Best FitBit Week Ever!

Moving had been great for my fitness levels! LOL

My weekly report had never looked this good.

I’m motivated to keep this going. I even upped my goals in floors and steps. Of course, I did that Sunday, the day of rest. LOL

I’m trying to keep tracking my food with SparkPeople. I’m not 100% there by any means, but I figure getting my fitness levels up can be nothing but good for me, right? πŸ™‚ I’m heading in the right direction.

The “thing” that’s helped the most is a Google hangout group with my 3 closest weight loss besties. We annoy each other daily with tracking reminders, stickers, and love. A support group is essential to success in this arduous, lifetime journey of better health and lifestyle choices.

We can do it!

Baseline

I did get my FitBit setup, but I didn’t do very well with tracking my food after the first few days. Back in the old days (maybe 2000-2001), I used a paper tracker with the Weight Watchers program. Tracking was EASY and I had many of my common foods’ points memorized.

I ponder using a paper tracker now, just to jot things down and then log them digitally later. It could work, right?! Gotta try something. I’m not attached to my phone/tablet/computer all day long. Sometimes with the kids, I literally don’t have time to load apps and search things out on my phone. Modern challenges. I’ll get this figured out eventually.

With my FitBit on, I haven’t really done much out of the ordinary. I really do want to change that trend. Since I haven’t though, I found the first weekly email an interesting look at my baseline of activity.

I’m still trying to figure out where I climbed all those stairs! I live on the first floor. I think a goal of 10k daily steps will be a nice starting point. I almost got there one day without thinking about it! Wednesday must have been a busy day.

With all this lack of progress with weight loss, I have actually maintained my weight. I’ll count this as a win, and keep trying!

Starting Again, take #(I’ve lost count)

Morning Notes to Self:

My husband lost 40 pounds over the course of this year, and I’m both super proud and a little jealous. When Harvey hit us, he posted a gain of two pounds over those few weeks. He immediately began working on his plan again.

Whereas, I abandoned my plan long before Harvey.

My husband’s resolve is rubbing off, maybe. I saw my second goal on my SparkPage & it is still unmet.

SparkGuy says start small. So, I’m starting again. AGAIN! Ok. Mini goal: re-setup my FitBit, and go for a walk. Exercise today. No excuses. Just do it today. I’ll set a new goal tomorrow. I can do this. Ok. Yeah. I’m going to do this weight loss thing!

Day One on track

Day in review:

I did not set up my FitBit. I did plug it in to charge, and the day sort of got away from me.

I lost my temper in the late afternoon (long story) and went for a walk toΒ cool my heels. I thought that counted as exercise. When I put in walking for 30 minutes (a generous guess), it said calories burned was 0. I think that means it didn’t count. So, I didn’t track it.

πŸ™ So my two-part mini-goal is a bust on both counts.
πŸ™‚ I did, however, stay within my calorie range. That counts for something! I was a little bummed not to have more room for wine at the end of the day, but I’ll live.

Idea! I’ll pre-track my glass of wine for tomorrow evening so I know how much room I need. Boom.

If you’d like to join me on SparkPeople, please do! It’s free!

When did I get old?

It was after a particular follow-up doctor appointment that this pivotal question occurred to me.

No, really.

When did I get old?!

I have shoe inserts, compressions socks, and an elbow brace now.

How do I combat this creeping feeling that I’m not the spry youth I’m convinced that I am? I get these fly compression socks:

Styling Compression Socks

Yeah, baby!

In a weird way, it also helps me to feel young that I need orthodontia. I can think of cheaper ways to feel young, but I’ll take the silver lining wins where I can get them!

The good news is that I’m the picture of health. I’m just falling apart. No big deal, really. I just gotta keep moving.

Itch Cream with Essential Oils

Mosquitos are in season! Thrilling.

I’ve made an itch cream with a carrier lotion from DoTerra plus lemon, lavender, on guard (a DoTerra blend), and spearmint. I only used spearmint because I couldn’t find peppermint.

I didn’t really measure drops and stuff. I just squirted a generous amount of lotion into one of my Pampered Chef glass prep bowls* and put around 3 drops of each oil in there. I mixed with my little finger and then applied the lotion as needed.

It smells really great and stopped the itch within minutes. I love when simple stuff works.

*I like those glass prep bowls because they have a cap. I also have several of them. So, using one for this isn’t a big whoop.

— I do not sell DoTerra or Pampered Chef products.Β My friends do.

What did I eat?

Normally I track as I go along. Yesterday, I didn’t track at all until this morning. It took me all day to remember what I ate! I didn’t really think about my food other than at the moment trying to make the best decisions. That’ll learn me. I need to track as I go along! It’s much easier that way. Plus, I was actually a smidge over budget. Pretty good considering, but I can do better. πŸ™‚

A hot bath for me!

I’m not a big soak in the tub kind of girl, but I might change my tune! This articleΒ from Southern Living claims you burn 130 ish calories soaking in the tub. There are also anti-inflammatory properties. I’m down with that.

Update: I tried this and my kids freaked out. “Mom! I’ve never seen you take a bath before!” You’d think their world was coming to a crashing end. lol, It was a nice soak. I don’t feel all that accomplished, but it was kind of nice.

My Fitness Pal

My husband uses My Fitness Pal app to track food, and I wanted to give it a try. Their database is huge! It was easy to use, but I’ve lost absolutely nothing after two solid weeks of tracking. I think I need to get back to SparkPeople (SP) and the basics. I’ve been doing this portion control, dieting thing for almost 20 years! I know what I supposed to do!! No excuses. I just gotta get on the program and stick with it. I like the encouragement I get on SP. That’s where it’s at. Slow progress is progress.

