Keep Stepping!

Keep on SteppingA couple of years ago my husband gave me his Nike Fuel fit band. I loved it. He’d moved onto something better, but the Fuel was great for me. It was simple, tracked my steps and it was also comfortable and easy to wear….until they stopped making it. I’d become addicted to tracking my steps, which isn’t a bad thing, so purchased a Fitbit. UGH! I tried three different types over the last couple of years and they were nowhere near as good as the fuel. Finally, the last one I owned slipped off my wrist in the supermarket and I didn’t even try to find it! I was over it.

Unfortunately, as sad as it is, I stopped making the extra effort to exercise and walk. Nothing was holding me accountable. Yes, I admit it, I was cheating myself. Yesterday, determined to get back on track, I bought an Apple watch. It seemed the most logical thing to do. I have a Macbook Pro, iPhone and iPad (yes Apple are taking over the world), and they’re so easy to use. So far so good. After one day I’m in competition with myself to get in my daily steps, use my elliptical and generally beat the machine on my wrist!

Never thought I’d need to feel accountable to a computer…..but I am. I’m not ashamed of it either. I’ll use what I can to keep myself fit.

Keep stepping folks!

 

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FitBit Free and STILL ALIVE!

I’ve been fitbit free for a whole week and guess what……I’m still alive. I did a three-hour hike/climb (seven miles) at Castle Wood Canyon last week without counting my steps and lived to walk another day. I’ve had an extremely busy work week, with no lunchtime walk, but my fitbit wouldn’t have changed anything. Life and exercise back in my own hands. I’m no cyborg, I’m real. I’ll walk today, my usual three miles, and I don’t need a fitbit to tell me how far I’ve walked….FREEDOM!

By the way fitbit, had you made a wrist band that didn’t fall off your wrist so easily, I’d still be hooked, and probably buy a new one when my Alta finally died. However, your wrist band is so lousy it came loose and fell off constantly. At over a hundred dollars a pop, that really isn’t acceptable, just saying!

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Breaking the Habit!

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How many steps have I done? Got to reach 10,000 – no wait, let’s go for 13,000! Oh no, forgot to put on my fitbit, got to turn around and go home to get it.

Does that sound stressful to you?

It all started with the Nike Fuel. My first fitness tracker. I really enjoyed using it. All I wanted to do was track my steps and try to walk five miles each day. It was simple to use, fairly nice to look at and it served its purpose well.

Unfortunately, just before mine needed replacing, Nike stopped making them. Rumor has it that Apple poached their experts. I had to find a new way to track my steps, (well I didn’t have to, but it had become a habit). I invested in a fitbit! The first one I bought was the Fitbit Flex. Didn’t care for it at all. The band didn’t display as much info as I needed, plus it got me hooked into recording everything I ate, drank as well as logging my sleep patterns. I used it for a while, but spent too much time at my computer, inputting my life.

Next I bought a Fitbit Alta. I liked the display on this one. Steps, miles, calories. It also buzzed when my phone rang, or when I got a text! Then there were the competitions….. Was I the step leader for the week. YES! How was everyone else doing? How many miles can I do before noon. Yes, it made me get up and walk, but really, shouldn’t I be doing that anyway? It was synced with my phone and I checked it WAY TOO OFTEN.

Last night, while packing my grocery shopping in the back of my car, I went to check my steps. OMG! SHOCK! HORROR!

My Fitbit wasn’t there! OK calm down! I went back into the grocery store and looked around, checked the parking lot, checked my purse, my shopping bags, my car! My heart was beating fast. How many steps have I done?

I drove home, wondering if I should stop off and buy a new one in Target or Walmart so I didn’t miss recording too many steps!

Wait a minute, stop right there!

I’m almost sixty. I’ve managed to walk and exercise without being reminded, for my whole life. Why oh why is this a problem? I chuckled to myself as I drove home!

When I got out of bed this morning I didn’t immediately rush to find that ugly piece of plastic and put it on my arm. It felt good. I’m looking at my little gold bracelet that I haven’t appreciated in months because it’s always been hidden. I’m still walking! I’ll still exercise and eat healthily. Not checking my steps every twenty minutes means I have one less thing to worry about. One day I’ll get an apple watch, which will be much more difficult to lose because it has a sensible strap with a buckle, but I’ll buy it when I’m ready. For now I’m going to enjoy life and be FITBIT FREE!

Dieting – Not good! Workouts wonderful!

Why is it so hard to diet? What is it about food we can’t resist. It’s fuel for our body, so why do we have such a ‘love hate’ relationship with it?
I started my diet pretty well and lost five pounds. I have been doing great in the evenings, eating healthier, smaller portions.  Then tonight I bought some French bread!!!! I brought it home with the intention of having one small piece, with a little cheese. It was soooo good. The second piece was larger than the first. Yes, I succumbed and ate way too much. Now I feel fat and guilty. It was just one slip up. One set back.I haven’t given up. Tomorrow is another day!

On a more successful note, I got plenty of exercise snowboarding on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday I walked three miles during my lunch hour, enjoying the lovely Spring sunshine. On Tuesday evening  I attended  a ‘Turbo Kickboxing’ class. On Wednesday I went to a Les Mills ‘body pump class’

Today, had a crazy day at work so no walk. We all know what I did tonight.

I will continue my diet tomorrow and hopefully have a better day. I would love to lose another fifteen pounds. I can do it.

Turbo Kickboxing!

As you know this blog is about my travels and experiences….well today on a whim, I decided to try Turbo Kickboxing.

I do keep myself pretty fit, even at the ripe young age of 54 (the new 34, or so they tell me). I walk, kickbox, snowboard, ride my bike and work out at the gym as often as I can. I have gone to Zumba classes, which I like. I had heard of  Turbo Kickboxing, but never tried it, until today!

Look at me (not)

It was a sixty minute class, what was I thinking? The instructor had to be in the army, she just had to be. You could not stand still for any reason during the sixty minute class, you had to scream as loud as you could and as often as you could. I don’t even know what we were supposed to scream but the sound that came out of my mouth started with a b and ended with an itch!

Too ashamed to admit weakness I kept going for the full sixty minutes. I walked out bravely, trying not to sway or stagger. I got my clothes from the locker in the gym and walked to my car. That is when I collapsed in a pool of sweat in the driver’s seat wondering what had just happened to me.

All the way home I was thinking about the cold beer in the fridge waiting for me.  It tasted so good.

This was my first Turbo Kickboxing experience, it was a crazy sixty minutes which made me drip with sweat and exhausted every muscle in my body.

Will I go again next week?

HELL YES!

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