Hi, my name is Missy and I am addicted to my Fitbit! I am guessing that may not be a surprise to many of you…
I know there are a few more addicts out there, it’s okay to admit it!
I am just not sure yet if it is a good or bad addiction. GOOD THINGS – it makes me more more, it gives me feedback on my activity/calories burned/sleep, I know always know the time, it is a great conversation piece. BAD THINGS – I am pretty sure the spot on my phone where I touch it to open the app is going to wear out, and the competition I feel from the friends list (mind you it is in my head because all of my friends are very kind and don’t make a competition out of it or if they do they don’t mention it!)!
When I first started wearing a Fitbit I was the only person I knew who had one so I didn’t have a friends list to keep track of. I was just competitive with myself, I am a competitive person. Now, I have a lot of friends who have them and lets just say the competitive side has gotten worse! I start each morning out by syncing my Charge HR to see how I slept and then see where I am on my friends list and what I need to do to stay towards the top… I know! I am terrible! At least I am admitting to it! ;o)
I typically range anywhere from second to fourth on the list. I rarely hit first anymore because I added my brother to my friends list and he can average up to 21,000 steps a day, even when I am training I don’t get that many steps… I tried for a while to keep up with him but early on I realized it wasn’t going to work. I sit at a desk or in meetings all day, he is on his feet all day, there would be no catching him.
Two Fridays ago, I was heading to the parking ramp after work when I noticed (as I entered the lobby of my work) that my Fitbit wasn’t working. I stood there for a moment trying to decide what I should do. I mean, do the steps really count if your activity tracker doesn’t capture them? Yes, they do! We all need to remember that!!! So what did I do? I decided to walk the same way I walked to work, that way I could just use the stop count from the morning. Sounds like a good plan right? In reality yes, but remember I walk at least two mile each morn before work. So instead of the direct route back to my vehicle I took the very indirect route and on a Friday afternoon all I really want to do is get home. Heaven forbid I not track those steps, that could mean the difference of second or third place!
I have been sidelined recently due to an injury and I am slowly watching myself drop on my friends list. Dropping down the list is killing me, let’s be honest it has bothered me not to be in first place (and that it is my brother beating me doesn’t help)! And now having this injury and not being able to do any extra activity isn’t helping. For example, on Monday & Wednesday, I only got about 2800 steps, you read that right! I normally am round the 12,000 to 14,000 mark on a daily basis. This weekend I was hoping to up my status with two 5K’s and planning to walk to and from them (they are local) but now that won’t be the case…
Alright, that is enough about my Fitbit addiction. Over the last two plus years it has become part of me and my everyday routine. It does make me competitive but it also challenges me in a good way and has helped me lose a lot of weight! I cannot image not wearing one, I love my Fitbit!
I have to give a shout out to all of my Fitbit friends, thank you for friending me! But I want to give a special shout out to Dena and Rachel for making me move even more each day just so I can try and beat you! I think you two are the majority of the reason I lost three pounds in April!
Do you wear an activity tracker? Doesn’t cause you to be competitive? ;o)