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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?
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    FitBit is a tool and I love mine - but I use it for what I want out of it and ignore the rest. I stick it in my pocket first thing in the morning and it tracks steps, miles, calories - all of which I forget by the time I get home from work. It helps me determine what I need to do in the evening or on weekends to make up for deficits, if such exist. I define for myself what I consider active or very active. It works very well for me, but that's me.

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    1834 days ago
    I think your every day steps should not count, mainly because it's what you do every day anyhow. Like, I work at a restaurant. There is a LOT of walking around for that, but I don't ever count it into my exercise for the day/week/whatever.
    1837 days ago
    Remember, when you log in your steps you do not get calories burned even though you are burning calories when you walk. I think it is very interesting to see how many steps you actually take in a day just to go through life. Also they say 10,000 steps per day will add to your weight loss. emoticon emoticon

    1837 days ago
    I like to keep track on my steps with my pedometer to push me to walk more/get out from sitting too long more! So, to answer your question, yes, count the usual day steps as exercise as that will keep us to move more :D

    Gadgets can be helpful in many ways but no need to rely on them too much as they are still some mechanic devices created by humans who also do errors here and there, hehe.
    1837 days ago
    I don't count my usual steps as exercise. It depends how fast you walk and how far from point A to B. You might have a lot of steps but not get a lot of cardio in. Just my opinion of course. emoticon
    1838 days ago
    I don't count my normal activities (gardening, mowing, etc) because that's stuff I've been doing all along (and still got chubby!) So....I only count "exercise" and not "activity". But I can see where fitbit could help you to increase your normal activity levels. For example, wear it a week and do your activities as you usually do, then set a goal to increase it by a giving % or amount.
    As for the one in the group started out running like they do now. No one's going to think less of you if you can't keep up at first. What's important is to continue to strive to complete a run with them. I think you should go for it.
    1838 days ago
    Hmm... I can see why you would be concerned about that. I didn't know it did that, so now I'm not really sure I want one anymore. I don't count my every day activity in my fitness minutes. I just consider them a natural part of my life.

    1838 days ago
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