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So January is going to be me on a exercise crack. The first weekend is a mini-intensive with Ballet Austin, for adult intermediate dancers. That's going to be fun, and then after that I'm doing a 5 day personal boot camp is which 3 hours of exercise per day. And I'm also part of a 2 month insanity/beach body challenge.

Also, it's slow season for weddings, so I will have time to just focus on me.

The Nike Fuel band is doing it's job... They have a 2000 points goal for normal activity, 3000 for somewhat active and 4000 to 5000 for the super athletic people. Mine is at 3000 and to reach it I have to do some booty dancing periodically. It has social media support, so you can see your friends points. Right now I only have 2 friends though I got my 2 close friends to get it... the more the merrier:


Jan. 2nd, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year Nadine !

That sounds awesome !

Are you on Fitocracy ? You can log all that stuff there and have fun with the quests and most of all with the extremely supportive and nice people there.

I tried the Fuel Band, sadly it didn't work for me, either the shop had gotten a crappy batch, or my movement-patterns are somehow odd, the thing would register me as sedentary during times when I ran continuously for 90 minutes, and rack me up as highly active during times I spent sitting in my car, driving from work.

I exchanged the first one, thinking it faulty - but the replacement-band I got suffered the same problem, which made it useless to me. (I've got an perfectly ordinary pedometer, and that works like a charm, so I'm guessing at "bad batch" really)

I envy you for being able to do stuff like the 5-day bootcamp. It sounds cool, and I'd totally do that, but it just ain't in the cards with my current job and the kids to take care of. I do run in the evenings, and sometimes, when I can haul my arse out of bed early enough, swim before work. (there's a pool next to my work that opens at 0615 !)

I did well in autumn with Fitocracy - down to 28.9 in BMI, which while not great sure beats last summers 31.2 - goal for this year is to reach 25.

Endurance has worked out well too, when I started in august I could run for perhaps 5 minutes without pause, now I can do 90 minutes or 7 miles without pause, for half a year of exercise I think that's a smashing success.

Jan. 7th, 2013 07:31 am (UTC)
i heard there were some issues with the fuel band when it first came out. right now it seems great though!

i was on fitocracy, still is, but don't really use it. i use myfitnesspal.

congrats on the bmi reduction, that's pretty huge!
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:39 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll give them a second chance -- the problems I was having was right on their introduction, perhaps they had some issues that have since been ironed out.

Myfitnesspal is good, but unless I missed something, mainly about calorie-counting rather than working out. I don't need to count calories for my diet, I need only a watch, I've been using intermittent fasting, which in practice means that mon-fri I've been eating 11-19 and fasting the rest of the day. That's worked out well enough that I'm sticking with it.

Jan. 7th, 2013 07:43 am (UTC)
the fuel band has def been making me workout more.

did you get my holiday card?
Jan. 7th, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Yeah ! I did. Supercute ! Thanks a lot !

Fitocracy has been sufficient motivation for me to workout - I've worked out more the last 6 months than the 8 previous years combined. Twice -every- week running + an assortment of other stuff like paddling, hiking and climbing.

Not done much for my strength, but plenty cardio. Sort of planning to up my strength a bit this year.