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New Fitness Tracker and Physical Therapy Update

October 7th, 2019 at 06:39 pm

I went ahead and used some of my allowance that I have been saving to buy a new fitbit. It cost $108.50 with tax. I ended up getting the white one since my son has a black one. It's easier to not get them mixed up if we accidentally leave them in the bathroom after a shower that way.

I really like it so far. I especially like that it tracks the heart rate since the doctor wants me tracking my heart rate since I've had some incidents of racing heart. If I can just look down at my wrist when that happens I can know immediately what is going on.

I also like that I can read my text messages on it or get buzzed when someone is calling me. I keep the volume on my phone turned off most of the time because the ringing can sometimes trigger a migraine. I've tried a ton of ring tones and there is just something about the pitch coming out of the phone that does it. I also keep it in my purse so I wouldn't feel it vibrating if I set it to that.

It's also waterproof so when I go to the pool I can keep it on. That's what I liked about my last one. I hope this one last longer. It is better constructed.

So far I have hit my steps every day since I got it. My steps aren't super high, though, since I am disabled. But I am doing more each day and have already been able to reset my step goals once.

We have finally started working on walking at physical therapy. For the first 8 weeks it was strengthening and stability exercises. At my session on Friday we started working on walking. Since I started using the proper walking technique I am doing so much better and able to walk further without a cane. My goal for this week was to walk to the end of the block and back, which is actually a typical block since our block is two blocks long.

Plus I got my new shoes and they are really nice. They cost $80, but they are 4E in width and for the first time in my life my feet don't feel jammed into the toe box. They also have a high front of the foot and Velcro(TM) fasteners which are easier on my arthritic hands.

When I get orthotics they will fit in them, too. I am hoping to be able to get them made this month. They cost $400, though, and insurance does not cover them at all. My PT, my Chiropractor, and my Podiatrist think it will make walking easier and help me to not have so much pain because I'll be in better alignment. I have been thinking about it for a couple of years now and am ready to get them.

I have a PT appointment tomorrow and I hope I will show a lot of improvement. I have been consistent with doing my exercises and I think it shows.

9 Responses to “New Fitness Tracker and Physical Therapy Update”

  1. Amber Says:

    I love my Fitbit, it definitely keeps me accountable for my daily step goals.
    Way to go on making progress at therapy, I’m sooo happy for you.

  2. Carol Says:

    Cheering you on!

  3. Sue Says:

    Hi Robin... what brand of shoes did you get?

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad you are feeling the improvements!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like a good buy and you are making good use of it!

  6. Jenn Says:

    Good for you! So much more fun to spend a little now to make exercise possible than to pay a hefty price later for being sedentary.

  7. Lucky Robin Says:

    Sue--They are the Tour Leather Sneaker by Propet. I got mine at Woman Within online, but Zappos.com also has them. Zappos goes up to size 12. WW only goes up size 11 in the black, but I think they still have it in white up to 12.

  8. Lucky Robin Says:

    Jenn--It really does encourage me to walk more, which is good for my healing, too.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It's amazing how motivating a fitbit (or similar device) can be.

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