David Sedaris: “I’m completely obsessed. It’s like a sickness; I’ve been Fitbit-ten…”

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The talented and hilarious author David Sedaris just released his latest book Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, a collection of narrative essays. And he’s currently on a nationwide tour spreading the humor about his Fitbit obsession.

“This year, I got a Fitbit. You walk 10,000 steps and it sends you an email saying, ‘That’s great! A lot of people don’t walk that far. Do you think you can walk 5,000 more steps?’ And so I say, ‘I bet I can!’ A week ago, I walked 60,000 steps. That’s 25.5 miles. I’m completely obsessed. It’s like a sickness; I’ve been Fitbit-ten. It will be the summer of the Fitbit because it can’t go on. It just can’t,” Sedaris reportedly told the media oulet metro

Now that’s obsession!

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  • I love keeping up with my steps — I look for times at work when I can sneak in a few extra steps to build up my count!

  • It is the best weight loss tool out there as long as you stay true to yourself, I aim for 15000 steps a day which cannot be achieved unless I walk as I have a desk job, I am doing 3 walks per day to get this in and so far lost 4kg in 3 months

  • I love my fitbit flex. It keeps me moving all day long. If I don’t keep moving I feel like I am cheating.

  • I feel the same way. I too am FitBitten… I sit behind a desk all day and I have a hard time fitting walks into my day, but I HAVE to get my steps in!! It is a great addiction. Ive lost 35lbs in 90 days!!

  • The fitbit obsession never ends. I’ve had mine for 2 years and I’m now obsessed with beating my year-over-year weekly records. It was very tough with the recent very cold winter. I’m trying to make up for it now!

  • Here I thought 2 Siberian Huskies would be enough to wear me out walking, instead my FitBit One has turned me into a walk-a-holic.

  • Reading this was just the spark I needed to commit to beating my best step achievement (47,399). I walked more than 30 miles in a day before I had a FitBit so I know I can do it! Thanks Mr. Sedaris for your motivation. When is he going to contribute to the FitBit blog?

    Happy stepping!


  • But what a great bug to be bitten by! Every post I read makes me want to do more & when I started I thought 10k steps a day was a lot but now I find myself inventing things to do to get more steps in. Park as far away as possible – even when wearing high heels; run up and down the stairs 5x and go around the block multiple times if it’s too dark to go farther. I’ve been bitten too & wish I had been bitten sooner!

  • I was given my fitbit by my three students. I teach guys and gals how to fly the Boeing 737. I am a retired airline pilot. Since I retired, I have been successful in adding pounds on my frame. Up to 340 pounds. 5’11”. Yuck. Spent four days in hospital in mid March with A-Fib. That was my wake up call. Got my fitbit in late april. At that time, late April, I was trying really hard to get my health back by walking and shared my struggle with my students. My students are all military officers and career pilots. They appreciated what I was going through and thought I could use a little friend to help me. Bullseye! I am down to about 280 now. I wear my fitbit all the time and this little device continues to motivate in ways in which I did not think possible. It is quite meaningful to me to double tap the flex to track my progress towards my daily goal of 10,000 steps with the flashing sequence of lights. I am so thankful to my students for giving me this gift. I have used it everyday and only remove it to recharge the tiny battery. My students gave me this fitbit as a gift for a job well done in teaching and coaching them to successfully fly my most favorite airplane in the whole wide world. They gave me a second chance. I am most humble and thankful to them for caring enough to give me a second chance at life. This has been an emotional and trying experience in my quest to regain my health. I am scheduled to have a stent installed July 1 in one of my aortic arteries. I trust and pray the doctor will be as good as he says he is. It is my heart he is messing with. Also, I am type 2 diabetic. Typical. There is a real shocker. My blood sugar has been dramatically lowered as a result of diet and exercise. I will update in the future. Thanks reading my post.

  • Must tell you about my fitbitten husband Erik. For the past 6 YEARS he has had a weekly step result of minimum 200 000 steps, and often around 40 000 steps in a day. And still going on.
    This makes around 25 000K a day, 4-4,5 hours a day. Every day since March 15, 2008.
    Talk about obsession.

  • I bought a FitBit the day I read The New Yorker piece you did about it. Like you I have been obsessed since the day it arrived. Thank you for inspiring me to start down this crazy path!

  • I am afraid I will be too hard on myself it I don’t get the magic 10,000 steps – Do any of you experience that problem? I think relaxing is important too –

  • My brother gave me a fitbit charge for Christmas and I was very happy. I seem to have a problem getting the band to stay on. Does anyone else have this problem? I have not worn it for a week or so now and not sure what to do. It makes me sad : (

  • My son bought me a Fitbit for Christmas. To start with I wasn’t sure about it, I’m a 58 year old stay home Mum, I love it now. So totally addicted I aim for 10,000 steps a day but invariably end up doing more. It has made me more active I have increased the distance I walk every day and watch what I eat more. I’ve done 402 kms since 28th dec. so. Proud of myself.

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