Friday, February 14, 2014
Okay before I start my review - I just have to say - I'm wearing pants with a waistband for the first time since LAST October - 16 months. Pre-pregnancy. Pretty happy about that.
Okay, so the Fitbit Flex. I got it in the mail last night and opened the box right when I got home from conferences. I couldn't set it up, it was 8pm and I wanted to spend at least SOME time with the boys before bedtime. I plugged it in to charge and called it done.
This morning I woke up, showered, got ready, and then went upstairs and put it on. The reviews saying it was hard to put on were not lying. But it feels secure, so once it's on I'm fine with it. And there's a learning curve - it's easier the 2nd time for sure.
Visually, I love it. It's the perfect color for me (lime green!) and it's pretty fashionable - at least in comparison to much of the jewelry I wear. I am not a change-out-my-jewelry-to-match
-my-outfit kinda gal. I wear what I like until I can't wear it anymore. So it works for me. No qualms if it doesn't match, partially because it's lime green and I love pretty much anything that's lime green. I also love that I can tap to see my progress and it's actually very motivating.
I started by downloading the app on my phone, since I had to wait til I was at work to start playing with it for real. I love that it syncs automatically. I have the little dongle thing plugged into my computer at home so I will install the software for that too, but there are sometimes 2-3 days at a time that I don't turn on my computer and I just use my phone or tablet because I'm busy or I'm cuddling with the kids and the computer is sort of a hassle. So the bluetooth feature was very very appealing to me. I can see how I'm doing on ANY of my devices, not just the one that the dongle is plugged into.
So by the time I logged in on my phone at work and really started exploring, I already had like 700 steps. I park far away in the parking lot and have to walk all the way around the school to get to my classroom, so this is not an unlikely amount. The other thing that I love about it is that it's taking my BASAL calorie burn, not just the calorie burn from exercising. I need to burn almost 2200 calories per day to lose 1 pound per week. That makes sense to me. And it tracks that and takes my basal rate into account.
There is the option to set up a food plan and track food right on that app. Maybe eventually I will do that, but instead for now I synced it to my SP account (another thing I LOVE) and will continue tracking my food here.
It did motivate me to take a quick 5 min walk around the building, which added about 700 steps to my total so far. I see myself doing that more, or walking down to rooms to ask teachers questions rather than just emailing them. because it's fun to turn on my phone and see the numbers change.
As of right now, I don't have any friends :( If you want to be my fitbit friend, you should let me know cause I think that could be a really fun and motivating part of the whole thing.
I'm also excited to use the sleep feature. I know I don't sleep well - I could be in bed for 8 or 9 hours and wake up so darn tired. So seeing that sleeping cycle and finding out how much actual sleep I'm getting will be interesting. I will also be interested to see how the alarm works. I guess you can set up to like 8 silent alarms for different things throughout the day, so we'll see how that works out.
Overall, I'm so so happy with my purchase. I stated in a previous post that I returned my SP tracker to get this one, and I'm happy that I did. Not that the SP tracker isn't a great little gadget, but I feel like I'm going to get a lot more out of this one. So now I'm going to walk around the building again, just to see how my steps change.