Fitbit seems to be the latest fashion accessory. Even at yoga teacher training, I was surprised to see fitness trackers on so many wrists. Among a professional crowd, which is where I usually find myself, a Fitbit seems to be the latest fashion accessory, one that quietly affirms one’s fitness intentions and hence, to my mind, even one’s implied moral value, since you’re conveying an image of trying, and caring, and investing in, and monitoring, health and wellness markers like steps, activity levels, calorie burn and even sleep.
And that’s all fine. But, I personally haven’t given in to it. To me, it’s just another gadget priced at the point to get you to say, “why not.” Another toy to part you with a bit of your money. A fad, really. Also the privacy issues are what stopped me cold (I won’t be waiving my privacy to everywhereIgoallthetime, thank you very much.) But, the peer pressure does quietly mount, when most people around you are wearing one, and you aren’t. Does your naked wrist say, “I don’t care! Fuck it! All the Twinkies and laziness are MINE!!!!” If so, I don’t really like that very much, but, I’m willing to live with it.
And, but, if you’re wearing one of those things to lose weight, just be sure you know that a study just out shows that people who wear fitness trackers lose less weight, and then re-gain more weight, than people who don’t use this technology. One summary story here, and the link to the study itself (published in JAMA) is here.
I’m personally struggling with lower energy levels than I had before “all this” (yoga teacher training + injury leading to stroke + 9-day hospital stay), but I’m still exercising regularly. Just not as much as before. I guess I’m still working back up to it.
I’m also writing up my stroke story, and it’s taking me a little time, as writing it up becomes reliving it. It’s a little too detailed but, for myself, I kind of want to capture all those details.
I’ll also write up my yoga teacher training. It was so amazing, and so uplifting and inspiring, that it was just such a shame to then wind up in the hospital for 9 days, which squashed the ability to carry that “lift” with me. I carried it for a while, but it just faded under the weight of the stroke and hospital stay. I hope to return October 18-21 to finish yoga teacher training, and I hope to pick that lift back up in preparation for that finishing period and also as part of it.
My weight is slowly fading back down. Basically it went up a little over a pound a day (averaging) on vacation, and thankfully it’s been coming back down a bit over a pound a day. I hope that continues til the whole damn gain is erased! That level of gain was and is a real shocker. One thing I have to admit, this body is GOOD at stockpiling weight! It’s also pretty good at responding to a stroke, though, so I have a newfound awe and respect for my body that I’m trying to remember, and hold.