I love the fitbit. And I think it’s because my job is pretty sedentary – it’s a way to get up and move during the day.
Around the 8th month of pregnancy and although I was still going into the office, I stopped wearing my #fitbit. It was hard getting around (obviously) and because I was/am in so much competition with myself and getting my steps in, I was really putting myself down when I would end the day at 8000 steps or even 9500 steps but too lazy to walk a few circles around the house to finish it off.
During the last trimester I feels its really important to do everything to be positive – I decided that I didn’t want to unnecessarily “pressure” myself if I didn’t get my steps in.
Now I’ve been wearing my fitbit again consistently for the last 3 months and I’m back in love.
I pretty consistently hit 10K 5/7 days a week. Some days I get over 10K steps – and those days I want to go to bed early! Who knew that walking could be that exhausting.
What’s different this time around?
I am doing more challenges, some with friends (Weekend Warrior or Work Week Hustle) or solo (NYC Marathon etc). These are just fun ways to be competitive but also get badges and trophies. That said – it can become to competitive so I am taking a break from them.
What have I learned?
You cannot push a stroller and expect to have your steps counted if you wear your fitbit on your arm. If I know I am going to push a stroller or grocery cart, I put my fitbit in my pocked or into my sock to get an accurate count.
Is there anything I don’t like about the fitbit?
I wish the fitbit was more fashion friendly. I don’t like that the bracelet is as big as it is (although I wear one that is pretty close to my skin tone).
Admittantly using a fitbit for me is a bit of an obsession but a healthy one I would say. On the good active days I get a workout in, I’ll get my goal steps in, over 30 minutes of activity, have walked 8km and got pretty close to “burning” 2000 calories. It’s just a gauge and everyone is different but it keeps me accountable it’s easy for me to manage. Looking forward to the next 3 months of stepping.