Plenty has happened since the last time I wrote here. I moved to Vegas, for one. So there’s that.
Once I got here, I spent a couple of weeks getting settled into my new house. Unpacking, buying things I needed. You know, the usual. And then I decided I was fat and I was tired of being fat, and so I purchased a FitBit Aria with a FitBit Flex (on a heck of a Black Friday deal at Best Buy!) and decided to get my health on.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Two weeks ago, I stopped eating out (which is pretty much what I did for every meal which would explain why I left Houston at 226 pounds, which is up 32 pounds from less than a year ago). I started cooking every meal at home, and outside of the occasional (noncured, locally raised organic) bacon, I have only consumed seafood, vegetables and fruits. The fruits come into the story later. Oh, and eggs. I eat eggs for breakfast. And I did make some chicken one time but decided I liked seafood better.
Essentially, I eat one of three types of seafood: ahi tuna, shrimp and salmon. I eat a ton of broccoli, asparagus and brussells sprouts. For breakfast, I’ll have the eggs and throw in some of that organic non-cured bacon I was talking about earlier. Lunch or dinner is always a combination of one of the things I mentioned in the previous paragraph.
For two weeks, I’ve eaten correctly. I feel great. Well, except for Thanksgiving. I ate stuffing that night and regretted it the entirety of the next day. My body wasn’t ready for those kinds of carbs and I felt like a disgusting, fat piglet. A handsome piglet, but a piglet just the same.
My activity log thus far for Nov 30.
I’m also using the FitBit Flex and Aria; the Flex is a thing called a “personal activity tracker.” Essentially, it is a wristband that you put on and then wear 24/7. It is waterproof, so I never have to take it off. I’ve been wearing it for almost 24 hours at this point and it’s easy to forget it’s even there. It tracks how many steps I take, the distance I travel, how many stairs (or rocks) I climb, how many minutes a day I’m actually active, how many calories I’ve burned and much more.
It’s actually surprising, wearing this thing. Today (November 30), I didn’t leave the house until 10am or so. I spent the morning doing things around the house – cleaning, laundry, putting stuff away, etc. You know, things you normally do around the house. And I was shocked to discover that I’d walked 3/4 of a mile, just walking around my house.
Oh, and the coolest thing? It tracks my sleep. It tells me when I was in deep sleep, when I was restless and when I was awake. This is an amazing feature for me, because I can see what type of foods and the timing of my meals has the best and worst effect on my sleep. What makes me restless? What makes me sleep better? I can fine-tune it using the Flex.
My first sleep log.
Every so often, it syncs all the data with an app on my iPhone.
The Aria is a wifi scale. I step on it each morning. It registers my weight (ugh), my body fat % and my BMI. It then uploads that data to Fitbit, and it’s available in my iPhone app and on the web. It also keeps track of how many calories I’m allowed to eat each day (going from my current weight and target weight). Oh, and it tells me how much water I should be consuming to meet my level of activity.
In short, it’s incredible. I’m a huge statistical nerd, and the FitBit products offer me a chance to “hack” my body. I can change my activity levels and my food intake to strive for the best results, and I can see things happening in the data instead of just looking in the mirror.
The other thing I’m doing: I’m converting to a standing desk. I’ve looked into it for a few months now, but I’ve read stories lately about how sitting at your desk for 6 to 10 hours a day is somehow bad for you. This is shocking information, I know. Sitting down and being sedentary is bad for you, while standing up is good for you. Amazing information.
So anyway, I purchased this rolling standing laptop desk, and it’ll be here this week. I got a rolling one because I want to be able to roll it into the living room when I have to cover a fight card that’s airing on television. The desk has enough room on top for my 24″ monitor, Apple keyboard and mouse, and my laptop will remain on the middle shelf below along with a set of computer speakers for rocking out when I need to rock out.
I also got this anti-fatigue mat that came highly recommended by other standing desk users.
I’m easing into this. There are probably better desks (such as the Safco Muv), but I wanted to get a cheaper alternative to see how I like it. I mean, it’s not like I’m giving myself a choice here and will go back to sitting all day, because that isn’t going to happen. But still, no reason to jump right in with a $500 desk. Right?
So, anyway. I’m excited. I plan on writing monthly updates on my progress here on the blog, and maybe I’ll write other stuff, too.