Weight Loss Support - For people who worry about numbers!

05-05-2007, 07:03 PM
Buy a really nice pedometer!!

As many of you know, I get stressed over numbers. But ever since I got this really nice pedometer I don't worry about the calories so much, but more on walking.

It counts the steps you take in a day, the aerobic steps when you're exercising (it takes 10 minutes of aerobic walking before it starts to count), it counts the calories you burn throughout the day with walking, it counts the distance you go, the time you do with aerobic walking, and it even keeps track of the past 7 days!

I love it because now I can have an actual set of numbers that show how much I did everyday! Instead of worrying if I'm burning enough calories, I simply estimate how much I'm eating during the day, and then at the end of the day I record how many calories I burned, the steps, I took, and a small success I had in the day.

I feel a lot better about myself without worrying about calories, and I feel like improving my cardio and not so much worrying about that extra snack I had.

I have the Omron pedometer. (Thank you so much Suzanne!)

And today I also bought a small kitchen scale to count oz. and pounds! Now I can feel better about the meat I eat (I always guess before).

These small tools are really motivating for me. Knowledge is really power. And they're both pretty cheap. So anyone who is worrying about calories, I really urge you to get this so you can have a new set of numbers to worry over (the positive worry!).

Everyday I'm going to chanllenge myself to walk more and more.

And as a note, the pedometer is part of the Best Life Diet. The number of steps you do is part of different levels of activity. I'm trying to get up to 10,000 steps a day. It seems like a lot, but you can easily do about 1,200 steps in a short amount of time just going to the grocery store or shopping. I did 1,200 in a quick run up to walmart.

And in a 44 minute walk around my neighborhood I did roughly 4,000 steps. So when you clean around the house and do things around the office, it REALLY adds up.

Just wanted to let you all know :dizzy:

Edit: I just read over this...and I really sound like an ad. XD But I am just excited.

05-05-2007, 08:20 PM
Gamer! It sounds really good--what a great tool! You are really putting together a a good program, I think. :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

I'll have to look into a pedometer--I didn't know they could tell so much!


05-05-2007, 09:14 PM
Hey great! :)

My only problem with pedometers is that sometimes they shake and click up steps when I go to sit down or other non-walking activities. :?:

05-05-2007, 09:21 PM
I take mine off when I sit down. I think it depends on your pedometer. Because if you make too abrupt of a motion it doesn't count anything. It counts jogging and the such...but if you're swinging it it doesn't count.

05-05-2007, 09:26 PM
Gamerchick this is wonderful!!! You sound so positive and upbeat about this. I'm so excited for you.

And I agree with you. I wear a pedometer every single day. I LOVE it. I love watching the numbers go UP. I find myself sneaking in extra steps all the time. It just makes me more AWARE of my activity level and the fact that I should keep MOVING. Is it 100% accurate, who knows? But I don't care, it's just the fact that it gets me moving and shaking.

05-05-2007, 10:13 PM
Oh yes, I love my Omron pedometer. It sounds very similar to yours gamer. I have had other ones that would count steps when being shaken, but this one doesn't. It seems quite accurate. Either way, I still enjoy keeping track of my steps.

05-06-2007, 11:53 PM
where can I get one at? and how much do they cost? Im really interested in getting one!

05-07-2007, 12:34 AM
I've seen mine at Walmart - in the pharmacy section near the blood pressure machines, not the ones in the fitness section. I seem to recall that it costs about $30.00.

05-07-2007, 09:00 AM
I've seen mine at Walmart - in the pharmacy section near the blood pressure machines, not the ones in the fitness section. I seem to recall that it costs about $30.00.

Ok, thank you! I hae to go to wal-mart today, I'll make sure to look for one :)

05-07-2007, 09:56 AM
And I'll add to that suggestion for all you mommy's wondering what to do with your little ones. Don't buy a pedometer, but a bike speedometer and put it on your stroller.

Getting ready to head out to the park to log some miles with the baby. ;)

Bikini Dreader
05-07-2007, 10:04 AM
This makes complete sense to me. Puts the focus on something positive! Thanks Gamer!

05-07-2007, 02:52 PM
wateraddict, if jtammy and I have the same Omron model (the one reviewed/recommended by 3FC), you can find it even cheaper at Amazon - just under $20.

Beach Patrol
05-07-2007, 03:42 PM
What happens if you walk backwards?????

:dizzy: :lol: :joker: :crazy: :cb:

05-07-2007, 03:49 PM
I know you were joking, but I just tried it. The Omron counted every backwards step. :lol:

05-07-2007, 04:01 PM
If you walk backwards fast enough, will you gain weight?

:lol3: :lol: :rofl:


05-07-2007, 04:02 PM
Ummm, folks it will count side steps too. ;)

05-07-2007, 04:17 PM
Thank you for reminding me of this! I'm going to put my pedometer in my bag and use it tomorrow!! (I'd use it today, but it's 9pm and I'm pretty much "done" for the day!! :lol: )

05-07-2007, 05:30 PM
Already used my speedometer today. Did 4.25 miles in the park. 1.25 jogging and 3 walking. ;) At our lunch at a picnic table and let the baby play in the sandbox and swing awhile. Oh, and fed the ducks. ;)

05-07-2007, 05:34 PM
Yes, I agree. Instead of the focus on your weight that fluctuates from day to day, using a pedometer gives me only positive feedback. Anything I do is counted, and it keeps track of all that I've done. It shows me just how much I DO walk around at school and how I shouldn't think my school day is an exercise waste. Apparently, I'm walking around a mile before I even get home!

Add that to the mile I'm doing daily and I'm sure my exercise meter is going to add up fast!

There are no disappointments with a pedometer. Everything is positive, so it's so motivating to me. I'm glad I've found my thing :carrot:

05-07-2007, 05:38 PM
I love gadgets! And if they don't break the bank ... highly recommend as many as you can find. A pedometer, a stopwatch, a heart rate monitor, an MP3, a band, dumbells, a step ... just anything that keeps you going or makes it feel new or fun.