Review Wednesday: Fitbit Zip

About two months ago I got my first Fitbit. I have the Fitbit Zip. It was a prize I won for participating in my company’s wellness program.

The Fitbit Zip (along with the other two mentioned on the website) tracks steps, distance (in miles) and calories burned. They sync wirelessly to computers and my iPhone (and other smartphones).

The Zip has a replaceable battery, which according to the website lasts 4-6 months. It is sweat, rain and splash proof. If you don’t get a Zip for free from your company it costs about $60, which for everything it does is a great price.

There are two other types of Fitbit, which I am looking into investing in at some point. The One Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker and the Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Wristband. They are both $100 and you can read more about them on the Fitbit website.

Fitbit also sells the Aria Wi-Fit Smart Scale, which according to the website, measures weight, BMI and percentage of body fat. It costs about  $130 and uses wi-fi to upload information automatically to Fitbit.com.

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Knowing my numbers

As I mentioned in my hula hoop post yesterday my company sponsored a Wellness Fair, which included biometric testing and consultation with a nurse afterward if so desired.

I got my numbers last year and this year.

March 2012

  • Blood Pressure: 140/70 Systolic read in Stage I Hypertension Diastolic read in Normal
  • Active Lifestyle Heart Rate: 76 read in Average/Acceptable
  • Glucose: 84 (fasting) read in Desirable/Healthy
  • Cholesterol: 171 read in the Desirable/Healthy (all the cholesterol numbers read in Desirable/Healthy)
  • BMI (Body Mass Index): 23 read in Desirable/Healthy

I talked to the nurse afterward about my blood pressure number. She asked if I was nervous about the pin prick to get the blood for the testing. I said yes. (That can alter the number.) She said because all of my other numbers were so great and it was obvious that I maintain a healthy lifestyle she wasn’t too concerned with the blood pressure number, especially since it was at the very low end of the Stage I Hypertension.

February 2013

Accountability=successful weight loss

At one point over the summer I realized I needed accountability with my food and drink intake. Even though I worked out almost every day I wasn’t monitoring my food intake and I wasn’t losing weight even though I wanted to get back to my goal weight.

I needed accountability with food tracking.

In the middle of June I rejoined Weight Watchers (just online) and started tracking my food again. I have had some downs–weeks where I wasn’t tracking or just didn’t want to track, weekends where I decided to be “off plan.”

At Week 2 I had to unexpectedly go to Tucson because my 90-year-old grandpa was going to have surgery. I decided because I knew I would likely be busy for the week that I would not worry about my caloric intake for that week.

Luckily all went well with my grandpa and his surgery. I spent a lot of time at the hospital. But I also was able to spend time with both of my parents, which included some eating out–drinking, Mexican food and other delicious stuff.

I recently hit my goal weight. I decided to lose 2 more pounds, which gives me a little wiggle room.

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Why is there such a need to define size?

Recently a plus-size model was featured on the front of People magazine with the quote: “I’m proud of my size.”

Robyn Lawley is 6’2″ and is a Size 12.

Wikipedia features Robyn in a photo and mentions her throughout the plus-size model article. Also mentioned is: Synonymous and interchangeable with plus-size model is “full-figured model,” “extended-sizes model,” and “outsize model.”

Where do I begin? First, a woman who is at least 6 feet tall and a Size 12 is considered plus size? Wow! Then I was definitely a fatso years ago before I lost my 30+ pounds at 5’3″.

Second, I find the term plus size offensive. The other terms mentioned above I find even worse than plus size.

Why is there a need to define someone who has excess weight, curves, a big butt, thicker thighs, is tall, isn’t super skinny? We don’t call thin models a super-skinny model. They are just models.

In October of 2006 I was at my highest weight ever. I didn’t feel good about myself. I hated shopping and buying clothes because I had to try them on and nothing ever looked good. I wasn’t obese but could definitely be healthier with … Continue reading

Go Fit Girl! va a la Ciudad de México

According to Google Translate the headline above says: Go Fit Girl! goes to Mexico City.

Almost two months ago I made the decision to rejoin Weight Watchers.

I needed accountability with my food intake. And I am proud to say with my food tracking and really paying attention to what I put in my mouth I am on track to hit my goal weight (again) soon.

There are times I let myself go “off plan,” like when my mom was in town. I didn’t go too crazy. But I did enjoy my food and drink. Now I didn’t lose weight that week, but I also didn’t gain either.

When I go on vacation I like to eat and drink whatever I want. So in Mexico City I will be doing just that. And then a week later when I get home, I will get back on plan and lose my last few pounds.

