Saturday, May 16, 2015

My Fitbit and Me

Today, I received my trusty Fitbit Flex in the mail.  After a good half an hour spent setting up my newest technological item, it is now firmly attached to my wrist.  Yes, I have joined the Fitbit crowd.  



Some readers may remember my talking about this earlier. My children had offered to pay for one, and in fact I had this in my Amazon wish list at one time-hence their offer. I had left the gadget sitting in my shopping basket for a couple weeks however, for a few reasons.  At this point I do not wear a watch, and I was not sure how having something constantly on one wrist would feel (I use my phone for the time, and just never replaced the watch). At least a third of my exercise time was spent doing seated exercise or in the water, and that would still have to be entered manually.  Finally of course, was the exercise/weight loss debate.  In the end though, I decided that it would be good to track my sleep and get a fair idea of how much movement I get each day. I do not think I will be disappointed.

For those who wonder, I am not the queen of technology, and it was VERY easy to set up and to adjust my goals (I am not afraid of technology, but I believe that I should be the user, not the other way around if you will). As of this first day, it seems very comfortable. I have not yet decided if I will wear it to track my sleep or remove it at night. While this model is fine in rain and other situations it is not jump in the pool or hot tub waterproof. And while I ordered mine in basic blue gray/slate, they do come in a variety of colors. They also have many bands you can order separately, which I will probably look into, fashionista that I am (not).

I would also add that many phones have smart phone apps that will offer similar functions, if you are willing to keep the phone in your pocket or in your hand all day long, and if you don't care about sleep measurements.  I have times when I leave my phone behind, and I did not want the pocket or around my neck phone option, so this was the best choice for me.

Yesterday, meanwhile, was a "field trip day".  Two cars loaded up and traveled to three different fabric and yarn shops, explored downtown and had a leisurely lunch. I purchased fabric for place mats and fabric just because, and had a lovely lunch of chicken waffles with fruit and chip
otle maple syrup. I kept in touch with my college student, as I had scheduled a few visitors.  The sprinkler guy came to blow out and set the sprinklers, I had the yard aeration scheduled and I knew there was a package coming-so I did keep checking my texts.

One text I was unprepared for. As generally happens, while my son was doing clothing and taking care of other things, the dog was out playing.  This time, when he went back outside, he found our pup with his mouth full of-squirrel hair!  It seems he finally got close enough to our complacent squirrels to grab the tail end before it ran away.  Personally, I'd say those squirrels are way to comfortable in my yard.  They spend so much time in the yard, or under or on the bird feeder, they ignore the fact that we have two canines whose primary mission is to catch squirrels!  That will teach them (and yes, I'll up the flea medicine as well)!

Now, it's time to go play with some of that fabric, and enjoy some beef in wine from the slow cooker!

15 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with the Fitbit but it sounds interesting. But what does it actually do? And why would I want one? I don't wear a watch, either, so would it be uncomfortable?

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  2. Tom, it can track steps, distance traveled, and calories burned. It also tracks how well and how long you sleep for. I don't use it but it has a silent alarm and you can tap on it during the day and see what percentage of your goal you have met. I choose the steps option because I do an in place walking program in my house three days a wek.

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  3. Barb, not sure if my comment went through. I am traveling and using my Hubby's computer so if this is a duplicate, just delete. Anyway, love my Fitbit though I use the one that hooks onto my bra. I wrote about my experiences and thought you might get a kick out of it. If you are interested, here it is.
    http://rosythereviewer.blogspot.it/2014/09/fitbit-on-my-shoulder.html

    Rosy (not Chucky)

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    1. Thanks, I'll check it out. I love the wrist model, and it works much better for tracking sleep..my sleep is very restless!

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  4. Hi Barb. I think my first comment went into the internet outer space...I'll try again. I love your blog, by the way. I got a fitbit a few weeks ago and love it. I got the clip on type, as I did not think I would like having something on my wrist all the time. I simply clip it to my jeans and it really does not bother me at all.

    It's fun to track your steps, and I do think it helps to encourage more activity. My weight is fine, but I am logging my food as I find it encourages me to eat more healthy. I feel better logging an apple as my afternoon snack, as opposed to some cookies, candy etc ��

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  5. Hi Carole. This is the first comment I have seen. So far it is not bothering me at all. I got a wrist model so I could also track sleep. I do love tracking my steps as well although my goal is less than ten thousand, lol

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  6. I have thought about getting a Fitbit as well. One of my SIL's has one and wants me to be her FitBit buddy so we can encourage eachother.

    God bless.

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  7. I have used my FitBit for years and love it. It is simple and trustworthy and does a fairly good job of keeping me moving! I am buddies with some good friends so we do get competitive from time to time. FitBit has come out with Challenges you can send to each other if that is of interest. Mine is clipped to my bra - I recently had to replace it and considered the wrist strap one but decided I didn't want another tan line! Enjoy!

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    1. Hi there, thanks for stopping by. I am really comfortable with the wrist strap. I choose to only tan minimally and dont wear a watch so it's really not an issue. I may do some challenges later but with my knee I have a limited ability so right now I am at 5000 steps

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  8. I loved my Fitbit, and was addicted to the sleep tracking part, so you might at least give it a try. As a side note, I always wore mine in water like swimming pools and never had a problem. The one I had had the little device that removes from the band to charge--I would just take it out and dry it off when I got out. I know the ones where you can't take out the device are not water proof at all.

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    1. Thanks Syd, I will check it out. I did use it for one night and probably will again as I am a very restless sleeper. The flex manual was not really clear-on the one hand it said you could get it wet, but on the other hand it said strong water motions were bad for it!

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  9. I've had my fitbit about a month and I really like it a lot. I enjoy tracking my sleep - I'm slowing making adjustments (take meds earlier, get in bed by 10:00, don't eat too close to bedtime, all the usual advice). I see the results when I don't do the right thing.
    I also track my food eaten (I'm trying to lose weight as well) It's much easier to track food on myfitnesspal - another app which I have connected to the fitbit app. It's the first time I've actually enjoyed tracking what I eat. Lots of information. I also track water.
    There are some other tweaks - mapping your walks for one. I aim for the 10,000 steps but only meet that 1 or 2 times a week as a rule. More like 6-7, 000.
    All in all I believe the fitbit has helped me be conscious of how I take care of myself. I have the wrist model flex.

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