I love my new toy!
Just opened up the package yesterday and there it was...my Fitbit!
As many of you know, the Fitbit is a wireless activity tracker which can sync with one's smart phone and computer to keep track of all sorts of details including steps taken, calories burned, floors climbed and so on.
I had my eye on this for some time, but since I'm generally gadget-adverse, I viewed it as a trendy gimmick vs. a valuable tool, and so I dismissed it.
But then a few conversations reignited my interest:
During my check-up last week, I mentioned to my doctor that I'm often very tired, especially when I'm at work. To combat that, I tend to nibble on things - some healthy, some not - all day long, as I sit in my chair for what could be 9 or 10 hours, other than a half hour for lunch.
My doctor said that the new American Diabetes Association study recommends that every 90 minutes everyone should stand up and GET YOUR BODY MOVING.
I don't have diabetes, although I had gestational diabetes with one of my pregnancies, but the point is well taken. GET OFF MY BUTT!
It echoed another recent message from the American Heart Association, which stated the importance of 30 minutes of exercise per day.
My doctor's suggestion was that every time I reach for that next bite of something when I'm at my desk, I should take a walk to the water cooler instead. (I just realized that I forgot to do this.)
I brought up the subject of the Fitbit to see her reaction, and her eyes lit up. DO IT! she said, enthusiastically. I like my doctor. I began to reconsider.
A couple days later, I was talking to one of my brothers about it, and he said he has seen some of the judges he works with wear the Fitbit, and he's also noticed that they are very fit people. I liked the way that sounded. I want to look like a fit person.
I told all this to my girlfriend at work. She too had been contemplating getting one. Together we became very excited! Now I had a partner to share in this new endeavor. I was good to go.
The Fitbit goal for the average person is 10,000 steps per day. Initially, I wondered if that would be doable without a concentrated period of exercise.
Last night I wore the Fitbit for the very first time at 6 p.m. From then until bedtime, around midnight, I logged about 3,000 steps. This included a walk with Shea Doggy, going out to dinner, doing laundry and other stuff at home and even sitting down for 2 hours to watch a movie. David said he didn't think the steps I took to get Milk Duds should count, but I told him it's all fair game, right?
The beauty of the Fitbit is that all the steps accumulate, and being able to keep track provides instant gratification. I didn't think I cared about that, but apparently I do.
Today was my first full day with my new companion, and I had high hopes for myself, but as of 9:30 a.m., I'd only clocked slightly over 600 steps. I was nervous that I wouldn't get to 10,000, especially since Shea's performance outside this morning was rather disappointing.
I know it was hot, but he refused to take a long walk. He didn't respond when I tried to explain that I'm counting on him to reach that magic Fitbit number. He may not care about my situation since he gets his exercise running all around the house when he sees a dog or truck, but that doesn't help me any.
Therefore, I headed to the gym. When I arrived, I had about 2,000 steps logged in. After an hour - 20 minutes on the bike, 20 on the treadmill, and another 20 doing weight training - I was only at about 2,200: just 200 more than where I started.
I forgot to set the Fitbit to record my exercising. I was so bummed!
A couple hours ago, I received an email from Fitbit stating that I've received my first Boat Shoe step badge - I hit 5,000 steps.
Shortly thereafter, I got another email stating that I just received my first Happy Hill badge, having climbed 10 floors.
Wow! I impressed myself!
Minutes later, guess what?!?!??!
I checked my Fitbit, and I made it to 10,000!
Within minutes, I received my first Sneakers badge, congratulating me for accomplishing this milestone.