Loving on my Fitbit

For a tech lover, I’m just a wee bit late to the fitness wearables game … but I got my much-anticipated Mother’s Day present a bit belated, thanks to the incredible demand for Fitbit Charge HR. My beautiful Plum model arrived Saturday and I have been loving it. LOVING it.

Already, this little piece of purple plastic adorning my wrist and its coordinating app have encouraged me to:

1)  Go on a family walk in the rain with the kids Saturday [when I didn’t want to get wet!].

2)  Work out longer and harder last night just to meet my daily steps goal.

3)  Be much more mindful about what I’m eating.

4)  Move more — take the steps, park further away, etc.

5)  Think more seriously about my weight/size goals and what I am/am not willing to do in order to achieve them at this stage of my life. [I set a realistic one: my wedding day weight …  which was not the lightest I’ve been, but definitely obtainable even after two kids without a ton of effort or anything drastic. If I chip away dilgently–slowly and steadily–I can get there by my birthday in October).

I feel inspired, rejuvenated, and encouraged right now — in a way I haven’t felt in a looooong time. Especially the past two months since Rachel died.

Equally important to note, as someone who enjoys tech/gadgets/etc., I love how my FitBit syncs to my MyFitnessPal app, so I don’t need to do anything different than I have already been doing in terms of food journaling — and now the fitness part of the equation is automatically done so I know what I have to work with each day. (This is where my darling husband isn’t making full use of his Fitbit knock-off;  without tracking his intake, it’s hard to lose! But what do I know …)

I know for some people, too much information can be overload — and for me, I did worry … given my past. But the truth is, I like it. I’ve only skipped a few days tracking (WW, on paper, MFP, Sparkpeople) since 2004 and it was because of an intentional desire to move away from the constant journaling.

But over the years, I’ve come to realize that I really like tracking food and fitness: it makes me feel safe. And, it’s evidence … hard evidence that speaks the truth even when I tell myself something otherwise. And right now, the truth is, my pants are tight — I gained back the 8 pounds I had lost last spring, most in the past two months as I’ve been grieving the loss of one of  my best friends and trying to be a good wife, mom, employee as I navigate these muddy waters. It’s not an excuse, but since my focus was on everything else, my usual diligent / militant self went down the drain … and I kind of just let it happen.

Truth be told, it’s what I needed. And now I’m ready to take back control of myself, and I know if I don’t nip the gain in the bud now, it will only get worse.

So for now, my Fitbit is going to be my personal trainer and motivator. Thanks, Fitbit!

Do you have a Fitbit? Does the novelty wear off?

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5 thoughts on “Loving on my Fitbit

  1. I got my Fitbit Flex last summer as part of a workplace wellness incentive program—a discount on the Fitbit itself, plus a refund of that once I hit my first 1 million steps, and $100 bonus per million steps (up to $200 possible).

    The good: Wearing my Fitbit put my in tune with my body’s need to move outside of just working out. I started taking more walk breaks during the work day whenever possible. Not to mention that, as a runner, I could pretty much nail my step goal by breakfast on days when I ran at least 5 miles. Although I killed my first two Fitbits, the company replaced them free of charge, so I’ll put Fitbit’s customer service in the “pro” column.

    The bad: For me, wearing the Fitbit triggered some disordered thinking. I actually felt guilty for not hitting my 10,000 steps, even if I had a damn good reason (like being sick!). I also found myself restricting food more on days when I didn’t run—and not necessarily letting myself eat that much more on days when I did, even when the Fitbit put me at burning close to 3,000 calories on long run (~10 miles) days.

    My third Fitbit appears to have died, and I think I’m going to put it aside for now. When the next wellness incentive enrollment period rolls around, I’ll decide whether I want to put it back on or earn the incentive through other means.

    Of course, YMMV on all of the above.

    1. Definitely good to hear different opinions on fitness trackers — and good to know about their customer service in the event something happens to mine 😉 LOL. I did worry about the disordered thoughts coming back but so far, so good. Even though I could see how it could happen … I’ve been on my A game and really focusing on eating well — not restricting — but I definitely see why the caution is there. Anything in excess can be detrimental … too much data, included!

  2. I’ve tried the wearable device thing but ended up taking it off before the end of the day — repeatedly. I’m glad it’s working out for you. I’ve heard great things about FitBit.

    1. What made you take it off, Josie? Annoyance by the device itself or didn’t like it for another reason? curious! I’m a (surprising) late adapter to this trend but I’m so glad I finally have one 🙂

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