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Korvida

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  1. Ok so I didn't update Week 3, but that doesn't mean I gave up! I'm still here and still going strong, I've just been crazy crazy busy with work the last two weeks and have been very reliant on My Fitness Pal and my fitbit tracker to stay on track. I unfortunately don't really have time to look through the last couple weeks of data, but I can say that in the last month I have lost 6.5 lbs!! WOOOO! I would say that since I achieved my goal, hell yess levels ups! As a side note, I would say sleep is still a challenge, but the consistent wake up time definitely worked better than the must-go-to-bed-by goal. If I HAVE to wake up at 6, I feel more motivated to get to bed early, therefore I go to bed earlier. I got at least 6 hours of sleep per night most nights, and lots of times I was near 7. I had a lot more energy this month! I also definitely met my fitness goal of 40 minutes of activity per day. I would say that allowing myself to determine what those 40 minutes consist of based on my moods and calorie burn needs for the day gave me a good flexibility and changed it from having to work out to wanting to get moving/active. I would say 75% of my activity was just me dancing, cooking, cleaning and moving around my apartment. I didn't burn tons, or gain strength, but I got my steps in and burned enough to maintain the right calorie deficit. The next level for me would be integrating some strength training into this regime. I am thinking I may sit out the next challenge because I am not quite ready to step it up another notch. I would like to really establish these good habits before trying to add another layer of complexity. See you in a month, fellow rebels and good luck on your questing!
  2. Ok, Week 2! Diet Reduce coffee-with-cream drink at office to one per day, after that, consume only black coffee or herbal tea drinks - Managed this 4 of 7 days, B+Meet my MFP calorie intake goal 5 out of 7 days of the week - I only managed this 3 of 7 days unfortunately. On the days I did not make my 500 calorie deficit, I went over by no more than 500 calories, so I'll give it a CAccording to the scale, I lost about half a pound last week. Not a major achievement, but I always celebrate weight maintenance as well, so I'm happy with it! Fitness Meet my Fitbit activity goal of 5 active days per week - 6 of 7 days I was active for more than 40 minutes! A+ Level Up Your Life Wake up no later than 6 am on weekdays, and 8 am on weekends - I managed this for every day of the week, and my average sleep time went up last week! A+ Happy Week 3 everyone!
  3. Diet Reduce coffee-with-cream drink at office to one per day, after that, consume only black coffee or herbal tea drinks (round 2 - need to make this a habit!) Done: A+! Meet my MFP calorie intake goal 5 out of 7 days of the week (I have committed to a 500 cal/day deficit - on the other two days I will not eat more than I burn) Done: A+! ​I actually managed to do this 6 of 7 days when you look at the full net calorie situation for the week, so go me!! (I think I peeled off a bunch of water weight, but I went down a few pounds!) Fitness Meet my Fitbit activity goal of 5 active days per week (go for a 40+ min walk, use stationary bike 30+ minutes, cardio or yoga, etc) 6 days! BOOM! A+! Level Up Your Life Wake up no later than 6 am on weekdays, and 8 am on weekends (If I have not slept enough I will give myself a free pass on Sundays for a reduced grade, but I'm hoping to not need it) Actually very successful this week. I'm still a bit low on sleep, but averaging around 6 hours a night which is better than 4 or 5! I managed to get out of bed on time all days but Sunday (slept in til 9). Not bad! A!
  4. So my Week 1 is a little off from the challenge schedule, since last challenge I had a mini existential crisis at the end and changed calorie trackers. In the past I have not been much of an advocate of myfitnesspal, but I hadn't tried them in a while and I was really sick of the Fitbit app - especially since it won't display your calorie status if you don't "start a meal plan" in which they tell you how many calories you can consume. Since I gave up on letting Fitbit decide how much I can eat and since the calories in vs out display is pretty much central to their platform, the app became almost useless to me. I switched to MyFitnessPal for all calorie tracking and I am much happier with their app (it has come a long way since the last time I used it). The food database and barcode scanning capability is phenomenal and I am a total convert. I also really love the nutrition tracking abilities and data control. So much better than fitbit. I still use my tracking band for what it's meant for - fitness (NOT food), and also sleep. I still love the weekly challenges and the motivation it provides. I like the heart rate monitor. I think I've found my groove! AND booyeah - down 1 lb since last week! YUP - measurable success people! I've got a couple screenshots of my favourite summary features of MFP that sum up my week compared to my goals quite well: Full check-in details on Sunday!
