So, I’d basically stalled out, almost entirely. If you look back over my blog, it’s just been a bit of a mess for the last year or so.
But then I read this book, and I won’t link to it or name it because I actually thought it was kind of a terrible book. It was about habits, and it was actually kind of poorly written and full of bad science (or badly explained science).
The thing is though, it made me remember a few things that are important about fitness:
-I’m a sucker for anything that involves tracking, filling progress bars, and earning even meaningless rewards like “badges.”
-The social aspect of fitness and health can’t be overlooked. It’s more than just a vague plan to sometimes walk with a friend (which is good) but having a person really on your side who is both encouraging and HELPING and actively beside you.
So I decided that in order to meet those two goals, I’d make an investment:
My best friend had a FitBit Flex and she liked it, so I finally caved and got one of my own. That was just under a month ago, and it’s been a big change since then. I have to say, that $100 has had the biggest impact on my health and wellness of any I’ve spent.
First thing I did was lower all of the default goals. I put in that I wanted to walk one mile a day, 5,000 steps, and only do 15 active minutes. That probably seems low to some people, but I was in a pretty bad spot so I wanted to start slow and build myself up.
Since then, I’ve met my step goal every single day. I figure at the end of October I’ll revisit all the goals and look at how I’ve done and if I need to increase them to make it a challenge. But for now, I’m just focused on meeting my goals. I did increase my distance goal, because 5,000 steps is over two miles, so I figured I may as well put that at two.
The social part also definitely helps, adding a few friends on the FitBit website has motivated me to stay at least midway on the leaderboard (I’ll never be first, my friends are too active!) and just to keep going because people who will motivate me can see my progress. If I slacked off, they’d know, and they’re good friends so they’d say something.
So overall, I highly recommend FitBit, I love their dashboard. It’s interface is very user friendly and simple, plus it looks nice. If you’re having trouble getting yourself off the couch or away from the computer, there’s just something about wanting to fill that little light bar and have it buzz to tell you that you’re done.
I’ll start updating this more again now that I’m actually getting out. But yeah, we’re back on plan for walking a set amount each day and then slowly increasing, with the help of some technology.