Insanity has invaded the workplace
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sooooo...people are going nuts with this FitBit competition at work. When I say nuts, I mean more than 20,000 steps a day. That might be normal for a distance runner and someone who is in a job where they are moving and on their feet all day. There is a maintenance guy who gets more than 30,000 steps a day. But that many steps in a day is not realistic for most people.
I've been thinking about this competition and these people with huge numbers and wonder how long they can sustain this. If you are going from couch potato to those kind of numbers, which most people are, there is no way you can sustain that level. Eventually your body will become fatigued and just shut down.
Today, for example, I'm totally exhausted. I've had an average of 14,000 steps a day and not one day under 10,000 since I got my FitBit a few weeks ago. I had an extremely hard boot camp session yesterday and my body said that's it! You are resting today.
Message received. I'm resting.
I realize this will knock me off the top 10 but it has to be done. I had to remind myself of why I'm doing this. I want to be healthy for as long as possible.
It's not about a number on the scale.
It's not about how I look.
It's not so I can buy that really cute dress.
It's not about competing.
Some of you might be reading this and thinking "duh" or "of course" but sometimes I get all caught up in the hype of whatever and lose sight that the goal is to have a healthy lifestyle until i'm dead and gone. It made me think of my step-dad who does everything slow. My mom is the opposite and she used to get on him for this. He finally told her "slow and steady wins the race." Cliche but true. I've seen him complete so many things in life "slow and steady" without all the stress of a frantic pace. I try to remember this because I can be a maniac and obsessive about things and then I lose interest.
I'm finally embracing "slow and steady" in my life and this competition is a good challenge for me to put that into practice.
This is a good opportunity for me to say thanks to all of you for keeping me company on my "slow and steady" weight-loss journey.