Fit3D Scan for October

 

Last month I posted about my Fit3D scan. It is a month later so I went and was scanned again.  I can do this monthly as part of my plan at Dexafit.  I wasn’t really expecting much difference.  I was down about 2 and a half pounds from last time.  That is on my scale at home.  At Dexafit, I actually weighed over 3 pounds less today that I weighed there last time because last time I had a soft drink (cherry coke zero) on the way over there and today I didn’t. So, some of that I didn’t feel was real loss.  I also felt I had a little water retention when I did this before.

I have been exercising since then and really working on the strength training.  Still, I didn’t really expect to see much change in measurements.  I was pleasantly surprised by the results.

To do the Fit3D scan, you basically get down to your underwear, then stand on this pedestal that spins you around for 40 seconds taking tons of measurements.  From that, a 3D avatar is created.  This is the one from today:

I hadn’t really seen much difference in my body over the last 3 months but when I saw the detailed comparison I could see some differences. [Read more…]

Juggling Stuff and Checking In

Ok, wow.  So almost 2 weeks since I posted.  In a sense there hasn’t been much going on in regard to weight loss so there wasn’t much to post.  And, there was just a lot of stuff to juggle non-weight loss so I didn’t realize how much time had passed since I last posted.

The last couple of weeks have been a holding action in terms of weight loss.  Weekend before last, I drove back to my hometown and went to my 45th high school reunion.  It was the first one I’ve attended since graduating.  I must admit that it was easier for me to go to this one since I knew that my weight was basically fine (although I still want to lose a few pounds) and I felt happy with how I looked.

It’s funny but in the mind’s eye I still saw people as they were when we were 18 and so I was a little nervous about showing up with the current me.  I mean sort of absurd since I am in a Facebook group for our class and I’ve seen more current pictures.  But, still those pictures in my head were there.  Of course, as soon as I got there I truly did accept that everyone had aged just as I had aged.  And, really, once I was there I wasn’t concerned about my appearance or anyone else’s appearance.  It was a lot of fun to see people.  I also had an opportunity to reconnect with my dearest friend from way back when and that was very special.

Foodwise, I did OK during that trip.  I had to eat out some but planned for it.  I was planning to come back home and really exercise this past week.  But, I came home and had a scratchy throat and generally not feeling good for the whole week.  I kept thinking I was about to get a sore throat and feel awful.  That never happened, perhaps because I took it easy for the whole week in terms of activity.  But, that kept my calorie burn down.

And, then…my husband’s birthday.  Due to schedule conflicts with our kids, we have had 2 birthday celebrations and are going to have another one on Tuesday.  We went out alone to Fogo de Chao on his actual birthday.

That was what I had from their market table.  Then, they bring around a lot of different meats and you take what you want.  I mostly took a small piece of several things, mostly chicken and a little pork.  It was incredibly good.  We elected not to have dessert.

On Sunday, we went out for the second celebration with our son.  We ate at Red Robin and I skipped getting a chicken sandwich to just get the Ensanada Chicken which is a chicken breast with some added flavors and a side salad.  Having done that, I felt I could afford to eat part of this dessert:

It was incredibly yummy but was shared among 3 people.

We have one more lunch out, but that is planned for a restaurant where I can eat very lightly.  So, I think I did reasonably well, but haven’t lost any weight over the last 10 days.

I did finally get back to a little exercise.  The weather is finally cool enough here that we can walk outside so we took a walk in the neighborhood.  I like walking here because it is a little hilly so we get a better workout.  And, we plan to go back to the Y on Tuesday.

The Older Women in the Weight Room

Today, I went to the YMCA for strength training.  I did 10 minutes or so on the bike, then did the weight machines and a few free weights.  But, one thing I really noticed were all the older women in the weight room.  I mean these were really older.  They looked to mostly be in their 70s.  I must have seen at least 10 exercising there in under an hour.

Going to the Y at mid-afternoon on a weekday is a great time to go.  The weight room is usually not that crowded so there aren’t long waits for most machines.  At that time of day, you mostly get those who don’t work 9 to jobs.  There are some college students, some who work flexible or later hours, some who maybe work from home, and the largest group — retirees.

