!
    34 days ago
    I anticipate there will be some finish line syndrome going on soon in my life. But I agree, the tracker is only as useful as what we're tracking, both on the nutrition AND the exercise front.

    34 days ago
    The outdoor work sounds gruesome. We did some last weekend when it wasn't as hot as now.

    My pedometer inspired me. By the time I get a fitness tracker it was old hat/ho hum.

    I hit and miss on the trackers. The more I do it the the more I stay on plan.
    34 days ago
    Oh, my, yes...painting is def. a workout, especially in heat!
    How is it looking?
    I can’t believe the heat in all of our forecasts.... emoticon
    34 days ago
    YaY for the work you accomplished, more YaYs for waiting for the heat wave to break. So many of us are. I will not bore you yet again about my thoughts on my tracker. Game changer for me, the data has been mind boggling at times. Ditto with food tracking. They work if you work, if they’re tools in your healthier living puzzle. I often sigh at the ones who track every single bite, yet never use the info to track trends, see patterns, make changes. Why? More sighs...the old nothing changes when nothing changes!

    Ponder away...you’re onto something.
    34 days ago

    No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto.
    ~ W. Clement Stone

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

    34 days ago
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