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 first workout in 60 years


That’s true.  It’s my first real workout in 60 years.

That may be a bit of a misnomer.  I’ve done a lot of cycling, hiking, and other things in my 60 years on this spinning ball, but I’ve never met with a professional to work out a plan to get healthy again.

I’ve got a plan to alternate workouts between strength training and cardio training.  My initial goals are weight loss and better general overall health with an aim towards doing a lot more cycling this summer.  An added benefit is that as the weight comes off, my ankle and knees will become less painful when I walk, and I can enjoy that more.

This morning was my first strength training workout, 45 minutes of circuit training.  To say I’m exhausted is an understatement, but I’m happy and I feel like I’ve accomplished something  early on a Monday morning!

I SELDOM get intimidated, but…



I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a lot of things in my life.  I’ve white water rafted, hiked wilderness, flown airplanes,  driven Route 66, traveled the USA, lived for a bit in Europe, and much more.

But, at 60 years old, last night I did something I’d never done in my life.  I stepped into a gym.  For the very first time.

I seldom get intimidated, but I must admit.  I pulled up into the parking lot, and had to set and gather my thoughts for a few minutes.  I found myself making up excuses to not go in…I’m too old, I’m too fat, I don’t have time, the list goes on and on.

But, I took a deep breath, and went inside, fully expecting to see a room full of jocks working out.

Instead, I saw a group of people, some much younger than myself, and, much to my surprise, some much older.  Tall people, short people, of all shapes and sizes.  Some were on a treadmill, some on a bike, some stretching, and, much to my surprise, all were having a good time.

I chose Planet Fitness, at first, solely for convenience…it’s close enough to home that I can ride my bike up there.  It just so happens their slogan is they’re a “no judgement zone” and that was evident from the minute I walked through the door.  From the folks at the counter to Brandon, my trainer, they immediately put me at ease.  I spent an hour or so with him, and now have a program to get me back on the track to health.

All in all, it was a very positive experience.  It feels good to be taking some positive steps for my own good!