No joke. Each Fitbit comes with a default (I think) of 10k Steps/Day Goal. Dudes – for someone with a desk job that is really hard to make!! Today I had 7/10 hours with the 250 reminders, and went to the gym and clocked over 2 miles on the treadmill, and went grocery shopping, and did kitchen cooking and cleaning, as well as running around the house. I literally just hit 10,127 steps as I got into bed. The struggle is real!
The answer is (2) every single damned day. Every. Single Damned. Day. (Weight Watchers = 2 pts each) Thankfully I don’t get sick of routine repetitive meals. It is what is helping me to stay on track with losing weight – as well as keep my budget in check. And the eggs are good protein that tide me over every morning at work until lunch. THEN I really pack in the protein! 🙂
So yesterday was my Week 2 Completion/Weigh In day
I did get in some great walks this week (AND this morning too). I didn’t mean to skip the posting this week, but there is a lot going on – so I was just busier than normal. Anyway, my hope is there may be 1 or 2 people that may read this and be inspired by another older/heavier person enjoying walking and looking to be healthier as we get older (and NOT heavier!). This post is for YOU!
Try reading that title in a pirate accent would ya? That is the only reason for the horrible grammar. Thanks!
So this morning, I made myself sleep in an extra hour and THEN I got up and went for another walk. AGAIN I spent a few minutes stretching my lower legs a bit more to help curb any possible shin/tendon pain. (Huge success – and I will never go out for a walk again without taking the time to stretch – and neither should you.) Here is the recap photo of my walk this morning.
So after taking a few days off, I got back to my walks tonight. I am happy to report that I did not experience any shin/tendon pain today. I did start off slowly, and kept my walk relatively short (2.32 miles) AND I did some stretches for a few minutes prior. Seems to have made all the difference in the world. Thank goodness! The rain did arrive today and may still be here tomorrow; so we’ll see if I get a walk in tomorrow morning.
That was today’s photo. I’m not sure why my fitbit share decided to rotate the image, but I’ll deal with it. I actually think it’s due to the fact that I took the image at a 4:3 ratio rather than 16:9. Anyway, during today’s walk I listened to a podcast instead of music. Today’s choice was “Sorry not Sorry w/Jenna Kim Jones”. It’s a lovely sweet profanity free podcast by Jenna Kim Jones and her husband Allan Moss. I discovered Jenna via Alison Rosen’s podcast, “Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend” – which is one of my very favorite podcasts. Anyway, look up Jenna Kim Jones here.
I spent a little bit of time culling through some of MyFitnessPal’s forum today just to get some insight and inspiration. I want to make sure that I have the right caloric intake for tracking. It does strike me as a little odd that I can have the same weight loss goal at both MyFitnessPal and Fitbit – with the same stats listed – and yet they will have different caloric intakes listed. I do have to force myself to be as honest as possible when tracking foods and lately I’ve started weighing/measuring portions again. It really is the only way to be as close to accurate as possible. Never fear there is NO chance of my starving myself here; I simply like food too much. I’m take great care to eat better in general (mostly limit the eating out and bringing snacks/desserts into the house) and make sure I’m getting enough calories to fuel the walks. But I also am tracking. I NEED to lose as well as get healthier and fitter.
I wrote a bulleted post today over at my Tumblr page about this weeks “Arrow”, “Flash”, and “Legends of Tomorrow”. The link may still be showing up in my Tumblr RSS feed to the right, but it’s also (here) “CW TV Round Up May 6th”.
I’m sharing this article because my damned shins betrayed me today. No walking tomorrow after the last 3 days. Dammit! However there are some great tips in this article.
Today’s walk was around 2.7 miles and 80% of it my left shin was screaming at me. Screaming I tell you. Ouch! Do you have shin issues?
I’m beginning to wonder if my talking about the enjoyment I’m getting from walking is feeling a little contagious with the family. My mom went on a 2.92 mile walk with me at the reservoir. My sister last week said she’d like to try and go sometimes – but that is going to be tough. She is super busy with work, husband, and my nephews. I really hope that my sister will in fact go sometimes – I would worry less about her. But that is another story for another day.
Now – question for anyone that can answer me? I turned the GPS on my phone and then proceeded to start tracking the walk with both my Fitbit and S-Health apps. Why would S-Health state 2.92 miles and Fitbit would state 2.84? The phone (S-Health) was in my backpack, while the Fitbit Alta was naturally on my wrist. I just wonder as to why they would be dissimilar in mileage when they were using GPS from my phone?! If anyone can help me to understand – I’d greatly appreciate it. (I’ve included a few photos from today’s walk below.)