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Fitbit Flex Update

Monday, July 08, 2013

It has been 1 month since I started wearing my Fitbit Flex and in that month I have recorded 141 miles and 330,974 steps! I started out with a goal of 10,000 steps a day and met that with the exception of 2 days, one being the first day and the other when I was stuck on a flight due to weather delays. My new goal is 12,000 steps a day. I never realized how sedentary I was on the days I did not do cardio just sitting at my desk. Now I am moving every day getting out for walks or doing the elliptical. My leg is finally starting to feel better, so I think I will get back to incorporating some running soon. I read an article that 10,000 steps is the key to lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and lowering your risk of diabetes. I believe this is true. The Fitbit also measures sleep efficiency based upon your movement. My efficiency is usually 93-96% and I am surprised by the number of times I wake up or stir during the night. My husband's sleep efficiency is usually 100% - he sleeps like a log!

Yesterday I went on my usual walking route, but instead of turning around I decided to keep following the path. Well, I wasn't sure what street I ended up on. I've lived in this area almost 12 years and I still get lost in some of these subdivisions. I ended up pulling up google maps on my phone for directions back to a street that I knew. I ended up with a 3.7 mile walk which was around what I was aiming for. That evening we volunteered at Naperville Ribfest on behalf of the food pantry that we volunteer at and we worked the food tent. I was in charge of putting out the brownie bites and cheeze-its. Talk about resisting temptation! There was also ice cream and potato chips. Our only option for dinner was Hot Dogs, so I had one and resisted everything else. We were dishing out pulled pork, potato salad and green salad in the food tent the rest of the evening and we did grab a taste of the pulled pork before the evening was over - it was from a place called Texas Outlaws and it was very good.

At the end of the night, we opted to skip the bus ride back to the parking lot and walked back to our car - it was about a mile walk. I ended up with over 14,000 steps for the day and my husband had over 19,000 steps! I definitely like the new me and how active I've become!

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SPAMUNDY 7/12/2013 1:47PM

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.
I'm like you in finding that my FitBit is invaluable. I just don't want to settle for less than 10,000 steps anymore. If I need to I walk around the house to finish off the last few hundred steps!
Keep up the new healthy habits emoticon

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DSCROW 7/12/2013 8:49AM

    Isn't fit bit great! I discovered much the same thing that without my cardio work out I would be at maybe 3,000 steps a day. I am really feeling better and loving the new more active me. Great job it becomes a rewarding cycle!
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PATTYJ48 7/11/2013 5:29AM

    It is amazing with the FitBit on how sedetary we are during the day. Good for you in resisting the temptation and choosing to walk back to the car. You are on the right path. Keep pushing.

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GAILANN48 7/9/2013 7:25PM

    Thanks for the update on the FitBit Flex - very interesting. Your "review" has me definitely considering the purchase.

Congrats on resisting the temptations that you actually had to handle! Must have made you feel great when it was over...wonderful!

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1BEACHWALKER 7/9/2013 4:30PM

    Wow- that is great!! emoticon
You sound like me...If I don't have my steps in by 11 pm I go around and around until I get them in. I love my flex! My sleep is about that range too, and I was surprised how many times I woke up too. Don't even remember it! But, the fitbit has really inspired me and shown me how much I didn't move before!
Good for you for volunteering and then resisting those food temptations!
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Thanks for commenting on my blog-18 more miles to go! emoticon

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CASHER52 7/9/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon You are doing so well! emoticon emoticon

I don't have a fitbit, but I do have an Omron pedometer that is really good. When I decided to start walking I dug it out of the box, and the battery was dead emoticon I just have to remember to buy them when I am shopping!



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MSFRANKI1 7/8/2013 3:39PM

  WOW Noreen that is so awesome! The steps, the walks, the resisting temptation, all of it. I'm glad you had a bite of the pulled pork though~ to pass it up when it won't be around for awhile always makes me wonder what I missed LOL. So now I'll do what you did and have a bite and be satisfied. Good job on being the new ACTIVE you!! emoticon

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KAMINEKO 7/8/2013 1:23PM


I've found the FitBit is totally motivational. Knowing the amount of steps really helps you gauge how you're doing throughout the day. For me, I can easily tailor my post work workout to help make up for desk-sitting all day. I've noticed that 1 mile is approximately 2000 steps---that really helps when trying to figure out how long I need to walk/run to make up for lack of steps.

Congrats on resisting temptation too!

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CLMESCHER 7/8/2013 12:42PM

    Now I'm thinking I need a FitBit too. Thanks for the nudge in the right direction.

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