I don’t have an excuse any more. Athena is almost two years old and the extra weight that I gained during pregnancy is still holding on. Before I was pregnant, I felt good about myself, regardless of what I was wearing and I maintained an active, healthy lifestyle. I never looked at a scale because it was a non-issue and buying clothes was fun. Wow! How things have changed. I need a motivator, something to make being active fun. I go out for walks with Athena but she’s walking herself now so the distance covered has gone down drastically. Darren mentioned that he was ordering a Fitbit and the more I thought about it, I realized it was exactly what I had in mind so I asked for the Fitbit One for review. The Fitbit One tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. Come nightfall, it measures sleep quality and wakes you in the morning. The One motivates me to reach my goals by encouraging greater fitness in my life 24 hours a day.
Today was my first day using the Fitbit One. I followed the simple steps to adding the tracking program to my computer and attached the Fitbit to my pants. At 10 am, I checked my progress. It was a rainy, windy day and we were stuck indoors so I figured it would be low.
I had already climbed 9 floors, walked 2,465 steps for a distance of 1.08 miles, burned 905 calories, and was very active for 5 minutes. I was encouraged! I wanted to reach the daily goals and I was already close to walking the 10 floors. So what did I do? I ran out to the hall, ran down the stairs, ran back up, and waited for my stats to sync. Proudly, I clicked on the “Top Badges” section and looked at my accomplishment. I received my first badge for climbing 10 floors. That little motivator was enough to make me push more all day.
By noon, I was half way to reaching all of the other daily goals. Every time I looked at the stats, I was more encouraged and more active.
Today, even though it was miserable and rainy outside, I danced more with Athena, I made extra trips up and down the stairs just to increase my stats, and I felt positive about my active involvement. Today was a successful, active day thanks to my Fitbit.
The Fitbit One has a great design, solid accuracy for steps and floors climbed, and a nice screen. It’s easy to hide and the mechanism is accurate without worrying about position. It’s rain, splash, and sweat-proof, allowing me to brave the elements. The battery life lasts for days and I can see real time progress on the graphs and charts. Being active just got a whole lot easier and more fun.
Since Darren has one as well, although it’s a different design/model, we can challenge each other, increasing our motivation even more. (If you know me at all, there is no question that I’m extremely competitive.) In addition to rooting for each other, we can compare stats and see how our progress stacks up. Today, I kicked his butt.
Game on, Darren.