Thursday, September 04, 2014
I have had my Fitbit Zip for a week now, and I can already see a difference in my attitude to life. And I did not see this one coming!
I have almost completely stopped sighing and griping when I have just sat down only to realise that Menopause Brain forgot something and I have to get up again to go get whatever it is. Instead, I think, “Oh good! Extra steps for ZippyDeeDooDah!” Which is usually followed by a silent – in my head – rendition of Zip A Dee Doo Dah as I go to fetch whatever it is. What an attitude shift!
Ok, so I do still sigh and fuss when my hips have had enough for one day, or I'm feeling bleh, but that is fair enough, to my mind.
The big – HUGE – difference between my old pedometer that came with my Nintendo DS Active Health game and Zippy is that Zippy records EVERYTHING! Now, every move I make counts towards my step total for the day. Active Health only counted after 10 seconds, and didn't catch much of my gardening, or nipping up the stairs or a myriad other little moves I made through the day.
Zippy catches all that stuff.
BUT... and this is a really good but … Zippy grades my steps and only counts my active and very active minutes in the info it sends to Sparkpeople! Plus, it counts my Very Active Minutes separately on my dashboard so I can aim for a number of those in a day and not have to worry which exercise is the best value steps-wise.
Also, I can see the results of everything I've done in the detailed graph in 5 minute increments.
It uses traffic light colours:
Red only a little active but at least I'm not sitting on the couch.
Amber – some halfway decent effort in there.
Green – Woohoo! Look at me go!
That big green dollop on the left? Three miles with Leslie Sansone this morning. :-)
And because I can see exactly what time these variations occurred, I can see, for example, that I'm slower walking back from Waitrose, which probably has something to do with Wilbur – my wheeled shopping bag – being rather full of heavy groceries at this point. :-)
The reason I ended up at Waitrose today? My strimmer is about dead! And rather than gripe, I went, “Awesome! I'll head to Homebase and see if I can get a replacement. I might even manage to beat my previous best step count today, maybe even pick up a new Fitbit badge!”
See? Total attitude shift!
Did I get the strimmer? Nope! Looked at the prices, looked at the stats and decided to do some research first. I got badly stung on the last one, so want to see what is recommended before parting with my cash this time. So, I popped round to Waitrose before going home to pick up a few bits, seeing as I was out anyway. :-)
Did I get my new badge?
Yes, I did! 15000 steps badge! Totally nailed it! How did I cross the line? Dancing to Billy Idol songs while cooking the dinner tonight. :-)
In other news...
Spotted this little bit of food for thought the other day:
"Short and sweet beats long and dull:
Remarkable how life expectancy in the West keeps rising, given the endless onslaught of studies telling us almost everything we eat and drink will kill us. This week, MPs have decided they want wine bottles to carry health warnings. My wife, meanwhile, wants to give up dairy because she’s read that it causes cancer. Here’s the thing, though. Maybe it’s true that if we give up dairy, and other lethal foodstuffs, we’ll add years to our lives. The problem is: those years will only get added to the end. We won’t get extra years of being 18, or 21, or 25; we’ll only get extra years of being old. The choice is between a life that’s short and pleasurable, and a life that’s long and dull. Now there’s a message to stick on wine bottles."
I think the author missed the fact that if we keep fit and active, our age is irrelevant. :-)
And finally, because all news bulletins end on a feel good note, you will get a great giggle out of this video. You know how wildlife film crews are always looking for ways to get up close and personal with critturs without disturbing them in order to get the best shots for their documentaries? Well, this plan went a little further than they anticipated:
Egg Cam goes wild...
Friday tomorrow! Whoop!