Why I Chose To End My Relationship With My Fitbit

Ten days ago, I broke up with my Fitbit. We were together for almost 16 months (well I was with his older brother first and then traded up to this version). It was not him, it was definitely me.

I decided after a lot of reflection and soul searching that it was no longer a healthy relationship anymore between me and my Fitbit. Almost every day, he made me feel bad about myself. When I looked back at the day before and saw all the steps I did not take, it made me feel lazy – even if I had a perfectly good excuse like I was pregnant or working or playing with Reeves. No matter what was going on in my life, I still felt horrible about myself whenever looking at my Fitbit.

I could wake up in the morning and feel pretty well rested only to let that $90 device tell me how wrong I was and how much sleep I didn’t get. It had such an effect on me that I would start to feel tired just from learning that information.

I am a self proclaimed perfectionist, so you can imagine how this information weighed on me and made me feel.

So I ended it.

And I felt bad. Like I was giving up on a goal or a plan that really could have helped me. The truth is after 16 months, I didn’t gain anything from the Fitbit except anxiety and a healthy dose of self loathing.

Today, I feel amazing. Free. I have no idea how many steps I have taken today (probably not that many cause the 6 week growth spurt has me nursing non-stop) and I could care less how much I slept last night.

If using a Fitbit works for you, you are amazing! If using a Fitbit doesn’t work for you, you are amazing also, and I want to encourage you to do as I did and end it. There is no reason to let an electronic piece of rubber make you feel bad.

With love,

As you can see, he took it kind of hard…..

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