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4/13/14 11:55 A

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I think I'm going for the zip... I really don't need the sleep track and the zip used batteries... A plus in my book :)

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4/13/14 9:56 A

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4/11/14 8:08 A

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It was good to read all this info, I was thinking of getting a fitbit and now I think after reading these posts I will try it out!

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4/11/14 7:09 A

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Stairs, I think it gives me floors when I am driving, but it doesn't seem to give me calories for those floors. So I can handle that. But yes, I don't think the stairs are always accurate.

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4/10/14 9:55 P

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My mom has one. She likes it but it doesn't track her stairs correctly.

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4/10/14 8:48 P

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I wonder if you went back to the company with the further information if they would replace it or not. I know my twin had her's replaced for free when she broke it and they didn't need to do that as it was her fault.

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4/10/14 8:19 P

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I have had my fitbit One since Jul 12, 2013 - 9 months. As of yesterday it stopped syncing. I have communicated with the company, and they pointed me to the suggestions on https://help.fitbit.com/customer/portal/articles/987770. I did all of those things, and it does not sync with my PC, or phone. I then logged on with my daughter's fitbit Zip on the same phone and - synced right away. Yes, my One is fully charged, I have forced it to restart, - done everything on the fitbit site, their facebook site, and other message boards.

The bottom line is that the One is still functional and tracking - but cannot send its data anymore to sync. So, its useless to me. Has anyone else had a fitbit and experienced the syncing completely stop functioning? I'm thinking it is the bluetooth in it that has conked out, and I'm just wondering if others have had their begin working again or not. Trying to decide if I should just pitch it, but it sure was expensive for something that didn't even last a year.



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9/5/13 12:28 P

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Still loving my fitbit that I got last year around Christmas time. WEar it every day. :)

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
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10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
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4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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9/5/13 11:43 A

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It's on my wish list for when I get my raise. I have an omron pedometer that I've had for YEARS and love it! So for now that suits my needs. I'd be interested to have something measure my sleep which is what the fitbit can do!




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9/3/13 6:24 A

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Yes! I got the fitbit 1 for Christmas last year...my husband washed it in June. I got another one in July.

I love seeing my steps.

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9/1/13 2:52 P

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No for now but it is going to be my present for sticking to ny goals until the 15th.



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9/1/13 11:57 A

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I have used the Fitbit Ultra (lost it) the Fitbit One (washed it) and just sent back the FitBit zip...only because I am on a roll loosing them

I now have the FITBIT FLEx....vast improvement. I am extremely happy.

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Yes I have a FitBit Zip which is just a glorified pedometer really. However, its more accurate than any pedometer I have owned and on the Dashboard I can see when I need to get moving~

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8/31/13 1:22 P

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No. A coworker spent a lot to get one and raves how it's the best ever. I spent $20 on amazon for an Omron and I'm so happy with it. I don't need something else to sync on my PC. I just want to be able to keep it on me and look at how I'm doing throughout the day. It's very accurate and I don't need all the bells and whistles on the Fitbit. IMHO.

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8/31/13 4:53 A

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I really like mine; never even notice it on unless I want to check it. The calorie burn reading is pretty close to what Spark gives for the type of workouts I do. It's a fun little gadget.

This is for me...


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8/30/13 9:30 P

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Yes! Love it!!

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YES!!!! The Fitbit One is the only piece of equipment that challenges me to get fit.



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4/1/13 2:27 P

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@ SAMSCHUSTER:

Your One determines whether you are "asleep" or "awake" by your body movements.

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No, already spent the money on the cookbook and The Spark Solution. On a fixed income that barely meets my needs, I can't afford to keep spending money on things I really don't need when I can get my exercise for free by walking.



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4/1/13 11:55 A

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I have been using one for awhile now and love it. I have a reminder alarm to remind me to drink my water...I like how it syncs automatically with spark people so I don't need to figure that out. I also like that it showed me that I am really more active on my "lazy" days than I think I am, most of the time. Right now I am still trying to lose the weight, but I think it will actually be MORE helpful when I get to the point where I am maintaining... I'm used to going a million miles an hour, so it will hopefully help me when I am NOT exercising an hour a day 6 days a week...

