I have a confession…I am a gadget geek. I am usually an early adopter which has it’s pro’s and con’s but I love gadgets and technology. I use technology everyday and believe that it makes my life easier. When I first embarked on my quest to lose weight and get fit, I immediately turned to technology.
Then something interesting happened…I stopped enjoying working out and the journey I was on.
I began to dread workouts and meals as I knew I would have to take the time to document and track it and knew that I wouldn’t even use that data. Additionally, I was getting sick of loading myself up with all of the devices to go run or workout. It became a drag and the fun was gone. Since I had seen success in losing weight and tracking it, I associated that success to the tracking piece. As I look back at it, I now see that as insane. But it happened. So I curbed my workouts so I didn’t have to track as much. Again, that’s crazy talk.
As I was sitting on my couch on a beautiful Saturday morning, the instinct to take a jog hit me. I got off the couch and ran without any devices or gadgets. I had no way of tracking how long I was gone or how far I ran. I just ran, and it was AWESOME! Enjoying what I am doing and being present in that run brought back all the fun and made me understand why I was doing it in the first place. I knew that I no longer needed every activity and food to be a data point. I stopped tracking every detail and just enjoyed being present. It was amazing.
I have now found a balance where I track the important things, only serving as a guide to know I’m on the right track. I don’t refer to these data points to know that I have succeed. It’s certainly nice to know how far I ran and at what pace, but I no longer care to see the relationship with that run + food I ate + the time I ate the food + time of day + mood I was in + tidal calendar + harvest moon. Ok, I made up the last couple, but you the point. None of that matters to me. All that matters is that I was active on that day and I ate as clean as I could.
I have purged my house and my life of gadgets I no longer
need want and have stuck to a couple of very simple, yet useful devices. I use a Nike + TomTom watch for my runs and I use the LoseIt! app/website for tracking my foods. Sometimes, albeit rarely, I’ll use a heart rate monitor. That’s it. Essentially I have subscribed to the K.I.S.S. principal and it has made my life better. Quite the contrary to how I started all this.
The difficult thing is that there are some many fitness gadgets and websites out there with new ones coming to market every day. There is a lot of cool stuff to use and experiment with, but it becomes overwhelming. If I were to do it all over again, I would find the devices that fit my current life, but also ones tailored to what I am trying to achieve. I admit, I went overboard and purchased/used every device. Again, that is crazy (and I know it). Technology is great and it has it’s place in fitness and health as it serves as a great resource to make sure you are on the right track and are meeting your goals. But like with everything else, it’s good in moderation.
My lesson learned, keep it simple, keep it real, keep it enjoyable and enjoy the success.