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    KATYDID412   52,028
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I made a decision

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm revoking the right of my FitBit to synch with my SparkPeople account. I've had the FitBit for about two months and in that time my fitness minutes seemingly have soared, only not really.

More than a pedometer, when you synch with SP, the FitBit counts every single step as "fitness" and every single minute walking as a "fitness minute" and I think for me it's become a crutch.

"How come I'm not losing weight? I had 2,000 fitness minutes this month!" Only not really.

I love my FitBit, don't get me wrong. I'm still going to wear it every day. I like tracking my steps. I like seeing my steps over time. I like the way it records my sleep. I just don't like the way it makes me feel like I'm cheating on the fitness front of SP because, ultimately, that means I'm just cheating myself.
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BELLSES 2/4/2013 2:25PM

    I did that a while ago. I do use it with MyFitnessPal though (where I track my food) so it does put my calories into Fitbit.

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/30/2013 8:58PM

    I love it when someone uses common sense! WooHoo!

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CATBEFIT 1/30/2013 2:03PM

    I think you are right -- I think Fitness minutes need to have some effort involved -- if our body isn't being pushed a little then your "fitness level" really isn't going to improve. On the other hand counting daily steps is a different concept of overall activity during the day.

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CBAILEYC 1/30/2013 11:06AM

    That's the great thing about SP and the Fitbit - they're both tools that are useful, and can be used in any way we wish!
Get those minutes legit and feel pride in a job well done!

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MICKEYH 1/30/2013 1:02AM

    I think you've made good decision for your fitness goal. For me I'm not really pay attention to Sp tracker, so will see...

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DESERTJULZ 1/29/2013 10:24PM

    Exactly! When you walk from the living room to the bedroom, it is not exercise even though it is steps.

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BEXNEW 1/29/2013 9:58PM

    you are not the only one who has mentioned this. I think you are making a good decision - a great tool, but you don't want it to be a crutch instead of a cool tool to help you.

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TPETRIE 1/29/2013 9:38PM

  Never thought of it that way. My fitbit doesn't keep track of my sleep, just my steps and fitness min.

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LINDAK25 1/29/2013 9:33PM

    Gee, I never thought of it that way. Of course, I don't have a fitbit. But I do think sometimes we do use our gadgets as a crutch and fail to learn how to do things without them!

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KSCHRAUT 1/29/2013 9:16PM

    Yes. I am keeping off-SP track of FitBit only mins so that I can more accurately keep track of how much working out I'm actually doing, minus the FitBit. I am sure eventually I will be done with the synching, too. :)

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ELSCO55 1/29/2013 9:08PM

    An interesting concept.

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