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DAILY WEIGHING-ANOTHER OPINION

Monday, January 21, 2013

I walked into the room during the very last few sentences of a radio interview with an author who just wrote a weight loss book. He said that he'd heard many warnings not to weigh daily as it is too frustrating. But he felt the opposite to be true. He felt that those daily fluctuations helped motivate him toward his goal.

Which lead me to wonder if men's bodies vary as much as women's do. I can vary 6-7 lbs in a matter of hours with nothing happening in-between to cause it. Women seem to have the more complex bodies (hormones, etc), so I really don't think men would be as frustrated. Of course, I could be very wrong here.

On another note, I got off the fence about the decision and ordered the Fitbit as an early b'day present for myself. Just the basic one- I don't need my sleep monitored. I'll blog about it tomorrow.

Wishing all a great day.

  
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DALID414 1/22/2013 12:50AM

    You caved! Lol I hope you like using it.

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/21/2013 10:26PM

    I don't weigh myself except maybe once a month. I read a SP article once where the SP coaches were asked if they weighed themselves often or something like that and most DO NOT. Most of them just go by how their clothes fit.

Enjoy your fitibt!

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NORWOODGIRL 1/21/2013 8:38PM

    The frequency of weighing is definitely an individual preference. I weigh daily. If I don't, the anxiety of not knowing can be overwhelming. But only my Saturday weigh-in counts and is recorded.

Lots of interesting comments!

Enjoy your Fitbit!

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JILLYBEAN25 1/21/2013 8:18PM

    I think everyone fluctuates. Fluid intake, food intake, fluid... evacuation *ahem*, all contribute to weight in the body and those things constantly change as the day goes on. That's why it's recommended to weigh at the same time every day under similar conditions each time, if possible. I think a weighing schedule is a personal preference. Some people like and can handle daily weigh-ins. Others can't. I don't like weighing daily because it feels like a chore for me... just another thing that I have to do that is annoying to my routine. Let us know how the Fitbit adventure goes!

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CATLADY52 1/21/2013 6:34PM

    I will be ready to hear all about it. emoticon

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RYDERB 1/21/2013 6:30PM

    Weighing in daily is recommended by the Duke Institute for weight loss. But I have friends that are too obsessed with the fluctuations. I step on the scale every morning, but I don't worry about the fluctuations the only weight that matters is my Saturday morning weigh in. Hope you like your FitBit.


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ALEXSGIRL1 1/21/2013 6:05PM

    I weigh daily even if it doesn't change for the good for me. may get a fitbit someday

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LIVINGFREE19 1/21/2013 5:06PM

    I think men lose weight easier than women.

Glad to hear you are getting the fitbit! You'll have to give us an update on how it is working for you!

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KRISTINE99 1/21/2013 3:16PM

    I've been weighing myself every day, but there are times that I get frustrated. I think I'm going to try to weigh myself every other day or bi-weekly so I don't hyperfocus on the number.

Good luck with your Fitbit!

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RFJSJ50 1/21/2013 2:45PM

    I like my Fitbit and it has motivated me to get more steps in each day. Mine monitors sleep but I don't use that at all - only the steps. I hope you like yours.
I sometimes weigh daily, sometimes weekly but I only record my weight on Spark on a weekly basis. Like you, I can go up or down in a matter of hours and figure the changes are due to fluids and just eating.
Sheila

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RACEWELLWON 1/21/2013 1:03PM

    When is the blessed day ? Fibit have not purchased yet , thought about it . I think that Men fluctuate but I do believe that due to Hormones we as Woman are different and fluctuate more - are bodies and fat cells and hormones are structured to feed off spring ! Good blog - I choose to weigh once a month now - only because , I know if I keep doing what I am suppose to do (still having a treat once and a while ) I should be Ok. Hugs K

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WALLAHALLA 1/21/2013 11:49AM

    I've thought about it, but still not sure. Be sure to blog about all the details for those of us still riding the fence.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/21/2013 11:25AM

    I'm thinking about getting a fitbit too.

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NATPLUMMER 1/21/2013 10:46AM

    I think daily weighing is a personal preference kind of thing.
Yay for FitBit!

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JUSTLLAMA 1/21/2013 9:06AM

    I weigh daily as I think it holds me more accountable. I do NOT freak out if the numbers fluctuate though.

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RAINYFRIDAY 1/21/2013 9:04AM

    I know I've seen my husbands weight fluctuate about 6 pounds during the same day, so I suspect the guys deal with the same fluctuations we do. Speaking of him, he just ordered us Fitbit's as well, (same kind as you're ordering, sounds like), look forward to hearing what your experience with it is. :)

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KKKAREN 1/21/2013 8:51AM

    I think everyone's body fluctuates, I still like to weigh daily.

