I’ve been wearing my fit bit, security tag style for a couple of months now thanks to hubs and his ingenuity.
There are two kinds of information you get from the Fitbit app. Firstly the raw data and secondly the information it gives to you in the form of ‘insights’.
So according to the gizmo, I now know that in an average week I walk 8000 steps per day and burn 2000 calories. I’m in bed for 8 hours per night but it thinks that I’m only properly asleep for half that time.
I can see that my worst days for steps are when I have an office day at work, my best days are when I’m busy at home. My very best days are those when I go for a walk or run- but there have only been 2 of those since christmas!
The insights it has shared with me really centre around the sleep issue. It has told be that people of my BMI often get less sleep (because poor sleep leads to weight gain and vice versa) and sends me top tips about doing more exercise, drinking less alcohol and not eating before bed time. (It doesn’t know what my eating and drinking habits are!) To be fair, I can see that more sleep correlates with more activity- but is that because one has more energy for exercise after a good night’s sleep, one sleeps better after exercise, or a bit of both?
Does it help?
Yes, I think that it does help. Honestly I had no idea of how different a day sat at the desk (5000 steps) and a day of housework and shopping (20,000 steps) were. So now I do feel more motivated to do things to get my step count up! I try to take the stairs and when I can only get a parking space in the furthest possible point from the office, I just think ‘great I can get some steps in!’.
More recently the sleep has been nudging up and I think that there may be a correlation with exercise.
I’m taking things gently on the exercise front. I’ve signed up for a weekly yoga class which I’m enjoying. It’s surprising how much progress you can make in the space of an hour! At the beginning of the class, if we do say a cobra pose, (above) I can barely lift my chin off the ground, but by the end my back arches comfortably and I can lift my whole chest up. Sometimes I find I’m a bit wobbly trying to hold a pose and the next day I will feel it in my muscles! I don think know if that is ‘good’ because I’m using muscles that I don’t normally and so I’m building strength in them, or ‘bad’ because I’m tensing them instead of ‘relaxing into the pose’. Of course, in the ethos of yoga I dare say there is no good or bad, simply what is and the important thing is to be aware and learn…… I’d be interested to hear what you yoga buffs out there have to say on the subject!
I’ve managed to go a whole week without a run. Next week I have a busy schedule too so I don’t think that I will be able to get another one in. However, 1 yoga class and 1 run per week is much more than I have done for the last couple of months, so if I can keep that up as the minimum it will be a good base to build on. Mind you, it’s the 10k in 11weeks!
Today I put my trail shoes on and decided to run down to the river. There is a small suspension bridge across the river which has been closed since floods a couple of years ago. I was disappointed that I couldn’t even get down to the river because someone had blocked off the pathway with wood and barbed wire, so I had to follow my nose and take a cross country route instead. There were signs for the ‘Ribble way’ so I followed those. I eventually found my way back home but was surprised to find that I’d only gone 3.5 miles! It was good running weather, 2*C, bright and dry, the mud was frozen to a nice firm texture underfoot! It was a bit chilly in the wind though. Lots of walking breaks natch.
Weight is steady, no gain, no loss.
Trying to separate carbs and fats in meals is not easy to do – especially if you are trying to avoid processed foods- it takes planning. So an up and down week which included a binge on liquorice allsorts (picture to follow for the non british – I don’t think that Bertie basset is an international traveller). So the remainder of the day includes a plan to make a batch of ratatouille for the freezer.