We are pleased to announce the winner of our $500 Wear Action Scholarship Contest, “How do fitness gadgets impact our life?”
But before we do, we would like to take a moment to thank everyone who applied. The response was overwhelming and we truly appreciate all the stories and ideas you shared with us- it made our job of choosing just one winner, harder than ever!
Fitbit: Getting Fit by Bit
Writing this essay is not easy, because it forces me to do be vulnerable about the constant battle with my weight that has been one of the largest college struggles I have had. In high school I was someone who was a pretty great example of what an active and healthy lifestyle looked like. I played tennis, I studied hard to make good grades in my Advanced Placement classes, I was extremely involved in my church, I was involved in a plethora of activities on campus, I ate a decent diet, and I watched what went into my body. College however proved to be an entirely different story when it came to my health. Freshman year rolls around and I was doing pretty well in all of my classes (and I am a student in the Honors College), I was involved on campus in different areas, and I had made some great new friends. However, when I stopped playing tennis and having a reason to keep my body in top training shape and started picking up on the late night and junk food college habits my weight gain became a fast and furious downhill slope. Thirty pounds later and I didn’t feel like I knew who I was anymore. I had to do something. I had to change. Otherwise, I was going to lose to the depression, frustration of not fitting in clothes,
and the defeated mindset that was threateningly looming over my head.
One of the first changes I had to make was changing the bad habits that I had developed and finding a way to create accountability in reaching my goals. For Christmas that year, I asked for a Fitbit Flex. Now don’t get me wrong, I was well aware that the device wouldn’t make me lose weight, but it would measure the effort that I was putting in. I am an extremely goal oriented person. One look at my color-coded planner will verify that. For me, my Fitbit was a device that allowed me to visually see my goals and served as a constant motivator to keep going until I reached my goals. I worked hard to change my mindset to make it where my goals became a game to me. I was competing with myself to burn more calories, take more steps, sleep in consistent patterns, track what I ate, and drink more water. I slowly but surely watched the pounds begin to come off. I watched muscles come back into my arms and legs that had been gone for quite a few months. I watched confidence return to my face and personality, because I could walk into my closet and fit into some of my favorite outfits again. My Fitbit Flex served as a personal trainer, motivator, accountability partner, and visual cheerleader all from it’s cute little black band on my wrist. I found that my wrist felt naked if it wasn’t there.
I am now a sophomore in college. I have to watch my weight just like any other person. I have to pay attention to if I am burning as many calories as I am putting in. I have to put in the effort at the gym and make sure that I am being active. However, it is so much easier to do that when I know I am only a certain number of steps away from a celebratory vibration on my wish. It is easy to drink the glasses of water I need when each glass puts me on step closer to my goal. I have set a goal now to lose even more weight. Not in the name of being “skinny”, but in the name of falling into the healthy size for my weight and my height. I am confident that I can lose the weight and tone my body now, because I have been able to lose the weight and do it before. I have confidence in myself. My Fitbit Flex has allowed freedom, confidence, pride, and drive to come back into my life. My Fitbit Flex has allowed me to believe that I am going to be fit, because I am making the changes necessary bit by bit. My Fitbit Flex has allowed me to recharge, return, and redefine who Rachel is in the name of fitness and health.