Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Fitbit Family

When I got my Fitbit on January 7, the kid was fascinated by it right away. In fact, he really wanted one. I wasn’t sure if giving him a Fitbit was the right thing to do, and I told him I’d think about it and maybe get him one for his birthday. Since the kid’s birthday is approaching, he has been reminding me more and more that he really wants a Fitbit.

Fitbit Oct 9

Hubby has also been intrigued by my Fitbit and mentioned a few weeks ago that he was interested in getting one.

I therefore went ahead and ordered two Fitbits – a black one for hubby and a blue one for the kid. I really wanted to get him one in his favorite color – orange. After all, I have a pink one. Unfortunately, I don’t think they come in orange.

Once hubby found out that I had ordered one for his birthday (I had to basically tell him as he was going to buy one), he insisted that I give it to him right then and there.

So for the past two weeks, hubby has been wearing his Fitbit. He has made some rookie mistakes, like forgetting to wear it after changing clothes.  But other than that, he loves it. Like me, he finds it quite motivating to see how many steps he did (or didn’t) walk, and I can definitely tell that he walks more at the end of day to reach his goal. Just yesterday I suggested an after-dinner walk, and hubby agreed right away. Once we got back home he said, “You know. I wouldn’t have gone on the walk had I not needed more steps.”

Since I have rules for the kid, he has to wait to get his until it’s his birthday (he didn’t even think about asking for his beforehand even after his dad did…). I definitely want to make sure the kid has fun with the Fitbit and doesn’t become obsessed. But I’m sure it’ll be fun, especially since he’ll be walking a lot more steps when we are going somewhere together (since his legs are shorter and he catches up to me by taking extra steps). I’m sure he’ll love to beat me. Smile

Questions: Do you have a Fitbit or other step/mile/etc. tracking device? If so, how do you like it? Do you think you walk more when you wear it? I definitely think I walk more since I got my Fitbit as I have found numerous ways to “sneak” steps into my day.

Be well,
Andrea

30 comments:

  1. I tell every one I see how my pedometer made me a better mother (and yeah I couldnt help but blog it too :-))
    I THINK THAT EVERY DAY.

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    1. Yes, taking time to walk more each day made me a better person all around. My husband gets usually totally stressed out during the fall quarter, and I can see a real difference now that he is taking the time for his walks.

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  2. I saw your blog listed on the blogroll at "Affection for Fitness" and your title grabbed me because I TOTALLY have a post with that title in mind for my blog! I've been a Fitbit fan for years now. When I upgraded from the Ultra to the One, I passed on my old Ultra to my mom and she was hooked. She now was a One after wearing the Ultra into the pool. I then splurged on Fitbit's for my two oldest boys (18 and 14 ... the Flex and the One) and my mom got a Fitbit for my dad. My brother now has one, and is getting one for his wife. I have yet to get hubby on board, but we are definitely a Fitbit family too!

    I love watching the daily activity, and feeling I need to get a "spike" in ...

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    1. Hi Jen,
      Thanks for stopping by. Marion's blog is great! :)
      Glad there are other Fitbit families out there! :) It's amazing how motivating it is. I think of myself as a pretty self-motivated person, but the Fitbit has made a huge difference.

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  3. I love how your hubby and the kid wanted Fitbits! It sounds like your hubby has really taken to it (I wonder if it would work on mine ... ? Hmm). I've been hankering after the Fitbit after reading about it on your blog first, and I'm thinking it's going to be a birthday/Christmas present to myself (we can do that, right? ;) ). Looking forward to hearing how the kid likes it!

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    1. I think it's amazing how motivating the Fitbit is. And, yes, you can totally give yourself a birthday/Christmas present! :)

      It'll be interesting to see how the kid likes it. I wonder if he'll forget about it soon...

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  4. What a fun idea! I'm curious to see how he likes it in the long term.

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  5. Your hubby sounds just like mine-he always wants his presents right away :-) So...I finally got a fitbit {flex} about 3 weeks ago and I love it!! I had been using a pedometer, but it would always off, or I would forget to put it on or...I washed it and ruined it :-) So, I love having something on my arm to remind me to walk more. I agree its very encouraging, and definitely motivates me to exercise more!

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    1. Aren't men too funny! :)

      Glad you are enjoying the fitbit flex!

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  6. I don't have one but it would be interesting to see on my off workout days. I know I get a lot in on workout days - that would be interesting too. :) Keep us posted! :)

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    1. It's very interesting to see the numbers.

      I'm sure I'll write a follow-up post in a few months. I have no idea how it'll work out for the kid... :)

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  7. I need to look more into the fitbit. I have heard of them, but I don't know what all it does.

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    1. There are different fitbits. I have the fitbit zip, which is the simplest version and only tracks your steps, your miles, and your overall activity level (your number goes up, the more active you are - the best you can get is a 1,000 by the end of the day). Other fitbits also keep track of sleep, elevation (stairs, etc.).

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  8. Hi Andrea, Given all that I know about you, I think this is an awesome idea for your little son. For obsessive crazy people, I'd think not, but you really balance your eating and exercise well. It is sort of the opposite of parental habits that train kids to eating out at restaurants and buffet every week. What a fun thing to do! I certainly don't regret all of the great habits my kids have learned from me, and I wish I could have taught them earlier. But I wasn't on track for myself earlier. :D

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    1. Thanks, Marion!

      We can only teach what we know. It's really never too late. And a transformation of sorts can be very inspiring!

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  9. I have a pedometer and I love it too... it motivates me to walk more.

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    1. Numbers can be great motivators! :)

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  10. That's so great! Did I tell you I lost my Fitbit in SF!!!! :-( I've been so sad. However I contacted Fitbit to ask about being able to synch a new one to my account before I purchased it and they offered to send me a new one. I looked online and it seems this is a common practice. Now I'm even more in love it Fitbit!

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    1. I didn't know you lost your Fitbit. That's so great that they'll send you a new one. Truly sounds like a great company!

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  11. I love my Fitbit One and I even washed it in the laundry the other day and it still works! Hubby also has one and we love to see our steps add up during the day. It's just good fun!

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    1. Wow! That's amazing that it still works after washing! It's fun when you can compare steps with someone!

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  12. I am definitely considering getting one of these eventually. But like you are worried about your son getting obsessed, I worry I might too!! But either way, it's on my wish list.

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    1. You know yourself, so I think you'll have to watch yourself to make sure you don't take it too far. But it's great fun and very beneficial when not obsessing over it. :)

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  13. back to share---DID YOU SEE THE NEW FORCE FITBIT RELEASED LAST WEEK??

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    1. Yes! My older son actually sent me an article a while back and said I should get one! :) Definitely considering it... :)

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  14. I had a Polar and had to give it up- I got obsessed with keeping my heart rate in a certain zone to make sure I was burning enough calories!

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    1. I like that my Fitbit only keeps track of steps and miles. You can look up calories burned online, but I really never do. I focus mainly on the steps I walk each day. Some of them are really slow, but I usually get about an hour of dedicated walk time (often slit up).

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  15. I don't have one but I think it would be a great tool!

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    1. It is. It certainly makes all of us much more conscious of our daily steps.

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