OOOOHHHH! Now I finally get it.
I got a fitbit back in August of 2013. Since then, I've made personal goals to reach certain milestones. I was motivated and inspired by my friend Steve (Taichidancer) to push myself and find creative ways to get my steps in. I made other friends on the fitbit teams, and several of my sparkfriends from other teams are now my friends (and competitors) on fitbit. It has been fun watching their progress and comparing it with my own. Clearly, I was burning more calories than I had in a long time. No matter how you slice it, walking, dancing, marching and jumping will always burn more calories than holding down the couch. I just didn't factor in that some of those high stepping friends were working hard (like walking up stairs with a weight in a backpack!!) and not simply stepping.
Then I got my siblings on board. My sister, two brothers and my sister in law all got fitbits and we go to town. We are competing like nobody's business. I lost my lead to my baby brother (he'll turn 42 on Tuesday!). He had the most weight to lose of all of us, and in truth, it was for him that we all were pushing so hard. Since January 1st, he's lost 43 pounds. All he does is walk and watch what he eats. I should not say "all" he does...because it is truly fantastic that he is now my #1 fitbit friend (he actually PASSED Taichidancer!!!).
Now here's the "A-Ha"....since January 1st, I've lost 6 pounds. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah...he's a boy, I'm a girl. He's young, I'm almost 50. 6 pounds is fantastic. But 43 vs. 6 is something. So I head out for a walk with him (and my sister) this morning. I had to do his route. I needed to. He kicked my butt. I was sweating and huffing and puffing. He looks at me and said, "Brenda, if you don't sweat, you won't lose". Did I know this? Yes, of course. But I'd lost sight of that as I competed to increase my steps.
It brought to mind an article I'd read by Coach Nicole about the 8 cold, hard truths about exercise.
Exercise, and weight loss are not easy. It's work. You will need to sweat. You will need to get your heart rate up. Your muscles will need to feel it.
After our sweaty walk...I came home and ran on the treadmill. I got sweaty and happy and thankful for this journey with my family and you, my sparkfriends. I will now pay attention to my "active minutes" on fitbit. I will sweat everyday that I can. My head is now out of the sand...watch me go!! The plateau is about to be shattered!!