Day 133- FITBIT UPDATE

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

60,425

55,014

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

8,632

7,859

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

16,054

15,547

25,000

Active Minutes

128

156

Sleep

5h 36m

5h 2m

8h

Water Consumption

1,029 ml

857 ml

3000ml a day

I keep thinking I’ve hit rock bottom and then another week goes by with my stats falling further. Since a holiday and a bout of illness I have struggled to get back on my once successful path. It is a common trend that these kinds of disruptions are often the cause of my abandonment of habits followed by a challenging effort to return to them. Once the feelings of failure and frustration set it, it becomes almost futile to try anymore but I’m to not give up on the path, or writing the blog, like two previous occasions. I have to keep trying, and keep blogging, to figure out how to overcome this.

I have a long to-do list to attempt which I will start tomorrow and continue with until it’s finished. I have punctuated it with meals and treats to keep me going. I’m hoping it will put me in position for a good week returning to my habits. This was meant to happen last weekend but I ended up idling the whole time. I went to gym twice but I skipped all my gym classes for one reason or another.

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Day 127- FITBIT UPDATE

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

76,419

60,425

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

10,917

8,632

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

16,100

16,054

25,000

Active Minutes

301

128

Sleep

7h 7m

5h 36m

8h

Water Consumption

143 ml

1,029 ml

3000ml a day

Without a doubt, this appears to be the worst week ever. I think it is due to the fact I returned from holiday on the Monday and started to get ill towards the rest of the week. This week was going to be my ‘perfect week’┬ábut my head cold has caused me to cancel a lot of gym classes and exhaustion in the evenings has meant early nights and skipping evening habits. Everything is now in place to have a great active week with plenty of hydration and routine. I’m even successfully counting calories and seeing some weight loss. I just need to get this cold out the way so I have energy again for my exercise and motivation to complete my habits before bedtime.

 

Day 120- FITBIT UPDATE

Last Week

This Week

End Goal

Steps

83,088

76,419

140,000-175,000

Steps Daily Average

11,870

10,917

20,000 -25,000

Calories Burned

17,406

16,100

25,000

Active Minutes

317

301

Sleep

6h 28m

7h 7m

8h

Water Consumption

821 ml

143 ml

3000ml a day

So all my stats are down because I spent most of last week in Amsterdam on holiday. They are not too bad considering I was not that active. Funnily, sleep is up because I finally got to wake up when I want to and not when the alarm dictates. This week finds me trying to return to my yoga and pilates classes, gym three times a week in the morning and attempting a 5k weekly. The stats should soar.

In a desperate attempt to lose weight still, and the plant-based diet book failing to captivate me, I have abandoned all dogma and returned to simply counting calories. I watched a great Google Talk which said ‘forget everything until you can master your calorie consumption’. The fact that I haven’t lost any weight regardless of the diets and cleanses I’ve attempted suggests that whatever I’m doing I’m finding a way to consume too many calories. Instead I’m using my Fitbit app to monitor my calories in vs calories out. If I follow a restricted 1000 calories a day, I could lose up to 2 lbs a week and reach my target weight of 130 lbs by June.

My weight is really all that is holding me back from turning to the next chapter on my path to perfection.

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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.