Looking Fit

There once was a girl wore a Fitbit
She had to walk, run and stay fit
She ran around
And never sat down
Finally got so tired she quit

It has been maybe 3 years since I got my Fitbit. It is a Charge 2 and it has seen better days. I received a set of bands for it from my husband – they are in every color of the rainbow. Theoretically I can change the band to match my outfit daily. However my sister got wind of my decrepit Fitbit and gifted me with a new one for Christmas!! It is not a Charge 2 but a Flex so the watch bands are completely different. Now here’s the thing, I am still wearing the old one because I am frugal. I figure I’ll wear this one until it completely dies. So the other is sitting next to the computer staring at me and making me feel guilty.

The other issue is getting in my steps. I am not a fan of exercise for the sake of exercise. I want my exercise to be productive. Walking on a treadmill is easy but I think of all the other things I could be doing instead of walking in place. So my house is really clean. I’ve branched out and I’ve been cleaning other things… But there is only so much clean that can be done before I become my Aunt Regina and start taking pictures out of the frames to wash the frames and then wash the paintings or wall hangings or needlework pictures!! So I’ve been walking around the neighborhood. But even that after a few laps get old. I’m feeling like a slave to the Fitbit. It buzzes and “reminds” me that I need to get 250 steps per hour. The nagging is starting to get on my nerves. In my defense I’ve met my step goal every day with the exception of Mother’s Day and the one day where I had a huge sinus headache that kept me recumbent for 8 hours during the day.

The stair goal is only 10 flights and I find that I’m getting that easily every. single. day. Even walking around the neighborhood nets me at least 4 flights of stairs. I’ve been wondering how that happens since I live in the flat lands of Indiana. But there is a little slope and if I do 3 laps I get 4 stairs. The research indicates that one set of stairs is equal to 10 feet. I guess mt neighborhood isn’t as flat as I thought. We do have the hills in the newer part of the neighborhood but walking up that hill is killer on foot and death defying in a car during icy weather.

The bottom line is I’m going to change my band from the dark purple to a more summery color – possibly turquoise. And I’m going to go for another walk to make it stop nagging me. When it dies I’ll switch to the flex and see if I can set the parameters to not remind me. Until then I’m staying active and fit, until I sit, and rest a bit.

68 thoughts on “Looking Fit

  1. I wear a cheap tracker. Now that spring has hit when at home I am anywhere from 10000 to 18000 steps a day. Maybe twenty minutes is a walk around town on heavy step days. The flights of stairs I would have done in the first hour of my day with numerous trips inside the house.

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    1. That’s how it was before COVID-19. I’d work, clean, exercise, go places and do things – I’d have over 10,000 easily. Now that we aren’t going anywhere, it is a lot harder to get my steps in!

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        1. I can imagine! When Sparky and I would travel it was very difficult to get steps in unless we stopped to geocache – but still at the end of the day I’d opt for the stairs instead of the elevator.

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            1. That’s nice but since I sink like a rock there are no laps for me… I usually use the treadmill in the fitness center. But with COVID-19 we won’t be doing any traveling anytime soon!

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                    1. We were dry today and looks like tomorrow will be sunny and dry… Wednesday is calling for showers and hot temps so likely we’ll have some big thunderstorms!

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                    2. Stay cool! Will your mother be able to water your garden? The plants seem like they’ve gotten a good start and it would be a shame to lose any…

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                    3. She always checks in on our place and waters for us. In exchange Derek and I are the ones to do her projects that she does not do herself. Like plumbing, Christmas lights on her house, etc.

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  2. Those fitness trackers can be harsh taskmasters. πŸ™‚ I had one once that I got just before a ten hour drive to a conference . . . I discovered that if I kept moving my hand up and down as I drove that it would quit buzzing. πŸ˜€

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    1. Ha! That’s a tactic but it is cheating. I discovered that if I was making something that required a lot of stirring or peeling potatoes/carrots that it would register as steps. But I dont do very much of either of those activites!

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          1. Oh, the trials and tribulations of the artist. πŸ˜‰ ok, let’s see if I can get that last poem done before the end of the month!

