Day 113- FITBIT UPDATE

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

81,875

83,088

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

11,696

11,870

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

18,612

17,406

25,000

Active Minutes

275

317

Sleep

6h 7m

6h 28m

8h

Water Consumption

571 ml

821 ml

3000ml a day

I’m really chuffed with my results last week. Looks like all the habits are improvements are starting to manifest. Really glad to see my sleep has improved without even trying.

I’m off to Amsterdam for a few days but when I get back I’m very serious about honing my daily habits, starting running and finally sorting out my diet.

Day 109- NEW HABIT: Find My 5k

NEW HABIT: Walk or run 5k every Saturday morning

Day 109 and I’m struggling to think up new habits. This is a good sign. It means I’m finally doing all the things I want to do to be a happier person. Now it’s just a matter of honing them and levelling up where possible. I still have a lot to come, what with my exercise and food habits but that’s all planned out and I’ll blog about them as and when.

As I’m struggling to come up with new habits I think it’s time I fill the gaps in between the current ones. Perfecting them and not leaving any moment wasted. I’m concluding that I should only need 1 hour a day to chill with Netflix, a cup of tea and a small chocolate bar but every other moment of the day needs to be productive and conscientious. The need to zone out and eat something crappy needs to be focused to that one hour a day. That will leave the other 23 hours maximised to the optimum.

So I previously said I’m looking to include 3 types of exercise; flexibility, cardio & strength-training. After reading an interesting article saying that interval training has a much bigger impact on age-reversal than strength-training, I’m going to add HIIT or interval training to my list. I may even make a weekly swim my 5th and final category.

Yesterday, I cemented my habits for flexibility. I’m committed to doing 5 yoga and pilates classes a week. I did a yoga class yesterday and once again, I was horrified at the fat girl starring back at me from the mirror. It made me think again about my urge for weight-loss and increased steppage and burning calories. It’s inspired me to get running again. The article also says running and walking are good for age reversal too. Now I have a new smartphone, I can track my runs on Fitbit and Strava, providing intense motivation and competition with myself.

I want to do ParkRun again. The last time I did it my time was about 49 mins and I was second to last. This just isn’t good enough for me. I want a sub 45 before I go back to the park. Besides, ParkRun starts at 9am on a Saturday and I have a yoga class at 10am. I envisage myself completing ParkRun with enough time to get to class by 10am.

So my first cardio habit is going to be completing a 5k every Saturday morning. ParkRun is my goal but for now I will just repeatedly run a 5k on the street until I consider my time is good enough. I really want to repeat a route on Strava because it automatically awards trophies and PBs and I’ll enjoy that.

This evening I plan to go out for a walk to find my 5k. I have a route in mind from when I ran 5-6 years ago. I will walk it again to check the distance and log my first time for the route. The plan thereafter, is to just keep doing the route every week to see if I can get faster. I don’t enjoy running on the treadmill at the gym because I get scared or bored. I may add another 5k in the week to provide me with two cardio sessions a week and then I will look at two spinning classes a week and some interval training in the park to cover that category. It’s all a long way off.

I’ve just logged into MapMyFitness and have been looking back at my runs from 2014/2015.

This is the the 5k route I’m going to revisit tonight and my fastest time I managed back in 2014. It will be interesting to see if I can ever achieve it again?

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My gym includes premium membership to MapMyFitness, which is a bonus.

Update: I’ve just been out for an hour’s walk to check the route I have planned and it is indeed 5k. Here’s my initial stats as a base start. I fast walked the 5k.

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“I will walk or run a 5k route every Saturday morning aiming for a sub 45 so I can do ParkRun again”

 

Day 106- FITBIT UPDATE

Last week I had a full week at the gym that I’ve just joined. I went three times in the morning, did the treadmill followed by some weight training. And in the evening I did 2 yoga and pilates classes each and some spinning on Sunday. I would really expect to see some improvement in my Fitbit stats but the results are unusual.

