My Lifestyle Change Journey

My Lifestyle Change Journey

My journey started in November of 2015. Two weeks ago I joined The Gym Pittsburgh and enlisted a personal trainer, Laurie. I have been following her instructions, including a meal plan and new workout routines.

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I have lost 10 pounds in the two weeks that I have been training with Laurie at The Gym!  She pushes me to try harder and expand my comfort zone. She teaches me the right way to do exercises so I don’t hurt myself. Learning how to use the equipment keeps me safe and ensures that the exercises are productive. If I did these exercise on my own and don’t know the proper way I can get hurt. I also wouldn’t get the results because of bad form which Laurie monitors and teaches me. I feel having Laurie is a huge value to my journey. She is a partner in helping me do the right thing.

I am changing my lifestyle. I am making it a habit exercise every day. This week I lowered my treadmill distance a little and added the rower to my routine. I meet with Laurie twice a week and she targets specific areas. Yesterday was CORE and shoulders. I was using ropes while doing planks! I couldn’t believe I did that!

26634295162_a8a4b4683a_oToday, I changed my daily calorie burn goal from 350 to 400. I have been achieving my 350 calorie burn goal for 15 days now. I didn’t want to go to far because I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I believe in small achievable goals that push myself.

My calorie burn is based on exercise above and beyond what my body burns just from living.

The How

I find using LoseIt.com a huge help on my journey. The community of people are friendly. We motivate each other and work together to achieve our goals. I set goals on LoseIt that I monitor. Not only weight goals. I have goals for Sodium, Protein, Sugar, Carbs and Fiber set. I also added goals for my waist and bicep size. Add this in with weigh in pictures that I track on Evernote and I have everything I need to help myself. I do not meet all of my goals, but I watch them and learn from what I am doing.

I go to The Gym as often as possible, sometimes for a short walk on the treadmill, sometimes for a full exercise routine with Laurie and sometimes for a class. I love the yoga class which helps me keep myself in the moment and stretch and recover.

I am part of a Facebook group that has a community of friends all working on this journey. This is another huge help on this journey to learn and motivate me.

What works for you?

Why do you want to change your lifestyle?

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Failure Is Not An Option #TheHow

Failure Is Not An Option #TheHow

I started this journey in November of 2015. I have been logging everything I eat. I have had several slips and falls. But I keep getting back up and trying again. Failure is NOT an option. A journey is an adventure and a challenge. You learn from your mistakes and adapt and make adjustments.

I have found that logging all of my food is a huge help and keeps me accountable to myself. This journey is about me and only me. I post about my journey to further my accountability. I learn from others, celebrate other’s success and am motivated by them. I struggle at times because I am changing my lifestyle. I try to push my comfort zone as much as possible.

I have found some very useful tips and articles by reading The How published by LoseIt. I set goals for myself that are realistic and measurable. I don’t totally restrict myself, if I did I would not succeed. I reward myself as I reach my goals. I am feeling the difference in my body and mind.

26312069430_9158fbf8ca_oI now have a personal trainer helping me who pushes me and advises me. Her guidance isTheGymPittsburgh_logo helping me move to my next level. Now, I not only walk but I have strength training as part of my regular routine. I try to have at least of 30 minutes of activity every day. I use the Apple Watch app to monitor to my daily goals with fitness.

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Success tips for my journey #TheHow

Success tips for my journey #TheHow

I have found some tips that make my journey more successful and I would like to share them today.

Menu Planning

As a family we sit down weekly to plan out our menu for the week. This helps with out food budget as well as eating more healthy. We write out what evens are happening during the week so we can plan our schedule and meals. Then we work on meals that are healthy and sometimes quick. We like to have our  children involved in this weekly planning so they help choose meals and also understand that there will be meals they may not like or that we want to try. Menu planning is a valuable part of my journey.

Fruits & Veggies

We try to use more vegetables and I try to fill my plate with  good veggies. We love to substitute spaghetti squash for pasta! Also, keeping more fruit in the house and available helps me from going after any junk food that may be found around the house.

Exercise

I love to walk! My family and I go for walks outside when it is nice but I also joined a local gym. I try to get every day and get some miles in on the treadmill. I also try to push my comfort zone, the only way to make a difference is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. It never hurts to try and afterwards it feels good.  I keep trying to change things up and I see nice results from that.

