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2/7/13 9:33 P

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I've only had mine a few days, too, but am finding it so motivational. I don't know how everything works as I don't have a manual. I guess I need to get back to that in he fitbit site.

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2/7/13 5:06 P

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I too just received my FitBit and have only used it for a few days. Still unsure how it tracks your sleeping. I am amazed at how little I actually move too. It's a great eye opener on your daily activity, or lack there of.

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2/7/13 12:52 P

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I've had my fitbit for a couple of weeks and have gotten over 10,000 steps once. It's a lot easier to do when playing chase with my granddaughter. What surprised me was how many I DON'T get at work, because it's a fairly active job, but apparently I don't move my feet as much as I thought. We don't have stairs, but we do have a hilly wild park behind our house that I'm looking forward to spending some time hiking around in when it warms up. Don't get down on yourself when you fall short, and don't give up! It can only get better from here!

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2/7/13 10:58 A

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I was unaware how little I moved during a workday until I started with a pedometer app then I saw the Fitbit and wanted one. I am glad I gave into my want because it helps push me to get up during my workday and walk to that copier more. I even included walking around my bldg in the a.m. since I get there 20 mins early. I even walk 20-30 mins after I eat my lunch so I can digest, think, and increase my steps. It was a wise investment in me and I look forward to improving my active life vs the sedentary one I was accustomed to.

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2/7/13 10:18 A

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I had no idea they have even been around that long!

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2/6/13 11:11 P

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Cool! We like Germany.

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2/6/13 2:34 P

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I live in Weilerbach, or about one hour from Frankfurt.


And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

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2/5/13 7:11 P

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Wow Sandy!!!! 23,000? That's a weeks worth for me. Where in Germany are you?


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2/2/13 2:13 P

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I had to go back and check Susannah's story. I loved it too!

My job makes me move a bit every day. I am a school principal and my school had four buildings spread out on 10 acres here in Germany. We had issues in the 3-5th, so I trekked over to help do the discipline with her. I have gone 10,000 steps in one days and never left by own Prek-2 building.

I have noticed that have some friends on FitBit from this team have motivated me even more. One day last week I got in over 23,000 steps in one day. One woman on our friend group averages 22,000 steps a day. I am not certain what she does, but I am impressed with all of her steps.

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2/2/13 12:38 A

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Love my Fitbit! I have had it a bit over a week now and am stunned at my lack of activity. I am going to sign up at the local Y so I can do more. I need it more than I thought!

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2/1/13 10:53 P

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Well, it isn't great but I have had more 5000 step days even when I exercise in the pool too.

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2/1/13 9:22 A

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I definitely need to move more! I think i have only gotten to 10k steps a couple of times, and I've had my fitbit since November. Yikes! The desk job is a problem. I will try what some of you have suggested, getting up and walking around the office for a bit every couple of hours.

I'm also lucky enough to have a treadmill at the office that I can use, but I have to tear myself away from my computer to use it!

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1/31/13 6:29 P

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Susannah that is a super story!

I first got my fibit a year ago when I was on a special assignment which involved much physical activity. I was getting 8-10 miles in everyday! Imagine my dismay when I went back to my desk job and realized that 2000-4000 steps was typical for me during the week. Although I'm active on the weekends almost without effort, that sitting M-F was going to kill me. Since then I've made some changes. Aside from moving more during the day, I've almost made an effort to get some actual cardio exercise in every single day. Doesn't always work out that way but shooting for 100% keeps me close to to 80%! I'm pretty close to averaging 10000 steps everyday but still not quite there and looking to make the final changes that will get me there.

It is amazing what a ongoing, concerted effort it takes to make an impact on this part of my life.

“To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ~ Hippocrates


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1/31/13 6:23 P

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Wow! I'm getting FAR less exercise than I ever thought. I am a lazy-butt!! So glad I have the Fitbit to motivate and show me exactly what I'm NOT doing.

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1/31/13 5:31 P

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Good job Susannah! That is what I have been doing too!

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1/31/13 2:03 P

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That is awesome Susannah!!!

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1/30/13 9:30 P

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Bravo Susannah!

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1/30/13 1:38 P

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Yesterday, I had only gotten 4000 steps by 7pm...and when I got to my Cardio Dance class I told the instructor I needed 6000 steps in her class, LOL! But, she did pick different songs, and added more movements to the class to help me!! I reached over 11000 by the end of the day! Just having a fitbit helped me make the most of a workout I would have done anyway!

