August Challenge and 6 months with the Fitbit Fitness Tracker

I can’t believe that tomorrow is August 1 and that as of today, I’ve had my Fitbit for 6 months.  I initially bought the Fitbit because some friends and colleagues had them and it seemed like a great way to track my exercise.

If you don’t have a Fitbit, I highly suggest that you get one because these things are awesome. Just wearing it makes me mindful of my activity and I just find ways to move and be active.  As well as keeping tracking my steps and other physical activities, the Fitbit can also estimate my calories burned and my sleep activity.  The sleep tracker has worked wonders for me.  I was really overestimating the amount of sleep that I was getting.   Now, more often than not, I’m going to bed at a decent hour.

Now on to August Challenge:

Two weeks, I got sick from a stomach virus and I felt horrible for like a week afterwards.  I went to the doctor.   I told the doctor that even with exercising, I still feel tired all of the time.  I’ve also been working without a real vacation for months, but I digress.  So I might have IBS and I’m going in for a physical in few weeks.

In the meantime, I’m going to try a fitness challenge for the August:

  • No red or white meat.  I will stick to fish or eggs for animal protein.
  • Drinking water and homemade tea.
  • Climb every mountain: I’ve joined a friend’s stair challenge.  At least once a day, we take the stairs back to our office.  I’ve been doing it sporadically this month.  I want to do it every work day in August.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise!
  • Get some sleep.  According to my Fitbit weekly report, I’ve been sleeping less and it shows.

Hopefully, this challenge will refresh my system.

 

 

 

One year blogging anniversary and Gardening!

Hello Readers,

Today is my blog’s one year anniversary!   I honestly forgot all about it until WordPress sent a notification to my phone.  Thanks for reading and continuing to support my blog.  Happy Fourth of July!

Now on to today’s post.   Today, I gardened for the first time.   Yes, I cut the grass and pull the occasional pesky weed, but today, I actually gardened.  I’ve been wanting to refresh the front yard for a while and today was the perfect day to do it.  Sunny, but low humidity.

First, I measured the outside garden area and then made a list of everything that I needed.  I drove to Home Depot and then returned to get started.

I pulled up that desert dry mulch and found that the foolish woman that rented this house before I bought it used trash bags, yes trash bags, instead of weed block in the garden.  Those trash bags smelled rancid.  Then, I pulled up those ugly shrubs that she planted and cleaned up the general area.

Putting the weed block and spreading the soil was easy.    I still had to go back to the Home Depot for more soil because I wanted to make the flower bed higher.

I scraped the yard a bit and then put down some grass seed and turf builder.   That heat wave from last week destroyed my grass.

I only ran into two minor setbacks.  I saw a tiny snake and freaked out and hit with a shovel…repeatedly.   And then I found a small wasp nest in my water hose hanger.   I bleached the bastards and destroyed the nest.  I’m pretty sure my next door neighbor was wondering why I all of sudden was covered from head to toe.   I was destroying a nest and I wasn’t taking any chances that they might attack me.  Die, die, die, you little bastards.  I don’t like creepy crawlies.  I managed to do all of this without screaming like a banshee.  So I’m proud of me.

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After:

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