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Convictions of Overweight Women

Thursday, January 17, 2013

On the radio, there were a few reports about how overweight women who are being judged by a jury in court are (oftentimes) perceived to be guilty with their excess weight seen as impulse control and, therefore, they probably did the crime. Not so with overweight men who are being judged. Another societal double standard? Thought this was interesting.

WIshing all a wonderful day. (Still deciding about the Fitbit purchase.)

  
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2013LOSE20 1/19/2013 4:33PM

  It's hard to believe since so many Americans are overweight that I'm sure the jury has some overweight people most of the time. Also there is 20 pounds overweight and 100 pounds. I think there is prejudice with the morbidly obese but not so much for those in the overweight category.

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JUSTLLAMA 1/18/2013 11:35PM

    Very interesting. Ticks me off, but interesting nonetheless.

As for the Fitbit, I love mine. There are many pedometers out there that are probably cheaper (and just as good) but I love that mine syncs with Sparkpeople. Call me lazy lol. The sleep tracker has been interesting but I don't wear it to bed every night. Sometimes (and this might sound REALLY strange) I don't think I sleep as well knowing I have something monitoring how well I sleep. Like I said, maybe a little strange. :)

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/18/2013 7:15PM

    That just goes to show you how judgmental and ignorant many people are in our society. This really makes me angry!

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DALID414 1/18/2013 3:32PM

    Wow!

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NORWOODGIRL 1/17/2013 11:19PM

    Grrr! Hearing that makes me angry. I currently hate a TV weight loss commercial when the "loser", pun intended, says that now that he's thin his ideas are considered by upper management.

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DEBBY4576 1/17/2013 7:42PM

    That IS interesting. And how come men with an extra 40 lbs are seen as teddy bears and we are seen as just plain fat?

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/17/2013 6:15PM

    double standard suck

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LIVINGFREE19 1/17/2013 4:28PM

    I saw this too! Unbelievable!
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/17/2013 4:27PM

  I think these studies are stupid and misleading us into believing the lies of the world so as to trick us into allowing the values of the world to influence us instead of the Word of God.

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IDAHOFLOWER 1/17/2013 3:38PM

    Wow that's interesting and sad.

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/17/2013 3:24PM

  it goes to show, that's it's hard no to judge others, even if it's their attitude and behavior, we will often don't know where t emoticon hey are at, and what motivates them.

It's too easy to judge others and takes Gods' grace and effort to do look below both appearances and other traits.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/17/2013 3:00PM

    I came across that article as well. I've also seen an article that said that brown eyed people were considered more trust worthy than blue eyed people. Who are these people interviewing ? The problem with some of these "studies" is that the media tends to only pick the results that get the biggest headlines. I wonder what the study was really all about.

Of course, who thought it was a good idea to fund a study that determined that overweight women are judged more harshly in court than overweight men ?





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KRISTINE99 1/17/2013 2:49PM

    I remember coming across that article as well. Yes, it brings to mind double standards: men are husky with extra weight but women are fat, men are dignified with some wrinkles, women look old and undesirable with wrinkles, etc... :(

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RACEWELLWON 1/17/2013 2:12PM

    Reminds of the days when we where convicted of Crimes due to the Menstral Cycle. But , you know I have noticed the difference with how people treat me now that I am thinner. Prior to weight loss they would have never looked in my direction ! Silly and sad - Hugs K

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NATPLUMMER 1/17/2013 1:22PM

    That is interesting.

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/17/2013 12:25PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/17/2013 12:09PM

    It's disgusting and shows just how ignorant many people are.

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WALLAHALLA 1/17/2013 12:00PM

    Wondering how they got this info. Did the interview that jurors? What person in their right mind would admit, "Yeah, I voted guilty cause she's fat."? Would that not be cause for a new trial? emoticon This is just absurd enough to be true.

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1GROVES2 1/17/2013 11:31AM

    Very interesting indeed!

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Vitamins Added to GS Cookies!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

After reading that girl scout cookies are now going to contain added vitamins, I smiled wryly and thought that perhaps companies will now add vitamins to cigarettes and alcohol. Crazy crazy crazy world.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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RACEWELLWON 1/17/2013 2:09PM

    Good one Jess- yea , vitamin packed smokes in one puff and flavored ! lol

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JUSTLLAMA 1/17/2013 1:30AM

    emoticon Good point! I don't plan on ordering ANY this year. They are one of the things I know I have no control over. I can, will, and have eaten an entire box (or two) in one sitting. I wish I had the willpower to eat just one or two, but I don't, so I am keeping them out of my house!

Whew - I kind of got off topic there lol.

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BEFIT014 1/16/2013 11:21PM

    That was cute! emoticon

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DALID414 1/16/2013 10:49PM

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NORWOODGIRL 1/16/2013 9:36PM

    I agree - insanity!

