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Little blue slave driver [Aug. 7th, 2015|11:36 am]
I have a Jawbone now.

You're probably thinking, "surely she had one before; most people are born with them!"

Ah, but this Jawbone is a step tracker, an ugly blue bit of plastic wrapped around my wrist. I chose the Jawbone over other trackers because a cluster of my in-laws have the same device and now we can all be on a team together, even though we are half a country away from each other.

Which means that they can now see whether I'm getting my sleep, and whether I'm getting my steps in. It's kind of like a weird, cellphone based Santa Claus (he sees you when you're sleeping; he knows when you're walking the dog).

Honestly, I am enjoying sharing this increase in fitness with my family. We can send each other cheering notes, and there have definitely been evenings when I haven't really *wanted* to walk the dog, but I've done so in order to get the last of my 10,000 steps in for the day.

But, wow, on those days when work or other situations just make it impossible for me to get them in? So much guilt! Particularly when I see my sister-in-law logging 20,000 steps or more. 20,000? I haven't gotten anywhere close to that, ANY day! I'm impressed and intimidated.

And now I've been working and writing and on the couch for way too long. It's not whips or chains that drive me on, it's peer pressure! Off to movement for a while!

From: anonymousalex
2015-08-08 02:26 am (UTC)
Try holding on to one of the paint mixers down at Home Depot. That should get your count up. :-)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-08 06:46 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2015-08-08 02:30 am (UTC)
Wow, I never get anywhere near 20,000 either. I'm pretty happy when I hit 10k. I won't tell you how rare those days are :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-08 06:48 pm (UTC)
I get 10k most days. We hit 20k in Italy a couple times. But man, that's a lot of walking!
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[User Picture]From: dr_phil_physics
2015-08-08 02:45 am (UTC)
Attach it to the dog -- that'll get your numbers up. Besides, I'm not convinced the current trackers are recording accurately. (grin)

Dr. Phil
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-08 06:48 pm (UTC)
I've actually counted as I've walked around the block. It's remarkably close.

And yeah, I'm a little OCD.
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2015-08-08 04:31 pm (UTC)
I really liked the Jawbone when I was able to borrow one from a friend - unfortunately they've since switched over to FitBits because they kept breaking the Jawbones somehow. :( So, maybe I'll ask for one of those for my birthday.

I think I hit 10k maybe like four times, all of them when I would visit Toronto. Walkable city, Brampton is not.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2015-08-08 06:47 pm (UTC)
Walkability is such a nice thing. We are lucky to have it here.
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[User Picture]From: zzzzsleep
2015-08-09 01:37 am (UTC)
Yep, I know that feeling. I got a little pedometer as part of the "Global Corporate Challenge", and am now in competition with a former workmate who lives on the other side of the world.
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