I bought a Jawbone – the little one that I can hook on a pocket or (more likely) on my bra – you know… the cheap one. And why did I buy said device?
I bought the doggone thing because I’m 67 years old (not going to mention my age again – it’s a whole aging vs. getting older thing – which may be my next post), I weigh XXX lbs. (none of your business – until I get to a weight I can say out loud), I’ve had lupus for about 12 years (which has affected my joints/knees and eaten half of my lungs, leaving scar tissue in its wake – the combination making me way too sedentary), and I want to change my life. Whew! That was hard!
The way I figure it, no matter how discouraging it may be to actually quantify my current physical…. um… shape? condition? status? … I can’t get better until I know where I am. Well, I guess I can get better, but how the hell will I know? I’ve resigned myself to the truth that initial changes will be glacial – maybe all changes will be glacial. Who knows about future changes. I can barely handle today.
I bought the Jawbone, spent a half hour getting it out of the box and putting the battery in it. All that time and energy and I couldn’t even get credit for it because I still hadn’t downloaded the app, synced it, and paired it with my phone!
Next, I had to set my freaking goals. The average person from my state (according to Jawbone) takes 7,103 steps in a day. I’m thinking I might be closer to…. say… 150 steps. (I know! I know! That’s why I bought the Jawbone!)
The lowest goal you can set for steps is 2,000. 2,000! Really? Me? Walking with a cane and arthritis and screwed up lungs? Not happening, Bucko! So… I continue to read and I find that the ol’ JB will record a percentage of my goal. I figure I can stretch to (maybe) 200 steps and register 10%. (I’m an optimist by nature.) But… I mean… hell… 20 steps would register as 1% so… I’m good.
“Step” goal set. On to “sleep”. I set my sleep goal to 7 hours (minimum recommended by the JB gurus) I feel healthier already!
By then, the morning was gone, but I had my new Jawbone ready to go! I hooked it on my bra… and took an hour nap. (You don’t get “activity” credit for naps.)
I go through my day and at the end of the day the app says … 0% of goal… or to quote the cliche…. zip, zero, nada. WTF???? 0%????
I read everything I could read about what might be wrong, but of course I couldn’t find anything even close to an answer.
Convinced that for some reason, my JB and my bra and the app are not communicating, I gave up and went to bed (my JB hooked securely to my nightgown.)
This morning, the app on my phone and the JB decided to communicate and I found out that I slept 3 hours and 58 minutes – for me… not too shabby. It took me 36 minutes to fall asleep and I woke up 3 times. I was encouraged!
It is now 3:00 PM and again, the app says that I’ve walked…. are you ready? 0% – again. 0%. So I find the little smiley face on the app that registers how you feel… and I make it frowny and I write “discouraged”.
Not sure where to go from here. I guess I’ll start by moving the JB to another place on my bra to see if the JB will be my friend. I’m no longer optimistic.
“f you are going through hell, keep going.”
– Winston Churchill