How the "Fitbit" has Started to Change My Life
Hubby jumped on the fitness craze in January, he started with getting up at 4 am to go workout at the gym with 2 of the girls from work. Our hygienist, Tania, is extremely in shape and all about working out. She told Michael she would be his personal trainer and get him started on a lifestyle/diet/exercise plan. And so they started... me rolling my eyes and thinking "4am is too freaking early to exercise". Then he bought this little gadget called the "fitbit" and started tracking his every movement. I was intrigued, but still not ready to buy into the whole diet thing.
You see, I refuse to be a yoyo dieter. I've been there a few times, reached my goal weight, and slowly the weight crept back on. Slowly, but it always has. And each time, it's a little bit higher. I am down over 20 pounds from my pre-marriage days 12 years ago, but about 30 pounds heavier than where I want to be.
So I succumb. Yes, I face uncertain death I am sure, but I'm at least going to die healthy. I'm not quite sure what I can do with my upper body, but I'll find out when I see the neurosurgeon in February. I've officially jumped climbed onto the fitness bandwagon.
Anyhow, back to the fitbit. For the last month, I've been bellyaching to Nikki about everyone dieting around me, the crazy hours hubby is keeping, and she sympathetically listens to me. Just last week I was complaining because hubby now requires nutritional information with each meal I prepare. She said "go to sparkpeople, they have a recipe builder". What I wanted her to say was "oh mom, men are impossible" or "oh mom, everything you make is healthy" but instead: Sparkpeople? What the heck is that?
I called up google and did a search on recipe builders and the one at the top of the list was "lose-it", which just so happens to be the program hubby is on. Which happens to work in sync with the fitbit. Cosmic karma or something hit me. But I did come up with a recipe printout complete with nutritional information for him for dinner. And then the grand-babies came for a visit on Thursday so Nik could take Nick out for dinner for his birthday, and we got to babysit. And she announced "I ordered the fitbit". I said, you did?
Now I know Nikki has been losing weight, she's got back to her pre-pregnancy weight already. She's nursing the baby, and pumping for the older grand-baby because he did not do well on any dairy or non dairy milk substitute. I didn't think she was dieting! But she too had started running. I was the last holdout. Anyway, I caved and ordered one from amazon.
One of my goals for 2012 is to get more active. I wasn't really sure how active I was though. I knew I wasn't sedentary completely inactive, I do housework, chase after my 18 month old grandson, I take pictures... I blog... Ok so I am not as active as I used to be. But thanks to my fitbit, I'm not as lazy as I thought I was either!
My cute little black and purple fitbit automatically uploads my activity onto the fitbit website! It also does things like say Hi Karen and Get Up and Bonjour and it actually motivates me. Last week I started exercising (without the fitbit) by riding my bike ten minutes a day. I increased it to 15 minutes and added stair climbing since the fitbit arrived. Today, I met my first challenge! 10 flights of stairs! Woot!
As your activity level increases, so does the size of your flower on the fitbit. When I took the pictures for this blog post, you can see my flower was pretty tall. Now after sitting on my butt and watching MadMen with hubby, it's shrunken a bit. But who exercises all day?
The thing I find most fascinating about this little thing is that it logs my sleep. The little black satin thing is actually a wrist band that holds the fitbit. When I am ready to go to sleep, I hold the button down for three seconds, and it starts monitoring my sleep.
I woke up 31 times last night! (I don't remember waking up...) And the first night I wore it, the night before last, the sleep log said I had awoken 18 times! But it all balances out, I guess it's monitoring something when I sleep, the sleep log tells me out of almost 9 hours of sleep, 8 hours of it was quality sleep. I find this thing to be fascinating.
And, there's an app for it.
I'm still not counting calories, but I am eating the diet food. I am learning to read labels and skinny down recipes even further than I had been before this started. And I'm moving, a little more each day. That's a good thing right?
So for now, yes, I love like the fitbit. Just a little ditty to motivate me. Just what I needed!
Anyone else out there using a fitbit?