Monday, June 23, 2014
Been doing well with steps and miles on an on going daily basis. Fitbit (the device) really does motivate you. Then you join a couple of on line groups and make virtual friends with the same or similar goals and it truly inspires you. I'm in several groups/forums through Fitbit but find the 60 plus Trackers and !!Walk and Wine!! groups both fun, interesting, and inspiring. We have a lady in our 60's group 80 something and she's leading the pack...how cool is that. I also love how young she's staying by being on line and chatting with us. Good for her.
The goal to be healthy is to walk 10,000 steps daily, currently I'm averaging around 16,000 so no problem making goal there. Additionally you're suppose to strive for 30 minutes of active minutes daily, I don't always make that, because even with getting lots of steps in (at work and or mowing etc) you often aren't going fast enough for it to log you as "active". I do make it most days though. Drinking 64 ounces of water daily is another of the daily goals, and I struggle with that. In fact, I didn't make much of an effort in the beginning until I learned it actually is important from my group members. The other goal you're to strive for is 5 miles daily, I manage that most of the time. You can add your weight and your goal weight and it will track for you how on target you are and estimate a date when you'll reach your goal based on your in and out calories.
In calories.......thus the picture of food. One reason I started this fitbit craze(which by the way is pretty addictive), I needed to lower my cholesterol. Along the way I learned dropping some weight not only makes my clothes fit better but reduces the pressure on my knee (my arthritic knee). A pound of weight loss reduces pressure to each knee by 5 pounds! I've managed to reduce the pressure by 60 to each knee which has truly helped the pain and swelling. Building up good muscles around the arthritis is also very beneficial. This meal, very satisfying is quite low on calories. The shrimp were marinated in a garlic oil for about 30 minutes before I skewered them. The Brussels sprouts were cooked in water in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes and once cooled on the skewers they went...light drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. By using the skewers it's easy to turn over both the shrimp and the round Brussels sprouts.
It paired nicely with a Pinot Noir...and yes I faithfully add those calories on my food diet too. (as well as the Martini I had prior to this good dinner......you can't give up everything!).
You must walk more then 10,000 steps if you're trying to loose, and you loose 1 pound when you burn 3500 calories more then you eat. So, since I'm not giving up my wine etc...I'm walking walking walking. I generally walk about 1.5 hours and then whatever else I get step wise is normal day to day and or work.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
In my last blog post I indicated I had joined yet another blog challenge. Well, that fell by the way side. I find it too hard to write blog posts every day for this blog, as well as my Travel Blog (where I am blogging about my recent trip to Spain), and to keep up with blogging on Bridge and Beyond (my charity blog which normally is also daily).
Since purchasing the fitbit have been trying to sit here on the computer less, and walk and move more. It's good for my arthritis and hopefully will lower my cholesterol. You can log your food and know how many calories etc you're taking in vs what you're burning up also on the fitbit page. I'm finding some days I eat more then I burn and some days I burn more then I eat. My downfall is cocktails, and wine with dinner. I do fine through out the day; so starting today going to see if I can trim by pouring smaller glasses of wine and making smaller martini's. It's a start.
Through fitbit you can join groups, have friends and cheer each other one. It's fun and takes the drudgery out of "exercising". You have virtual buddies. I found a group of fitbit'ers who knit. A couple actually successfully walk and knit at the same time. WOW...can see me falling if I tried that. I've also joined a group for folks 60+. Exercising as you age takes on a little different note of trying not to hurt your body. AND through fitbit I found you can walk virtually across the USA. CLICK HERE
Everyone starts somewhere in Virginia, you log your daily miles and it tells you where you are. I've logged miles just about 2 wks, and currently it says I'm 12.86 miles from Glendale, Virginia in Charles City County, and have traveled 47.6 miles. You see a little picture of where you are on the road. Kinda fun. The website is a bit slow though to load, so be patient.
And if you want a different type of virtual travel, do join me over on Traveling Suitcase
Friday, May 09, 2014
- I love that's Friday, that's it's the end of the work week, and hubby and I can spend more time together and things are more relaxed.
- I love that this Friday, I made my step goal (through fitbit), AND I got my first 50 mile badge on fitbit.
- We always have Martini's on Friday (glasses are in the freezer and will be nice and chilled.
- I love that this Friday I had a much needed massage. Thank you Frank!I
- love that I bought a dress for $8.00 at a re-sale shop today on a whim, had a few minutes to spare before the massage and decided to look around, the shop was just a few doors down from Massage Envy.