Fitness Friday – You Can Change Your Mind

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” ā€” George Bernard Shaw

Back in January, I made a list of reasons why I believed getting a fitness tracker would not do anything to help my performance. I figured I would hit my goals and then use it as an excuse to stagnate for the rest of the day and I figured that I would only use the calories burned calculation as an excuse to cheat. These were real worries and at the time they accurately reflected where I was in my journey which is why I’m not here to criticize myself or to say I was wrong. Instead, I’m here to accept the fact that things have changed.

After much debating, last week I went out and grabbed myself a Fitbit Flex 2 since they were on mega sale at Indigo and I still had a number of gift cards just burning a hole in my pocket. This was a well thought out decision on my part as I’ve been looking at the trackers for over a month now. Here are the five thoughts that led me to eventually saying yes:

  1. I would be able to track my swimming in addition to my steps.
  2. I would be getting more accurate counts of my steps without carrying my phone all day.
  3. I would be continuing to track my food without the Fitbit to ensure I don’t start consuming extra calories just because I can.
  4. The calorie tracker would actually help me adjust my food intake on days when I worked out hard and need to consumer more. This would help solve my issue of under eating after workouts which often led to binging at night.
  5. If wearing the tracker on my wrist actually bothered me too much the Flex has the option of buying a necklace holder to wear instead so that worry could be taken off the table.

It has been over a week since I’ve bought the Flex and currently I’m quite happy with how I’ve been using it. It’s pushed me to get to 10,000 steps a day and it has been a good way for me to log my food in addition to the meal plan I keep in my bullet journal. My mom got one as well so we’ve been exploring the neat little piece of technology together and so far it’s been pretty great.

But this post isn’t meant to be a promotional advertisement for Fitbit or any other sort of activity tracker. Instead, I wanted to use my own little change to promote how important it is to be willing to adapt as you make progress. Whether you’re working towards a fitness goal, a weight loss goal, or something totally unrelated to the two, being able to flex and adapt as you move forward is incredibly important. You will find things that work for you and things that don’t, you don’t have to charge forward on the same path just because you think it’s the right one. It might be the right one for someone else, even a majority of people, but that doesn’t mean it has to be your path. Sometimes you will even find that the things that work in the beginning burn out over time and don’t give you the same results as before. It’s good to challenge yourself and to stick with things when times are tough but it’s also important to realize when a strategy doesn’t work for you.

In my case, I realized something I thought wouldn’t be beneficial for me had the power to be just that.

I have found my motivation again, not because of some tracker on my wrist, but because of some mixups I’ve made in my meals and my workouts, as well as the way I’m tracking my progress. I could have kept pushing through, dragging myself through workouts I wasn’t enjoying and eating meals that weren’t completely satisfying me but that increased the risk of me giving up. Instead I gave some new things a try and they’ve been working out pretty well. Will these strategies last forever? Probably not. But when the time comes, I’ll be ready to adapt and change as needed. What about you?

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