Until I met my little man cat, Soth, I was never a cat person. I'd grown up with dogs and the few cats I'd interacted with were skittish and wouldn't hesitate to swat you if you tried to pet them.
Then I met this guy and I can't imagine my life without him.
I mentioned that I got a Jawbone Up fitness tracking band from my brother with the instructions that I have to beat my sister in weekly steps. I started using it regularly on January 8, so it's been about 3 weeks now and I'm starting to get concerned.
I set my goal at 15,000 steps a day--mostly because when I was hanging out with my mom and her FitBit, she was getting 10,000 steps by late afternoon and we weren't walking our regular 3 miles a day.
Even though Barley and I have been doing better at getting out for longer walks in the snow lately, I've only met my goal twice. But that's not why I'm concerned--I realize my parents' house is much bigger than my apartment, so there are twice as many steps from the couch to the coffee pot or from the computer to the snack pantry, which means I don't get as many steps during my vegging out periods at home as I would visiting my parents. I haven't had much trouble getting to 12,000 steps, so as soon as the sun is out a little later in the day and we can add one more walk to our routine I think I'll be golden.
What concerns me is the information my Up band provides me with about my day. I get little emails about my week that contain things how my sleep and steps that week compare to the week before and which hour was my least active (7-8 p.m.--which makes sense because that's dinner time or when we're driving home from agility). I can also look at the app and see how much active time I've logged in any given day.
It's starting to make me wonder if I'm not just a cat person, but if I'm actually a person who is a cat. Only 2 hours and 17 minutes of active time for the entire day--on a day when I got over 15,000 steps?!
I know that even if I'm not physically on the go for hours on end, I'm not actually embracing my inner cat. I'm grading papers, planning lectures, responding to emails, and creating training materials for my Writing Center tutors. I'm writing the blog or reading yours. I'm researching new places to walk with Barley or new types of wet food that Soth might actually want to eat. So even if my body isn't active, my brain usually is.
And I guess on the upside, I'm already doing more than other women my age who use the Up band. So I might be part cat, but I'm definitely not alone.