I posted this as a journal today, but I thought it might make a good post here as well. Quite a few of my friends of FS have just gotten Fitbits. Some of us are ready to jump right in and challenge ourselves to reach higher every day. I found yesterday, that some of us, like me, need to take it a little slower.
When you start a diet, you are supposed to keep a journal for a week or two, of just the way you are eating before you start, to give yourself a baseline of why you are gaining, or perhaps not losing if you have already started to modify the way you eat.
After my first try with Fitbit yesterday, I realized I am even more sedentary than I had thought, and I already thought I was a total slug. I've decided to do exactly what I have been doing for the last few years for at least a week. I want to see if I have been moving AT ALL. Next Wednesday, I will start to slowly bump up my activity level. I realized that the little bit I did yesterday, and the fact that my right leg went numb, is a indicator that I need to be careful. I'm almost 70 and about as out of shape as a woman can get. 10 years ago, this wouldn't have been an issue. It is now.
I plan to use this fun little toy sensibly, just as I used diet sensibly when I started almost 2 years ago. I want to succeed. I don't want to damage myself doing it.
I don't think there's any shame in admitting we're not super humans. Like anything else, we need to assess where WE are and where WE want to go. In order to get there, we need to move at our own pace, not someone else's.
I love my Fitbit and I know it is one more wonderful tool to get me to my goal of better health.
Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours. -- Swedish Proverb
Hara Hachi Bu! The problem is, when do you know you are? LOL!
Calories are the little buggers that get into your wardrobe at night and sew your clothes tighter.