AltaThe beginning of summer for me was also the beginning of new resolve and the start of some hard work to get myself back in shape.  With the exception of a spell of weather that no one should be outside in, it’s been going pretty well but since I got this gadget for my arm the process has started to become almost obsessive.

Who knew a silly electronic gadget which synchronises to my phone and seconds as a watch could offer such incentive.

Advertising for multi-billion dollar corporations is not usually my style but I have to say the Apple FitBit has become my mentor and my constant companion.  (I will not say it is my friend.)

No, I’m not skinny yet but I have moved more, had more water to drink, eaten better and felt better since I discovered this device.

Over the years I have likely spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on special diets, exercise programs, books, and even a hypnotist but none of them has had the effect on me this device has.  It records my steps and my sleep patterns, gives me easy access to calorie counting, and if I haven’t moved away from the computer for almost an hour it reminds me that I need to take 250 steps in the next ten minutes.

I’m not sure what the  mystery of it is but perhaps it is wanting to conquer the machine.  Unlike any of the partners I’ve had in my life, it encourages me to be my best.  It also gives me challenges and reminds me in fun ways about getting moving and doing what I know I should.  (It also doesn’t expect me to make meals or clean for it but it does like me to charge it up once in a while.)

To top it all off the text messages on my phone show up on my wrist and it lets me know who is calling on my phone.  A nice perk when you drive for a living.  It helps me decide whether or not to pull over to get the call.

When I get the nerve I might find some “friends” on the FitBit network and even start collecting badges and trophies.  I haven’t explored that part much yet but it looks like fun.

I got a deal on my “Alta” so I’m not out as much money as some people might be when buying it but it would be worth every cent even at twice the price.

Over the next few months, I will likely be offering updates on the changes in my body and health.  I’m actually looking forward to being able to track those changes easily and accurately.

If you get one be sure to look at the challenge part.  Maybe we can encourage one another via the device and have a little more fun.



About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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