I found something that has, at least temporarily, changed my life. It's purple and plastic and ugly. But it motivates me.
I had been thinking of getting a Fitbit for a while but just never got around to it. I'd see my friends post their stats on facebook and thought no, I can't do that. I don't want the world to see my progress (or lack thereof). Then the ex got one and started bugging me about it. Come on! Get one! I was still seeing the facebook posts and was kind of intrigued. So I did it.
Picking a color from ugly choices wasn't easy but I picked the one that made the most sense for me (purple). Boyfriend got one (not a bracelet), too. I have plenty of motivation around me now.
So, how has this changed me? I walk my 10,000 steps more often than not. I park down the hill and around the block instead of in the closer parking garage. I walk around the buildings between jobs. When I drop the girls at school (if there's time) I walk around the track. There's really nothing more humbling than being passed (multiple times) by people older than me. I think about how I'm going to get my steps in. I pay attention to what I'm doing. I plan exercise in my day - I've never really done that before.
The result? My body is (again) changing from all the walking. My attitude is changing. I feel like one thing that is just for me on a (nearly) daily basis. When I hit my 10,000 steps my bracelet vibrates on my wrist, letting me know I hit my goal.
And really, who doesn't like a good vibration?