We are dedicating Tuesdays to chat about skills or equipment that will help us achieve more ComfortZone (“CZ”) Busts. Today, our topic is about fitness trackers.
I have a love/hate relationship with mine. Maybe that’s because it doesn’t lie, when worn properly of course. My biggest beef is when it’s 9 pm and I’m still about 1,000 steps short of my daily goal. So, there I am jogging up and down the basement steps or begging the dogs to go for another walk in a rainstorm. Husband just gives me the “look.”
My tracker is a FitBit One and I just started synching it with MyFitnessPal, which is what I used before having a device. I much prefer its interface for tracking food and exercise. But, now that I am starting to amass all this data, I’m wondering how this will come together when I start marathon training in the fall. I like to use Runtastic to track my runs – but that was before I tracked steps on FitBit.
I’m also still old school (and old) enough to remember for the days when a notebook and pencil did the job. Something very cathartic about writing daily stats in a journal and doing the math. I wonder sometimes if we are tracking too much data and if it’s even worth it. All the trackers and apps in the world aren’t going to move my ample behind off the computer chair or say “no” to the cookies and candy.
Yet, for now anyway, the tools help me stay engaged and targeted, because I know the proof will be there to stare me in the face the next time I check the app without me having to enter all that much information. And, I love how motivational it is can be to look back at the end of a week and see how far I went or what my net calorie ratio was.
I can also see when and where I’m not quite on board with the plan, and why. Sometimes I get lazy and don’t get my steps in. Most of the time tho, it’s been the healthy eating part.
- Stress? Reach for sugar.
- Tired? Grab some caffeine and candy.
- Sad or blue? Mmmm, ice cream will do the trick.
- Middle of the night insomnia? Cake, cookies, whatever
Now, if the tracker just ‘knew’ what and when I was eating on its own, then I’d be golden. It’s still up to me to choose clean healthy foods and being truthful about what I record in the app. Watching the numbers seems to be working for me.
What are your favorite fitness tracking tools?