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Results of my FitBit comparison and a happy ending for a lost cat

Sunday, November 18, 2012


Well, it seems a lot of you had recommend the Ultra model of the FitBit which is funny because it is no longer available on their website. According to what I have researched, the company launched "The One" earlier this fall to replace the Ultra. So, it seems, I will be editing my "Dear Santa" letter to include the newest model.

Several people (and not only those on Spark) have questioned why I need a gadget to help with weight loss. Well, to be honest, I don't. I have a perfectly go0d 20 year old GPS unit that I used to carry that was pretty accurate in determining how many km. I walked. However, I wanted something a) that was smaller and b) could be worn all day long so I could seen how many "steps" I take in my day to day activities.

And, besides, anything that encourages and motivates me to get my butt in gear is a good thing in my opinion. Some people get motivated by music while I get motivated by seeing the number of km walked. I guess to each his/her own. I think that is why I like having my fitness minutes show on my SparkPage because whenever I throw myself one of my special pity parties, I can look at those minutes and think, "hey, they didn't happen all in one day - you can do do this"

Anyway, forward and on, I go - much of my free time over the past week was spent camped out in the dark waiting for a sign of a cat that had been missing since September 30th. John had caught sight of her one day and we realized that this was probably the same cat so my friend and I spent a few hours each day at dusk camped out in silence waiting for her. We put out food and shelter and finally borrowed our town's cat trap. We took two nights of using that and on Friday little Puzz (yes, that is how they spell her name) was found. The owner is an university student about five hours drive away but he left Puzz in the care of his father who is elderly. They were heartbroken and had done all they thought possible to find her so they were overjoyed when we told them we thought we had seen her. To be honest, I think they thought we were a bit nuts but we felt like it was her and sure enough, it was. We brought her to her owner on Friday night and the tears that flowed were all the thanks we needed. We refused the reward money and asked them to use that money to have her taken to the vet for a checkup to make sure she is fine after 6-7 weeks of living in the wild.

I guess I should go and get my clothes laid out for work tomorrow. I really find that such a simple thing makes my life so much easier. Anybody else do the same thing?

Have a great week ahead!

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    I think it is so wonderful that you went to all that effort to find Puzz. You are amazing! I really care about my animals and I know how awful I would feel if one of them went missing - especially my daughter's cat. I hope Santa does bring you the Fitbit; remember, you get lots of Spark points if he does!
    1935 days ago
    Yay! Happy to hear you found Puzz! Good work Susan!
    emoticon It's cold here and our college is on strike. Walking the picket line is keeping us all bundled up and wondering how many steps we are taking... need one of those new fangled gizmos! If there is a monthly charge on it I would steer clear of it. I guess it depends on how much benefit you will get out of it.

    Our job action should only last 2 days we have our fingers crossed that the government will come back to the table tomorrow. At minus 16 it is a challenge to complete our shifts ... it's more walking than I have done for a while.
    Have a wonderful week.
    1942 days ago
    I want to get one for Chrismas. I have put in my order.
    I want to know how I'm doing also.
    Great news that the cat was found.Clever you. You are
    so kind to drive it to the owners. emoticon
    1942 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    You sure deserve that Fitbit from Santa for all the wonderful things you do for our four legged friends!
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    1943 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    Awesome on finding the missing kitty!!! Bet that reunion was reward enough!! Anything like organizing your clothes helps because I'm not a morning person anyway!! Hope your Fitbit helps you when you get it!
    1943 days ago
    Congratulations on nabbing the runaway kitty! Way to go!
    1944 days ago
    emoticon Glad Puzz was found emoticon
    1944 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! A 20 year old GPS?? I didn't think they went back that far!! I though it was something new. It must be a huge clunker of a thing you have! A fitbit would be the ideal thing as it measures more than just steps -it can measure how well you sleep with wakeups recorded and everything (this was what was making me consider getting one), but I have heard of some drawbacks, number one there is a monthly charge for use of their website which you need. I don't mind paying out serious dollars for a one time purchase, but I sure don't need another monthly charge on top of my other bills when I have a low disability income. Also, some have said it doesn't work well (that is record steps accurately) anywhere but on the traditional hip area. I have trashed and lost so many pedometers, I all but gave up on them. There is a new kind out there that I saw advertised that is actually water proof and you can use it to record watewr workouts, don't rmember what it was called though :( Do some serious web searching to see what is out there before you commit!
    Way to go rescuing and returning that poor cat to its rightful owner! What a good news story that Puzz survived her time in the wilderness! You are a hero!!! Love to hear a happy ending like that :))
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    1944 days ago
  • POPSY190
    You don't need to justify wanting a Fitbit to anyone outside your immediate family! So I think it should be on your wish list in BIG CAPITAL LETTERS. Great news about Puzz.
    1944 days ago
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  • SAMMIE1998
    I've been thinking of getting the FITBIT and this really helps to make me realize that I do want it. I need all the encouragement I can get because its not been going well at all. I'm either putting it on or staying the same. So maybe something to help me focus more is what I need.
    1944 days ago
    Yay for Puzz!

    And yes, I lay out my clothes. Well, I lay IN my clothes as I am a habitual pajama wearer! I do get dressed to go walking, but sweats are key right now. And I do get dressed to go to an appt or the sore - Aunt Di does not and is known as "Oh, that old lady with the green robe" at out local store. I am not sure if I should claim her or not at this point. LOL!

    Congratulations on your cat-kidnapping! You should be a pro by now!!!

    Hugs and Love,
    1944 days ago
    Hey, friend! It's about time I read one of your blogs, and sure enough, I'm glad I did! I've been trying to decide if I also would like a fitbit, but just haven't decided yet! Let me know what you think when you get it, ok? It's so good to read your blog again! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1944 days ago
    Hooray on the kitty match-up!!

    I lay my work out clothes out the night before. We live in a pretty small place, so I'm dressing in the dark... and I'm likely to forget something in the dull brain that hits me in the AM.
    1944 days ago
    Fitbit sounds like a great reward, some people just don't get it, to each their own is right! Great work on finding the cat, that's a special mission. Have a great week too!
    1944 days ago
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