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2013 Miles: A Fitness Challenge

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Happy Friday! Hell, happy February while we’re at it!

I mentioned in my last post that we are trying to get serious with the whole weight loss/ healthy living thang. Don’t worry, this isn’t me confessing that we’ve fallen off the wagon already. In fact, we are officially one month in and it’s going really well.

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You had no idea Jacob was such a stud, right?

I also mentioned last week that we are doing a fitness challenge with my co-workers. Several of us were sitting around at the end of December lamenting about our lack of consistent exercise and the next thing we knew, we had created a contest.

Do you know how many miles it is from Fayetteville (where I live) to LAX if you take a wonky route through Kansas City and Denver? 2,013 miles to be exact. We’re so clever.

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Or roughly 5.5 miles a day if you divided it up over an entire year. Yup, we decided on a cross-country challenge. Everyone (there are five of us including Jacob) put in $100 and whoever makes it to LAX  {virtually} gets the prize money. We track our daily distance on a Google map and update it once a week. Right now, we’re all kickin it in Missiouri.

The other key component of the challenge is a consistent measurement tool.

Enter the Fitbit.

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Fitbit is basically a fancy pedometer that tracks your steps, calories burned, flights of stairs climbed, sleep and *ding, ding, ding* distance each day. We each bought one so we know we’re all using the same measurements.  At $100 it isn’t cheap, but it is super easy to clip on to your waistband (or bra if you’re feeling frisky) and it automatically syncs with an online dashboard, iPhone app and MyFitnessPal (the app we use for calorie counting).

This is what the home screen of the iPhone app looks like:

fitbit   Like I said, we’ve only been tracking our activity for a month, but I’m totally hooked. I find myself parking farther away from things to get in a few extra steps and heading out for unplanned runs to meet my distance goal. So far, so good.

Cheers to the weekend (and to fitness)!

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