Project 365 – Days 1 to 50

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 50 days! Craziness. These first 50 days have not been a smashing success, but I have learned a lot and am ready to take on the next 315 days!

I actually learned a lot just by starting a spreadsheet that keeps track of all the important info like caloric intake, exercise, sleep, and steps taken. I spent yesterday making this spreadsheet and it “clicked” as to why I’m not seeing the success that I want. I’m simply eating too much, and not moving around enough.

Listed below are my daily averages for the first 50 days on my journey…

Average Calories Eaten – 2,081
Average Calories Burned – 58
Average Net Calories – 2,023
Average Daily Exercise – 8 minutes
Average Nightly Sleep – 6.9 hours
Average Daily Steps – 5,059

To be honest I’m only satisfied with the nightly sleep. I’m going to aim to get that up to 7 or 7.5 hours, but 6.9 actually isn’t that awful. Caloric intake NEEDS to get below 2,000 per day. I prefer to get that number somewhere around 1,800 as an average and will work on that moving forward. Both daily exercise and calories burned through exercise are embarrassing! Those simply can’t stay at such a low level. Yes, we’ve been getting insane amounts of snow here in Massachusetts, but when you have an elliptical machine right in your living room there really isn’t an excuse.

There is some good news though. Despite my daily averages not being exactly how I’d like them I’ve been able to at least drop my first 14.5 lbs. That’s at least a start. That number could have easily been much higher had I been more strict on my plan but I’ll take it for now. There is nowhere to go but up from here! I WILL lose 100 lbs in one year. That’s still the goal.

I’ve made my Project 365 Tracker spreadsheet available for view, and you can find it here.

Gadget Review – Fitbit Zip

The Fitbit Zip is my new favorite gadget. It’s a pedometer. Yes that’s right, my current favorite gadget is a pedometer. I bought this recently to gauge my level of everyday activity. I work from home so outside of my running I wanted to know exactly how much movement I was getting in each day.

The result was not good. On days that I don’t run I get a very pathetic amount of steps in each day. They say to aim for at least 10,000 each day as the baseline standard.

I now find myself running around like a mad man just to get my step totals up. I park as far away as I can at stores in order to pack on some steps on my way in. I walk around the house with my 8 month old daughter just to get in some extra steps. It’s fun! Anything that gets you up and moving is a good idea.

What I like about the Fitbit Zip is that it is very accurate. It needs to do one thing; count steps. It does it very accurately. The nice thing about the zip is that it runs off of a regular watch battery so there is no need to constantly charge it every few days. I believe this battery lasts upwards of 4 to 5 months so you never need to worry about it. Just clip it onto your belt. Throw it in your pocket. Women can clip them on their bra. Just have it on you and it will count your steps as you go.

Outside of steps, it tracks a rough estimate of distance traveled, calories burned throughout the day, the time of day, and a little character guy that will smile and make faces at you depending on how your activity level is going. It syncs up with Fitbit.com where you can store all of your stats and earn badges for various feats.fitbit-zip

I highly recommend one of these to everyone. Go ahead and get one. Get one for your spouse as well! Have fun and compete on a daily basis. They come in a variety of fun colors and run around $50. Try to get active. Your heart will thank you.

Fitbit has a couple of other versions if you’d like to look into those as well. The Fitbit One is $99 and will do everything the Zip does but adds on sleep tracking, vibrating alarm, stair tracking, and activity timer. There is a new product, the Fitbit Flex that is a wristband that does everything the Zip does but adds the sleep tracking as well as the vibrating alarm.  The Flex is the one I’m very excited about. I won’t ever have to worry about forgetting it again. It’s waterproof so you can wear it all day, even in the shower. Wear it at night and it tracks your sleep patterns. Set a vibrating alarm for the morning and you no longer need an alarm clock. Good stuff! I preordered it on Amazon and it is due to arrive sometime in May. I will be doing a review on that model as well.