"As part of our health care through an employee sponsored plan, my husband and I received fit bits. I love technology and I was excited. I thought, this is the magic tool to help me lose those last few pounds that I have been fighting to lose for years. It was interesting at first to see how many steps I took a day. I felt discouraged though, as I could never achieve the 10,000 steps. Even if I took a 30 minute walk and worked out, I still couldn't hit the goal :(
Then I learned I could link my calorie counter app to the fit bit! Wow! This was the missing link. If I track my calories and steps, those stubborn pounds will fall off. The fit bit calculated the calories required a day for me to lose weight and my goal was just under a 1,000 calories. I have spent the last week feeling even more defeated each day as it is almost impossible to eat so few calories. My common sense was also telling me not all calories are equal, why was I doing this to myself ??
Thank you for helping me recognize the fit bit was making me feel like such a failure and confused. No more fit bit and calorie counting for me! Instead, I am going to focus on enjoying my strength training twice a week, walking and my good eating habits. Maybe I am not meant to lose those last few pounds and I will love myself as I am!"
Amen to that! I can really relate to this story.
Over the years, I have purchased online tracking tools, a Garmin, heart rate monitors, shoes, pedometers, treadmills, phone apps, and all kinds of technology. What I have learned is some of these tools helped me become empowered, while others did the opposite. They tormented me with guilt and shame.
It is very important to understand two things:
1. We are all unique.
2. It is very difficult to make positive changes under the tyranny of guilt and shame.
Maybe it is time to take inventory. Is your technology helping to empower you to make extraordinary choices? Or does it give you more evidence to beat yourself up about never being enough?
Fitness is meant to be life-affirming, not a painful endeavor of shame and torment. Do you feel good about yourself for getting your walk in, or do you look at the numbers and think, "not enough." Do you feel proud of yourself for choosing plant-strong whole foods, or do you track your calories and think to yourself, "I'll never get there."
Tools that help you add, affirm and empower are wonderful.
Tools that torment you are not.
Any tool that tries to tell you to restrict the amount of food you eat is teaching you the wrong thing. It's WRONG. The truth is you need to eat as much as you want, whenever you want. The key to changing your life and your health will be to heal from the inside out, which will make what you want line up with what is good for you. Your "wanter" will change. When what you want = stuff that is good for you, you will never think about tracking calories again.
And that is sweet freedom.