My new Fitbit has arrived

Today I received my new Fitbit Charge in the post.

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I’ve been considering buying this for a while now. I decided to get this rather than the yet to be released Charge HR as this was on a special offer ( 25 pound off)  and also,  I don’t really need the heart rate monitor that’s on the HR,  as I don’t do anything that is even close to cardiovascular,  or running etc.  So hence,  I just went for the basic Charge. It seems nice.  I’ll do a review once I have had a chance to use it properly.

Chicken and bacon risotto

We has a lovely meal tonight. If anyone is interested in giving it a go, let me know how you get on, and if you make any changes.

Chicken and Bacon Risotto recipe. (Edit Post)
Posted on 12/28/2014 by stevew_68
I have been asked for this recipe of other MFP users. Its a really simple meal but very tasty.
( Serves 4. Approx 850 calories on my meal per person, but will differ if you change the amounts )
4 x chicken breasts
5 x Unsmoked Rindless Back Bacon rashers
1 x Large white onion
150g closed cup mushrooms
2 x Oxo vegetable stock cubes ( makes min 700 ml stock. Adjust if required. We near enough doubled it to stop the risotto drying out during cooking )
300g Arborio Rice
2 cups ( 150g ) frozen garden peas
A small drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons of garlic. ( we used lazy garlic )
1 large french bread stick ( divided by 4 people )

Its really easy to make. Cook the onions, add the chicken breasts and drizzle the extra virgin olive oil. Remove the rind from the bacon the dice the bacon and add to pan, Dice or slice the mushrooms and add, Add the Arborio rice, then add the stock, garlic and peas. Cook on a medium heat. Once it starts to bubble, reduce the heat to simmer.
Slice the bread and serve with the meal.
ENJOY!

My Fitbit One friendship is rekindled

As the New year looms, and a lot of us are thinking about how much food and drink we have consumed over the festive period, and are considering our New Years resolutions. A lot of people decide to diet and become healthier. To a lot us, it is these resolutions that, sadly, we also break after only a short time. Others have other more personal reasons to lose weight and get healthier. I am one of the people in this second group.

My own personal journey started back in 2012, in a failed attempt to better myself. It was smack bang in the middle of what turned out to be a really bad 2 years in my life and couldn’t of come at a worse time to make a decision like losing weight and getting fitter. It was in this period that I bought my first ever fitbit. I went out and bought a Fitbit One. A small electronic device that you clip onto your waistband or bra. Its surprising how much you become sort of attached to an inanimate object like the fitbit and enjoy having it watch and log your every move 24 hours a day. It even watches over you while you sleep like some sort of electronic stalker. Like I mentioned, this was back in 2012 and because of other issues, my Fitbit got suspended from its duties through no fault of its own for an indefinite period. Shut away in my drawer, only seeing the light of day when I went to get socks or underwear, only to be ignored and locked away again, day after day.

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Moving forward in time to the present. Things are much better. My head is a lot clearer, and after a rather nasty flare up of a chronic back problem that I have, I decided, that I have had enough. I am sick of being a slave to my back injury and because or it, being unable to do any keep fit. Not even swimming was recommended by my doctor. As is typical in the vicious circle of life, this not being able to get fit meant I was putting loads of weight on and at one point I was heavier than I have ever been. Not by much but still the heaviest. That extra weight, and having a sedentary lifestyle only led to me starting to think negatively about my weight. Not being able to do any activities with my daughter, being worried about every single thing I do, ( even down to brushing my teeth ) in case it flared my back up again, being mindful that there is a strong family history of diabetes, and to top it all off, also feeling like some sort of overweight lump and having to buy XL clothes.

One day early this month, I woke up and thought to myself, I have my fitbit lying patiently to be allowed out of the drawer and be reunited with me and also I have a Myfitnesspal account doing nothing. I am going to start getting my life back. I think I have spoke about it that much that Marc ( www.marccorn.co.uk ) has gone and got himself a Fitbit Flex and is doing the same sort of thing as me now. I wish him the best of luck.

My little Fitbit was brought out and charged up, and straight away I got the ‘Hi Steve’ message on the screen. My Fitbit holds no grudges thankfully. It even gives messages of support every now and then.
I logged back into my Fitbit account and myfitnesspal and input all the current details like weight etc and set about planning the new me. I spoke to Dee about it and she too was onboard with the idea so I charged her fitbit up and updated her accounts as well. I makes a lot of sense to do this together. We can both encourage each other and give support and advice. ( and I’m sure my Fitbit is happy its got a work mate to help keep us motivated and to log Dee’s data as well as mine.

One thing I have bought, which I’ve considered for a while and now have bought are the Fitbit Aria scales. The measure your weight ( obviously ) as well as BMI and body fat percentage. I managed to get a good deal on these at the local supermarket.

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I will do reviews of the Fitbit One, Fitbit Aria Scales, and possibly myfitnesspal on separate posts.

