Fitbit anxiety

 

Every morning it is the same. Wake up, put on Fitbit, get ready for the day. I don’t wear it overnight anymore because I know I’m not getting enough sleep and it keeps me from getting the infamous Fitbit rash on my wrist. It has helped me stay on track to my goals since I got for Christmas. It is with me always. There are some days where I forget it at home. Maybe it was charging or I was scatterbrained (as usual) and left it on the dresser. One day I left it at home so I turned around and spent 20 minutes in an anxiety filled hunt to find it. It made me realize just how much I’ve come to rely on it being there. If I forget it, I find myself constantly checking my empty wrist for the time only to find out it isn’t there. Recently, I realized I had forgotten it and a commercial for fitness trackers came on almost simultaneously. It was like the universe was trying to poke fun at me.  I become anxious if I don’t have it.  How will I ever know if I hit 10,000 steps?! Am I hitting my target heart rate? I wonder how many people out there feel the same way.

I read an article last week about how a girl stopped using her Fitbit because it was causing her to be too competitive with friends. She’d have anxiety about beating their steps and she would feel the pressure to go overboard. I can imagine in a competitive person, that could be a problem. I personally don’t link to any friends for two reasons. I am VERY competitive and it would just be another item to track and I have a lot to keep my focus on right now. I do agree with her that she should stop comparing herself to other people but I disagree with her not using the tracker. It is a great tool if you are serious about your personal wellness. I think it’s better to unlink your friends if you feel you are going overboard.

All in all, the Fitbit was one of the best presents I’ve ever been given. I was beating myself up a lot for gaining the 15lbs over the last year and a half and I needed something to give me a little motivation.  I may get frustrated if I forget it but I am learning what it takes to meet my goals if I’m without it.

Now if I could only bring myself to be consistent on the diet tracking end of it…

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