The 5% Challenge so far and my foray into "fitness devices"

Monday, February 25, 2013

Hello all!
Well, we started off to Moscow on Saturday and I'm sure some of the other teams are either already landed or almost there and I really, really find that I don't care where the other teams are. I just want my team, the wonderful Casual Travelers, to make progress toward their goals. I've been reading our team members' blogs and getting to know the members and what a great group of people. Go Casual Travelers!!!
On my own progress, I felt I needed a new toy or two to get back into the Spark weight-loss program after having been here and lost and then walking away and gaining a lot of weight back. I kind of felt I needed a gimmick of sorts. So, I looked into "fitness devices", which are really just amped up pedometers. There are a bunch of different ones, the FitBit, The BodyMedia, the Nike one, Jawbone, etc. I wanted one that tracked calories burned for the whole day because, as some of you might know, I am CONVINCED that the usual weight loss math of 3500 = 1 pound does not apply to me. I figure if I can see how many calories I am really burning and then faithfully and honestly track everything that goes in mouth, I can finally come up with the answer to the question that's been bugging me since day 1, how much of a calorie deficit do I need to lose a pound? And why the heck do I gain 4 pounds over ONE WEEKEND just because I went a bit nuts with food? I am a numbers kind of gal, show me charts in four colors and fancy formulas and I get it. I know weight loss is not an exact science (except for miss mimi! Girl, I swear!) and that the scale sometimes has to "catch up" and that there's no guarantees, but I think if I can gain some understanding of how my body really works as far as food in/calories burned, I won't feel so out of control of it. The loss/gains won't feel so random. I want it in black and white!!!
So, I did the research and couldn't decide between the FitBit One and the BodyMedia Fit so I ordered them both. They both track calories burned throughout the day and they both synch up with Spark. I got the FitBit already and have used it several days. Love it! So tiny and seems pretty accurate (I have tested it against my HRM, but that's another blog). FitBit pushes my exercise report to Spark and Spark pushes my food log to FitBit so everyone plays nicely together. It's been fun to see what I burn every day and how active I really am (or am not!).
The BodyMedia Fit should come tomorrow and I'm hoping I can test them side by side. I will do all kinds of testing and report it in a blog.
One impression I do have already is that the FitBit is intended more for someone who isn't as into exercise as I already am. I think it's more for getting someone up off the couch and moving as it counts as exercise most any kind of active movement. I think it gives me more fitness minutes in Spark than I really deserve, so for the 5% challenge, I am not reporting that number, but what I really feel was exercise minutes.

This is what the FitBit One looks like, it's tiny!
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    How fascinating! I'm not ready for that kind of tracking. It would definitely become a counterproductive obsession for me. But I hope to get there some day. I, like you, would love to have a better idea of how my personal metabolism works. This sounds like the ticket. I'll live vicariously through you for now. LOL But I can't wait to hear what you learn. Thanks for sharing!!
    2761 days ago
    I can't wait to hear about the results. I see a lot of people using the Fitbit, and most seem to enjoy it a lot. It would be very interesting how the Fitbit would rate my constant running around at work. I bet that would be tracked as a ton of exercise.
    2762 days ago
    I have a pedometer but haven't made the leap to fitness devices yet. Will be really interested in your comparison, since I've been toying with the idea of taking the next "fitness device" step!
    2765 days ago
    It'll be interesting to compare the two. Good luck with making progress!
    2765 days ago
    emoticon I can't wait to find our how you do!
    This is great research! It really looks like such a small
    device to help do all that!
    2765 days ago
    I'll be really interested to know what you think of the two. I have a fitbit, which I love, and anytime you have any active time it definitely records. While I don't count my walking through the grocery store as exercise, the Fitbit thinks differently. Like you, I'm reporting my actual fitness minutes for the 5% challenge rather than what the fitbit says. I also have a BodyMedia fit, but for whatever reason, it isn't working (I've had it for a long time) and I can't find all of my information on it, so I'll have to go online and do some research.

    Good luck with the process!
    2765 days ago
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