Wednesday, April 16, 2014

activelink vs fitbit; weight watchers vs myfitnesspal

Interesting observation this morning -- Remember how enlightening it was when I first got my Weight Watchers ActiveLink?  Specifically, it took quite a bit of movement for it to start showing points -- which makes sense considering how sedentary I am at work for most of the waking day.  I actually liked that about it as I realized I was over counting activity points.

Switch to the fitbit step tracker with manual entry of steps on an "All Day" basis in my Weight Watchers tracking.  I had thought that this would be effectively equivalent since it's taking a full day of activity (or inactivity in my case) into account.  Not so.  For the last 2 days I had activity levels that I know wouldn't have registered points with the ActiveLink and I ended up with 3 and 1 points extra per day, respectively.  This is calculated on Weight Watchers step tracking.

To further add to the comparison (and confusion), on MyFitnessPal (which, yes, I'm also tracking this week for comparison), I still got no "calorie adjustment" as my activity wasn't sufficient to get there.  That's more in line with my expectation.

I know I'm a numbers geek but this bears watching.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

baby steps . . .

Monday training run - 1.07 in 21 min
Pace: 19:35


Yes -- I got a run in (not just walking) and it was under a 20 min pace.  I know that's not all that stellar on the accomplishment scale but it's more than I've been doing and I'll take it.

Yesterday was a good kick start for my motivation, too, as the new design for the Wine & Dine Half medal came out and it's reminiscent of the original (my favorite medal ever).  Also, the training plans for Disneyland were spotted online and there are some cute graphics with them (Dumbo, Stitch) -- remains to be seen if these are previews of medals but it's pretty cute stuff, if it is.  (Must not get swept, must not get swept...)

Baby steps are steps in the right direction.

Monday, April 14, 2014

looking for the click . . .

Last week, I tried to track (calories) with in conjunction with my new fitbit.

It didn't go very well.  The tracking part was easy for the calories messed with my head.

I like a lot of the app's functionality.  It does a really good job remembering what I've had before so tracking is very easy.  Additionally, the database is so much more robust than Weight Watchers (probably because users are constantly adding brand foods -- where WW mostly has what they've gotten around to adding.)  And of course, it syncs very easily with the fitbit.

But calories . . . They're kind of a bummer.  Because MyFitnessPal is more black and white (are you over or not?), there's none of the mental trade off that WW PointsPlus allows (i.e., you have a pool of extras for the week and you can add more with activity, which you choose to use or not use).  I do like that better. With MFP, I felt like a failure most of the week when I went over -- and it didn't matter if it was by a little or a lot.  Over is just over.  Not a fan.

WW step log -- Why is this only accessible from the desktop
tracker and not from the apps?
So this week's plan:  Flip back to WW and points but pair it with manual step tracking from the fitbit.  That's probably going to be annoying, especially since the step counter on WW's is only accessible from the desktop version, not the apps as far as I can tell.  What's that about?

I'm determined to find the right combination for me.  I know it's out there.

Friday, April 11, 2014

outside the box . . .

Another fitbit badge!  And apparently rolling hills count as floors.  Well alright.

Those of you that have been with me for a while know I'm not the most spontaneous girl -- I like to have a plan.  But yesterday, my friend J invited me to join her and another friend for a walk after work when she saw my fitbit post.  Get those steps in!
My first response was 'won't work today but maybe next time if you let me know ahead of time' but she didn't take no for an answer.  'We're just walking.  If you have shoes in the car, you can come with us in your work clothes.  We're not going fast.'

And I realized that 1) I did have shoes in the car (sadly no socks though -- ow) and 2) I also had a big bag of tech shirts (including my size) in the car because my run group kickoff was this week.  Hmmm.  And work was workable for leaving on time.  No excuses.  So off I went to meet them.  J wanted to do 4 mile (eeep!) but I only ended up doing one loop of 2+ miles and, yes, it took an hour walking (a bit warm in jeans and a bit painful in no socks).  But it was an accomplishment in both steps and breaking out of my self-imposed boundaries.  

