Fitness Update Week 2

Well its been a busy week which is a good and a bad thing, some days I was up and about constantly and getting good step counts and few others I was flat out at my desk working.

After the big weekend prior to this day moving a whole heap of dirt and stuff the Monday was a real recovery day taking it easy letting the back and legs recover and as a result the step count shows

Tuesday though I was straight back at it taking a couple of long walks throughout the day to ensure that I 10k steps goal not just that though I had green across the board with all goals hit

Another green across the board day, if I didn’t hit all green this day I would have been really disappointed as I spent a number of solid hours working preparing stuff in my front yard

another strong  result here starting to show some real consistency now, getting really active with a few strong step count results in a row its a pity its all down hill from here for the rest of the week 

The last 2 days of the week left a lot to be desired failing to see green in either day in the Fitbit App, at the current time I have also only lost 1 kg, its time to push harder and clear all the yard work that needs to be done across the front and the back yards to free up some time for proper exercise. The next big thing for me to tackle is meal sizes I know today I went way to big with my lunch so portion control is going to be important moving forward if I want to start seeing results on the scales

Fitness Update Day 6,7&8

Well its been a crazy few days, along day at work Friday where I took a short lunch time walk and then created a whole heap of short 10 minute walks throughout the day, which was great to get me close to that 10k goal (which I fell short of) but it also made my day at work that bit longer which was a little frustrating. You can see from the screenshot from my phone I got with 900 steps 440 metres of my goal and hit the 3k calorie goal which is great from a weight loss point of view.

From there Saturday was huge with my football comeback being over for the time being with the D grade team being pulled from the comp due to a lack of player numbers as a result of injuries such as my hamstring I decided to start the morning with a walk/run. The running didn’t get me very far and showed just how unfit I am, I think I lasted about 2-3 mins which is pathetic but its a base to build up from I guess. All up I walked for just over an hour which put me on about 8,000 steps and it was only about 11am great start to the day. From there I took both my girls for short individual walks and by the time that was done I was at over 10k and I hadn’t even had lunch. From there that is where the fun begins I purchased 3 tonnes of loam for my backyard, sounds simple right get a wheel barrow and move it down to the backyard not easy but not hard. That would have been great except I have a split level home which makes a wheel barrow very difficult to use. from there my walk ways around my house are very narrow once you take into account the window seals and air conditioner unit so by the bucket load it is. after almost 2 hours of filling bucket loads and walking them the 30 metres down the backyard up and down the stairs I was spent and had only made a small dent in the 3 tonne loam pile but the Fitbit results speak for themselves

Sunday more loam to move, a big thanks to Kieran for coming to help for 3-4 hours helping me move just half the pile of loam getting a nice loam layer over about 60% of my backyard, more up and down the stairs but the killer for me that day was my sloped driveway after a few hours that 4-5 metre driveway felt like it went for about 20 metres the legs, especially the ankles could really feel it and are still feeling it today but the job was getting done I was saving money and getting a whole heap of much needed exercise. From there on the drive to drop Kieran home we stopped and smashed out some Pokemon Go raids and hit a whole heap of Poke stops and catching a few Pokemon.

I am taking it easy today due to some serious ankle soreness before planning to spend another couple of hours moving loam tomorrow afternoon after work before the rain hits in the coming days.

Matt Day 5 fitness update

Yesterday was a disaster day on so many fronts, my lunch time walk was shorter and slower trying to avoid shin splints, my day outside of that fairly much consisted of me sitting at a computer working. In addition to this I deviated from the no late night snack goal and smashed through half a bag of peanut M&Ms.

As you can see from my walk data it was only active minutes for the whole day which is a huge disappointment, distance is well down over the time period and as a result there was a significant drop in steps.

I fell just shy of 7,500 3/4 of the way to my daily 10k goal which as you can see means I did not even get close to the kilometres or calories side of things.

I did complete a short 5 min burst with 10kg weight but was clearly not going hard enough as it didn’t even auto recognise it as active minutes. I will need to work towards steadily increasing this over the coming days and weeks.

Only hitting 7,500 is also not good enough I need to force mysedf out of my chair and keep pushing myself to achieve more each day, without the increased workload there will be no overall benefit to my fitness and general health and well being.

