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