“Mom, Such and such says you look chubby,” said my 9 year old son in the crowded lunch room.
I wasn’t sure if I had heard the words. I decided to pretend I had heard nothing because of the noise. The fact is he was right. I had put on 8 lbs. since severely spraining my ankle at the end of January. Those pants I was wearing – they were tight. I knew and put them on anyway. There’s nothing like a 9 year old boy to state the obvious.
I wasn’t embarrassed. I’ve developed a thicker skin since my high school days of being 20 lbs. overweight. I knew this particular boy making the comment had a habit of saying unpleasant, and sometimes disrespectful things to other kids.
This week, I focused myself on my running and activities to support my running like stretching, weight lifting, and the foam roller. When a group of friends in Philly Social Media Moms talked about blogger butt and Fitbit and creating a group to encourage each other, I signed up. I knew that using a Fitbit pedometer to track my activity would motivate me to be more active.
I bought my Fitbit One Tuesday afternoon and started tracking everything. I set it for sleep that night to see if I was getting enough. I installed the software on my iPhone to enter my food and water intake. I hopped on the scale and recorded that number. I linked FitBit and MapMyRun to include my running data.
Is FitBit One worth $99? After a few days, I like it so far. I like being able to track my sleep which I think is not enough right now. I love the Food interface much better than the one on MapMyRun. I love that I can tuck FitBit One into my bra and not worry about losing it. I love the communal aspect of FitBit. My friends and I check in daily and chat about our struggles and successes. I’ll let you know how I feel after losing 8 lbs. by May 6th.
I’m finishing up a month of running after my ankle sprain tomorrow and celebrating with a trail run at my local college. Despite a cough and a mild sinus infection, I feel fabulous and on top of the world. Isn’t that such a great feeling? Time to get a race on the calendar!