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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In May 19, 2017

Trucking along, crushing my StepBet and making it sync with my Leap4Life, ready to be back on track on my computer. AND for the first time in over 3 years I am under 150 lbs! Plus I got a fairly reasonable week of sleep, for me anyway. Planing on my 5K for the week of the 26th!

Stats: Week May 13-19, 2017

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In April 28, 2017

Occam’s razor does not apply to me. I need a shirt that says that. This will be a long venty post, so feel free to skip down to the pretty pictures. Once upon a time I had very bad allergies. Eventually they got bad enough that I went to an allergist. I spent several years on allergy shots and while my symptoms improved tremendously, they never quite went all the way away. When that allergist left, and I didn’t get transferred to someone else, I thought well…lets give it a try. It was better than it used to be, but several times a year I still had major problems and periodically I would break out into various rashes and hives. So I got a new referral. Turns out, I do not in fact have allergies anymore-who knows when the allergic response really stopped and I could have stopped giving myself those stupid shots. Working diagnosis: ideopathic uticaria (AKA-We have no clue why you get so itchy and hive like, but probably you won’t die), non-allergic contact dermatitis, and non-allergic rhinitis…to go along with my polyps….which is triggered by irritants…like pollen. Treatment is…allergy medicine…for these things that are not allergies. Also, Dymista feels like injecting straight fire into ones sinuses. And to make matters worse, I still have nasty itchy welts from the testing…not allergies (the allergen responses were not larger than the histmaine control), but my skin really does not like…anything

So now we are looking into alternate causes for my tendency to be sicker than the average person. I am waiting on lab work to assess my titers for pnuemonia, staph, and tetanus to check see if I have a functioning immune system. And also my IgE, IgG, and IgSomething else.

So, to try to keep my motivation up I have joined StepBet. As previously mentioned, I would fight a rabid badger over a nickle, so the prospect of losing $40 bucks should keep me on my toes so to speak. Even when I just want to curl up, roll over, and play dead. I guess I should be glad I don’t have allergies anymore (less risk of death and all), but that at least would have been a concrete answer with a set of clear cut solutions.

Also on the plus side, I finally got Sleep Stages on my FitBit, and it looks really interesting. Who knows how accurate it is, but I am trying to remember it is the little things that can make you happy.

Sleep Stages OneSleep Stages 2

Stats: Week April 22-28, 2017

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In April 21, 2017

Am I late posting this? Incredibly so. Am I back posting it? Yes, because I am neurotic like that. But no allergy meds are killing me, and I hate everything about everything right now. I am still not reading anything new, but I am doing a ton of rereading, so I should probably just go to talking about that. I keep hoping for a turning point, but I am starting to see that will not happen soon (if ever). Leap4Life is at least still slightly motivating me, because it is new. I am about 0.0093333333333333 towards a $100 giftcard, so assuming nothing changes I should be able to cash in somewhere around 2020. On Achievemint I am about 1/3 of the way to my second $10 payout. Fortunately, I would fight a rabid badger over a nickle, so this is not demotivating for me. Bounts is changing their rewards system so I have no clue what will be going on there, but I continue to rack up points. Higi too has changed their reward strategy, and now they are partnering with Dr. Oz of all inanities, so who knows where that will end up either.

Stats: April 15-21, 2017

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In April 14, 2017

Yeah, basically…

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On the plus side Leap4Life is working pretty well for me after a small hiccup of trying to hold myself back so future challenges have easier goals. I have joined a team and have successfully completed several individual (I even got third place in one event!) and team events. I am staying well hydrated, and my weight is holding reasonably steady. Basically, I am just pushing on. I’ll be going in for allergy testing and starting back on allergy shots this week hopefully. I don’t know if it will help the sleep thing, but it certainly can’t hurt. So that’s the update.

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#FitReaders- Weekly Check-In April 7, 2017

I went ahead and got an immediate jump on April so I didn’t find myself in the same boat I was in the last couple of months. And it was nice, I knocked another minute off my 5K time. You forget just how…well not exactly easy, but, relatively effortless it is to improve your times when you are first starting out. It requires no special training or regimens. Those first few runs are just about proving that you can do something you were probably convinced you couldn’t do. Bodies are amazing things, Then once you do it, you realize you CAN do it. Those first few tries are so fantastic because they aren’t magical unicorn personal best times that will require extreme dedication to pull off again. You just have to pull on your shoes (or not as the case may be) and get out there. It is fantastic, heady stuff.

April 2017 5K Stats

Stats: Week April 1-7, 2017

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I met my goals, so that was good. And for the month of April I am going to try to do at least a dedicated running/wobbling mile each week, if not an outright 5 K. Just kind of took it easy and let this past week or so be a refeed as I was stressed. On the sleep front, Fitbit has been promising sleep stages, which I still haven’t got.

April Week 7 DistanceApril 7 Week StepsApril 7 Week Active

I have also started doing some other stuff to earn money with my FitBit.

Walgreens Balance Rewards-gets you store credit.

Achievemint.com which gets you points that you can send money to Paypal.

Bounts-Which doesn’t have a ton of things you can get with your points, but you can use the pints to enter challenges and chances to win things.

HIGI-Which you earn points for activity, and also checking in at Higi stations, and for joining Challenges where you may win prizes. They also have a “store” to spend your points, but that is mostly a few discount codes. But if I am ever to pull the trigger on a Withings Aura, it is nice to known I can get 20% off.

AARP Rewards for Good-not that great of redemption program, but still it is something.

Leap4Life-This one I am super new to, so I am not sure how it will go, but it is more social than the other programs, and I think you can redeem points for giftcards.

 

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