Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Doing over 10,000 steps on the FitBit while the world stock markets drop. And about the million dollar question.

So yesterday morning, there I was at the office living a #Travelife, and on the phone to an old friend in Singapore.

I'd called her just to shoot the breeze about the state of the world's stock markets, and miraculously I'd managed to catch her on her mobile phone for her precious five minutes in between two meetings.

"It's going to be a W," she said, which is something I agree with. And we discussed currencies and markets in rapid machine gun fashion, the way we often do as we both have absolutely no patience for slow talk, slow thought and slow action.

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Then I prepared to get off the phone, conscious of the fact that she had a meeting in her part of Asia and I needed to start heading out for a lunch with senior executives of Citibank.

Just as I was about to say goodbye, she said, "Do you have one more minute?"

For her, of course I did.

And in my mind, in that split second, I reviewed my thoughts on the Nikkei, the CAC 40 and the some other markets that I  thought we would talk about.

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But instead she shot me a whopper of a question.

She said: "Can I just ask you? How are you managing to do 13,000 steps on your FitBit everyday? My husband's convinced your strapping your FitBit on the legs of a dog or a child."

I burst out laughing with this.

Yes, she and her husband had gotten me into the FitBit the last time we were all together in Tokyo, which was just a few weeks ago, and I'd gotten into the FitBit with my whole heart and soul. I'm not the type to do anything half-heartedly or half-baked, you see.

If I get into something, I get in to be #1 or I don't do it at all. Lukewarm is never an option in my life.

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And now her husband and I were in this daily battle for the top spot on FitBit, which is a pedometer that syncs you in online with your other friends who use FitBit, so that you can see who is walking how many steps at any one time, by the way.

And even more interestingly, you can see which of the friends of your friends is doing good or bad. 

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So her husband's doing five kilometre runs every morning before the start of a high-powered job and clocking in above the target 10,000 steps a day. But most of the time I do one-up on him and clock in about a thousand steps more.

Just for the fun of winning over him.


So I replied: "I'm certainly doing it all on my own."

There's no point in winning by having someone else do the steps. I want to lose some more weight and get fit doing this, after all.

So, yes, I'm clocking over 10,000 steps everyday, working hard, playing hard and living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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