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Flogging Story So Far

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I am thanking God I’m alive, yet acknowledging that Nathan and my couple of friends might be sick of my fitness puzzle updates, I thought I’d write it out. My story so far does make me who I am, and currently it’s kinda pissing me off.

Despite having birthed 2 children, losing weight during pregnancy, to reach 190 pounds twice; I’m shaking my head as to why the eff I’m hovering between 200-225 now.

At this point I can honestly acknowledge that I’m doing spectacular by all reasonable definitions. I already knew I was doing decent, but there were a few people that thought I wasn’t eating enough and thus causing my body to think it was starving. Because of their doubts I began to use my Samsung Health Tracker app to its fullest potential to find out for certain if my knowing was accurate or if their doubts were.

I have to say, except for the fact that it doesn’t track the calories I burn doing deep tissue massage, I’m really enjoying the accuracy and details it allows me to track. When I enter food I can pick brands, specify my particular serving, even down to individual ingredients for things like my breakfast shake, and it does all the math for me. I love it.

As you can see below, my worst day of food intake (when I’m at the old job) is the number of calories that many people consume as normal. Yet, for me that now only happens once or twice a month. Most days fall more in the range of what I took in on the 26th, which is more of the 850 to 1100 calories. Which, by the way, gives me plenty of energy. I actually struggle more on the high calorie days, because usually those involve succumbing to my food allergies.

That reminds me of a cartoon that Nathan found a few days ago…..(he’s been sharing memes on this topic with me because I’m ranty about it, he’s trying to help me find levity.)…

Anyway, I find it interesting that my nutrient balance score is low. I have been watching that score system and basically I get a better score when the protein to carb ratio is in a certain range. Unfortunately, I usually eat few carbs. My food intake still has carbs, but much lower ratio than most people. I also try to focus on healthy fats and I eat seafood or use pea protein powder for my proteins since I have had issues recently with red meat and never did do well with dairy or soy. I’m betting they factor that into their algorithm as well.

Moving on: in addition to these super healthy lower calorie days, I’m getting plenty of exercise. Beyond doing massages- which do burn calories, I’ve been doing more yoga and core exercises (leg lifts, variety of crunches, and planks) and walking a ton. Today I’ve done 30 min of yoga, about 40 min of core exercises, and then took an hour walk, keeping up pace with my Flogging Molly mix. My app only counted one of my jogging bits as running, but I picked up the place several times during my walk to keep up with the music. That’s despite the cold weather. *I really do love Flogging Molly for exercise.* My average steps per day is generally over that which the app recommends with few exceptions, and the one high-calorie day I hit 18,000 steps, nearly 8 miles of walking!

I’ve also been reeling in my blood sugars, finally getting my fasting numbers to begin to normalize. I have to say that the walking increase has helped with that, but making sure my dinners are on the light side also did. And blood pressure never was a concern, but I’m logging them anyway to make sure it stays that way.

My stress levels are even doing great and even when I push my speed with the walking/jogging I’m still keeping lower heart rates.

I swear that this meme is too true. Too close to home, but still funny.

Damn those genetics.

Anyway, I’m definitely feeling like all my work should amount to something visible. I have nothing to show for 4 months of dedicated exercise and food control. Except slightly better blood sugars. Oh well, I suppose I know, and regardless of people’s assumptions, I still know I can lift my husband (and most of the people I work on). I’m healthy despite having an obese body. Rawr.

I’ll leave you with 2 appropriate funny memes, and my usual blessing.

May you know your hard work matters. May your determination net visible results. May you see your improvement, and may you enjoy a healthful life.

Siva Hir Su

Milestones

100 blog posts in a year and some change. 

Today I walked 7.4 miles:  2.3 as part of my job & 5.1 in the eliptical machine at the Y (an hour workout).

After going fast on the elliptical,  I’ve decided it’s really difficult to adjust the settings down and try to slow down for a cool down.  Almost comical I think. 

Having a fitness tracker is boosting my confidence in my health,  and solidifying that I must just be designed to carry extra weight.  Maybe it’s a just in case I actually am starving. I just know that I’ve been pretty spectacular for about 3 weeks,  consuming 1500 – 1700 calories on my worst days, & half that in my best days.   Beyond that,  now that I’ve had the tracker for a week, I know I’m burning upwards of 2500 calories a day, there’s been a few days I cleared 3000.  Yet the scale has remained at 230 pounds. Nathan suggested switching to a digital scale,  but I pointed out that even a spring scale is accurate at showing weight changes,  even if the number might be off. I.e if you lose 15 pounds it’s gonna show, but it might tell you you went from 245 to 230 when really maybe you went from 249 to 234. The inaccuracy is in how closely a spring scale measures weight numerically speaking,  not whether or not the same object has changed in weight. Besides that I’ve used the old style weighted balance scale at the Y and I’m getting a similar story, no weight change.

 Anyway,  I know I’m being super healthy,  & I now have a whole mess of data & photographic evidence to back it up. Why my body wants to be larger, floppy, & curvy, I just don’t know. It’s a mystery,  but one I’m ok with.  

As long as my body is getting what it needs,  that’s what matters, and I’ve got enough evidence that it is, to be fine with the results. Besides I’m still nearly 80 pounds lighter and 3 dress sizes smaller than when I was at my heaviest. I plan to post pics of that change soon (Nathan’s working on digging up old pics I can duplicate poses of).

Even my heart rates have balanced out. I’m down to a grain and half of desiccated thyroid a day (1- 90mg tab), and the only time I notice anything is mid-day when it’s time to take my iron (I get spacy),  & first thing after waking up (my hands tend to be cold & I’m a bit sluggish to wake up). Both are normal symptoms when you’re taking just barely enough medicine to help your thyroid out,  which is where I want to be. It encourages my thyroid to try harder so I can eventually eliminate the meds all together.

So happy dance for both blogging & health!  Yea 😉

On another note.  My 2.5 year old son got ahold of his big sister’s phone and called me. All on his own.  No help.  She wasn’t even aware it happened until I called back. Scary. He’s not 3 until the end of August.   Maybe worse,  I understood everything he said when I talked to him. He told med he knew how to fix the broken lightbulb & get the stuck part out. I had to tell him of already done that & just needed to buy a new bulb. Geesh.