#GoTheDist 2017: January Chapter

After some family events, I knew January was going to be more of a struggle but I was determined. Even if hitting January 2016 wasn’t possible I wanted to at least hit January 2015 and, ideally, 300K steps.

Mission Accomplished!

January totals:

  • 301,270 steps
    127.16 miles walked
    53.01 miles biked

I came just shy, 428 steps to be exact, of January 2016 numbers but I was OK with that because I hit 300K. In 2016 I had 15 days below goal and in 2017 I had 11. That was a pleasant surprise considering I was unexpectedly out of town last week.

Increasing my time and speed
increasing my mileage

As I mentioned, OK with the bike mileage because I have kept up the running. I’ve done 13/21 RunKeeper C25K workouts and had 15 gym visits (11 that count for reimbursement). I’m in a good place. I know the initial gains will taper off, but in the mean time I’m enjoying the recognition.

February Goals:

  • 300,000 steps
  • 50 miles biked
  • Graduate C25K

Going to be harder with one less day than last year and a travel day or two, but I think this is doable. Feb 2016 total was 313, 153. I’m OK with a stretch goal of 305,000. The math of Charge / Alta mileage is so borked I’m not even worried about that.

Reading isn’t on track, I’ve read 7/91 and almost none count for the challenges other than ebook, but that’s OK. I’ll get back into it. Less bike mileage is also a part of it as I can’t read and run:

One in a million: #GoTheDist 2016 Q1

or more precisely, one in 1,008,946.

Yes, I hit more than one million steps in Q1 2016. For comparison, I hit 927,589 in Q1 2015. Nope, Leap Day didn’t do all that. An insane March did – even more insane than last year‘s.

March 2016 totals

  • 394,098 steps
  • 161.93 miles walked
  • 67.51 miles biked

I cannot wrap my head around walking nearly 400K steps in one month. Thank you Washington D.C., the Asia Week press walk and a ridiculously unseasonable March (which we’re of course now paying for in April).

Q1 2016 totals

  • 1,008,946 steps
  • 414.97 miles walked
  • 235.96 miles biked

In.SANE.

I soundly beat my goals and 2015 Q1. I remain most proud of the sustained biking as it & cooking are what has really paid off at the gym. As I thought I would, I won round one of my Transformer DietBet and while I didn’t win Round 2, I still lost weight so calling that a win.

I know it’s going to be a challenge without the Great Saunter (I’m out of town), but I’m taking aim at topping Q2 2015.

Goals:

  • 1,030,000 steps
  • 425 miles walked
  • 100 miles biked

Actually, I lie. My bike goal is higher but it’s one I’m not sure I can hit, so leaving it as the above for now. I’m on track with gym visits, I have 37 of my required 50 before June 30. $200, you need to be in my wallet.

I’m off pace as of now due to a visit from a friend and some un April like weather, but I think I can make it up. If I don’t hit the goals, I’ll be happy with 1 million steps. That has been my crack.

#GoTheDist: February 2016

I need to put down the spreadsheet and walk away
I need to put down the spreadsheet and walk away

Much like I had a mega day in January 2016 and February 2015, I had one in February 2016. A 30K day, to be exact. That helped me counter a few lower days and one 1500 step day (sick day). Thanks to that day, February went gangbusters.

February 2016 totals:

  • 313,153 steps
  • 128.84 miles walked
  • 83.31 miles biked

2016 YTD:

  • 614, 848 steps
  • 253.04 miles walked
  • 168.45 miles biked

I’m most proud of myself for keeping up the bike mileage. My re-commitment to the gym is showing in the scale and I will hopefully win month one of the Transformer DietBet after winning the Kickstarter. Baby steps.

I remembered that March 2015 was good because I had an insane streak of hitting goal, I didn’t remember that it was even better than May 2015. That means the streak of topping the month the prior year is going to end. Instead, my goal is to top Q1 2015. And that is why my spreadsheet exploded.

I’m not too worried about the mileage. As I mentioned in December, the stride/miles calculation is still off but I’m going to shoot for it. So my March goals:

  • 312,742 steps (927,589 for Q1)
  • 131.41 miles walked (384.45)
  • 48.89 miles biked (217.34)

I’m shooting higher for the bike. I want to see if I can do 75 again.

