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How did you #beatyesterday? What sort of exercise or activity did you do today?

I've been reading such inspirational posts and replies by @Laura Jeanne and @AS and @Pljohns and @Shea and @Jen and @SirFrisco and so many others about the importance of self-care when you manage asthma and/or allergic diseases. @Megan Roberts has had some great tips to about doing what we can when we can.

So I'm starting this thread as a sort of accountability partner with folks on this community. 

There's no shame here. No judging. We do what we can when we can. If that's just getting up in the AM after a bad night, so be it. If that's, "Wow! what a great day! I was able to get in 10K steps!" … so be it. 

True confession time: I did manage to get my 6K step goal in today, but I wasn't able to do the bike, not even for five minutes. I'm hoping that later today I will be able to, but if I don't do it today, I'm tackling it tomorrow so that I can #beatyesterday.

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  • Jen

    I went to the gym today.  On Wednesdays, I usually lift weights and then ride the recumbent bike for a  bit.  I ran into a friend and ended up talking for a half hour of my gym time. Ooops.  Next time that happens, we will talk and work out at the same time.

    I did get a Fitbit earlier this week.  Yesterday was my first full day wearing it and I beat my 10,000 step goal.  Not so sure that's going to happen today, but I'm going to try.

  • Laura Jeanne

    Yahoo! Go for it! 

    Kind of reminds me of the old Sesame Street clip, None of these (days) are not like the other…each day is new and different! 

  • K8sMom2002

    Awww, I loved Sesame Street when my kiddo was little. There were lots of inside jokes in there for the grown-ups, too — and a whole lot of wisdom!

  • AS

    Yay Jen! and Yay K8smom for starting this thread. My trainer has a poster on his gym wall that says "Your Health is Your Wealth" and that is the truth. I also have an administrator who says "You give what you can when you can" meaning that everyone has personal stuff going on so we do extra when we can and when we can't others help us and pick up the slack because we're a team. The other thing that I learned last year is that if I don't take care of myself I can't do anything, so I have to do what I can to take care of me so that I'm there for everyone else (the oxygen mask analogy). 

    This weekend the air was really thick so while I did go to work out I didn't stay any longer than necessary and spent the rest of the day indoors. Tues. I went to work out, rode the bike and did the elliptical. Today volleyball practice with the boys – not really a work out. Done for today.

  • K8sMom2002

    AS, I really like what your administrator says — "you give what you can when you can!" That sums things up nicely!

    I haven't had a chance to try for even five minutes on my exercise bike … but I can surely shoot for tomorrow!

  • Pljohns

    I've not made it to the gym in a few days-just too tired after work. Tonight is yoga and I'm staying.

  • K8sMom2002

    Way to go, Lynn! What sort of yoga is your class? 

    I climbed back on the bike today — five minutes is better than 0 minutes of no bike yesterday. And I've got just over 4200 steps clocked this AM. So maybe I can meet my 6K step goal. 

    Plus-plus, I actually drank a glass of water today. Sounds small, but drinking more water is a habit I'd like to acquire!

  • Jen

    I managed to get those steps in yesterday, but I had to make a deliberate effort to do extra housework and do some walking around while checking email, etc.  Today is looking good, too.

    Cynthia – for water, I use myfitnesspal to log my water.  I suppose you could do it on fitbit too.  Besides OJ in the morning and the occasional coffee/iced tea in the afternoon, water is about all I drink.

  • Jen

    I made it to the gym this morning to lift weights. I also usually take a spin class on Friday mornings.  That didn't happen today because I had to get back to the house to watch ds while dh took the girls to Arlington National Cemetery to visit his dad's gravesite.  But…when I came home, I did take ds for a walk around the neighborhood, so better than nothing.

  • K8sMom2002

    So thanks to this group's encouragement and my FitBit buddies, I got my 6K steps in yesterday!  

    Today, no exercise bike, but I've already done just over 3700 steps indoors. I'm going to be doing good to get to 6K because we have a football game tonight. 

    And Jen, I really DO need to be better about tracking my water intake on my Fitbit app.

  • Laura Jeanne

    Downloaded FitBit app this morning. 

    Might be a few days until I actually make the effort to use it. Asthma doctor this morning; after a fitful night of a tight chest and being short of breath, I thought it best. Good news is no wheezing. No sign of infection. But she added Qvar to my Dulera for a few days; if I'm not getting the improvement that's needed, it's hot flashes in a bottle next. 

