A few weeks ago, I got a FitBit Flex. I’m terrible about being active on my rest days, and I’m known for barely moving off the couch some Saturdays.
I’m also continuing to struggle with taking off some extra weight, and linking it with MyFitnessPal seemed like a good way to help kick start things.
As a kid I was a huge math/science person. My dad was a physics and chemistry teacher, and I thought he was just about the smartest person in the world. At age 7, I could list off, in order of when they were discovered, the planets and their moons. I knew the proper names of the stars that made up well known constellations before I was 10. I won my 6th grade regional science fair testing reaction times under different chemical enhances (sugar and caffeine).
I was probably the dorkiest head cheerleader and pageant queen in history. But by college, I’d decided I needed to do something different, decided political theory, English lit, and politics were going to carry me through.
Eventually, I knew I had to embrace my inner dork, and went to grad school at a school known for producing “quant jockeys”. While I don’t spend my days running numbers, I still get excited about finding patterns or making connections.
Cue FitBit. I’ve LOVED this thing. While I’ve been preoccupied this week, usually I’m walking around my apartment before bed to get to the next round thousand. I’m checking my friends list to make sure I’m beating most of them.
But the most interesting thing to me has been the sleep tracker. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been tired. No matter how much I sleep, I’m never fully refreshed. And I now understand why:
I had no idea I’m usually living on 4-5 hours of sleep. No wonder I’m always freaking exhausted.
Starting tonight I’m trying some new things, like no screens near my bed, and turning off the TV a little earlier each night. And really trying to get my runs in before work in the morning so I really am exhausted at bedtime each night.
What’s your school-age secret?
Do you use a tracker of any sort?
How do you sleep? Any tips from good sleepers?