Step by Step

Well hello there dudes and dudettes, I’m in quite a good mood right now and just was thinking about one of my goals for this week. I’ve set myself the task of wearing my MotoActv all day for just one day. I’m going to aim for more but to achieve the goal I need just one whole day (because I know me and the disasters that follow me!). I need to say here that the stuff I write about in this post, and any post for that matter, is taken from my own understanding of things I’ve read, experienced or just believe. I’ll try and be clear which it is when I’m writing but I’m not a doctor/nutritionist or trainer.

If you don’t know what the MotoActv is it’s a very cool piece of kit, I really need to get round to finishing my review post really but essentially it does everything a running watch would do for all sports – it’s GPS but has an accelerometer in it too, you can wear it as a watch, an armband, you can clip it on like an ipod or you can mount it on your cycle and it’s just a little square with a full colour touch screen, it also holds music, lots of it, and will even detect which songs which make you work harder and run faster! It compiles a playlist over time of “power songs” which is pretty cool for a quick blast of energy. One of it’s many functions is that it will measure steps and full days worth of calories burned (obv it’s only as accurate as the info you give it). The accelerometer measures steps and then it calculates your calories.

So this is why I’m trying to wear it for a few days to get an average full day calorie burn and steps taken. It’s recommended we take 10,000 steps a day, and it’s pretty easy to say “oh yeah I do that easy” but actually it’s not that easy. I wore it all day yesterday pretty much, I ran errands around town on foot, I did jobs, I went to the supermarket, did the school run and I clocked up just about 4,000 steps. I was pretty shocked how low it was!

Not todays picture but this is how it looks on my wrist


The reason for this experiment is I’ve been reading a lot about losing weight effectively. Obviously most people know that losing weight is calories in and calories out. 3500 calories being 1lb of weight. There is growing evidence in the science community that eating below your Basal Metabolic Rate,  the amount of calories you would need a day to lay in bed and stay alive without doing anything, is a big no no if you want to maintain your lean body mass (muscle!) and lose fat. The reason this is more important than just the number on the scale is that maintaining and building muscle will help in the long term maintainance of your body at goal. Also if you are meeting your very basic calorific needs your body will not feel deprived and you shouldn’t stall.

I’ve been my usual bookworm self and have read some studies, journals and opinion from all over the web and I have to say I kinda buy in to it but I can understand that it’s intimidating especially at the bigger end of the scale. At 235 my BMR is 1800 calories a day. That’s my basic need of calories, obviously this decreases as I decrease. So everything I do above my BMR creates the “deficit” needed to lose weight. I think the likelyhood is that I’m going to gain weight at first. YEARS of eating well well well below my BMR means my body has to adjust to being properly fuelled, but that’s ok with me. I’ve gained weight over the past month for a number of reasons so I kinda see it as an opportunity to get myself healthily losing weight. Plus those 1800 calories a day will be healthy, clean, Paleo food.

It’s an experiment, next month will really be the telling time and I’ll be weighing in regularly through the month to monitor what is happening to my body. I think I have to trust it for a month though. I’m feeling motivated to move more because I know that is what my weight loss is dependant on now. The Moto will be staying with me as often as I remember to put it on as I’m so interested to see if I can push my steps, get them up and get them pushing. The maths of it is if I eat 1800 calories a day, I need to burn through activity another 500 calories a day to lose 1lb per week. That means my MotoActv should display 2300 by the end of every single day.

Lets see if the maths stacks up. 

3 thoughts on “Step by Step

  1. It’s a good idea to monitor your steps as I think it makes you more aware of incidental exercise (or lack of it). Some people at my gym are doing a challenge and were stoked to have done over 4000 steps in our Zumba class the other day!


  2. Interesting post. The steps thing is so relevant to me at the moment and how difficult it can be to attain 10,000 steps, especially with little ones to look after!

    Every year my work runs a fitness challenge where teams of 7 wear pedometers for 12 weeks and try and get the most steps. This year my team is also part of the GCC which involves competing with thousands of teams around the world! A great motivational tool :-)

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