What Losing My FitBit Charger Taught Me

February 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

It was a short lived relationship.  So much shorter than I ever thought it would be.  I had only just bought my FitBit and then before I knew it—she was gone.

I had heard of the FitBit before.  Countless times.  I mean who hasn’t, right?  But I never even looked in that direction.  I wasn’t really even tempted to.

Because exercise has never been something I’ve been tempted by.  It’s been something I’ve always wanted to love but have never quite been able to.

You see we all love the feeling that comes AFTER.  The AFTER feeling is what we all get.  What we all feel.  And what we all look forward to when it comes to exercise. It’s that feeling of accomplishment.  Of knowing you did it.  That even when you didn’t WANT to do it…you did it.  And oh doesn’t that feel good.  That you took that horrible dreadful feeling of “I don’t WANT to” and pushed it aside.  That you did what you dreaded.  That you did it anyway.  And afterwards, you felt awesome! You felt empowered! Because you HATED the very idea of having to go do that workout but you pushed through that feeling.  And AFTER it was over you felt accomplished.

But not until AFTER!

AFTER! AFTER! AFTER!

That’s what we work for.  Like Daniel and Miyagi…

Oh come on– you do remember 1984, right?

Yep..there is it is!  AFTER! AFTER!

But you know what I want??

I want the BEFORE feeling.

I want to be that person who wakes up and WANTS to move.  I want to be someone who doesn’t have to always push through the before feeling to get to the after.  Who doesn’t have to always dread it. Who doesn’t have to live through ever single day of my life as a fight to get to the AFTER.

I want the BEFORE feeling.   I just do.

So for the longest time I’ve been looking for something that could make me experience the BEFORE feeling of excitement.  The BEFORE feeling of WANT.  The feeling that propels you towards the AFTER.  Instead of filling you with dread at being forced to do that which you really and truly just have no desire to do.

Shockingly, the FitBit actually gave me that.  Here’s the first two posts I wrote about my experience with it:

My 1st Week With the FitBit–Does Every Step Count?

Renewed Motivation and Week 2 With the FitBit

As you can see, things were really going well.  For once I wasn’t the ‘sucker’ who bought into something that gave me false claims.  And I was actually getting excited about hopping out of bed and getting steps in as soon as I could.

Because now I find it really fun actually to sneak in steps.  Parking further away.  Dancing around the coffee pot.  Walking in place while I’m watching a movie.   And now I suddenly see everything in steps.  It’s like step-colored glasses that show everything in a new light.  Instead of dreading that 3 mile Walking Video that I don’t want to do—I get completely excited about the fact that the earlier I can do that video the quicker I can get in HALF of my 10,000 step goal for the day!  Because I’ve learned that the 3 mile video will give me over 5,000 steps and to know that you have that in the bank so early in the day puts you way ahead in the game!!!  You can see yourself rising to the top on the challenge.  And your FitBit friends cheer you along.  Just as you cheer them!

(You do cheer for them right??? You better!)

Of course just wanting to do healthy things for my life should have been ENOUGH to make me do that 3 miles, right???  But it wasn’t.

I like the game aspect.  Which is funny because I’m not really a gamer.  I don’t play games usually.  And I’m not competitive.  Maybe because anything I’ve ever done in the athletic realm resulted in me vomiting, losing and being the last one picked.  But suddenly it’s fun!  Suddenly this is a game where it’s mostly me I compete against.  And the other people I compete against are always cheering for me throughout the day.  And I like that.  I really do.  I like the fact that I can take 10 steps across the room and someone cheers me for it.  I suppose this says a lot about me.  And the fact that I need a whole lot more positive reinforcement than the average person just to MOVE.  But it’s true.  And the fact that some FitBit friend just cheered for me because I got out of the chair kind of makes me look forward to…….getting out of the chair.  What can I say? It’s fun!

And the fun aspect?  THAT is what motivates me.  Not all of us need that.  Some of us have reached the highest level of self actualization where we need no other external motivators to make us work out.  Some of us are so highly evolved that we can just get to the gym without needing any feedback at all.  But some of us are just not quite there.  Some of us have a hard time waiting for that positive reinforcement.  We need more than just the “good feeling” of a mission accomplished.  We wait for the scale to go down.  For the pants to feel more loose.  And that takes time.  Time that many of us with low levels of motivation just don’t have.

Only now we do.  With that FitBit on my wrist I get immediate feedback.  And I’m sorry to tell you, I need that.  I just DO.  And this way, I get it.  And I love the game.  But if you suddenly lose your Fit Bit or the charger –then you’re out of the game.  You’re winning Monopoly and then someone closed up the board game and went home.  You’re on your way and then suddenly you get evicted or voted out.  That’s what it feels like when your FitBit dies.  You’re walking around and no steps are being counted towards your “score”.  And it’s weird.  It’s a strange feeling that you never thought you’d have about exercise.

To be SAD, UPSET and BOTHERED by the fact that you CAN’T participate.

I can’t really say that I’ve ever felt ANGRY about not being able to work out before.  Oh and don’t worry…I get it.  I understand that I can still WALK whether the FitBit is attached to me or not but that isn’t what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about this feeling you get about wanting to do something.  That BEFORE feeling of excitement.  That motivation and drive to WANT to do it.  And for some reason the FitBit….the community I was placed in….the game of it…..it made me want to.  It gave me the BEFORE

And when I lost it, I totally felt ANGRY.   I felt actually MAD that I could no longer participate.  And I have never in my life felt that way about exercise.

