Yesterday, on a whim, I bought myself a Fitbit One. I've heard about FitBits and thought about getting one before, but it seemed like maybe a waste of money... just another gadget that I'd use for a little while and then toss in the drawer with the old pedometer. But I guess I am kind of tired of not doing much about my weight situation. I figured maybe this will give me a little motivation to move more. You know I like to look at stats and reports, and this FitBit gives me plenty of that: steps taken, flights of stairs climbed, minutes of intense activity, hours sleeping (and minutes spent awake or restless in the night). It even connects to My Fitness Pal and imports foods tracked. It can track weight goals, water you drink, calories in and out, calories left to eat each day, and miles walked. All of this info is on one page on your FitBit dashboard, easy to see. I wear the FitBit clipped to my bra (but you can also keep it in your pocket) and it syncs with my laptop or phone when I am within 15-20 feet of those devices, updating all the data automatically. It's kind of fun to look at and also shows a graph of my most and least active times of day. I set some goals on the dashboard for steps and miles and things like that, and it will show my progress over days, weeks, and months. I can also manually enter time spent on things like swimming or strength training and it calculates the calories burned. Pretty cool!
I know myself. I know that the first time I try *anything* (South Beach, calorie counting, Medifast, AIP, etc) I tend to be very successful. But when I quit and try to go back and do it again later, my success rate is a lot lower. So if this is going to help me, it's probably going to help the most while it is novel and motivating. I'm going to give it a shot... just using the information to get moving more, burn more calories, and perhaps even start tracking my food again.
It can't hurt... and maybe this will help get me more focused on exercise and weight loss again.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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