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CATLADY52 1/16/2013 9:28PM

    You got that right! emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/16/2013 7:39PM

    yep

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WALLAHALLA 1/16/2013 2:39PM

    wouldn't be surprised

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KRISTINE99 1/16/2013 12:10PM

    Isn't this along the same idea of gummy candy vitamins? Not the best idea to teach our children, "Make sure to eat your cookies and candies today to get your vitamins!"

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/16/2013 11:49AM

    ROFLMBO!! Love your sense of humor. It's really ridiculous, isn't it?!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/16/2013 11:10AM

    Wow, no kidding. emoticon

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38 Degrees in San Diego this Morning!!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Yikes! It might as well be 0 degrees - I'm absolutely freezing, although it does warm up as the sun comes up. Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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RACEWELLWON 1/17/2013 2:07PM

    I 'll send some sunshine !! I ride my bike in 38 degrees but lately that is cold to me too , Brrr ! LOL emoticon

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JLITT62 1/16/2013 5:39AM

    It's all relative - when you're used to warmer temps, the colder ones feel colder. At least you know it's temporary!

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JILLYBEAN25 1/16/2013 1:57AM

    I'm actually enjoying the sub-freezing weather here. It's been in the mid-20's in the desert. Finally feels like it's actually winter!

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NORWOODGIRL 1/15/2013 11:06PM

    -4 here this morning - regular heat wave emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 1/15/2013 8:40PM

    That happens here in Central Florida too. But sometimes it keeps being cold. So far we have only gotten to the low 40's

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KRISTINE99 1/15/2013 7:36PM

    We're having unusually cold whether in Phoenix, AZ as well!

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CATLADY52 1/15/2013 6:29PM

    That is COLD especially for San Diego!

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RAINYFRIDAY 1/15/2013 4:12PM

    I've been crying about the weather here to my family for a week, lol. I love San Diego, but this recent weather is for the birds!


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SOKKERNUT 1/15/2013 4:01PM

    Can you send the sun down to Texas PLEASSSSSEEEE? It is 45 here and the temps just keep dropping and we haven't seen the sun in days. emoticon

WOW, I was just in San Diego last year during Labor Day week, I loved the weather there during that time. La Jolla beach was beautiful.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/15/2013 12:40PM

    It's been as cold as a brass monkey here too. Starting to warm up though.
Stay toasty! Have a great day.

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3G1RLS4ME 1/15/2013 11:03AM

    We are def freezing here in T.J. Brr I'm gonna put a few more layers on lol

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/15/2013 10:58AM

    I definitely didn't move to San Diego for 38 degree weather!! It's driving me crazy!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 1/15/2013 10:47AM

    It's freezing here too!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/15/2013 10:46AM

    25 here at 10 in the morning. Winter in the Great Lakes area. LOL.

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WALLAHALLA 1/15/2013 10:35AM

    Made for an extra gorgeous sunrise with the colors reflecting off all our ice and frost. God sure paints a beautiful picture.

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JUSTLLAMA 1/15/2013 10:28AM

    Yikes! It's 12 here this morning but I'm in Iowa lol.

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LIVINGFREE19 1/15/2013 10:20AM

    Stay warm and inside if you can! That is definitely a cold temperature for San Diego!
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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/15/2013 9:52AM

    Bundle up, I'm over the cold weather here in Virginia Beach, bring on some warm temps and sunshine. Think warm.
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NATPLUMMER 1/15/2013 9:50AM

    It's been cold here, too....in the 20's!! Yikes....that is cold for the Californians ;-)

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Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Curiosity

Monday, January 14, 2013

I've read about this for years and wonder if anyone else has, or even tried it. There are supposedly some health benefits to using a few drops in water daily.

Still considering getting a Fitbit, but not really sure I'd use it and really don't want to waste the money if I don't. Everyone here loves it, though, so I'm considering pros and cons.

Have a good day, sparkies!

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 1/15/2013 3:19AM

    I've never used food grade hydrogen peroxide to ingest. I've used for canker sores in my mouth but that's about it. I say to research it before trying it. I've heard that it can kill the good bacteria in your gut so be sure to research it before you do it.

As for the fitibit I was very tempted to get one but after reading many different articles on it, it seems to just be an overpriced pedometer. It may have a little flower motivator thing on it and I may get one some day but for now I think what I really need / want is a heart rate monitor.

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DALID414 1/15/2013 12:06AM

    First I hear about it.
I'm trying not to give in to buying the FitBit because I know myself and won't use it either.

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WALLAHALLA 1/14/2013 10:16PM

    I'd be more like to drink the apple cider vinegar than the hydrogen peroxide.

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LIVINGFREE19 1/14/2013 7:47PM

    I have never heard of drinking peroxide. I would personally never do it.

