Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Trying something new

A few years ago I needed to lose some weight and I started walking.  I calculated that I walked about 3 miles every morning.  When I walked I wore a pedometer and it used to say that I walked about 1,500 steps during my 3 miles.  I think at the time the recommended number of steps a day was about 10,000.  I wasn't just far off that, I felt as though I was miles and miles and miles off.  It used to take just over an hour to walk my 3 miles and I couldn't spend nigh on 7 hours a day walking to get to the 10,000 steps.

So I gave up on the pedometer and just walked.

Then I got busy and didn't walk.  Then I started to walk again and had another go with a different pedometer which still seemed to measure hardly any steps.

Because I hardly ever seemed to get any steps counted, but felt as though I was walking a lot, I found it very disheartening and that is why I stopped walking.  I didn't know if I was kidding myself about the distance I was walking (even though I had checked it very carefully and had calculated that I was within a tenth of a mile or so of what I thought).  Perhaps I was walking too slowly.

So as I said, I gave up on the walking.  It wasn't a good idea, but I did it, and I cannot change the past now!  Plus I don't believe in regrets!!

Then fitbits and jawbones and the like became popular and I thought about getting one, but assumed that it had to be linked to a clever phone which I don't have, and I didn't really want to wear one of those wristband things.  Plus I really don't understand the thing of monitoring how long you sleep for and all the other things that it would tell you.  I just want to know how far I am actually walking!!!  For real!

The other day though for some reason I had a look at the fitbit website and discovered that you could buy a little tiny one that clips onto your pocket - or bra - and it is basically just a pedometer.  Plus you don't have to have a snazzy phone to use it with!  Yay!!

So, yesterday I went for it and bought one.  This cute pink little fellow.  It is called a fitbit zip.


It is pretty tiny, was very easy to set up and so far seems to be counting far more steps than any of the other pedometers that I have had before did.  It also has a really strong clip which makes it a little tricky to clip on, but it doesn't then fall off which the pedometers that I had before were prone to doing.

It is very early days and I am sure that I will be well off walking 10,000 steps anytime soon, but if I can see how many I am walking, and track that so hopefully I can increase it over time, I hope that it will motivate me to do more.  I read a great quote on Vicki's blog, "No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch".  So no matter how slow I go, I will keep that in mind and also try and keep in mind something else that I think Vicki said which is that I will do more than I did last week.

I don't know where this will lead, and I know that at the end of the day it is down to me to get off my tuchus and get moving, but I hope that it will help me to see where I have been and head towards where I want to go.  With a bit more accuracy than I had in the past!!!

I feel confident about this because I have been keeping track of what I have been doing and writing my to do lists and crossing things off and it has really motivated me, so I think that being able to track this and make goals and so on will help me too.  Plus I feel in a better place and more determined than I have before.  So we will see. 

Somehow September and back to school time - although we don't have anyone going back to school here! - seems like a good time to start new things doesn't it.

Now, I just need to work out how to get the dreadful old music off my MP3 player and load up some new stuff that will give me a beat to walk to!  Of course figuring out how to work that piece of tech is pretty much beyond me.  I need either a 12 year old or hubby.....  Might take a while to get that piece of the puzzle sorted!!

I don't know if I will report back on this, but I will try and let you know how it goes in case you are interested!

Just so you know, this isn't an advert, I haven't been paid, or given a fitbit.  I bought the little guy in the photo - or is it a gal! - with my own money and I am doing this because I want to, not at anyone else's bidding!

Amy

58 comments:

  1. Good for you Amy that a good saying of Vicki's I think the early pedometers were way out I remember one I had it only measured my steps when i was going a good steady pace but didnt measure any when I ran, whats that about, :-)

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  2. Great saying! I like that one. I love your little fitbit and am sure it will help. An hour to walk three miles sounds about right. Stretching is great exercise too and helps tone muscles. You don't need to do much - ten mins a day- for it to improve things. Hope it all goes well- I am sure it will xxx

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  3. This was interesting to read as I quite like the idea of getting a fitbit for the same reason - as an accurate pedometer - but I'm not interesting in all of the other data they record or getting too technological with it - and I'm put off my the price a little too. This sounds ideal, I will have to investigate but would be interested to hear what you think when you've given it a good trial!

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  4. I'd love to know how you get on Amy, I've being looking at the fitbits etc but wasn't sure which one to buy. I think Vicki's saying is great too and it's time I got off the couch!!

