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Fitbit! How it is helping...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ok, it's been 2 weeks of wearing my Fitbit 24/7 and I am seeing changes for the better! It's also been a challenge. I am spending less time on Spark, however, since I don't have to record my exercise. Fitbit does all that FOR me! So I can focus on doing, and not recording. emoticon emoticon

I have the Fitbit One, which tracks your sleep - time in bed, the amount of sleep you actually got, the # of times you woke up, and the overall efficiency of your sleep. emoticon emoticon emoticon

It was worth the extra $ to get this feature. I used to worry more about my sleep! The tracking reveals that on those nights when I wake up often, I am still sleeping a lot more than I think I am sleeping. My sleep efficiency rating doesn't go down very much on these nights, and when I can sleep longer, I am still fairly rested, despite the waking up. I KNEW this, it's one of those facts you hear, but seeing the tracking is revealing.

The relationship between exercise, evening eating, sleep, and weight loss is becoming clearer too. I CAN add an extra mile of Walk Away the Pounds if I do it at least a couple of hours before bedtime, and it does make a difference in weight loss & doesn't harm my sleep.

The most important result is not that I am doing more ACTIVE exercise. My daily walk/run time is pretty much as it was. The valuable thing is knowing the sedentary % of my day. It was much TOO HIGH, in spite of the fact that I usually walk fast for an hour or more every day, and this walk includes at least 2 fairly big hills, which register on the Fitbit as floors climbed.

So I have given some real thought to how I can be less sedentary in general, even though I LOVE to read & do stuff on the computer. I'm breaking up my reading into smaller chunks, going up & down stairs more (immediate Fitbit payoff), doing a jog around my apartment while things heat on the stove (I used to sporadically do ST during this, but not real often), and just generally walking around more. I think this more frequent motion is helping curb my cravings for food during the day. I'm also getting more work done, which is helpful since right now I have extra things to do.

I'm down to 140.8, for the second time in two weeks. Victoire! My last spike up was to 143, but only one day of that. It is such a relief to know that I don't really have to work in a lot more strenuous exercise in order to lose. I just have to get off the couch more, with a degree of purpose.

I'll keep you posted, but at this point, I have good hopes of making my goal of 139 and possibly my goal of 137 by the time we leave for Rome on Dec. 27th.
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    Great blog, I have been considering getting one for months now and I do have sleep issues, so I need to get it done. LIke NOW.
    1938 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    You are my fitbit mentor. I have worn it everyday except one, since i got it. I was disheartened to see I woke up 46 times one night! I sleep so poorly. But, after reading your explanation, I will be looking at it differently now. My current goal is "10,000 steps before 10am" and I have been doing that - it makes a difference. Thank you so much for posting this informative, encouraging blog! PS I am so impressed with how well you are doing.
    1938 days ago
  • CELLO23
    PS ignore last message - thanks to you I've now found out how to hook up my FB to SP - thought it was only the new kind you could use! Will persevere... emoticon On and up!
    1947 days ago
  • CELLO23
    Hi Sara,

    This is interesting because I got the prior-model fitbit about 6 months ago and didn't make much headway with it. I think because:

    *cycling and swimming don't count
    *I couldn't be bothered with separate car trip logging (they were burning calories!)
    *the sedentary % was SOOOO bad that I felt defeated.

    Another factor was that I was getting obsessive about stats in different formats - SP, Runkeeper, my trans-American odyssey... and it was getting to be too much!

    There's no one format covers everything, and I do like my Runkeeper maps that show GPS beetling around and give pace feedback.

    I think I need to pare things right down and just measure one variable. Fitness minutes seemed to work on holiday (with nice foreign maps!) but since I've come back, it's been woeful. Or rather, I've been woeful.

    Aggghhh! I'm really glad you've found something that works for you. And with clear results! If Runkeeper worked with SP, I'd be in heaven.

    Ooh - BTW am going to a premiere tonight - a mediaeval music manuscript found in my town that hasn't been sung for 450 years! Should be exciting.

