Back at it with @Fitbit

I love the fitbit.  And I think it’s because my job is pretty sedentary – it’s a way to get up and move during the day.

Around the 8th month of pregnancy and although I was still going into the office, I stopped wearing my #fitbit.  It was hard getting around (obviously) and because I was/am in so much competition with myself and getting my steps in, I was really putting myself down when I would end the day at 8000 steps or even 9500 steps but too lazy to walk a few circles around the house to finish it off.

TLY_FitbitUpdate3During the last trimester I feels its really important to do everything to be positive – I decided that I didn’t want to unnecessarily “pressure” myself if I didn’t get my steps in.

Now I’ve been wearing my fitbit again consistently for the last 3 months and I’m back in love.

I pretty consistently hit 10K 5/7 days a week.  Some days I get over 10K steps – and those days I want to go to bed early!  Who knew that walking could be that exhausting.

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What’s different this time around?

I am doing more challenges, some with friends (Weekend Warrior or Work Week Hustle) or solo (NYC Marathon etc).  These are just fun ways to be competitive but also get badges and trophies.  That said – it can become to competitive so I am taking a break from them.


What have I learned?

You cannot push a stroller and expect to have your steps counted if you wear your fitbit on your arm.  If I know I am going to push a stroller or grocery cart, I put my fitbit in my pocked or into my sock to get an accurate count.


Is there anything I don’t like about the fitbit?

I wish the fitbit was more fashion friendly.  I don’t like that the bracelet is as big as it is (although I wear one that is pretty close to my skin tone).

Admittantly using a fitbit for me is a bit of an obsession but a healthy one I would say. On the good active days I get a workout in, I’ll get my goal steps in, over 30 minutes of activity, have walked 8km and got pretty close to “burning” 2000 calories.  It’s just a gauge and everyone is different but it keeps me accountable it’s easy for me to manage.  Looking forward to the next 3 months of stepping.

My 3 months with fitbit #FindYourFit

Since about mid October 2016 I have been wearing my Fitbit (well actually my Husband’s fitbit) everyday.  Although I haven’t been working out as a normally do, the Fitbit has provided me with a new challenge in my fitness game.
Essentially a Fitbit is a pedometer (step tracker).  You wear it on your wrist (either left of right) in the band provided, but it can fit into a variety of made-for-Fitbit jeweler accessories (necklace pendant, bangle etc).
I have hit at least 10,000 steps 80% of the time in the last month.  A few times I’ve crossed 12000 steps but some days I fall short (7000-9000).  Last week was particularly disappointing as I came down with a cold and the weather didn’t help.
Along with tracking steps the Fitbit can also monitor:
  • calories burned (from your activities)
  • active minutes
  • distance
  • sleep
  • hourly activity (tracking if you take 250+ steps in an hour)
You can now track food intake, water intake and your weight.  You can also add other fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking etc.


Does the Fitbit work?

Yes I would think so.  I think it more accurately counts steps than the iPhone (which is what I was using before).  It’s definitely more compact than a phone and lighter to wear.

Has it helped?

Yes but only if you put in the work!  Also knowing I have a goal of 10K steps, I usually make a mental note of where I should be step wise at what time (ex: 9am I should have hit 2K, by lunch time I should be at 7K or slightly over etc).

Why is it different that just going to the gym?

I am most definitely a gym rat but I haven’t gone in almost 3 months.  Using the Fitbit, I was shocked to find out how sedentary I was. Meaning a 45 minute gym session at lunch time or after work was not the best way to keep my activity level up throughout the day.  The Fitbit has opened my eyes to what it means to be active.  The hourly activity was probably the most shocking because I learned that I had A LOT of sitting-at-a-computer-time (and now I HATE that).  Because of this, I make a conscious effort to get up every hour.

You can read about the beginning of my Fitbit journey here.

Get My Steps In #FitbitMoment with @Fitbit

I think sometime last year I started paying attention the step counts people were posting on social media.  At first I was kind of annoyed (like why is your gym check in showing up in my facebbok feed).  But then I realized we all need a way to stay accountable.  I prefer to use my personal twitter to post my fitness endeavours but this got me thinking about walking.  Around the stay time I started doing the BBG program, which has a focus on LISS (low intensity steady state cardio).  In essence, that’s walking (if your on a treadmill it’s at a speed of somewhere between 2.5mph to 3.5mph).


From there, I quickly got into counting my steps as it was sooo motivating to be able to reach a goal of 10000 steps.  Realizing how many of those steps came from my actual days worth of stepping and how much extra I needed to actually get there.  Or worse yet, how a sitting job really does not allow for this form of exercise.

Fast forward a few months and I am setting weekly goals for my steps.  Last week it was 50k steps for the week.  By the end of the week, I was feeling a little guily because I was sure I didn’t meet my goal because I was sick + it was my birthday (additionally I only got to 10k steps in a day twice last week – which is usually a really bad week for me).  But then I added up my numbers and was pleasantly surprised.


So it’s Monday of a new week and I have new goals!  It will probably mean I have to fight for my steps (aka if we are in a public place just leave the family for a few minutes to get a few rounds of steps in or finish of the day walking circles in our house) – but I am pumped!