  5. Ok so it is way past my bedtime (off to a great start, aren't I??) so I will throw down these goals really quickly and elaborate later as needed. Since last month's challenge was a mediocre success, I am tweaking the formula but going with the same basic goals. I will repeat what needed more work, and I will amp up the goals that I was successful in achieving. Based on my learnings from last challenge, here goes: Diet Reduce coffee-with-cream drink at office to one per day, after that, consume only black coffee or herbal tea drinks (round 2 - need to make this a habit!)Meet my MFP calorie intake goal 5 out of 7 days of the week (I have committed to a 500 cal/day deficit - on the other two days I will not eat more than I burn)Side note: I have converted to MyFitnessPal for food logging because it lets me delete the Fitbit's ridiculous calorie adjustments and helps keep me real. More discussions to come. Have you also had this experience?? Reply to this thread and let's chat about it!It's official: this round the goal IS weightloss. I'll start small, and while aiming for a pound a week, I'd take half a pound also. The point is that I'm sticking to the realistic calorie deficit and aiming to shed some weight! Fitness Meet my Fitbit activity goal of 5 active days per week (go for a 40+ min walk, use stationary bike 30+ minutes, cardio or yoga, etc) Level Up Your Life Wake up no later than 6 am on weekdays, and 8 am on weekends (If I have not slept enough I will give myself a free pass on Sundays for a reduced grade, but I'm hoping to not need it)As evidenced by the fact that I'm posting this at midnight, I'm clearly a night owl and I struggle with sleep like nobody's business. I'm hoping by forcing myself to get up early it will help create a more habitual routine that will have me falling asleep earlier at night (although chances are I may become prone to napping and narcolepsy... well, we'll see lol)
  6. Wrap up post: After giving it some thought, I decided this challenge is level-up worthy. I finished it, and I learned some stuff, and I improved - that sounds like leveling up to me! In reality, my main goal for this challenge was not really to lose weight, since I knew I was using something experimental for me. I really wanted to rebuild some habits I'd let go of, such as nutrition tracking, NF challenge participation, and getting as much movement into a day as I could. A lot went right. I maintained the tracking habits I wanted to rebuild. I got active. I went back to the drawing board and readjusted my nutrition goals and changed my data entry platform. I think I will do better next challenge and actually see results, now that I've shaken off the hypnotic effect of the "zone meter" in the fitbit app for calorie burn (which in reality is a GREAT idea, if it worked for me). See everyone in February!
  7. Wait, what?? Today is the last day of this challenge? Well, heck. Might as well wrap it up then I guess. Here is what happened during this last week: Diet Reduce coffee-with-cream drink at office to one per day, after that, consume only black coffee or herbal tea drinksSuccessful 3 of 7 days. (I slacked...) C+Meet my Fitbit calorie intake goal 5 out of 7 days of the week (I have committed to a 500 cal/day deficit - on the other two days I will not eat more than I burn)This goal is a complete bust, and that is ok. We live and learn, and the fitbit was definitely an experiment for me. As it turns out, the fitbit is poorly calibrated to my actual calorie burn (this is becoming widely documented, just google 'fitbit is making me fat') and it was saying I could eat way more than I should have and still lead me to believe I had stayed within my target deficit of -500 cal/day. I'm not saying this is true for everyone, but I am not new to the calorie deficit weight loss strategy and have had very good success with food tracking in the past, so I am quite sure this tracker is just way out of wack. I'm a mostly sedentary desk worker and I shouldn't be eating ~2000 cal per day to lose weight. That's just silly. But oh man do I love good food, so I let the app lull me into a false sense of security. Well, I'm awake now, and I really want to wear those jeans I haven't worn since summer, so Fitbit calorie burn readings, you are banished from my app screen!! I have reset the app to a manual calorie limit of 1280 and will only consider properly registered 'workouts' (walking, running, elliptical, sports, aerobics) as loggable calorie burn over and above that limit. However, removing the cal in