5 Depressing Aspects of the FitBit

I read all these posts about how amazing the FitBit is.  How it motivates people to exercise more and monitor their steps.  People feel it holds them accountable more.  Awesome!  Those are all fabulous points as to how awesome the FitBit is.

My husband bought me a FitBit for my birthday in September thinking it could help me as I said I wanted to get more active and healthier.  I had not even heard of a FitBit but thought it was pretty cool.  For the first week I was super pumped, it tracks how many steps you take in a day (the goal is 10,000), how much sleep you get, you can track your calorie and water intake, and connect with friends and do “challenges” to motivate each other to take more steps.

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Well, it took me a little over a week to start getting depressed by my FitBit.  These are five reasons why:

  1. Sleep

    IMG_5029The biggest depressing factor is that it tracks your sleep, or lack thereof I should say. My baby is teething and just got three teeth and is working on three more, it has been a long process, and involves him screaming most of the night, meaning I get like no sleep.  And he was not a good sleeper to begin with, so having physical proof of the fact that I average less than 5 hours of sleep a night (for months) is super depressing.   Seeing the norm of two hour increments and at least one to two nursing sessions a night makes it a lot harder to ignore how tired and exhausted you are, you have to face the facts!

  2. Time

    For the past three and a half months my house has been hit with four colds, three flus, and a stomach bug, making it so that there was always one member of the house sick, for almost four months!   My daughter just started preschool, I knew we would have an influx of germs and be more prone to illness, but I had no idea we would ALL get this sick and be pretty much sick for months.  This means I have even less time than normal, when you have sick kids your time is spent snuggling, cleaning up vomit, fetching things, and running back and forth between crying sick kids.

    The most exercise you can get is trecking up and down the stairs a million times a day to wash all the sheets and clothes they are going through. This is depressing because it reminds you of the fact that you WANT to get out and move, but cannot as there is just no time, you barely have time to sleep (and even that is minimal according to the FitBit) so time to exercise is a joke.

  3. IMG_4938Energy

    Let’s say you found a half hour here or there to exercise, you are so tired with the lack of sleep you have no energy to exercise and would rather lie down, take a shower,  or get started on dinner.

    Great, now I feel guilty and lazy for not taking that time and exercising!

    Thanks FitBit for making me depressed about not putting in more steps when I had the chance.

  4.     Friends

    You connect with your friends.  They can invite you to all these challenges to help motivate you to move more and get more active, for example you can compete to see who gets the most steps in on the weekend for Weekend Warrior, or who gets the most steps in the Workweek Hustle, or the most steps in the Daily Showdown, you get the picture.

    Unfortunately, here I am sitting on the couch, watching Disney movies and cuddling a feverish child, while all my “friends” are out there competing who can take the most steps!  So depressing!

  5. “Active minutes”

    Even when you do get some exercise in, you have an app keeping track of it, so when you are working your butt off and sweating away for 40 minutes, the app claims in was only 25 minutes *sigh* way to make me feel out of shape!  Or, alternately, I was folding laundry and going up and down the stairs putting it away and cleaning, the Fit Bit told me I did 15 active minutes, another way to make me feel out of shape, I didn’t FEEL like I was exercising.

Those are my five reasons why the Fit Bit depresses me the most!

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Some of the things I LOVE about my Fit Bit:

  • It vibrates when my cell phone rings so I never miss a call.
  • There is an app, and also email that tracks the power so I get alerted before it runs out of battery.
  • I still feel like I am trying to stay fit and do what I can.

I KNOW I will love it and I think it’s a great tool for people, I am sure it really helps some, but for this exhausted mama, it just reminds me of the lack of control I have over my schedule.  It will change, my baby will learn to sleep, ideally through the night, my daughter will get used to the germs at school and we will all develop a better immune system to keep us healthier, but for now, that is a future dream.

For the record:  I am still glad I have it, I wear it all the time even if it is only for a sleep calculator and to let me know when my phone rings.  I still think it was a great gift, just slightly depressing!

Does anyone else own a FitBit (or Fuel Band, or whatever brand),  What do you like the most about it?  Any tips for when I can hopefully actually start using it to its best advantage?  Please comment below!

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A mom of two trying to stay sane while running a household, working part-time from home and looking after her baby, toddler and husband.