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If my gym closes for bad weather, I never feel sad.  I feel HAPPY.  Happy that I have an “excuse” not to go without blaming myself.  If my workout class is cancelled I’m secretly elated for the ‘out’.  And I’ve even been relieved at pulling a muscle before because I was told to “rest” without feeling guilty.

But when my FitBit died—none of the above happened.  I needed that charger and I couldn’t find it.  I tore through the house looking for it.  It was going to be found.  And every second that went by was a second lost!  A step not counted! And I have challenges to compete in! I have badges to earn! I spent 2 days feeling extremely upset and lost.  And those 2 days were the most inactive days I have had since buying the FitBit.  But then I found it.  The charger finally reappeared.  And soon I was back in the game.  And I was SO excited to be up and moving again!!

For the first time in my LIFE, I actually have the “BEFORE” feeling.  Not the AFTER feeling of accomplishment because I did it. But the BEFORE feeling of motivating excitement that I GET to do it.  That I WANT to do it.

That I LOOK FORWARD to doing it.

I’ve never felt that before. And that was the missing link.

I ordered a replacement charger because trust me—this will not happen again.

And I just want to say for the record that I don’t work for FitBit. They haven’t paid me to endorse their device.  And I’m getting no reward for singing their praises.  Because when I reread what I wrote, I almost don’t buy it myself.  Especially knowing ME. Because I am after all…Me.  And ME never gets excited about exercise.   But believe it or not—I am! I’m just a girl who has always hated exercise and for once in her life feels excited about it.  So much so that I tore the house up looking for that charger.  And when I thought I could no longer participate in the “Game”, I wanted to cry! It is really that fun to me.  And I have rarely ever said that about anything related to exercise.

So what did losing this FitBit charger really teach me?

Well it’s this.  It taught me that not everyone has to dread the “BEFORE”.  That some people look forward to it.  Anticipate it.  And actually get MAD when they can’t participate in it.  And that those people don’t have to be OTHER people.  Those people can be us.

That if you search long enough and hard enough you may just find what works.  What motivates you.

Because I’ve decided that while some of life should be about pushing through and pushing on….and doing what you don’t want to do anyway…..

Not all of it should be that way.   We shouldn’t have to live our life hating what we do.  That if we keep searching we will find that one thing that works.

So keep looking.  Keep searching.  And don’t give up.  We’re all different.  But doing something you love is so much more fun than doing something you hate.

Happy Monday!

 

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Barb February 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

You’ve almost convinced me to try another one. I had the Zip and I hated it. I never could get it to sync and many times it would reset to 0 in the middle of the day….infuriating. So I returned it. Maybe one on the wrist works better.

Glad you are loving yours!

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Christy February 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm

I am totally loving your website!!! I found it about a month ago and you are so encouraging!!! Even in your honesty and feelings of “This is tough!”, I am so encouraged by your words and life!! I work out to music and one of my favorite work out songs reminds me of you….”Step By Step” by Whitney Houston!! If you haven’t heard it, you need to listen to it!!! It’s great, and I’m like you….a turtle, that needs to take baby steps….but I’m moving forward and that’s what matters. God Bless You and I know you can accomplish all of your dreams!! Your accomplishments are amazing!!

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Margaret February 23, 2015 at 10:57 pm

Hey Holly,
Fitbit tip — write your email address on the inside of the band. Once you’ve worn them a few weeks, sometimes, they fall off. With your contact, a lot of people will get them back to you. I’ve got a friend whose had hers returned to her three times (once even from a theater in LA and we live in the Bay Area) because she had her contact email there.

Also, when they do fall off and don’t find their way home, contact Fitbit. Write them an email about how you use your Fitbit. They will replace it — even if it’s your fault you lost it. Even multiple times! (Personal experience.)

Keep stepping!
Margaret

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Beth M February 25, 2015 at 4:33 am

The older fitbits ,were prone to coming unclasped. I have the new Force, which has more of a watchband type clasp, but when I had a Flex I bought a “bitbelt” – a little flexible band that helps keep your FitBit from coming unclasped. Worth checking out if you’ve had one fall off!

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Dagny March 6, 2015 at 11:33 pm

That darn USB thing is so small I have been concerned I was going to lose it! An extra is not a bad idea!
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Kellie March 7, 2015 at 1:16 pm

I love love love my fitbit!! I have it synced to My Fitness Pal so that I can accurately track exercise and eating and how it all works together for weight loss. We also have an Xbox one with kinect. I recently discovered dancing around in my living rroom. I gotta say…. I look forward to moving my body every day now. It no longer feels like this big mystery in life.

I love your blog! You are an inspiration to me.

~Kellie
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Steelers6 March 10, 2015 at 4:45 am

I think the FitBit company needs to send you one to review, and maybe 1 or 2 for a giveaway on your blog!

FitBit?…………..

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cindy November 13, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I love your article! I loved my Fitbit, but I lost it! Fell right off my arm after having it for over a year. I am not sure if I will get another or if I will get another and upgrade! It did motivate me like nothing else has done.
Congrats on your new life style and thank you for the hope you give us all!

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