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

73,876

81,875

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

10,554

11,969

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

17,879

18,612

25,000

Active Minutes

341

275

Sleep

6h 19m

6h 7m

8h

Water Consumption

1071

571

3000ml a day

Steppage and calories burned are up but my active minutes are down. Even though I increased my exercise from the week before by over 4 hours, it hasn’t translated into active minutes. I think this is because yoga and pilates aren’t ‘active’ enough. Any kind of walking is active though, so that is something I wish to do more of. Sleep is rarely above 6 1/2 hours and still needs work. My water consumption has dropped because I’m not finishing the bottle at work and forgetting to bring water up to bed. I think everything will improve next week. I go to a class everyday at gym now.

 

Day 99- FITBIT UPDATE

I joined a gym on Monday so it will be interesting to see how it affects my stats.

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

60,381

73,876

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

8626

10,554

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

17,140

17,879

25,000

Active Minutes

318

341

Sleep

6h 8m

6h 19m

8h

Water Consumption

1400 ml

1071 ml

3000ml a day

Good news is everything is up from last week except my water consumption. I have 2 litres allocated a day but can’t always follow through. I have to work on that. But it’s good news that all my other stats have gone up two weeks in a row. This week I have already tried the treadmill, weights, power yoga, stretch and tone and pilates. I’ve also adhered to a vegan diet so I’m really looking forward to continued rewards. I have to keep trying to include as much exercise as possible in my life until my goals are reached.

 

Day 92- FITBIT UPDATE

 

Surprisingly, my Fitbit stats are all up this week except for my water which I thought had really improved. Nevermind, maybe last week was rock bottom and it’s all uphill from here.

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

59,860

60,381

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

8551

8626

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

16,825

17,140

25,000

Active Minutes

187

318

Sleep

6h 5m

6h 8m

8h

Water Consumption

1764 ml

1400 ml

3000ml a day

Day 85- FITBIT UPDATE: Review

I’m so sick of my Fitbit stats not improving much and that I keep failing to commit to the new habit of walking to work. I think there are 3 reasons I’m struggling:

  1. It’s cold
  2. I don’t make enough time in the morning
  3. I don’t have the right clothes or bag to not look ridiculous on my way to work.

I was very close today in giving up on the Fitbit progression or at least giving up on creating habits that may improve them. But I’ve changed my mind and I will keep updating it but I won’t be creating new habits every week. I will just create them as and when, as I do with all my other habits.

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

63,086

59,860

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

9012

8551

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

16322

16,825

25,000

Active Minutes

295

187

Sleep

6h 48m

6h 5m

8h

Water Consumption

286 ml

1764 ml

3000ml a day

I am doing really well with my water consumption. I now I have 2 litres a day set in stone. All I need to do now is find another litre somewhere and I’ve reached my target. I also need to make it count at the weekend too.

Day 78- FITBIT UPDATE: Walk to and from work

Last week was my birthday and I spent a few days at a hotel with my boyfriend. My idleness is evident in the results.

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

70,120

63,086

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

10,017

9012

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

16,939

16322

25,000

Active Minutes

326

295

Sleep

6h 44m

6h 48m

8h

Heart Rate Average

66 bpm

66 bpm

54

Water Consumption

429 ml

286 ml

3000ml a day

NEW HABIT: Walk to and from work whenever possible

Update: I have not succeeded with this yet. I’m hoping the warmer weather and addiction to exercise will encourage this soon

My stats just keep going down but I’ve been focusing on my sleep and it appears to be working. I know I’m drinking more water when I’m at work but because I’ve been on holiday it has faltered. I will keep going with my sleep and water improvements but now I think it is time to get these steps up. I’m tempted to wait for winter to be over but it just keeps being mild and I’m wasting the opportunities. From Thursday I’ve decided to walk to and from work unless it’s absolutely is pouring down with rain or I need to car for some reason before or after work. It should add about 5000 steps a day to my daily steppage.  I’ll also save petrol money which would be good.

“From Thursday I will walk to and from work if possible, and if weather permits”