50k Steps in a Week

Hot Chocolate Finish Line

Everyone has a fitness tracker now, right? Ok, maybe not everyone, but it seems like more and more people are making that investment. To me, it’s an investment well made in your health. (If you don’t want to spend the money on a tracker, what about a pedometer?)

Glen and I both just upgraded to the Fitbit Charge HR (we used to have the Flex). I must say, that I love mine! I don’t even use the heart rate monitor on it, but by making that upgrade, you get a watch like closure. I love that instead of having to sync on my phone or getting a ballpark step count when I double tap, I can get an exact step count right on my wrist. That’s in addition to the date and time, heart rate (duh), mileage, calories burned, and stairs climbed (yea!). I think you can also set it up to display incoming phone calls and text message, but I don’t have mine set up to do it.

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The Fitbit devices set a default daily step goal for you of 10,000 steps a day. That is absolutely achievable for some people (a lot of my friends are consistently at or above this mark). For someone like me, who is active, but sits at a desk eight hours a day, not so much.

So what is achievable? You have to decide that for yourself. For me, a reasonable, but still challenging level is 50,000 steps. I have my step goal set at 7,200 daily, which would get me at just over the target number. Do I hit that every day? No. At least not yet. But I am going to keep working to make that happen more days than not.

How do I reach my goal? Walk, dummy! Just kidding! It’s important to get your steps in when you can and plan ahead.

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Every day I am at work and my workload allows I climb up and down the stairs of my office building 4 times. No elevator for me! I work on the top floor of a 7 story building. That gets me steps and counts towards my stair climbs. It also gets me very out of breath and a little embarrassed when someone tries to carry on a conversation during or right after this fete. You would think it would get easier with time. You would be wrong.

Two days a week during my lunch break, I take a 30 minute walk. Glen works right down the street and joins me when he can. If it’s too hot, too rainy, too cold, too whatever, we’ll take the short drive over to Sugarloaf Mills and do a couple of laps. I love being able to do it outside though and enjoy some fresh air!

Mall Walker

Three days a week, we try to hit the gym or the life path (golf cart/pedestrian paths by our house) for a walk or a run. These two things get me 5 days out of 7 (in case you didn’t know how many days are in a week) at my goal, and usually much higher.

Life makes up the rest to get me to my goal. Grocery shopping, doing stuff around the house, walking to the copier or break room at work. They all add up!

Now it’s your turn to share what you do to get moving and hit your step goal!

Hot Chocolate 5k

Hot Chocolate Start Line

First race of the year!  Last Sunday we completed the Hot Chocolate 5k.  This race began in Atlanta a few years ago and we have competed every year, sometimes in the 5k and twice in the 15k!

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This year, things were a little different.  Glen is suffering from some Achilles and foot issues, so we walked the 3.1 miles.  Glen and I always race together, only it’s usually him slowing down to support me!  

 Hot Chocolate Finish Line

This year’s race morning was frigid!  Sub freezing temps threw a whole different element into the race.  I mean, it is January and it is more fun to be rewarded with hot chocolate when you’re not all over heated from running a 5k.  We had layer upon layer upon layer of clothes on!  Thank goodness for my bro and his wife for letting us wait in their warm car!

But, all in all, we had a blast!  Can’t wait until next year for our Hot Chocolate #5!

(Sorry, no recipes or weigh in this week!)

 

Weight Loss Tools

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So, last week, we talked about goals.  I shared with you what my goals for 2016 are and I hope it spurred you to set some goals for yourself. 

You probably noticed that my goals are very specific and, most importantly, measurable.  I could just say I want to move more and eat less.  While that is a good goal to have, how do you really know if you are succeeding? 

Let’s talk about the tools that I use to help me reach my goals.

Fitbit  I just recently upgraded to the Charge HR from the Flex.  Both are great tools for making sure that you stay moving.  You might remember that one of my goals is to keep my weekly step number at at least 50,000.  I have been struggling to get my number up (leaving it at home one day didn’t help!), but I am still working on reaching and maintaining that number. 

Now, you may have heard some bad press about fitbit and that they are even being sued.  You have to keep in mind that this is a tool, but you need to still use your common sense when using the metrics associated with it.  Based on your sex, weight, height, fitbit makes an educated guess on your calories burned.  I’ll talk to more in a future post on how I set my calorie goals.

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MyFitnessPal  I used the calorie counter on fitbit for a long time, but decided to make the switch to the more robust MyFitness Pal app.  The catalog of nutritional information in this app far outweighs what is found in fitbit.  I am able to log all of my food and water, as well as my weight.  The best part is, it syncs with fitbit and I am able to use both apps to help me track my overall calorie intake and output.  

MyFitnessPal also keeps track of other nutritional guidelines, including sodium that is an important thing to me this year.  When I first started using this app I was FLOORED at how much sodium I was consuming. 

