Thursday, July 30, 2015

Counting steps on the road to health with the Fit Bit

I took my friends to Meiji Shrine,
which is my neighbourhood shrine.
Maybe I'll do my 10,000 steps with a Fit Bit here
this weekend, before flying out of Japan....

So in Tokyo for one week now, living a #Travelife, I've been enjoying having my friends from college days visiting from overseas. We've been together practically everyday, and I've been choosing the restaurants for dinner every night.

One of the guys said, when he saw the schedule we girls had mapped out without input from the guys, with dinners almost every night: "Aren't we all going to get a little tired of each other?"

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And we girls had a giggle over this, as well as over the fact that I chose all the restaurants and the menus as well. When everyone arrived at each restaurant, they found out that the food had already been ordered.

My dear old friend from school teased, "She's always been this bossy."


What's on my playlist in Tokyo



Except tonight. Tonight I did a medical check-up and then went shopping in Ginza for one of these one-of-a-kind black dresses I love so much, as it's sale season in Tokyo.

As I was out for most of the day, I left the restaurant decision to the others and they found a cute little place in Roppongi that served pretty good teppanyaki. 

We all had a really good time, sitting at a counter presided over singlehandedly by the owner-chef, and ordering everything that looked good on the menu.


However, this whole week, the one thing that stood out was the fact that I've been out of the health loop, perhaps too busy living a #Travelife. 

This whole week, I think I've been the only one without a Fit Bit, that pedometer and overall health tracker that all fitness buffs now consider de rigeur. There are many different brands and cool designs, but apparently the Fit Bit is making the most noise.

Everyone else has been wearing this and tracking their steps and competing with each other, and I've been the only left out of it as I haven't bothered to get on this trend. Yet.


Then tonight, they showed me how they were tracking their steps and just how good they were all doing with this. On average, everyone made well above the required 10,000 steps a day, which I found pretty impressive.

On Sunday, most of them were even within the 15,000 to 20,000 steps range just from walking up and down Omotesando trying to cross things off their shopping lists, like Issey Miyake's Baobao bag.

Last night we hosted dinner for our visiting friends
at my favourite French restaurant in Tokyo,
with the Philippine Ambassador to Japan
and Madame as the guests of honour


One of the guys said: "You should get one. Then you can 'friend' me and I can see how you're doing and I can send you insulting messages for only doing 5,000 steps a day."

So I replied: "Ahh. If I actually get on this thing, I'd never let you beat me."

Yes, as my good friends know, I don't like being #2 at anything at all.

Someone else said: "It really motivates you to keep walking."

Dinner on Saturday,
living a #Travelife...


So when I got home tonight, after I'd replied to most of my waiting emails as I'd been out the entire day, the first thing I did was google Fit Bit to get the low-down on it.

Then I found out that several stores really near me are actually selling the latest version of Fit Bit.  Buying this latest version would certainly be a nice little case of one-upmanship, as everyone has older versions and apparently the new versions of the Fit Bit have cool new features.

So I guess you know what I'll be doing this weekend, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife....

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