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NEWS: I bought a fitbit

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Greeting friends,

You know, I never bought my 25lbs or 30 lbs Lost rewards. (Granted- I regained on my 30 lbs lost so fast I didn't even have time to celebrate it, but I've been hovering in that 25-27 lbs lost territory for months now.)This weekend I decided to combine 25 and 30 into 27 and buy myself a fitbit. I would've waited till I got back to 30 but here's the thing- I didn't want to put it off anymore. So, consider this sucker justified in my brain.

I was hoping it would go on sale sometime during the black friday/ cyber Monday shopping bonanza, but I didn't find it on sale anywhere. Yesterday, I went to MOA, ponied up 79.99 and bought the fitbit Ultra full price. What the hell, it's for my health!

So fitbit you say- it's a wee doodad that track steps, stairs climbed, and sleep. I do a lot of that on spakrpeople already, but I wanted to more accurately gauge my fitness level, especially in terms of miles traveled. I walk an awful lot, but I don't track a lot of it, because it's a hassle to plot out the map and figure out the distance. I won't track mileage unless it's on a treadmill, the abby walk, or my already mapped 5k route. And when I walk/run outdoors I've been guesstimating my pace. So I'm done with that.

It's really easy to set up. You go to the fitbit website, download the dock software, and follow the prompts. Within ten minutes, the page was set up - though it did need to charge so I couldn't use it RIGHT AWAY (it missed all my walking around MOA. boo!)

The awesome thing is that fitbit syncs with sparkpeople, that was the big selling point for me over the nike fuel band, and other trackers. I put the fitbit on it's charger, it updated my fitbit page, and when I went to sparkpeople I was able to sync it, and BAM steps recorded. never entering mileage again.

I was also able to "send foods to fit bit" on the sparkpeople food tracking page. So I only need to track foods here on sparkpeople, instead of duplicating the work. Duplicating the work, is what made me stop using fitocracy ( sad but true). BE FOREWARNED, sparkpeople sent over all the food i tracked on the page, regardless of whether i deleted it or not. As someone who plans their meals in advance, I often tweak by adding and then removing. It also duplicated some of the entries, so you'll want to check what sparkpeople actually sent over to your fitbit page. ("1900 calories??? WHAAAAA?")

Overall, I'm excited to see if my fit bit acquisition helps improve my fitness level. My initial opinion is that I like the clean interface, and the syncing. I also noticed that they have badges (similar to fitocracy) and a wry sense of a humor - after climbing 3 flights of stairs" You have climbed: The World's Tallest Corn Stalk" . Well played Fitbit, well played.

I am a little confused by the steps to calorie lost ratio- the fit bit page says 3.69 miles traveled, 2203 calories burned. Is that including breathing for the day or something? When I synced it to spark people, it put it at 108 calories (Which is sad) for running 5k. Need to figure out what the hey is going on here. Have I been hugely over estimating calories burned this whole time? If so, then the fitbit acquisition will def help improve my overall weight loss. exciting amirite? If not, then we'll figure it out. I think I'll head over to the fitbit sparkpeople group and see what's up.

That's one thing sparkpeople has over fitbit- COMMUNITY! XD I was going to join some groups on fitbit, but it doesn't even have a search function. You have to manually browse hundreds of thousands of groups....alphabetically. Not worth it, imo. I'll take my sparkfriends any day.

Until later,

****11/26 Nutrition
1092 calories: 134 Carbs, 35 Fat, 69 Protein

***11/26 Exercise
50 mins approx. 108 calories burned
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    Yeah, I've been considering getting myself one, and my brother has expressed interest in it as well. Good to hear the pros and cons about it.
    1880 days ago
    Thinking about putting FitBit on my Christmas wish list, this definitely helped. Thanks for sharing!
    1881 days ago
    I just recently bought the little fitbit and am officially addicted to getting my 10k steps in each day. What a great little gadget! Hope you enjoy yours!
    1882 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    I looked for one on cyber Monday, too! I ended up getting a Gymboss for my interval training (on sale, I'm cheap). I'm gonna put the Fitbit on my list to get, though. Thanks for all the details!
    1882 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Excellent review. And the community is what keeps me coming back to SP.
    1882 days ago
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