Sunday, September 13, 2015


MOTIVATION.   I had thought that I was suitably motivated long before I purchased my fitbit.  As I so often am, I was wrong.

  1. the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
    "The challenge of achieving ever higher numbers of 'steps' each day on my fitbit has been a motivational force to be increasingly active"
    synonyms:motive, motivating force, incentivestimulus, stimulation, inspiration,inducementincitementspurreason

MOTIVATION.  It is hard to believe that such motivation stems from a piece of electronic equipment that is about 2" in length.  Nevertheless, it is true.

MOTIVATION.   I am logging plenty of 'steps' by bicycling and working out on the elliptical machine.  The greatest increase in my activity level, has come from the motivation to log high numbers of steps each day.  I have increased my activity level by literally stepping, that is, walking.   The later summer weather has been perfect for some long walks.

My daughter has been a particularly good companion on a few of my walks - although I have also gone solo.  For example, last night, Saturday evening after dinner by fitbit had recorded 'only' 15000 steps.   My daughter and I took a long walk downtown and to Navy Pier and when we returned home my fitbit had recorded an additional 12000 steps.   These were 12000 steps that likely would never have occurred without the motivational desire of logging a maximum number of steps for the day.  Being active has been very rewarding and very fun.  I was a certified couch potato for many years - I prefer my lifestyle now.

Father/Daughter Navy Pier, Chicago 
An attempt at an 'artistic photo' taken during our late evening walk.
This is my daughter in silhouette in front of the lit up 'Apple' logo, unsurprisingly at the Apple Store.

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 Saturday MENU

breakfast   SteelCut Oateal, cheese omelette,  kale chips, apple     1057 calories
lunch         rice cakes, mango                                                             690 calories
dinner       Spinach Salad w/tomato, asparagus, corn, apples             402 calories
SNACK    KALE CRUNCH, RICE CAKES, MANGO                    830 calories

total calories consumed 2980 calories

calories burned
YMCA PRECOR elliptical machine 125 minutes              1702  calories

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