This little device is called FitBit. It’s a souped up pedometer and motion tracker to help you know how much of a lazy turd you are by telling you all day long how little you move. Actually it’s pretty cool, and simple. But yea, it does make you feel like a total slug.
See that flower on there? Mine is withering and dead. And crying. For water and sunlight. It gets no sun either, like me.
I got to thinking. My kid runs. A LOT. Non-stop motion. I can’t even get pictures of her in focus because she moves so much. I have like 10k photos of her on flickr and I think 3 are in focus. I started to wonder, “exactly how much does she move in the course of a day?”
See, we get the comment from the doctor every visit, “oh she’s not gaining weight, that’s not good, feed her more”. Well, we can’t. She eats a lot. When we ask her teachers how she eats, they say “all her food and then some”. When we ask how she is active wise, they say “she never stops and is easily the most physically active kid at school”. (not sure where she got that gene from? I am now suspicious of wife on our trip to Brazil where she was conceived) It’s not ADHD either, because she will sit an do activities without fidgeting or moving.
I have always thought that she is healthy, just small and skinny. I don’t won’t to set her up for a weight issue later on, but without feeling like a neglecting parent it’s hard. What if I am doing something wrong, or she is sick? Damn doctors.
So, my way to try to figure this weight issue out is to create a little experiment, and collect data. It’s my little way of confirming what I think. I have no idea what “a lot of steps” would be for a 4 year old, but if I see 50,000 I will assume thats not normal. I’m at 5k and I haven’t done much today. I hope others try it, just for shits and giggles, and post their results. I would love a comparison.
Probably going to run the experiment on Thursday.