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November Goals.. Fit... Foot and Sleep

Friday, November 30, 2012

November Goals: My "week" schedule will run Sun-Sat

Fitness - Begin some cardio - exerbike/dogplay-walk 3x/week
Stretching - 5x week/ 20 min minimum

Nutrition - Get in my Magnesium and Selenium requirements 5x/week
3 Freggies a day

Personal - When the Fitbit arrives - get it up and running and tagged to Spark
Start a sleep diary to examine sleep hours/issues

I only met 2 of my goals for this month. I did purchase the Fitbit Zip and it is linked to SP. However, I am not a really big fan of it for a couple of reasons -
-daily walking around, just doing normal stuff - gets logged on SP as Fitness Minutes which they are not for me. I log exercise for fitness minutes. Thus I got a 500 fitness minute award.... emoticon but it was just steps in any normal day.
-the second thing about Fitbit Zip, I'm not crazy about is - it clocks an exorbitant amount of calories burned. It is no where close to what SP logs as calories burned. Some days it logged more calories burned than steps taken........
- the third thing I dislike is that to see yesterdays results I have to hook into a piece of technology to see that... I'm not all that "technology wired" so this means I can only see yesterday's results via a laptop/desktop as I do not have a cell phone that accommodates applications.

So I might have to "unlink" them - in order to get what I count as true Fitness minutes. I'm kinda wishing I had bought the one that also tracks sleep.

I have logged my sleep hours all month. I work Night shift - so some days I sleep ALOT. The SP sleep quiz says that we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Well that works out to be 49-63 hours each week. Although my sleep tracks from 2 hours to 16 hours - I averaged 57-61 hours a week. This fits with the recommendation and I was surprised!

the other goals were not met mostly because I lost track of ... tracking. I have been caught up with foot/heel pain - it's consumed most of my thoughts and time over this past month. Deciding about an MRI vs a 2nd opinion and finding pain relief... etc..

The foot - I did have a 2nd opinion on the foot - seems like I have some structural changes happening to my foot and heel that will require a specialty shoe and then eventually surgery if it worsens. I'm certainly in no hurry for a foot surgery. So I am nursing the foot daily and making plans to buy new shoes.

As for the other goals - I'm counting them as unmet - because truthfully I can't go back and accurately figure out each day for each of those. I would say a definte 60% met - but missed tracking for a few stretches of days at a time.

For today - I am trying to get in the Christmas spirit - usually for me - I start with scents and lights. Hope it works!

Thanks for checking in and reading.

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    I'm sorry to hear about your foot pain, that can make a person cranky and sad. Maybe you need a really big "Happy Light"!
    I have a FitBit and I really like it. I don't don't pay attention to the calories burned part, but I like the sleep tracking and the activity tracking. Most of the walking I do in a day is my walk with my dogs and that is very accurate. One thing I was very surprised by in the sleep tracking was how many times I wake up a night and how much that cuts down on the actual sleep I get.
    I hope you can get your special shoes for Christmas!
    3145 days ago
  • KARA151
    A good pair of shoes is worth the investment.
    3155 days ago
    That bit about the Fitbit is very interesting. That may be a dealbreaker for my purchase of it; I never thought of it over calculating things that way.

    Sorry that your foot is still acting up. Hope you can get the right shoes quickly!

    For Christmas spirit, I am all about the music, baby! I made a station on Pandora for it, and one of the radio stations here has started their 24/7 Christmas music. Woohoo!
    3158 days ago
    Seems you are doing great and getting things done... even if you forget to track them sometimes!

    It's all in how you perceive it.
    3158 days ago
    Kudos to your tracking and maintaining awareness of your daily choices. Love the tumblr line! :-)

    3158 days ago
    I unlinked my fitbit from SP because of the same reason. It was saying that I burned a lot of calories, then SP said I wasn't eating enought. Ahhh! I still track my calories burned on SP. I think it's more accurate. I wish Fitbit/SP linked only very active minutes.

    Good luck with your foot! I hope it works out.

    Sending some spirit your way.......... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3158 days ago
  • NCSUE0514
    Love that last quote
    3158 days ago
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