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4/1/13 11:13 A

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I got the fitbit one a few weeks ago and have been pleased with it. I didn't expect to care/use the sleep tracking portion much, but find that I check that very early in the day. Not sure how it determines what "waking up" is, but I knew I was a restless sleeper, and am now looking into ways to reduce that. I'm also not sure how it determines the caloric use not associated with walking.

But as others have stated, it's a great easy way to set walking/stair goals and get constant feedback on where you stand with them. The integration with the iPhone app and SparkPeople is great too. I'm very happy with my purchase and would do it again.

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4/1/13 8:44 A

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No.

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3/31/13 9:43 P

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yes


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3/30/13 11:16 P

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I LOVE my fitbit ultra! I'm definitely a numbers person- and I get really addicted to seeing all the stats. It motivates you to go up that extra flight of stairs, park further from the door to get in a few extra steps, and really makes it obvious when you've been "lazy" that day. Just make sure you wear it DAILY, and not just on days when you're motivated to work out! Sometimes if I know I'm gonna have a lazy day I'm tempted to just not wear it- but the whole point is that it really holds you accountable if you've had a really lazy day. lol I've purchased a lot of gadgets I would NOT repurchase if they broke or got lost- but this one I WOULD definitely save up the money to repurchase if anything happened to it.



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3/30/13 5:45 P

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Yes!

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3/30/13 5:09 P

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I like my Nike fuel band, mostly cos it has a watch. the company that makes fitbit is planning to come out with a wrist band version (i think its them). I'm watching for that.



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I highly recommend the Fitbit One, even for people like me who aren't really gadget people. I can barely set my alarm clock. I've had my i-pod for two years and I just figured out this morning how to hook it up to my regular stereo speakers. The Fitbit One is really easy to use. If I can do it, anyone can. It synced up easily with my computer, and it only has one button to push. You just scroll through the little screens -- calories burned, stairs climbed, steps taken....it's great.

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I have had mine for a week now. I'm Addicted!



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3/27/13 10:30 P

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Love love love mine



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I love my Fitbit. I got one for Christmas. I love seeing my progress and reaching my step goals everyday. It really does encourage me to be more active. I heard that even if you get a good workout at the gym in the morning, that it wont help if you just sit on a couch the rest of the day. I got it to encourage me to be more active throughout the day. I also like tracking my sleep. I highly recommend it so anyone trying to be more active.

Is it wrong to fight time, to turn it back or push it forward? Time was never mine.


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@ QUEEMBERLIX1:

The One and the Zip do recognize steps on the elliptical trainer. I would imagine that the Flex will do so, too.

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I'm intrigued. I'll set aside a few bucks a week, perhaps.

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find that you get what you need. -- Stones, claro


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nah, not really my thing

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Has anyone used the FitBit with an elliptical trainer? Does it recognize steps? Thinking about asking for the Flex for my birthday....

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I really want to get one as soon as my budget allows. emoticon



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For the people that say it's not worth it, can you tell me why?

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3/7/13 5:14 P

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Love my fitbit one! It keeps me moving. It is a great motivational tool. I feel I am in competition with myself!

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I've been using my fitbit one for just a few days now and I do feel more motivated. Now that I can see exactly how far I walk, I am compelled to reach the 10,000 step goal every day. I literally walked all around my house before bed to get in the last few hundred steps last night. It's been a real eye opener and bonus for me. Love mine. I think I'll name him Felix. LOL

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My fit bit zip just arrived. Now I need to figure out how to set it up and sync it. I can' wait to use it. I already feel more motivated.

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3/7/13 2:52 P

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Love it



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3/7/13 2:28 P

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I like mine. Helps you see your progress during the day. If you are nearing a goal, it can motivate you to find a few more steps for your day. I also like the sleep monitor. Now, I have another goal to help me be more healthy.



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Thanks, ROCKMAN6797! That's exactly what I was looking for :)



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love it!

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I got my fitbit and so far I love it. It's pricey but I think it will help me workout more. I worked out today already even though I was not planning on it. Tomorrow, I plan to workout before work.



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No


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I love it



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@ STEPH05:

In addtion to the amount of steps the One records floors and allows you to create RECORDING which are basically a "snap shot" of a time period in your day. I use these to give me data about certain cardio activities. The One also provide sleep data.
The Zip counts steps. It is a great starter unit but I think the One is worth the extra $40.00.

