I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!
And I was right. More or less.
First things first: the thing works great. Is it the most accurate of step counters out there? Having only used a FitBit, I can't speak to the others—and there are many—but it really does seem to track well. You can walk around and track live steps on your phone and you'll be all, "Wow. It really IS working."
Second things second: it's adorable. I will be the first to admit: I'm a sucker for great design. From the product itself to the supporting app and web interfaces, FitBit offers a completely pleasing aesthetic. You could say not only do I like the gadget but I like the experience of it as well.
Third things third: It does more than track steps. With the app, you can track your food, your water intake, your sleep and your weight loss. Plus, it will sync to your phone and you can access your stats online as well. You can invite friends and use that competitve spark to get you moving as well. (I have digitally removed my friends to protect their identities and also for the fact that save for one, I am presently KICKING THEIR ASSES.)
Fourth things fourth: will it help you lose weight? Possibly. I say that because I've been using my Fitbit Flex since October and I've dropped exactly zero pounds. But there are about a zillion other factors involved in that story. (Okay, actually one. I'm eating like a petulant child, but that's for another post.)
I do believe it will motivate you to move. It makes me aware of how much or how little I'm moving. In a year following foot surgery wherein my big toe still feels like the bones no longer understand how they are supposed to work, moving is really important for me to keep things loose.
Also, let's face it: I work a desk job for all intents and purposes. When I'm lost in work and chugging along, I don't always think to get up and take breaks. Knowing that I'm tracking helps to keep me aware.
One thing I do is set my daily step goal pretty low every day, just 7,500 steps. Why? Because I like to have a little early victory as often as I can. When you hit your goal, your FitBit starts vibrating and it does a little light show. Every time this happens, for just a split second, I'm all, "WTF? OHHHHH.... it's my FitBit."
Still, it gets me out and going. It's more motivating now that it's finally summer here in the Upper Midwest. There's a small lake by my house and I have a nice 3-mile route that I take. I used to be more concerned about my distance, but now it's all just about the steps, baby.
Fifth things fifth: This company stands behind their product. My first Fitbit went wonky within a few months and they replaced it, no questions asked. They have a huge community and if you're having any issues, there's a wealth of information available.
So that's my Fitbit love story. I've loved this product for a long time. I love to share things that are working for me on some level and while I'm more kaftan-ready than swimsuit-ready, baby, at least I'm moving.
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