Confessions of a FitBit Junkie Part 2 – 100 Day Blog Challenge Day 6

Channeling This Addiction

After I submitted my blog post last night on some of my confessions, I came up with a couple more.  So, here are some more of my confessions:

Confession #4 – The Feeling of Utter HORROR When You’ve Discovered Your FitBit is Lost/Missing

Where did my FitBit go?!?!?!!?

I had this happen to me last summer during one of my son’s soccer games.  It was a Thursday (I will NEVER forget that day!!!)  We left the soccer field and headed home.  I went to my computer to sync my FitBit because I walked around the soccer field while they were playing.  Well, at some point between the time I left the soccer field and got home, my FitBit went MISSING!!!

Oh my goodness, I let out a scream like you wouldn’t believe.  “Where’s my FitBit? Where’s my FitBit??!?!?  WHERE’S MY FITBIT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!!!!!”  I was frantic because it was 8:00 at night, I had to get the boys to bed to prepare for a 9pm webinar and no FitBit.  So, what did I do? What any well-respected FitBit user WOULD do…

I loaded the boys up in the van and retraced my steps back at the soccer field.

Don’t judge…you’d do the same thing.

I parked my van in the same spot I parked when we were there, not there.  I did my best walking the same path toward the field looking in the grass.  Nothing.  I searched where I had our stuff perched on the fence.  Nothing.  Let me tell you, I came to understand the term “needle in a haystack” that evening.  I couldn’t find that darn thing!!!

I was devastated.  I was crushed.  I felt like crying.

My boys, God love ’em.  They were so understanding and supportive.  They kept consoling me and telling me it was going to be okay and that I would find my FitBit.  I felt like I lost a part of me.  I felt naked.

I got on the computer and contacted their customer service to see if they could help.  I got a response to try to sync again as it may be somewhere in the house.  Well, I couldn’t find it in the house, so how the heck was that going to help?!?!?!

Calm down, Dee…calm down!!!

Anyhow, it was close to 9pm, and I had to jump on my webinar.  Fortunately, the attendees didn’t show, and that gave me more time to do some Criminal Minds/CSI investigating.  I whipped out my mini-flashlight and started “casing the joint.”  That FitBit HAD to be in the house SOMEWHERE!!!

I checked every nook and cranny I could think to look. I checked the basement, the bathroom, the washer, the dryer, the dishwasher, the fridge, and then it hit me…I had an epiphany.   The flashback came rushing into my head like those scenes you see in the movies or on TV.

I remember I was in the boys’ room fixing up their beds.  I was straightening out their sheets and as I was flicking the bed sheet, something had fallen.  I checked under the bed, whipping the flashlight all around, and, there it was!!!  It was in the corner near the wall. 


For whatever reason, my FitBit decided it wanted to learn how to fly and play hide and seek at the same time.

Oh, Happy Day!!!

The feeling of elation, joy, relief, happiness, every emotion you could think of came rushing through me.  I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I jumped for joy.  And yes, I had the boys looking as well. NO ONE was going to bed that night!!!  My FitBit was secure and all was right with the world.

Life could resume its regular duties.  I was me again!!!

In closing, realize that all FitBit users have that fear of their trusty device taking a walk without them.  If that ever happens, the situation like the one described here could very well be played out with said owner.  Your best bet would be to NOT mock them or think they were crazy, but to get down on all fours and search for the FitBit. Believe me, you DO NOT want to be on the receiving end of a frantic FitBit owner who is missing said device.

Help them keep calm, agree with everything they say and you just may walk out of this with all your digits intact.  

You have been warned.

Still think I need an intervention?

I initially said I would share a couple more confessions, but this one is just so good, it needs to stand alone.

Confessions of a FitBit Junkie – 100 Day Blog Challenge Day 5

Confessions of a FitBit Junkie

My FitBit journey started on November 23, 2012.  I’d been sitting on the fence about purchasing a FitBit, but just wouldn’t make the leap.  Then, I decided to treat myself.  Oh, I remember that day like it was yesterday.  I was so excited when the delivery truck showed up.  Oh heck, anytime the UPS or any delivery truck shows up with a package is like Christmas.

But, I digress.

Clip for the FitBit One.
They are so small!!!

I ordered the FitBit One, and I was so surprised how SMALL it is, but don’t let the size fool you.  These little devices pack quite the punch.  What I really love about the FitBit is that it tracks your activity from Day One.  As of the time of this blog post, I have walked 6,739,178 steps; climbed 10,645 floors; and traveled 2,636.13 miles.  The other great thing about the FitBit are the badges you acquire for important milestones.  Badges include daily step, lifetime distance, daily climb and lifetime climb badges.  I love all the accomplishments and setting daily goals.  It’s a great way to keep me on track and push me to go further.

So, what makes me a junkie, you ask.

Well, there are so many different things from which to choose, but I will touch on a couple for this blog.

Confession #1 – Not Moving When Your FitBit is Charging

OK, the FitBit doesn’t keep going like the Energizer Bunny, so when the battery runs low, it needs to be charged.  Simply plug the USB port into your computer and within an hour, your FitBit is fully charged. 

My Achievements

Well, for me (and some of my fellow “junkies”) this is when we go in idle mode.  For me, at least, I do my BEST to keep still.  Case in point, today. Here’s how the scenario played out – I needed to make dinner, the boys were getting restless.  I couldn’t find my charger all day and the darn battery went BLANK!!  Never saw that before.  FINALLY found the darn charger on my dresser, started the charging process and sat at my desk for 45 minutes.  I didn’t even let it fully charge.  It had about an inch left to charge, but I couldn’t wait any longer.

Do you think I need an intervention?

Let me put it to you this way, when you get the FitBit bug, you want to make sure you get the most out of your day’s activities, so if that means sitting idle for an hour while your FitBit recharges to ensure those steps get logged, I’m immobile until my device is ready to go.

Confession #2 – Doing Everything it Takes to Ensure You Reach Your Required Steps Goal

I’m not gonna lie, this one is my comic relief.  I have a 10,000 daily step goal and when I don’t reach it, I am NOT happy.  I want all those stats to be green no matter what.  For the most part, I reach my daily step goal, and I push for more.  On average, I try to reach 15,000 steps or more.  It’s now 11:40  and I’m at 14,777 steps.  I’m just 223 steps away from the 15,000 mark and earning this badge again. 

My activity for April 3rd.
WTH, only 9 active minutes?!?!?!?

So, what do I do on those days when it’s almost midnight and I’m so close to achieving another badge?  I run around the house like a mad woman.  I will walk up and down the stairs, walk around my coffee table, pace the halls, do WHATEVER I need to do to make sure I get those steps in.  

Hold on a sec while I get this done…

Ahh, much better.

Confession #3 – Checking, Updating and Syncing 

I wear my FitBit One on my hip and I check this thing every 20 seconds.  I’m constantly syncing via my laptop or my Android.  I’m checking the Leaderboard to make sure I’m in the top 10 (and very much in the top 5.)  It’s my own healthy competition that keeps me on my toes.

Top Badges Earned To Date

Only fellow FitBit junkies will understand these little quirks and there are so many more.  I could start listing all the confessions and more will pop up, so this will be an ongoing confession.  Heck, this may take up the rest of the blog challenge.  Just kidding.

It’s 5 minutes to midnight, and by the time I put this blog to post, I have checked my FitBit 20 times.  I’ll be heading to bed soon and trust me, I will check my FitBit just to see my stats.

So, do you think I need an intervention?…