Electronic devices and weighing in and positive influences and philosophy on life

I may have messed up last night.

Just before I went to sleep, I turned off notifications from my Letsfit fitness tracker to my phone, and when I woke this morning, my sleep was not tracked.

Now, I don’t understand how turning off notifications could foul the connection between my Letsfit and my phone, but the first two nights my sleep tracked fine, and last night it did not.

I turned the notifications back on, so I guess we’ll see how that works out.

This is disappointing, although it also shows me how quickly I can become addicted to an electronic device. It’s only been two days, but I’m already jonesing for that information. Tell me how I slept!

It’s Day 5 of my Noom program, and yesterday was only the first day that I actually restricted my food intake — yeah, I didn’t do it right at first, because I kind of jumped into this Noom thing without any warning, so I needed to ease in — so I weighed in for the third time, and I’m down 1.4 pounds.

I’m not going to get all excited. I’ve been there, done that. The start of any diet plan for me always shows a good drop the first few days. Still, that is motivational, as I work my way toward my goal.

I will continue to ask myself along the way — is this sustainable?

Today’s Noom lesson was about positive and negative social triggers in my life. I had to pick a social trigger from yesterday as an example, and, as it happens there weren’t many, so the first one I thought of was a positive one.

First of all, yay me for being around a person who influences me positively. (Yes, it was Tara again.)

Second, the discussion we had that led to the positive influence revolved around what to eat. It’s not as if I was about to jump off the wagon and go hogwild for lunch, but she helped me talk through my lunch choices and find a great one that fit. It wasn’t honestly much of a discussion, but just having Tara around to bounce things off was a great help.

It seems obvious that having people around me who influence me positively instead of negatively is a good idea, but how many years did I live my life without a thought about that? How often did I allow myself to follow the direction of the negative influencers?

By the way, I should note here that being a negative social influencer does not make a person bad. Nope. They’re just being who they are. They are perfect, because “perfection is when something is exactly what it is,” as Marshall Stern of Chicago Improv Associates said once or twice during a Zenprov podcast.

That rings so true with me, because I’m a firm believer that we all make the best decisions we can possibly make at any moment in time. Every experience of our life leads us to make every decision we make. Even if a second later we’d make a different decision, the one we made a second before was the best one we could have made.

The moral of that story, if I want to find one for myself, is don’t beat yourself up, Steve. You’re doing the best you can. At every moment.

I mean, seriously, I never wake up and think, “I’m going to really mess things up today.” Nope. I’m always doing my best, even if my best is better on some days than others.

So maybe I don’t know how my electronic device says I slept last night. I ain’t even mad about it, and in fact I feel pretty damn good, so I’ma roll with it.

After a couple cups of coffee, that is.

[ Later that same day ] I reconnected notifications on my Letsfit app, and my sleep showed up. It’s not as great as it has been the past couple days — I’ll do a post specifically about sleep next week, when I have more data — but I’m still doing all right.