Words mean a lot to me. I use them to draw power and keep going. Perseverance has been that word for most of my life.
The definition of perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Yep, that pretty much sums it up for me. I have never been one to take the easy road…by choice and usually through mistake.
This fitness journey I am on is a great example. I put myself in this spot through lots of mistakes that I made. The wonderful thing is we can change our course and learn from our mistakes…that is what I am doing now. This journey is difficult, but it is one that has caused me to reflect on who I am and who I want to be.
I am looking forward to a milestone this week as I go to the doctors for my six month appointment. I started this fitness journey right before my last visit and time has flown by. For the heck of it I went back and looked at my calendar and I have worked out every day since 12/25/12 except 11 days (most of which were due to travel). I know my doctor will be happy with my progress and hopefully the goal of reducing some of the medications I take for cholesterol and blood pressure will happen at this visit. No matter what I am happy and proud of myself…in years past I wouldn’t have said that, but this journey has changed me in many ways. My success will be archived because of perseverance.
Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 238 lbs
I have been focused the past week on turning the intensity up on my workouts. I have officially gotten back on the bike and my rides are getting longer and faster. I started with 10-15 miles at 15 mph and now am up to 16-20 miles at 17 mph. It feels good to be chasing riders down now after sitting on the couch all those years and only being worried about chasing the remote down.
I have had to focus hard on getting my step goal in. I still am consistently hitting 15,000 steps per day, but it hasn’t been easy with my morning rides. I could cheat and wear my Fitbit on my rides, but that would be double counting calories. I get off the bike and get onto the treadmill. If I can get 10,000 steps in each morning I can hit my goal throughout the day.
I am planning my days around my workouts. I now am focused on my workout intensity and how many steps / calories I need to burn in a day. This journey has been a learning process for me and I am enjoying it a lot. I passed the 40 pound loss mark last week and knew I needed to kick it into another gear to reach the 50 pound mark. It has been a good week and I am well on my way to hitting the 50 mark…no problem 🙂
Old TLoe = 282 lbs / New TLoe = 240.5 lbs
From the day I started this fitness journey I knew I needed to track everything I do. The Fitbit takes care of the workouts, but that is only one part of the equation. I also need to track what I eat so that I can make sure I was fueling my body correctly.
The Fitbit tracks what you eat by you manually putting the information in. I have found using Lose It! has been better for food tracking and it has a cool sync function with Fitbit to keep my Fitbit dashboard updated. Lose It! has a nice function that lets you scan bar codes to enter food. It also has most major restaurants so traveling and eating is simple. If you don’t find what you eat in the app just Google the food and get the basic nutrition info and plug it into Lose It!. There is a sync from Fitbit back to Lose It! that takes into account your calories burned for the day. This allows you to be updated to the second so you know if you should eat that snack or not.
Now that I have started to get on the bike again I am using Strava to track my rides. It has cool features for tracking your rides, performance, linking with friends, posting to Twitter / Facebook and more. I take my information after each ride and plug it back into my Fitbit so I can track my calories burned correctly for the day.
The equation isn’t difficult to figure out…you have to burn more in a day than you take in to be able to lose weight. I am a geek so being able to bring tech and weight loss together has been a huge driver in keeping me focused on my goals.
Decide to dominate!
I passed a milestone I have been shooting for now for a while. I got over the 40 pound loss mark this morning. I usually don’t weigh myself in the middle of the week, but for some reason I stepped on and was happy to see that I passed that milestone.
I realized recently that I needed to switch things up as I was stuck in a rut. I have been hovering between the 32-38 pound mark and couldn’t get over the hump. Ironically it is the bike, that I vowed I wouldn’t get on until I hit my ultimate goal, that has been that catalyst over the past week plus. I have inserted quick 16 mile rides in the morning into my routine and still focus on getting 3-5 miles of running / walking in all before leaving for work. We sometimes make this harder than we need to…my output has gone up and my input has remained constant so that means I lose (this is one time I don’t mind losing).
Now on to reaching the 50 pound loss mark…