I feel I should begin with a disclaimer. The thoughts and opinions in this post are strictly my own. Yours may differ. That’s OK. We can agree to agree to disagree.
When Fitbit was the next must have techno/fitness gadget it was like a siren’s call. I was so, so tempted to get one. I resisted, because I know myself. If I achieved 10,000 steps one day, could I do 10,000 steps every day for a week or month? How about a 100,000 a week or 20,000, 30,000 or even 50,000 in day? Would needing to get the steps in rule my day, so much so that other priorities would be left behind? This is why David Sedaris’s essay on his purchase of a Fitbit cracked me up. Seems we are kindred spirits. One notable difference is Sedaris gave into temptation. As he says, “This year, I got a Fitbit. You walk 10,000 steps and it sends you an email saying, ‘That’s great! A lot of people don’t walk that far. Do you think you can walk 5,000 more steps?’ And so I say, ‘I bet I can!’ A week ago, I walked 60,000 steps. That’s 25.5 miles. I’m completely obsessed. It’s like a sickness; I’ve been Fitbit-ten. It will be the summer of the Fitbit because it can’t go on.”
I’m still tempted to get a Fitbit. I haven’t yet. Why push myself to walk 10,000 steps when I am just as obsessive about seeing how much I can piece in a single day? I may not have a sewing machine that counts the number of stitches I sew. I can measure my progress by the number of tiny pieces I cut, sew, and trim during my creation of Turbulence. Each diamond block contains 65 individual pieces. These are paper pieced into 4 units of 5 pieces each and 5 units of 9 pieces. The units are then seamed together to the form the block. Finally, the block is seamed to the current working row of the piece. To put it in Fitbit perspective, most days I manage approximately 90 pieces. Yesterday just might have been a record setter at 130.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.