    So here I sit in a hotel. Hubby's niece is getting married out doors at a state park tomorrow; rehearsal is this evening. Hotdogs & hamburgers over the campfire. Yeah, I decided best stay in tonight so I can enjoy tomorrow. 

    Think I'll look over the FitBit app…see how it works. 

    Have a great evening all! 

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs on the fitful night and tight chest — sounds like you did the right thing by going to see your doctor, especially since your DH's niece is getting married outdoors. And yeah, a campfire can make things tricky when your lungs are feeling trigger happy! 

    I love my Fitbit app … hopefully yours will be right there ready for you when you get over this latest flare! 

  • Jen

    Laura Jeanne – I hope you slept better last night and were able to enjoy the wedding today.  Let us know how things go with the FitBit app.

    I am managing to meet my goal every day.  There has really only been one day when I've had to make a concerted effort to be more active in order to reach my step goal.  I plan to monitor it for a few more weeks and then decide if I should increase that goal.

  • AS

    Went to work out both yesterday and today – yay! Pollen count is very high but I'm feeling great – the Flovent worked it's magic and I have been vigilant about getting enough sleep and that has helped too. Also no allergy symptoms even with the high pollen count – – I think that is thanks to the Ragwitek!

  • K8sMom2002

    AS, that's great!

    Sleep helps! This weekend I didn't get as much sleep as I should have, and I can tell!

    I also didn't get much in as far as recorded exercise — my FitBit's battery died, so I don't get credit for everything I did. 

    Today I'm off to a slow start … but you've inspired me! I'm going to try really hard to get my 6K steps in!

    How's everybody else doing?

  • AS

    Keep it up K8smom! You can do it! How is everyone else doing?

  • Laura Jeanne

    After a rather sedate weekend, today I did the laundry…lost count of the number of trips up/down the basement steps. 

    I cleaned a dresser drawer & cleaned out my nightstand. Embarrassed to say I had 3 Walmart bags of old stuff…old pay stubs, insurance policies and the like. 

    Only 5 more dresser drawers to go! 

    And with checking in here, I just realized I completely forgot about FitBit! 

  • K8sMom2002

    I managed to catch up last night and get my steps in — this walking and talking business REALLY works! 

    @Laura Jeanne, yay you on all that cleaning — that counts, too! 

    Tonight I'll have to do some more catching up — a lot, as I've been at my desk for a big chunk of the day, and I only have 1,598 steps — I started work a tad early and didn't get my walking time in. 

    But a friend is supposed to call me tonight, so I can walk/talk.

  • Megan Roberts

    @K8sMom2002 I love that you've figured out that pairing walking with talking helps to motivate you to get the job done!!  What other types of positive reinforcement do you all use to motivate yourself?  

    @AS so glad the meds are doing their job and the pollen count isn't interfering with your success!

    I have also noticed sometimes I can collect "steps" cleaning or doing work around the house.  Hey, every little bit helps.  

  • Laura Jeanne

    Yay me! Because my asthma/allergy doctor suggested starting slow, I set my FitBit goal @ 2000 steps. Today I got 1880 steps, counted. Had I continued carrying it after I got home, I would have made goal. Seems my phone need power. 

    I connected my FitBit app & FitnessPal app. 

    Right now I'm basically trying to figure out my number of daily steps over 7 days. Once I have that figured out, I can adjust the number of steps per day, increasing each week or when I reach a certain number of days per week I make or exceed goal. The step count may stay at 2000 or increase depending on my average for this first week  

    Am I making any sense? 

  • Jen

    Makes sense to me, Laura Jeanne.

    Megan – My main motivation for going to the gym is stress relief.  As for motivation for getting all my steps in…well, I am at the point in my life where clearly my metabolism has slowed, so I need to do something to keep pounds from creeping on.  That, right there, is a large part of my motivation.  I am also using the need to get steps in as a motivator for doing a little more housework.  Like you said, housework can be a great way to get steps/cardio activity in.

  • K8sMom2002

    @Laura Jeanne, that is awesome! Yes, small chunks are definitely the way to go! I don't usually bump up my step goal until I have been successful in blowing past it for several weeks. There's something about meeting that goal that's addictive!

    @Megan Roberts, I think one thing that the walking/talking does is help me not mind the time. I don't feel guilty about taking that time for me if I'm multi-tasking. 

    Plus, my DH has gotten in the habit of walking with me for part of it when I'm able to walk outside in the cool of the evening. It's nice to have a "date walk!"