More TK on books and DietBet. Oh and money because the grocery expenditures is another time to step away from the spreadsheet

January in steps, miles and pages

So there must be something about an end of month rush. Last year at the end of February I did a mad dash of exploring NYC and yesterday? More of the same.  I needed 14K for my stretch goal and came home with 16K

January, you were amazing.

  • 301,695 steps
  • 124.2 miles walked
  • 85.14 miles biked! / 13 gym visits
  • 12 books read, (all of which hit the 2016TBRPile challenge!)
  • One DietBet won

I’m impressed with all of those but especially biking and DietBet because they mean my head is in the right place. Something that has been missing. I’m basically feeling like this again, with the exception of MFP instead of LoseIt.

After I obliterated my January bike “goal” I set my sites on January 2015 and hit that number. I’m not sure yet what my February will look like so I’m not sure what that number is going to look like either.

Beating that month the previous year has become the new beating the prior quarter. I think the new way is easier mathematically and truer too. Summer will always beat winter.

I’m at 35.49% of my GoTheDist Q1 goal and 301,695 steps is 8% of my 2016 goal so I’m on the right track.

With the leap day there’s no reason not to beat 276,898 steps // 114.9 miles walked. Since I’m easing back in still, setting bike goal at 50 miles. Baby steps.

#GoTheDist and DietBet: miniupdate

so after (over)thinking about it, I decided to join a DietBet. While they didn’t work perfectly for me, they were a good jump start and that’s what I’d like about now. I also think I’m in a better frame of mind for it then I was when I took a break last year. As an added bonus, I had winnings in my DB kitty from one last year, so it was free. Double win if I win.

I also updated my #GoTheDist goals so they are as follows:

  • Q1, beat 2013’s Q4 totals since I seem to like beating myself (in a positive way). Totals for 4Q were:
    • 641,913 steps
    • 269.41 miles walked
    • 55.16 miles on the bike

    So my Q1 2014 goals are: 700,000 steps, 300 miles walked and 75 miles on the bike. Those are totally random numbers (not a %) so we’ll see how they go. I’m off to a good start on the bike with 10.68 miles yesterday and am bummed I’m snowed in and can’t get to the gym today.

  • Annual: 1100 miles walked (200 1Q, 4Q and 350 apiece for 2,3Q). Yes, that contradicts my math above. Oh well
  • 2.5m steps. I actually think I could hit 3m, but I’m underestimating since I don’t have a full year’s worth of step data to work with.

And as I mentioned above, snow day! Can I go play and count that for #GoTheDist?

 

Weight Watchers vs. Calories

an interesting post, via @LoseIt.

While it’s an interesting explanation of what the pro version of LoseIt offers (which the site itself doesn’t explain as clearly) it’s also a very solid look at the reasons I started to struggle with Weight Watchers despite my initial success with the program.

I had fallen out of love with Weight Watchers, and it was time for me to move on. I still recommend it to people who are new to weight loss, especially people with a lot to lose, but I find that most people end up wanting to move on to something else when they are in maintenance mode.

It wasn’t that I reached maintenance, but I hit what was essentially a 2.5 year plateau. Part of it was my own doing and I think it was good maintenance training, but WW lost that spark for me and I didn’t have the passion I had when I started.

Speaking of starting, March is my WWversary. I’m not at Goal yet (and, to be honest, I still haven’t set my Goal) but I’m in a much better place than I was in March 2009. And that’s what matters. While I don’t think LoseIt is perfect, it’s a good app for me right now. I could easily count in Excel, but I like the ease of the app. So LoseIt, in combination with the competitiveness of DietBet has me on the right track.

Oddly, I still find myself going back to some of the same tenets from WW. Is two packages of Cosi baby carrots really only 40 calories, or via math is it something like 800. But the scale is going down and calories are making it happen.

And despite my recent radio silence, I’m still on track. It was just a very busy period for me, but most importantly, I didn’t use that as an excuse to give up.  I didn’t win the last round of DietBet but I ended the four-week period weighing less than I did when it began, so that’s a Win for me. I joined a higher stakes DietBet this month and am off to a good start with a solid first week.

