So apparently the 10,000-step count was a marketing campaign to promote a particular pedometer. I’m glad to find this out. Not that I’m feeling particularly guilty for not meeting my 10,000-step goal, but I now have sort of official permission to rebel against my pedometer overlords and adjust my goal down. Thanks for that tip, Kerry.

This week I learned that, in order to receive credit for excercise minutes when you engage in an indoor walk, you first have to calibrate your Apple Watch using the Outdoor Walk workout while outside with good GPS reception. I have not done this, so the Apple Watch did not give me credit for the fifteen thousand steps I took on Tuesday, nor the thirty-minute indoor walk I did yesterday. I am participating in three challenges this week, so this matters a great deal. To make up for this, I spent forty-six minutes on the bike yesterday and today. Denise has joined the fray, and now has an Apple Watch, and she is one of my coompetitors this week. I plan to go out at some point to calibrate the watch, but I was still pretty pissed when I realized I wasn’t getting exercise minutes credit. I’ve already done my workout for today, so all I have to do is concentrate on filling up the move ring. Right now though I’m contemplating lunch.

I am participating in two Apple Watch challenges this week and I am determined to win them both. I’ve started spending some time on one of those indoor bikes with the handle bars that move your arms as well as your legs. I started Sunday and if I keep it going until Sunday I’ll have my first perfect exercise week, plus moving and standing perfection. admittedly yesterday was pretty hard, but I got on the bike this morning before work instead of after work, and that seems to have gone much better.

So I got on the scale this morning like I usually do, and found that I’m only 9.9 pounds away from my overall current weight loss goal. Plus, i have a pair of jeans, “college 1.0” jeans, that now fit. College 1.0 jeans! I left college 1.0 in 2002.

These are a pair with nice, deep pockets. Useful pockets. Pockets that would probably fit an iPhone 6S, when I finally decide to bite the bullet and upgrade.

Happy Valentine’s Day to me, from me. I’ll treat myself to a beer later I think.

We all know exercise is three times as effective when you tell everyone about it, 😛 so here’s a rundown of today’s workout.

I got to the gym around 11:30, and started my workout at 11:45. I upped my resistance to medium on the elliptical, and enjoyed working up a sweat and going at a good clip. I managed to get in forty-five minutes instead of my usual thirty. I plan on doing the same thing tomorrow. By the end of next week, I hope to be at the upper end of medium resistance, (this machine is manual and not digital), and will slowly increase my time. I went into the gym a little stressed, and came out feeling much better. It probably helped that my phone was on “do not disturb” the whole time, which is what I do during every workout. Spotify wasn’t behaving like I wanted to, so I think I’ll need to create a workout playlist specifically. I may do that this weekend. I usually use my “Tired of Stupid” playlist for this, (which, by the way, is public, and you can follow it and add to it if you want to), but I wasn’t in the mood for “Tired of Stupid” today.

I hope to get another good night’s sleep tonight. I need to make sure I set an alarm, but I slept for ten hours last night, which was glorious.

The holidays are over, and it’s time to get back to it and start working towards those goals.

To that end, I’ve begun tracking my sleep again with my Fitbit, (Saturday night sucked, with 6H:52M asleep, one time awake, and 11 times restless), so I can begin working on getting better sleep. I don’t take naps during the day, and I usually end up getting up very early, (around 4:30AM), and going to bed when I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, which almost always happens around 8PM. Yeah, I’m boring and I have no life. If I have to stay up later to get work done, I can manage it, but then a vicious cycle starts and my sleep schedule gets all out of whack and I end up fighting with that for weeks on end. Even if I don’t stay up late, I’ll get decent sleep for a while and then my sleep schedule will become psycho and I’ll fight with it for weeks on end. I’d like to see less of that this year.

Tomorrow, I will begin tracking my food and exercise on a regular basis. I have 14.7 pounds to go till I reach my long-term weight goal, and I want to work harder towards reaching that.

Also, work. Lots and lots of work.

It is not normal to obsess over the calories you eat and the exercise you do in a day no matter what society tells you. Yes, a balanced diet is important. Yes, getting some exercise is important. No, spending all day on an app that takes over and controls your life and makes you preoccupied with food, exercise and weight is not okay.

Source: MyFitnessPal is Not Your Pal | Mental Illness Talk

This is something to keep in mind as we all start paying more attention to our fitness goals in 2016. Yes, quantifying data using an app and other technologies can be helpful when it comes to reaching our goals, but all of us who rely on these technologies need to remember to keep a balanced view when it comes to quantifying ourselves.

We and our health are more than just data.

I’ve been doing what I like to refer to as the “Badd Weight Watcher thing” for a while now, and have just exited a rather long period of not caring. Well, that’s not exactly true. It’s not that I haven’t cared, (I still went to work out semi-regularly, didn’t take every chance I could to binge on the naughty food, and every now and then my goal would cross my mind). I did, however, not exactly make it a point to jump on the scale weekly like I had been doing for a while.

So when I stepped on the scale Friday, expecting the worst, or at least a few extra pounds, I was pleasantly surprised.

I am now only fifteen pounds away from my goal. Fifteen! It’s taken me a long time to get here, but I’m almost to the point of maintaining instead of losing. This, of course, makes me very happy.

I’m no longer a Weight Watchers member. I couldn’t justify paying $40 or more a month just to weigh in every week. And the Weight Watchers data really isn’t easily comparable with normal data, like calorie intake and calorie burn. I have a fitbit, and I have the Aria scale, so once I got the scale, I canceled my membership.

I briefly wondered if I could keep this thing up without the weekly weigh-ins, but I’ve managed, sort of. I definitely don’t regret the decision. I loved my meeting leader, but not enough to pay that extra monetary cost.

I’m looking forward to continuing the countdown, and being able to write the “ground zero” post.