Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Motivation! (Yes another Fitbit post)

As I mentioned, I am addicted to the Fitbit, and I wanted to share a bit about how it motivates.

Not only am I motivated by my desire to rack up steps, floors climbed, calories burned, etc.  I'm also motivated by earning "badges".  Now this may sound trivial to you, but to me....well let's just say it actually works.

Fitbit awards you badges for milestones met. So far I have my 20,000 steps badge (for over 20,000 steps in one day), my 50 Mile badge (for covering a total of 50 miles-hoping for another badge soon as I am now at 134 miles logged!), and my 25 floors climbed badge.  And yesterday, I received notification that I had received my Helicopter badge (!!!!).  Of course I had no idea what that meant until I opened it up:

Of course now I'm motivated to double that and reach 1,000 floors so I can see what the next badge is!  Yes, I'm a Fitbit geek.

Oh, and an update on what a good sleeper I am.  I've managed to walk and climb and workout so much that I am now logging 100% sleep efficiency. 

Of course, it could be because I've subconsciously figured out how to keep my arm still all night long.

Chris came to bed the other night and apparently I was sleep talking to him about how I couldn't move my arm, and I had to keep it still, so I could be a good sleeper.  Apparently I've now motivated myself to sleep really well.  Not a bad side effect.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Loving the Fitbit

If you've had dinner with me lately, or met up for happy hour, you've already heard this, but I'm loving my Fitbit

I've now had it over two weeks and have managed to wear it every day.  I've also managed not to lose it yet, which I feel is quite the accomplishment.  Also, my addiction to "steps" has come back. 

I find myself walking around the house while brushing my teeth, picking lunch spots if they are farther away, and walking Jetty for even longer in the evenings.  Also, with the included floors climbed counter I find myself climbing the stairs at work, spliting up the recycling so I have to take multiple trips to the recycle bin in our garage (down stairs and then back up!), and finding dog walk routes that include stair climbs.  And, the included sleep monitoring has allowed me to really see the impact of even 1 hour of missed sleep!

All in all it has really motivated me and I'm loving the Fitbit! 

This past Saturday was a big activity day.  Started with 5 Really Big Miles with @LeslieWalks.  Then a shopping trip to Target, 4 loads of laundry (lots of trips up and down the stairs to our basement), two big dog walks, and a benefit auction in the evening.  Here is what that day looks like via Fitbit:

Pretty cool stuff!!

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