How I Tamed My Fitbit in 5 Easy Steps

Like thousands of Americans I got a Fitbit for Christmas. It wasn’t just any Fitbit, it was a Surge. That baby was my pride and joy. I wore it all the time. It told me everything I needed to know to improve my level of fitness and conditioning, like how many steps I took and miles logged during the day.

Then it started getting bossy and demanding. telling me I was thirsty and hadn’t taken in enough water, or made my step goal for the day. When it set up a new sleep schedule and triggered my morning silent alarm at a different time than I set it for based on how much and when the Fitbit thought I should sleep, I knew something had to change.

  1. The Fitbit should be more like a gentle coach guiding you to better fitness, and less like a drill Sargent demanding a level of activity that constantly makes you feel like you will never be good enough, until you give up entirely.
  2. I went through my app on my phone and made sure all of the levels of activity were set to be just achievable at least 5 days a week. I know I can always increase them gradually as I consistently make my goals. It reinforces my success and makes me feel like I can do alittle more.

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    My Baby

  3. I recognize some goals, like steps per hour, are healthy to shoot for but not always realistic, so I use them more as a fun challenge and less like an hourly reminder of my conditioning inadequacy.
  4. I disabled  features that were stressing me out, like the sleep feature which was a constant reminder of something I already know, I don’t get enough sleep.
  5. I returned the Fitbit to the realm of a trusted buddy, always there, always ready with guidance and advice, but whose guidance was not always right, or at least right for me at that time.

Now we are best friends again, always together, but if she starts to get bossy I have to put her in her place. I decide what’s best for me and what I need on any given day and I turn to her to have my back, encourage me to perform just a little bit better than what I think I can, and always be my cheerleader telling me what I got right today.

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About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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