Ever since I saw the Body Buggs on the Biggest Loser years ago, I have needed wanted one. My husband the sometimes wiser one of us two…told me not to get one. He told me I would probably become too obsessed with the stats and always be wanting to work out. See, I am a cardio junky. I love doing anything cardiovascular. I crave it. He knew this could be my downfall. I listened to his voice of reason and resisted getting one. Fast forward to December 2013. I was given a fitbit flex
for Christmas. Oh. My. Gosh. It was love at first sight! The set up was easy, even for me! After that I simply downloaded the app on my iphone and I was in business! If you aren’t familiar with the fitbit flex it is a step tracking device and so.much.more, that you wear on your wrist. It can track you sleep, your miles, your calories (by entering in your food) your weight and active minutes. Do I sound obsessed?? Two things I love about it is that you can connect with other friends who have one too and send messages or just see their step totals and it is water proof which was wonderful since I wore it in the shower often. At first my step count wasn’t very accurate and that bugged me, big time. So, I had to set it specifically to my pace and then it was fine.
This tool, you guys, was so motivating! And yes! I became a bit obsessed! I had my steps set to be 10,000/day but if my average was at 14,000/day for that week, I would not let myself go below that. I could be found out walking the neighborhood in the dark to finish getting my steps in. I was totally and completely in love. Plus, the band comes in lots of different colors! I had a black one since that seemed to go with everything! Then, there’s the vibration it gives you on your wrist when you hit your goal! Scared Surprised me every time. Then….then they came out with the fitbit charge.
It does all the things the flex does…but is a watch, tells you your steps right on the device (not on your phone app), tracks flights of stairs climbed AND vibrates when you get a phone call and even scrolls the name of the person calling you! All on your wrist!! CAN YOU EVEN STAND IT????? I upgraded (obviously), for Mother’s day. My husband got himself the fitbit charge HR (with a heartrate monitor) for himself. Game on! It’s a joy and so motivating to wear it everyday! Did you know that if I don’t specifically work out, I only walk about 5,000 steps/day. But if I add in Costco and Trader Joe’s I can get up to 7-8,000 steps. And I ALWAYS try to beat Trevor’s steps for the day! If you need a little encouragement to get walking and moving…get this! Really, get this! And then befriend me on it so it will keep me motivated!
**Update…I wrote this almost a year ago and now am asking for the latest..the Fitbit Alta for my Birthday in July! I can’t wait! I now do a daily challenge on the app for all interested to help with workout accountability!