All going well I should see some strong results again this weekend with there still being plenty of work to be done in both my front and back yards. I am looking at getting 2 tonne of loam dropped off which will need to be moved from the front yard to the backyard by the bucket load so that’s quite a bit of both lifting and walking ahead. That being said I cant leave it all to the weekend and must get better results again today. Prior to a Friday weigh in tomorrow.

Day 4 fitness update

Yesterday was a poor day other than my afternoon walk I spent large parts of the day sitting down working or as normal some night time Netflix before bed. Getting out in the cold even if it is sunny still takes a bit of self motivation. Yesterday on my mid afternoon walk it was probably 10 degrees colder than my warm over heated office. That being said its still no excuse I need to push myself more to make sure I hit my 10k step goal as I feel quite a bit short after yesterdays efforts

As you can see from my walk data below  it made up a big chunk of my day almost half my steps and over half my active minutes. On top of that yesterdays walk was tough, the shin splints got really bad about half way through and there was quite a bit of pain running through my leg in the last 5 or so minutes. If this continues and walking is going to be my main daily exercise im going to need to address this

Tonight I have to force myself in to the garage  to do q few reps with the 10kg weight to get the arms working. I will be doing so me research today as to the different lifts I can do to work the different upper body muscles. As the arms are constantly moving these will also counts as steps on the Fitbit, I will put into the weights exercise mode to see if that impacts the step count. It has to better than the overall result today

Today I originally left home without the Fitbit on and realised when dropping my daughter at school which is luckily just around the corner so I went back to get it. So far to show a good result to you all tomorrow I have a whole heap of work to do, its 11am and I have only done 377 steps since putting the watch on. Time to get off my butt and get moving.

Matt day 2 get fit update

After spending another day out in the yard digging holes and preparing my driveway surface I had some good results hitting my 10k step goal it did take about 15 minutes at the end of the day pacing up and down my hall way but I got there.

Still it would have liked to have gone that additional 500 metres to hit my 7k goal but I will keep working towards that. For me the big plus is due to hours spent working in the yard the heart rate was consistently up resulting a huge amount of calories burnt, over 4k which is huge as naturally I only burn about 2k each day.

As mentioned I am not super keen on the idea of dieting as in cutting foods out such as crabs, sugars or fats but I am working on portion control and eating better snacks. Recently I have been eating heaps of Allens Redskins so I will have to resist that urge or just eat maybe one at a time. I couldn’t hold back smacking last night in bed when watching Netflix but I didn’t sit there and gorge on a packed of chips and dip as I had been recently instead just had some of s nut mix I’ve had sitting around for a while.

Today is the tough one though back at work and spent most of morning in meetings or going through spreadsheets at my desk. Almost lunch time where I will try to take a walk for half hour which i reckon has got to make up at least 4k steps today or else I will be back up and down the hallway again tonight…

Matt -Health & Fitness Day 1 result

So after yesterday in my update post talking about wanting to get active again as I need to get back to losing weight and especially stop putting it on.

I decided I would start to wear my Fitbit Surge again to motivate me to move more, or at least show me how lazy I am being. On top of that I got very hands on in my front yard preparing the area for my soon to be constructed retaining wall. From there was a fair bit of the dug up dirt transferred from the front to the back.

In addition to this I recently downloaded Pokemon Go again to encourage me to get active and walk more (video screen recordings coming soon). So I have already ticked off a number of things on my list from my last post which I’m pretty happy about. Check out my Fitbit stats from yesterday

Now I am super happy with my result but at the same time really annoyed with myself that I couldn’t get my butt of the couch away from the TV for 2 minutes to do another 83 steps to hit my 10k step goal to day I am making sure I hit that goal, I am doing more work in the yard  which will help And will walk up and down the hallway to get whatever I am sure before I get into nighttime TV. If I can’t hit the goal on the weekend I will be struggling as its much easier to do now than it will be come Monday when I am back at work and will need to be spending most of the day working at my desk. At the moment though I am resisting the urge to go binge on a packet of chips or maybe some biscuits, wish me luck.