I received a Fitbit One for a Christmas present. My husband doesn’t like to shop, so I end getting all of the Christmas gifts, including my own. My children were appalled that their Dad would give me such an inconsiderate gift. I thought it was wonderful. I had been wanting one for awhile, but I was afraid that it was simply an over-priced pedometer. I talked to several Spark Friends who already had a Fitbit, and decided it would make an awesome Christmas gift.
Four months later - I am so glad that I made that decision. My Fitbit has become my constant companion. It makes me smile when I see my name displayed. I did turn off the chatter, because like another Fitbit user said if there is going to be a party in my bra, I would like to be part of it. I wear it faithfully everyday, under every outfit. When I first started wearing it, I was very self-conscious, and made sure that it did not show under my clothes. Now I wear it and don’t even think about it showing; it is simply a part of my wardrobe.
I have learned a lot about my habits, my life, and myself by wearing my Fitbit. For instance, I learned that on a normal day when I do not exercise, I walk approximately 5000 steps. Prior to wearing the Fitbit, I would have argued that that figure was higher. I had an epiphany: if I can go 5000 steps without trying, then I can definitely go 10,000 or more with even a little effort.
I was so proud when I got my first step badge. I was delighted when I climbed 10 flights of stairs, only to have Fitbit respond, “Congratulations, you have climbed to the top of the tallest pencil.” (Well not all encouragement is positive.) I was enthralled when I got my helicopter badge.
I have a sedentary job; but I am self-employed, so I have a little more leeway than most people do in similar jobs I suppose. I started incorporating little things into my daily life to make sure I exceed the 10,000-step minimum, after all, when was the last time that “minimum” was ever good enough? I get up out of my chair when the printer is printing and jog in place; I take care of laundry one item at a time, I take the stairs, I park as far away from the store as I can. All of these little things, just so my Fitbit will record a certain number of steps.
I activate it for sleep mode every night. I now know that I wake up between 10 and 17 times a night. I now know that I wake up every single night at 2:06 am. I have no idea why I wake up at that time or even if it is significant, but I know that I do it.
I make sure to only charge the Fitbit when I am going to be watching TV or working at my computer. I don’t want it to miss even a single step that I take. A few weeks ago, I put it onto charge and forgot about it. I went the entire day without it. When I realized that I hadn’t been wearing it, I felt bereft, as if a friend had left me.
That made me pause and think about my life. Had I become so shallow that I actually cared what an inanimate object thought of me? No, I wasn’t. I realized it was me that cared what I thought of me. I want to go at least 10,000 steps a day because I feel good when I do. I want to climb at least 10 floors a day, because my knees feel better when I do. I want to look at myself in the mirror and know that I did everything I could to achieve my goals.
The Fitbit is a good tool to mark progress, to keep you accountable, and even give some spirited competition among friends. But when it comes down to it, the person wearing it has to want to make the changes necessary so the Fitbit records the information that we can be proud of.
I am proud to say that I am a Fitbit owner, and I am even prouder to say, that I enjoy the challenge of going over 10,000 steps. Each day is a new opportunity to begin again. Life is a journey, not a destination. My journey is far from over, and my Fitbit will be with me every step of the way.