The Fitbit Experiment… Two Years Later

I LOVE my Fitbit One…

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Well, it’s been approximately two years to the day since I got my Fitbit One, and I figured that’s been plenty of time for research on how it has impacted my exercise life. So today I’m posting one of those, “Where are they now?” type posts, but more like “Where is your Fitbit One now?”

So today I’m posting one of those, “Where are they now?” type posts, but it’s really more like “Where is your Fitbit One now?”

So yes, we’re still together in case you’re wondering. We’ve had our ups and downs, just like any relationship. We’ve argued, broken up, and not spoken to each other at times, but guess what? We’re still together. We’re hanging in there like any couple committed to each other.

These days, I’ve been totally lazy getting back into the swing of things. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my Fitbit, but sometimes it’s such a nag, always reminding me that I’ve not reached my step goal for the day. I’m committed to this relationship, though.

The Fitbit Experiment... Two Years Later

So in an effort to put the spark back in our relationship, we’ve been dating each other again – going on long walks together with me being encouraged when needed. Okay, I’ll admit it, my cousins have Fitbits too and we’re all competitive as hell. My 70-year-old aunt even gets in on the competition. Don’t laugh, she left us in the dust one week.

Anyway, here I am, two years later still hanging in there with my Fitbit. Honestly, it had been a great motivator in keeping me committed to getting up and moving.

Every day Most days, I walk after I drop my son off at school. Surprisingly, this daily walk helps keep me from strangling people who get on my nerves calm and relaxed.

I can definitely tell the difference when I don’t get my steps in. And with everything I’m dealing with right now, relaxing is important. However, I’ve come to realize that most things are not even worth getting upset over. My Fitbit One and those daily walks have given me the opportunity to reflect on what’s really important.

So yeah, two years in, I’m still hanging in there with the Fitbit. And I’ll tell you what has made the difference.

I love the sense of accomplishment I feel when I complete my daily goal.
The friends I’ve made in the Fitbit community have been very encouraging. It helps that quite a few of my family members have Fitbit also.
Those daily walks keep me centered and give time to think and reflect.

So I’ll definitely continue logging those miles daily most days.

Now that I’ve got that covered, I can focus on my nutrition. And I’ve got a bit of bad news for my pal refined sugar – it’s time we break up for good.

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Whoo hoo! Finally got my Fitbit One…

I’m loving my Fitbit!

Well, I finally sucked it up and got my Fitbit One last Saturday. And I’m loving it! Since purchasing it from Target (I have a Red Card so it was 5% off automatically), I have walked/run over 26 miles in the past six days. I have been having a BLAST with the Fitbit community. I joined groups and added friends to help keep me motivated. Hey, I paid good money for that little thing – got to get my money’s worth.

I also picked a nifty little wristband to make wearing it simple – it’s kind of like wearing a watch. Otherwise, I think I’d probably misplace it or lose it somewhere. You can probably tell from my enthusiasm that I REALLY like it.

So How Is the Fitbit One Working Out?

Since I got my Fitbit, I have consistently logged over 10,000 steps a day. It definitely helps that you can set up challenges within the Fitbit community. I am VERY competitive so this has been a HUGE help in motivating me.

Now, morning is my time for relaxation. I like a bit of quiet time after I drop the kid off at daycare. I use the time for exercising and meditation. I am just getting into meditation, so I have quite a bit to learn there. My new fitness tracker has been helping “keeping me honest” with regards to exercise. It’s that little bit of my conscience that just won’t allow me to cheat.

I have also joined the MyFitnessPal community. They have some GREAT tools there and a wonderful community.

PLUS, I was able to link my Fitbit app to the MyFitnesPal app. Whatever I enter on MyFitnessPal’s dashboard is automatically synced with my Fitbit. So, I can keep track of ALL my data in the one dashboard – it makes life simpler.

I have made a commitment to my health and I’m already reaping the benefits. I’m noticing that I have more energy and I’m not as tired. And with the exercise, I have been eating healthier as well – don’t want to ruin all those benefits. I don’t deprive myself, but I definitely consciously think about what I eat more.

So, what has been helpful for you on your journey to health? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below…

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Journey to a Healthier Me – My Progress

I’m committed and in this for the long haul…

I know it’s been a little while since I’ve written a post here. Don’t judge me. I’ve been busy. But don’t worry, I’m still committed to being as healthy as possible.