Here is a link that offers an extensive comparison of the various FitBit products:

www.fitbit.com/comparison/trackers

Edited by: ROCKMAN6797 at: 3/6/2013 (13:57)
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Still on the fence but interested.

"Don't hide your light...." Psalms


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Does anybody have a recommendation for the Fitbit Zip vs. Fitbit One?



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I have the small one- my hubby surprised me with it. I do use a heart rate monitor for cardio (and replace the fit bit entry with what my hrm calculates!)- I do think it's motivating. Amazing how I exceed my target on workout days and am shamefully below on non-workout days! It does help me get up and move more.

I do not understand how it decides when I've worked out- even on pretty chill days it decides I've worked out for at least 20 minutes... I also don't know how accurate its estimated caloric burn is- some days where I'm more active it tells me I've burned less than days I've hit 1-2k fewer steps!

But overall I think it is a good motivational tool. Whether the pricier model is worth it, I'm not sure. There are other brands with similar features as well- like the nike band and all. Just depends on what you like!

*edit*

also, it doesn't record the same mileage as the elliptical itself when working out (it's always less than the machine says)- the fitbit fitness entry is pretty similar to my hrm on workout days, though. i wear it on my sports bra when working out and it does fine.

Edited by: LOTUS737 at: 3/5/2013 (11:16)
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I use a heart rate monitor. No fit bit yet!

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Yes. I really like it, so motivating.

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LONERCHICK, emoticon & emoticon to the team

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lonerchick------- you will be happy with it. Its a very handy piece of plastic to keep you motivated. You'll enjoy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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I'm supposed to get mine Wednesday! I can't wait. I finally broke down and bought the pricey little thing.



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SHARKYCHARMING, emoticon & emoticon on getting a fitbit and getting yourself motivated and hydrated. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Fitbit gets a huge YES from me. I wasn't even slightly motivated to do the exercise component of weight loss until I got my Fitbit One. (I started with the Fitbit Zip but it didn't do enough cool stuff for me.) I am a computer/gadget-loving person, and I find it very satisfying to have the Fitbit track things for me. (I get annoyed by having to manually enter things, like here on SP.)

I love the sleep tracker. It tells you how many times you woke up and measures the efficiency of your sleep. And I don't think there's any problem with average steps being counted as fitness, because I have a sedentary desk job and just knowing that I am wearing my Fitbit makes me get up and walk to talk to a coworker instead of emailing, and even makes me drink more water because I have to walk into a different part of the building to refill my water bottle. (I used to be so lazy that I would just let myself be thirsty and dehydrated -- that's how much I despised moving around.)

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3/3/13 2:27 P

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2/27/13 8:16 P

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JCLARKSON, if you type in Fitbit on Amazon, you'll see many other choices. I considered the Jawbone UP for the wristband, but now I'm back to the Fitbit Zip. I like the sync with Spark website, no other device has that. I know that a Flex Fitbit is coming out in April with a wristband, but it's $$. The zip is half that. still thinking about it :P

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2/27/13 8:01 P

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I have also thought about getting the fitbit but there are many choices out there for these types of devices. Does anybody have any other brand?



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2/27/13 7:32 P

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I say YES with whole heart. I love my Fitbit, and it has given me the needed motivation to lose 11 pounds since the start of the year, a feat that had eluded me for months. I feel like it really keeps me on track.
I will say that most of my activities are walking-type-movement based (I do a lot of walking, dancing, jogging, etc.) so I feel it tracks me pretty correctly. I have heard it suggested that if you bike, stationary or out on the road, you will get a better calorie and step count if you clip the bit to your shoe or sock so it can record more movement than on your hip, bra, or shirt collar.
While syncing with SparkPeople has a learning curve (which calorie count do I go by? Where's my water tracker? etc.) I got the hang of it within a week and am thrilled with the results.
More on my relationship to the Fitbit can be found in my blog, which you are all welcome to read.



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2/26/13 12:06 P

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I am good without one. I keep try fairly well just using SP trackers. There may come a time when I will need to get one, but so far I have been making great progress just keeping it simple!

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2/26/13 11:56 A

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I got a fitbit one somewhere between here and there, I bought a new computer that wont allow outside downloads and had to upgrade to the ONE. And had to buy a galaxy111 smartphone to sync with so I can stay on my websites. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2/26/13 11:51 A

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I love mine



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2/26/13 10:17 A

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I need a to get a fitbit.



