Weight challenged

I’m sure I’m not alone here – my weight has always been a bit of a challenge. With regular, vigorous exercise I’m successful at losing weight but always unable to keep up the pace for a prolonged period of time. I guess I’ve come to view my current weight as OK but I don’t like being too sedentary so a couple weeks ago I decided to track my steps knowing that if I was tracking them, I’m just competitive enough to try and increase them.

I bought the new iPad nano – I clip it to my bra strap each morning. In addition to the Nike app that allows me to track steps, I can listen to music or the radio when I’m on longer walks or hikes.

The first few days or so is not really an accurate baseline because I was away from home and dealing with Chesty’s allergies ( he sits quietly when he can sit with me) but I did better the 2nd week. Personally I think it will be easier here at home because I walk a lot of places. I’ll just need to “step it up” a bit.

Not really ready for the 10,000 steps per day thing I did a little research and found these classifications from NIH and am setting my daily goal at >5000

Based on currently available evidence, we propose the following preliminary indices be used to classify pedometer-determined physical activity in healthy adults: (i). <5000 steps/day may be used as a 'sedentary lifestyle index'; (ii). 5000-7499 steps/day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered 'low active'; (iii). 7500-9999 likely includes some volitional activities (and/or elevated occupational activity demands) and might be considered 'somewhat active'; and (iv). >or=10000 steps/day indicates the point that should be used to classify individuals as ‘active’. Individuals who take >12500 steps/day are likely to be classified as ‘highly active’.

This is how I’ve done since starting and it will be interesting to see how being home effects the numbers.

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Does anyone else use a pedometer to monitor/increase their activity? I’m loving the Nano for this!

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18 Responses to “Weight challenged”

  • I use online activity trackers, but I usually just track my exercise time for each day rather than steps. I have an iPod Shuffle, but didn’t realize the Nano could also be used as a pedometer, so I need to check that out. Thanks

  • Marillyn Smith:

    I wonder if my old Nano could do this? Probably need one that you can download apps to. I have been losing and regaining the same 10 lbs for the last 1 1/2 years.

  • Two and a half years ago my husband & I decided to get off our butts and get healthy. We bought a couple of FitBit activity monitors and changed our diets and haven’t looked back since. In that two and a half years, between the two of us, we have lost over 200 pounds (115 for me alone!) Stick with what you’re doing, I wish you the best and hope you’ll reach your goal :)

  • I have had pedometers in the past and love tracking my steps and miles…but it seems like they stop working too soon. Now I am doing the Leslie Sansone DVDs walk at home….very good workout and tracking on facebook. I started that 4 weeks ago…and also walk in our neighborhood. I like your method and will look into a way to track my daily steps…it is very motivating way to keep getting better!!

  • I’m like you. I do great for several weeks and then something knocks you off your game and the steps go lower. Lately I’ve been using the fitbit ultra from fitbit.com/product It works great and basic additional online reports are free. It’s a little pricey for the pedometer but I like the other items tracked on it as well. Feel free to email with any questions.

  • Marilyn:

    I have several pedometers around here, just not sure where they are. I could use some motivation to get moving again.

  • Evelyn:

    Geez Mary – you are as technologically advanced as my 13 year old niece! I am going to have to ask her to look at this and figure it out for me! I walk more than I think I do and also try to ride my bike at least 40 miles a week. I prefer biking to walking! Saturday I did a 5K walk with my sister and nephew -that is as far as I like to walk at any one time! Cheers! Evelyn

  • Cindy B.:

    Guess it is time to look at activity levels again. You are such a motivator!

  • Laurie:

    I was going to ask for the new Nano for my birthday but then found out that Weight Watchers is teaming up with Fitbit so I am going to wait until it happens. I find that being a Lifetime member of WW keeps me accountable. I’ve tried it on my own but need to face a scale/meeting at least 2-3x/month to keep me stable. It’s hard work but I call it a lifesetyle change…not a diet. If you are interested in WW I go downtown on Friday mornings at 11:00 weigh in and 11:30 meeting. I’ve probably lost THOUSANDS of lbs. over the course of my adult life…but for 3+ years I’ve maintained (not skinny minny) my weight where I feel comfortable!

  • I have a pedometer that is not finicky at how it is oriented in order to read correctly. Often it just goes in my pants pcoket, but could be my jacket pocket or on my hat. It is good to look partway through the day and see how I am doing. Once I set my stride, I can look at steps or miles. I agree, it is a good motivator!

  • Diane L:

    I use a fitbit and it has made a world of difference for me.

  • Leslie:

    I’m also having a hard time working out but it’s my determination that keeps me motivated.

  • I use the nike thingy that fits in a pocket in your shoe and transmits the data to my touch..or ipad.

  • Isn’t that a great feature to the iPod! And you get to listen to music or audiobooks while you walk. I want one!

  • Alison in UK:

    oh dear, now I need an ipod nano … :)

  • Tanya:

    I usually have a pedometer on everyday too. Definitely not Nano or Fitbit quality but it keeps me somewhat motivated. I notice I’ve slacked off recently and that it is harder to reach my goals… And even with all the walking, the weight keeps creeping up…

  • Michelle F.:

    I use an Omron pedometer sporadically. Lately I have been training to walk a half marathon so I have been using my wrist GPS for tracking mileage and pace more. I do like wearing a pedometer to big quilt shows there is a lot of walking involved there!

  • Lori:

    Fitbit here. Since getting one in March, just after surgery. I have walked over 120 miles and lost 25 lbs. I started with the 5000 steps than to 7500 now at 10,000 a day,on Sundays 18,000+ steps. Actually eating better and more food, dropped gluten products, less bloating. I tell everyone I feel 25 years younger at least!!!!
    Even 1 of my 2 dogs have lost 3 lbs, her vet is very happy, they only walk 2500 steps with me, than they stay home. The vet told me for every pound over weight is like having 50 pounds on her, she is at 12 lbs now (2 to go), the other one stayed at 9 lbs.

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