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  5. Well done You!
    You've inspired to get me moving again - I've been hibernating since I returned from France!
    It's been a brutal winter on my side of the world, rainy, windy and freezing - not really conducive to long walks.
    Great advice from our friend Vicki!
    Keep up the good work Amy.
    Hugs
    Shane x

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  6. Sounds great. I always wear a pedometer, I have one round my neck now as the clip-on variety either kept falling off or getting hooked on something and breaking. It just gives you an idea how far you've walked. When I first startedif I hadn't made it to 10,000 steps, I would walk round and round the sitting room or garden till I got there! I really ought to get back to being that keen . . . I look forward to hearing how you are getting on. x

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  7. Go GO Go! I am cheering you on. I lost my baby weight with a pedometer and it was a relief to leave the house in the evening and get some air - I seriously looked forward to those walks, watching the clock before my man got home so that I could be released come rain or shine! Jo x

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  8. Hope it helps you. I've done the pedometer thing and would find myself walking up and down the hallway in the evenings so I got to 10000 steps lol. We're getting a dog soon so I'm hoping next year I'll be doing lots more walking and hopefully getting a bit healthier too

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  9. Hey Amy,
    I have been allowed the use of Sam's computer for a hour, to have a quick catch up! with my favourite bloggers. And maybe dash of a quick post of my own. Good for yo with the walking. I think it's nice to see progress when you decide to lose a little weight, or get fit. I like your little pedometer. I've often thought about getting one myself, just to see how many steps I actually take in one day. Good for you for getting out there and I look forward to hearing how you get on.
    Leanne xx

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  10. Do we really need gadgets (which make their manufacturers' loadsamoney?) in order simply to get up and walk? Do we then walk until we've done our walking quota for the day, or do we say, hell's teeth, that piece needs writing or that meal needs cooking, or the housework needs doing? Everything we do which isn't sitting down is surely exercise? I wish I had more time to walk, but I'm just too busy on other things such as housework, cooking, writing, gardening, helping look after grandson. I'd love hours in the day just to walk and I know it would do me good, but the day hasn't yet arrived with sufficient hours in it, sadly.
    Margaret P

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    1. I can only speak for myself, but I do need some help with motivation and knowing what I have done means that I can challenge myself to do more. I didn't just buy this because it was a new gadget to have, it is to try and help me to stay motivated and be more challenged, otherwise I find that I get a level and then don't move on if I cannot measure what I have done. But good on you for doing all that you do and without feeling the need for that extra motivation, I wish that I was like that!

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    2. I do lots of things, but the weight doesn't come off ... I know it's a case of too many cals in and insufficient cals out, and weight piles on ... I just wish I had the time to walk more (we did walk this morning, though) and that where we lived wasn't quite so hilly! Torquay, like Rome, is built on seven hills!
      Margaret P

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  11. I've just bought one of these - great minds think alike! Maybe we can support each other in our attempts to become more active. Good luck anyway and enjoy your walking, wherever it takes you.

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  12. We've had a couple of pedometers in the past and found that they were very variable. If you walk gently without any jarring they can fail to register, so I'm sure you're actually doing far more than you realize. Hopefully, your new one will be more reliable. Keep up the good work and have fun. xx

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  13. Yay you go, I used to use a pedometre for pacing my energy levels in a day, but since the pots diagnosis I use a heart rate monitor to try and prevent relapses and so far it seems to be helping. Happy Walking
    Clare xx

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  14. Enjoy your walking - that's the main thing. Don't regard it as a chore or even as exercise - just walk and look around and see the things you've never noticed before. Soon it will become something you look forward to doing. Good luck.

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  15. I've thought about getting a pedometer for some times, but what with moving and a cold winter, it's gone on the backburner, but now maybe I should get one and get walking more. The weather has been lovely over the last two days, so that's motivation enough. Thanks for sharing and take care.

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  16. Good on you Amy! I think you might actually find it addictive. I have a fitbit too and it does make you get up and move more when you have a goal to beat. Your previous pedometers sound waayyy out. If you were walking three miles a day you would do over 4000 steps easy. When I am out running i do roughly 1000 steps per kilometre. If i was walking it would be more due to a shorter stride length. So, to get to the point, you were actually doing much much better than you thought with your previous efforts! Good luck with it all, I hope the fitbit works out well for you :)

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  17. Good for you, Amy. Three miles is quite a big goal - I do 3km and think I am doing well. Do let us know how the fitbit goes, I would be interested. I've had a few pedometers in the past, but they have accidentally ended up in the toilet (don't ask!). These days I set little goals in terms of times on my watch, rather than steps, only because I gave up on the step counting. Walking is free, and I enjoy it. Hope you do too :) xx

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  18. I used to have a pedometer - years ago - and it was the opposite of yours in that it counted steps that I didn't do. The only reason I noticed this was I had it clipped to the waistband of my trousers and has looked at it as I sat down in the wee room. When I stood up again, it said I'd taken 7 steps even though I knew I had just sat down, done the needful and got back up again. It did make me laugh to think it took 7 steps to do the needful! :oD

    Good luck with your new pink motivator! :o)

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  19. I hope it works out well for you Amy. I've never tried counting my steps.

