Monday, September 29, 2014

September Summary

It's once again it's been a month since my last post, and there are several reasons for it, including that I have been working on tons of stuff (i.e. figuring out where I go from here, literally). It's been overwhelming and underwhelming all at the same time. Mostly, it is just frustrating.

I injured myself pretty badly at the end of July, and refused to acknowledge it until almost the middle of August, so after 5-6 weeks barely moving started exercising again. The first go resulted in a very painful flair up of my costochondritis, and sitting it out for a week. The second resulted in my injury being so sore I was limping a bit. But, the third, yesterday, was successful. I only ran 2.5 miles - don't want to over do it. However, I walked another 2 miles and some throughout the rest of the day. I am not sore or in pain, though my ribs did, in fact, scream at me after I ran the first mile. 

Things are different, and yet painfully the same. Working on changes, but I am very excited about the ones that have been taking place. I would like to just jump in and change everything else. I sometimes wish I could just have my life back, but, since that is not possible and it was never truly up to me, I'm just glad to be moving in the right direction again.

It's still frustrating, and I find myself incensed over a lot of things, but I can manage. I don't like it, but I can cope - and I do.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Wow. It's been a month since I entered anything here. It's been a rough month too.

I have come to many decisions in that time. Also, to many realizations. I have seen several sides of myself that I had not in a long time, so long that I didn't remember them until I ran smack dab into them. I like when that happens. I like when I remember who I am, who I've been; it's bittersweet, but it goes a long way. 

It's really hard losing yourself like this. Some might think it's a great chance to start over, and it is. It's also terrifying. I have gone from audacious and living without regrets to utterly risk-averse and hesitant. Apprehensive only lasted a few minutes and I jumped right over the fence. It is infuriating. It is over.

Friday, August 01, 2014


I took a few days break from the gym, Sunday through Tuesday. Made it on Wednesday, thinking I would be fine. Was I wrong!

I was in so much pain (left hip, knee, ankle and foot) that I had to give up on my run and walk. Yes, I stopped running at 4 mph and walked at 3.2 mph. Regardless, it made a difference. Barely any pain. I also scream obscenities in the gym floor a few times. I was a painful, stabbing pain at times (no, it is not the sciatic nerve), especially when my knee hyper-extended.

The cause of my pain is a series of actions, consequences and choices. I have been crossing my legs (left over right) a lot and that always causes me trouble later. I just don't realize that I am doing it until it's too late. Then, being in pain, I ran 10.63 miles on Thursday, July 24. Here's the main culprit:

Truly it should be a picture of me, as I knew I was hurting and still ran for 2.5 hours in one day. It just did not hurt after the first mile. I'm hurting.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fitbit Aria

Okay, so I bought the iHealth HS5 and loved most of it. (See previous post.) However, I hated the app, the site, and the "cloud." Hated them enough to return the scale. I am back to weighing myself holding Britny to see how much she weighs. That was actually my favorite part.

Since I returned the iHealth HS5, I bought the Fitbit Aria at my local Kohl's. This is what I know so far.
  1. It is not accurate on carpet.
  2. It feels substantial and well made, not plastic and fragile.
  3. It is very easy and fast to setup, and the app guides you through the setup (no paper guide required).
  4. The same app for all Fitbit products; app is user-friendly and has a clean, minimalist design.
  5. Does not seem to calibrate quickly, as the iHealth did after several weigh-ins.
  6. Very fast user recognition, measurements and upload.
  7. Standard scale size, as opposed to the much larger iHealth HS5.
So, some good things, some not so good. So far, it has not given me the same exact set of numbers twice in a row (if the same weight, not the same body fat %, or vice versa). Also, it does not recognize Britny, as she only weighs about 22 lbs. Will check on that again, as it should track from 20 lbs. up. I like it better than the iHealth HS5, only on the basis that it is functional because the software/app/website behind it is functional and user-friendly. 

I will post further once I have had time to truly appreciate its pros and cons.

