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!

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

— from http://www.buzzhe.ro/en/try-the-28-day-planking-challenge/

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.