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1/29/13 11:03 A

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I am also very sedentary - way more than I thought I was! The FB has clearly shown me that I need to take more bio breaks at work (I have a desk job) and that I need to find other ways to incorporate more movement into my day. Most days I'm right around 5K steps, which is WAY too low. If nothing else, the FB has made me much more conscious of my activity levels and it has encouraged me to look for ways to fit in more movement.

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1/29/13 10:33 A

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I had the flu and barely moved for two days I saw the 19 hours of sitting still and had to at least do a lap around the house. I love my fit bit!

LIfe is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.''

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I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only person who struggles to get 10k steps in a day. It is a goal, but I haven't gotten there yet. I've only had my Fitbit for a few days, but I do feel like it is an encouragement. I love the 10 flights and can get that no problem - every time I get up from my desk, I go climb the stairs for one flight and back down again. So easy!

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1/29/13 8:03 A

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It's encouraging me to walk more. With a desk job it is unbelievable how little I moved. Now I take the long way to the bathroom, I do things I used to ask my kids to do for me to save myself from having to go up the stairs etc. I even will jump on the treadmill for 10 or 15 minutes on non workout days to make it to the 10,000 step goal. It is certainly helping me keep motivated.
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1/28/13 11:59 P

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1/28/13 4:21 P

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Before I got my fitbit I think I only took 1200 to 5000 steps daily. I think I was at 5000 steps on the days I walked the dog. Now I'm between 6000 to 9000 steps daily. I'm finding myself looking for ways to be active so I can log more steps. Like doing the housework I used to ignore. I'm glad I'm stopping my couch potato ways!

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1/28/13 9:32 A

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It sounds like the fitbit is doing what it is supposed to do! We are all seeing more clearly where we are and making improvements! I've worn mine since November and hit 10,000 steps only once and without effort I am always under 5000. Last week I made it to 5000 six out of seven days and I'm feeling good about it.

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1/22/13 6:34 P

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I am disabled and use a pedometer to gage my activity level so that I know what I am capable of without over doing it to the point that I land in bed and have to start over on recoup. 10,000 steps is a miracle day for me (I've had 1! WOOT!!!) but to build stamina safely I've set my goal at 1500 steps. More often than not now I can exceed that to between 2150 - 3000. Exceeding my goal is really important to me so I can celebrate a little victory every day instead of focusing on frustration of what I can't do. FB has been a great tool to ease myself up gently. I know that if I can meet or exceed 1500 for six weeks straight I am ready to raise my goal to something safe and realistic for me. The sync with SP lets me look at my report to see what I have been capable of over the last 6 weeks so I can set a new goal that I can feel secure about being productive rather than destructive. I really love this system! Gratz to everyone else who's making progress and hang in there to everyone who's trying!!

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1/22/13 10:54 A

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having no internet at home and being off from work makes it hard to log anything. Mcdonalds wireless internet reaches across the road to where I work so at least while I am here i can load up.

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1/21/13 12:43 P

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It did help me. If I had a day where I was at 5,000 I'd say to myself it's only 2,000 more and I'd figure out a way to do it. But seeing it and saying it's 5,000 more I'd feel like I was just done for the day. I like to get up during the day and go to the basement at work then walk back up the two floors. It gives me steps, stairs and a burst of energy.

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1/21/13 11:13 A

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I've always thought I was pretty active...but getting the fitbit has really opened my eyes too!! I seem to get 10,000 steps or more 2-3x a week...but the rest of the week I average closer to 5,000. It makes sense because I've been doing cardio 2-3x a week (running, or dance class)...and the rest of the week I just have a desk job and normal housework.

What I've been doing is trying to just add it where I can. Like today, I was getting gas, and I did step-ups on the little platform the gas pump was on! It was only a minute or so, but normally I would have gotten back in my car (it was cold outside). Or, maybe I'll do side-to-side steps while talking to my staff. It's kinda goofy, but I just say "I'm trying to get my steps in!" and they laugh.

I will say, I lost a few pounds the first week I had my fitbit because I was kinda obsessed with getting 10,000 steps as many days as I could...I haven't had that "drive" in the past 2 weeks...and also haven't lost any more weight. I don't think it's a coincedence. So, don't loose motivation! I might change my goal to 8,000 steps...just because when I don't reach 10,000, I'm REALLY far off! Maybe I'd try a little harder, if I only had 1-2K left!

