FitBit!

I have recently been introduced to the FitBit.  It was a gift and it is super fun!

You all know I am a fitness/health guru.  I am constantly trying to find the best workouts, chiseling muscle routines, healthy eating plans, and diets.  Through all of this I have become a healthier person.  I no longer think that I will be prettier if I am a size negative zero.  I really only thought like that for a year a few years ago.  I now know that I have a 10-15 pound range and both ends are very healthy.  One end may be more muscle and one more thin, but both are ok.   I know what I need to do to be my healthiest, I know when I don’t do that, accept it and start new the next day.  I have plans on using my interest in these areas to become a personal trainer.

Enough of that ramble.

Even though I have come to this realization for me, I also know I need accountability so I don’t go crazy with laziness or gluttony.  😉  The FitBit is great for that.  It keeps track of everything!  I can track my calories burned and eaten, how much sleep I get and its quality, my activities and how many steps I take in a day.  I am currently around 13,000 steps a day.  🙂  You can also link up with friends and have a healthy health competition.

I highly recommend this for EVERYONE.  Such a great gift and tool and toy.  🙂

Check out their website.

http://www.fitbit.com

weekly update

I did not weigh myself this week or do my measurements.  I still fit in my clothes…even my smaller size ones, but they are a little more snug.  I have had quite a few food reactions and have ballooned up and down.  Feeling yucky does not inspire me to check the scale and feel yuckier.

I was doing elimination diet and then my doctor wisely advised me to just do gluten free, BUT ALAS I still reacted and I think I may have a corn issue…which includes corn starch and corn syrup.  So, I am now back to elimination diet, because the possibilities could be corn, gluten or nuts.  We will see.

Hoping that I can get it figured out and start posting my stats again soon.  I know they can’t be horrible, but I know they aren’t great, and I know I feel like they are horrible because of the crazy food reactions.

Any corn or gluten wisdoms are much wanted and would be greatly appreciated!

🙂

Weekly Update

Here are the stats for the week:

So I finally lost a pound!  Crazy it took so long…and then I celebrated, so probably put it all back on.  Oh dear.

BMI is now between 20.3 and 20.6 pending on the scale.  🙂

Body fat is now between 14 and 23 %, which is the same as last week but more are closer to 14 than 23.  🙂

I am happy with my progress, hope I didn’t ruin it completely and hope to make more progress for the next update.

In similar news…

I have been dancing around giving up artificial sweeteners for awhile.  I know they are bad for you.  I know (no matter what anyone says) sticking all those chemicals inside of your body is not okay.  I have rationalized my consumption of them, because they are low calorie and make me think I am full for awhile.  So, this week I got rid of the diet soda (again, I have done this before) and I am hoping to give up gum as well.  I even gave up Egg Beaters unless they are purely egg whites there is no reason to eat eggs from a box that is filled with 25 other ingredients.  I know I will still have artificial ingredients in certain things, but baby steps work better for me than cold turkey.  The binge monster strikes when I go cold turkey on anything food related.

I have also been playing the size game…I have my size goal, but what is that really?  I do wish there was an accurate size system across the board.  I ordered pants this week following the company’s size chart and ordered 2 different sizes.  Both sizes fit…normally.  How does that work?  The size number has gone down in current years.  It isn’t that people are thinner, just that the measurements for a size 10 in the past are the same as the measurements for a current size 2, I believe.  On the flip side, while I know there is a great deal of vanity sizing there comes a point when the concern of it all has to stop.  There has to be more newsworthy information than making people feel like they are thinner or heavier than they really are.

My 2 cents on that long sidebar…if you are concerned with size, make a measurement goal and a weight goal for yourself.  If you want to, you can even make a body fat percentage goal for yourself.  Unless  I am mistaken I think tape measures are still right on the mark.  😉

But, if you still really want to know some info…I researched some this week.  H and M seems to be the most accurate in terms of measurement and size.  Their size 2 is about 23.5 inch waist with a 33 hip and size 4 is about 25 inches in the waist with 34.5 hip.  Size 4 at H and M is a size 0 at Dockers and a size 1 at Old Navy.  The Gap has a size 0 at 24 inch waist and a 36.5 inch hip and a size 2 at a 25 in waist and 37 inch hip.  I think H and M is most accurate, because I think that very few women should be in a size 0.  Realistically it isn’t healthy for most, with the exception being if you are in a vanity size 0 which could be a 4 or 6 in normal sizing.  I am much more into measurements than size these days, but was in an A-Type mood, so thought I would share.  😉

