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Fitbit - Day 6

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The first couple of days with my Fitbit, I was appalled at how sedentary it showed I was. 96% out of my day was sedentary. I THOUGHT I was busy all the time, I did dance classes and started Zumba for Wii and walked.....

But there was that number, 96%. I realized, it was right. I was sedentary a LOT.

So, after that initial period of shock, I decided I would start moving more no matter what! 96% was not acceptable!

I began:
*Getting up every 30 min from my desk (computer job) and walking a quick lap around our floor (about 100 steps).
*I started walking outside on at least one of my breaks, many times both of them (about 1500 steps).
*I paced back and forth if I had to wait somewhere, instead of finding a chair and sitting down
*I continued Zumba for Wii and was shocked to see that it didn't burn as many steps as I thought it would (about 1500 steps for 30 minutes). However, I do feel it is high intensity (for me!) movement and well worth that 30 minutes, even tho Fitbit gives it about half the steps I would have expected for the time.
*I did only have 2 nights of dance, where normally I would have 4 (student illness, cancellation)

You can see my progression in steps - due SOLELY to the motivation of making my Fitbit stats rise:
(Goals 10,000 Steps/day, 1000 activty score/day)

Monday: 4061 steps, 326 activity score (no dance classes, 20ish min of Zumba)
Tuesday: 7039 steps, 485 activity score (no dance classes, 30 min of Zumba)
Wednesday: 8730 steps, 662 activity score (one hour of dance class, 20 min of Zumba)
Thursday: 9210 steps, 661 activity score (1.5 hours of dance class, 30 min Zumba)
Friday: 7379 steps, 521 activity score (no dance class, no zumba).

Fitbit is a huge motivator for me. I walked, moved, zumba'd, and danced around as much as I could.

Friday, I was tired. I mean TIRED, lol. Over the week, I at least once moved my sedentary rate from 96% to 83%. That's a pretty big increase for only a few days. I was frankly pretty amazed at how much work it took to raise my activity level that much!

I was also surprised that by calculating my calories burned in a different way than SparkPeople, I could eat more food. I didn't necessarily eat more calories a day than I would normally, unless I felt hungry.

Weight? Well, it's really early to tell. I have a strong history of it taking about a week to 10 days to show the effort of a week's work on the scale. I started the week at I think at around 247ish and this a.m. was at 244. That's where I've been bouncing up and down up and down for about three weeks, the lowest I got was 241, for about 1 day, LOL. Then I went from 244 to 249, up and down up and down, up and down. I'm not a fast loser (see previous posts about insulin resistance, estrogen dominance, and perimenopause, sigh).

I can tell you I think Fitbit is worth every penny. I've had pedometers and had poor success with them in the past. I have three pedometers in a drawer, if that tells you anything. Fitbit's dashboard, showing not only your steps, but your calories burned, distance traveled, and your activity, is a massive motivator for me. Possibly the most motivating tool I've ever used. I love that it syncs with Spark, meaning I don't have to log my food somewhere else, because I know for a fact....I won't. Spark has the best food tracking system for me and I love that I can still use it and see it on the Fitbit dashboard.

That's it. My post in continuing praise of the Fitbit. I noticed a couple snarky comments from folks I shared my excitement with in the 'real' world. "wow, that's really expensive" - from a woman with $200 worth of extensions in her hair. "That's just a glorified pedometer, you didn't need that" from someone who is just as obese as I am - and frankly not doing a single thing about it.

I'm extremely pleased I purchased it. I even posted a link to Fitbit on Facebook and wrote "Best $50 I ever spent, period!".

That's it for today. Have an AWESOME weekend!
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    I just bought a fitbit about a week and a half ago, and I am experiencing similar is certainly motivating me to MOVE! I love this thing! It is well worth every penny.

    1927 days ago
  • SHAR140
    YES!!!! Soooo happy for you, that it's helped motivate you so much. :)
    1933 days ago
  • LEXIE63
    I want to get a fitbit one day, but right now I just don't have the money. *sigh*
    Sounds like you are having a whale of a time with yours! Awesome!
    1934 days ago
    LOVE LOVE LOVE my fitbit.
    1937 days ago
    The Fitbit is so worth the money. It's so much more than a pedometer. It's so motivating and a real eye opener when it comes to seeing how active or inactive you are.
    1937 days ago
  • KIMBERLY19732
    Ignore the "haters" enjoy your FitBit, I'm loving mine!!!! emoticon
    1937 days ago
    I LOVE my fitbit! I also purchased the online upgade and am doing the "training" - each week it increases the number of calories I have to burn through movement - some days it is pretty tough to get those calories burned, but I am at the end of week 12. Also, best money I have ever spent! Congratulations on your progress - keep going - you can get to that 10,000 step mark and beyond!
    1937 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    I'm happy you are enjoying your fitbit and that it encourages you to move more. I agree that the money spent on my fitbit was the best I ever spent too.

    You are getting so close to the 10,000 step mark. I know you can do it! Do you watch much TV? If so, I find pacing while I watch helps my steps add up and keeps me burning calories too emoticon

    Keep up the good work and have fun!
    1937 days ago
    Wow! I believe that, if it works do it! If we were all motivated by the same thing and achieved success the same way, wouldn't there only be one SparkTeam and we would all be super-successful there! Not the case, right? As for "real people", any investment in your health is not a waste. No one blinks when they see people with a $400 phone, but $50 to know for sure you're doing all that you can for your health? That's money well spent!

    Good luck and I'm glad you enjoy it.
    1937 days ago
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