Fussing My Way to Fitness

I have been on a health and wellness journey for the last two years. I write fairly often about it because it has become such a huge part of my life now. I totally neglected myself for 8 years of my marriage, and prioritized getting my husband through medical school and residence, and carrying, birthing, and caring for our four small children. Returning to a season of self-care has been amazingly healing for my body and soul, and I am blessed to have a husband and family who support me on this journey.

With the dawn of quarantine, I found myself leaning to more quarantine treats and less green leafy veggies. So starting Week 2, I began tracking my food with My Fitness Pal. It made it easy to see if I had room for ice cream or a vodka freezie pop, or if I needed an extra bike ride at the end of the day to work those off.

But it made me question how many calories I was actually burning throughout the day and especially during workouts. So for Mother’s Day, I asked for a FitBit, and my fam delivered. It’s such an easy app to use, and the device is super convenient.

However, one thing I did not expect was FitBit giving me more than just a reflection of physical fitness, but also my emotional health.

Y’all… Fitbit consistently logs fussing as active minutes.

Umm what?

Yep. My heart rate elevates and I typically enter the “Fat Burn” zone while fussing at my children… and it was happening way more than I would have liked for it to happen.

I see you FitBit.

So, I upped my deep breaths and really used that data as a red flag that something needs to change. And I’m not really gonna change my kids, right? It starts with me and how I react to them. So, I’m working on cooling down, so I can respond (not react) calmly and effectively to their needs.

So thanks FitBit, you are making me a better Mom.

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


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