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Time To Get Moving

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Getting Weight Under Control

Weight control is a must for most of us. Being weight concious is something that always weighs heavy on my mind. I had gastric bypass surgery 4 1/2 years ago. I had lost 102 lbs total. This fourth year has been my year of weight gain which is completely normal but can be bad if you’re not careful. I’ve probably put on 30 lbs in the last year. Mainly because I’ve added the types of food back in that is not allowed for gastric patients, as well as failure to excercise regularly. Of course, I know better! I just love food and hate excercise! So I’ve decided to get my weight gain under control before it gets out of hand again.  Hoping that if I post this, I’ll be keeping myself accountable and maybe encourage others to do the same.

Find What Motivates You

I hate excercizing. It has never been my thing. It’s a necessary evil that I’ve never cared about. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to start caring or else the alternative will be massive weight gain again. With that being said, I’ve decided to start walking. My daughter and I walked 3 miles in total on Thursday and my husband and I walked nearly 3 miles on Sunday.  It was plenty to get my body thinking about what it doesn’t like. Having a walking partner does make it easier. Maybe if I do this enough, I will start liking it. We shall see.

Use Tools To Measure Your Progress

One of the tools I use is my Fitbit Blaze.  I love this for tracking how far I’ve gone. You can buy cool colored bands to wear on any given day to match any outfit. Amazon has a cool charger option for an added feature. They even make screen protectors. So much fun!

With my Fitbit I can track steps taken, miles gone, floors climbed, calories burned, lenghth of time of activity, resting BMP. Another super nice feature is the Fitbit app that can be downloaded to your smart phone where you can have the added benefit of seeing your daily progress. You can also monitor your sleep if you program it and wear it while you sleep. There is a place to monitor calory intake and water intake. Watching my numbers go up as I’m walking helps to motivate me to keep going. There are also apps you can download to your smartphone that monitor your steps.

Create Goals That Are Reachable

I have a daily goal of 10,000 steps and I figure if I make it that far in a day, it was an excellent day of moving for me. I continue to be consistant betweetn 7,000 to 10,000 steps.  One day at a time while trying to create a habit and a love for walking. Goals are helpful to have something to move towards. My goal for now is just to be more active and to not hide behind my laptop all day. Getting out to walk also helps improve my thoughts and keeps me more focused. I get to take pretty pictures of things around me.

Challenge Anyone?

Who wants to join my challenge of 10,000 steps a day? Keep in mind, I’m a blogger…kind of hard to move around a lot if my rear end is planted in a chair! Grab yourself a Fitbit at the above links and lets go!

PS…Don’t forget to drink your water!

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  • Niki

    Thank you Christine for the great reminder. I love my Fitbit blaze and also find it hard to reach my 10,000 steps everyday, but find it is an awesome tool to encourage and support me. Excercise and walking is so important not just for weight loss, but mental health and chronic disease. Must people these days including children lead a sedentary lifestyle. Even in social activities. Last year for Christmas I bought everyone in the family a fitbit. It has been fun to compare and encourage each other. PS, no one put it on tell after New Years lol…. to afraid to count those holiday calories lol