Month: April 2016

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. 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! Today, I changed my daily calorie burn goal from 350 to 400. I have been achieving my 350 calorie burn goal for 15 days...

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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. Failure is NOT an option! #TheHow #HowILoseIt @LoseItTweet This 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. I now have a personal trainer helping me who pushes me and advises me. Her guidance is 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...

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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...

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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. About 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...

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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.   Don’t stop, address blocks & continue on your Journey. It’s not a failure unless your quit. http://wp.me/p1Hvs5-1fF @LoseIt #TheHow Tweet...

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