I have been making a much larger effort to get some exercise back into my life. I let it go for a long time, and my body has suffered tremendously for it.
While writing Lose the Cape! I spent a lot of time sitting down. That only made things worse. So as a “push present” to myself with the launch of our book, I gifted myself a treadmill desk. Best. Investment. Ever. I now walk and work for at least 30 minutes a day, if not longer.
Another tool I use to keep me motivated is weekly FitBit challenges with my friends. There are 3 of us who participate weekly, with some other folks coming in and out, but the 3 of us are dedicated to it each week. And we’re competitive enough that I’ve found myself marching circles in my living room to try and get past them at the end of the day. It’s good for me. I need that challenge.
But have you ever noticed when you start using some sort of system to track your exercise, it can get a little obsessive? I found out the other day that my FitBit does not track every step if my hands are up on my keyboard typing. So, I was working and walking the other day. I walked for an HOUR. When I went to sync my FitBit – it had only logged about 1/4 of my steps. WHAT? Not a fitbit failure! So you know what I did? I walked another hour! Because I wanted those steps to show up in my tracking.
My husband laughed at me and told me he’d just had a similar conversation with my sister, who wears a Garmin watch. One day it didn’t record anything from her bike ride, and she felt like the exercise didn’t count because it wasn’t recorded.
I KNOW, RIGHT? (But how utterly ridiculous at the same time!)
I’d love to know that I’m not the only one with this kind of obsession.
Is anyone else crazy like this? Do you have Fitbit challenges and get obsessed with winning?
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Janine Huldie saysMay 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm
I have seriously yet to get a FitBit for this exact reason, because I totally would drive myself crazy if my workout didn’t record and more. And very jealous of the treadmill, as we got a brand new stationary bike, but wanted the treadmill, but got vetoed! 😉
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Liv saysMay 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm
ha! I just got one last week. Haven’t got there yet.
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Shann Eva saysMay 23, 2015 at 9:44 pm
I haven’t joined the Fitbit craze yet, but I’m very tempted. I think I would need the motivation of competition like you. I did have a pedometer, and I remember running/walking in circles in the basement at the end of the night to get those 10,000 steps in. 🙂 Unfortunately or fortunately, my battery died. Hee hee.
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Ken saysAugust 27, 2015 at 9:21 am
It is true that when you take a fitbit for particular reason and at that time it’s not working that moment is very shocking. Although I was suffered from this situation. I was crazy for the fitbit and fond of using it but after that I use treadmill.