Tuesday, March 6, 2018

SOL #6 {3.06.18}: My Watch & Its Guilt Trips

I have a love/hate relationship with my watch.

Last April, I splurged and bought myself an Apple Watch. One of the features of this watch is a daily reminder to exercise, stand, and move.

Every morning, I get a little reminder on my watch telling me to get going. I'm sure the watch thinks this is supposed to be motivational. If didn't exercise the day before, it reminds me. If I haven't exercised much that week, it tells me that too.

Here's the thing -- I also have a love/hate relationship with exercise.

When I do it, I like it. I love watching the little circles on my watch fill up to show my progress. It's a great day when I can "close my rings" before I even eat breakfast.

When I don't exercise, it's because I really don't want to and I'm okay with that choice. No amount of nagging from my watch will make me want to head to the elliptical. As a matter of fact, feeling that little buzz on my wrist with my watch's daily motivational messages downright makes me mad. It makes me NOT want to exercise even more than I did before. It is anti-motivational.

It's amazing how a little thing like a watch can cause so much angst.


  1. Oh my goodness- I totally relate! I have an Apple Watch and the rings taunt me all day too. Thanks for sharing. I got a chuckle.

  2. I have an Apple Watch too but I have a lazy relationship with it. I don't always wear it just like that... It's the only Apple product I own that doesn't wow me.

  3. After reading this, I won't be buying that watch any time soon. I don't need my watch to nag me about exercise. Thanks for saving me a bunch of cash.

  4. Such humor in this piece! I don't wear my watch for exercise! It's just a silly gadget that my husband got me for Christmas because "What do I need?" What I have learned thanks to my gadget is that at school, I walk on average about 3.5 miles a day! Thanks for sharing and making me chuckle!

  5. This post is full of your voice. "When I don't exercise, it's because I really don't want to and I'm okay with that choice." I usually feel guilty about exercise without a watch. I'm afraid I'd throw the damned thing in the bayou!


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