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  3. I don’t own a FitBit, but I like the frugal idea of using the old model until it dies, especially since the new one can’t accommodate your color-coordinated bands. I get my steps in by walking my dog, and he does a superb job of reminding me; how far we go depends on the weather. In March, I joined (and quickly quit) a weight-loss app called Noom. I couldn’t abide with carrying my cell all the time nor the pesky reminders to do or eat this or that. I put myself on a 1400 calorie diet and I keep a longhand food/calorie log in small notebook. It’s working. I’m down 22 lbs. If I wanted to look more “cut,” I’d try weights or resistance bands. If you’re running out of stuff to clean, come on over, I’ve got plenty. The lines of a limericks are triplet-based in the middle with a syllable (or two) on each end. For it to roll along smoothly, the accented syllables have to fall just right. Try this re-write on for size:

    A girl with an outmoded Fitbit
    that buzzed to remind her to stay fit
    trekked all over town
    climbed uphill and down
    until her lungs burned and her legs quit

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    1. Hehe! No thanks – I’ll stick to cleaning my own place! (Sparky makes enough mess to keep me busy – he’s mowing and will soon track grass clippings all over… I track my calories with MyFitnessPal.com – no reminders and no judgement (usually). It does scold me if I eat under my set calories by more than 10% but that is how it is set. I hate limericks and try to bend the rules to make them more palatable for my style. I do like your version better because any limerick I don’t have to write is the best!

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  4. My fitness would have to be what I do in and out of our house. I am not going to shove a walker down the street uneven sidewalks. Besides the weather is just to hot now. (plus my husband would not know where I was) Hopefully the pool opens in July and hopefully I can leave him for that. Should have my car back by then.

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    1. Fitness has to “fit” the person. I’m sure you get plenty of steps taking care of Wil and the house! I hope the weather is more moderate this summer since the winter was so mild…

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  5. You are a girl after my own heart. I too wear a charge 2 Fitbit. I just do my daily walking around , not necessarily to do exercise. If at b the end of the day I have v walked two miles, sometimes (rarely) three miles, I am happy and satisfied.

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    1. I’ve got 2.7 miles with 6600 steps – I’m very close to my goal and if I go for another lap around the block I’ll have my steps and stairs! I’m hoping the Charge 2 doesn’t bite the dust too soon since I have only worn the one band from the pack!

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    1. I wish it were really smart but it is too dumb to know that it doesn’t need to remind me all the time! I refuse to get an Alexa or other “assistant”. They scare me – I don’t like to be spied on!

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    2. I wish it were really smart but it is too dumb to know that it doesn’t need to remind me all the time! I refuse to get an Alexa or other “assistant”. They scare me – I don’t like to be spied on!

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        1. I turned off the microphone on my phone and covered the camera on the laptop. But there are times that my husband’s phone will pickup my voice and the ads on his FB page will suddenly change to reflect a conversation about umbrellas or green tea!

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  6. I have to plan my walks around my neighbourhood to change things up and yes, my apartment is very clean and organized at the moment…keep up the good work, that turquoise band sounds beautiful!

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    1. I have everything on a schedule – tomorrow is toilet cleaning day (yuck). Sunday is the only day I don’t clean. As for the turquoise band, it really is pretty and fortunately coordinates with many items in my spring/summer wardrobe (which I finished switching over to yesterday)!

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  7. Only if real poets have time. Maybe things will slow down a bit with the grading but still on for the next 4 weeks and then I will rhyme with deep thoughts in time…even if I toilet bowl clean for recess. Schools out on one job for the sum-mah.

    Now for the get down on your hands and knees clean, for the second recess. LOL.

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  8. I had a friend who wore one of those, and since she was training for a half-marathon, she had very high quotas to meet. But she told me that she discovered that if she wore hers in a car, and hung her hand out the window, waving it up and down as she went, it was amazing how many miles she could log. Just saying…….

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  9. Lol …you made me laugh with your nagging fitbit…and the idea of extending your fitness regimen to cleaning your house…πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒi can totally relate as my house is super neat and clean too..i sometimet get guilty if i exercise first before cleaning he house. Lol

    With the lockdown i missed my road run and gym but i had mastered most of the difficult yoga poses already..😊😊😊

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    1. I tried the online Yoga but it just isn’t for me… I like to exercise and clean first thing then take my shower and put on clean clothes. Seems to be a waste if I’m all clean and then start on things like cleaning the toilets or scrubbing the oven… Thanks for seeing the humor in it all. If we can’t laugh life will be too crushing.

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    1. We all feel that we need to do more. I’m working on the steps and also endurance. Before the pandemic I’d gotten so I could do 10 flights of stairs without being winded. Now I’ve lost that. I’m going to try to get back to that by doing the stairs at home… I’m glad to hear that the dojo has opened again and you are staying active!

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  10. I don’t own a fitbit and don’t feel the need for one, as I live in hilly Prescott, and going to and from downtown takes me up and down two hills, each way. Yep, uphill both ways-that’s the Arizona tradition!

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    1. Hehe! I have this one because it was part of the University “fit for health” iniative. Everyone was given one and then set up with a health coach. I lost weight and increased my exercise so it did help me stay active in a job that was very busy but had lots of time sitting in one place…

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