I'm a self-proclaimed couch potato: a stay-at-home mom, a freelance writer, and a bookworm who is perfectly content to curl up on my couch for hours at a time. None of my favorite activities particularly lend themselves to fitness, and between back to back pregnancies and small children running around the house, I didn't feel particularly led to do anything to change it. I ate healthy...most of the time. I exercised...occasionally. And as I turned the corner to thirty, my weight started to reflect it.
I'd fought a losing battle with my weight most of my life, but after my fourth child was born, it was worse than ever. Finally, I decided I was going to do something about it. I started with moderate exercise three days a week and a healthy eating plan. It was working, albeit slowly. I gained muscle, lost some of the extra weight I was carrying around, and started to feel more confident in my own skin--but dropping more than five or ten pounds seemed impossible. Weight loss stalled, and over the holidays, I put back on most of what I'd lost.
For our anniversary, my husband picked me up a fitness tracker - and it was life-changing. Suddenly, I could see exactly how inactive I was on an average day. The days that I sat around on the couch, accomplishing virtually nothing, I could see exactly how few calories I was really burning: a baseline of just 1600 calories per day if I didn't ever get up and get moving. It also gave me a good, hard look at just how many calories I could put away during a standard lunch session: way too many for my own good. No wonder I couldn't lose the weight!
I became addicted to seeing the pretty green lines when I met my goal each day. I loved watching the numbers go up as I hit my step goal, calorie burn goal, and stair goal every day. Staying under my calorie goal was important, too: there was something about watching that line turn red that kept me on track even when I would rather have been munching away.
Slowly, my body started to reflect those changes. Within three months, I was down more than twenty pounds. I felt better about my body and had the energy to tackle my daily responsibilities more efficiently. I still spent more than my fair share of time behind my computer--as a freelancer, without the computer time, I don't get paid. The rest of the day, however, I was up and moving more. 10,000 steps per day became a regular accomplishment rather than something that I only dreamed of. Even better, I had to buy a new wardrobe, because none of my clothes fit right anymore.
While personal motivation certainly played a role in the process, my fitness tracker helped me get my life back on track and find a new, healthier me. In short, here's what the fitness tracker contributed to the process:
I still wear my fitness tracker daily, and I still have a slight addiction to seeing those green lines when I accomplish my goals at the end of the day. From a confirmed couch potato who would only run if a bear was chasing me, I'm signed up to run a 5k with my husband: lots of steps and plenty of fun while we're doing it. I've found a new addiction to fitness, from finding new ways to meet my exercise goals to pushing hard to see what my body can do next. It's a new, active lifestyle, and I've got to say, I can't wait to see what comes next!
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We have worked and continue working really hard to create inKin Social Fitness Platform. Our mission is to provide you with the best service that helps you accumulate and track your fitness and health data and, hence, take care of your most crucial asset - your health and wellbeing. All your data is displayed on the platform for your convenience and to help you get more active on a daily basis.
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Effective Date: July 7, 2017