So far, in about 3 weeks I have managed to lose a couple of ounces short of a stone in weight. I am chuffed. I am more focused and in the zone about this getting healthier, than I have ever been. Its normally myself that buckles first in our house, if we do diets. Not this time.

You will see updates on my twitter ( @wrighttimesblog ) and on The Wright Times Facebook page and on Google+ about how I’m doing.
The more I read about this and learn from other myfitnesspal users, the more clearer it gets. For some reason, I don’t see this diet as something bad, or a chore. I am actually enjoying it. I have never really enjoyed a diet before.

If anyone has any questions about any of this just ask. I am not a health guru or a dietician so don’t ask what foods to eat. I can only tell you about what I’m eating and doing.

Take care everyone and have a fantastic New Year.

A Politically Correct Christmas Poem by Author Unknown

I saw this today and thought it was quite funny

A Politically Correct Christmas Poem
by Author Unknown

T’was the night before Christmas and Santa’s a wreck…
How to live in a world that’s politically correct?
His workers no longer would answer to “Elves”.
“Vertically Challenged” they were calling themselves.
And labour conditions at the North Pole
were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.
And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.
So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.
And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their rooftops.
Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called “Unenlightened.”

And to show you the strangeness of life’s ebbs and flows,
Rudolf was suing over unauthorised use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.
So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she’d enough of this life,

Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.
And as for the gifts, why, he’d never had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.
Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.

Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim, Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamoured or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls, or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that’s warlike or non-pacifistic.

No candy or sweets…they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.
And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.
For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football…someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.
Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.
So Santa just stood there, dishevelled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you’ve got to be careful with that word today.
His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.
Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere…even you.
So here is that gift, it’s price beyond worth…
May you and your loved ones, enjoy peace on Earth.

Loving my fitbit and myfitnesspal

Well I’ve had enough. Had enough of being overweight and being in loads of pain with my knackered back.I have dug mine and Dee’s Fitbit’s out of the drawer and connected them back up to our myfitnesspal accounts. Dee wasn’t too impressed with having to log our foods, especially when it’s made from scratch so had to log the ingredients individually. That will get easier as once they are logged, its just a case of ticking the box to add them.
Using my fitbit is good fun.

fitbit

For anyone who has used a Fitbit knows, it tracks you sleep, and how many floors you climb up, and steps you have taken and distance walked etc. Linking it to myfitnesspal means all the data from the Fitbit transfers automatically across to myfitnesspal so means all the data for weight and activity is gathered in one place. You can even pair it with a mobile app to keep track on your mobile phone. ( ios and Android )
I just weighed myself, and in the last week I have lost 3lbs. I’m happy with that, but also seeing it on the website as a graph makes a big difference. Its a mentality thing, but it helps with the motivation.
I’m just wanting to get my life back, where I can do activities with Gee, such as playing football of cycling etc. At the moment I can’t do any of that as my back will go so easily.

So, fingers crossed, this mindset will continue and I will lose weight and not end up in a wheelchair when I get older.

If any of yu good guys out there are on Fitbit or myfitnesspal, drop me a line with your usernames. On myfitnesspal I am stevew_68

I’ve been missing a while. Update on whats happened

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping well.

just a quick post today. I have not been on for quite a few weeks now as I have not been in the best of health. I was getting myself all prepared to go back to work after a LONG time off on the sick with severe depression, when I woke up one day with an achy back. I suffer from a prolapsed disk, and several degraded disks, which I think the specialist classes as Degenerative Disc Disease. So anyway, it got worse and worse on this episode, that at one point I screamed the house down in pain while sitting on the loo. Not a nice experience let me tell you. After that, I basically ended up bed bound for about 6 weeks until I was able to stand and support my own weight. I was in so much pain, I couldn’t even face the easy task of using the laptop. I just couldn’t function properly, mentally wise, due to the pain. I am so sick of this happening every so often. Every time, it adds to the worry that I could end up losing my job over it. They have told me they cannot operate as there is too much degradation in my disks that it will not take the pain away, and could even make it worse. so basically I am stuck with it and just loading myself with very strong pain killers for the rest of my life. I can deal with being disabled to some extent, but the pain is getting too much now.
Those lovely people at ATOS have turned me down for help in the past, when my sick pay ran out at work. Also the local council turned me down for a blue badge parking permit because I could walk too far, despite being in chronic pain and hunched over and shuffling along at a snails pace like some old man. Non of the governing bodies seen to want to offer support.

I have even gone so far as to invest in a wheelchair out of my own money, so as least when I’m in too much pain to walk, I may be able to get out of the house with my family.

me in wheelchair

I have an MRI scan today to see if it has got worse over the last couple of years. It feels like it has. I’ll let you know.

But thats me done for now. I just thought I would pop in and keep you updated.

Take care everyone.

Steve

Magic Moments 8th Dec 2014

I little while back my friend, Marc ( www.marccorn.co.uk) sent me these pics he did using daft photos of me. Even though he’s taking the mick out of me, I couldn’t help but laugh, especially at the ‘Up’ one. Cheeky sod he is.

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