Oh yeah…one last little tidbit from the week…I overworked my back and shoulders a little bit, which is really pathetic since my arms are not very strong, but alas…anyway, Icy Hot patches are amazing!  Love them!  🙂

Be back next week for another update.  🙂

Here we go…

Alright readers…here we go.  I have mentioned more than once on my war between eating and being healthy.  I am not overweight, but have some areas that need attention.  Over the last year I have started being healthy and fallen off the wagon a myriad of times.  It could happen again, but I am hoping with posting my progress on here that it will keep me a bit more accountable.  No matter what my weight or size I need to be HEALTHY.

Sooooo…at the moment I am at the highest weight I have been (other than when I was pregnant)…nope, not saying what it is.  😉  I know some is muscle, but not as much as I would like.  I will say that my goal weight is 115.  This is huge for me as my goal weight once was 105 pounds and it was achieved, but not healthy.  115 would be both healthy and not crazy.

I am going to lose it slowly…trying to form good habits along the way…I once had them and lost them.  😦  I am determined to get them back.  Plus I know that with my lifting regimen, it will be slow losing weight as I build muscle which weighs more than fat anyway.

My plan is add yet another category to the sidebar and post my progress, struggles, exercise routines, etc.  If you want to join me in this quest, welcome!

I cannot believe I am doing this for anyone to see, but, if it helps keep me accountable, it is worth it.

So…today was my first day to try to be healthy.  I ate about 1500 calories.  I really should be under that for my size and weight, but it is much better than the amount I have been intaking.  After training, my body is having a hard time decreasing the caloric intake.  I have not yet done my workout for the day, but am about to do a weight program, some thigh work with a band and a bit of cardio after that.

In the future I will hopefully post after working out and so can give a more detailed synopsis of the day.

Food today included a protein shake, a lot of fruit, veggies, scallops, almond butter, a slice of cheese and egg whites.

Will be back tomorrow…hopefully tomorrow will be successful, as well.

 

200

Welcome to my 200th post!  I had taken a little break from the daily blogging to spend some quality time with family and such.  But now I am back for my 200th post (plus a couple extras a snuck in right before adding this one).  And so that being said here are some things that I have learned since blogging, not because of my blog, but just because God is allowing me to learn and I am blessed by Him!

* God is more than enough!  Of course I have known this for awhile, but He continues to remind me gently, and yes boldly sometimes, that He is the center of everything and I only need Him, His approval, His blessings, His gifts.

* Family is everything (after God).  Again, something I have known, but as each day passes I cherish more and more the moments with my family…immediate and extended.  These are the people that live life with you and the people that share the best memories with you (along with the hardest struggles)… and the people I hope to spend eternity with someday.

* Some of my friends are as close as family and so all that I wrote in the previous paragraph applies.

* Stuff is burdensome.  Again, already known, again, each day I realize more and more.  I want to instill in my kids right now how silly stuff can be…but they are so young.  I loved my family when I was their age, just like they love theirs, but they do love their prize possessions as well.  I hope they learn (and really know) earlier than later that their most prized possessions are Our Lord and Savior and the people He put in our lives.

* My body is what it is and if it changes, it doesn’t change what is inside.  This is an enormous lesson learned…and still being learned.  I am not a big person, but I have my areas of complaint physically.  I have gone down and back up 20 pounds in the last 3 years, but I was ok before losing the weight.  Now that I am back up, even though I know I am ok, I still struggle with wanting to be less.  I am battling the fact that I can eat almost anything I want and stay at the size I am at now, which is not a bad size, but may not be the healthiest choice in the world.  OR I can eat a lot less and go down a size, but I would look a little better and be a lot healthier.  Being an active person tempts me to want to just stay at my size, so that is my daily struggle.  Wow…see you can tell I am still learning, but at the end of the day I know my husband loves me either way, I am pretty healthy either way, and I should be working more on changing the inside of me.

* It is just as hard to change the inside of a person as it is to change the outside and it is SO MUCH more important to focus on the inside.  Old habits die hard and are not easy to forego.

* Only the red ICE drinks explode when you open them…the others don’t…why is that?  (I had to throw something light in my life lessons rambling…but it is true).

🙂