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Sunday, March 02, 2014

OOOOHHHH! Now I finally get it. emoticon

I got a fitbit back in August of 2013. Since then, I've made personal goals to reach certain milestones. I was motivated and inspired by my friend Steve (Taichidancer) to push myself and find creative ways to get my steps in. I made other friends on the fitbit teams, and several of my sparkfriends from other teams are now my friends (and competitors) on fitbit. It has been fun watching their progress and comparing it with my own. Clearly, I was burning more calories than I had in a long time. No matter how you slice it, walking, dancing, marching and jumping will always burn more calories than holding down the couch. I just didn't factor in that some of those high stepping friends were working hard (like walking up stairs with a weight in a backpack!!) and not simply stepping.

Then I got my siblings on board. My sister, two brothers and my sister in law all got fitbits and we go to town. We are competing like nobody's business. I lost my lead to my baby brother (he'll turn 42 on Tuesday!). He had the most weight to lose of all of us, and in truth, it was for him that we all were pushing so hard. Since January 1st, he's lost 43 pounds. All he does is walk and watch what he eats. I should not say "all" he does...because it is truly fantastic that he is now my #1 fitbit friend (he actually PASSED Taichidancer!!!).

Now here's the "A-Ha"....since January 1st, I've lost 6 pounds. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah...he's a boy, I'm a girl. He's young, I'm almost 50. 6 pounds is fantastic. But 43 vs. 6 is something. So I head out for a walk with him (and my sister) this morning. I had to do his route. I needed to. He kicked my butt. I was sweating and huffing and puffing. He looks at me and said, "Brenda, if you don't sweat, you won't lose". Did I know this? Yes, of course. But I'd lost sight of that as I competed to increase my steps.

It brought to mind an article I'd read by Coach Nicole about the 8 cold, hard truths about exercise.

Exercise, and weight loss are not easy. It's work. You will need to sweat. You will need to get your heart rate up. Your muscles will need to feel it.

After our sweaty walk...I came home and ran on the treadmill. I got sweaty and happy and thankful for this journey with my family and you, my sparkfriends. I will now pay attention to my "active minutes" on fitbit. I will sweat everyday that I can. My head is now out of the sand...watch me go!! The plateau is about to be shattered!!
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    Wow! Great point!
    2390 days ago
    Great Blog, Bren! And just so you know, & I'm being COMPLETELY honest, I would of never guessed that you are almost 50! You do not look it at all! Your family must have one hell of a fabulous gene pool!! That is wonderful that your brother has lost so much weight & 6lbs is definitely something to be proud of plus I saw you lost another 3 so yeah, you are on fire! Keep pushing towards your dreams! You got this, Babe!
    Stay Positive,

    2429 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12242035
    emoticon What an awesome story! I think we all get comfortable sometimes and forget that we have to up the ante and take the next step. I totally believe you'll bust that plateau!
    2431 days ago
    there are so many things i love about this post. your closeness with your family, learning more about what makes you tick, the determination and motivation, the competitiveness... and you are almost 50, really?!

    Way to go!!!
    2433 days ago
    Great for you! 6 lbs is 6 lbs that you are no longer carrying around with you. Competition can be a good thing, just don't let the numbers get you. If he needs to lose more than you, he obviously will be able to take off more. I need to join you on that train and get back to purposefully exercising.
    2433 days ago
    That is emoticon Thanks for the A-Ha moment. I think I just got mine as well. You are the Best. And way to go baby Brother! (now get out there and kick his butt Tangie style) emoticon

    2433 days ago
    Great a-ha moment. My brother lives half way across the country and he is kicking my butt too, he has lost 50 pounds and gets 20,000 steps a day. I'm not sure I could keep up with him.
    2433 days ago
  • PGHP31CK
    Awesome!! Way to go!
    2433 days ago
  • JINX6543
    I see how many steps you take in a week and I look like one of those animated cartoons the moment I'm affixed to that number. You know, the eyes bulge from their sockets from springs and the tongue rolls out of the mouth and onto the floor. Some funny sound effects are piped in from nowhere.

    And now you plan to step it up even more? All I can say is that you are my idol! Sweat it out, girl! Sweat til your heart's content and your body begs for mercy!


    2434 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I prefer the ooo ooooh oooh moment
    but I'm glad you had your whatever it is . . . . I mean the aha
    2434 days ago
    Great job, Brenda.
    2434 days ago
    Good for you! A positive, cheerful blog -thank you!

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    2434 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    What a great aha moment! So glad that your siblings are on board and you guys are pushing each other to do better. That is so awesome!
    Keep on getting in those sweaty steps and I will keep on getting mine in too!
    So glad you are one of those that keep us all pushing to keep up the steps you get in!
    Way to go. Way to go on losing 6 lbs too. That is nothing to sneeze at!

    2434 days ago
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