There is only one thing to do, take a deep breath, rewind the clock (and the Fitbit) and remember that tomorrow is another day

I am a Fitbit fan, but I somehow quit wearing my old one about 5 months ago. At TEDMED, a couple of weeks ago, I got a new one (thanks, guys). I have been wearing it faithfully since. And, no question, it has made me think about how much I move and how much I weigh. That’s the point, right?

But last night, I couldn’t sleep. Don’t  know why, but I tossed and turned all night—seeing 1, 2, 3, 4 am on my cell phone—before drowsing off between 4 and 7:30—not enough sleep for my 8-hour-sleep brain.

San Rafael's Farmer's MarketSo, when I got up in the morning, I took a pass on my daily walk with husband and dog, going up into the office to answer emails instead. But my sleep deprivation made me carb hungry, so I had one and then another cheese enchilada purchased from yesterday’s glorious San Rafael farmer’s market. By noon, I am feeling super groggy, but craving carbs once again (a known side effect of sleep deprivation). Despite this, I didn’t need to finish off the Thai green curry chicken and rice leftovers, but I did.

The Big Black Lab, Sherman - wonderdog
The Big Black Lab, Sherman – wonderdog

I promised myself that I would take the poochieroo, Sherman the Big Black Lab, out for a walk at the end of the day, but I headed up to the comfy bed for a late afternoon nap instead. I couldn’t sleep though, it was too hot. So, eventually I went downstairs to cook dinner—carb and cheese laden, of course. Jeez…sleep deprivation is a weight loss bummer.

So, after watching a healthy eating advocate on NPR I thought, I really should check my Fitbit….OMG, only 1199 steps…after a whole day awake. Yesterday, I walked 24,000 steps and climbed 30 flights of stairs…but yesterday was Sunday and I had 3-4 hours to burn (pun intended) on exercise.

What to do? An 1199 day after a carb-frenzy is sure to increase my weight a pound or two. There is only one thing to do, take a deep breath, rewind the clock (and the Fitbit) and remember that tomorrow is another day.

Patricia Salber MD, MBA (@docweighsin)
Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Doctor Weighs In. She is also the CEO of Health Tech Hatch, the sister site of TDWI that helps innovators tell their stories to the world. She is also a physician executive who has worked in all aspects of healthcare including practicing emergency physician, health plan executive, consultant to employers, CMS, and other organizations. She is a Board Certified Internist and Emergency Physician who loves to write about just about anything that has to do with healthcare.


  1. Hi Pat – This is great (I reposted it!) I had a day like that too yesterday! I don’t do the self-tracking thing, but I woke up and it was raining, so I went back to bed with my dogs (I have 2 black labs and a service dog puppy as I am a puppy raiser for the local service dog org.) I made myself a pizza and ate most of it and then ate some ice cream and chocolate. Usually I run every day and then horseback ride on Mondays , but with the rain….well, good excuse to do not much of anything. But I think days like this are fine, and even necessary – kind of gets you back on track and enthusiastic about starting up again. Today, I am ready to go – dressed in running gear and my lab, Enzo, is waiting at the door. Gotta run :-)

  2. Yes Pat, tomorrow is another day and a day to begin again.

    Please share in a future post or in reply to this comment why, as best as you can recollect, why you quit wearing the old Fitbit 5 months ago. I suspect that might be instructive. Thanks.


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