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You may remember from my The Scale Said What post that I had regained a large portion of the weight that I previously lost. After I bought running shoes, arch support inserts, and got a jogging stroller, it was time to upgrade to the Fitbit One. It’’s time to get fit.
Well, you know the old saying, popularized by the story of the tortoise and the hare? Slow and steady wins the race. Well, my journey to get fit has definitely been slow. It has also been steady.
I started counting calories again, wearing my Fitbit One, started running, and trying to be more active in general. I started doing more stairs. Even when I don’t have to. I get a badge on the Fitbit site for 10 flights. I also get one if I hit 25 flights, then again at 50 flights. I try to hit at least 10 flights daily. I’ve hit 25 quite a few times now. I’ve only hit 50 twice, and it was really two sets of 25 on those days. One of these days I will hit 75.
As you know, I purchased my first Fitbit in 2011 and have worn one ever since. I <3 my Fitbit. The Fitbit One has all the cool features of my older Fitbit Ultra. It can track steps, miles, stairs, calories burned, etc. My favorite new feature is that I can set it to alarm silently. Since I wear mine clipped to my bra, it gently wakens me when I want to get up to run!
On the days that I ignore that silent alarm, the kids and I have been going to the park. I ignore the alarm a lot. The park is two miles from home. The short way. While they ride their bikes, I walk/jog/run according to whatever the voice in my ear (my C25K app) tells me to do.
When we get to the park, I am generally WORN out and just want to pass out on the bench.
The kids are just getting wound up, though, so we play. Whether it’s tag with Sister or Parcour with both of them, I try to do whatever their little hearts desire.
When I can.
This week my shins have been hurting., so I’ve had to rest my legs for a bit before I can play with them.
I’ve managed to cut my pace down to an average of 12 minutes per mile IF I keep it to 2-2.5 miles. If I do the full 3.2 miles, my pace jumps up to almost 15 minutes per mile. Dude, who knew a third mile could be so hard?
Like I said before, this time around I am taking it ten pounds at a time.
As of Friday, my #fitstats show that I just have 2.5 lb to go to my first goal of being under 190lb (as you can see, I’ve made friends with my Fitbit Aria again). So far, I’ve lost it the good old fashioned way, consuming less than I burn. I haven’t added any supplements like I had thought about. Haven’t decided against it, just not sure I want to spend the money when I may need to get compression socks for shin splints. Ouch.
Tell me about your journey to get (or stay) fit!