Today, I hit the 25 pound lost mark. Here’s what I’ve learned.

25 pounds.  A sack or taters.  Or a medium sized dog.  Or a really big cat, but that’s what I’ve lost so far.

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I’ve learned a few things.  I surprised myself by really enjoying lifting/weight training at the gym…BUT…the treadmill or stationary bike?  They are just torture to me.  I’ve given them a good, hard, try, but I just can’t do it.  Luckily, the weather has been pretty decent for me to do outdoor activities.  When the weather has been crappy, I’ve been walking at the mall.  Yep, I’ve turned into a senior citizen mall walker.  It just makes me feel like I’m going somewhere, even if it is just around and around the mall.  I suspect when winter gets here, I’ll do a LOT of walking at the mall.

I’ve learned I’m not drinking NEARLY enough water.  And, honestly, it’s a struggle for me.  I gave up diet pop some time ago, but replacing it with water is proving more difficult than I thought it might.  I’ll keep trying, but it’s a struggle.

And, I’ve learned just how much time I spent setting.  I’ve made it my goal to get up and DO something every hour…walk around the block, pull some weeds, SOMETHING to keep active.

So, just a few random thoughts about my first 25 pounds.  Here’s to the next 25!

Two weeks in with the FitBit

 

As with any piece of technology, there is a bit of a learning curve, and it takes some getting used to.  There are a number of tweaks one can do to make it most useful to you personally.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite useful right out of the box, but I’ve been tweaking and have been pretty happy with it.

There are, or course, somethings that work VERY well, and some that either I’ve not tweaked enough, or just aren’t going to be that useful for me.

The useful:  Step Tracker, although it’s a mixed bag.  I’ve been counting steps and comparing it to the FItBit, and it’s dead on accurate.  I really like that because it allows me to keep track of how much I’m moving.  The downside to that is, when I do other types of exercise  (Weights, etc) it doesn’t track steps, so there’s a temptation to neglect those and go for the steps, as I’m a little bit competitive so I want to at least equal my friends.  Nevertheless, I’m finding it quite useful for step tracking.

Exercise tracking I’m also finding quite useful.  When I do weights, it keeps track of time, calories, and heart rate.  Again, after doing some cross checking, it seems to be dead on accurate.  That’s a good thing for an analytics geek like me.

Sleep tracking:  I’m not finding that to be very accurate at all.  If I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom  (something I do at my age) it just stops tracking sleep, even if I go back to bed.  I’m pretty disappointed  in the sleep tracking feature of it.

The Smartphone/Crossover features…the ability to read text messages, caller ID, etc.  It’s somewhat useful.  It’s nice to be able to just look at my wrist and see who’s calling or texting, but I don’t use that feature as much as I thought I might.

All in all, it’s been a VERY positive experience.  I’m still tweaking and learning, but it’s playing an integral role in helping me keep active and be more healthy.

My biggest challenge so far

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After getting started, logging everything, getting my exercise in, my biggest challenge is a huge surprise to me.
I thought it might be sodium.  Nope, it’s turning out not to be a big deal.  There are a couple of days I’ve barely gone over, but not by much.  Watching it is pretty easy, especially if I stay away from processed foods.
I also thought it might be sugar.  Nope.  Although…I’ve never really had much of a sweet tooth, I realized there is often a lot of sugar in processed foods.  Again, staying under isn’t an issue for me, although I thought it might be.
It’s eating enough calories.  You read that right…I’m struggling to get enough calories in.  The combination of eating smart and moving has made me, at times, struggle with eating enough calories.  Adding a lot of water to that, it also makes me feel full all the time.  Fruits, veggies, non processed foods, and lean meats just don’t have the calories of what I was eating before.
It’s also made me realize how many “empty” calories I must have been eating to put all this weight back on.   It’s made me realize, in addition, that I need to plan my days better so that at 9PM I don’t realize I have several hundred calories left.  I’ve taken to eating about 1/2 of my exercise calories back instead of all of them, and that seems to be working well.  I’ll re-evaluate that in a couple of weeks and see if I need to re-evaluate again.
I’m curious…what’s your biggest challenge?