Do you have one? A fitbit? It’s a blessing and a curse. There are several features I really like about the fitbit. And truth be told, I thought the challenges were fun…at first.
One on one with a friend or even one of my kids was fun. The bantering. The rematches. The weeks in a row where you couldn’t get enough steps to save your life. Then the weeks in a row where you couldn’t stop moving. It was fun!
But then it got to be groups. And well, for some reason the fun went away. Maybe it was “competing” against people I didn’t know. Maybe it was the pressure to always be checking and syncing the fitbit. Maybe it was the feeling of inadequacy when I had a really bad week and just tanked. Truthfully, it was not really any of those for me, but the pressure I put upon myself to sync regularly, hit a specific number of steps a day regardless of other responsibilities, and then feeling a lack of connection that should be there when people are supposed to be encouraging each other.
There it is. There is the reason. The lack of connection that should be there when people are supposed to be encouraging each other. It seemed as if being a fitbit challenge replaced interaction between people. Talking. Now there is an idea. Even just posting in the chat area on fitbit something like, “good job”, or “come on, you got this”…that, those types of statements, that’s what would make those challenges fun.
It’s not that the system isn’t designed to be able to do that. It is. The truth of the matter is, who really has time for that? Technology takes up so much of our days. Whether it be the infamous “5 minutes” on Facebook…or Pinterest. Texting. Email. Many people manage their finances on a variety of technology types. It’s not that a person’s heart isn’t in it. It’s not that they are not thinking it. Because truth be told, I could have done the same thing in the chats…and I rarely ever did.
**Excuse me while I go hang my head in shame.**
Okay. Moving on. This is not meant to condemn anyone for being in a fitbit challenge, not posting encouraging comments, not being in a fitbit challenge, posting encouraging comments (if you have time and you do…you are a rockstar!). This is meant entirely to say that for me, personally, if I don’t have the time to post encouragement in a challenge with people I care deeply about, but I find myself feeling stress, anxiety, resentment (oh, I’ve had moments where I hated my fitbit…and the challenges), then I have absolutely no business doing the challenges! I have no right to hold my friends/family to a standard that I myself will not give a high enough importance to make it a priority. So I’m not. I am choosing to no longer participate in something that is meant to help me be healthier, but is in reality causing me stress.
I will continue to enjoy and monitor the features I am getting benefit from. The heart rate tracker. The sleep tracker. Step count (of course). Even monitoring my water intake. These are the benefits I enjoy tremendously. They have been insightful and as I continue to make adjustments in my lifestyle, it’s awesome to watch the results reflected.
As for the challenges, I am going to exit stage left and leave them to the people who are truly enjoying them and getting great pleasure (and at times probably a nice win) to them. Kuddos to you!