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2/26/13 9:55 A

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I agree with the previous commenter. Stairs, walking, etc. the fitbit calorie burn seems fair to me, but biking or stationary bike, not really. I find on my biking as my exercise days my fitbit is rather low and that does aggravate me some and probably encourages me to walk more as exercise and discourages biking a tiny bit.

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4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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2/26/13 9:41 A

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The FitBit does a great job tracking calories on most cardio machines, i.e., those using a walking-type of motion. IMO, it does not do its best work while biking or using a stationary cycle.

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Does the FitBit (or any other of these type device) track calories spent while biking or on cardio equipment like ellipticals or stationary bikes?



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2/25/13 5:34 P

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I know what you mean I was just walking in circles in my living room, so I can get to 20,000 steps before supper.



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2/25/13 5:03 P

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I recently purchased a FitBit and as many others have mentioned, I found that it motivated me to do just that little bit extra every day to get the badges and make the flower grow. Unfortunately for me, it was so easy to forget that it was attached to my bra that it went through the washer. The company stands behind it's product and is replacing it at no cost which they do NOT have to do because I'm the one that screwed up. My new one should be here soon and I'm going to attach a ribbon which I will pin to a different item of clothing to remind me it's there when I change clothes. If you can afford it, it really does help me not only with moving more but I found myself thinking twice before eating as well.



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2/25/13 8:50 A

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why not



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2/25/13 8:37 A

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JIMINI,
I'm wouldn't think that a $100 purchase fits well within a $10k budget.

In terms of sleep, it works well for someone like me that is trying to get 8 hours. Your situation is different. The FB won't directly help you get a good night's rest when you are so far off. Indirectly, it could assist sleep if it motivates you to get more exercise. However, I would probably investigate spending my $100 on sleep aides (e.g. melatonin, room darkening shades, etc.)



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2/24/13 11:23 P

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JIMINI, Here is my take on the fitbit sleep monitoring and I am no expert. You wear the fitbit on your arm in a wristband. The fitbit monitors sleep by the movement or non movement of your arm not the fact that you are actually asleep. The graph will definetly give you some idea about your sleep pattern, but I personally don't think the expensive is worth the price if you are only buying it to track your sleep patterns.

I love my fitbit and would buy another one, but I might not buy the one that tracks sleep.
Hope that helps

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2/24/13 11:01 P

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I have read about the Fitbit and it sounds like my kind of gadget. I was educated as a scientist so I like empirical evidence. I particularly liked the sleep monitoring aspect - I have trouble with sleep. I go to bed every night at 9 pm, turn off all the lights, appliances, etc. 12 pm I am usually still awake, tossing & turning, I remake my bed and try again. At some point, obviously I do drift off. It has been a long time since I have been able to sleep past 3:30 am. I take naps during the day; but this is not a good way to live. I am hoping that the Fitbit might help me with this - but it is so expensive! My income last year was less than $10,000 for the year and I have to pay my expenses heat, utilities, phone, internet, etc. Would it be worth it? let me know what you think, thanx.

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2/23/13 6:11 P

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I've had my fitbit one for 8 days and I've never had so much motivation (I had to change my goal from one pound per week loss to two!). I absolutely love the thing! The badges push me to keep going and I like syncing and seeing where I stand without having to manually go in and enter every single thing (I also love graphs. I've been teased about it). When you add in food it tells you how many calories you have left to eat and adjusts it as you continue to burn calories throughout the day. I really love seeing that.

My boyfriend mentioned the Up to me and he ended up getting that one, but I am very glad I didn't get it. The lack of a screen to SEE how I'm doing was the real deal breaker on that one. You can plug it into your phone, but I like checking my fitbit a lot and plugging into the phone every 30 minutes is a serious fun killer. It also doesn't have the food tracking, which I didn't think I'd use on the fitbit, but I'm glad I have it.

I saw a lot of people say they were easy to lose, but I haven't had any trouble so far. It usually takes me a little work to get it off of my pants. It's small enough to store in a pocket or pouch or something too.



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2/23/13 4:36 P

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Slysam - Thanks for one of the most useful and detailed evaluations of the fitbit that I've seen ANYWHERE - and trust me, I've read a lot of them. I truly appreciate that you took the time to compile such a thoughtful and careful analysis of its functionalities.

Would you mind sharing what kind of HRM you use?

Many thanks!



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