Earlier this year, I recommitted myself to improving my health which included taking the Whole30 challenge as well as investing in a FitBit. I know my iPhone has a step tracker that syncs with other apps (MyFitnessPal) and can tell me how many steps I take each day, but somehow, I thought if I owned an actual FitBit , it would be more official! Something about a rubber bracelet around my wrist screamed “Look at how health conscious I am! I am super serious about my fitness! Ask me how many steps I took today!!” Right?
It did not hurt that it came in a SUPER cute purple band OR that you could purchase a Tory Burch bangle to snap your little FitBit receiver in. My friend Tara clued me in to all of the Etsy sellers that have bangles designed to also hide those little receivers. Love it when style and function intersect!
After charging my FitBit and using it a few days, the honest truth is, I really grew to resent it. I’d look at my stats around 3pm and realize I’d only gotten in about 2500 steps. Sweet baby Jesus, how was I going to get another 7500 in by the end of the day? I started taking 10 minute breaks throughout the day and hitting the stairwell at work. We only have 4 floors, so there was a a lot of UP DOWN UP DOWN. And of course I was winded coming out of the stairwell so anyone I passed clearly thought I was in terrible shape. Unfortunately I was too winded to even comment on their “what in the heck?” stares.
Each 10 minute break could get me close to 1000 extra steps. Then I found myself pacing in my office for 5 minutes at a time just to get a few more steps in. Anyone who walked by had to think I was attempting to solve an epic crisis (or at least was talking myself off of some imaginary ledge) with all of my pacing!
Early on, while looking at my stats from the previous day, I noticed that I could log my sleeping hours into the FitBit. Well, this is cool, I thought. Maybe it will leave me alone for the hours I sleep- no expectations there, right?
Before this little contraption arrived, I was under the impression that I was getting incredibly full nights of sleep. Apparently I was mistaken! I average 4 hours and 22 minutes of sleep and 3 hours and 38 minutes of restless tossing and turning.
Now, instead of waking up refreshed and ready to go- all high on the fact I just clocked 8 hours of sleep- I check my FitBit app and it informs me, no you did not get 8 hours, you only got 4 and you should feel like crap the rest of the day. Check.
Of course, since I really believe I didn’t rest well, as soon as I get home in the evening, I’m lamenting to Josh how I *really* need a good night’s sleep. “You know I only got a little over 4 hours last night!”. Right. You see where this is going. Each night I go to bed earlier and earlier and to date, the most uninterrupted sleep I have gotten is right over 6 hours. I average 4-5 hours. Do I really need to know this?
Those of you with a FitBit, know how you can add friends to your little FitBit circle? It’s supposed to encourage you with daily challenges, see how you’re ‘measuring’ up against each other. Let me tell you, my hiney is in a desk chair for about 9 hours a day. It is *difficult* to get in my 10,000 steps but I do the best I can. No, I don’t go to the gym on my lunch break or before or after work. Or ever. Let’s be clear, I don’t ever go to the gym.
I feel better admitting that.
There is always that friend in my circle who is killing it on a daily basis. How in the world do you have 10,000 steps in by 5:30am?? That’s just crazy. Are you pacing in your sleep? Are you not logging your sleep and then counting all of those restless minutes as sleep? What gives??
When I see these friends clocking 10,000 steps during an hour long midday workout, it sends me into overdrive. Well, it sends me into mental overdrive. I feel like I am capable of just as many – or more – steps than she can do. Or at least, I should be doing it! I’m competitive like that. The problem is, I don’t plan ahead to actually get the workout in, so you’ll catch me pacing or running up and down 4 flights of stairs. In heels. Lord willing, I don’t break an ankle.
So today, I decided to be gentle on myself. I didn’t check my stats, I just wore my little purple guy all day long. When I checked my email late afternoon, I saw I had a notification from my FitBit. What in sam hill? “Battery is low”. What? I pulled up my sleeve and gave it a quick tap tap. No lights. You mean to tell me this thing has been off all day long? Really? Really??
I am making a resolution here and now, I’m going to put the FitBit away for awhile and just make a conscious effort to walk more (or pace, or take the stairs, or run. Wait, I’m not going to run anywhere) and focus on clean eating.
I pray that little guy doesn’t feel the need to make it awkward. xoxo
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