Updated 8/26/2014 -

  1. It will weigh Britny, if I wait for it to say "Step On" and then she sit on it fully.
  2. It needs to be in a somewhat permanent location. If you move it from one place to another then you need to recalibrate it (3-5 weigh-ins), and if you store it sideways you also need to recalibrate it (5-7 weigh-ins). 
  3. If you sync your FitBit app to other apps or websites (i.e. MyFitnessPal), then the first weigh-in is sent to them, which is a problem if you have to recalibrate. However, this is easily fixed by deleting the calibration weigh-ins from the Weight dashboard on your FitBit app, not the Aria measurements.
Other than the recalibrating, which be easily solve by finding the Aria a permanent placement, I have come to like it significantly better than the iHealth HS5, and again it has practically everything to do with the software integration issues. iHealth should really work on their platform, as it is ... pathetic.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


The Battle is me.
The War is me.
I am the one to conquer;
the prize is me.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Great Start to Another Week... after a good end to the last one.

Once again I managed to get 70,000 weekly steps by the end of Saturday. See? I was not slacking. I also managed to make it to the gym 33 minutes before closing, and putting in just over 2 miles. Thus, I had to make up the others at home. I did it in a 3' x 2' space. I wouldn't say that I was dancing, maybe stepping? I was a combination of moves. Made me realize how long it has been since I have actually dance, as well as kick my but with movements I am no longer used to. It was great!

Today, I did my usual double set (for which I got some weird looks, again). Anyway, I had been doing 50 minutes with a 10-minute break and a 40-minute follow up, for a total of about 6.5 miles. Then I figured it might be better to do two set of 45 minutes because that way I have a better comparison. The discrepancy between the 50-minute and 40-minutes sets was vast; however, the two 45-minute set came out about the same today. That's good. 

I was exhausted though. I started yawning before I even walking in the gym, and it was a good 30 minutes and 2 miles before I could stop. Probably only stopped because I had to regulate my breathing for so long. Regardless, I got in 6.19 miles while I was there, and then some more. 

I'm still yawning, so I am going to go try to remedy that. 

Fitbit Flex and my Wrist

Fitbit Force underwent a voluntary recalled because some people experienced a rash at the wear site (wrist). I was very upset that the Force was no longer for sale, and was very sympathetic to those who regretted their voluntary surrender and replaced the Force with a Flex or something else. 

I have been wearing the Flex constantly since May 7, 2014. I love it! It has certainly improved my views on some things, incentivized me to be more active, and made me more aware of what I was already doing or not doing and how far I have come. 

However, quite recently, it has been causing me trouble. Suddenly, I started getting this itchy bumps on my wrist, right where the Flex sits. I would move the Flex to relief the discomfort and more bumps would appear. Now, I figured that my Flex band had become contaminated with some sort of bacteria. Let's face it, it gets wet and sweaty and it holds some moisture at times; it can happen. 

However, I clean my Flex and its band everyday, sometimes more than once. Once a week, I also disinfect it with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol. So, when the bumps spread because I move the Flex a bit over, I took it off, cleaned it thoroughly, rubbed it and my wrist down with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol, let it dry, and put it back on, on a looser setting. That, however, did not work at all. Plan B: Replace the band altogether. VoilĂ ! Problem fixed, temporarily. Obviously the band is not anti-microbial; even if it were, a very active user would probably have the same problem, assuming that the band lasts long enough without breaking for it to get to this point. 

In any case, I replaced my Small band for the Large band, and the itching stopped. Of course, I still have the bumps, but I except those to heal and disappear in a few days. Now, I am looking for an alternative band for daily, non-active wear. Tory Burch put out the Fitbit line, but (1) one it's ridiculously expensive (like everything else under that name) and (2) it does not offer any variety. So, I have been looking around and found some interesting and plausible choices at The hardest part is finding something that is not silicone (and definitely not LATEX) which looks reasonable enough to wear to work. The black band has been alright so far, though it does look a bit out of place next to my ESQ watch. 

Until I find something that I would like to wear while not exercising, or design something myself, I will probably be replacing my Flex band every couple of months to avoid this problem.