While work is not always going to be conducive to spontaneity, I'm going to keep more than just sneakers into my car.  Add that to my To Do list for the weekend.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

baby steps . . .

Monday training run - 0.89 in 18 min
Pace: 20:03

Back to run group last night (finally!)  I haven't run in something like 3 weeks -- way too long but I was trying to let my knee rest up.  It was a bit tight but hopefully that will work itself out.

I've had the fitbit for a few days now.  It's a LOT harder to get to 10K than you'd think, especially when you're not, well, walking around much.  (I'm ridiculously sedentary during the work day -- I know I should get up and walk around more but there's just always so much to do...)  

Anyway.  I was interested in see where I'd end up with my little run last night.  Woohoo -- my first achievement.  I went over 5K steps for the day.  I know many of your seasoned fitbit peeps out there are shaking your head and smiling indulgently at my little hurdle but, hey, it's a start.  :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

a tasty treat . . .

Last night's new discovery was Bolthouse Miso Ginger dressing.  I tried it with broccoli slaw and Trader Joe's fat free feta.

Super yummy!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

spring season

Spring Kickoff for my Weeknight Galloway group was last night and we had a great group -- so exciting.

I know I've said it before, but it's always so fun when a new group starts -- returning friends, new runners, new motivation.  It's all good.  And it's spring -- a great time for new beginnings.

If you're in the ATL, come check us out.

Monday, April 7, 2014

fitbit, part 2

I've decided to give the fitbit another try.

I tried it a few years ago and basically didn't make it through a weekend.  Difference now being that I used the Weight Watchers ActiveLink for a year before discontinuing for a variety of reasons (diminishing motivational value and the $5 monthly fee being primary on the list) and like the idea of an activity tracker -- just not that one.

I'm not sure if this will actually kickstart my motivation but I do know I have a bunch of friends that really love it and the wireless sync is a big plus -- unfortunately, it's not with WW but it does work either with its own tracking program or MyFitnessPal.

So . . . back to tracking.

Friday, April 4, 2014

the land of yellow cars . . .

We are just swimming in pollen here in the ATL.  

I've been a little under the weather and haven't been able to decide if I'm getting a cold or the pollen is just bugging me.  I'm leaning toward pollen.  We're supposed to get rain this afternoon and then a beautiful weekend -- hopefully that clears things up a little.

Between the cold and the hot and the pollen, it's a wonder that any of us run outside. 

What do you do when the pollen count is high?  Does it impact your run schedule?  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

the short walk

I don't even have Garmin numbers for my super short walk last night.  It was a truly beautiful evening in the ATL but my knees were having none of it!  Made it about 5 min in and I was toast.  I've been icing and that helps.  Hopefully return to more normal work hours and a little rest will bring them around soon.

It was good to see my group though -- I've missed them.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

april fools!

Ok, so I inadvertently took April Fool's Day off yesterday.  (Blame work crazies...)

But I'm back now and a little caught up . . . on some fronts . . . and am getting a plan to get back in the groove.

Run tonight will probably be a walk but I'll be out there.  And new group kicks off next week. Yay!

Monday, March 31, 2014

walking and walking and walking . . .

OK - I'm back from Spring Break and my target early-2014 races are all run.  I definitely had some slippage on all fronts -- training, consistency, weight and food. Walking around WDW last week was tough -- Add the damp and the knees came back from vacation pretty unhappy.

But in theory, the 1st quarter crazies should be mostly behind me and I can get my head back in the game for Spring.  No crazy plans -- just a resolution to get back on track with both running and food.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

spring break continues . . .

I'm happy to say I got in a LOT of walking yesterday. No Garmin distance but it was miles and miles.

I'm expecting to do the same today.

Happy Thursday, peeps!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

spring break

Seriously?? And no, Snow Coat did not make the trip with me.

But I know the cliche -- a bad day on vacation is better than a good day at work.

Time to start getting my walking on for the week.

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