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Training: Two Weeks With My Fitbit

Fitbit Product Review

My weekday totals are drastically low with the exception of days 4 and 6 when I attended a trade show.

My weekday totals are drastically low compared to my weekends, with the exception of days 4 and 6 when I attended a trade show.

At Christmas, my in-laws gave me an Amazon gift card. This is surprisingly hard to spend. I buy lots of stuff from Amazon — books, office supplies, kitchen gear — but I wanted to use my Christmas gift on something cool, something that I probably wouldn’t have bought for myself otherwise.

Hello, Fitbit!

Let’s face it: the Fitbit is a glorified pedometer, which is why I couldn’t justify spending $99.95 on one. But I’d heard good reviews from people who absolutely adored theirs, and had coveted one for months. Really, it was the perfect gift.

In spite of my sedentary weekdays, I still managed to hit a total of 50 miles in less than 2 weeks!

In spite of my sedentary weekdays, I still managed to hit a total of 50 miles in less than 2 weeks!

My Fitbit One arrived two Saturdays ago, and I had to immediately fight the urge to gamify my lifestyle, particularly since I wanted to live a “normal” week to establish a baseline lifestyle. For example, living at working at my single-story home left me with a very low step count and no accrued flights of stairs. I had to fight my urge to go out and walk to the store just to boost my step count, especially during my baseline week.

I thought that the extras — sleep, calorie and hydration tracking — wouldn’t be useful, and yet I find myself diligently inputting all of this additional information and comparing data from one day to the next. It’s strangely fascinating. You can also track your weight, heart rate, blood pressure and blood glucose, but these aren’t things that I measure. (Yes, I know that I’m probably supposed to be weighing myself weekly. Nope, I just don’t care that much.)

More than 130,000 steps in 14.5 days. Not bad at all.

More than 130,000 steps in 14.5 days. Not bad at all.

It’s easy to use: you just clip it to your shirt, belt, pocket or bra, the latter being the most practical (for me) and least likely to go flying in a restroom.

If I lost mine tomorrow, would I buy another? Yep. Although I have to admit that I’d probably wait until the Fitbit Flex (bracelet-style) hits the market later this Spring.

So, what have I been doing for training, you ask? Well, not much in terms of real training as I’m not actually training for anything in particular. I’ve been doing something closer to Increasing Overall Activity Levels, which the Fitbit likes to monitor; coincidence? On Tuesday, I went to Zumba for the first time in months. Yesterday, I coached little league in the morning, played with the kiddo in the backyard, then went for a 5-mile family bike ride and picnic. In the evening, The Husband and I walked downtown for dinner. Today, I went for the killer upper rim hike around the reservoir with a friend, and then spent the rest of the day playing backyard games with the kiddo and my jello legs. I think I’m going to sleep really well tonight.

So… what have y’all been up to lately?

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