  1. avatar
    Chel says:

    True, the FitBit can be a bit depressing and sometimes it’s total awesomeness loses it’s luster after a few weeks. But it’s true – it does have it’s perks. I love the alarms that are on it so I don’t wake up my husband when I need to get up. Or yes the vibrating part when my phone is ringing is always cool.

    Though it’s a bit depressing I’m glad that you’re still wearing it. Perhaps after your kiddo is done teething there will be more time. …perhaps.

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      Hil says:

      Ha ha maybe, but they do grow up so I know I will have time eventually 🙂 I still love it even if it depresses me. I didn’t know it had an alarm!!! Been years since I used one with the kids up so early but I will love trying that out to use again too. Thanks for letting me know about a new feature!

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    Shann Eva says:

    I don’t have a fitbit or any activity tracker. I had just a plain old pedometer, and I would get discouraged if I didn’t get in enough steps. I would end up circling around my basement for a half hour at night. So, I just said forget it. I exercise when I can, and that’s good enough for me.
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      Hil says:

      ha ha that’s so funny and sad! Pedometer is super old-school 🙂 Too much stress though we can exercise when the kids get older right?!?!?

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    Lindsay says:

    I share your Fitbit sentiments! Something that bothered me when I used it is that I did a lot of high intensity workout or swimming, which it doesn’t calculate, so I looked very inactive. When I first got it, I was so fixated with getting my steps in that I overdid it. I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and pushed myself too hard too fast (my own fault, not Fitbit’s in all fairness).
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      Hil says:

      oh no! First trimester sucks so bad, that would not be a good combination. Good to know about the high intensity workouts, at least I won’t be surprised when it doesn’t show mine. Thanks for the warning.

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    jennyb says:

    I know lots of people who have a FitBit but I’m holding off until I’m in the right mindframe to lose some weight. I sounds fabulous though and I know I need it.

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    Alanna @ Alanna & Company says:

    I’m definitely with you about those active minutes. It won’t count the time I do yoga and I definitely count that as activity! I usually force it to start a “workout” on the band and have it track my heart rate during it. Even though I’m not in the fat-burning range, it’s still a workout for me!

    I can totally see about the sleep part with children. 🙁 Hopefully there’s more sleep for you to come soon!

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      Lol fingers crossed I will eventually! I’m big into yoga (or was pre-kids) so that’s good to know. Now I know ho to help with it so thanks.

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    Angela Tolsma says:

    you are so right! It can be so depressing seeing the numbers on the watch. When I was working, I never had an issue meeting the goals and staying on track according to it. But now that I’m at home, the numbers are sad. I think a big thing to remember is that it is a machine and doesn’t know how to read your body. And your body is what you need to listen to.
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    Robin G. says:

    I’ve been going back and forth on whether I want a fitbit or not. I love the idea that just looking at you makes you think to yourself “Fine FitBit, I’ll get up and move!” but…you’re right, sometimes seeing how much more active my friends are while I’m stuck in an office somewhere just depresses me!

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      I still love mine! I am glad I have it and I can see how it will be helpful later on. Maybe it will be good, you never know 🙂

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    Becky @ Disney in your Day says:

    I do have a fitbit and I do love it! The sleep tracking is actually one of my favorite parts of it. I have been battling a severe lack of energy and the fitbit helped me figure out just the right amount of sleep I need to feel good (turns out on some days I was actually getting too much sleep and didn’t feel well from that!). Mine is the one with the GPS in it too so it also tracks my runs which I love. It can be depressing though on the days I just want to be lazy, I do feel a little guilty!

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      ha ha. That’s great it can map out your runs too. I can imagine that would be a great tool. The sleep tracking really is amazing!

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      ha ha, I still love mine! It may be depressing, but I still wear this thing like it’s a lifeline and look at my tracker all day long.

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    Tara says:

    The FitBit wasn’t for me, but I know some people love it. I was always forgetting to wear it and then feeling guilty. Once I even skipped my daily walk because I didn’t have my fitbit with me to track my steps.
    I finally gave it up for good and it was so liberating. Now I walk when and where I want. I miss it sometimes, especially on days when I’ve been really active, but it was just one more thing for me to keep track of.
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      Hil says:

      Ha ha that’s awesome. That does not sound like it was good for you at all, that sounds more stressful. Glad you found a way that works for you more.

