I am new to this blogging thing, but I feel like I need to say upfront that this is not a paid endorsement for fitbit.
I have a love/hate relationship with my fitbit. I really, really love it (most of the time). It is fairly accurate. Provides a wealth of useful information. And when I reach my daily step goal, I always give out a little cheer when it vibrates on my wrist. Last night, however, I hated it. I started the morning taking Lucy on a one-mile walk. Had lots of meetings and running around throughout the day. I was sure I would hit my goal of 10,000 steps. As the day went on, I waited for that alert, but alas, no vibration. Just before bed, I checked the app: 9,300 steps! Only 700 from my goal. Damn you, fit bit. It’s like it is taunting me. I nearly got out bed to walk around the house, but Brett convinced me that was crazy.
Brett gave me my first fitbit for Christmas 2013: the now extinct fitbit force. You know, the one that was recalled because it was causing a rash on many users? Well, it didn’t bother me, and at the time it was the only one that showed your stats right on the device, so I kept it. And it worked very well. When I wore it side by side with my GPS Garmin, the distance measured was fairly accurate. I wore that fitbit force for a long time, although it was not the most attractive thing. It was big, bulky and grey. (Note: I believe fitbit replaced the force with the new charge. It appears to have the same features as the force, but it is not bulky.) It clashed with most of my outfits. But wearing it every day to work made me look like a fitness buff (at least that’s what I told myself). One day last fall, my fitbit force fell out of my hand and onto the concrete garage floor. (I had just taken it off after a sweaty run.) It cracked, but it still worked. I continued to wear it for about nine more months, but the crack grew larger with wear, and soon it just fell apart. But hey, it took a licking and kept on ticking!
I thought I could fix it with gaffers tape or super glue. But, again, Brett told me that was crazy. It was the Saturday before Mother’s Day, so he asked me if I wanted a new one. Yes! Of course I did (I just wasn’t willing to buy it myself.) I decided to go with the more affordable fitbit flex this time. It is more fashionable (I got the pink band) and versatile (you can purchase bands in a variety of colors). You can even buy these chic bands from designer Tory Burch. The only downside to the fitbit flex is that it does not show your stats on the device. You have to check the app or the website. However, I always have my iPhone with me, so that is not a problem.
I have also discovered another fun fitbit activity: challenges. You see, with the app, you can “friend” other fitbit users and then you can create challenges in which you all compete and watch the progress of your competitors in real time. You can comment and cheer for each other. I’ve always like group training, so this makes the fitbit experience social and fun.
Last weekend, my sister-in-law invited me to join her weekday challenge group. I don’t know the other competitors very well, but I thought, why not? I was pumped. I was ready. Day one, I forgot to wear my fitbit. (It doesn’t work if you don’t wear it!) Needless to say, I was a day and about 10,000 steps behind from the get-go. I did not win. And by default, I did not come in last place. (One competitor bowed out after three days as she was going to the lake.) The challenge was fun, though, and I am looking forward to starting up again on Monday.
So fitbit. I love you. I hate you. You make me accountable, though, and for that I highly recommend you!
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