Due to a crazy schedule and traveling to Canada, my second and third week of using the Fitbit did not yield great results. First, food. Midway through the second week, I stopped tracking. This was a dumb move on my part. We were eating out a lot and it just became difficult to calculate all of the calories and keep track of the portions. When dining out, tracking becomes more of a guesstimate and it's hard to really know what you are getting nutritionally. I think the biggest obstacle that I have to weight loss will be curbing the dining out. Yes, healthy options can be found in restaurants, but it is impossible to know if an item that should be healthy has been doused in butter and oil. Unless you are preparing it yourself, it's just too hard to know. Soon, I will be leaving my job and we don't have any upcoming travel plans, so it should be easy to focus on cooking healthy meals at home. I don't feel guilty about the fabulous meals that I had in Canada, most of which contained an absurd volume of cheese. My focus is going to be on keeping it in check while at home, so that I can eat whatever I want when out with friends or on vacation. It's about the day-to-day, not the occasions.
My exercise was actually great. On all of my work days, I exceeded my 10,000 step fitbit goal. On my two days off (excluding Canada), I went to the gym and I tried two classes, Hatha Yoga and Core Fusion ( a Pilates fusion course). After each class, I hit the treadmill. In Canada, Dan and I walked everywhere. I didn't always have my fitbit on, so I have no idea how much we actually walked, but both Vancouver and Whistler were great places to explore and much of the exploring was done on foot.
I didn't wear it most of the time to track sleep. In Canada, I turned into a cat and slept over ten hours on most nights. I think that it was a combo of the travel and cold weather. Overcast days make me want to sleep!
This morning, I discovered that I had gained two pounds since I last weighed myself, which is more like four pounds since my last Fitbit blog post. I felt good about it though. I was off track before Canada and I ate very, very well while on vacation. It will be easy to get back on course. I can very easily lose those pounds gained and keep dropping.
Since, I didn't consistently wear my Fitbit, all of the data is off. I am going to start fresh today and week four will give me more usable data. I am still enjoying using the device, but still getting used to it and figuring out ways to have it fit in to my life, especially when busy and traveling.