Archive for December, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close…

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

I have had my Fitbit for about a week and a half now and I have to say, it’s a wee bit addicting. The first week I basically used it to see what my baseline number of steps per day are. I was all over the place, anywhere from 3k to a little over 6k. The Fitbit comes preset to a goal of 10k per day which seems to be the recommended average most people should aim for. I think it would be a little extreme for me to just all of a sudden be manic about getting 10k a day, so I have adjusted the goal to get consistent with 5k a day and if I make that this first week (on track so far) I will add 1k per week until I am at 10k. I think if I made the jump less gradually, it would likely end up discouraging me.

Via the Fitbit website, you can also track food, exercise and sleep. I have used a few other food and exercise journaling programs and most of them are either too geared to someone more active (or athletic) or too busy on the page. The Fitbit website is rather clean and uncluttered and almost seems dumbed down in its simplicity. I like it. It gives me the info I want and really not much more.

I find it terribly charming that such a tiny gadget is making a difference. Fitbit has an altimeter that tracks flights of stairs climbed. 10 per day is the preset goal and since I don’t in general have any stairs to climb, I have decreased my initial goal to 5 per day. To make this happen, every time I have to use the ladies room, I go down to the fifth floor to do so and then take the stairs back up. And since I refill my water cup or tea cup after each trip to the ladies room, said trips will never be in short supply. I have been getting my 5 flights of stairs per day this way, and I think that to increase that, I will start going down to 4 next week which will automatically double my stairs. I might even get wacky and go down to 3 after a few weeks. Who knows, by mid year, I might not be using the elevator at all. But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Another thing I am going to do, and I think I am going to do it tonight, is go buy a copy of Best Easy Day Hikes Houston at Barnes and Noble. Yes, I could order it from Amazon right now, but if I go buy it, I am getting in more steps. Did I mention the fitbit is addicting? As Dear Sweet Elizabeth says, “Gotta feed the Fitbit…”

Well, that’s just not happening…

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

The that to which I refer is the initial goal of 30 pounds down by the end of the year. And really, I am not at all put out about it. It could be I have lost some pounds and our scale is a piece of crap, but I am not saying that as an excuse.

I have been something less than diligent with the food tracking, and equally less than perfect with the yoga, but I have been at least doing both somewhat consistently, just not 100%. I don’t see any movement on the scale, but I have noticed all of my clothes fitting better. Looser. And in a few cases, big enough to purge/donate. That is a result I can live with. There has been a bit of ‘eh, it’s the holidays” going on and in a relative few days, that won’t be the case, so since there has been no gaining, I’m okay with it all.

Another improvement I see is an overall feeling of betterness. I am sleeping better (though not terribly long) and my intestinal crud is almost non-existent. My energy is also greatly improved. All results that matter and are the reasons for even talking about this at all by way of a blog.

I have done two things proactively for the new year. I signed up for the NOVO Wellness teleclass mentioned in the previous post, and I have bought a Fitbit (which is a fancy pedometer). These tools will hopeful help me to better root the new habits I wish to cultivate. The pedometer can also track sleep cycles and stairs climbed, and via their website I can track food and calories needed/consumed/used. Let’s hope it’s just the thing to finish turning this corner toward healthier living in 2012 and beyond.

Still here working on it…

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

I have to say that when I started this blog a couple of months ago I felt more motivated than I do currently. I have been working at finding consistency with a morning yoga practice. Three or Four mornings a week is what it has been, but ideally, I’d like it to be every day, or nearly every day. I know the overall health benefits I receive from a committed practice and as I already said, I am working on it.
Yesterday, I signed up for a 10 week webinar with Novo Wellness and Greg Hottinger and Michael Scholtz. I discovered them via the awesomeness that is Patti Digh and the community she is building (called life…) Here are links to the webinar should anyone be interested with a discounted price for the remainder of 2011:

Special Offers: 10-Week Coach Yourself Thin Webinar starting January 25th at 6PM EST or 9PM EST
· 10-Week Coach Yourself Thin Webinar – $115 (Regular price: $145)

· 10-Week CYT Classes + Copy of Coach Yourself Thin $125 – (Regular price: $160)