One of the hardest parts of getting healthy, is realistically evaluating your lifestyle. For that to happen, you have to have a way of evaluating it. I have had a little bit of experience in doing this – and experience in thoroughly avoiding it. Now – I am generally neutralized with evaluating my movements without obsessing over them with the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker Wristband.
I started out this year with high hopes of weight loss, I joined a different gym and was going fairly regularly – but I just wasn’t seeing the results. Then I was following along with some friends’ conversations about their weight loss success with counting calories. I mean – after all, weight loss is a ‘simple’ intake vs. outtake, right? So I started using My Fitness Pal on my iPhone and tracking my steps with my Fitbit.
I love how the Fitbit pairs up so nicely with My Fitness Pal electronically – and actually takes your daily steps into account with your calories – so you’re actually allowed MORE calories for the more steps that you take! That’s MOTIVATION! Over the course of about 8 weeks I lost about 22lbs. Then I ‘fell’ away from counting calories and have stayed pretty stable in weight (thankfully!)… but I know it’s time again.
Last month at BlogHer I was given a new Fitbit – the Fitbit Flex. The Fitbit Flex is a little different, because rather than just seeing how many steps you’re taking and how active you’re staying – you’re just measuring how close you are to meeting your goal each day.
The FitBit Flex is super easy – charge it, push it into the bracelet and move your body! When you want to see how well you’re doing, just double tap on the bracelet and it will light up with dots. Each dot represents 20% of your goal. When you reach your goal – your bracelet gives you a little rewarding vibration telling you that you’re made it! I smile every time I get that buzz!
I’m not sure that I absolutely love not seeing how many steps I’m doing (Especially when I know that I’m walking a lot more than my goal) but I do love that I’m not thinking numbers of steps all day long, but actually attaining a lifestyle change goal. I can, however quickly look on my Fitbit iPhone app to see how many steps I’ve taken if I’m really curious. I always tend to check it out at the end of the day anyway.
Now, if I can just motivate myself enough to start counting calories again, I’m sure the weight would just continue falling off!
I definitely recommend getting the Fitbit for anyone trying to change their lifestyle. I think that there is a definite difference between the Fitbit Flex and the Fitbit One which I tend to prefer a little more personally – but if you would drive yourself crazy with numbers, I would definitely recommend the Flex. I, however, am motivated by numbers – so I personally think the Fitbit One is better for my lifestyle: but both are fantastic and accurate – and motivating!
Don’t forget that it’s best to purchase your Fitbit Flex at Best Buy – and definitely invest the little amount of money into the Geek Squad protection for it so you can use it for a few years without worrying about it breaking or failing to charge.