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Day 7 with FitBit

Friday, June 21, 2013

Unfortunately, and I hate to say it, but the more I use it the less I like it.

It is great at tracking your sleep quality/quantity. In spite of wearing it on my non-dominant hand it overestimates my steps and doesn't log actual activity for what it is - actual activity. I am becoming more and more disappointed with it with each passing day. Last night before I went to bed I logged onto the FitBit site to see my progress (or lack of) for the day. According to SparkPeople I was under my recommended calorie range but Fitbit exclaimed "OOPS!" It said I had consumed 1127 of my goal of 38 calories. 38? Calories? For the whole day? What kind of goal is that? I have it set to lose 1/2 pound a week. I need to become anorexic to do that?

I looked back at the whole week and what started out as fine as the days went by is now skewed and it looks like it says I'll be gaining weight. Today the numbers are all different again for my totals for each day and it says that I went over my recommended calories each day by hundreds or even a thousand calories. SparkPeople usually says I'm at the low end of my recommended range or just under. I trust SP. This FitBit site, along with this product, has not been helpful. Maybe this particular Flex has an issue, but the site is really a mess of glitches.

I so wanted to report wonderful things, but I just can't. If you are worried about your sleeping patterns then it's worth the hundred bucks you'll spend. Otherwise just wear a pedometer and track the intensity of your workouts yourself by checking our heart rate or your exertion levels on a scale of 1 - 10.

On the bright side... it's Friday!! Happy Friday, SparkFriends!
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    I agree, I bought my Fit Bit in February and hardly wear it anymore, I track my runs and bike rides on my cell phone with an app.. I have a job on my feet all day so after a few weeks I knew by the Fit Bit I walked 6-7 miles a day,.. So why wear it after that?
    I agree I love wearing my heart rate monitor, It tells me my fat burning zone and calories burned...
    1510 days ago
    Yikes... well, as you said, at least it's happy FRIDAY! Hope you've had a good start to your weekend!
    1522 days ago
    I have a fitbit one and love it. I have actually gone for a short walk and counted my steps and my fitbit was pretty much on. No freebies from it! I don't use the fitbit site other than to sync and review their reports. I don't pay any attention to the calories burned on my fitbit. It counts not only your activity calories burned but your resting calories burned. Its funny because when I log my walks into the SP fitness tracker the calories are different than on my fitbit and my treadmill. My treadmill gives me more burn of the three! I decided they are probably all wrong!

    My fitbit has really helped me stay committed to being healthier. I actually feel challenged to see the number of steps grow and look for ways to increase my normal "resting" numbers without adding in my walks. Unlike the scale, at least the fitbit number is something I can control ---- and unlike the scale, when I do good it says "You Rock!"

    Maybe I'm glad I didn't wait for the flex and bought the one! Have a great weekend!!!

    1522 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your experience with FitBit! I have been looking into various similar tools, & it is good to hear others discuss pros & cons! emoticon
    1522 days ago
    I love my Fitbit and your situation sounds like a setting issue. Have you set your stride? Also, did you set your "plan intensity"?
    There are quirks to work out but it measures my activity pretty good. Not perfect but this isn't an exact science either
    1522 days ago
    Glad to see your post. I have been contemplating purchasing a fitbit, but now think I should use my money for something more reliable like a good pedometer. Thanks! and have a great day emoticon
    1522 days ago
    I've been reading lost of reports of inaccurate data. Sorry you are
    finding it true. HUGS!
    1522 days ago
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