So, uh, yeah, I'm still here. I guess I haven't posted since my birthday, so maybe the shock of being 38 made me... oh, who am I kidding. I went into a chocolate coma for a day or two there and then life had its way with me.
Really, I only have good things to report! It's been a stressful week or so, but I'm happy to say that my health scary stuff is behind me and not scary and now I can move on. I didn't get answers to other things, and there may have been a point where I wanted to choke a nurse practitioner, but everything is squared away enough that I just don't care anymore. I'm not chasing it, and it's not chasing me, so moving on.
I just had a good week on track with my fitness and food, and my weight may be moving in the right direction. We'll see. I've had a tough year with this where I seem to have one good week and then three bad, and frankly it's pissing me off. As I said, I'm "embracing the suck" and that actually helps.
This week was sort of interesting on the technology front because I saw a bunch of recommended fitness apps and felt I should try them. They were put up as suggestions for people who like Zombies, Run! (which you all know I absolutely LOVE, and I can't wait for the "season 2" part to come out, and to get running outside... which I need to drop at least 10 lbs so I can wear my gear in public, because I refuse to buy new, larger sized stuff.) So, I loaded up two of the top ones, and thought about how great it was going to be!
And then I deleted them about two days later. Sometimes, with technology, more just means more and can get in the way. I found these apps didn't motivate me, and took time out of my time-crunched days and were basically a detriment to my progress. I guess I have hit a point at which more technology in the fitness department is actually slowing me down. I'm maxed out!
I suppose that makes sense. I have my Fitbit, my smart phone (technically an iPhone) with the Zombies, Run! app, as well as the Fitbit app, and the Lose It! app (which I don't use right now either, preferring to do this clean and BFL style eating, because I feel my best on that one even if it is boring as heck.) I am always generally up for new toys in my gym, but I admit that I'm rather bored at the idea of crawling through the fitness stores.
I think I'm "full" on the fitness plate. I didn't know that was possible! It's kind of a relief in some ways, because I'm not looking for anything new or exciting. I've got everything I not only need, but want (oh sure, I'd love an exercise bike that the screen actually worked on and you didn't have to guess what resistance level or program it's decided to run today, but it sorta works, so why get anything new?)
So, I'm working with what I have. Right now, my focus is on my internal argument with my Fitbit numbers verses workout type. For example, is it healthier to do a two-mile-HIIT run, where you burn all sorts of calories and bump up your metabolism in that special way that HIIT does that makes you want to throw up because you put everything you have into it? Or, is walking 4 miles at whatever pace better for you, because it's farther even if you didn't work that hard at it?
Distance verses effort, which is more important?
I haven't figured it out yet, and it really irritates me. Right now, I'm keeping my HITS in there, and my goal is to tack on an extra walk to my normal six days of workouts. The goal is to add movement later in the day with the walks, because my day is sedentary after my morning workout. This is probably the best of both worlds, and the right answer. But I still wanna know which one is better for the body, regardless.