I like my Fitbit. I even have a cool fancy bracelet for it made by my friend Suzanne. But it is not the key to my fitness.
Part of the problem is that I am lazy. Not so much in the sense that I won’t get off the couch (I’m still on tv restriction), but in that I don’t have the time/energy/patience to log all the non-step-taking activities I do, like Pilates and spin class. I really tried to log my food, but found it a pain in my patella (a phrase invented by my then-3-year-old). When they make a truly psychic tracker that knows everything without me having to enter anything, I’ll be right there.
I use my Fitbit to keep me honest with myself. Too many days of minimal steps and I know I’m slacking. I personally don’t find the little badge things motivational. Its little messages seem slightly passive aggressive, encouraging me that I’m almost to my goal and then calling me an overachiever when I surpass it.
I’m talking about the specifics of one tool, but the point is broader: no one magic piece of equipment is going to transform us. I could write a similar post about my relationship with my spin bike or my weight rack or my Pilates reformer. The tools don’t do the work; we do.
Remember that you are the boss of you, not your Fitbit, not the voices in your head, not the refrigerator, not even your trainer. You do the work; you get the credit.