Monday, July 7, 2014

Walk this way!

A few weeks ago, The New Yorker published a piece David Sedaris wrote about his fitbit ™.  (This was like hitting the trifecta for me—The New Yorker + David Sedaris + fitbit = YAY!)

Sedaris wrote (in his inimitable way) about using his fitbit to measure his steps and becoming obsessed with what I like to call ‘upping the numbers.’ (He claims to have walked 60,000 steps/day, which took him nine hours. I guess I have to believe him—he IS David Sedaris—but how do you have time to do anything else?  That’s a full workday that you’ve spent walking!)  Anyway…I can relate to the obsession, if not the number of steps.



(This is my little green fitbit.  I haven’t named her yet; generally I name things like this, but I have to wait until a name comes to me.  Luckily, my kids had names as soon as I saw them, so the birth certificates didn’t end up blank.)

I bought my fitbit (I was tempted to buy the wristband type, but my sister had one and it fell off within the first month and she never found it again, so I opted for the clip on—BONUS! It’s cheaper!) a few months ago, while school was still in session.  At first, I just counted the number of steps I took in a ‘normal day,’ which was between 5-7k.  I also knew that I needed to take more than 10,000 in order to have my fitbit smile at me.  I found that taking 5,000 steps before my first class, which began at 10:20, put me in better shape to get the 10,000 steps, as a good portion of the rest of my day would be spent on my behind, teaching recalcitrant non-readers.

But 10,000 wasn’t good enough.
Not when two of my friends (the fitbit will find other friends who are also using a fitbit, and your dashboard will rank you according to the number of steps you’ve taken) were taking almost TWICE as many steps as I was.  Granted, one of those friends was retired and had all day to walk if she so chose, but I did NOT want to continue to show up at the bottom of the chart.

When summer rolled around, I decided I would start the day by walking.  Somewhere between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m., I pulled on the sweatpants and t-shirt and walking shoes and cruised the rich peoples’ neighborhood, looking in windows upping my steps.  My goal was to double my steps before noon—to 10,000.  If the weather is too hot or damp, I walk to the gym (it’s only 2 blocks) and use the treadmill there to get in the steps.  The rest of the day I check my fitbit regularly to see if I’m closing in on my goal, which is now 15,000+.  Most days I make it, but there are times I don’t.  I don’t beat myself up about it unless I’m way behind on the leaderboard.


These are the badges one receives when one hits a goal.  Notice that the “?” is empty—that’s for when I hit 20,000 in a single day.  If I were to maintain the same trajectory as David Sedaris, I should be there by the end of the week.

I wonder if they’ll start taking those badges away after school resumes and I’m back to 10,000?


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i will smile at you for less than 10k steps, just because i love you. just sayin'.

Bliss said...

My ongoing shopping list still has "Fitbit" on it. Maybe this week. I'm thinking Stella if Greenie is a girl, Fella if not.

Suzan Sweatman said...

I ADORE David Sedaris ( and his sister Amy for that matter ) have read all his books ............
And secondly I never heard of Fitbit - have to look into that ( I did wear a step counter when I was training to walk for the breast cancer marathon - but that's an almost forgotten memory at this point LOL )

Art and Sand said...

I no longer wear a pedometer after months of getting my baseline - 15,000 steps a day. But, I continue with good practices such as parking at the back of the Target parking lot instead of wasting gas waiting for a close parking space. I walk around the house in circle (my house is tiny) while I fold clothes. I was amazed at how many steps I added just moving around folding laundry.

My best day ever was 22,000 steps on the day I put on a huge fundraiser at school a few years ago. I started with my usual morning beach walk and did not sit the rest of the day. I was exhausted and I know I couldn't do it today because I was 5 years younger then.

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

You go girl! I've never heard of fitbit. It sounds like something I would like. I have an Omron pedometer and it's pretty accurate. You're right though, it takes thought and planning into getting over 10,000 a day. I had to have 5000 by lunch or it was not going to happen for me that day. I hit 10,000 or more everyday straight for 5 weeks except for Sundays and I lost 20 lbs.. I've been slack lately.. but this is pretty motivating. Going to check out the fitbit Bit.

Andrea said...

phew! This was a reminder to upload my steps! I have yet to break 20K...not sure how many cookies I might need to celebrate when I do!

Feral Turtle said...

Way to go Kirby!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Go Kirby! Can I look forward to more of your house stalking videos? More walking, more stalking! Please peek thru the bushes at Boo's house.
Proud of you. :)

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