Month: April 2016

Ode to my Dead Fitbit One

My Fitbit One (Fitty) died last night. I received Fitty in January 2015. It was a gift from my Wife. I wasn’t sure what the heck I was supposed to do with it. Why should I be tracking my steps? My Wife, being wiser than me, knew the answer. Between January and July 2015, I paid a bit more attention to my daily steps. I tried to get 10,000 steps…

Your Life is a Playing Field, You Choose the Measuring Stick

I started my health and fitness journey four months ago. Objectively speaking, I’ve made progress. I am moving more. I’ve walked 10,000 steps every day. I track my steps with my Fitbit One. I used to walk 2000 to 5000 steps a day. I started running. I recently completed my first 5K (3.1 miles) run. When I started in December 2015, I ran 0.2 miles at 6 MPH. I was…

Keeping It Simple

Many of us have a tendency to over complicate simple things. I’ve done it. When I set my health and fitness goals earlier this year, I kept it simple. It’s been a fight to keep it simple, as I have a tendency to want to optimize things. SIMPLE move more Walk 10,000 steps a day. I’ve done so for 233 days in a row. Prior to my goal, I was…

The Voodoo of Walking 10,000 Steps a Day

The idea of walking 10,000 steps a day has reached folklore status. That is not a criticism. I think it is a good thing. Wikipedia describes, in part, folklore as follows: … Folklore can be described as traditional art, literature, knowledge, and practices that are passed on in large part through oral communication and example.┬áThe information thus transmitted expresses the shared ideas and values of a particular group … If…

Do More or Do Less

I’ve been thinking a lot of about why I let myself become so unhealthy and get so out-of-shape (fat). I’ve come to several conclusions. I’ll discuss one of them in this post. I used to think in very black and white, good and bad terms. This influenced my behavior. For example, I used to believe that you either eat healthy or you don’t. In this view, if you currently don’t…

This is When I Quit!

This is a critical point in my health and fitness journey, a real risk point. The risk is not intuitive. The risk is not that I will fail by missing a day of 10,000 steps, running my next 5K race (3.1 miles) in too long of a time, etc. The risk is not that I’ll make too slow of progress and give up. The risk is that I become satisfied,…