Today is the last day of my own personal fitness challenge. The challenge was just to get 10,000 steps a day from Saturday March 23, 2013 through today. The timing was actually a combination of someone else’s challenge start date and the day my husband comes home from China, which is tonight. Whenever my husband goes away for an extended amount of time I try to change up something in my day to day patterns, in a good way. To try and break or start a new habit.
I own a FitBit One which is a fancied up pedometer and it keeps track of my steps for me. I also sync my FitBit One data with my account on MyFitnessPal (TracyLMurray000) where I enter manually any exercising and food. I don’t always enter all of my food. The food counting for me is more about checking to make sure I’m not creating any unintentional bad patterns and to make sure I’m getting enough protein. However, if you are entering your food you can’t help but notice those days when you, say, eat three times the normal calories for an active 21 year old professional football player. Oh, and there were a couple of days when I forgot my FitBit or left it strapped to my tank top instead of my bottom half and so it didn’t count steps.
So here’s the data as of today. I figure not too much will change before tonight at Midnight.
This is what my FitBit Shows me:
A total number of 269,461 steps in the last four weeks. Let’s just assume I’ll have 10,000 today so 279,461. Divided by 28 days means I am at 9981 average steps per day. I am okay with this because of the days that forgot my FitBit. I would guess that’s at least an additional 15,000 steps onto the total.
The rather unexpected results are that after 19 months being stuck at the exact same weight I have lost 7 pounds in four weeks. Seven pounds may not seem like much, unless your a smaller person and have been stuck at the same weight for freaking ever! This means I need to keep this up for a little while longer.
I feel fantastic. I do not currently own any clothing that is too small for me. At least, not that I ‘ve tried on. I feel fit, and I feel accomplished.