A few weeks ago, I read a post by The Cutting Veg entitled “Confessions of a Step Addict”. While I liked it, I immediately decided that I was just fine with utilizing technology for health purposes and continued to walk around my hotel room in an attempt to reach my step goal at 11pm).
But then my Fitbit died.
And I threw a bit of a tantrum à la toddler Brynn. And then I mostly got over it.
Not surprisingly, life went on. I walked around DC – from Chinatown to Georgetown to Foggy Bottom to Adams Morgan. I embraced the odd but amazing 75 degree weather in August. I enjoyed my friends, and the hours spent outside on a Sunday afternoon.
I have NO idea how many steps I’ve in the last two days.
I couldn’t log tonight’s workout.
I wasn’t able to connect my Fitbit to MyFitnessPal and see the results.
I was a little stressed. But also, I’m free.
Finally, that blog post made sense to me. How many times did I pace around my apartment or hotel room (as seen on SnapChat and Insta Stories) to get to my step goal? How many times did I freak out that I wasn’t logging my workout correctly? How often did I spend more time checking my stats than focusing on a run?
While technology can do amazing things, and while I definitely am in the market for a Garmin running watch or an Apple watch (birthday is next month just sayin’), I’m trying to learn how to just enjoy more.
Enjoy how I feel during / after a workout.
Enjoy running (lol) outside in the city in which I pay rent but barely see.
Enjoy the hikes with my boyfriend or the bike rides with my mom.
Enjoy nourishing and delicious food that fuels my body without knowing if my calories burned far outweigh my calories consumed (that’s for you, #gymsquad).
This is definitely a work in progress – I just looked down at my tan lined wrist and made a sad face – but it’s worth it. Even if it doesn’t last long, it’s a really good learning moment.
Do you focus too heavily on technology? Does it mess up an entire workout if you forget to log part of it, or it dies in the middle? Breathe. Read the aforementioned article. And learn to listen to your body as well as your devices.