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  20. Good for you! Every little bit counts. I walked every single day last year, but I haven't been doing so good as of late. I'm hoping you'll inspire me to get moving again!

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  21. I love my fitbit and i find it inspirational. I tend to walk more because of it :) Have fun!!

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  22. I have a pedometer which lived in a drawer and I always forget to take it with me when we walk and I'm not sure how accurate it is - it was just a cheap clip on the belt one from Lloyds chemist. Two of my friends have fitbit wrist bands and swear by them to get motivated but they are quite expensive and like you I thought you had to have the 'wizzy' phones to work them. I'd be interested to hear how you get on with the clip on fitbit as it looks quite good. I still try and cycle on my exercise bike between 5 and 10 kilometers (I'm not used to all this and still think in miles) a day if I can:)

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  23. Way to go , Amy. Every step is a step towards better health. Picture yourself out there this autumn, cool breeze blowing, colourful leaves twirling around you, heart thumping and your face smiling - all the while that little "bit" counts your steps - 500, 1000, 1500.... Looking forward to hearing about your journey! XOXO Bronwyn

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  24. I get too obsessive about measuring steps and stuff and have given up on this altogether. Good for you though, anything that motivates us to lead a more active life is great. Can I suggest audiobooks as well as music for your MP3 player? A good story can be so captivating you don't even notice the steep hill you are walking up :-). I use Audible for audiobooks. Enjoy your walking. x

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  25. Good luck with the walking Amy. It's a brilliant way to think about stuff, make plans, notice what's happening in the hedgerows, breathe deeply, take stock – I love it. I've some good friends I walk with regularly, too, so we get to catch up and walk. Win-win. Sam x

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  26. I wish you good luck with walking. I have a somewhat similar story to yours and I am hoping to start walking soon too :)

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  27. Yay Amy, good for you !! I also think, like some of the people in the reactions above, your old pedometers failed to registrate steps... You would be surprised how much you already make in a day, without even going on a "real" walk. I have a "fancy phone", like you call it, with a pedometer app in it, and have checked it regularly by counting steps on distances, and I must say, it is quite accurate. Those new pedometers like yours also are accurate - it's the nasty older generations of pedometers who lied to us (and demotivated us !).
    Go for it ! You'll be surprised how easy it is to get to 10.000 steps !

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  28. Amy, since I love to walk, and my back doctor recommends walking, I need to get one of these or download one of those apps to my phone. It might be motivating.

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  29. Hi Amy, are there Estate walks around Basildon that you can go on, before or after work. Often the NT have already measured out the distance and say how long they should take. Maybe some of your colleagues would like to join you? Also I'm wondering how far you are from the Thames as the Thames long distance path is a great place to walk and again I'm sure there are measured circular walks you could do. But far more important than distance and time is to feel comfortable so you go again tomorrow or in a few days and therefore good footwear is essential. Good luck with it all, September is such a great time to start something new.

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  30. Good luck with starting to walk again. I have been debating a fit bit for a while and I like the look of your mini, will have to look for one.

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  31. Hope it encourages you to get back walking Amy. x

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  32. I had a couple pedometers in the past that weren't very reliable; I'm glad you found one you're happy with. Go girl! I'll cheer you on! Every step is a success. I'm not very techy either; I call my teenager or hubby anytime I can't work anything (which is all the time!)

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  33. Your little guy is adorable! I used to wear one on my waist, but I lost so many when I went in a public bathroom and it flew across the floor. So I have a new balance watch/pedometer. It was 49 dollars a year ago. I dont blog about this, but I started weight watchers 6 months ago today. I lost 23 pounds. I just now started adding a workout because I was too crabby with the dieting before to workout too. Now I get up and I jog so slowly im sure it looks like IM standing still! for 20 mintues. That's it. That's all I can do. I get about 2800 steps in right away that way. I think the most important thing for me was getting started. I dont go to meetings. My niece and her friend and I all started together and we text one another for support. GOOD LUCK YOU"VE STARTED! Thats the hardest part

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  34. I tried one a few years ago and I didn't think it was doing too good either. I eventually gave up and forgot about it too. Your post now, kinda makes me want to give it another try.
    ~Lisa

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  35. I love Vicki's quote! Personally, I think how ever much you are moving around and getting things done it all counts. I've never had a pedometer that worked properly so I just measure distances with my car. For me that's good enough. I do miss my days when I was still running but those days are pretty much done for me, now I do what I can and make myself be happy with that... keeping in mind of course that I am much older than you are:D

    Hugs for now and keep up those 3 miles a day... that is a great accomplishment!
    Beth P

