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A new week, a new resolve

Monday, June 28, 2010

Any difficult achievement always takes great effort; and most of the time it is not accomplished on the first attempt. The average smoker doesn't quit for good until the 7th attempt; for me it was probably like the 700th. But I did eventually quit and I'm far healthier and happier (and richer) for it.

I will not abandon my goal to achieve a healthy weight. My efforts will never end until my goal is accomplished. Permanent weight loss is a complex problem that takes effort on a multitude of fronts.

As long as we don't give up we have an opportunity to find that exact balance that will work for each of us.

Day 3 Body Media Results:

Calories Burned: 2,563
Calories Consumed: 1,487
Calorie Deficit: 1,076
Physical Activity: 1 hour, 29 minutes, (15 minutes of which was vigorous)
Steps Taken: 11,235
Sleep: 5 hours, 1 minute out of 7 hours 45 minutes lying down.

*****

I think the new gizmo is going to work for me. I enjoy seeing the data and keep track of it throughout the day. It takes weight loss from a highly emotional, frustrating, mysterious process to NUMBERS. As a business person I understand numbers!

Its step counter is much more accurate than any pedometer I've ever used. So far it has kept me motivated to keep moving each day until I get my 10,000 steps in. My cheap pedometers just didn't cut it--I could rack up 300 steps driving on a bumpy road or 50 steps after 3 miles on the dreadmill!!

Of course the armband is just a tool, and only good if I use it. But I am cautiously optimistic. I've spent the past year running in circles, not moving forward, so I absolutely needed a new approach.

I am cautiously optimistic.
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  • LOZUKE
    I love your Gizmo! My pedometer is not very good either. This sounds great!
    emoticon On quitting Smoking! It does not matter how long just the end result.
    emoticon Debbie
    3811 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/30/2010 6:24:25 AM
  • NANCY15TOGOAL
    Had to go back and history to catch up with you. The armband is a tool - it works if you use it. Sounds like you're using it and it motivates you. You can do it - go!
    3811 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Once we have the correct tools in our toolbox, we can build our success.
    Your determination will get you to your goal.
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    3811 days ago
  • LAURELSPARK
    To coin an old term, YOU GO GIRL. Nothing can stop you now!
    3812 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6254520
    My daughters got me the gadget for Fathers Day and it was a real eye opener for me. I wasnt burning as many calories as I thought I was and it's caused me to re evaluate my whole excercise routine.

    I quit smoking a little over five years ago. Not a day goes by that I do not want a cigarette but I never have one because of the ramifications. Like you I have struggled with being healthy but the one thing I told myself is that "I will get this one day." Not a day goes by that I do not want to put something unhealthy in my mouth, but I dont for the same reasons I dont light up a cigarette.

    Thanks to spark and all my DF, I am "getting it."
    3812 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5454268
    I am intrigued by your new gadget...I, too like "numbers". If it is an effective tool, go for it! Whatever works for us is what we need to do. Good job on the steps...that's a bunch!

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    3812 days ago
  • no profile photo CJAC24
    hi. how do you know you burned all those calories? sorry, im just new to all this.
    3812 days ago
  • FLUENTFROG
    "As long as we don't give up we have an opportunity to find that exact balance that will work for each of us." So eloquently spot on.

    I quit trying with the pedometers for the very reasons you cite. I'm watching this unfold for you also with self-interest about whether this could be a helpful tool for me too.

    To a GREAT week!
    3812 days ago
  • YOUNGROBT
    Thanks for the reminder to keep on keeping on. 7 or 700... you haven't failed unless you quit.
    3812 days ago
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