Dear Garmin Forerunner 405….

My Garmin and I met about 3 1/2 years ago. It was love at first sight. Oh sure, he’s a bit bulkier than I was used to and not the type of watch I’m normally attracted to, but what he’s lacking in appearance he makes up for in personality. He’s been a faithful companion since day one and I can say with pure honesty that I love my Garmin Forerunner 405.

Garmin Forerunner 405

But I have a confession to make.

My Garmin was becoming a pain in my butt. He was getting a bit testy. Running in the summer heat makes me sweat…buckets, and he didn’t like that. So he would change screens or sometimes just shut off and I was getting annoyed. And there were the tan lines. The obvious, ‘oh she wears a Garmin’ white line around the wrist of my otherwise tan arm. It was getting ugly.

I know, I should have given him some warning. I should have talked to him about it but it all happened so fast.

MacGyver rides a bike and he first suggested it, after realizing that I ALWAYS take my phone on runs with me. He said I could run faster without all the bulk. He said I could simplify. It’s mostly his fault. So I’m partially blaming him.

I’m sorry Garmin, but I’ve been cheating. And his name is SportyPal.

SportyPal

I know he doesn’t have all of your personality. He’s not the most advanced thing out there, but he makes things so easy. He tracks my time and distance, my calories burned and he’s pretty accurate, and I can also listen to my music or take phone calls without disturbing my workout….and I can do it all without tan lines. I know he can’t do all of the things that you can do and I still want to see you occasionally, but I think we need a little break. It may just be a phase that I’m going through but only time will tell.

I hope you understand. It’s not you, it’s me.

Are you still in love with your Garmin? Do you use an app?

Are you Active or Sedentary…are you sure…???

Finally a new post so you don’t have to look at that horrible picture of my Popeye arm anymore.

Happy Wednesday, I’ve been a busy girl. I took the day off from running on Saturday due the size of my arm but I got a 10 mile run in on Sunday. 3.21 miles on Monday, 5 miles on Tuesday, and 4 miles this morning. I’ve been doing a lot of yard work and stuff around the house because I have family coming to town at the first of August and my Mom is in town for the month. Life is a whirlwind right now and I’m sorta lovin it.

busy busy

If you read my blog or you know me then you know that I exercise pretty regularly. Like every day, regularly. I either run, or paddleboard, or kayak, or bike ride, but you get the point. So, because I exercise regularly, I assumed that I was in pretty good shape. And you can imagine how surprised I was when I realized earlier in the summer that I’ve gained about 10 pounds. Yep, even while training for and running half marathons and hitting the weights, paddleboarding, kayaking, walking and other assorted work outs, and trying to eat a healthy diet, I did indeed gain 10 pounds.

So where did I go wrong?

I wasn’t exactly sure what had happened but when I mentioned it to a friend and she quickly figured it out. We went over my diet and what I eat in a typical day and then we discussed my workouts and how much I run and exercise on a weekly basis and here is where it got interesting and perhaps a bit scary.

Because I’m exercising every day and eating healthy, I assumed I was rather fit and not in danger of gaining weight. I considered myself active. She informed that I was really closer to sedentary…what?

Researchers in the department of exercise science at the University of South Carolina compared the exercise and activity levels of two hypothetical women. The first, a housewife, considered sedentary because she doesn’t exercise vigorously at 30 minutes or more a day. The second, considered active because she performs one hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day.

The housewife performs light activity daily. She walks a little, she cooks, she cleans and she is doing some type of light activity for 75% of the day. The active subject works out vigorously in the gym for one hour and then she works at her desk for eight or more hours and then comes home and relaxes either in front of the T.V. or back at the computer.

Based on the amount of energy used, the housewife actually expends about 10 percent more on a daily basis than the active subject. If you equate energy expenditure with staying fit and lean, then the housewife is in better shape.

The bottom line, my friend said, is that you are not as active as you need to be.

I was kind of surprised to hear that but I realized she was right. I work at the computer at least 7-8 hours a day, (i.e. I sit on my butt), and I spend a few hours on the sofa with the family at night as well. So, even though I work out for an hour or so a day, I’m not expending enough energy to be as fit and as lean as I’d like.

So how do you find out if you’re active or sedentary and how do you find out if you’re expending enough energy? The simple solution is to use a pedometer. Clip it on first thing in the morning and check it at night to see your total for the day. There’s a bit of disagreement between the experts, but many suggest shooting for 10,000 steps per day. (That includes your running and any activity throughout the day). If you’re still gaining weight or you would like to lose weight, take a look at your diet and see if you can trim a few calories or clean it up a bit. Maybe you need to give up soda or cut back on the sugar. If tweaking your diet and 10,000 steps a day doesn’t work, try adding 2,000 additional steps a day.

And here’s an interesting fact, one study found that people who use a pedometer take on average 2,000 more steps per day than those who don’t use one.

You can read more about the study done by the department of exercise science at the University of South Carolina here. In the meantime I want to hear how you feel about this.

Do you consider yourself sedentary or active? Do you use a pedometer? How active are you during the day?

Stung by some wasps, now I have a baseball glove.

I took the day off from running today. I usually do on Fridays. I’ve been working on a post for quite some time that I’m really excited about and I was hoping to finish it today but I wanted to finish up a little yard work first.

And then this happened:

Bee Sting

In case you’re wondering, that’s a bee sting. A wasp actually, well actually about 5 wasps. Unbeknownst to me, I picked up the nest. I’m allergic to bees but I wasn’t sure about wasps since I can’t remember ever having been stung by one, let alone 5. Holy heck does it hurt.

15 minutes later and anxiously awaiting for MacGyver to get home:

15 minutes after bee sting

And then 30 minutes later, finally MacGyver returns:

30 minutes after bee sting

45 minutes later and a trip to the pharmacy with MacGyver:

45 minutes after wasp sting

1 hour and 2 Benadryl later:

wasp sting

And to save myself the embarrassment, let me just tell you that my entire arm now looks like that and it’s red and swollen.

I do not seem to be having the typical allergic reaction that I get from a bee sting however the swelling is quite bad so I am treating it with regular doses of Benadryl and watching it closely. I am praying that it does not affect my long run tomorrow as I am really trying hard to stay on target with my marathon training and hopefully, I will also be able to work on that post I’m so excited about tomorrow or the next day.

I would like to leave you with a note of caution and some advice. If you do have an allergy or have had a severe allergic reaction in the past and you are supposed to carry an EpiPen, please do so. Also, check to make sure that it is not expired, and if it is, please get a new one. Runners especially, should always carry one if they have severe allergies. It could save your life one day.

Have you ever been stung by a bee or a wasp? Did you have an allergic reaction?