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    Kari says:

    I counted my steps for work for a bit in a competition we had going on and it seriously depressed me to the point that I quit tracking the steps after a few weeks. The only way I could reach 10,000 recommended steps per work day was to come home and zumba for a few hours.

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      I know right?!!? 10,000 is insane! I do not know how that is considered the daily goal, it’s insane. A competition to motivate sounds cool, but yeah if it depresses you then it is not doing a good job!

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      Ha ha thanks Becki! It still is a great tool and I do love it. It’s pretty addicting actually, but it sure can highlight what you want and just can’t achieve at he moment 🙂

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      Yes! Even though it’s depressing I still love it and wear it 24/7 except while charging. I feel excited when I do hit a milestone or find out I average 80 stairs a week, its great to track things so I know I am doing some things right, even if it is minimal. I would still say get it!

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    Denay DeGuzman says:

    Awww…I totally understand your frustration! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the FitBit could track all of these “Mommy moments” like cleaning up after the kids, snuggling with them when they’re sick, cooking a homemade meal or catching up with friends and accumulate points for those? I’d love to have that type of programming in a FitBit! It would be a total mood booster.
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      Hil says:

      That is brilliant! Or walking around with a cranky baby, carrying a 30 lb toddler, or breastfeeding? I love the idea of accumulating points for those. But seriously, cooking is exercise so why can’t we get points for that?!?!

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    Tamara says:

    The sleep part and I do not get a long right now. I had a baby 2 months ago I do not need it mad at me too that I am not sleeping… tell the baby to sleep!

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      ha ha ha! For sure! Yeah a two month old, sleep is a joke! Hope you get some rest mama, even if it is only in 1.5 hour bursts!

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    Alice Megan says:

    I love my fitbit after a few years of wearing it, I’ve stopped worrying if I don’t hit step or sleep goals but find it a great tool to average out over a week or so and see what I can try to improve

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    jamie says:

    You need to adjust your goals to something attainable. (like 3 hrs of sleep, 10 minutes of activity and 5000 steps. That way when you hit those goals, you’ll feel happier.

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      You are brilliant! I never thought of that. Totally going to do this now. Attainable goals for more motivation, yup, you win the Smart Badge on this one!

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    Ken says:

    Hello Hil, I really love fitbit. These 5 depressing feature of fitbit helps to get more active and healthier. I really want to purchase this fit bit as it can track our daily activities.

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    Lily @ lilydaily.com says:

    I don’t have a Fitbit, it sounds like they should offer a different set of goals for people in different stages of their life. Ie. People over 60, people with health issues, stay at home moms with young children!! That honestly requires a category of it’s own. If people never stayed at home and took care of little guys 24/7, they would have no clue how physically and emotionally draining it is! 😂😅. In the meantime, perhaps instead of comparing your accomplishments with the Fitbit preset goals, you can compare your own daily progress and adjust accordingly – this is not a form of making excuses but it better truly reflect your current circumstances. 😉
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    Eugenia says:

    I don’t have a FitBit, but it seems like a really good fitness tracking device! I love the idea that it tracks your steps, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep! I understand FitBit can sometimes be a little depressing,but I think it will help keep me motivated.It’s also a good reminder to get up and move!
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      Hil says:

      Yes. I actually really love it. Even if it can be depressing, you are right its a great reminder to move and I like to earn badges so it does motivate me to move more.

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    Amanda | Maple Alps says:

    This was such a fun read! My husband and I have been considering getting fitbits to help motivate us some more. I’m mostly excited about the silent alarm so he doesn’t wake me up with his snoozing alarm!

    • avatar
      Hil says:

      I love the silent alarm!! It tickles. I truly love my fit bit by now and totally recommend it! Glad you realized my post was more comical than serious!

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    Kristie says:

    Hmm, so it seems like Fitbit has some good features, but isn’t for everyone. I tend to stay away from work-out trend-y gear like this, just because I like to exercise on my own schedule and not have to feel the extra stress of competing with myself and all my friends haha.

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    Tips Healthy and Fit says:

    Bravo! you’ve got created the faithfulness to urge into form. The I dont dependence to exercise share is over. one matter within you has clicked and you’re nimble to start making healthier habits. So, wherever does one start? start by exploitation the capability of vision.

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