There have been quite a fe blogs about people's experiences with fit bit and most are positive.
Good luck with your decision.

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NORWOODGIRL 1/14/2013 6:56PM

    I've never heard of ingesting peroxide. Guess I'll have to do some research. Thanks for posing the question.

Put me on the side of fitbit lover!

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RACEWELLWON 1/14/2013 6:09PM

    I too rinse with peroxide but have never ingested. Will have to get back to you on that one. No , fibit but I have heard nothing but good things in regards to the fibit. BTW you would love Tai Chi - thanks for the visit - always a pleasure - Hugs K

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DEBBY4576 1/14/2013 6:04PM

    We use food grade hydrogen peroxide, diluted to about 3% as a throat spray we carry with us everywhere. I even use a spray or two up the nose. We use it this time of year after going to the grocery stores etc. My husband has an autoimmune disease, and my mom is 91, so I had to figure out something to keep them from getting sick. So far, my husband started getting a sore throat and went to bed, he used 5 sprays about 10 times and was well by morning. My mom was exposed to a bad cold and never caught it. So right now I am swearing by the stuff. Oh and I swear by the fitbit too Haha.

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/14/2013 5:54PM

    everyone seems to love fitbits but i am low tec and am going to replace my pedometer soon, when i found one on sale . sot sure if fitbit is pacemaker compatable. peroxice i haven't heard and sont think i want to try it tried the vineger in water thing once did't even like that. hugs

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JILLYBEAN25 1/14/2013 5:50PM

    I would like a FitBit to see if it would help me with stuff and tracking, but I don't think I'd actually buy myself one. I'd have to receive it as a gift. So many people love them, I'm really curious. I've also never heard of the hydrogen peroxide thing before.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/14/2013 12:33PM

    I tried using a Fitbit to get me to walk less because walking is really bad for my feet, but just like with everybody else, it perked up my competitive side and made me walk more. I ended up giving it to a friend. I don't know about the peroxide.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/14/2013 12:31PM

    I'm one of those folks who "swished" a weak solution of hydrogen peroxide and water after I brushed my teeth. It is supposed to help reduce gum inflammation and gingivitis. Well, I was talking to my dentist and he says it isn't necessary. You could use a solution of table salt and water to achieve the same results. he hydrogen peroxide was overkill. I know some folks use it to whiten their teeth, but I was told that baking soda was better. that's why I use a toothpaste with baking soda.

Fitbit... I am currently using a Fitbit that I found on the street. I posted an AD on craigslist to see if I could find the owner. For now, I'm using it until the battery runs out. it's not a bad little fitness device. It can be very motivational when it comes to being more active.

It tracts number of steps, stairs (this is actually elevation, not stairs), distance, calories burned, etc. How accurate is it ? I'm still working that out. On Saturday, it said I walked for 20,000 steps or 10 miles. Which isn't out of the realm of possibility for me. I have walked 10 miles in a day. However, that day I think it was closer to 8 miles by my own calculations.

Would I buy one for myself ? Probably not. I really do like it, but I think it's too expensive for what it does. I think a pedometer is more economical.



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YOUNGNSMYLIE 1/14/2013 11:55AM

    I've heard about the hydrogen peroxide benefits, too. I've swished it around in my mouth from time to time, but I've never added a few drops to water. I would love to know what you find out!

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2013 11:48AM

    I have never heard of injesting hydrogen peroxide but I don't think it would be a particularly good idea. It's an oxidizer...like bleach.
I do love my FitBit, though.

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-LINDA_S 1/14/2013 10:56AM

    I have no Fitbit knowledge, but I've read quite a bit about hydrogen peroxide and find it pretty fascinating. I have yet to try it, though, and think it's something you need to be a bit careful about, although our bodies do produce it.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/14/2013 9:49AM

    I would love to have a fitbit but hate ordering things. I wish they sold them locally.

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KRISTINE99 1/14/2013 9:34AM

    Well, I've heard of hydrogen peroxide use for teeth cleaning. You might want to check out www.earthclinic.com. The website is a great source of information for alternative and holistic health remedies.

I keep hearing about the Fitbit from other sparkies, too! I am still undecided, especially as I am a relatively low-tech person. I don't even have a smart phone or Wii system. I've done the Wii Fit and Zumba, though, at a friend's house and really liked it. I might go for the latter device if I save up enough money.

And thanks again for reading and commenting on my blog, Slimmerjesse. I really appreciate your support and encouragement! Have a wonderful and healthy day :D

P.S. You asked about my Vitamin D intake. I was taking 10,000 units a day. Actually, I get another blood test tomorrow because of my yearly endocrinology screening. We'll see if my staving off of Vitamin D supplements has taken me out of the "toxic" range into the optimal range of 50-100.

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