The thing I find I am having the most trouble with lately is finding the time to focus more on self. Between juggling my elderly parents’ needs and the needs of an attention seeking four-year-old, it’s definitely a challenge.

I have a hard time putting my needs before others’ needs. I always have. I know that’s not exactly healthy, but I think a lot of women struggle with that. I am getting better at saying ‘no’ though.

I focus on the important things that MUST be done – doctor’s appointments, caring for a child, work, balancing the finances, etc. The rest can wait because I need time to focus on self even if it’s only for an hour or so each day.

Lately, I’ve been made a concerted effort to eat healthy on a consistent basis. I’m getting there. I am trying to kick the caffeine habit. The problem is that I love a hot drink (coffee) when it’s cold and sweet tea when it’s the humidity and heat kicks in here in the south.

The good thing is that outside of that, all I like to drink is water. There’s nothing that quenches the thirst like a cold glass of ice water. I am consciously making better beverage choices these days – less coffee and less sweet tea.

So What Else Is Going On?

I have decided that I will walk at least two miles a day. I love walking – I enjoy the solitude. It relaxes me. That’s good thing is that my blood pressure is benefiting. I usually use my mobile phone to track my steps but decided that I need something a bit more dedicated to fitness. I am leaning towards the Fitbit One after checking a number of reviews.

Since I LOVE listening to music when I walk, I have added TONS of albums to the music library on my phone. I have quite a diverse range of music stored on my SD card right now. Depending on my mood, you’ll find me listening to anything from Christian rap to inspirational to R&B to country.

I have also been relaxing more and not taking everything so seriously. Life is fleeting and years fly by when you’re over thirty. I learned that lesson well over the past year. So, squeezing in some daily ‘me time’ is a TOP priority this year. Finding daily meditation time is next on my list.

My Plans for the Future

Whew! That was a lot, I know. But I just wanted to catch everyone up on what has been going on with my personal health journey. Within the next few days, I’ll be posting about fun ways to exercise at home without wasting money on a gym or expensive equipment.

PLUS, I’ll update you on my Fitbit One decision. Though I do have some equipment and a gym membership (it’s only $10 a month), I LOVE being outside when the weather is nice.

I would LOVE to hear how your own health journey is going. So please feel free to share in the comments below. Until next time, stay BLESSED!

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How Did I Get Here?

I think I can, I think I can, I know I can…

Well, I KNOW how I got here but how did I get here? I mean, how did I get to the place where I am today?

Sometimes, I feel my life is getting away from me. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in feeling this way. Life tends to really hit you full in the face around my age (forties) I guess. Parents are aging. Many of my friends’ parents are passing away. Two of my FAVORITE uncles (Dad’s brothers) passed away almost back-to-back just last year. It REALLY hurt and I’m still dealing with it emotionally. It made me think about my parents who are not in the best health.

My mother underwent surgery the latter part of last year. She was supposed to be home and well into her recuperation within six weeks. Well, life has a funny way of putting a MAJOR crimp in your plans sometimes. It has been five and half months and my mother is STILL in a rehab/nursing facility. For a while, we thought she might not make it. I shed many tears and spent many hours praying. To say that it has been difficult is an understatement.

I am raising my four-year-old great nephew due to circumstances I do not feel comfortable sharing. HE, however, is a SHINING LIGHT in my light. But raising a child definitely WAS NOT in my plans, especially when I had reached my forties and was childless. He is a bright, intelligent child FULL of energy – the kind of energy that keeps him from sitting still for one moment. Many days, I am just TIRED. Some of this, I know, is due to ignoring my health.

So you see what I mean? I have so many people and responsibilities pulling at me from so many different directions. The past four to five years have REALLY been kind of stressful and wrought with all sorts of challenges, including my own illnesses. I’m still trying to find a way to adjust this new life. BUT I have come to realize that one of the best ways to deal with my life is taking care of myself, and THAT means making sure I’m as healthy as possible.

I’m saying all this to say, well, I STILL don’t know how I got here, but at least I can laugh, smile, and move forward. Anyway, I invite you to share your own life experiences, whether you’re 25 or 85, I’d love to hear about your life and how you’re staying healthy in our demanding world.

So, how did YOU get here? Feel free to leave me a comment below…

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