As a little added bonus, on both MyFitnessPal and fitbit, you connect with others and can help encourage one another with competitions, messages, cheers, and taunts.  Friends always make the journey better!

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C25k There are a countless number of couch to 5k programs out there, but I think the programs themselves are the same (or at least similar).  I use the one from Zen Labs and hope to eventually graduate the 10k and half marathon programs. 

These programs are certainly not perfect.  When I was literally moving from the couch to starting my running journey, I found the program too difficult to complete in the timeframe allotted and was very discouraged.  I was repeating weeks (which is fine), but felt like I could never really get past certain obstacles.  Now that I am more seasoned, I feel  like it is a good tool for me to reach some of my running goals.

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Check Off Diet Tracker  I use this app to keep track of my daily portions.  When I eat a veggie, I check it off.  Same with grains, fruit, dairy, protein, water, and exercise.  Just an easy way for me to keep on track!

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What tools do you use to keep your goals on track?

Weight Loss:

Jenny: -0.8/week   -2.6/total

Glen: out of town/didn’t weigh in

Recipes

Pork over Couscous with Pistachio-Lemon Vinaigrette

The vinaigrette in this recipe would be good on just about anything!  It really made the recipe.  I added zucchini to the tomatoes.  Just ’cause!

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Resolutions

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Do you make New Years Resolutions?  Vowing to make a life altering change, only to fall short on, oh say, January 4th and throwing in the towel?

I do not believe in resolutions.  It implies that you resolve to never do something ever again and if you fail, it’s over.  Well, I wasn’t going to drink anymore coke, but I had a moment of weakness and drank a coke and now I failed so I can drink coke whenever I want because I broke the resolution.  There’s always next year.

I do, however, believe in goals.  I set goals for myself every year.  Sometimes I meet some of them and some times I don’t.  Last year was a don’t.  Across the board.  (See last weeks posts for why.)

What’s the difference between a resolution and a goal?  Aren’t they synonymous?  In my mind, they are not.  When I set a goal for myself, my intention is to complete the task or change my habits by the end of the year.  I am trying to work on myself to achieve something over time. 

So, I drink a coke in that moment of weakness.  Well, tomorrow, I’ll try hard to not fall into the trap.  And hopefully, by December 31st, I won’t salivate every time I walk by the coke machine at work. 

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Here are some of my goals for 2016.  There are others that are either more personal or just don’t really apply to health and fitness.

  1. Live within 1500 calories (1600 on workout days) and 2300 mg sodium by end of year.
  2. Follow food pyramid. (2 fruit/3 vegetables/6 grains/2 dairy/2 protein)
  3. Maintain a weekly average of 50k steps.
  4. Run 5k at 12 minute miles.
  5. Triple Peach.
  6. Obtain weight goal.

Now it’s your turn to share what goals you have in 2016!

Weight Progress:

  • Jenny: -1.8 lbs
  • Glen: -5.2 lbs

Weekly Recipes:

Bell Pepper and Potato Frittata

Bell Pepper Frittata

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans and Sage

Butternut Squash

 

 

 

Happy New Year, Peachies!

Happy New Year

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  After a much needed break and some rethinking on what we want The Peachy Pair to be, I decided to resurrect the space here as a diary of a new journey.

2015 was a total suckfest.  Ok, maybe not totally, but it does rank as the worst year ever.   We did have two amazing trips, one to Disney and one to the Dominican.  And we found out the most amazing news in March.  We were having a baby! 

I can’t describe the excitement we felt.  We got to take our child on their first trip to Disney World before they were even born!  One week post trip was our first doctor’s appointment.  And over the course of the next two weeks, my whole life fell apart.  Fast forward to November and repeat (minus the fun of going to Disney).

But that’s not really what this is about.  I share that to say that when I found out I was pregnant the first time, I gained a couple of pounds (I finally got to eat for two!).  When we lost the baby, I gained several more. 

A few years ago, I lost 30 pounds over the course of a couple of years.  I gained almost all of that back just this year.  My name is Jenny and I am an emotional eater.

So, this year is about health.  Not just about weight loss (although I am a girl, so that’s part of it), but about getting into better shape and a healthier place.  I am committed to making 2016 a year of transformation.

I’ll share with you guys my journey so that you can help keep me accountable and so that maybe I can help encourage you on whatever walk you are on.  You probably won’t find play by play recipes on The Peachy Pair anymore, but I am going to share pics and links to recipes that we have been trying.

So, Happy New Year from The Peachy Pair and welcome to our new journey!

We love you all and thank you for all of your love and support of us!

Jenny

Ham & Cheese Scones

Made these healthy scones from Eating Well March/April 2015 last night for us to eat on over the weekend (click the dish name in red above for recipe).  Only 191 calories a pop!

Ham & Cheese Scones