Sunday, May 24, 2015

Something New


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.


11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just curious -- how much exercise are you doing currently?

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I walk my daughter to school some days. We swim occasionally. I walk the dogs a few times a week. I do yard work. I lift weights at home sometimes, but not consistently. I haven't been on the bike in awhile. That's about it.

Karen said...

I love my Fitbit Flex. If I can measure it, I can change it. Great data and connections between MFP and Fitbit.

Amy said...

Gadgets can be such a motivator! It is really cool that it syncs with My Fitness Pal, it sounds like a really great system. Sometimes its the smallest things that make just the right spark to set you in the right direction.

Lori said...

Good luck with that. I've wanted one, but am waiting until my hips are both healed. I'm afraid until that time it will just be a frustration.
Lori

Diana said...

Lyn, I LOVE my Fitbit Charge. I had a Flex and it was great, but I like looking at my results on the device. I've met my goal of 10,000 steps every day (except one) for the last 30 days.

I have to really work at getting the 10,000 steps. They don't come easily. I park a long way from my office instead of getting the closest parking spot I can find. I park as far from the grocery store entrance as I can. I drink water in a small cup so I have to constantly go get a refill. At work I go to the bathroom on a different floor. I walk at lunch almost every day unless a meeting or it's pouring down rain stops me. And if I get home and don't have the 10,000 steps I go for a walk or to the gym.

It's amazing how these little things all add up. My 28-day average (I just checked) is 10,196 steps a day.

Have fun with it!

Lyn said...

Diana~

wow, that's awesome that you made all those small changes to improve your steps! I think that's going to be a big benefit for me... a visible goal I try to reach. I just let today be a sort of baseline to see where I'm at on a more sedentary day (we were home all day, with just one walk with my dog). Today so far I have only 5897 steps. It'll be interesting to try and get it up to 10,000. I think when I was using the pedometer I was getting about 9000 on busy days.

I can see all the data on the front of the FitBit One and I like that part too.

Anonymous said...

Why are you walking your daughter to school? You recently stated you have been homeschooling her this year.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

You can read what I said here: http://www.escapefromobesity.net/2015/04/random-thoughts-recovering-from-trip.html

Xani said...

Yay! I'm a big fitbit fan, and have used mine daily for almost 2 years now. I really enjoy having the access to data and the competitiveness (with my fitbit friends or just against myself) helps give me an extra bit of motivation to stay active. Good luck!

PrincessSteph said...

Just don't take it off lyn and you won't even realize it's there!!!! I've been wearing mine for weeks and it is awesome. I like seeing when I'm not feeling well how it impacts my activity and that I do walk 12k steps most days without trying makes me proud!!!! Keep up the great work!!!m