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.

2 COMMENTS

  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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