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Me and my Fitbit

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Last month I finally bought a Fitbit One. For about a year I had been reading about them, and Spark Friends mentioned being at the top of the steps list but I never really knew what they were talking about. I considered buying one then for a brief moment, but discarded the idea. I didn't track steps anyway. Plus I kept a manual food and exercise diary for Spark. I didn't think it was in any way relevant to me.

I couldn't have been more wrong. I absolutely love my Fitbit. I am maximizing it's use and have now moved all my tracking to my Fitbit Dashboard. What do I do with my Fitbit that is so amazing to me?

I used to keep a manual food diary, but now I enter my foods for calories in on my Fitbit Dashboard. If I can't find my food, I find something similar. I am not going to be anal about it b/c in fact I think I cheated and under reported my calories anyway when I kept a manual diary. Last night I had eaten 1434 calories and only burned 1325 calories, so I had to exercise in the living room doing push-ups, leg lifts and running in place to re-balance calories in to calories burned. OK, so I am a little anal after all. LOL

I have a goal of 6000 steps a day. Last night I was at 5,441, so I jogged in place until I hit 6,000. On every other day, my steps are in the 12,000 range because on those days I work out. I have been good about working out 3x a week. It is the other days of the week that I am trying to get up to 6,000.

To lose 1# a week, I need to have a 3500 calorie deficit per week, or 500 calorie deficit daily. That didn't happen yesterday. Maybe today. It amazes me that without exercise, my caloric burn is so low. That explains why I have not made a lot of progress. Hopefully that will change.

I track my water on it too with a goal of 8 glasses. I enter it when I do my food.

My weight and sleep are synch'd with Spark. and that is just another benefit for me.

By joining Fitbit Users Unite Spark Team, and entering my numbers on weekly and monthly challenges helps me to understand what moves my numbers and what I need to do to move them. Lately I've been noticing that my calories burned and my steps do not necessarily move in sync. The Fitbit Dashboard allows me to monitor my daily calorie deficit.

So you see, dear friends, the Fitbit is more than just a step tracker. So much more. And just this week I have added just a few Spark friends to my friends list and we can all encourage one another to...


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    Great information, Nancy, about the Fitbit! I'm so glad I read your article... I have been on the fence as you had been about buying one, but now I think your words convinced me to buy one. What kind do you have? emoticon emoticon
    2616 days ago
    I really love my fitbit, too. It stays charged for so long that sometimes I forget to put it on the charger. I got an email reminder today that the battery was getting low. I had to put it on the charger and missed counting my steps from exercising.
    I'd love to be fitbit friends with you if we can find each other in there.
    2702 days ago
  • MONIKA1948
    I knew you would love it, Nancy. I have to find my fitbit and start using it again. Its amazing how it motivates you to try and get as many steps in as possible. Great blog!!
    2702 days ago
    I want a fitbit so bad!!!! I'm saving up for one now. Hoping to be able to get it at the beginning of the year!! I really think it would be a great aide!! Thanks for sharing!
    2704 days ago
    Thanks for this blog. I've been thinking about getting a fitbit too, but keep putting it off. You really make me want to get more serious about checking them out. emoticon
    2705 days ago
    Nancy, I've had my fitbit since June 2012 and I LOVE it!! I'm amazed at all the information I get from it!! Here's to adding LOTS of steps in 2014! emoticon
    2705 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14171584
    thank you adding your perspective to the Fitbit. I have been tempted to get one and have not yet
    2705 days ago
    thanks for the info
    2705 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13109206
    I love my fitbit. it keeps me motivated.

    2705 days ago
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