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1/21/13 10:25 A

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I know what you mean about motivation and those 10,000 steps. What I'm doing now is looking at a goal of 5,000 on the days I don't use the treadmill at the gym (weight training) and 10,000 for the days I do. It's still a stretch goal, but at least I have a chance of hitting it. I will up those numbers as I find new ways to make my desk job more active.

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I've had mine since November and not hitting the 10,000 daily was starting to make me lose motivation. SO last week I decided to make the goal to myself 7,000. I hit my goal almost every day plus some vs the 5,000 I was hitting with the 10,000 goal and it kicked my motivation back up. I then kicked it up to 8,000. Once I hit 8,000 almost every day I'll kick it up to 9,000. It has helped me a lot and there have been several days in the past 2-3 weeks that I've been able to hit 10,000. I love my FitBit; it definitely is keeping working out fun and gives myself something to mark it with:)

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1/21/13 12:17 A

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Thanks for the positive feedback, all. Today HAS been a 5000+step and 10 flight day. emoticon

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1/20/13 9:34 P

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I knew I was sedentary but not quite as bad. I dropped the goal to 7500 as I swim for exercise but have yet to make it! I have had a couple of 5000 step days but mostly only get 3500-4000. I have been getting headaches lately (yes, I have been to the Dr) so that slows me up in the evenings.

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Keep at it! :-) I read that the average step count for an American with a desk job is more like 4,000-5000. So the 10,000 steps goal is really a guideline and reflects a higher activity level than the norm. I notice some mention of 7,000 steps, well done! That is still higher than the norm. Some who runs for exercise might very easily achieve a higher step count--in their case if they want to increase their non-exercise step count they would need a higher goal. But otherwise, I think a good strategy is to spend a few days just doing what you normally do. Then when you see your baseline numbers, choose your own goal. For step count, maybe add 100-500 steps beyond what you normally do. When you exceed that goal, bump it up to a higher goal. Make it a game to see how many steps you can sneak into your existing schedule.

ETA: in the three years I've worn a fitbit my steps have ranged from 2,000 steps (my lowest) to 25,000-something (my record high). Some weeks I have a pretty high step count, and some a pretty low count. It is an ongoing journey, but like everything in life all those little changes we make add up over time.

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1/20/13 11:41 A

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That's what I did a few weeks ago as I was only doing 2-3,000 steps a day! I have been slowly increasing it to get to where I am now. Baby steps is what it takes! emoticon

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ElaineAnn:

You are absolutely not alone in struggling with steps. I too have a hard time breaking 4,000 and my goal this week is to reach 5,000 at least once. It's hard when you have a sedentary job. Very hard. And it is the winter. 9 deg. F in Chicago right now. No, I'm not going outside to walk.
I agree with the other posts that your goals are your goals--and you do what you can. Any amount of increase in our activity is good!



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ElaineAnn,

I agree with Gemini. Your goals are your goals and there is nothing wrong with them. You do what you can do and once you feel comfortable with that raise them. I have come to that conclusion myself. I have a very active job and and am to get in alot of steps and stairs at work,but when it comes to additional excercise. I have had to scale it down to what is more appropriate for an almost 50 year old lady. As much as my brain thinks I can do what it did when I was 20 or even 30, my body tells me different.

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I got my Fitbit for Christmas and started using it 12/27. We just got back from a week in Las Vegas, where I recorded 2 days of 15,000+ steps. I was exhausted, but pleased that I could actually do it in my mid-60's. At home my rate of being sedentary is so much higher - guess I should be on vacation all the time!

The only bad thing is that all that walking did nothing to keep me from gaining the 2-3 pounds of vacation weight, even though I ate modestly except for 2 special dinners. It's hard to use SP when eating out, so I can't determine calories in/out.

Even so, i love my Fitbit!


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ElaineAnn !!!!
I think You're doing GREAT !
We are all different and that's what make the world go round !
You do what you can do plus a tad bit and that's AWESOME in my book !!!!

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I have found it demoralizing looking at many posts here as my experience with Fitbit is that of a 69yo with a desk job who has never yet learned to enjoy any exercise other than Tai Chi.
I figured out how to reset my daily step goal to 5000 steps and have been setting mini goals for myself.
I want to get 5000 steps at least twice a week; 10 flights of stairs 5 days a week; and keep my sedentary time below 70%.
These are way below baby steps compared to most people posting on this forum it seems, but for me they are goals that I stretch to reach. Once I'm finding these reasonable to achieve, it will be time to change the goals.
Maybe a babystepping with Fitbit Topic would be helpful for more people than me.


