Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I'm Having A Fit..Bit

Unless you live under a rock,  I'm assuming you've heard of a little device called a "FITBIT".  It's a tracking tool for keeping track of your footsteps, water intake, stair climbing, food intake, and many other things such has how you sleep and any other exercises you may participate in.  I'd been thinking of getting one for awhile.  Many of my coworkers and friends have one.  Many places of work insist you have one to keep insurance rates lower.  I know the Cleveland Clinic demands all employees to wear  one if you want lower rates.  There are many styles and most folks get one that looks like a bracelet that you wear on your wrist.  You can also wear it on your ankle...although that reminds me of those tracking devices on prisoners.  Mine is tiny.  It's a FitBit One and it clips on clothing.  I'm not allowed to wear jewelry on my hands or arms so I usually clip it on a sock by my ankle.  I didn't know if actually wearing something like this would be a benefit.  I couldn't understand how it would make a difference.  Well, I have to say that it has made a difference.  It encourages me...OK, it really guilts me...into walking and moving more.  I set my goal like most people who have one, at 10,000 steps a day.  That's suppose to be 5 miles.  I find that I'm checking it to see how I'm doing and if I'm not getting steps in I push myself to get off my keester and move.  The funny thing is I never knew how much walking I did at work. Being a scrub nurse has me standing most of my day at the operating room table.  But I never took into account the running from room to room, the hauling of case carts from the OR to the drop off for cleaning, the mopping and cleaning and stocking of rooms at the end of the day.  Running for supplies and running for the bathroom! Ha!  Well, most days I have about 7,000 steps before heading home.  Walking the dog and going up and down my stairs at home fills in the rest.  In fact, most days I'm at 14,000 before hitting the hay.   Today was no exception.  I was even able to leave a little early and still had that many steps.  We're having a little early Spring weather and our temps have been mild. It was 70de today.   After getting home I grabbed Chubbs and we took off to the cemetery for a nice walk.  We even ran into Eddy and Jordan there.  Jack works late on Tuesday so I did more walking up to the Creepy Woods with Chubbs.  He loves it up there.
Yes, I see you!  The warm weather hasn't brought out the green around here yet.
As you can see from these trees it's still bare branches.
But looking close at my lilac bushes I see signs of budding...please don't get too excited little lilacs, this is Ohio and snow and cold can come any time till June.
The grass isn't too green either but atleast I don't have to mow yet!  What was nice was this picture was taken around 6pm and it's not dark out!  Sunday we turn our clocks forward an hour so this is what 7pm will look like in a week.  That gives me more time for moving and adding more steps to my day. 
Maybe I should get Chubbs his own FitBit so he can track his runs in the woods!  The only thing I didn't know about FitBit was it's ability to communicate with me. I was a bit creeped out when I looked at it the other morning and it said: "Hug Me Kathy"...Huh?  The other night it said: "Goodnight Kathy"...OOOKKKK?  I looked at it right before doing this post and it said: "Smooches Kathy".  Hmmm...maybe it could teach my bathroom scale a few tricks...like how to move that dial lower.  Smooches indeed.


Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, dear YaYa!

I'm happy to know you are getting more serious than ever about your health. That FitBit is a wonderful device and it does spur you on to greater effort and progress. I didn't know the FitBit could talk. Seems your FitBit has a crush on you! Don't be afraid to slap his face if he gets fresh. :)

I can't get over the easy winter you are having. Looks like the groundhog knew what he was talking about. I'm very happy to see pictures of Chubbs enjoying the Creepy Woods. May I assume that Eddy's leg has healed by now? I remember you telling us he hurt it running on your property a few weeks ago.

Thanks for the updates and pictures, dear friend YaYa. I hope you stick with your fitness program. If you take care of your body now, it will take care of you later.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Kim said...

Yay! It really does motivate you. And if you add "friends" it adds a bit of competition. I find if I look and my cousin is ahead of me on the daily steps, I take an extra walk!

Rick Watson said...

They really do work. We love ours. It will be spring there before you know it.

Julia said...

I've heard of the gadget but have no desire to get one yet. I'm on the move constantly but it would be nice knowing how many steps I take in one day for the fun of it. I like the idea about a clip on as opposed to a bracelet type.

I'm looking forward to the time change and seeing some new sprouts and buds soon.

betty said...

Glad to hear your review about it. I have seen them and heard about them, but never knew anyone that actually had one. I fear my steps now would barely be a few thousand, working at home sitting all day, but after we move I hope to get back on the exercise bandwagon. Wonder if it is safe to take into water, like a pool?

Glad to hear for the bit the weather is nice so you can enjoy some outside walks in pleasant days!


Laurie said...

Wow! You sure do get in a lot of steps in during the day. I want a fit bit that looks like a bracelet. It will be interesting to know how many steps I do a day. Love your almost spring pictures. I want to see your lilac, when it blooms.

Stacy Crawford said...

I need to get one too. Makes me want to go buy one.

Sweet Tea said...

I know lots of people really enjoy their Fitbit, but instead of encouraging me I think it would shame me.
At this point and time my life is pretty sedentary. I need to make some changes, cause I understand it's "use it or lose it". Perhaps you'll imspire me, so keep on keepin' on, YaYa.

selvageedge said...

Now I'm afraid of what a fit bit might say to me if I had one. :) Great job on staying active. It's so nice that that the new knees are doing so well.