So I decided to bite the bullet and get a Fitbit. All the cool kids are doing it, it seemed like a fun way to concentrate on moving more when not at the gym, and a bunch of the amazing internet friends I have (we all have April babies) do weekly challenges. Sounds all fun right? What nobody told me is that if you are crazy competitive then this is NOT the toy for you. Unfortunately, I am insanely competitive.
Lets start with I got it for a steal of a price! Its a fitbit flex and was 60 bucks on groupon, then I used my ebates and got another 6% back. I got the one where you can pick 3 bands and change them up (you know because I am fancy). It took about 10 days to get here. Then it sat in the drawer because I knew it would likely make me crazy once I started. We had a bunch of stuff to get done so I figured come June I would pop it on.
I tossed it on Wednesday night to make sure it worked. I didn’t do much other then set it up and go about my life. Wednesday evening I took a whole 2,185 steps. Well apparently this thing also tracks your sleep. Guess what it confirmed…I sleep like crap! Although I am trying to make sure I get at least 7 hours a night so it at least reminds me to close my eyes at a “reasonable” time (even if I am awake 33ish times a night).
Bring on Thursday. It was a scheduled off day at the gym so I did a lot of walking circles through the house. I set a goal of 10,000 steps a day but wanted to work up to it over a few days (not that I had any clue how far that was). I was at about 5,000 around 4pm. So I started going the long way…EVERYWHERE. After the kiddo went to sleep I had to put away dishes and laundry. It went like this: put away 1 dish, walk to bedroom, put away 1 shirt, walk to kitchen, put away 1 fork, walk to bedroom, put away 1 pair of socks….etc. You see where this is going? INSANITY! Well I cleared just under 8,000 steps. Not shabby for no gym or leaving the house (in 95 degrees or during the monsoon).
Well Ill be damned if by day 3 I wasn’t hitting 10K steps. Thankfully, the wod involved 3 – 400m runs. That should add some steps. Then I took the kiddo for a mile walk after the wod. That should add some steps. Then I parked as far away as humanly possible at Walmart. That should add some steps. Then I parked as far away as I could everywhere. Then I paced in circles like a crazy person waiting for the ATM (I can’t promise the guy in front of me didn’t think I was insane). I walked in circles around the house. I walked in circles when I coached at 445pm. I walked the kid another 800 meters at the gym after the class I coached. I hit 10,000 steps around 830pm. BOOM!
Then I started a few challenges. This is not going to help the obsession. I must win! Theres one rocking girl in my A15 group (moms with babies in April 2015 — catchy aren’t we?) who averages 12k steps a day. She chases 4 kids around all day. Apparently, she wins almost every week on their work week challenge. I’m coming for her. 🙂
Then I realized something…WHEN THE HECK AM I SUPPOSED TO CHARGE THIS THING? I wear it all day, I wear it to sleep (you know because how else will I know how lousy I slept), I wear it 24/7. I am still trying to figure this out. Its charging right now because I am sitting to write. I guess it will get charged when I am going to sit for any period? It seems to charge pretty quick but what do I know.
I also think it will be harder to get as many steps in on the weekends. I see lots of walks (weather permitting), additional gym time, we will walk down the street to breakfast instead of driving most likely and then back to the gym on Saturday morning.
I do greatly appreciate that it makes me think more about moving my butt when I am not in the gym. Its a friendly reminder that its the little things that can help us. Park a little further away, go out of your way to help someone, be more active and outside with the kid, all the good stuff!
I do think it may drive me insane, but it will make me more active. This will also help when we travel and I can necessarily get to a gym every day. More walks on the beach, more walks in general, less driving. All good stuff.
Do you have a fitbit? Leave me your name and Ill add you! We can challenge each other and I can drive myself further into a competition insanity.
And heres some cute just for fun! These two were looking for the dog at the same time our amazing nanny rolled up. Excitement all around!
Stay tuned later this weekend for a lemonade vodka that is (mostly) paleo and will rock your world!