vs cal out functionality from the Fitbit app really limits its helpfulness for me, so I decided to try MyFitnessPal (but oh gawd, how I hate ads and really don't want to pay for premium...) to log my foods, since I can delete erroneous calorie burn entries from the daily diary page. Phew. That was a long-winded update, but nevertheless, there it is. I'm looking forward to seeing how my augmentations work out for February's challenge! (I feel like I deserve at least a B final grade for my tracking diligence... even if I did allow myself to be fooled, lol) Fitness Meet my Fitbit activity goal of 5 active days per week (go for a 30+ min walk, use stationary bike 30+ minutes, cardio or yoga, etc)Rough week - 2 of 5 so far (I give myself until Sunday, and I will be trying to get in my last two days then... so let's go with A-) Level Up Your Life Go to bed 10 minutes earlier each weekThe fitbit does not lie... got to sleep before 11:00 1 of 7 days this week. Argh. Full on F. Will have to revisit this issue from a different approach to try to improve my sleep records! So overall I feel like I probably averaged something like a C+ for this challenge. I'm not super motivated to go and actually work out the final grade, but my instincts tell me it was not a smashing success. I think the biggest achievement was the fitness (for the most part). I got battered by life a little bit over the last month, but I did pretty well on that front. The Fitbit is definitely not a perfect device, and I will say I am sad that it is not reliable or useful for tracking calories even remotely accurately. However, it still has tons of value in terms of motivation, and I like seeing my steps and sleep. I still think the heart rate monitor works just fine for my needs, and the fact that it auto-recognises exercises is helpful to me. I take the time the Fitbit recorded and enter it into MFP (which usually gives a lower and more realistic calorie burn, especially for walking, I'm noticing) and I can still use the fitbit to help me keep track of how much I actually did. The device still has plenty of value, and perhaps the company is working hard as I write this to fix the calorie issues, who knows! Anyway, it's ok Fitbit, I forgive you lol. Congrats to everyone who made it to the end of their challenges successfully and see you in February!!!!
  8. Ok, I've been very naughty! (Well, more like busy and tired, but no matter). This is Week 3's (belated) summary: Diet Reduce coffee-with-cream drink at office to one per day, after that, consume only black coffee or herbal tea drinksSuccessful 3 of 7 days. (Bit of a tough week) C+Meet my Fitbit calorie intake goal 5 out of 7 days of the week (I have committed to a 500 cal/day deficit - on the other two days I will not eat more than I burn)Success on the 4 of 7 days goal.. technically. This goal is a bit of a bust - I will elaborate in my Week 4 post. (Grade changed to IP for In Progress lol) Fitness Meet my Fitbit activity goal of 5 active days per week (go for a 30+ min walk, use stationary bike 30+ minutes, cardio or yoga, etc)Got 5 out of 5! Nailed it!! A+! (Very proud of this aspect of the challenge --> being part of a fitbit challenge group has been awesome motivation) Level Up Your Life Go to bed 10 minutes earlier each weekThe fitbit does not lie... got to sleep before 11:10 2 of 7 days this week. Argh. If I want to commit to a healthy life I really need to get real about this issue. It's probably even more important than weight loss since being tired pretty much sabotages everything else I try to do right because I am such a zombie all day. Damn being a night owl! D- Ok so this post was pretty late... the Week 4 post will be coming shortly and I will summarize a major conclusion I have come to about the fitbit's limitations and how I have planned to mitigate them for the next challenge. Hope everyone is still kicking ass and taking names at the tail end of this challenge!
  9. Phew! This has been a pretty decent week so far, actually! I won the fitbit workweek challenge (100k + steps, dayum!) and kept my calories in deficit all week, so there goes that 5 of 7 goal, kicked right out of the water! Same as the exercise goal - time to pig out, right?!?! no? dang! Well, I'm definitely going to enjoy my full calorie allowance today at least, if I feel like it. Right now I've got some insanely delicious-smelling homemade granola in the oven. Get this - Vanilla Almond Coconut Granola infused with Cream of Earl Grey tea. Aw yess. My stomach is rumbling it smells so good lol.
