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In November 2013, I embarked upon a magical journey to a previously unexplored area of my personal fitness – step tracking. Having witnessed some really positive results from a friend who lost a bunch of weight combining a Fitbit Tracker integrated with MyFitnessPal, I decided that I should get one of these nifty devices. My friend has the Fitbit One, and when he demonstrated that you “grow a flower” when you’re very active, naturally I was sold. I, too, decided the Fitbit One was the way to go, and ordered one for a bargain $80 on Ebay.

Fitbit Display

While there are a few different Fitbit options, the Fitbit One works for me for a lot of different reasons. First, I am not a jewelry person. I can’t even spell it right I wear it so infrequently (thanks, spellchecker!), and when I do wear it, I tend to fidget it with it a bit like an obsessive nutcase.  A wristband would just make me more mental than I already am, so the Force and the Flex were out. The Zip doesn’t track sleep or flights of stairs, so the One was really the best tracker for me. I’ve yet to use the sleep tracking functionality of the Fitbit, as you have to slip the One into a special wristband and wear it to bed, and although we’ve already covered that things like that drive me nuts, allow me to paint you a clearer visual picture: Oh look, it’s me, probably around the ripe young age of 21, coming home from a drunken fraternity/sorority bender, managing a small win by using the toilet correctly, but the whole time plagued that I can’t get the cuff bracelet off my wrist. This situation devolved into me slumped on the floor of the bathroom stall frantically picking at the clasp and mentally freaking out, all thumbs from too many Busch Lights. Luckily my roommate was always very helpful, not only in opening the kitchen with her set of president’s keys for drunken late night mini corn dog and taquito fests, but also in jewelry removal. Seriously, the thought of having to wear a bracelet to bed – first world horror. That being said, I am curious about my sleep patterns.

But back to the Fitbit – ah, this thing rocks! It counts all my steps, and you know what earns you steps? Mmmhmm, yes, walking, BUT also step-tapping and step-kicking while you’re drying your hair in the bathroom! And walking in place like a weirdo while you’re talking to your co-workers! And making up dance moves while in your underwear in the privacy of your bedroom!

Fit Bit One Tracker

Can’t hit 10K steps lounging on the couch watching The Real Housewives

The Fitbit syncs with your computer and your smartphone (unless you’re like me and you’ve got a very old smartphone), and provides you with a sweet dashboard to track your activity. The Fitbit One tracks steps/total distance, total calories burned and flights of stairs climbed. It also knows when you’re very active (i.e. dancing like a crazy person in your undies), or just lightly active (weirding out your coworkers by marching in place). On the dashboard, you can add friends who also have Fitbits and see where you stand in the step race. Fitbit gives you a goal of 10K steps a day (you can change your settings at any time), and as of February 4, 2014, I’ve hit that goal every single day. Hitting that takes some work – 10K steps for me is roughly 4.5 miles, and you can’t really achieve that lounging on the couch all day. You’ve got to get up and bounce around, circle the conference room table a few times every hour at work, walk a mile and half in negative temperatures with frostbitten thighs, do some Leslie Sansone Youtube walking videos, etc… Basically, my new motto is “I’ll do anything for a step”, which is slightly more fitness-ly empowering than “I’ll do anything for a donut.”

Fitbit Dashboard

Fitbit Dashboard

Along with accurately tracking your steps, you can integrate Fitbit data into other apps, which is very helpful. I did a very scary thing when I got the Fitbit – I went off WeightWatchers, a program/lifestyle I’ve been living since 2007. Don’t worry, I still PAY for Weight Watchers Online because I’m an idiot, but I’ve been using the Fitbit to integrate with MyFitnessPal to count calories and shed some lbs. The Fitbit syncs up and tells MyFitnessPal how many extra calories you’ve earned (i.e. how many extra calories you can EAT!), and that has been super exciting and awesome because it’s science and food, my first two loves in life (except that first one). I have to admit, calorie counting is going a little bit slower than Weight Watchers did, but things are moving in the right direction. I’ve lost 6 pounds since the end of January, and am hoping I can up that when meteorological spring finally catches up with the date on the calendar. I’ve actually only had a chance to run with the Fitbit once outdoors since November. You know, cause I basically looked like this everyday of this polar vortex-y winter:

Commuter in Chicago Winter Weather


So here’s hoping I can continue to hit my 10K step goal everyday, and I’ll hit you back with another post on the logistics of using My Fitness Pal with Fitbit integration. Uh…someday. But, for right now, I can tell you that I LOVE my Fitbit, and can’t really imagine life without it. It is very motivating for increasing your daily activity, aka – “growing your flower.”

