FitBit Mania

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The FitBit has taken over control of my life! I feel like I’m hooked up to the computer in the movie 2001. I’m actually weighing every decision I make to see if the FitBit will be proud of me or not. This may be the way I finally lose weight – by being guilted into it by a computer.

I look at my FitBit webpage every night. It tells me the percentage of my day that I’ve been sedentary. I hang my head and swear to do better. Two days ago I hit 104% of my goal for miles walked. I was so proud. Yesterday, I watched the LOST finale in the afternoon instead of exercising. The graphs were not so happy looking after that decision. (As an aside – I love the LOST finale. I’ve always been more interested in the stories about the characters and less interested in the intricacies of the island so the finale was perfect for me. I was all teary. Sniffle, sniffle.)

I was impressed by how it interpreted fencing. That day I had gone for a walk at lunch and fencing in the afternoon. The graphs showed lots of steps at the time of the walk and not so much during fencing. That’s true but I know I worked lots harder when fencing than when walking. I scrolled down to the graph showing calories burned and the fencing spiked up my calorie burn to more than the walk. How did it know? I think it is magic. Ok, I realize that it is probably reading time and knows that the steps are happening faster during fencing and thus there is a greater effort but I’m still just going to go with magic.

I feel guilty now about sitting still at work. I pace instead. I love to pace and it is my major stress relief but I now I’m doing it to get my numbers up. Every time I want to eat I envision my calories burned graph and decide if chocolate ice cream is really such a good idea. It is guilting me into being healthier. I’m down 4 lbs on the scale since Monday. I fluctuate all over so that may not mean anything. I even walked to a nearby restaurant to get my lunch today instead of driving…