Signs Your Fiitbit Runs Your Life

'Time to get some sleep' and 4 other ways your fitbit runs your life.

Still, I can't live without my Fitbit!

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Since I got my Fitbit, it has become a huge part of my life. I have always been really into health and fitness, and all the lifestyle data the the Fitbit collects really impressed me. Not only does this little watch track my steps, but it also tracks my weight, BMI, workouts, sleep, periods. This thing does everything. But, after you have been using a Fitbit for a while, you realize this little thing is running your life.

"Time to Get Some Sleep"

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It's 8pm, you just got home from what ever you do before 8pm, and you feel that familiar vibration on your wrist. It's your Fitbit telling you it's time to go to bed, and you don't even question it. Yes, you have procrastinated every assignment you have due this week, but when Fitbit says it is time to go to bed, it is time to go to bed.

"Let's Get Moving"

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Somehow, it is 3pm on Saturday. You haven't left your bed at all, except to get food and use the bathroom. You feel that familiar vibration on your wrist. Is is a text message? Nope. It's your Fitbit reminding you how much of a lazy bun you are. You haven't even gotten 1,000 steps today, and you realize you don't really remember what outside looks like. So, you drag yourself out of bed. You throw on some workout clothes, and you go on a walk because when Fitbit say Let's get moving, you get moving.

The firework party when you get your steps

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It's one of those very busy days. You've been running here and there, and still have a billion things to do. You feel that familiar vibration on your wrist. Your heart sinks slightly - please, please don't be something else I have to do. Then, you look at your wrist to a beautiful firework show on your risk. You did it, you walked 10,000 steps. Fitbit is proud of you.

"You have x,xxx steps left today. Let's get it!"

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It's 11:50pm, you just got home from a long day. You have already missed your Fitbit's "Time to Get Some Sleep" message, and you really wish you had listened. You just get into bed, when you feel that familiar vibration on your risk. What is it now Fitbit? Only, 1,000 steps left for today. You mean 1,000 steps I definitely won't get tonight...but somehow you find yourself running around your apartment trying to get those last steps before it hits 12am. You win this time Fitbit because when you have 1,000 steps left, you get those 1,000 steps.

"It's walk o'clock"

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​You've been at work for few hours now. You have a stack of paperwork at your desk that does not seem to be getting any shorter. You get that familiar vibration on your wrist, and you fill with happiness knowing it has to be your Postmates waiting for your lunch break. But no, it is just your Fitbit reminding you that you haven't moved in a few hours, and you're supposed to get 250 steps per hour. So you get out of your chair, and walk downstairs to wait for your Postmates because when Fitbit says it's walk o'clock, it must be walk o'clock.


"250 steps complete. Good job!".

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

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You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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How To Avoid Getting Sick Your  Freshman Year

It's going to take a little more than an apple a day.

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College is the prime time and place to catch a cold... or worse. Although, somehow I managed to crack the code to health and not get sick my whole first year of college. This is surprising considering I was living in the close (and very unsanitary) quarters of a dorm room.

1. Keep your diet somewhat healthy

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I know how hard it is to eat healthy in college, especially on a low budget. But with the dining hall foods, you can at least include some vegetables and fruits into your everyday consumption. The vitamins in these foods will help keep your immune system up and it will be worth the effort.

2. Try to exercise a few times per week

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Even if you're just getting out of the dorm for a thirty minute walk, it will benefit your body. If you decide to up your routine from that, even better! The more endorphins, the more you will feel better inside and out.

3. Cut back on the drinking if you feel a cold coming on

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Surprisingly, many college students don't seem to know that alcohol lowers your immune system. Of course, for some people theres no way of avoiding drinking. But if you can at least give your body rest days, it will be extremely beneficial.

4. Invest in a dehumidifier for your dorm room

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I believe this was a very big player in helping me not get sick. The dehumidifier helps reduce dust and other particles in the air. This will help not agitate your allergies and you will feel more clear headed.

5. Try not to share personal products

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Sharing things like towels, makeup, unwashed cups, etc. can all be causes of a sickness being passed around you and your friends. Of course sharing is caring, just make sure it's sanitary.

6. Be conscientious of who you kiss!

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Make sure that your girlfriend, boyfriend, or "its complicated" person is not sick before you're getting cozy with them.

7. Drink lots of green tea!

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Personally, I credit green tea and its anti-oxidants for keeping the flu away and even getting rid of bugs that might be forming in your system. So if you feel like you might be developing a cold, chug that tea!

I know how annoying these tips may be. But I promise, if you implement at least a few it could reduce your chances of feeling horrible during midterms in the winter, and sneezing all over your finals in the fall.

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