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Fitbit Challenged by Jodie Montgomery

My husband gave me a Fitbit for my birthday. I am borderline ungrateful. I know the benefit of increased accountability regarding my “fitness” and the importance of being more intentional about good health. I know this was a loving gesture of help as I do struggle with making regular exercise and good eating a priority and I hear that a Fitbit helps. He was also thinking about the fun I’ll have joining a lot of family and friends that are enjoying their Fitbits… BUT I really dread having one more thing that I need to charge and/or check and/or feed information to on a daily basis.  I like a little more sparkle on my wrist. The Fitbit overwhelms and underwhelms me.

The Fitbit also reminds me that good health is a discipline for me and I would rather it just come naturally. I don’t want another reminder of what masters me at times-eating sweets and inactivity. My first week with the Fitbit has been revealing. The bulk of my eating is from 7 pm to midnight. To my surprise and horror, the Fitbit recorded that I was asleep for 11 hours and 49 minutes one night and that I average around 9.8 hours of sleep each day. My blood pressure is usually pretty low, apparently I am nodding off whenever I sit down. I feel even older and more worn out than ever knowing I appear to be sleeping through most of my life.

I do love to get a walk in as much as possible but now with my Fitbit I am obsessing over 10,000 steps per day. I just have to have that little celebratory ding and buzz on my wrist affirming I’ve sufficiently moved before the day ends. I discovered that if I brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush, my Fitbit will add about 100 steps…

Like many things in life, I need to learn how to enjoy the blessings without obsessing over the blessings. I need to be patient with myself regarding growth in the important disciplines and to realize what a privilege it is to represent God through being disciplined in any area of life. There is a fine line between discipline and fanaticism-I’m hopeful I can find His balance. If you ever want to go for a walk, just give me a call.

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”