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Fitbit. Diet Coke. Happy.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I bought myself two presents today. It's that time of year where I have a little bit of extra money to spend on myself. Last year I bought my recumbent bike..which I looove..and this year I pre-ordered a Fitbit Flex and also ordered a Fitbit Aria scale

I've been researching trackers like Fitbit for awhile now and was actually set to order a Fitbit One but then saw the Flex available for preorder. I'm a little nervous about ordering the first version of anything but I couldn't resist. Although I hate that wait til Spring - no set release date yet - I love the fact that it is a wristband that you can wear all of the time, including shower/swimming. I do think that I'll have to manually input my bike miles but I'm ok with that. I am excited because I think that having a tracker like this will help to motivate me big time - and I love that I can sync to this site. That actually was one of my deciding factors. I also am excited about being able to track my sleep quality. I have problems sleeping. I actually take an OTC sleeping pill every night otherwise I will lay awake for hours and wake up on and off all night. I do believe that my weight has something to do with it. I do want to stop taking the pill but that's another thing on my active list of things to do. The Flex tracks hours slept, has a silent wake alarm (nice!), and tracks steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled and active minutes.

The Aria scale should arrive on Wednesday. Another motivational tool for me. Plus I think it's really cool. emoticon It's a wi-fit smart scale that tracks weight, body fat % and BMI. I've read all sorts of things about how accurate BMI calculations are on scales like this and it is apparently not the most accurate way to do it. However for me, I really just want to see my progress over time. I do plan to weigh myself in the morning before eating, after a glass of water sans clothes. This is supposed to be the best way to get an accurate reading. Going to try to stick to once a week.

So totally unrelated to Fitbit but something exciting for me is that I have finally broken my diet Coke (caffeine) habit! Yay! I lived for my little kick of caffeine in the morning. I don't drink coffee - I drink Diet Coke! I would definitely drink Diet Coke instead of water. Not good. I'd like to stick to Diet Coke just when I go out occasionally, etc. Maybe I won't have it all. Who knows. All that I know is that I won't go back to having it in the house. I tried cold turkey and boy was I angry. I felt terrible too. It was tough. So I caved. However I also bought some caffeine free diet coke and started that after the diet coke was gone. I think that this helped. Once the caffeine free was gone I just didn't buy anymore. I wanted to. I didn't. Now all that I have to drink at home really is water. I love water with some fresh lemons sliced in - perfect.

So no more smoking. No more caffeine. NOW i need to work on my food issues.

I can do it!
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    Hi everyone and thanks for the comments and information! I did read that unlike the One it doesn't count floors climbed and I think that you have to do more entering of info on the site or via an app as it doesn't have any physical controls. I've also read that you will be able to interchange bands so am hoping that we'd be able to purchase additional bands in different colors - they haven't announced that yet.
    This comparison chart is somewhat helpful:

    I did read about the scale having issues for some people as far as getting it to sync and so I'm hoping that I am lucky and don't have the same problem. Figured I'd take a chance and worse case would have to return it.

    1854 days ago
    I also plan to get the fitbit flex. I am waiting until spring because I want it in orange. I have a polar f6 that I love but is in need of a new transmitter. It will be nice to track all the calories I burn along with the distance covered.

    I can't wait to sport the new flexbit.
    1855 days ago
    emoticon I have the Fitbit One and love it. I thought about getting the Flex but I wear a watch on my left wrist and a RoadID bracelet on my right wrist so no room for anything else. Anxious to hear what everyone has to sy about it.
    1855 days ago
  • CANDICE293

    1855 days ago
    Good job kicking the diet coke. emoticon
    1855 days ago
    you might want to look at the information on the fitbit page about the flex it does not have a lot of options that are avaialable on the one

    I had an aria scale and had to return it because like a few others, no matter what we did they would not sync properly good information on that also on the fb team page

    if you want me to send you direct links to this information, send me an sp mail where i can send a link

    I am a one and an ultra and love them both especially since they can't be seen when you are out
    1855 days ago
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