    Hope all well with you, and happy Thanksgiving when it comes!
    1947 days ago
    Isn't the Fitbit one great? I still find myself on here because I love the community pages and I rather log my food here and I love the points, but I have to say, I love seeing the step and stair numbers increase so I really have been making a point to find ways to add walking here and there - walk part of my bus route each morning, walk to a further train stop to get steps, etc. I also liked adding fitbit friends from sparkpeople to use as friendly competition/motivation to keep my daily steps up.

    The sleep is great because it hit me how little sleep I was getting. I've been doing much better since I've seen on paper the type of sleep I'm getting.

    1948 days ago
    After getting the exercise bike, I am thinking more about fitbit, and put in on my wishlist for Christmas (my daughter will get it for me). I'm assuming it will know how to record cycling?
    1948 days ago
    I got mine around the same time. It is helping me in the same ways. Just making me sooo much more aware! adn the days that I dont hit 10,000 steps, I really try to get them in before bed. getting up, doing laundry, putting things away, just anything to hit that mark. I have one set of stairs outside my office so I make sure i am going up there at least once a day cause I like to see those stairs add up.

    it is kinda shocking to see how sedentary I am considering how busy i am but alot of it is office work and driving. it inspires me park further and move more when I do things. I LOVe the sleep thingy. I, too, am sleeping more but I am also leveled out finally due to the Amberen and my menopausal symptons are much less, including insomnia. I have the fitbit ultra and I love it. Best 100.00 i ever spent.
    1949 days ago
    I do think it affects my food accountability, even though I am not actually tracking food. I know when I've overeaten or eaten badly, that's not an issue - the issue is, being motivated to stop and substitute.
    The way Fitbit tracks, I am just more motivated in general - if I am having a day with lower activity, I tend to want to watch my food intake more. The other nice thing is, if you have the courage to weigh every day and record it, it shows your BMI right on your page. It's REALLY cool to watch that BMI going down. Somehow more motivating than just the weight number!
    1949 days ago
  • JET150
    Thanks for explaining what you like about it. It really helps me in thinking about buying one. Do you think it increases your accountability with food? That is my huge downfall.
    1949 days ago
    Awesome! So glad for you!
    1951 days ago
    sounds like a neat piece of electronics!!!
    1951 days ago
    @SEESKO - thanks for the good wishes!
    @TEENY - it took me a while to pin down how the sleep thing was helping!
    @CELLISTA - yep, you might want to throw it against the wall! But I bet you'd pick it up again. Thing is, it makes you more aware of how small things count & small things are often so much easier than big ones...
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    1952 days ago
    Wow, Sara, you have explained this far better than anyone else, and put it to good use. To be honest, I'm scared to find out that I'm 95% sedentary. I guess that means I need to get one of these gadgets. Although I don't know if I'll want to move more or just throw the fitbit against a wall!
    1952 days ago
    I got a fitbit last weekend... and was shocked to see my sedentary percentage is 72% on an average work day! I mean, yeah... i am tied to a desk for at least 8 hours a day, but still! I've been walking the long route to the ladies room and heading to the stairwell a few times a day. It really is motivating!
    1952 days ago
    Holy moly. That is AWESOME. I was looking at this online yesterday. I liked the sleep feature but I didn't really understand why I should care? You explained it perfectly! I was on the fence about buying one but now I think I am sold.

    You ROCK!!!!!

    1952 days ago
    I am returning to Sparkpeople after a half a year absence. During my 6 month hiatus I started wearing the fitbit...I LOVE my fitbit. Now, to come back and discover the two programs have joined forces....I can only describe my reaction as one of ELATION !!!!!!!! Good luck with your fitbit/Sparkpeople journey !!!!
    1952 days ago
    emoticon I just got mine yesterday!!! Although i only got the zip fitbit, but i think your right, it makes you think about how sedentary you are and keeps you moving. Thanks for sharing!!
    1952 days ago
    Glad you are enjoying your fitbit. I love mine and am so happy that spark is synched with it now (because I didn't like the fitbit site for tracking food). Keep up the great work. Hope you meet your goal before Rome.
    1952 days ago
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