  10. Hi everyone, another respawner here. I'm a Warrior Guild flunkie trying to find a sustainable path to a lower weight and better fitness. Just stopped in to say hello! Toughest part of my challenge has been the sleep... I either get too much or not enough... I also get the winter blues and tend to sleep too much, which leads me to sleeping in and then not being able to go to bed early.. quite the vicious circle indeed. I have a bit of a winter habit of trying to video game my way through it. You know I have no desire to face the cold wintry world when I'm rewrapping Fallout 3 for like the 3rd time lol. *Sigh*
  11. Week 2 - Complete! Some ups and downs this week. Here's the breakdown (thankful for the fitbit data this week!) Diet Reduce coffee-with-cream drink at office to one per day, after that, consume only black coffee or herbal tea drinks Successful 4 of 7 days. (I got some awesome gingerbread cookie tea and it just had to be enjoyed properly... lol) B- Meet my Fitbit calorie intake goal 5 out of 7 days of the week (I have committed to a 500 cal/day deficit - on the other two days I will not eat more than I burn) Success on the 4 of 7 days goal.. overdid it on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. On 2 of the 4 days I was 50 cals over, which apparently is not a super big deal so I'm just going to roll with it. Let's say this was a B+ category this week. Fitness Meet my Fitbit activity goal of 5 active days per week (go for a 30+ min walk, use stationary bike 30+ minutes, cardio or yoga, etc) Got 5 out of 5! A+! Level Up Your Life Go to bed 10 minutes earlier each week The fitbit does not lie... got to sleep before 11:30 3 of 7 days this week. Argh. (this one is really tough!! and technically this week it was supposed to be 11:20, and in that case it was 1 of 7 days...) I'm gonna have to say this is easily a D- if not an outright fail lol. Well, my fitness success managed to drag me out of a full post-of-shame for Week 2 lol. I definitely need to start getting to bed earlier. Problem is, I luuurv sleeping in on weekends, so I've pretty much already sabotaged my sleep for tonight lol. It is a vicious cycle. An equally difficult, but likely more effective life goal would probably have been "Get up by 6 on weekdays and by 7 on weekends" lol. I may have to try that one instead, next challenge. But for now, onward! I hope everyone out there in Rebel Land had a successful Week 2!!
  12. Not really challenge-related, but I need to celebrate this cooking achievement somewhere: 1 freaking awesome, not-stuck-to-the-damn-pan-again fritatta cooked perfectly in a badass cast iron skillet! I can't even express the magnitude of the awesomeness for me, because I swear I can make non-stick sticky. I can make butter stick to non-stick. I'm a walking disaster in the kitchen when it comes to everything sticking to everything else. Lol, that's exaggerating a tiny bit, but still. So without further ado, check out this gorgeous and hella tasty accomplishment!
  13. I use the fitbit calorie counter. I never really liked MFP so never really used it for more than a day. Don't ask why, it just didn't jive for me. I'm suspicious of my fitbit's accuracy since a person of my height and weight at sedentary activity levels has an estimated calorie burn of give or take 1700-1800 cal per day. I mean, if I do absolutely NOTHING all day, that is what the fitbit says I burn, which makes sense, but even on a very lightly active day where I do a lot of sitting at work it will often say I've burned upwards of 2000-2100 which seems very high to me. I can't imagine driving my car and prepping dinner/doing dishes burned an extra 300. Maybe it did. I am still definitely calibrating my body to the numbers I'm getting, but I'm glad to say I haven't gained any weight (big deal over Christmas lol) and I am starting to consistently see the lower end of my weight range on the scale (it fluctuates a lot) so I think I'm going in the right direction. Just need to add fitness back in there again!
  14. Baby steps! You'll get there! First week is always a tough adjustment. Better to work up to something than jump in head first for the first 3 days and then fizzle out for the rest of the challenge (a typical New Years Resolution pattern for many). Glad to hear your back is feeling better! Can I ask what the pain is caused by?
  15. Week 1 - Complete! Wow that went by fast! Here's what happened: Diet Reduce coffee-with-cream drink at office to one per day, after that, consume only black coffee or herbal tea drinksSuccessful on all days but Friday. For whatever reason, I needed that second pick-me-up. A-Meet my Fitbit calorie intake goal 5 out of 7 days of the week (I have committed to a 500 cal/day deficit - on the other two days I will not eat more than I burn)Success on the 5 of 7 days goal.. overdid it on Thursday and Sunday. I wanted to do 7 out of 7 to make up for lack of exercise being sick, but oh well. I'll say A for meeting this goal at least. Fitness Meet my Fitbit activity goal of 5 active days per week (go for a 30+ min walk, use stationary bike 30+ minutes, cardio or yoga, etc)Got 3 out of 5. B - Level Up Your Life Go to bed 10 minutes earlier each weekThe fitbit does not lie... got to sleep before 11:30 3 of 7 days this week (might have been in bed before 11:30, but likely tossed and turned a lot and didn't sleep til late). Argh. C- Well, this has been a so-so week. Shaky start with the cold. Getting healthier again. Got on the scale this morning and was sad to see NO change in weight. Might be because I was ill, or perhaps, as I suspect, my Fitbit app lets me eat too much. I'm happy I'm not gaining weight, but I really want to see some progress, so I may have to start ignoring what it says I can eat and aiming for that scary low of 1300 calories per day (at a sedentary activity level, more if I'm active, of course). I'll give it another week of following the recommended deficits based on what it thinks I burn, and if I again see no change, it'll be time to re-evaluate my food intake in conjunction with my fitness regimen.
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