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I was also surprised to see how sedentary I really am too! I got my fitbit three weeks ago and was only doing around 3,000 steps a day. Now that I am tracking I am getting up at work to walk around more and am trying to move around more at home even though I am exhausted when I get home. But I am now up to 7-8,000 steps a day and yesterday I hit 10,000 for the first time!

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Me, Too !!!
It surely opened my eyes to what I need to do.
I love looking at my FB to see how many more steps/stairs I did and need to do.
Keeps me on track.
Have fun with your new FB !

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I am sedentary, but i don't know how to fix it. At work, I am in front of a classroom. I have to rush home at a certain hour to get the kids - or I am late. The children are too young for me to leave and go to a gym or a long walk. Workout videos after they go to bed is just not happening as I am exhausted by then. I was medically retired from the military for my right side shutting down, so I feel proud of just working full time. However, this weight is out of control.

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1/20/13 7:38 A

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Using the Fitbit really is an eye opener. Oh how I HATE seeing that Sedentary label! It's only been a week and I've not made it to 10,000 steps yet but am closing in on it. Fitbit has motivated me to climb stairs at work at lunchtime and I will also run place late at night while watching TV just add steps. It does feel great.

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I am loving my Fitbit. It does a great job motivating me and getting me up and off my butt. The weekly emails are helpful. I've ad mine for about three months now.

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1/19/13 10:59 P

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I got mine right before Thanksgiving and boy I was not happy with that grey Sedentary portion, quite the shocker!! It definitely made me get up and move on a much more regular basis, and I've noticed a difference in my body in the last six weeks - what an amazing device! :)

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1/14/13 8:20 A

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the fb is really an eye opener. I also found out how in active I really am. Have been trying to be more active now.

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I was just noticing this myself - every day I've over 50% sedentary, a little better on the weekend, worse on weekdays. I'm trying to be conscious of it and getting up from my desk to move around more each day.

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I have realized that I barely move outside the hour I'm at the gym also! At the gym I can rack up 3 to 6 thousand steps! Today I am doing great! It's only 12:51 and I have already gotten up to 8,187 steps! I am going for 10,000 today! Yesterday my daughter was really sick so we didn't leave the house.. I think I got it under only 500 steps! It made me feel useless.. but what it didn't count was the 3 contractor bags full of clothes that I sorted through and bagged up!

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1/5/13 9:28 A

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I've had a bit more sedentary than normal as I have taken meds to get rid of this cold .... which makes me teeter-totter a bit while on my feet upright ..... but my gracious I am loving this .... I haven't made the 10,000 steps yet but watch out when this cold is history .... I'm gonna be on the fast train !!

Let's go team ! emoticon

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I have found that the FitBit has made me more conscious about my activity level and sometimes I walk more just to get to the next badge - silly but hey, if it works, don't fix it!

Good luck on your journey!

Lynda in Orange County, So Calif

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I've had mine about a week, but just went back to work day before yesterday and boy did that grey sedentary pie slice sure grow once I was back sitting at my desk (instead of being on holiday and doing lots of more active and fun things).

So, today I started getting up every few hours and walking around the floor, and instead of calling others in the office, ran up 2-3 flights of stairs to see them in person. AND, if they aren't there or are on the phone, I get to try again later and get in another 2-3 flights! Still have a lot of grey, but got in 12 flights of steps today, so some improvement there....will add something else Monday. emoticon

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It really is humbling to see how much I don't move outside of the hour I spend at the gym. It has been very motivating to try to beat that 10k step goal every day. (I've had my Fitbit for a week today). Here's to upping our steps in 2013!

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle


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Remember will truly be your first day for the 10K steps since you only activated it this afternoon

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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I bought the fitbit zip today and activated it around 2:30pm this after noon. I realize that the goal they automatically set for you on the website is 10,000 steps per day. Wow. I am so sedentary. It might actually be my addiction to sparkpeople! I did however go up and down my stairs because I wanted to add more steps. I was a lot more active this morning though than I was after I picked up my friends daughter from the bus stop. I can't wait until tomorrow to see how many steps I get!

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