Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fit. A Bit at a Time?

FedEx came through (I paid for expedited delivery) and delivered both boxes today.  It took a bit of finagling to get everything set up, but it's working and stats are being generated.

I guess I'm just enough of a geek that I like data.  Data means a clear picture of where I am.  And once I know where I am, I can choose to change what I am doing in order to get myself closer to my goals.  I have done this over and over again in terms of my weaving.  It is now time I do this in relation to my over all health.

Actually, I am about as healthy as I can be right now.  What I'm actually looking to do is to become more comfortable in my body.

As I mentioned in a previous post, health and aging issues have seen an increase in my body weight.  I knew I weighed too much but seemed powerless to peel some of it off again.  Since my weight has been stable for the last four years (including all through chemo - the clinic staff were so proud of me, not losing any weight while I was disappointed, hoping for at least a 10 pound reduction!) I figured the only thing left was to take a much more analytical look at caloric intake/output.

The Fitbit will hopefully give me the information I need to increase my output while decreasing my intake.

Truth to be told, I don't even have a 'hard' goal in mind.  I just want to lose some weight.  Take some of the load off of my feet, knees and hips.  I want to feel comfortable in my body again, like I did 40 pounds ago - although I will quite literally be happy with 10 pounds off.  I'm not looking to crash the weight off.  I also know that increased muscle may mean no decrease in actual weight - which is why I bought the Fitbit scale - it tracks % of body fat.

The bad news is that while I knew my body fat ratio was poor, I didn't realize just how poor.  :(   So my goal is to work on improving that, even if it means no actual change in the number of pounds I weigh.

I do have a goal in terms of when I would like to have lost 'some' weight - for the next Big Project in May.  If the project doesn't materialize that's okay.  There is many a slip betwixt cup and lip after all.  But feeling more in tune with my body?  Priceless.


Sherie McManaman said...

Go for it Laura! I have a FitBit and it's a great help in getting a real picture of just how active (or inactive)you really are. I use mine all the time. Good luck on your journey to a healthier you. I'm on the same journey.

Laura Fry said...

Yes, a journey, indeed. :) Good luck on yours.