    Funny, I don't get very many steps out of my housework — maybe my house is too small? The most I get is when I'm sweeping with a broom or mopping. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh! I forgot to add how I #beatyesterday — I actually DID get all my steps in plus a few more. Nothing on the bike, though. 

    Today I'm not quite at my steps — I have 5300 or thereabouts, but I'll finish that up before I go to bed. As for exercise … I did a this AM. It involves sitting down on the floor with no help or support from any arm, hand or knee, and then getting back up unaided. That was interesting! Now I know I need to work on improving that!

  • Jen

    I got in a bunch of steps this afternoon.  DD3 had sneak peek at her school.  Not only does she like to meet her new teachers, but she also likes to stop in to say hi to all of her previous teachers.  Got in a bunch of steps just walking around the school.  2 reasons I think I get a fair number of steps from housework – with 6 of us, there is a lot to do, and my house is fairly big, so there is plenty of opportunity.

  • Pljohns

    I haven't hit goals all week-work has just been too nuts and I've been stuck at the computer

  • K8sMom2002

    Laura Jeanne, that's great!

    Jen, that teacher visit can add a lot of steps — I think it's sweet that your kiddo still likes to visit her previous teachers. 

    Lynn, hugs — I know how that feels! It's hard to pull away from work for even five minutes to walk a bit. I hope your work slows down a bit and you get untethered from that computer! 

    Yesterday morning I got a head start on my steps because I knew I'd be sitting a lot — work and then a football game. I managed to get my steps in.

    Today, I still have a ways to go — and I probably need to try to get my five minutes/day on the exercise bike. I know — it sounds so wimpy to just do five minutes, but I guess I gotta start somewhere, and my doc suggested I take it slow and add in what I can. 

    On the business of drinking water: I have found that if I get a glass of water first thing in the AM, it's a painless way to add in 8 ounces. And it wakes me up! I really do need to do a better job of tracking my water intake with my FitBit app.

  • Pljohns

    I've got the water part down-I have a 20oz bottle at work and my goal is at least 3 of them a day and I try for 4-5.  I make every day.  I tried to have a larger bottle here but found that I got discouraged. The 20oz one is like quick gratification and I just refill it at the water fountain.

  • Jen

    I went to spin class at the gym yesterday.  I wonder how many steps that would've been had I worn my FitBit on my ankle.  Either way, I still made my step goal.  Today, however, may be another story.  I woke up late and it was raining.  We had plans to go to the Renaissance Festival, so I thought I'd be getting a ton of steps.  Not so much.  I was hoping the rain would let up so I could at least take ds for a walk, but that didn't happen either.  It also didn't help that I spent several hours on the couch watching the MD football game.  Oh well, this will be the first time since I got my Fitbit 2 weeks ago that I (probably) won't make my step goal.

  • Laura Jeanne

    @Jen

    We went to the Renaissance Fair about 15 years ago. Really enjoyed it. Rain would definitely put a damper on things. I'm sorry you were not able to go. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Laura Jeanne, that's terrific!

    Lynn, I need to do something similar!

    Yesterday I worked on my porch and it felt like I did a million steps …I was still a few hundred short before bed. I had to do some indoor walking. Today will be the same. 

  • Jen

    Laura Jeanne – We did end up going to Renn Fest on Monday, so I got a bunch of steps in.  Would've been more on the FitBit, except I was pushing ds's stroller half the time.  

    I've been meeting my step goal, so I ended up increasing it to 11k this week.  Some days I hit it no problem and other days I have to make a conscious effort to be more active.

  • Laura Jeanne

    Ah, pushing a stroller is a good way to up the excercise, especially if there are hills involved! 

    Awesome on increasing your steps! 

     

  • Jen

    Laura Jeanne – That happens.  Some days are just more active than others.  I met my step goal for today, but have done very little activity otherwise.  I usually try to do a certain amount of activity independent of my step goal (though I will count my walks as part of that activity).  Ds woke up at 4am today and my back has been bothering me.  After I went to field hockey games for dd's 2 and 3, I just wasn't motivated to do much else today.  Oh well…there's always tomorrow.  I'm taking dd3 to lacrosse practice, so I might walk the fields for a bit while she's there.

  • Jen

    Met my step goal and my activity goal yesterday.  I was tired, but busy, so I got it done.  I am super close to my step goal for today already – I get at least 5k steps when I go to Zumba class.

