"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Similarly... "If FatGirlvsWor...
"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
"If FatGirlvsWorld runs a mile and her BodyMediaFit isn't around to record it,
does it burn a calorie?"
does it burn a calorie?"
In both cases, the philosophical answers are much more interesting than the answers that physics give us.
Normally, I take off my BodyMedia armband about an hour a day (while I'm in the shower and getting ready for work) to allow my arm to rest (the skin and underlying tissue) and for the device to charge. I also take it off if I'm going into the pool or sauna. I've taken it off for special occasions where I'm wearing a fancy dress and want to look sexy (though I'd wear it if they made me a Beadazzled armband). I've also taken it off when on vacation/traveling across country borders such as this past weekend when I went to Toronto, Canada to see Emily get married. I left my BodyMedia armband at home and I haven't put it back on since. Oh, and I haven't been food logging for the same amount of time..
Q: If I don't wear my armband, and it doesn't record the expenditure, did I really do it?
A: Of course. Yes, a falling tree makes a sound. Yes, if you are active you burn calories.
But try telling that to my brain!! There are moments when I feel absolutely naked without my BodyMedia armband. I want to see my caloric expenditure after having an active day and running at the gym.
So, am I playing Russian roulette by going off the radar, or am I trying to be more intuitive and trusting with this whole process? I'll let you know. But I can say with 100% confidence that I can only do this because I have 2.5 years of data from wearing the armband and food logging.
In other news, I'm starting to feel some neck pain and weakness creep back in my life. This is ridiculously discouraging. Every time I think I'm doing well and putting in the effort, I get a setback. I don't want to have surgery until being the Bionic Woman is an option. Until then all I can really do is mitigate the damage, and listen to what my body is telling me.
I'm also trying to be more open to meeting guys and dating, but it's hard when I'm not presenting the best version of myself that I know exists. I know that's me projecting my own issues on them -- for all I know they think I'm a goddess.