Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Weekend Fun and Thoughts on Motivation

We had a fun weekend with a birthday party, a trip to Gilroy Gardens, and lots of soccer.

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I have written about how much I like my Fitbit before. I really believe it has made a huge difference in the amount of steps I walk each day. I guess I am competitive and there is just something about seeing how many steps I have (or have not) taken.

Fitbit automatically sets the goal to 10,000 steps a day (which you can adjust). 10,000 steps is what we should try to walk every day for general health. For me, walking 10,000 steps takes a conscious effort. In addition to one longer walk or hike per day, I have created quite a few new habits to reach my goal most days:
  • Make multiple trips to the mailroom at work (and take the looooong way there and back)
  • Take several short (15 - 20 minute) walking breaks throughout day – even though this takes time, I have found I am much more productive if I walk throughout the day
  • Convince the kid to play soccer every night before dinner (we walk to the field, run around, and then walk home)
  • Take advantage of “walking opportunities” – such as around the playground
While I usually wear the Fitbit daily, there have been times I have forgotten (and usually didn’t realize it). The other day I put my Fitbit on to go to yoga, came home, took a shower, and forgot to put it back on. Once we had left the house to go to a birthday party, I realized I didn’t wear it. The party was outdoors and we walked around a small lake to get there. But once we were there, I didn’t walk much. I tried to convince the kid to walk around with me, but he didn’t want to, and I didn’t try very hard.

When the party was over, hubby said to me, “Wow, what a difference when you don’t wear the Fitbit!” His statement made me think. I was actually very sore from yoga that day and a little rest felt good. However, I know he was right that I would have walked more had I worn the Fitbit as I don’t like looking at a very low number.

I’d like to think that my main motivation for walking is health and that it makes me feel good. But I think I am also motivated by seeing the numbers… In fact, I know I have increased my weekly steps by quite a bit since I got the Fitbit.

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? Do you have any “tricks” to motivate you to move more/exercise?
 
Be well,
Andrea

30 comments:

  1. Greta
    In Wolfsburg könnten wir auch mit Solargetriebenen Schwänen fahren.Dieses Wochende waren bei uns Überschwemmungen,es regnete in Strömen und es war mehr als kalt.
    Motivieren kann ich mich gut wenn ich mich verabrede mit jemanden und dann nicht gerne absage.Gute Woche!

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    1. Hoffentlich wirds bald schoener! Wir wuenschen dir auch eine gute Woche!

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  2. LOVE the pics Andrea. Your little guy is getting bigger with every post. AWWW. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thanks, Roz!

      Have a great week, too!

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  3. It sure seems that you all had a great weekend...the pictures are great Andrea...
    Have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana.

      Have a great week, too!

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  4. I have to say seeing numbers of what I do is a good motivation for me too. I keep stats of everything and I like to see the progress but also how much miles I ran or walked.

    Lovely weekend, loved the pics.

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    1. I love how organized you are and how you keep track and do a summary each month!

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  5. I need to motivate my mom to walk for health reasons too. It's so easy to give excuses otherwise.

    highlight of the weekend= brunch with my friend and babies. it was so much fun to watch babies interact. :)

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    1. The pics of the babies together are so cute!

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  6. Oh my goodness, still in my PJS but wearing my fitbit. I am obsessed and have noticed how little activity I get on non workout days. It has changed how I approach my day. Wouldn't peg you for a #'s person but I can totally relate, was trying to get a few weeks under my belt before posting. I had a day I forgot it for a few hours, drove me crazy.

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    1. I wouldn't have thought I'd love the FitBit as much as I do... :)

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  7. I am thinking about getting a FitBit, because like you I like to see the numbers, it's great motivation for me!! Even just wearing a pedometer helps, but I feel like the FitBit is a lot more accurate and reliable. I may use this as post-pregnancy motivation (and no I'm not pregnant, but I know I'll need SOMETHING to keep me going after I do have a baby!)

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    1. Yes, it's great motivation! All your pregnancy planning is very exciting! :)

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  8. Looks like you guys had a great weekend! That pic of you and the kid is adorable :)

    I'm seeing the FitBit more and more lately - two clients showed me theirs last week alone! I completely agree with your thoughts on motivation. We are usually motivated by several goals and measures of progress, not just one, and that's human! I, too, make health my overall goal, but I use numbers as a way to measure my progress AND for burst of motivation along the way.

    By the way, your posts have convinced me to add a FitBit to my Christmas list :)

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    1. Looking forward to seeing how you like it! :)

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  9. I try to take 10,000 steps a day too. Sometimes it can be hard to make my goal.

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    1. Yes, 10,000 steps is quite a bit and definitely takes some planning.

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  10. Hi Andrea! When my kids were little, I actually did do physical play at the playground with them--like monkey bars and stuff like that. That's interesting how the FitBit makes so much difference for you. I guess it's like how my food journal is for me--if I didn't have it, I would not do as well, for sure.

    :-) Marion

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    1. It's interesting how numbers can be motivating in certain areas of our lives! :)

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  11. I am so curious what I walk in a day - probably not even 1000 steps because our office is small and I have a desk job!

    Having just come back from vacation, it was nice to have Memorial Day to regroup and get organized for the week. :D

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    1. Yes, it's very nice to have another day after a vacation! Hope your week is going well!

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  12. I've always wondered if I'd like a FitBit - it sounds like it has a lot of benefits.

    I love seeing pics of your beautiful family!

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  13. I also find that my Fitbit is a motivator to move more. I just love seeing those steps and miles add up! Plus I like to justify a few treats now and then by knowing I will burn off the extra calories.

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    1. Yes, it's fun watching all the numbers go up! :)

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  14. 10k still feels like so so so so many to me!!!!

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    1. Yes, 10k can feel like a looot on some days!

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  15. Ok I really want a FitBit now.
    Love the photos...they make me miss you! And so did my barre class today. I think you would really like it. I don't know if they have studios in your area, but look into it. The only thing I noticed that might be negative is that there wasn't much stretching, but I didn't really miss it until after the class was over. It was fun and interesting and different than what we've done before (although I don't know what those new TDM classes are like).

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    1. I think you'd really like a FitBit!

      The barre class sounds great! I actually haven't taken the new TDM interval class yet. Since I found a yoga studio I really like, I only go to TDM once a week (or less). Wish we could take some classes together!

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