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House Arrest

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Yesterday I went out and bought a new fitbit and now I am wearing it. I've been losing REALLY slowly, but I haven't been super diligent. I go in spurts at the gym, and yesterday I actually didn't go to the gym because I went home to try and figure the thing out. But I did pace around enough to get my 5000 steps.

The experience of wearing the tracker bracelet is somewhere between those who have to wear an ankle bracelet because they are on house arrest, and that segment from Sesame Street years ago where Ernie has all the strings tied on his finger, "this string reminds me to do this, and this string reminds me to look at the other string...."

You are supposed to rarely take off the bracelet, and it is really hard to put back on. I had planned to take it off in the shower even though the claim is that you don't have to -- but that will be too much trouble, so I will leave it on.

I'm currently about halfway between my heaviest and the weight that is supposed to be "healthy" -- I've got about 70 pounds to go, but I'm just thinking about the next 20.

Today, I'll get some work done, go to the Y and walk/run on the track. Maybe throw in a few weight machines if time allows. Eat in my calorie range, etc. Keep syncing my bracelet and voils! the magic will happen again.

The truth is, bracelet or no bracelet, obesity is its own form of house arrest because it restricts so much of what you can do.
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    YOU CAN do this!! I have a pedometer and find that checking my numbers keeps me moving! Just look at 20 or even 5--celebrate and then do it again!!
    1687 days ago
  • LARRI2010
    I remember that Sesame Street skit!

    I hope the Fitbit helps you lose weight and get fit! And congrats on the weight you have already lost!
    1696 days ago
    You are so right, obesity is a form of house arrest and only we can give ourselves a pardon by boldly going out there and being active and watching those pounds melt away... emoticon
    1696 days ago
    I don't think the Fitbit company would like that analogy---LOL---but I do hope it motivates to get you moving more---I have the little Zip and it does motivate me to do more each day. And the more you force yourself to get out of the house and get involved in life more, the more steps you will get in and no longer will you feel like you are on house arrest.
    1698 days ago
    Man you hit the nail on the head... obesity is house arrest. In more ways than one.

    I haven't gotten a Fitbit, but I've considered it. Hope you enjoy yours!

    1699 days ago
    1699 days ago
    It's so true that obesity is house arrest - I'd never thought of it that way, but it is! I think you will love the Fitbit. Mine does keep me motivated! Setting the short-term goals is the way to go - you will reach them before you know it! Hang in there and believe that you can do it!!!
    1699 days ago
    Obesity is such an ugly thing. I am a yo-yo dieter - I've been very overweight and very underweight. Even when I was underweight, my body image was not normal. You're doing great - 5000 steps is a good thing to do each day. I'm glad you're going to the Y. I know I need to sign up, but have been putting it off. You have reminded me to do so. You are right at just concentrating on so many pounds at a time - setting too big a goal is just so overwhelming. I wish you the best!
    1699 days ago
    So true. Obesity among other problems is super hard on the knees, ankles and back. The rest of the problems can be just as painful ie lousy sleep habits etc.
    1699 days ago
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