I Hated Fitbits, But Now I Have One And I Use It Every Day, In A Healthy Way

I Hated Fitbits, But Now I Have One And I Use It Every Day, In A Healthy Way

Sometimes, we knock things too quickly before we try them.


When Fitbits first became popular, I didn't think much of them. I thought they were for super intense athletes who need to track everything 24/7. When some of my friends started to wear them and had a fun time tracking their steps, I was even more certain I would never get a Fitbit. Why? Because I did not want to tracking my steps to become an obsessive thing. I wanted my health to be walking around and working out for me, not for numbers. If I got a Fitbit, I didn't want my goal of maintaining fitness to be tainted by an obsessive need to reach 10,000 steps every day or to reach a certain amount of calories burned. I just don't think that's a healthy way to go about life.

Sure enough, Apple released their Apple Watch, and both of my parents got one. They set up their watches so that they could see each other's step count for the day and 'compete' to see who can get a higher step count. For them, it was a fun thing and not unhealthy at all. Though, I still wasn't convinced.

My birthday came around last November, and my dad asked me what I wanted. I rambled off a few random things, and then he asked if I wanted an Apple Watch. I answered with a hard NO. I still felt no need to know my step count, heart rate, calories burned, or any other weird thing the watch could tell me.

Not only did the obsessive health part turn me away from getting either device, but also the look. How could I wear a square and clunky thing on my wrist all day? I rarely wear bracelets because they annoy me so much. This was just another reason not to get one.

Suddenly, my view changed. I cannot for the life of me pinpoint my change of heart, but I think it had to do with the new year. I don't make new year resolutions, I think they're counterproductive (because why make a resolution on January 1st that I could have made any other day of the year and stuck with, right? I digress, it is good for some people. Not for me.) But, people making resolutions got me thinking that I did want to do something. I am a health nut and I'm conscious of the 'good' and 'bad' things I eat and use. So, a watch that could track my runs for me and my cardiovascular health sounded amazing.

I did some research on the differences between Apple Watches and Fitbits, and decided I wanted a Fitbit. I hate the size of the newer models, so I got a smaller, rectangular shaped one. I can change the bands between metal and silicone depending on the occasion, and the color depending on my outfit. After using it for a few days now, I've found that it's fun to look at my health with my Fitbit and it gives me insight into my everyday fitness.

I went from really hating Fitbits and everything they stood for, to loving them and using one every day. This is my PSA to try something before putting it in the 'bad' category.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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My Love-Hate Relationship with Starbucks

This is my oh so wonderful experience at Starbucks during the week of midterms.


When I usually go to Starbucks, I typically get the same type of drinks: carmel macchiato, chai tea latte, chestnut praline chai tea latte (which sadly is only a holiday drink), or a shaken black tea lemonade with light ice. However, sometimes a person just gets bored drinking the same three drinks over and over, so I thought, "Hey! lets get out of our comfort zone here pal and try something new." So I did I walked my tired stressed out self to Starbucks 10 minutes before my next class and ordered a tall cinnamon shortbread latte, I mean the description and other peoples comments about it made it sound super good.


As I was waiting for my drink I noticed that one of the baristas was having some issues with some type of syrup, but I thought that they would refill it and then add what they need, and that one probably wasn't even mine. When they did that, I saw them get a new jug of syrup and I went back onto my phone and to try and plan how I was going to get through this midterms week.

Quick info about midterms: everyone is dead, and everyone is stressed. Us college students literally live off of caffeine during midterms week. If you're lucky like me you are at school from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., so the caffeine is really needed.


Now soon after I saw the new jug come, my name was called. I grabbed my drink and walked like the walking zombie I was to my next class. I went in for my first drink I was so excited to have this sweet taste of vanilla, cinnamon and coffee...but what I got was the opposite. It literally tasted like a very burnt somewhat coffee and cinnamon edible without the marijuana affects, or for the non-edible people, a very bad tasting cookie that was missing all the sugar. I was not a happy camper one bit, but I was going to drink it anyway because I payed $4 for this coffee. I struggled drinking this during my writing class because it tasted terrible, but then out of no where I got this hit of sweet — I was drinking the sweet vanilla and the sweet cinnamon part of my drink minus the majority of the coffee since I was 3/4 done with the drink. I was seriously crying on the inside because I didn't get to enjoy this drink the way I needed.


Then the realization hit me: 1. They probably didn't add in the missing parts of the syrup once it got refilled since they suddenly got busy. 2. They did not stir that drink one bit because all the syrup was literally at the bottom of the cup. If they did these, then the problem wouldn't have happened.

This is not the first time this has happened to me having all the syrup at the bottom of the cup at a Starbucks. Its not like I am able to swish it around myself because it is full to the top and I don't want hot coffee poured or splashed on my hand. Also, most people are on-the-go while they are drinking their coffee or doing other things. I have only had this issue at Starbucks and never at any other place have I had this issue like Anthem Coffee.

So can Starbucks just agree to always mix their drinks? So that the zombie college kids during midterms have good coffee to keep them alive?


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