Ok…time for a mid-year check-in. Yes, believe it or not, as of midnight tonight, 2014 will be 6 months down, six months to go. Heavens to Betsy! Remember those resolutions you made back in January? How’s that workin’ out for ya?
Now, we must admit…each year, by about January 31 (or before), we usually can’t remember whatever it was that we resolved to do in the heat of the moment as the ball dropped in Times Square just a few short weeks earlier. (Sound familiar? We thought so!). Well, we have discovered yet another “perk” of blogging…we now have a published record of all that we have shared with our fellow belles…including any advice that we might have given about diet and fitness (two MAJOR themes of the typical New Year’s resolutions, duh)
One such post had to do with the Fitbit fitness bands we started wearing at the beginning of the year.
We were loving the friendly competition the bands had inspired in us and we were intrigued by the information we were suddenly able to gather about our bodies and fitness routines. And, guess what? We are still going strong! Our goal was to become AWARE…we wanted to know how many steps we got in a typical day, how far we could push ourselves (at the end of a 20,000 + step day, we are dragging!), how efficient our bodies are at burning calories, how restful (or not) our sleep is each night…
– It takes petite belle about 15 minutes to fall asleep…and once she’s out, she’s out!
– sadly, even on a very active day, we don’t burn as many calories as we thought…we now know that little treats are wonderful…we just can’t go overboard (good to know!)
– we have walked around 2 million steps and covered over 800 miles on foot since January
We now know all of this and more! Armed with all of this information…and being accountable to our Fitbit friends, we are ready to tackle the body changes that seem to come as we age (yes…belles DO age…they just try to do it as gracefully as possible).
So…you still have half of 2014 ahead, belles. It’s not too late to revisit that resolution and accomplish that goal!
Go for it, belles!
I stopped making resolutions a while ago, in favor of making plans. I feel like 99 % of people have the same NYE resolution, in different forms: live better. But without a way to get there, it’s more like a hope.
I think the fitbit is a pretty good example. Just wearing one makes me aware of all kinds of stuff that was easy to ignore without one. And knowing just how active I am and how many calories I take in … is a strong motivator. We’re having a friendly competition at work that revolves around activity trackers, and I’ve been “cheating” by going on long hikes. (The scenery is a big distraction, you can’t help but walk 10 miles, putting your steps through the roof.)
Forrest, you are so right! We especially like the friendly competition it provides, and we are loving the updates. Our only problem is when it doesn’t sync or has to be charged, one of us in particular ( the tall one) refuses to move until it is fully functioning!! If I ain’t get tin’ credit I ain’t movin’!! We love a good distraction and there is a lot of that in your beautiful neck of the woods!!
Btw… Us belles could just stick one of you pics in front of our noses and walk a marathon!
I have a few more I haven’t put online yet but they’re kayaking pictures, so no help there.
I’m like ‘the tall one;’ I’ll get home sometimes, change into more comfortable clothes, forget my fitbit (I have the “one” model) in my other pocket, and then when I realize I’ve been moving around without it, I curse myself and feel like it doesn’t count. But on the whole I like it. I do a lot of hiking and cycling, and I feel like I’m an active person. But I can be pretty sedentary at times, too. They just don’t stand out as much in my memory as the active stuff, so I wind up giving myself too much credit, which makes it easier to make excuses for Indian food with cream sauces.
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