It's a FitBit. Back in early January my friend Pat the Former Blogger spoke about getting one and said that the company she works for was getting them at a nearly 50 percent discount for any employee who wanted one. Furthermore, out of an amazingly magnanimous spirit, her company would get them for friends and family at the same discount. I signed up on the spot.
When it arrived a week or so later, I clipped it on and started walking right away. Then in two or three days, my world collapsed and I withdrew from everything, putting the FitBit away.
A few weeks ago, my life being in order once again, I rejoined Weight Watchers and became reacquainted with my little friend. I clip her on when I get dressed in the morning and unclip her when I go to bed. In between, she counts every step that I take, every flight that I climb, every mile that I walk, and estimates the number of calories I have burned. She would log my sleep if I wanted her to. She syncs to my computer, where at the FitBit website, I have a progress page that shows my cumulative and average steps and assorted other information. I have friends who have FitBits, and we have agreed to share our steps, so each day that I look at the page, I'll see how many steps my friends have taken in the past week. The computer synching is simple -- if I'm within 20 feet of my laptop, they'll connect effortlessly. Each Tuesday and Friday night when I go to bed, I plug her into a dongle affixed to the laptop to recharge her battery. She's working so hard, she really needs it!
The goal is to log at least 10,000 steps per day. While I have done that a couple of times in the past several weeks, I'm not there on a daily basis yet. So I reset my goal to 7000 steps per day and when I was doing that easily, I upped it to 8000. At the end of this week, it is going up to 8500. It feels good to be walking regularly once again. Sometimes I go up to the cinder track at the high school and log laps there. Other days I stride through the neighborhood. On days when the weather insists, I use the treadmill.
Do you have a FitBit? I'd love to be friends with you on my dashboard page . . . .