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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.
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  • JUSTME29
    I think that's a healthy attitude. Competing with people that are getting crazy high numbers isn't going to benefit you in the long run. I bet a lot of them will fizzle out within a few weeks and you'll still be bringing in your numbers.
    1283 days ago
    You are so right. Those other people will burn out quicker than you think. You can keep yourself going with do-able numbers way longer than they can with crazy high ones. You are getting healthy and that's all that matters. :)
    1284 days ago
    Whoa!! 20,000 and 30,000 steps a day is a LOT of steps! I love your balanced and healthy approach! And quite frankly, I am going to be curious to continue getting reports from you on how this whole thing plays out! emoticon
    1284 days ago
    Glad I only compete with myself. I was thrilled I got 6000 steps today, lol.
    1284 days ago
    Believe me, walking 20,000 to 30,000 steps a day gets real old real quick.
    1284 days ago
    You are right! You are winning the war, not just the battle!
    1284 days ago
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