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Fitbit - One Year Later

Thursday, March 28, 2013

One year ago today I received my Fitbit Ultra in the mail and it has been - literally - quite a journey with this gadget!

In one year, I

~ walked 3,425,643 steps
~ went a total distance of 1,458.67 miles
~ climbed 2,542 floors

I won the following DAILY badges:

~ 5,000 steps walked (earned 295 times)
~ 10,000 steps walked (earned 165 times)
~ 15,000 steps walked (earned 29 times)
~ 20,000 steps walked (earned 7 times)
~ 10 floors climbed (earned 117 times)
~ 25 floors climbed (earned 6 times)
~ 50 floors climbed (earned 1 time)

I was originally on the fence about purchasing this item, but had some gift cards to reduce the price and ultimately was extremely satisfied with the purchase. This satisfaction increased ten-fold when Sparkpeople linked with Fitbit so that the 2 sites could share information - this "marriage" between the 2 companies made my life so much easier and made me work a bit harder physically since I didn't have to spend so much darn time at the computer linking everything together everyday. I especially like that Sparkpeople calculates the minutes that really "count" into your total activity. Likewise, Fitbit gets a thumbs up for continuously recalculating calories needed based on current activity. It takes all the guess work out.

I thought this device would make me more active and it did, but not as much as I originally anticipated. I was (and still am, to a degree) recovering from a back injury and had to put running on the back burner so I though this would be a good tool to measure my activity but it didn't give me as much motivation as I had hoped for. However, I am in maintenance anyhow and this device helped keep me there so I can't complain. I live on the 3rd floor of an elevator building and I took the stairs FAR more often than I did prior to getting this device, so there's a plus. It also made me more aware of my sleep patterns and I was able to see what things helped/hindered my sleep.

My only issues with the Fitbit are the following: the belt clip broke twice in one year! The first time, there was a backorder and it took almost 2 months to get. The second time they had no idea when one would come in and encouraged me to wear the Fitbit without the belt clip. I hesitated to do o b/c the design seemed flimsy and sure enough the device cracked open! This happened literally days before my warranty was up (earlier this week, in fact) and because it had been less than a year Fitbit is sending me a brand new, updated model! Great customer service for sure! Another issue I had, which I never addressed with Customer Service was the wireless connection. Although it was supposed to sync wirelessly, more often than not I had to un-plug, re-plug and then charge my Fitbit in order to get the info on the screen. Not at all a problem for me, but may be annoying for some.

So overall, a great purchase. It really became an obsession over time. On the rare occassion I forgot my FitBit at hme I almost felt like my activity wasn't really happening because I no longer had a record of it, lol. If you are considering purchasing one, I really think it is an amazing (and accurate) tool for the money!
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    I've been on the fence about getting a fitness gadget and I think you just pushed me over! Thanks! Maybe this will actually motivate me to get back to my goal!
    1884 days ago
    Good luck with the new model. I assume they are sending you the Fitbit One. I recently replaced my Ultra with the One when my Ultra cracked open and fell apart like yours did. The One is my fifth Fitbit, and this time I checked out the warranty. The one thing I don't like about the One is the rubber holster the device fits into. It seems flimsy, and the clip is difficult to slip onto my clothes.
    1885 days ago
    Great to get your perspective. Good to know about the service! Just a few months into it. And yes, nice stats! I have yet to reach 20K. WOW
    1885 days ago
    I love my fitbit. Great review. I concur and think it is worth every penny.
    1885 days ago
    Congrats on your achievements!!
    1885 days ago
    I have a body media from bodymedia.com. It works great and has never had issues. It's a better investment. emoticon
    1885 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    AWESOME review!
    I love the reactive calorie tracker that FB provides us. I am able to make better decisions with the amount of calories I have remaining at dinner time and it also will push me to get some activity in so that I can increase the number of calories I can have that day. I think you will love the One. It is slightly smaller, water-resistant, and, I think, a much easier screen to read at all times of the day.

    BTW, very nice stats. I bet looking at those stats makes your head spin!

    1885 days ago
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