January 2014

Fitbit + WW = Heading In the Right Direction

Here we go!
Here we go!

Three fairly easy weeks. Fairly is the key word, obviously. The Fitbit has shown me how a “very active person” (how I usually describe myself) can be “very wrong” about how active they are. Granted, my Fitbit probably is not that accurate when I play tennis. As a tennis player I take LOTS of steps, but sometimes do so without swinging my arms. Like when I set up for a shot or hop around at the net in ready position with both hands on my racket out in front, there’s not much arm swinging.  I can play 2 full sets of singles at a 4.5 NTRP level and only get about 5000 steps. That being true, the other hard truth is that I don’t play tennis as much as I used to. I sit at my computer and drive my car a whole lot. I’m lucky to get one set of dubs in a week. Sigh.

I’ve been doing Weight Watchers now for 3 weeks. I finally just decided that the busy-ness of my life requires something easy. Back in my truly active days, WW wasn’t the right plan for me. I was too active and couldn’t get enough calories. My body would refuse to shed pounds. Now, in my newly discovered not-so-very-active-life, it works like a charm. 3 weeks and I’m 4.8 pounds down. I don’t feel deprived. I revel in the fact that I have “weekly points” still in the bank at the end of the week and mourn their passing when I get reset for the next week. I’m kinda freaked out by how easy this is. Contrary to my habit of making things more difficult, I’m just gonna roll with the WW thing. However…

In my habit of making things more difficult, I’ve done that too. I found this site called “Give It 100.” Have you heard of it? It’s been making the rounds in the social media. It’s a cool site started by a young lady who wanted to learn to dance, really dance. So she decided to practice it for 100 days and track her progress through video. When she’d finished with her 100 days, she could see how amazing the difference was. And idea was born.

Now, hundreds of people, including myself, are pledging to do something for 100 days. I, harking back to my new Fitbit, pledged to walk 10,000 steps a day. After 100 days, I should have walked 1 million steps. A MILLION! We post 10 second videos of our progress. Its’ kinda fun. Every time you miss a day, the idea is that you should make a donation to a charity. I’ve made three donations so far. There are folks learning to play guitar, paint something, sing something, lose weight and one guy just wants to touch his toes! 100 days!

That part, 10,000 steps a day, is hard. It’s really hard. I’ve walked more in the last 20 days than I have in a long time. I average over 4 miles to get my steps in. My 50 turned 60 pound monkey hates it. Oh wait, I mean my 55 pound monkey! Damned monkey.

New Year, New Gear!

I hope this new gear puts me into high gear!

Holy Shittake
Holy Shittake

The husband and I have started a FitBit war. We’ve got the Force bracelets and the Aria scale. And, I’m absolutely horrified to say that my damned 50 Pound Monkey went and put on 10 pounds over the holidays! He now weighs 60 pounds. It’s truly a f*’n-gargantuan-gorilla-monkey now friends.

Because the only new year’s resolution I’ve ever kept was the one last year when I said I’d read 52 books and review them all in 2013, this monkey thing, I repeat, is not a resolution.

Even so, I am resolved to kick that monkey’s ass this year. I’m doing it at 10,000 steps (5 miles) a day, even if it takes all year.

And just so you know, it’s about 40 steps down the aisle at our big supermarket. Up and down every aisle around the whole store is about 1000 steps. I did it 3 times tonight. Just saying. The weird sh*t you learn. Sigh.


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