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  36. Interesting Amy, hubby and I were just talking about a FitBit yesterday as he said he was thinking of buying me one. I'll need a lot of help too if he does because these new gadgets are beyond my capabilities. Usually the 10 or 11 year old granddaughter helps grandma. :-)
    I like this cute little gadget you have and hope it works for what you want. I walk every morning and afternoon with our dog and when the snow flies, I'm on the treadmill in the basement doing 2 miles each morning.
    The distance you're walking is admirable, so keep it up. I've read on blogs that some gals watch an iPad movie while they're on their treadmill.
    Other than walking and other exercise, my go-to for losing weight is My Fitness Pal, a free app that works similarly to Weight Watchers which I've used on-line in the past. Logging everything I eat brings about an awareness of how easy it is to put on weight.
    Good luck!

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  37. You'll do great! Whatever motivates you, go for it! I'm thinking your pedometer (1500 steps in 3 miles) may have been under counting. I say this because my iphone counts steps and 10,000 steps is 6miles. Regardless, have fun with the walking and your new gadget!

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  38. I hope this is a good experience and I would like to read your feedback on FitBit. I have never counted my steps, but have heard from a couple of people that it actually works with losing weight. Good luck!!!

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  39. very lovely looking chap! good luck with the walking x

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  40. Glad you are happy with your fitbit zip. I wear a pedometer all the time and I do think that 1500 steps for 3 miles is VERY low. So please try this new one out and I'm sure you'll find you are doing lots more steps - well done for persisting!
    Caz xx

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  41. Yay go Amy!!
    I love walking so much these days but still use goals to get me motivated.
    A pedometer is a great idea. I always have one in my ruck sac and record all my miles on a calendar.
    Jacquie xxx

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  42. Good luck with the walking, Amy. This little chap/gal of yours look ready and up for the job. I hope he/she will keep you motivated and help you achieve your goals. Good luck! X

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  43. Well done you for making the time for more walking, I was hearing the other day how good it is to walk briskly for 25 minutes a day. I need to exercise more. Just as soon as my ankle is better... (I sprained it playing football on Bank Holiday Monday - ridiculous I know). I like the idea of a little pedometer that doesn't need to be attached to anything. I hope you enjoy using it and that you feel the benefit of walking more. CJ xx

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  44. I wish you a lot of luck with this Amy! Keep on walking!

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  45. I find my fitbit is more generous with steps than my pedometer was. Yay! You'll get those steps! If you take one long walk and then try to stay out of your chair (hard, I know! I love so many sitting things!) you'll chalk up a lot of steps!

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  46. Good for you Amy, walking is such good exercise. xx

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  47. You need a dog! Mind you, Archie is even more lazy than I am so he honestly doesn't motivate me much, but I do have to take him out for his toilet come sun, rain or snow.

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  48. Just love this Amy!! I have a fitbit I wear on my wrist and it helps hold me accountable for the exercise I put in each day. It truly helps me be better about the steps I get in and I think you may be surprised how much you actually do get in each day once you're keeping track and therefore want to make a little more effort to do better.

    I know I'm going to cook and bake and eat (all things I love) so it really helps me balance and maintain even if I don't always "lose". I still count that a win!!

    Best of luck with it my Dear and I'm cheering you on!! I actually have other folks in a "group" with me so we see each others' progress each day and that's really motivating too. ;) Feel free to look me up if it can work internationally too. ;) xoxo

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  49. Good for you! I had a pedometer but it broke. I should look for one of these.

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  50. Good luck with your Fitbit Amy. I have a little pink one just like that and I love it. You do have to work at getting up to 10000 steps but with a daily walk and keeping active it is definitely achievable. There are not many days when I don't reach my target.

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  51. Good for you Amy!! It's not easy to share some of this stuff (I know!), but to have taken that first "step" in getting moving is motivation in itself I think. Don't forget all those little steps through the house and at work that we all take ... and which all count! I'm always worse in my walking in the summer because of the kids, and because of it getting too hot. I've never measured my steps, but I do walk for about an hour every morning when my regular routine returns (next Tuesday to be precise). I love walking, but sometimes it does seem like a chore. Taking my dog out with me seems to help me too as I can't say no to those pleading eyes!!
    Wendy

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  52. Ha! I had to consult a 12 year old last night on how to do something on my new Apple Mac, my youngest's friend knew straightaway where i was going wrong, very funny! i love that quote and will have to remember it when I take forever running. Good Luck with the 10,000 steps Amy x

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  53. Good for you Amy! I need to get one too as I am moving around much less than I used to,

    Good luck.
    Meredith

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  54. I haven't had much luck with pedometers and tend to get a bit confused setting them up, however the fundamental idea of walking briskly is really good for you! Good luck with your walking, it all helps our fitness and emotional,and physical well being X

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