Little One was snuggling in bed with me one morning a few weekends ago. She leaned over and said, “Mama, I want you to be fit and healthy just like me.”
Those words from my tiny six year old were powerful.
My promise to my child
What else could I do but to honour my promise to my child?
We’re an active family. We are always doing something on the farm. We’re outdoors a lot. We eat healthy. Most of our food is from our farm. The vegetables and fruit we grow in the Spring and Summer are either preserved or frozen so it lasts us the Winter. We don’t eat much processed foods and we do #halfyourplate (half plate filled with veggies and fruit). Diet and servings are not the issue. Though we are active, I need to dedicate more time to just exercising.
One thing I’ve found extremely helpful on my fitness journey has been the introduction of wearable technology into my fitness regime.
Every step counts
As the saying goes, “Every step counts”. It’s so true. It takes but a single step to begin a journey.
I decided to participate in a fitness challenge (from Monday, February 2 at 8 a.m. EST to Monday, February 16 at 5 p.m. EST). It’s the #everystepcounts challenge with @TELUS. Though I started later than the initial start date, the challenge has been motivating. Because I made my promise to my child, I had extra incentive. She has been my little cheerleader and has been joining me so I can get my steps in every day. After school dance parties at home where we just rock it out to her favourite songs, playing outside in the snow for a few extra hours (and not worrying about a late supper), and just being more active together all have been instrumental in getting those steps in and keeping motivated.
I’ve even found myself setting the silent alarm on my Fitbit Charge so that I can be reminded every hour to get up from my desk and take a break from work and do a bit of exercise. I’ve found that I cannot really stand still now! My husband laughed because he saw me jogging in place while reading a work document on my mobile device. We were watching something on Netflix and I was jogging. Any way to get those steps in!
In my first week, I aimed for at least 10,000 steps a day. When I hit 11,000, I wanted to reach 12,000. Now that I’ve reached 12,000+/day, I want to hit 15,000 steps/day!
I even had a session with Kris, my TELUS Health Tech Trainer. Kris answered all the questions I had about my issues syncing my Fitbit Charge and the app on my phone. He also answered questions regarding how to maximize use of my Fitbit. I mentioned forgetting to log in food that I had eaten during the day because a lot of the food I eat doesn’t have a QR code because most of the food we eat is homemade. I also kept forgetting to track exercise. Thank goodness the Fitbit tracks calories burned, steps taken, hours slept, etc. I love that the Fitbit Charge tracks so many of those things and that I can see all the data on my phone and on my computer.
I have to say that there were some technical issues. There was human error, largely attributed to me. There were a few days where forgot to log in food, water consumed and exercise and there was one day that I completely forgot to put my Fitbit back on after plugging it in to charge. The other technical issues came from my Fitbit device not syncing properly with my mobile device, but that was an OS issue. I’m on 10.2.1.3062 and it would sync properly on 10.3.1. A simple solution from Kris was to sync the Fitbit to my computer using the dongle included with my Fitbit Charge.
I joked to Kris that I felt robbed of steps (because every step counts!) when my Fitbit was showing over 11,000 steps and my mobile app was showing only 7,000 steps!
All in all, the learning curve wasn’t so steep and by the end of the week I was getting the hang of things. For me, it’s just remembering to log certain things in daily that I forget to do.
This was my first phone/remote session with a TELUS Health Tech Trainer. Thanks so much, Kris for answering all my questions and giving me useful tips on using my Fitbit Charge. I feel more confident (and competent) using my device now. I also really appreciate TELUS having these kinds of sessions available to their customers. I keep joking that TELUS is my longest relationship (15 years strong!), but there are so many reasons I’ve been with them for so long. This is one of them.
Another great thing about the #everystepcounts challenge with TELUS is that it’s been a great support having friends participating on social media as well. We’ve been keeping up with each other’s progress and motivating each other.
Even though the challenge ends on Monday, I’m incorporating this into my lifestyle. This is my promise to my child, but it’s also a promise to myself.
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