Carpal Tunnel

I suspect I might have carpal tunnel syndrome, but it’s odd because I have way more elbow pain than I do pain in my wrist or hand. I’ll probably be seeing an orthopedist soon.

I have found some stretches that work really well for carpal tunnel (and they are good stretches for anyone to do syndrome or not).

  1. Spider Push-ups
  2. The Shake
  3. The CTS stretch

This is a great article with animated images showing each stretch. I’ve also read about ulnar nerve entrapment. There’s some at-homeΒ ways to go about feeling better there too.

  1. Keep arm straight while sleeping (with towel or backwards elbow brace).
  2. Nerve gliding exercises.

Here’s to at-home physical therapy!

Plank Challenge

I want to try this…

Day 1 – 20 seconds
Day 2 – 20 seconds
Day 3 – 30 seconds
Day 4 – 30 seconds
Day 5 – 40 seconds
Day 6 – Rest
Day 7 – 45 seconds
Day 8 – 45 seconds
Day 9 – 60 seconds
Day 10 – 60 seconds
Day 11 – 60 seconds
Day 12 – 90 seconds
Day 13 – Rest
Day 14 – 90 seconds
Day 15 – 90 seconds
Day 16 – 120 seconds
Day 17 – 120 seconds
Day 18 – 150 seconds
Day 19 – Rest
Day 20 – 150 seconds
Day 21 – 150 seconds
Day 22 – 180 seconds
Day 23 – 180 seconds
Day 24 – 210 seconds
Day 25 – Rest
Day 26 – 210 seconds
Day 27 – 240 seconds
Day 28 – Until failure

β€” fromΒ http://www.buzzhe.ro/en/try-the-28-day-planking-challenge/

Acceptance and Improvement are Not Mutually Exclusive

I’m trying to strike the balance of loving my body the way it is and being just disgusted enough to want to change. I tend towards disgusted too much. There’s hopelessness in that side of the spectrum, and I keep finding myself in those trenches.

I want to be ok with my admittedly lumpy body, but I keep hearing the lie that I can’t be happy where I am and lose weight.

It is a lie.

My brain knows it. I can love the body I’m in and work to make it better at the same time. I just don’t know how yet.

Guess I’ll keep going and trying!

Bye Weight Watchers

After running with SparkPeople (SP) for a week along with Weight Watchers (WW), I’ve decided to quit Weight Watchers and join the YMCA instead.

I’m still tracking my food and making healthier decisions – I’ve learned a lot on the WW program over the years! I just feel like, for me, in this season, I will get more bang for my buck having an air-conditioned area to walk in. Summer heat is on its way! Plus, I’ll have an opportunity to add strength training.

This is a good thing.

The best thing is that my husband is going to join me! πŸ™‚

Trial and Error

There are a great number of ailments that are pretty straightforward: broken arm, sinus infection, pink eye, etc. You have xyz, you treat it with abc (unless that doesn’t work for you and then there’s nmo to try). Done.

The list of less-defined ailments is much longer. Even when they can call what’s bugging you something – say fibromyalgia – they don’t exactly know what to do with you. Research suggests this or that or the other thing will work, but really it’s kind of an experimental, individual thing. You just have to try it and see what happens.

After a year and half of this trial and error, it is easy to get discouraged. Especially since most of it is in error. I’ll keep trying. What’s the alternative? Get less and less functional over time? I do not think so.

I like my current doctor. He’s very honest, straightforward, and smart about things. He’s a thinker/puzzler too. That helps in weird, undefined diagnosis – is fibromyalgia really even a thing?! It is. I know it is. Of course it is. It hurts. A lot. In many places. All the time.

This line of thought sets off a train of movie quotes in my head…

“[Pain] lets you know you’re not dead yet!” G.I. Jane

“I’m not dead yet!” Monty Python and the Holy GrailΒ 
(Did you say in the right voice? hehe)

“Just keep swimming!” Finding Nemo

Getting Fit

Plan A

I had a gym membership, and I had one week there when I went regularly and worked out regularly. One day I did cardio, the next strength, then a yoga class, and then more cardio. I didn’t have the kids with me, and I was able to get my workouts done. I really did enjoy it.

Normally, I have the kids with me. With 3 kids, the odds of one of them misbehaving and having me come get them is – apparently – astronomically high. This interrupted work-out is especially likely with a strong-willed and determined to be anywhere but there kid in the ranks.

Therefore, I don’t normally get to the gym to workout, and I don’t actually get to work out when I do!

Plan B

I have a Wii system and a “game” called Wii Fit. It makes rude noises (“Oh!”) when you step on the balance board, and it makes my cute little Mii character entirely too fat. Even my daughter pointed out that they’ve got it wrong. “You’re belly isn’t that big, Mom.”

Despite these drawbacks, it does have a few fun workout stuff going on. It’s easy to set goals. My goal is 30 “fit minutes” each session. I do yoga poses, some strength training and, even speed walk in a path around the house. My favorite thus far is yoga and the step exercises.

That’s what I’m trying this time. My inability to do a push-up and the Wii trainer telling me that I’m a little bit shaky will not deter me.

I really do want to get in better shape… round and squishy is cute, but it’s not all that.

Inspiration

I’m trying very hard to overcome myself when it comes to how ridiculous and inept I am with fitness. This is the video that came to my mind when I flopped onto the mat for the second time, hung my head in defeat, and slunk out the back of the yoga class 30 min early totally spent. I didn’t get very far today, but I’m not done. Maybe, I can get a little farther along tomorrow. Thank you God for this man and this video for helping to inspire and encourage me and many others!