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.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Firstly, Windows phones don't support the most popular apps you hear people talking about and the ones I tried (only free ones), didn't work all that well, weren't user friendly, and many of items you needed on the app were ONLY available if you upgraded to a paid app. Errrrrrr. I so dislike false advertising. If it's not free, don't state it does x y z. And, who wants to pay for app before you try it out and know if it will meet your needs...not me!
I've killed far too many cheap pedometers over time, which is why I thought I'd try the apps. Several problems with that, if you really want to track all your activity throughout the day, the phone is not the way to go.
So, I bought a Fitbit. It's a wireless unit that replaces the mechanical pedometers I've had in the past. It's battery is suppose to last 4-6 months. You can synch it with your ipad, your iphone, and most droids...not windows phones (should never have listen to the salesman who pushed the windows phone). You also get a free webpage connected to a forum where fitbit folks support each other. Similar to Facebook, you can friend someone. You can even challenge each other, though I've not yet done that. The unit I purchased was their cheapest one, $60.00, several others units are around $100.00. Didn't quite want to do that; but they do track a bit more including your sleep habits which I think could prove to be very helpful to some folks.
You get a weekly email with your stats, plus there are all kinds of graphs on the webpage and some with app. Most I'm not yet up to speed on how to read, lol. It's a process. You can set goals of steps, weight loss, food...whatever it is that's important to you. I'm trying to lose a few pounds, but mostly I'm interested in eating a bit healthier (possibly high cholesterol), and increasing my exercise to aid with the arthritis and the cholesterol. Tracking food and steps etc makes you so much more aware.
Got my first email of weekly stats yesterday (wk 4-28 through 5-4...not sure I really recorded everything or even had it on the whole time as I was still learning)...possibly not a real accurate weekly reading.
52,026 steps, 21.93 miles, burned 11,347 calories, 0.5 pounds weight loss, #362 calories in vs out....I think that means I ate too much?
And you get cute little badges to make you smile...different colors for different things you did good. Who doesn't like a pat on the back. I have a couple, not sure what one is for though, lol.