So that may not sound so cool, but here is why I think it is. It's the calorie counting. And I think it's accurate. So it tells me how many calories I'm burning while I write this blog entry. (Not so many, because fingers moving across the keyboard isn't really aerobic exercise). It tells me how many calories I'm burning while I'm sleeping (about the same as writing this blog entry). And for the first time ever, it's telling me ACCURATELY how many calories I'm burning while exercising. So instead of the horrible estimate from Livestrong when I report that I've run for an hour (and it estimates that I've burned off 900 to 1300 calories), Fitbit makes a much more accurate estimate of 500 calories, a number I am convinced from the zillions of calorie burning charts I've consulted over the years is more accurate for my weight and my pace.
And here's the other thing: it may just be that Livestrong sucks. Because MyFitnessPal which is linked to Runkeeper is also very good at estimating how many calories I've actually burned. I've also just joined DailyMile, so let's see how well that works, too. And also what it does. I'm not quite sure.
But WAIT! There's more!!! Fitbit doesn't just tell you what you've done--it tells you what you ought to be doing!! It has daily goals not only for number of steps, but also how many minutes you SHOULD be exercising hard, and how many calories you OUGHT to be burning. That's the part that has been really good for me. I've seen estimates that for my age, I generally should be burning about 1500 calories a day. Fitbit's response to that is: isn't that sweet? Get your butt out there and burn 2100 calories a day. MOVE IT! MOVE IT! MOVE IT! That's a number of calories per day in which I can eat a good amount of food, enjoy some wine, occasionally enjoy some more wine, and still lose weight. WOOHOO!
So I feel very encouraged by this and I don't think they are blowing smoke at or around or up any body part. The numbers and the goals all fit in with what I've been carrying around in my head for a long time.
So why am I not shedding weight like I did last year when I lost all that weight and before I put it all back on? A couple of reasons: 1) I am enjoying more wine than I should. You want to know how much wine I'm drinking? Look at my belly. And then turn away! Turn away quickly. 2) I'm not exercising every day. Cold weather. Cold in my head. Cold in my squirrels head. I'm not exercising every day for an hour like I should be. 3) My fat was tricked the first time when it left and now it knows my secret ways and is refusing to leave my body. And finally.....
THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! I'M WARNING YOU! YOU'RE ABOUT TO ENTER TMI. TURN AWAY!!!
4) Perimenopause. I'm that age and this is that time. And this morning when it finally occurred to me to check the Internets to see what they had to say about weight loss and perimenopause, Google laughed. Google guffawed. Google fell on the floor and said, "You think you're going to lose weight and keep it off in the next couple of years?!" Bwahahahahahahahahahah! I told Google to suck it. Dave told me that I probably want to keep running. I told Dave I'd rather take a nap.
Honestly, what I think is happening is that recovery time is taking a lot longer than it used to. I'm still exercising fine, when I can get out and do it. And by that I mean, I'm still exercising 4 or 5 times a week for an hour each time. My goal is 6 times a week and sometimes 7, so I'm really not slacking on exercise. It's just that I am TIRED afterwards. So much more TIRED than I've ever been. And a bad night's sleep (like last night) just seems to do me in worse than before.
So, um, yeah. That's me and my butt/belly right now. My goal is still to lose this weight. And I'm being gentle on myself (not criticizing too much). And I'm looking to take a nap. So bring a pillow or some wine or some running shoes if you want to catch up.