Fitbit: Moving on for More Endurance

Fitbit

So, I went on a short trip to New Orleans before Christmas this year. However, the stress of packing, flying, and getting to the hotel was painful. So, by the time we walked a little over half a mile to the tourist area of the city, even my abs were on fire!

My in-laws have a timeshare and are letting us use the one in NYC this spring. This is a trip of a lifetime for me. However, I don’t want to ruin my next trip by crying when the restaurant for dinner is too far away. I want to see everything there that I want to see. I only saw a fraction of what I wanted to see in New Orleans because I needed to lay down. I was able to see my old friend, take a tour around Jackson Square, and go out for a fancy dinner. I missed getting to ride on the trolley, I didn’t get to go where the locals listen to jazz, I didn’t get to stay up late.

While my next trip is a few month away, I decided to go slowly and build up my stamina. If you want to be my friend on Fitbit, add backtocarolinablog@gmail.com – I love to see what other people are doing! I started with 100 steps my first day and I’ve added at least 100 steps each day. One day, I got close to 2k steps, when we went out to dinner and saw a movie, but another night, after a poor night of sleep I may only hit 500 steps. As of writing, my goal for today is a solid 500 steps. If I add 100 steps each day, by Sunday, January the 29, I should be walking 1400 steps a day.

My goal is to show myself grace–if I get up to 2k steps a day, but fall back to 500 steps, I won’t push myself to get right back to 2k. As long as I build endurance, I am winning.

In 2014, I used a Jawbone while I was working, and it helped me lose 30+ pounds! This time I just want to build up my core muscles and leg muscles. I wouldn’t mind dropping a few pounds.

And to get everything kicked off, I bought a new pair of running (aka WALKING) shoes and Superfeet inserts. I had been using the green inserts, but the people at Fleet Feet were super helpful and found inserts with the same support but they weren’t as thick, so I didn’t come sliding out of my shoes. If you aren’t familiar with Superfeet inserts, they are amazing. The green ones have the highest arch support.

asics dynaflyte womens

They shoes are NOT my favorite colors. I mean, what’s up with alllllll the crazy colors at the running store? However, I love the lightweight shoes. They make it super easy to have the support that I need.

fitbit alta

I ended up with the purple FitBit Alta. However, I’m not loving the purple band. If you have a Fitbit Alta, have you gotten replacement bands? Has anyone gotten the really big gold plated cuff? I’m thinking about it… I would just like something that looks nicer and doesn’t capture dirt within a week. I happened to have a purple manicure when I purchased this, but I don’t want to be stuck with the same nail polish color.

gold cuff

So, as I write this, I’m far behind in my goal of 500 steps for today. So, I am going to hop off and get ready to accompany my husband to one of those office stores to get a new chair in order to get steps tonight!

Leave me your tips on getting in steps when you literally have nowhere to go (don’t have a job, don’t have many reasons to leave the house, etc.), add me as a friend on Fitbit by looking me up via email backtocarolinablog@gmail.com, and if you have any NYC travel tips, I’ll take those, too! Especially, I don’t want to dress like a tourist, but I need to stay cool and keep my arches supported. Shorts and Adias sneakers? Dresses and Adias sneakers?

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2 Comments

  • Sara Blinder | January 23, 2017 | Reply

    I wish I had some Fit Bit tips or some NYC travel tips for you! I do love my Fit Bit though, I have an older charge but I’m hoping to upgrade to an Alta for my birthday in May. (Want to make sure I stay committed to using it for a while!)


    • Sarah @ Back to Carolina | January 23, 2017 | Reply

      I had a hard time deciding between the Alta and the Flex 2. I do like having a watch and seeing certain info on the screen, but I had a Jawbone Up for a long time that had no screen and loved the sleeker design. I kind of wish I had the Flex 2 just for the rose gold cover. I do like that Fitbit has more users, so I can compete with friends/my dad!
      I think that’s a great idea to see if you stay committed! I was totally committed to my Jawbone until 1. I started having an allergic reaction (even then, I tried covering it with tape) but then 2. I had my appendix out and the 6 months of diet and exercise to lose 30 pounds only took 3 months to gain it back. However, the medicine for my headaches and other health issues helped control my appetite and I’ve lost even more weight than I did trying (it took a lot longer, though!). However, I’m not giving up! I just joined Weight Watchers (meetings–not just online!) to loose my last 10 pounds because I realized that I had gotten close, but gained some back.
      I just hate that I’m close to my perfect weight but don’t have the energy to move. I will say that using my FitBit is helping, and I hope a healthier diet will help, too!


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