Friday, April 25, 2014

A week down and OMG I am in love with my Basis Band

Is it possible to love a piece of personal tech more than my iPhone? More than my Rotadent toothbrush?

I think there is...

My Basis Carbon Steel is my new best friend. It is the best friend that gets me off the couch, out of my cubical, taking the stairs...

I am getting active again to hit real goals. Starting with what is achievable and moving to ever larger goals, I am on my way.

Here is this morning:

My longest goal to date is taking 2000 steps before noon.  Coming from a place where I get ready, drive into the office and sit at a desk for 9 hours. On the 2 days I teach, I may do 2 hours of standing in the evening, but that is really nothing. By all accounts, I was doing nothing but becoming more and more lazy.

What I really like about the Basis band is that it is passively encouraging me to move. Because I can graph and track the metrics (I am all about metrics in my business), this is personal magic.

If you look above, you can see the almost 30 minute walk I took this morning. It was just around my neighborhood, a few hills, and some of this fresh Spring air. It was actually fun.Why haven't I done this all the rest of the days in my life?

Well, I have, for a week, taken that walk. I feel better for it. I have also made it a goal to move around every hour and not sit like a lump. So far, so good.

Here is a snap of some of my goals:

I am excited to make each habit turn green. I am excited to see what happens when I wear this to Fireshaper for a Hot Yoga class. The perspiration meter will think I am swimming!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The New Challenge

How long can one not post to a blog but still remain relevant?

Hello, my name is Lynette, and I have not posted to this blog in (checks back) 10 months. Wow.

What is new in that time? I got a promotion at work (yay!) went on my first cruise ever (yay2) and am finishing up yet another semester teaching my night class (yay3). I also pulled off my own surprise birthday party Taco Night (surprise to me - I thought we were just having friends over). Life is always good.

In all, I think this year has been amazing. I have seen so many new things, had new experiences - I love Snuba and snorkeling (who knew?).

On the juice-fast front - I have not juice fasted since last time. :( Yet I am holding to my after-fast weight :). BooYah.  A short juice cleanse is in the planning.

On to the good stuff. I decided to get into this whole fitness-tracker thing. I have gotten lazy (totally have not been to yoga in a longer than I'd like to admit). So I bought this Basis Health Tracker for Fitness, Sleep & Stress band and am tracking my activity level, heart rate, sleep paterns, steps, calories burned...habits both good and bad.

The irony is that I was afforded this purchase thanks to giftcards from my Taco-Night partygoers. I got it last Thursday and have been wearing it since. I think I kinda am obsessed.

I synced it like 10 times the first day to log and chart the activities I was doing (lots of not much), and my sleep (many REM breaks it seems). It is cool, but I have to see how it really is useful for me.

As far as the challenge, I have it set now for a few habits. I want to get 2000 steps in before noon, go for a short walk in the evening, and make sure I move every hour (I work at a desk in a cubical farm). It is also giving me points for wearing it 20 hours a day (it was 12, but I want to make sure I am wearing it as much as I can). So far, so good.

I recognize now that I have the very visable data, that I have taken a walk every morning. I have walked to the pharmacy instead of getting in the car. I have gone for a walk around the block before bed to get in the added points. I have met all my short-term goals thus far. I have seen that I sleep like crap if I eat too close to bedtime.  I see that one drink sends me into deep sleep 10 minutes after I get in bed, but that is the only deep sleep I get all night (an hour).

I'm going to think about this process in writing again here. Getting active is my next level. The Hubs has been going to yoga 5 days a week for the past few months and is looking all svelt. Time for me to kick it up a notch too.

What do you do to get more activity in your life?

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