Another Birthday

So, yesterday was my birthday.  It was my 4th birthday since I started this blog.  I had a great day.  One thing I always like to do on my birthday is take pictures so I have a record of where I was at the time.  Honestly, I am super picky about pictures and usually hate every picture taken of me.  Even with my plastic surgery, I still hate most pictures of me.  I actually liked how I looked in the mirror before the pictures were taken.  I just didn’t like most of the pictures and I usually feel that way.  It isn’t that I don’t like how I look.  I think I look fine.  It is the pictures I don’t like.  So, I always have someone (usually my husband) take a ton of pictures and I nitpick them to to death.  Inevitably, there are things I like on every picture, but things I don’t like.  We had a lot of difficulty with the lighting today, but there was one picture that had great lighting.  But, the expression on my face was not so great.  And, so it went.  Anyway, I finally picked two that I was reasonably OK with.

 

Neither one is perfect.  I liked the top picture, but my hair was in my eyes a bit too much.  The bottom picture I liked fairly well, but I wasn’t smiling quite enough.  But, the pictures where I was smiling generally had bad lighting or other flaws.  So, I’ll take these.  Even so, I’m happier with these photos that those of past years. [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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March Weigh In

The day of reckoning.  Yes, I was up 5.4 pounds to 147 pounds.  As I posted on Friday, I was off track for 4 weeks.  At the worst of it I was up 9 pounds!  So, a gain of 5.4 pounds really demonstrated that I was much more on program for the last week.  I think my “true” weight gain (not including fluid retention) is about 3 pounds.

I am irritated with myself for getting off track, but am glad I’m back on track now and plan to stay there.  Going forward one of my big goals for this month is to get back into more activity.  That is something I got out of doing when I had surgery last year.  And, it wasn’t optional.  I had to stop exercising for a time.  But, I am able to do more now and need to be doing more.  That is next on my list to get back on track with now that the food part is doing better.

Getting Way, Way Off Track and Then Getting Back

As I posted in early February, I had a great early February weigh in.  I was down below my baseline after my tummy tuck. Things were going great.  And, then I crashed and burned.  Honestly, the 4 weeks after my weigh in were terrible.  I went just really out of control.  I did exactly one good thing.  I continued to track what I ate.  So I know that over those 4 weeks I averaged eating almost 650 calories more per day than I ate during January!  I was wearing my Fitbit over this time and it tells me that for those 3 weeks I have a legit 3.2 pound weight gain based upon my calorie surplus (that is the amount that my calories eaten exceeded those burned).

Of course, eating so much more, I ate a lot more carbs and there is fluid retention (eating carbs results in holding on to to more water).  So, at the worst my weight was up to 149.8 pounds which was a gain of 9 pounds over 4 weeks!  Of course, I know that most of that is not true weight gain.  I’ve been on track since last Saturday and I’m now down almost 3 1/2 pounds.  So, I’m still up almost 6 pounds, of which I think about half is true weight gain. [Read more…]

The Wedding Dress – 25 Years Later

Today was my 25th wedding anniversary.  My husband and I went out to dinner at Fogo de Chao for our celebration.  And, I wore my wedding dress.

I was in my mid 30s when we married (my first marriage) and didn’t feel the need to do the traditional wedding.  I had for many years in the back of mind had two sort of unconventional ideas for a wedding.  The first was that I thought it would be romantic to get married in Las Vegas.  I’m not really sure why I thought that.  Maybe it was watching too many movies in the 1960s where the zany couple ended up getting married in Vegas.  Or, maybe, Viva Las Vegas had stuck with me.  Regardless, I just had this desire to fly off to Las Vegas and get married there. [Read more…]