I walked home yesterday and hope to get back to the gym on Saturday,

DietBet Round 2: Official Winner

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We’ll follow up shortly with details about your winnings once all player weights have been finalized. In the meantime, think about what you are going to splurge on!

WooHOO.

I didn’t end up as far down as I thought I would because my scale has been all over the map and I did my final weigh in in the evening but. WOW!

The goal was 4% of my weight per Diet Bet guidelines, but I lost 5.4% if my excel calculations are right. 5.4% in one month. That’s awesome and I am proud of myself.

Perhaps the single most reason I was able to exceed this month’s goal? I tracked. Every single day of the last four weeks, I logged every morsel (down to one dorito one day) in LoseIt. I think that was even more crucial than the m&ms I ended up giving up.

I’m still not ready to set a Goal (and was glad to realize I’m not the only one who has a goal fear) but I’m going to follow Jess’ lead and set a few mini goals:

  • Lose another 4%. I know at some point my weight loss will slow down but it doesn’t need to be this month. I realized from my spread sheet that if I hit the 4%s I will hit one of my goals by mid June. I want to get another solid step in that direction
  • Track. That’s what I did this month, that’s what I did when I started this back in 2010. There is no excuse not to track because it’s all tracked on the scale anyway
  • More water, less soda. OK, at least more lemonade.

Maybe more tomorrow. In the mean time, I’m tucking into the peanut butter sandwich I’ve wanted for two days. #HappyCari

DietBet: WI 2

WIs for Diet Bet 2 and 3

WIs for Diet Bet 2 and 3

also known as “I don’t see it in the mirror daily but I definitely see it in the photo.”

This also has to be the first time where the first place the weight (or lack thereof) has shown in my face before anywhere else.

I haven’t officially won Round 2 since weigh out isn’t tomorrow but barring diving into a massive salt vat, I will. WOW. I’m not sure what it was about DietBet that gave me the kick in the ass I needed, but I’m definitely doing Round 3., which starts Monday.

Here’s to another month of good food choices, successful weekends, and a behaving scale.

Weigh In: February 17

Weekly Loss: 1.8 lbs

Total Loss: 10.6 lbs

Ahh the early stage “honeymoon”. I know I won’t lose 10lbs in 3 weeks going forward so I’m definitely going to enjoy it.  I’d love if I could consistently lose almost 2 lbs/week. This week was a bit odd. I’m sick again and haven’t felt hungry. I actually thought that, per my LoseIt numbers, I’d be lower. But… a loss is a loss.

Had a scale freak out at the gym yesterday. I don’t normally weigh myself there because it’s later in the day, I’m clothed, etc. But when I lose I don’t always trust my home scale so I wanted to double check it against another scale. The gym scale is new and it turns out it’s one of those like the Biggest Loser where the numbers go crazy before settling in. Didn’t realize that and freaked at first. In the end, it verified my home scale (taking into account clothes, water while working out) so yay!

This week is going to be crazy, but here’s to another good number and finishing off DietBet strong.

Weigh In: February 10

– I had a really good post, and then FireFox ate it :-(

I was going to say I stole this format from Jess, but I won’t put my weight on the internet (despite, you know, the fact that I did before) so I’ve modified it.

Weekly Loss: 3.0 lbs

Total Loss: 8.8 lbs

I’m a daily weigher/scale peeker. Fluctuations don’t bother me — but what has bothered me with the scale I bought this fall is that it doesn’t fluctuate.  Oddly, that makes me not trust it. Bizarre. So I was peeking during the week and the scale wasn’t doing what it was supposed* to. I soon realized that was because a visitor was due.

Despite some poor food choices and thanks to said visitor taking leave, nice loss. I know I won’t get 3.0 lb losses each week – or maybe not any week – but I’ll take it while it lasts and I will re-learn that any loss is a good ones. For the first time since my initial run, I really feel like my brain, heart and stomach are in the right place. Game on.

Speaking of game. I hit the DietBet 4%! It doesn’t “count” until 25 Feb final weigh but there is no excuse not to collect my winnings and be ready for the next month.

*Yes, I know our bodies aren’t optimally tuned machines but I’m silly enough to want my body to do what it does when I eat the same thing day in and day out.