I have found through my Orangetheory journey that accountability is the key to my fitness and healthy living lifestyle. Luckily their app is so helpful in keeping me accountable because if I don’t cancel a class within 8 hours before the start time I will be charged a $12 cancellation fee and nobody wants to pay that additional fee on top of our monthly fee!
I have also learned that even though I attend classes 4 times a week, I must continue to move more and eat healthy in order to see results. I’m sad to report that once women reach 50 or go through menopause, whichever comes first, they have a harder time losing weight.
That sad news brings me to my new experiment: more accountability. Although I have lost inches and become more toned after joining Orangetheory a year and a half ago, I still would like to get a little leaner. I ran across a story about a woman and her FitBit challenge. Which got her moving more which led to increased weight loss so I figured I would give it a try. My old Fitbit no longer worked, so I picked up the Fitbit Inspire. Which seemed to be the best fit from their vast array of products. It’s super easy to use, and I purchased the clip which lets me clip it to my pants or my bra to keep it hidden. You can wear it on your wrist too, but I prefer the clip because it doesn’t match my wrist stack!
I’ve read that walking 10,000 steps per day, paired with sticking to your recommended calorie intake, should allow you to lose 1 lb a week. My FitBit helps me track my steps and I also use the app My Fitness Pal which helps me track my calories. And it pairs with my FitBit so it shows me my net calorie intake after my steps get factored in. It even keeps track of my water intake- talk about accountability. My husband says “that sounds like a lot of work”, and he’s not wrong. But guess what- he bought one too and now we are tracking together. Not only does this allow us to hold ourselves accountable, but we can keep each other accountable too. They do say it’s always best to have a buddy on your fitness journey.
It may seem simple, but it’s actually pretty difficult to hit 10,000 steps in a day. I usually average 4,000 steps per class at Orangethoery. But that leaves me with 6,000 more steps to hit.
There are some days when I’m in my car on a lot of sales appointments (I am an outside sales rep) so it’s really difficult on those days to get to 10,000. But I’m trying to push myself to hit it more days. But I’m certainly not ashamed to pace around the house in my slippers to get the last couple thousand steps. I’m not hard on myself on the days that I don’t reach my goals. Because I’m proud that I’m trying and holding myself accountable to move more. Stay tuned and I will keep you posted with my results!