fitbitI’m going for a walk when I would rather stay on the couch, doing laps around my coffee table before bed, and jogging in place while I brush my teeth. What in the world would make me do these absurd things? It’s my new Fitbit. In case you have no clue what a Fitbit is, I’ll give you a brief description.

In 2007 Fitbit founders set out to build a wearable product that could use wireless technology to enhance the health and fitness experience and change the way people move. They invented a device that tracks how many steps you walk, how far you go, how many calories you burn, how many floors you climb, how much sleep you get and much more. It syncs automatically to your computer and your cell phone to give you up-to-the-minute statistics on your activity. What’s real cool is that if you are an assertive person like me, you can compete with friends and family which inspires you to be more active. I even compete with myself so when I’m 300 steps short of the desired 10,000 the treks around my coffee table come into play.

For about two years now I have been working out with a group of ladies and a personal trainer at least three times a week. I work out more than most people I know. Despite shedding ten of the twenty pounds I wanted to lose, I seem to be stuck. Enter Fitbit. Now I’m a lot more active and burning a lot more calories. I think it’s one of the greatest inventions ever made and I’ve only had my device for ten days. I haven’t begun to use it to its full potential, and I’m still trying to hook up with friends who have one.

As crazy as I am about my Fitbit, I can’t figure out why, after what my trainer refers to as a dream workout (we girls find it to be more of a nightmare), my Fitbit says I haven’t logged even one very active minute. My heart will be pounding so hard that I feel like it’s going to come out of my chest and the darn Fitbit doesn’t think I was very active. It’s maddening. The fact that my trainer assures us that we are burning a minimum of 600 calories and Fitbit says I burned only 110 is also a wee bit discouraging. I’m sure there is a way to remedy this but I haven’t taken the time to figure it out yet.

I’m getting on the scales tomorrow to find out if I’ve lost any weight and I’m hoping for the best. If I am disappointed it won’t dampen my enthusiasm for my device, because being more active can only be better for me. I’m getting a Fitbit for my eleven year old, overweight, and diabetic grandson so I can encourage him to be more active. I know that he will enjoy competing with grandma. Kids today spend way too much time sitting on their rear ends playing video games and I think the Fitbit could start a healthy revolution. At least that’s what I am hoping.

I’ll keep you up to date as I learn more about how to use the device and earn more activity badges. Anyone who would like to compete should give me holler and we can get fit together!

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