All, I'm in finance at a VC in the silicon valley (Palo Alto, CA) - we work crazy hours most week days 9 am until 9 pm, and at this time of year that goes straight until March. This week I actually had two days where I worked past midnight; for the most part my weekends are my own. I got my FB late last fall, hoping it would help me make time for more exercise.
I was feeling pretty good about FB and the feedback program, since it motivated me to go down to the first floor for rest room breaks, park further away, walk rather than drive at lunch, to get my steps up. But even so, since I'm at my desk most of the day either reviewing or crunching numbers, I consider it a "good" day if I even get in 5,000 steps per day mid-week. I try to "make up for it" on the weekends by getting in 90-120 minutes of exercise, even if its a long walk, but usually consists of at least one hour at the gym (cardio/weights) plus walks with my hubby. Given my schedule its the only opportunity I seem to have to enjoy the N. California weather ! So my weekly average ends up being under 50,000 steps rather than the 70,000 target.
I added a bunch of folks on this team to my fitbit community, and saw today that I'm ranked nearly last of the entire group, which is having a reverse effect than I had hoped (bumming me out, rather than motivating me). Any suggestions ? Should I cut back on my expectations during this busy time and simply do my best ? Or should I get more creative ?
Thanks in advance so much for your advice and responses !
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