How My Fitbit and I Met

I am a very lazy person. My default activity level is couch potato. If laziness were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medal winner with my picture on a box of Wheaties – or more appropriately, Fruit Loops. Maybe Lucky Charms.

So I’m probably the last person in the world you would expect to be sporting a Fitbit.  Yes, I am as shocked as you are.

Here is how it came to be.

A couple of years ago, our friend Ellen traveled with a group walking part of the Camino of St. James – a pilgrimage said to follow the route over which the remains of St. James were carried to their final resting place at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

This route and the story of the pilgrimage were the basis of the 2010 film “The Way” with Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen.

As Ellen described her trip to our group of college friends, one person after another excitedly chimed in saying that they would LOVE to take the trip.

And we should do it as a group!

And the route we should take would cover 100 kilometers over 6 days!

Ruh-Roh! I was pretty sure this meant I would have to give up my sluggish ways.

Then came this peppy email from Catherine (with sub-text showing how I read the message):

Hello all (especially Mo),

May I make a recommendation?  We all need to be as fit as is reasonable (to expect from a lazy person) for The Way.  So we should start now (or 30 years ago but that ship has sailed…).

Cooper and I both have fitbits.  We are fitbit friends and can cheer each other on with our daily steps.  Currently, he is kicking my butt!!  (but that’s ok because we can count on Mo to occupy last place and make us all feel better.)

It would be really super fun if everyone bought a fitbit and then friended each other.  It would be a great way to (keep an eye on Mo,) encourage each other and stay in close touch.



Message received in the loving spirit in which it was intended and knowing that the subtext was my own paranoid rambling.

I immediately dialed up Amazon and bought a Fitbit.  And one for Peter, too.

Misery loves company.

You all probably know this, but it takes a lot of time to log over 10,000 steps each day! This “getting in shape” program is really cutting into my Bravo TV watching time.

In my defense/my excuse, I have a bum knee.  I’m happy to report, though, that the stronger my legs become, the less my pesky knee acts up.

I mentioned this to my dear husband, saying that my knee feels pretty good when I’m walking and it is only when I rest that it freezes up a bit.

“So you are like a horse.”, he said.

EX-CUSE ME?!?!?!

“You are like a horse. In that constant movement is better for your joints than standing still.”

Yes, darling Peter, I am exactly like a horse.

I’ve been wearing the Fitbit for a month now and have logged 331,755 steps.

Fitbit Dashboard

Not bad for a gold medal couch potato.

Stay tuned….

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  1. I love my Fit Bit. Of course, do I have it on today? Nope. Its sitting on my dresser. Awesome!

    • I have the wristband type that I wear 24/7. I knew that the clip-on version would spend more time in my dresser drawer than on my clothes!

  2. I’ve been wanting a fitbit but I can’t justify buying one right now. Jealous! Keep on stepping!!

  3. First of all, Mo, I LOVE how you write…this post is wonderful and made me smile all the way through! I am firmly in your camp (the old you, it sounds like) with exercise – I have a fitbit but have barely used it!

    Regarding “The Way” – it is such an inspiring movie! We have friends who walked the Camino with their son who is in a wheelchair to launch their foundation to raise funds for wheelchairs for the disadvantaged and research for spinal cord injuries –

    Take care, Mo…and have a lovely day! xoxo

    • Sandy, what a story! They traveled the entire 870km! And Luis was the first person in history to cross Spain just powered by his two arms. Inspirational to be sure! They say that one of the best parts of the trip is the people you meet from all over the world, all walking for their own personal reasons. I’m sure it will be an incredibly moving journey!

  4. Mo, this cracked me up! I want a Fit Bit! And I’m surprised you didn’t bean your husband up along side his head at the horse remark. Tell him I said “Nice save!” 🙂

    • I was tempted to clock him but my brain went straight to, “Oh man, I’m going to use that line in my blog post.” so I kind of have to thank him for that…

  5. This is just so timely Mo. Not two weeks ago I went to my grad reunion for the first time in 30 years. Hooked up with a pal and we chatted about … fitbit! She is planning on doing the Camino for her 60th and is all about using fitbit as her incentive. She walks everywhere! So amazing that you’d write about it here. Hmmm. Perhaps the universe is telling me something.

    • I clearly need the constant accountability. It does kind of seem that the universe is pointing you to Amazon…

  6. Hooray for a FitBit!!!
    I love mine – I wear it pretty much all the time (even though it really doesn’t match when I’m dressed up:) because I don’t want to lose steps and since they don’t count if they aren’t logged…..
    You can walk in place and watch Bravo TV at the same time:)

  7. Smack Peter upside gone head for me. That one ranks up there with the Rodman comparison. This story cracked me up.

    • He’s hilarious, isn’t he? Remember how he tells everyone that I played the back side of a horse in my one and only ballet recital?

  8. Smack Peter upside his head for me. That one ranks up there with the Rodman comparison. This story cracked me up.

  9. I love my fitbit. Though Greg kicks my butt daily on steps, he walked 17,000 on Monday. But I do walk more and more everyday, Sparky cries for his walks now that he has gotten used to them! I walk for him more than me! I did join the fitbit premium because it challenges me to walk more and be more active. It sounds like the Carney family is doing it’s share to promote fitbit sales, I have bought four!

    • Wow! Good for you and good for Greg! I will look into the premium thing. Motivation is a very good thing!

      • We won’t recognize each other in October! The premium thing was priced perfectly for me to consider it worth trying!

  10. I found I always do better with exercise if I have a goal I’m working towards. Yours sounds like a great one.

    • I think it will be an amazing trip. And the fitbit inspired walking will insure that I can do the whole thing!

  11. Good luck, Mo!! Bet I would beat you in that couch potato contest!! Looking forward to our visit!

  12. I got my husband a Fitbit for his birthday, but so far it hasn’t encouraged him to exercise more. He is enjoying tracking his sleep patterns though! I hope you continue to walk and stay in constant motion. Ya know, like a horse.
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    • Giddy-up! I track the sleep portion too even though it is very depressing. My husband’s shows that he sleeps soundly for hours every night while mine shows constant restlessness. Stupid menopause…

  13. Lisa is OBSESSED with her Fitbit. I think I am going to put it on my Christmas list, because you both have said how awesome it is! :)-Ashley
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    • I was super skeptical at first but it seems to be working so far. That being said, it is after 1pm and I have logged only 463 steps so far today. Time to step away from the keyboard and get moving!

  14. That Peter – he says the darndest things!
    I am also too much of a couch potato – lounging around is definitely more enjoyable than pacing around the office. I have a Jawbone UP device and my daily goal isn’t even the recommended 10,000 steps – it’s only 7500, and some days I don’t even meet that! I’ve had it for a couple of months and I only have 493,000:-(.
    I like the sleep function, but yes it is depressing some days to see you have only had 90 minutes of deep sleep and 2 hours of awake time.
    Hope you reach your goal!

  15. I saw the FitBit on your wrist when we met for breakfast. It peeked my curiosity. Don’t own one yet, but may someday soon. With all your steps, will you be walking the Camino? Sounds like a great adventure even for a former couch potato!
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