Category Archives: Fitness Tracking

Diary of a fat kid “Put Up or Shut Up”

“Put up or shut up” seems to be a new motto for me in this fresh New Year. I’ve told myself that if I want to do something just shut up and do it. Well I finally did that two weeks ago as I took my PT test at Golds Gym to enter their “12 Week Transformation” contest and oh boy, was I surprised. Now realistically, I know there is someone out there that will probably smoke the hell out of my performance, but I still plan on giving it my all as a commitment to myself. This challenge is more about making a commitment to my family and friends to make 2017 a healthier year for the wife and I.

I know in years past, I’ve kicked off the New Year with the intentions of a healthier New Year only to find out shortly into it I’d stray from that path and continue my old ways, but not this time. That PT test and body analysis left me with a look from the outside, and I’ve gained a new perspective. I took a before picture that I may share down the road but currently I don’t feel comfortable doing. But, I will share my numbers.

 

My PT test on 1/9/2017 revealed that I was 245 pounds and 35% body fat. Now there are many who know me that will say I look good, but I now have confirmed that I am not ok. Heart attacks, diabetes and over obesity all pretty much run in my family. You may say that obesity is not genetic, but when raised in a house where its common place you’d say different. Raised in a house where you always had access to candy, ice cream and any sweets you wanted and were never denied or moderation was involved. I’ve become that adult with a sweet tooth like you wouldn’t believe (just ask the wife).

One thing is for certain… This Fat Kid is on a mission in 2017 and has his target set so watch out.

Reunited with my fitbit

April 2013 I managed to do the unthinkable, I lost my fitbit. While attending Generals Cup 2013 the device managed to slip off of my belt and was lost forever. Totally distraught about losing it, I prepared for the worst, actually having to fork over the money for a new one. Proceeding to fitbit’s site to customer service I found some information I thought I’d never see. One of the options to choose from on the form was lost device so I contacted them via email. While totally planning on having to buy a new one to replace it I figured it was worth a shot and had nothing to lose. Within 24 hours of supplying them with my proof of purchase information I had a response and tracking # for my new replacement device. Needless to say I was happy about not having to spend another $100 but I was prepared to as I love my fitbit. One of my concerns was what about all my data I had previously tracked and I was glad to hear I wouldn’t lose any of it. Once the new fitbit arrived it was so easy to sync the device to my existing account and literally took me about a minute and I was back up and tracking. The 2 week period I was without my device I felt like something was missing. I know it’s weird but even having it just that short time before losing it I can’t imagine going through the day without it. The whole customer service experience from fitbit was excellent and I never had any problems. It was unfortunate that I had to contact them, but in the end it was all worth it and I feel a lot better knowing I chose to purchase the right product.

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Have you ever lost or broken a device? How was your customer service experience trying to fix or replace it?

Memorial Causeway and Fitness

Living in Florida we have the luxury of having beautiful weather about 90% of the time which I’m now learning to take advantage of. Cardio is key to fitness and who wants to be strapped to a treadmill when you can be out exploring and enjoying the Florida weather, so that’s what the wife and I have decided to do. Some of you may know but in April she’ll be doing the Iron Girl Half Marathon which involves two bridges. Many people say “Oh no big deal it’s just a bridge” but for those who run can tell you, they are far from it. The wife wanted to mix it up a bit and train for her upcoming half marathon by involving some Florida scenery along the Memorial Causeway. We decided on the Memorial Causeway for many reasons which include location, the fact that it’s one of the bridges she’ll be running next month, length and the incline. Those features mixed in with the gorgeous scenery make for some great times and excellent cardio.

So what I’ve found out is inclines are no joke and an excellent way to help increase your cardio and overall fitness. The wife is using them to help with her half marathon training and I’ve been using them to help improve my cardio for paintball. The rundown of our bridge cardio was very simple, we wanted to go over and back three times in an hour. The total mileage for this after picking our start/end point totaled 3.77 miles. Attempt number one brought us a time of 58:05 which given the fact it was our first time and were trying to gauge how we would handle it. Keeping in mind this is a run/walk activity I feel the number was fair but we always strive to do better.

The second attempt seemed a bit easier, not much, but a bit easier. We found we were able to run a bit more at a slower pace but we were still running. After everything was said and done our time came in at 51:16 so we managed to shave almost seven minutes off of our previous time. We found the incline running to be a bit easier, not much but just a little bit. Needless to say we were pleasantly surprised when we saw this change in our times.

Our most recent attempt seemed harder for me personally, but then again I hadn’t done any cardio in over a week. It’s funny how it takes forever to get into shape but only takes a short time to fall out of shape. With that being said the wife and I were able to finish this time in 49:01, which means we were able to shave off a little over 2 minutes off of our run/walk for the week. Every trip seems to bring us the results we strive for and I’ve had others express interest in joining. Every trip back seems to bring us closer and closer to reaching the cardio fitness we both desire. Although we have different end results in mind, the road to get there is still pretty much the same path.

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What have you been doing to increase your cardio? Do you or prefer the gym or exploring the natural sites of where you live?

Less is More

Well with week two in the books with my fitbit I’ve found out less is more. In comparison of the two weeks, week one had 11000 less steps yet I managed to burn about 800 more calories. The comparison also showed a difference of 5.4 miles (week two had the higher miles). The report also showed that I had a thirty-four floor difference in the two weeks, the second week having the increase of course. Although it’s been recording more sleep time for me I’m still finding myself feeling tired and run down. Last week I did manage to gain a few badges that include ten floors of stairs, twenty-five floors of stairs and my fifty mile badge. It’s pretty amazing to sit back and look at the numbers, of which I was totally unaware of. If you’d ask me how much I thought I’d walk in a week I would have thought maybe a couple of miles, not the twenty plus that I’ve averaged over the last few weeks. While I haven’t been using my fitbit to track my food intake I have been trying to track my water intake and track weight loss. What did I take away from my two week comparison you ask? While my miles were up, my calories burned were down and water consumption is still not where it needs to be. I plan to try and make a conscious effort to increase my water intake and also start to take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. I’m very curious to see how these two little things change the numbers… For better or worse.

 

Fitbit Week 2

 

Do you track your weekly miles walked and nutritional needs? If so, how and do you find it to be beneficial?

My New Partner

A few weeks ago I sat around wondering exactly what my daily stats were so I went and researched different activity tracking devices. I ended up buying a fitbit one as it had all the features I was looking for. The overall size of the unit is fairly small and I honestly forget that I’m even wearing it. The unit stays charged for days and will generally recharge in a couple of hours. Well after a week of using it, I realized I wasn’t drinking enough water. This really didn’t come as a surprise to me but the ability to track my meals and water intake quickly pointed this out again. The other thing I hadn’t realized until I saw my weekly report is how much walking I generally do in a week’s time. While the unit links up with my PC it also links up to either my iPhone or iPad as well. Between the 3 devices it’s constantly monitoring my total steps, total distance, floors climbed, calories burned and also sleep duration (although I only tried it once for the first week). Looking through the report was a real eye opener as I didn’t realize how much unintentional exercise I was doing and not recording. In the next few weeks I hope to have more to report on the device but for now I’ll leave you with a screenshot of my 1st week’s report. I was a bit under on some of the categories but know where I lack and what I need to improve on in my day-to-day activities. This will be the beginning of the many changes to come in order to make me a better player on the field and better person off the field.

 

Fitbit Report

 

Have you tried any devices to track your day to day activity? How did they work out for you?