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Fitbit Update

I’ve been reading exercise blogs lately, and they’ve very boring because they’re too centered on the writer so I’m going to try and write a more interesting one.  I’ve been using the Fitbit since March and I’m slowly making progress.  The Fitbit generates an activity score, which is a measure of how sedentary the user is.  I was super active in April because I had enough time to add weightlifting to my schedule a couple of times a week.  Last month I finally exceeded my April score by biking or running to work consistently and being more diligent about using the elliptical at night.  During the week I average about two hours of exercise a day.  During Friday and Saturday I’m not nearly as active.

 

 

My diligence is very slowly paying off, but at least I’m continuing to lose weight.  There wasn’t much change between May and June so I became more determined to lose weight.  The stats on this graphic say I’ve lost 12.6 pounds, but at the end of July I’d lost 15 pounds.  Maybe the website averages your weight loss per month?

 

 

What’s worked best for me (and should not be construed to be advice for you) is replacing cereal in the morning with yogurt, eating a somewhat healthy lunch, replacing my daily habit of eating a candy bar in the afternoon with fruit and eating a salad at night.  When I splurge and eat a more substantive dinner, I really need to make sure I get on the elliptical for an hour that evening to counteract the calories.

 

This is sad to say, but the only way for me to lose weight is to spend part of my days hungry.  Women are supposed to limit their calorie intake to 1200-1500 calories per day and that requires being hungry.  You can eat more than that, but to lose two pounds a week, you need to burn an excess of 3500 calories, which is a deficit of 1000 calories per day.  So if you eat 2000 calories in a day, that means you need to burn 3000 calories in a day.  If I push myself, I burn 750 calories in an hour on the elliptical and I’m not burning many calories during the day at my desk job, so you can see how the math works.  This has helped me stop snacking because everything is measured in terms of how much I have to work.  Sure, I could eat that candy bar, but that’s equivalent to my 35 minute bicycle commute.

 

I have ten pounds to go before I’m satisfied, and another ten pounds after that if I want to be ambitious.

6 Responses to “Fitbit Update”

  1. tess says:

    Nice work! I’m trying to lose weight too. The stress of getting a loan and then of moving seems to have been really helpful, ha. Time for me to start regular workouts again though. Fitbit sounds cool. I’m going to check other out.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks! I always thought people were going into cult mode when they say that they feel better after exercising and eating non-processed foods, but it’s actually true. I have more energy now.

  3. You are the 2nd person I heard about the FitBit from. I’ve been thinking about getting it. But then I’d have to use it. And then I’d be forced to get off my tookus more. 😉

  4. Elizabeth says:

    They say that journals are the most effective weight loss tool because you have to be accountable. But there is some tookus work involved, for sure.

  5. Kathy Walters says:

    Elizabeth, try veggie soup to feel more full. I can share a recipe with you if you need one. You might even get me to try fitbit if you keep writing about it. I use simple tracker on the
    Weight Watchers website-sometimes.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I should be more diligent about eating veggie soups. We have a local grocery store nearby where they make their own soups and have a nice variety. It’s especially great in the summer because I hate using the stove and heating the house up.