  • K8sMom2002

    I've been MIA around here for a few days — but thanks to Hurricane Irma prep, I haven't had a bit of trouble getting my step count in. I got my steps in today picking up the limbs that were littering the driveway so that I could get out of my driveway.

    Sleep? Well, now, that's another thing, but hopefully my next #beatyesterday report from the trenches will be that I actually got a full night's rest!

    How about you guys in the normal, non-hurricane infested world??

  • Megan Roberts

    How is everyone doing this week?  @Laura Jeanne we all have good days and bad days in meeting our goals — important to celebrate the successes and not beat ourselves up the days we don't quite reach our goals! I have to constantly remind myself of that.  Constantly.  

    @Pljohns I love that you have a goal that involves hydration.  So important for wellness and energy levels — and helping asthma symptoms.  I started becoming conscious of my hydration a few years ago– and at some point I realized that MOST of the time when I was feeling tired, it was because I was dehydrated!  It was like a lightbulb went off.  

    Jen how are you doing with trying to squeeze your goals in around family demands this week?  You have a lot to juggle!  It sounds like you're good at getting creative on mult-tasking your active time with other demands, though.  Important to keep that in perspective — sounds like you're doing a great job!

  • Jen

    I've managed to do fairly well this week. I've been getting my steps in without having to do much pacing the last couple days.  Of course back to school nights at the elementary and middle schools helped.  I've also done fairly well with my activity goal.  We shall see how today goes. I often use the afternoon to get in some activity, but today a nap is in order.  Ds was up at 515am.  *yawn*

  • K8sMom2002

    Well, yesterday I did some cleanup after Irma – messy girl, Irma. Got my steps in early but was a bit too brisk with my efforts and had an asthma attack. Followed my plan and everything worked. Next time I'll remember to classify yard work as "strenuous exercise" and pre-treat!

  • AS

    Hope everything is getting back to normal post-Irma. Everyone has been talking about their steps so I finally figured out how to turn on the health app on my phone and now I can see how many steps I get in at school! Today it was a little over 4,000 and then I couldn't really track my after school activities because I didn't have my phone on me, but I should have doubled that number based on what I was doing. Yesterday I went to work out – elliptical, bike and some ab work. I was feeling really sluggish but the workout really helped and then I slept well! As long as I can get myself back out the door after work I'm good – my problem is if I sit down and pick up a bag of chips instead of getting back out the door LOL.

    And yes, yard work is STRENUOUS – that's what I was doing when I had my asthma relapse over the summer. Now when I am out in the back where all the serious weeds are I wear a mask and I limit myself to an hour or about 3 yard waste bags, whichever comes first. I am still working on my project of pulling out all the vinca and replacing it with natives but I am not stressing over the fact that it isn't finished – it is a process and will get done eventually. There's no deadline and it is in the back so no one sees it anyway. I just feel good that eventually I will have the area back to native species instead of invasive plants.

  • Kathy P

    Boo on the asthma attack cleaning up after Irma. Glad you were able to quickly reverse it. That was a little like me tonight. I we out for a bike ride and even though I pretreated, I could still feel things tighten up a little. I stopped and took more albuterol as per my plan. And I ratcheted back my effort just a smidge. That kept everything in check. I still feel a little tight, but no cough or anything. I was feeling junky all day, so I need to keep an eye on things. 

    Jen, glad your tracking is keeping you honest  

    Lynn, I struggle with hydration too. I seem to need so much more fluids when I exercise than others do. And I do much better if I'm drinking a hydration drink. I found one I like that is not super high in sugar but doesn't have stevia – yuck! It's called Skratch. I've been getting the bulk bags and the individual packets. 

    @Laura Jeanne I honestly rarely hit my step goal and it's usually under 5k! I get in other activities like stretching when I can. You do what you can and strive for that. 

  • Jen

    AS – When I was a teacher, I'd pack my gym clothes and change before I left school.  That way I could hit the gym on the way home.  

  • K8sMom2002

    Okay, so yesterday I didn't do any yard work and I barely got my step goal met. And today, I am way behind and not likely to meet my step goal at all — long car ride to a football game that DD is cheering at. At least one of us will get some exercise! 

    But hey, on the bright side, I'll have a low bar tomorrow to #beatyesterday.

  • Pljohns

    I got mine yesterday walking around UAB and today is grocery shopping after work so I should be close then too

  • K8sMom2002

    Good for you, Lynn — one good thing came out of the UAB visit after all. I hope rest for you is on the schedule!