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After a slight mishap with some baby Butterfingers, and a paltry loss followed by a paltry gain, followed by another paltry loss on November 2 (down .2), I’m once again back on track. I’ve been tracking and logging all my Points into the Weight Watchers food tracker (I am paying $12.95/month for this service, might as well use it once in a while), and I’ve also been logging my runs and workouts into Map My Run. Here’s the lesson portion of this blog post, kiddies – hard work pays off; I’m down 1.8 lbs, which def. warrants an exclamation point! My pants feel much less like they could burst at any given moment, which is encouraging.

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Somehow, with my busy life (watching every Real Housewives franchise definitely counts as busy), I forgot to update my weekly weigh-in last week. I ended up losing .8, and then this week I gained .6. So, overall, down 4.2. Don’t at all foresee good things in the future for next week, but that’s another story…

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One Pound

And there you have it! Down 1 pound this week, for a total of 4 pounds lost. Still up .2 pounds from my low on September 21, but not bad. I went camping with my parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle over the weekend and we did a lot of walking, and I got some running in there. We also did a lot of eating…pancakes, eggs and sausages for breakfast, washed down with room temperature Tang and a few frosted blueberry strudel bites for good measure. Hey – the blueberry bites claimed they had “healthy antioxidants,” so I assume I blasted a few pre-cancerous cells just by consuming those. I’m sure one day I will be lauded for my scientific research in these matters.

In other news, Hedgeapples (or Hedgeballs, as my family and I call them) were plentiful in the park we were camping in.Hedgeapples I hear they’re supposed to keep spiders away, but I didn’t pick any. Probably should have. There was a friendly spider crawling up my bedroom wall when I got back. Ugh. Cute story – my mom and I were walking through one of the trails and some kids were playing in the woods. One of the little boys ran up to us, carrying a hedgeball and said, “Look what we found…Boogers!!!” It was awesome.

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Weight LossIn an amazing weight loss triumph, I managed to lose .2 pounds this week. Yes, that’s point-2, not an actual 2 pounds. Wow, what glory.

Let’s examine my progress:

September 14: Down 2.4 pounds

September 21: Down 1.8, total 4.2 pounds

September 28: Fell off the wagon face-first into a mountain of Home Run Inn pizza and Pei Wei. Luckily a giant cinnamon roll cushioned my fall – up 1.4, total 2.8

October 5: Down .2 pounds, total 3 pounds.

Ok, so I’m still up 1.2 from September 21, but down 3 pounds overall – not terrible. Weight loss is not a race, as my diet buddy sister-in-law points out. She writes poems occasionally, and is the current poet laureate of getting skinny. Look at this awesome poem she wrote, entitled

An Ode to Weight Loss

My belt is now on its tightest loop
If it wasn’t for that my pants would droop

My calves have really started to burn
I keep telling myself it’s no cause for concern

I’m not hungry all day long
Hopefully I’m not doing anything wrong

My body is changing to a new shape
Which no longer makes me want to wear a cape

The treadmill beckons me to train
And it doesn’t feel like such a strain

My goal: shirt buttons to the top
Still a bit tight though, so it’s no time to stop

I think of food both day and night
But I’ve learned to keep it out of sight

Soon I hope to shrink a whole size
And then you will see the joy in my eyes

Skinny me is on its way
Hopefully my mind will stay to play

Thanks to my Sis in law for all the help
And for not making me eat stuff like kelp

I could not take this journey without you
I hope you feel the same way too!

Now who wouldn’t love to get that in their inbox during the day?!? I just have to add a few lines to it…

I started writing this blog to divulge
my endless fight against the battle of the bulge

Every pound lost is like 3 pounds for your joints
Oh man, to lose that weight I’m going to have to track my Points

In order to get skinny I’ll have to limit my eating
but skipping the afternoon office treats can feel quite defeating

I sometimes wonder if my roommate imagines doing me bodily harm
when I try to work out in the morning, but keep hitting snooze on my alarm

I’m hoping when I’m done, my pants will feel loose
Did you know there’s 110 calories in just one cup of juice?

I’ve got an awesome sister-in-law that is my diet friend
and I know we’ll be on this weight loss journey, together, until the end.

Now if that doesn’t make you want to subscribe to my blog, I don’t know what will.

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As predicted, I was up this week. Fatty (that is my nickname for myself –Elephant on Scale endearing, I know) really enjoyed herself at that Cubs game (I started with an entire half a Home Run Inn pizza for an appetizer), chowed down on Pei Wei and wrapped up the weekend with a cinnamon roll the size of a Volkswagen at French Meadow bakery in Minneapolis.

I was not surprised that I had gained weight, but I was only up 1.4 pounds from last week. Overall I’m still down almost 3 pounds, and I’m pretty sure I can get back into fighting shape this week. I’ve been doing well with eating this week, I’ve got workouts planned and I’m going to try to be conservative with food over the weekend. Hopefully I’ll have better results for you next week!

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