Day 164: My Fitbit is Sabotaging me
Friday, November 30, 2012
Good Morning, everyone!
Today I'm going to start off by reviewing my commitments from yesterday. I need to come up with a catchy name for this task since I'm going to be be doing it every day now!
Yesterday I planned to 1) stick to my 1200 calorie goal and 2) get to the gym for an unspecified amount of time.
Well, in terms of calories I did pretty good. I wound up just shy of 1300 and managed to say NO to the Snicker Bar while my brother and I were picking up snacks for while we played Borderlands. I'm really proud because even when I was walking yesterday afternoon I was trying to talk myself into one. So, YAY!
Not so yay was the fact that I didn't make it to the gym yesterday. I packed my bag, I walked all the way there and realized I didn't have my lock or my headphones. Excuses, I know. So, instead, I went for about a half an hour walk. I would have walked longer but I ran into an old friend from High school. Yeah, he's still hot.
So, yesterday I'll say I did mediocre in keeping up with my commitments. Today, however, I'm off on a bad note. I wanted to go running with a new group through my YMCA called YES - it's the Y's Endurance Sports group. It's for people to pretty much get ready for the triathalon.
I chickened out.
I'm so scared of running with a group.
I'm worried I won't be able to keep up.
I'm worried I'll just be too fat.
I'm super, duper worried that I'll have to walk and embarrass myself.
UGH, this is worse anxiety than running in public used to be!
We'll see how today's calorie goals work out for me. I'm starting on a high note with a packed lunch.
I also have plans to walk with my mom over lunch. Since she has breathing problems we'll probably only go for about half an hour, but it's more for her than for me.
So, tomorrow's commitments. 1200 calories, a run with the Steel City Road Runners, and a promise not to let my anxiety get the best of me!
To get to the point of today's blog title I strongly believe my FitBit is actually hampering my progress. I think it's interesting that it counts my steps and my 'minutes active'; but, I don't think it's accurate in terms of my activity. I also don't like that it pumps up my Sparkpeople fitness minutes. I've never counted my time walking to the bus or from work - but Fitbit does. I've also not really ever considered my laps around the office to get stuff from the copier or from the kitchen as 'exercise' - however, Fitbit does.
I've been the same level of active now that I have been all my life, at the base level. If I went by what Fitbit tells me I'd be creating a 800 - 1000 calorie deficit every day. We all know that isn't true.
So, for the moment, my enjoyment of the Fitbit is conditional. I like that it gives me pretty charts and links up with SP; but, I don't like that what it's telling me feels artificial. I don't like that it wants me to believe I've done 1000 (well, 967) fitness minutes this month when I know I haven't.
What do you guys think, should people be counting their usual every day steps as exercise?