Thursday, January 29, 2015

this thing called a fitbit.

you've heard about it, you've seen it, i'm sure.

the other day when brainstorming what would get me going with a healthier lifestyle, i thought organization. now i know most people probably don't think organization when they think of "dieting." i'm just weird like that. i will find ways to not to go to the gym. 

oh crap, it's raining.
i need to go thaw dinner.
lee told me he wanted to watch that movie tonight.
dang. i missed the turn for the gym. can't turn around now. 
i washed my hair this morning.

seriously, it's sort of a sad thing. but the countdown to august 29th is approaching faster than my excuses are popping into my head. 

so enter what i needed - organization with the fitbit. 

i track everything i eat. and i'm trying to only do whole foods; nothing processed. and before you ask, no this doesn't count on the super bowl. i may not even wear the fitbit that day because it would yell at me for not getting off the couch and indulging in wings and cowboy crack. 

yes, it vibrates basically to tell you to get up and get moving. 

so i bought a bunch of food and have been eating 5 times a day; smaller portions. breakfast usually looks something like half a whole grain english muffin (not totally whole i know. i said i was trying) with a turkey sausage patty with a little mustard. am snack is fruit such as strawberries or a banana. lunch is usually zoodles (for no other reason than me just being obsessed) with ground turkey or lean chicken with a evoo and lemon juice dressing. pm snack is usually raw carrots or green peppers. dinner is usually a small portion of meat (fish, salmon, chicken) with lots of veggies on the side. 

trust me, staying between 1200-1400 calories is no freakin' joke. i'm usually towards the 1400 side of things. 

but back to organization. i track everything. and i mean everything. how much water i drink, the ounces of the meat & veggies i eat, and even the glasses of wine i drink. did you know wine has about 122 calories per glass! yeah, i freaked too. see those puppies pile up and you think twice about the second (or third) glass. 

since i wear it on my wrist it also tracks my daily steps, calories burned from regular activity and working out, the total distance i have walked that particular day and other odds and ends. 

my goal is 10,000 steps a day, at least 5 miles total and to burn over 2100 calories. how in the heck this thing calculates this is beyond me - take it up with the fitbit peeps. and of course, this is in an entire 24 hours; not just a workout. but it does include my workout in the totals.

oh, and don't judge me by my mile time the other night.  i know it sucks. it's actually pretty freakin' bad. almost 14 mins a mile? sheesh, i'm almost embarrassed to post that. ok fine, i totally am embarrassed to post that. but i'm going a hell of a lot faster than those people sitting on the couch and a lot more faster than me a month ago when wasn't running at all.  and that's what counts. #keepitreal

last night i had about 900 steps to go to reach 10,000 and i seriously paced all around our house through the kitchen to the living room to the office to upstairs in the bedroom to the other bedrooms and so on until i reached it. this thing is motivating me and i love it. i love a goal.

i actually used to run a lot. moving to charlotte, all the cool places to eat, and people to meet kind of got in the way of my everyday run. but don't you worry, i'm coming back for ya. and one of my goals after the wedding is do to a half marathon. 

y'all here me? a half marathon. hold me to it okay? 

ok, now onto sleep. 

i knew my sleep patterns suck. to my knowledge, i know i wake up about 6-8 times a night tossing and turning. our new bedroom furniture has helped a crazy amount, but i still suffer from being uncomfortable due to my joint problems. but i had no idea it was this bad.

so you're basically telling me that i get a solid 4 hours of sleep a night. that is terrible. and puts me in even worse of a mood than i am when i wake up from the lack of sleep! 

i took a melatonin the other night to see if it was a difference and actually was "restless" MORE times that not taking it. it seems i get decent sleep when i fall asleep and then it's spotty anywhere from 1am-7am or so when i wake up. and i totally believe it. sometimes at night i see 3am, 4am, and toss and turn from 5:30a on. this just proves i'm being serious when i throw around "talk to me before coffee and you die." 

anybody else have trouble sleeping? anybody else use a fitbit? i'm loving it so far and can't wait to see the progress. for now, i have about 500 steps to go for the rest of the evening so stomping around the house i must...

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