I likely won’t be posting much while on vacation. If you want to know what I am up to over the week check out my personal Facebook page. We are staying with friends and will have wi-fi so I will be status updating or uploading photos … Continue reading

Skinny doesn’t mean healthy

I used to be considered skinny. I hate that term. To me it has a negative connotation.

According to Merriam-Webster, skinny means lacking sufficient flesh, very thin, emaciated; lacking usual or desirable bulk, quantity, qualities or significance.

But it seems like so many of us strive to be skinny. Why is that? Why do we think this looks better than this?

So here is the skinny on skinny …

A skinny person can have a high metabolism. So they think they can eat anything they want and they won’t gain weight. (That used to be me. I could eat or drink pretty much whatever I wanted and not gain weight.) But that doesn’t mean that skinny person is healthy.

Have you heard the term skinny fat? Skinny fat means a person looks thin but has a high body fat percentage. That can be dangerous.

Someone who ingests a lot of fat and calories and carbohydrates can have health issues. Someone who eats too much fat can be at risk for heart disease. Too many carbs can contribute to conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, according to Livestrong.

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Planning exercise, caloric intake for weight loss

One of my readers, Keri, asked me a question on my Go Fit Girl! Facebook page earlier this month. I do my best to answer her question(s) here.

Dear Go Fit Girl,

Can you help me understand why I can exercise 5 days a week for two months and not have lost any weight? Seriously, not even a pound.

P.S. Any suggestions on healthful lunches I can make at home and bring to work?

My initial response to her question is with a few questions myself: What kind of exercise are you doing? Does it vary? Have you changed what you are eating? Are you eating more now that you are working out?

When I was losing weight about five years ago the first 20 pounds had to do with my adjustment with food and calories. I hadn’t started exercising yet. I learned how to make better food choices along with portion control. And drinking more water helped as well.

The last 10 pounds I lost while introducing exercise (a lot of yoga) and continuing with my eating in moderation and portion control.

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What’s for dinner?

First off, I got a good workout in today. I did an hour on the espinner and then about 20 minutes of weights: lat pull downs; rows; leg press weight machine; and some abs.

I came home, jumped in the shower, got work clothes and yoga clothes ready for tomorrow and I made dinner.

Over the weekend at the grocery I bought a new kind of tortilla. Safeway had a coupon and they looked decent. Each Corn & Whole Wheat Blend Artisan Style Tortilla has 90 calories; 2.5 grams of fat; 3 grams of fiber and protein. And they actually taste good, too.

For dinner tonight I had a side salad and I sauteed some tomatoes from our garden in garlic and a little olive oil.

I used my tomato concoction as a spread on the tortilla, which was heated up on my gas stove–the only way to heat up a tortilla. Dinner was pretty yummy. I had two tortillas with spread. And i have to say I could have kept on eating.

 

Stepping on scale was not so scary

I did a weigh-in today and I was surprised and happy to find that I am only 4 pounds from my goal weight. I am not really sure how or why that happened. But I am OK with it.

About the first two years after I lost my roughly 30 pounds I was able to maintain rather easily. The past two years have been a little more of a struggle. But the highest weight I have been from my goal weight has been 9 pounds.

I decided to look at my Before and After pics again and post on my Go Fit Girl! Facebook page and have a link here as well. I am having issues sharing the link from Facebook.

I am still proud of my weight loss and happy with the fact that I have maintained pretty well over the years. The only new clothes I want to buy are in the sizes I own now. I purposely got rid of most of my clothes after my weight loss. I didn’t want to have them as a fall back and Bay Area … Continue reading

Does my butt look fat?

I am a stress eater. I like food. I like junk food.

I have been going to the gym about four times a week lately (my goal is always six). Last week I went to the gym once, not so great. So exercise time is decent.

What is not decent is what I am eating. I seem to find more and more excuses for what I put in my mouth. I have a candy bowl at my desk. I used to never take anything out of it. I have it for others. But lately I feel the need to eat all the mini peanut butter cups.

I will have already eaten my lunch at work and then word gets out that some meeting just ended and there is free food left over. I have to at least go look, right?

I am heading to Tucson tomorrow to visit my mom and family. Chorizo and menudo are already planned for Saturday’s breakfast. Oh man, I love that stuff. This will not be a healthy eating weekend. And I have to hit eegee’s (a sandwich shop only in Tucson, which also has these amazing slushie drinks) at least once for my strawberry eegee drink.

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