We all know I’m a big Fitbit fan. You can read all about my experience with my elegant-looking Alta over here. However, I’m a fickle girl and my affair with that dude’s since been eclipsed by a new friend and that’s the Fitbit Charge 2. Hoekom? It’s got a heart rate monitor, yo!
Wearing a heart rate monitor that isn’t a fiddly chest strap is a total joy that’s taken my fitness journey to the next level. Aside from the fact that I now get a more accurate read on the kilojoules I burn, I most love that I can score even more points – which means even more free coffees – with Discovery Health’s Vitality programme. For example, the Alta would pick up that I’d gone for a 30 minute run and give me 100 points for that. But, on days that I’m hung like a donkey and merely drag myself out for a walk, it wouldn’t register that as being good enough to garner points due to my lack of speed. The Charge 2, however, can see that even though I’m simply walking, my heart rate’s still in a fat burning zone, so it’s registered as an exercise that gives me points. Even better, on days when I do run, it sees that my heart rate goes through the roof and gives me even more points for the extra effort. (Can you tell I freaking looooove my points?)
You better work, bitch!
Much like the Alta, the Charge 2’s straps are interchangeable and it can track your sleep, wake you up with a silent vibrating alarm and remind you to move – 250 steps an hour or you’re a lazy cow! But it can do other things too… like take you through a guided breathing meditation that’s personalised to your heart rate. To be honest though, this is something I’ve yet to use ‘cos my preferred method of relaxation is lying in bed to stare at a true life murder mystery on YouTube while stuffing yoghurt covered mango into my face.
More pluses? The Charge 2 is water-resistant and the battery life is epic. Up to five days!
So! Now that we’ve got all the specs out there, I want to get a li’l emo on you…
Growing up, I was never a sporty kind of girl. It wasn’t something I was naturally good at so I spent my energy focusing on other things that a) inspired me and b) I was good at. But now I sit here and look at the race medals hanging on my dresser and feel a sense of ‘who is this person?!’ along with a big, fat dollop o’ pride – not that I crossed the finish lines without having a heart attack but that Leigh, the unathletic, non-sporty girl actually did it.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned on my running journey it’s that, prior to starting it, I wasted a lot of time living in a tight circle of what I can and can’t do that was entirely self-imposed. We all have these ideas of who and what we are and what we do and don’t do and, while that’s a wonderful thing in terms of creating our identities, we don’t have to let it limit us. Making the shift from being a person who doesn’t run to someone who does turned out to be as simple as buying a pair of running shoes and taking the first step. And it got me thinking… what else am I not doing simply because I’d somehow gotten the idea that it’s something I don’t do or can’t? Are there other areas in my life where I go ‘Gosh, I admire people who can do XYZ ‘cos I’m just not the type’? Because, in reality, it’s merely the idea that you’re ‘not that type’ that’s holding you back.
My trail running buddy Leah and I getting our sweat on. That’s the Alta on my wrist.
In short, jumping into a scene that I didn’t think was for me and making good progress in it, something I could track via my Fitbit, has been an awesome confidence boost as well as something I now lean on to help me smash through a myriad of invisible boundaries relating to how I define myself in every area of my life. Knowing the ‘theory’ of something – like the idea that I could make a mental shift if I wanted to – is one thing. But experiencing a small success – making the surprise shift of ‘non-athletic’ to ‘someone who runs’ – has created this massive bonfire inside of me, ignited by the concept that, now, any new ideas are things I know I could do if I wanted to.
Now, when I catch myself hesitating to take on a new challenge or try on a new hat because I think it’s ‘just not me’ I remind myself that we’re not yet baked in the mould and that every future moment holds the second I can decide exactly what I’m about, something that doesn’t have to ever be dictated by an old idea. Yesterday I was the person who ‘isn’t the type’ to travel alone. Yesterday I was the girl who doesn’t scuba dive. Yesterday I was someone who’d suck up a sacrifice to spare your feelings at the expense of hurting my own. But today I’m something else.
Oh look! It’s me travelling on my ace in Mexico. This is a cenote, an underground cave and yep, that’s a Fitbit on my arm.
So, if you take anything away from this post, please let it be this: Today could be the day you boldly open a door to an exciting new road you might’ve closed off with something as flimsy as a notion you’ve never bothered to challenge. You are exactly who you’ve decided you want to be. But you don’t ever have to be done with the deciding.
But that’s not all… you could also walk off with a Fitbit Alta, just in time for Christmas! (For the record, it’s a brand new one kindly served up by Fitbit South Africa. Not my old one. That went straight to the flat mate who’s now also an obsessive step counter.) To enter, have a little think and then leave a comment on this post telling me what new and exciting thing you’re going to do, simply because you can or what you’ve done recently that’s got you excited about getting out of your comfort zone.
There’s another way to enter too. Hit me up on twitter with ‘Hey @lipglossgirl!’ I’d love to win a @FitbitSAfrica Alta’ and include the link to this post.
This comp closes on Wednesday at 5pm and is open to South African residents only. The winner will be chosen from both pools, twitter and the comments, using a random number generator.
Good luck girls! Also, if you don’t want to leave your Fitbit fate in the hands of the Gods and would prefer to snap one up yourself simply buy one today. Dion Wired has the Alta going for R1 990 (special ends tomorrow!) and I found the Charge 2 at Clicks for R2 699 (special ending on the 24th of December.)
This competition is now closed. A big congrats to winner Tarryn Howard.