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Gadget Junkie

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I had a BodyBugg for nearly 2 years. It really helped me focus on getting in enough of a calorie burn to take weight off. My only challenge was the horrific customer service the company offered and the cost of the equipment (how many new armbands and digital display did I buy) plus the cost of the monthly subscription.

So, when my BB finally died, I decided not to buy a new one.

That hasn't worked out so well, so I bought a FitBit - it's 1/3 the price with no monthly fee. Granted, it doesn't have all the cool things I liked about the BB, but it has some features I really like.

So, once again, I'm back with a gadget.

Why are they so effective for me? Many reasons:
1. I need to know how many calories I burn, which is really different from the "norm". Years of thyroid disease has seen to that.

2. I like being able to balance how much I eat to how much I'm expending. I mean, if I don't get enough burn, I have to eat less.

I really like my new toy. I like that it adjusts my calorie intake based on my activity level. So, if I want to eat more, I have to move more. Plus, I like being able to measure how active I really am. After nearly a year of knee and ankle injuries (plus tons of steroids) I was not working out at my old intensity levels. The FitBit makes me realize just how off I was.

I'm glad I made the change. Let's see if I can be as effective with this as I was with my last gadget.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAVELGRRL 5/21/2012 11:42AM

    I'm thinking about ditching my BodyMedia device and its monthly subscription and going to a fit bit. I'm a gadget junkie too!

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DDOORN 5/21/2012 11:27AM

    Good to know what works for you and to jump in and take advantage of 'em!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/21/2012 11:12AM

    I wonder how accurate these things are?

Unfortunately I spend so much time in/around water, I'll probably never find out.

I log my exercise with the (waterproof) HRM, but it doesn't seem to have much of a relationship to my estimated calorie burn, so I guess for me I'll stick with my Google spreadsheet.


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YICHE12 5/21/2012 10:36AM

    Thank you for the information Carrie. On my next trip to Canada, I was going to purchase a BB but now I will reconsider this and google the FitBit to find out more about it. Thanks for the update! I hope you are well.

P.S. I didn't know that you were also Hypothyroid like I am.


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REJ7777 5/21/2012 7:36AM

    I find that gadgets are fun, and help to keep me focused. I hope that your new Fitbit gives you that extra nudge you need to reach your goals!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/20/2012 10:20PM


I'd originally been thinking about replacing my cheap and just about dead pedometer with a simpler HRM, but hearing about some of these gadgets I'm now tempted to look into them. I can really see where the benefit is.

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    I think that would be helpful to me at some point too. May have to save my $$'s!

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PROT358 5/20/2012 8:20PM

    I've been thinking about getting a fitbit. I'd love to hear a follow-up about how it's working for you, such as if you find it easy to wear it consistently or whether the novelty wears off. Best of luck to you!

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