The other day I was procrastinating on doing 101 different things and ended up watching a “documentary” about weight gain/loss on YouTube.
No, I am not going to link it… mainly because I really don’t think there is a lot of value to it- and it really isn’t what this post is about.
The reason I mention it is that in it they did an “experiment” to figure out how to make some subjects gain weight and in addition to adding calories to their diets, the people in the “study” were required to limit their daily steps to less than 5000 steps.
Ya see, I have been wearing my FitBit faithfully and on heavy (no pun intended) work days… I hover right around 5000 naturally.
On the weekends I am naturally higher, but on a work day with a big deadline like Monday– even after a run on the elliptical (Em) — I didn’t break 5000.
Oh and I earned those stairs by going up and down them to get it to 10 because at about 7 PM I only had a 3… when I was supposed to have 10.
I know this all sounds like a bunch of mumbo-jumbo, BUT the point is that I had a light bulb moment.
What I am doing isn’t working…
What I am naturally doing (or rather NOT doing) is what others do to try to GAIN weight…
So, I started thinking of ways to naturally make myself have to use the stairs and walk more…
And I decided to do an experiment of my own and work upstairs so that everything I needed on the main level of the house required me to walk further and take a flight of stairs…
Ding, ding, ding!
This chart is from a day spent upstairs… and no exercise at night.
I hit 10 stairs way before 7 PM without having to just straight up climb them to get to 10.
All by changing just one part of my routine.
So I guess the term “lifestyle change” applies to more than just diet and exercise…
So now me and ole FitBit are on a mission to see what other tweaks can help me naturally get more steps and activity into my day.
Psst… I want to call her (the FitBit) Phoebe… ya know FiiBii, but Puddie doesn’t like keeping up with the names of all my “friends”.
How are you doing with your Year 2 Change?
Note: Big thanks to Verizon for sending me ole FiiBii . I am so digging figuring out the little things that can make a big difference.