So, it wasn’t unusual to see a lot of older people in the weight room.  And, as usual, more were men than women.  But, what really struck me today was that there were lot of these older women and they all seemed to be regular users of the weight room.  Most were mostly using the machines, but they all seemed to be experienced and were often lifting weights much higher than I lift.

While I was using the leg curl machine, I noticed a woman using the chest press machine across the way.  I couldn’t help but notice that she was lifting a weight several times higher than I do.  I have never had much upper body strength and that is what went the first with my time off from strength training.  As a result, I can only lift a very low weight.  She was lifting more, though, than I lifted after almost a year of working with a personal trainer.  And, she looked to be at least 80 years old!  I couldn’t help but notice that almost all of these women were very trim and all moved around pretty easily.  Yes, I could see that most of them were at least 10 year older than I am.  I just hope that I am where they are when I get to that point.

It was a good reminder that even into later life, it is possible to strength train and that a lot of benefits can come from it.  It was truly inspiring to watch.

Back to Strength Training!

At long last, I finally got back to strength training and went twice this week.  I made this one of my goals starting out this year.  From mid-2015 to mid-2016, I had worked twice a week with a personal trainer doing strength training.  Then I had to stop when I did my plastic surgery.  I wasn’t fully cleared to do all strength training until around the start of this year.

In January, I rejoined the Y and said I would start going at least twice a week.  And, then, I just…didn’t.  No real excuse.  Yes, I had a lot of things going on.  But, if I wanted to make it a priority I could have made it a priority.  I always just found it easier to use busy schedule as reason not to go.  When I go off track, I find it really hard to get back on.

The past 5 weeks or so I finally got back into using my treadmill, but I knew I really needed to strength train.  So, Tuesday I went with my husband to the Y.  I had actually planned to do it last week, but the hurricane legitimately derailed that (Y was closed most of the week).

We are actually going to a different Y than the one I went to before.  The old one I went to is a little closer, but I like the facilities and equipment at the new Y a little better.  It is also larger and has a greater variety of equipment.  I can still go the the other Y if I want to, so we’ll see if I like the new one better. [Read more…]

Fitbit Alta HR Review

This week I got the new Fitbit Alta HR and wanted to review it.  I have been using a Fitbit Blaze, which I did a First Look Review when I received over a year ago and then a follow up after two months.  I still really like the Fitbit Blaze and have been happily using it.  I did take off from exercising after my surgery last year, but lately I’ve been getting back into some walking (still not going to the Y yet) and am becoming more active.

And, the Blaze is great for that.  Despite that I bought a new Alta HR.  Usually when I buy a new Fitbit it is because the new tracker has some great new feature that I don’t have with the old tracker.  That isn’t the case with the Alta.  In fact, it has fewer features than the Blaze.  And, some of those features are important to me.  So, why get the Alta?

Looks.  That is mostly it.  Well, comfort is a factor, but that is relatively minor.  I love my Blaze and it does a lot of stuff.  If I could have only the Blaze or the Alta HR, I would go for function over form and keep the Blaze.  But, Fitbit allows you to have more than one tracker on your account.  I can wear the Alta HR part of the time, then switch midday to the Blaze and then switch back and if I sync both of them I will end up with all my steps and calorie burned counted nad all my activities recorded.

For that reason the question wasn’t Blaze or Alta HR.  The question was Blaze only or Blaze and Alta HR.  When I looked at it that way, it was easy for me to decide on having both of them.

The Alta HR does most of what the Blaze does.  It also is much smaller.  It is very sleek to look at.  Like the Blaze, you can switch bands if you want.  It is just that the Alta HR is prettier.  The Alta HR looks like the Alta which came out close to the time the Blaze came out.  I wasn’t tempted by the Alta, however, as it didn’t continuously monitor heart rate and that is a dealbreaker feature for me.  The Alta HR does continuously monitor heart rate.  I like how it looks and it is very comfortable to wear.  That is important since I wear my Fitbit 24/7 as I use it to also monitor sleep.

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