What happens when someone going through an exercise detox gets a Fitbit (from her loving husband, I might add)?
She becomes addicted to it, of course.
Wears it faithfully, and because walking is her (only) aerobic exercise of choice, the Fitbit elevates her enthusiasm and satisfaction with walking.
I got 20,000 steps one day folks.
I was loving it.
Until I lost it. Lost it! I was distraught!
I looked everywhere. The washing machine and dryer. My pockets, my closet floor and the hamper. Bathroom drawers, countertops, even the shower. That darn Fitbit had disappeared.
I had to go back to walking for the pure pleasure alone. Me and the trees and birds. Just me and the fresh air and wind in my face. With no concern for distance or steps.
That's when I understood the cosmic joke.
I had to release my clutch on goals, accomplishment, pushing, pushing, pushing myself.
My Fitbit was lost for 10 days. I thought it was gone forever (although I had not confessed my loss to my husband). And, then just the other day, I heard the puppy chewing on something and went to extract whatever it was from her mouth.
She spit it out easily. My Fitbit. Where she found it, I still don't know.
I'm wearing my Fitbit again. Just not checking it obsessively every 15 minutes. I came close to getting 10,000 steps yesterday but did not go crazy on our stairway making it to that desirable number. I just noticed my total and was pleased I had the Fitbit back in my possession -- not only because I like the little gadget, but also because I won't need to explain its loss to my husband. (He's been very patient with me this summer after backing into his bike and smashing my rearview mirror on the garage door... more than once.)
That mental "letting go" is as much a part of my exercise detox as physically letting go of the activities that weren't serving my body. I will talk about how this exercise detox is going (and how generally, doing less has been a boon to my life) in an interview with Kate Hanley (of Ms. Mind Body) as part of her Virtual Chill Tour, on Sunday at 4 pm ET (with a replay on Tuesday night at 8 pm ET. It's free to listen to but you still have to register: www.virtualchilltour.com.
I'm honored to be part of a line up of inspiring women on what Ms. Mind Body calls a "Tele-Retreat that celebrates the power of doing less to get more--more happiness, productivity, energy, money, serenity and all things awesome."
Talk to you on the Chill Tour!