After my few weeks of pure crazy, things are starting to settle down and the routine of life is returning. Get up early, kids off to school, work all day, workout, help with homework, dinner, football practice, dishes…rinse, repeat. Busy yes. But its our routine.
This past few weeks I’ve come to appreciate having the right tools to get the job done. In my day job, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without a good computer, the internet, Adobe products and Starbucks (especially that last one). Its the same with fitness, I’ve decided, and I’m seeing the effects of having the right tools at my disposal.
Here are a couple of my irreplaceable tools…
Pro Form 785 EX Treadmill
This was an awesome find a couple of years ago for $200 on Craigslist. I know treadmills get a bad rap sometimes but I love that I have no excuse to not run. I can do it any time, night or day, no matter what the weather. Also, I’ve started running with my girl Stephanie one day a week, so Im not exclusively using it.
Tanita Body Fat Monitor & Scale
Someday I’d love to get a medical scale. You know, the kind you hate to step on every time you go to your doctor’s office? Last week I had an inkling that my scale was off when I did my weekly weight check first thing in the morning (in my birthday suite). After getting dressed in my running clothes and shoes and eating breakfast, I had a doctor’s appointment and weighed less than I did a couple hours earlier. I know…that’s what I said! So I did my own little calibration test of weighing two 5 lbs dumbbells and learned my scale was off by 4/10 of a pound…in my favor! So check your scale…it may not be as accurate a tool as you think.
Jillian’s 30 Day Shred
I’m still loving Jillian’s 30 Day Shred. And still on Level 1. I do it two or three times a week on the days I dont run.
My Net Diary App
I saved the best for last. Last week I decided to start using the My Net Diary app again. I’ve used it in the past and its a great way to get a bead on your caloric intake. Its absolutely amazing to me how easily your intake can creep up slowly but surely, but suddenly you find yourself consuming twice as much as you need to be. And that’s no exaggeration.
When I used the app last spring, I lost about 10 lbs. just by tracking everything I ate. I didnt incorporate any exercise (which was stupid). When I started, I was eating around 3000 calories a day, when I should have been eating about 1500-1600 for my weight, height, age and activity level.
I won’t always use the app, Im certain. The goal is to begin to learn what 1500 calories a day (or whatever your number is) looks and feels like. After two weeks of using it again, I can very closely estimate what my diet “costs” in calories each meal.
So on to the regular stuff I post each update…
I completed week 8 of C25K. One more week to go! Im up to 28 minutes of straight running. I think my strategy after week 9 will be to trim down my times. I run slooooow.
Like I mentioned above, this week I really focused on how much and what I ate. I ate a lot of fruits and veggies and ate mostly at home (It helped that no one was on the verge of being hospitalized and there were no weddings to attend. Again.)
What I Learned This Week:
I’ve mentioned it already…the biggest things I learned this week are the importance of calibrating your scale and counting your calories. Two effective and useful tools in getting fit.
Pounds Lost This Week:
2.5 lbs (and yes, that does count the freebie .4 lbs)
Inches Lost This Week:
Waist: .25 in.
Hips: .25 in.
Are you on a fitness journey? Please share!