FitBit ... Frustration

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A couple of months ago, we indulged ourselves with the latest Wireless Activity & Sleep Timer device...

Not meant to be a competition, it has been fun to compete against each other a little ~
 (husband and wife) 
as well against as a couple of friends.

For the record, I always lose. 
Every time...

How many flights of stairs can you pull off in a day?
(Not many, when you work in a one level office building and your home only has a half flight of stairs.)

Can you get to 10,000 steps in each day when you sit at a desk for 10 hours or more?
(Rarely, but it's been fun trying, even if it means walking laps around the parking lot on errands.)

FitBit stats via the computer app on a 'good' day...

These were purchased not for the competition factor though, but to be used as an eye opener.

A competition within myself, if you will.

~ Little did I know just how 'eye opening' my device would be ~ 

The fit bit dashboard for last nights sleep...


In bed for 6 hours and 9 minutes.
Actual Sleep time, 3 hours and 30 minutes.

No wonder.

No. Wonder.

Now, of course I have no clue how accurate this thing really is.
For all I know, it doesn't even work, but what if it does?

Last night and the night before...
The dark blue is supposed to be sleeping minutes...
The light aqua color?

Last night...3 hours and 30 minutes asleep.
196 minutes restless?

The night before that?
2 hours and 4 minutes asleep?
112 minutes restless?

 The night before that?


What would this have shown when we had two babies under 15 months?

 I don't always have terrible nights...

I somehow managed one night last week, 
according to my FitBit Force bracelet, 6 hours and 34 minutes of slumber, 
with only 19 restless minutes.

Compared to the 2 hours and 48 minutes I got on Friday night.
(Incidentally, we stayed in Friday night, watched a movie...)

Our Fit Bit Force bracelets were meant to be eye openers for us.
Turns out mine really is...

I wanted something in front of me, showing me that I needed...................

I hate to think what this would have liked like a few months back.

I have stopped turning the computer on at night for various reasons, but one of them being the fact that I was staying up until midnight, 1, 2 am....
doing this, that and the other thing.

Getting caught up on my pictures, on blogging.
You may or may not have noticed things are getting quieter on this here blog.

There are lots of reasons for that.

Taking back my time, for one.
And our kids are getting older, for another.

The other day, our 8 year old googled herself, unbenownst to me.

She just came out of her bedroom to show me a picture on her Samsung Galaxy Tablet - 
She found a few pictures, and was really excited about one in particular 
one from her Manic Ceramic 8th Birthday Party.

She googled herself.

I'm glad that over the years I have thought long and hard about what to share on this here blog, 
and what not to share.

 Being a kid is hard enough without parents sharing, and oversharing on their online platforms.

I'm not saying I haven't overshared, because I know that I have, at times.

But I'm saying that I am making a conscious effort to NOT share too much going forward, about those I love as they get older, as they find themselves, as they come into their own even more than they already have. It's up to me to teach my kids about their online footprint. Footprints that they are ultimately responsible for.

It is no longer my place to share everything.
So, if I'm not sharing my life so much, and I'm not sleeping...

I suppose my house should be spotless, no?

*** And for the record, our FitBit Force Bracelets were recalled, and will be going back, soonish. Any other recommendations for a favorite Wireless Activity & Sleep monitor? ***

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