It was time for change.
My FitBit journey began a few weeks ago when I realized that a combination of crazy work hours, low energy levels and less-than-ideal eating choices had left me at a self-esteem low. I was feeling insecure, stressed and more importantly, unhealthy.
Everything came to a head while I was away on vacation, where I started feeling insecure in shorts and bathing suits.
As a disclaimer, I’m a very realistic person when it comes to weight – I’m a tall, athletic girl with muscles, so I know that the weight on a scale doesn’t necessarily equal my health level. But the truth was that I had gained some weight and I was disappointed in myself that I had let other life issues take precedence over my health.
So instead of wallowing in self-pity and drowning myself in margaritas, I decided to make a change then and there. And from my remote jungle villa in Costa Rica, I ordered a FitBit.
I had looked at investing a FitBit in the past, but the timing never seemed right. But knowing myself, I knew that if I was going to make a serious routine change, I needed a “toy” or incentive to get me excited about increased gym hours and calorie deficits.
So, I bought the newest FitBit Flex 2 in a lovely purple colour – how fun!
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Now two weeks into my FitBit experiment, I’m still going strong! I’ve already settled into a new fitness/health routine and I’m still excited about the changes I’m seeing.
Here are my top three takeaways from being a new FitBit owner:
- I’m Accountable for My Accomplishments
In the past, I used to start on a new fitness routine but would slowly lose momentum. Whether it was counting calories or increasing my trips to the gym, something would always come up and I would end up making excuses.
Not this time! With my FitBit, I’m accountable for my successes and failures. I can see how many calories I’ve eaten vs. burned, how many bottles of water I’ve ingested and how much I moved each day. Being able to see my accomplishments each day, I’ve become competitive with myself and continue to push myself to do better. It’s awesome!
2. I’m Moving More
It wasn’t until I started using a FitBit that I realized just how sedentary I was at work. While I knew that working a desk job from 9-5 every day wasn’t the most active profession in the books, I didn’t realize just how immobile I had become.
Now, with my FitBit giving me hourly reminders to move, I’m on the go a lot more. Even if I don’t have anywhere to go per se, I leave my desk every hour and take a walk around my office building. It’s not only a way to reach my steps goal for the day, but it’s a nice break away from my computer, phone and emails.
3. I’m Aware of The Food I’m Eating
While I’m a firm believer that calorie counting is not the be-all and end-all of slimming down, it is important to have an idea of what you’re putting into your body. In the past, I’ve used other fitness apps to track my calories (think myFitnessPal), but I found that my net calorie count never truly reflected my day.
With a FitBit, I’m now able to track calories in vs. calories burned – a more accurate record of my day-to-day lifestyle. With this, I’ve become aware of just how much I need to move to work off certain foods – especially junk food. As such, I’ve become able to bargain with myself: “Do I want to do another round of cardio to burn off this donut?” Sometimes the answer is “Hell yes I do!” – but I now know what I need to do to get back on track afterwards.
A word to the wise: while the FitBit food tracker is great, it does still need some work. With its competitors like myFitnessPal boasting hundreds of thousands of foods on file, the FitBit food database comparatively is lacking. However, it has a bar code scanner, which is a must-have for me!
Do you have a FitBit? Has it helped you achieve your fitness goals? Sound off in the comment section below!
(Feature Image courtesy: Fit In The Six / Meghann Cox)