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”

 

Day 71- FITBIT UPDATE: More Water Please

I am comparing last week to the week before Christmas. My steppage has dropped slightly again. It really isn’t going to improve much more until I start introducing some walking or running. I have plans to walk to work soon and to start running from 1st of March. Then I should see the stats start to climb.

The habit I introduced to aid my sleep is starting to work and the average is climbing. I really feel there is little I want to do to increase my steps for now so I will continue to focus on sleep and water. My water consumption has dropped at little even though I’m getting good at drinking a litre a day at work, so I think I should develop it. I have a Brita flask which holds about 0.6 litres and I will start filling it and taking it to bed with me. If I sip on it during the night, and finish it when I wake up, that will bring my daily consumption up to 1.6 litres, more than half way to my daily goal. I just looked up the volume of my bottle and discovered Brita also do a 1 litre bottle. So I found one on eBay for £7.95 and bought it.

NEW HABIT: Drink 0.6 litres (soon to be 1 litre of water) between bed time and first thing in the morning

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Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

78,699

70,120

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

11,243

10,017

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

17,637

16,910

25,000

Active Minutes

315

326

Sleep

6h 6m

6h 44m

8h

Heart Rate Average

69 bpm

65 bpm

54

Water Consumption

714 ml

429 ml

3000ml a day

“I will fill my litre bottle with water and take it to bed with me”

Day 64- FITBIT UPDATE: Earlier nights

The results below compare the week before Christmas to the week before that. I won’t be considering Christmas week itself because predictably it’s a write off.

I’ve reduced the number of stats I’m focusing on because there were too many and it was overwhelming. My main focuses now are: steps, sleep and water consumption.

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps Weekly 

81,064

78,699

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

11,581

11,243

20,000 -25,000

Calories Weekly Burned

17,870

17,637

25,000

Active Minutes

317

315

Sleep

6h 15m

6h 6m

8h

Heart Rate Average

68 bpm

69 bpm

54 bpm

Water Consumption

321 ml

714 ml

3000ml a day

So far I have only created two habits to improve my Fitbit statistics. Drinking a litre of water a day at work is working but I’ve not once walked to my local shops instead of taking the car. That explains why all my results except for water have decreased albeit only by a small amount.

To improve next week, I have to create a habit for sleep, steps or more water. I just have to decide which one I want to concentrate on. I think I will dedicate some time to sleep. I’ve maintained an average sleep time of 6-6.5 hours for years yet have always known it’s not enough because I rely heavily on alarm clocks. I know when I get plenty of sleep I arouse naturally and feel good in the mornings.

NEW HABIT: Lights out at 10pm on weekdays

On a night before a work day there really is no good excuse to be awake after 10pm. I’m already heading to bed at 9pm. The natural progression is to make sure the lights are out and all stimulus stopped by 10pm. My chances of getting more sleep must be greatly increased even if on some nights it’s a bit of a struggle to fall asleep.

Below, you can see I’ve set my sleep to be between 10pm and 7am yet the results show how far off the mark I am. I’m falling asleep way later than I wish and sleeping in at any opportunities I can, yet still only averaging 6.5 hours of sleep a night. Next week I would like to see my sleep bars fall more neatly between the two parameters.

“I will turn the lights out and put my devices away at 10pm on work nights”

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Day 51- FITBIT UPDATE: Walk to local shops

Last week was the first time I created a Fitbit habit to improve my Fitbit statistics. Since then, I have been making sure that I drink a litre of water at work every day. Here’s last week’s results:

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

81,274

81,064

160,000

Steps Daily Average

11,611

11,581

20,000 -25,000

Floors

111

92

Distance

54.7km

56.64

Calories Burned

17,666

17,870

25,000

Active Minutes

331

317

Exercise

2h 21m

26m

5 x a week

Sleep

6h 12m

6h 15m

8h

Heart Rate Average

62 bpm

68 bpm

54

Weight Average

161.7

161 lbs

130 lbs

Water Consumption

Last recorded 15th September

321 ml

3L a day

As you can see, there was little advancement apart from the increase in water consumption. But that’s okay because that is what this challenge is all about. With each new habit completed, it is inevitable that the statistics improve. Now I have to pick another new habit to see improvement in a category next week. The rule is I have to pick something in red that I did poorly in.

NEW HABIT: Walk to local precinct instead of using my car

I’m limited with the options I have to improve on. It’s either more steppage or exercise and at the moment, at this time of year, that’s really challenging. All I can think of now, that is achievable, is promising to walk to my local precinct instead of using the car. I often go straight from work and have to pay an 80p car park charge. This habit means I’ll get steps and save money.

“I will always walk to the local shops instead of taking the car”

Update: I have abandoned this habit because it has proved really inconvenient. I’m just not ready or organised enough to make the commitment.