Eat Mindfully

I have mentioned mindfulness several times in these posts. I really believe that makes a huge difference. Being mindful and in the moment keeps you focused.

Mindful eating is not a diet. It’s about experiencing food more intensely and really enjoying what you eat. – from The How

My success tips above are basic, I think most people would know them already. But there are so many more. I find that reading The How gives me ideas and also helps me plan out each of the tips to be more successful.

What tips do you have? I would love to hear them.

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Staying With Apple Watch over Fitbit

Staying With Apple Watch over Fitbit

I have been a Fitbit user for many years. I started with the Ultra, then moved to the One and progressed to the Surge. Fitbit has built a wonderful platform and really has mastered the social aspect of fitness. Fitbit’s use of gamification is something that other companies should look at as a model.

25247104095_c34e98de5b_zAbout two months ago my wife and I decided to purchase Apple Watches. We considered waiting for Fitbit’s Blaze, but both wanted to try the Apple Watch.

I was missing the social aspects of Fibit, the challenges that are available and other gamification available. So last week I purchased a Fitbit Blaze and was going to sell my Apple Watch. My wife said she was staying with the Apple Watch.

After a few days with the Blaze I decided to stay with Apple Watch. I have noticed some very large variances in the accuracy of the Fitbit tracker. On a treadmill I am noticing 1/2 mile difference on a 2 mile walk. I noticed this on multiple times. I have found others that experience the discrepancies also. When I walk on a treadmill I move my hands just like walking outside. I do NOT hold on the treadmill handles. I have compared this with both the Apple Watch and Microsoft Band 2. Both do not have the same inaccuracies. This is a huge failing point on Fitbit, if you put the device in your pocket as is sometimes recommended it works out. But the devices have heart beat monitors so putting them in your pocket defeats the purpose of the heart beat monitor.

Another big difference I noticed between the Fitbit (both Surge and Blaze) and Apple Watch is comfort. I feel that the Apple Watch is much more comfortable on my wrist and doesn’t get in the way. The Fitbit devices have a clasp that seems to rub and the material is not as comfortable.

26397965465_f6320c5b89_bSomething that I noticed about the Activity app on Apple Watch is how the goals are displayed. Three rings are provided: 1)Move, 2)Exercise, 3)Stand. Apple Watch does not set goals on steps, it does count your steps but concentrates on calories burned from fitness. This is actually harder to achieve than just your step counts. Also, the Exercise ring has a goal of 30 minutes daily. The 30 exercise minutes are tracked and the device learns how your exercise and pushes you to do more but giving you minutes for more difficult minutes. As an example, I do 40 minutes on the treadmill, this does NOT count as a full 40 minutes of exercise all the time. I have to have my heart rate at a certain point and it also learns my activity so it doesn’t count exercise minutes that I can do more easily. This sounds strange at first and frustrated me when I didn’t reach my goal, but it makes reaching this goal more challenging.

These are the two reasons that I am giving up on Fitbit and staying with Apple Watch. I would love to see Apple or a third party, even Fitbit add challenges and gamification to the Apple Watch. Even a paid app from Fitbit would be wonderful.

As I thought about which device to keep, I considered the above issues that I encountered as well as other features offered on each device. The app store on Apple Watch is full of many useful apps. I use Day One for journaling on a daily basis, this is only available on the Apple Watch. LoseIt has an Apple Watch app that lets me look at my calorie intake and nutrient summary from my wrist. With the price decrease on the Apple Watch it makes the it more affordable and with the additional features and accuracy of the activity tracker it increases the value.

I am curious if which device you prefer and why?

 

It’s a journey. Keep trying. #TheHow

It’s a journey. Keep trying. #TheHow

I don’t usually post twice in a day, but I had to write this additional post after thinking about my weigh in.

I am on a journey to lead a healthy lifestyle.  A journey has failures and successes.  Don’t worry about the failures, just learn from them and move on the journey.

Looking at my weigh in today I was upset.  I know I ate bad the last few days.  Hospitals and stress does that.  I gained back even though I had a great exercise yesterday!
I looked at my weight a different way and see I am quickly removing my last goal.  
Looking a little further I see that this is a small bump in the my journey, not even visible.  I have to stay focused and keep pushing my comfort zone and being mindful of what I am consuming.  

Don’t stop, address the roadblocks and continue on your Journey. It’s not a failure unless your quit. Look at The How for help on continuing your journey.