the cult of Fitbit - one month laterTuesday, April 12, 2016
A little over a month ago I made a really awesome spur of the moment purchase, a fitbit. You can read my original post here. It took all of about fifteen minutes for me to become completely enthralled with this thing. I was a little worried my enthusiasm for it would quickly dwindle but it hasn't at all!
I originally purchased the Charge HR in teal... and almost immediately regretted that decision. I went into that thinking that you could change the band like you can with the Flex but you can't. That was my first qualm with it. The second thing, which was the real deal breaker, was that it was just too bulky for me. It's honestly not that large at all but for someone who can barely stand to wear a bracelet for a full day it just wasn't going to work no matter how much I liked it. Don't even get me started on sleeping with it on. It literally would wake me up at night because I would be like "what's on my wriiiiist?!" Don't mind things on your wrist or sleep on your hands? The Charge HR is awesome!
Luckily Fitbit was releasing a new smaller model, the Alta, right around the same time I made my initial purchase. I stalked the internet trying to figure out when I could buy it but for some reason they kept the release date on the hush hush. Toward the end of March I finally found a WalMart a half hour away that had the one I wanted in stock. As soon as I put it on I knew that switching was exactly what I needed to do.
I bought the Alta in black, instead of one of the other more fun colors. It's so much slimmer than the Charge HR and looks a lot more like an accessory than some sort of fitness gadget. Best of all, you can buy different bands for the Alta so you aren't stuck wearing the same thing with every single outfit. I figured black was a good starting point and sometime in the future I'll start building a collection of bands for it.
When I originally bought my Fitbit I thought it would just be fun but I think it's safe to say this thing has kiiiiind of changed my life. I feel SO much healthier than I did one month ago! I didn't realize how much walking just a liiiittle bit more each day would effect me. I have so much more energy. Klaus gets to go on more/longer walks which makes us both happier. Jeff and I are enjoying night walks around the neighborhood. I basically look for any reason to get up and move now!
I'm still working a day or two a week at the flower shop. I used to take the train but since getting a Fitbit I've been walking the three miles from my house to downtown. Every time I do it it's an easier walk. It's such a wonderful start to the day too. I feel so much more connected to the city. I enjoy it so much that I even walked in the rain to work last week which is kind of a huge deal considering I hate being damp. Funny enough, it ended up being one of my favorite trips thus far.
Since starting this journey, I've been walking 5.5 miles a day on average. I guess it really doesn't sound like that much but its absolutely an improvement for me. I didn't realize how little I actually walked until I saw how much effort I had to put into getting the recommended 10,000 steps each day. The best thing is every week since I've started tracking I've walked further than the last. I could go on and on about how much I love being able to see all my statistics but I'll refrain since it's probably not all that interesting to anyone but me! It's super satisfying though.
I seriously cannot recommend getting a Fitbit enough. It's not magic but the fact that it's got me walking (and LOVING those walks) certainly seems like magic.