I was gifted a Fitbit in early January 2015.  It’s rarely been off my wrist since.  My pre-Fitbit routine was a three mile walk 3-4 days a week.  For the past year I committed to a daily goal of 10k steps (five miles) and stuck to it.

How did Fitbit get me to up my game so dramatically, to stick with it seven days a week?

Their daily texts reminded me that I only had 1800 more steps to go,  and when I went over they sent me an overachiever text.  Is that all it took for me to “step” it up?

The lesson, I think, is about what it takes, and what happens, when we create and stick with a habit.  What gets measured-tracked-counted is way more likely to get DONE.  Accountability works!

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Some Fitbit lessons learned from this last year:

  1. You cover A LOT of ground walking 1-2 hours a day. 
  2. It’s surprising how many ideas you can flush out with that time.
  3. It’s a great time to listen to podcasts, and I’ve listened to quite a few –  both inspirational and educational. Here are some of my most recent favorites.
  4. Walking and talking to my husband gets us off our screens and real conversations take place.
  5. You can catch up with friends by sharing the time and even do a little CO-STORMING.
  6. Going on a silent walk gives you a different perspective. You really see and appreciate your surroundings.
  7. Putting your favorite music on and belting it out, makes you forget about your worries.
  8. If you have a weight issue, walking 5 miles a day is like being on a trip where you walk all day and eat what you want (within reason) and still maintain.
  9. You can call a friend in another city and pretend you are at the coffee bar.
  10. You can discover new hoods, forests and beaches.
  11. You can add dancing to your daily routine to get those last steps in (I’ve done this a lot).
  12. Hiking in city parks is beautiful and gets you into nature immediately.
  13. Creativity gets bogged down sitting at your computer. Walking is like getting ideas in the shower.
  14. You don’t have to pay for parking downtown because you can park in the outside neighborhoods and walk in.
  15. Walking at sunset is the best.
  16. Doing laps on cool rooftops with a view is unbelievable.
  17. Stopping along the way at gourmet coffee bars makes you feel like you are on vacation.
  18. Watching a video while walking makes me feel like I am not wasting my time.
  19. There is way less reason to drive.
  20. Walking reminds me that life is about appreciating the little things:)

It took six months for this exercise in discipline to feel like a normal part of my life.  It was also an inspiration, and method for taking action on all the intentions in my #100thingsiCRAVE list.  Even the things we want to spend time doing the most need structure and accountability to become habits.