me and my fitbit

Coming up with blog titles is the worst part of blogging. But anyway, on to my Fitbit. I’m a little obsessed with it. I have the Fitbit Flex and have been using it since January 1st. Yes, my organized brain loves the fact that I bought it on New Year’s Day and and my stats start on such an easy day for progress tracking. Now that we’ve talked about my organized brain, I’m feeling listy.

Four reasons I am loving my Fitbit

1. The wristband is a constant reminder to be active. I went with the wristband because I’m not a fashionista and am not really worried about wearing an activity tracking band. The majority of my work clothes are long sleeve anyway. I like that I feel it and see it and it reminds me to get up and walk or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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My pretty friend Britt, me, and the Fitbit

2. The metrics. There is nothing I love more than data (well, maybe my family) and Fitbit comes with a whole set of it. Out of the 27 days for which I have data, I met the 10,000 step goal on 12 of them. During my trip to San Francisco last weekend I came in 12.5k and 17.5k steps on Saturday and Sunday. My goal is now to start incorporating more walking into my Seattle life. I know it won’t get to SF levels, but I think I can consistently hit 10k with a little more thought and effort.

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3. A little competition. Greg got a Fitbit for Christmas so we have a bit of a competition going on. I have a few other friends with Fitbits and in the weekly email (more data!) it shows the rank of everyone. Last week I kicked ass.

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4. Sleep tracking. The Fitbit doesn’t track sleep quite as well as the Lark Greg bought me for my birthday last year (which Alfred promptly chewed up), but it does a decent job. I don’t pay too much attention to the sleep summary, but I do keep my eye on the time in bed metric. I can’t totally control how well I sleep, but I can control how early I go to bed relative to when I’m getting up. Since using the Fitbit a few nights a week I’ve been better at getting in bed for eight or close to eight hours of sleep.

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