I need to preface this by saying I was never very athletic. In junior high and high school every time I ran I would get a side ache (a sign of dehydration I know now). I was out for volleyball and had a wicked serve, but that was not very helpful when I could not pass the ball to the middle. A weekend warrior I am not.
I am the mother of three wonderful kids. They range in age from 5 to 16. After each one, I’d try to get back to exercising which consisted of walking or riding a bike. We have had a treadmill for 20 years and I have not worn it out (yet!). I have always watched what I ate, but love a good burger as much as most people. I have usually been able to control my weight by simply eating less, but as I’ve gotten older, my metabolism has slowed a bit. When I left teaching for a training position, the sedentary nature caught up with me and I gained around ten pounds during my first six months.
I could tell by the expression on his face that my husband was a little worried about his Christmas gift to me last year. He was not sure what I would think about receiving a Fitbit Force. I loved it! It fit my personality to a T. I love to set personal goals as long as I’m competing against myself. If someone challenges me to beat them, I quit out of stubbornness or lack of confidence – I’m not sure which. But this was about me trying to reach a daily goal. I loved being able to check my progress and track it on my iPhone. Initially I tracked my water consumption, food intake, and sleep cycles. Because I have always been disciplined where food is concerned, I soon just focused on movement.
To give you an idea of how much having a Fitbit strapped to my wrist changed my life, here are graphs of my activity levels pre- and post- Fitbit. Yes, I know they are from a completely different website – MapMyRun – but I have been a member for years and wanted a side-by-side comparison so I tracked my activity in two places.