I’ve written about my Fitbit before, probably years ago. It is a step counter and I am on my third one now. Normally they just count away and I get my 10,000 steps with no problems day after day, month after month. I even participate in challenges with other people on the internet, yes that is what passes for a social life for me. 😉
This works really well until I get 10,677 steps and it won’t sync up and here I am hanging there with this:
AAAARGH! I uninstall the app, reinstall, reconnect the bluetooth connections and discovered that somewhere along the way my Fitbit has attempted a firmware upgrade which is what has probably upset my competitive process here. So as usual, things calmed down around the fourth restart and at about 1:00 am I got a sync (click for a larger view):
So I got my steps and I actually got an adrenaline bonus sprint by getting stressed about whether I would get my steps counted for the right day. Yes, I am a step-geek.
This is what my weekly stats report looks like. You can keep track of your stats anytime by going to the fitbit website, (it’s free) and see your day compared to other days or compared to your spouse, workmates, or a team you’ve chosen. Think about starting a team of your family or whatever group you belong to. You can see your daily count in real time just by looking at your fitbit, this is what I generally do. Then once a week I receive my stats in an email. They look like this:
Hi Inga, here are your weekly stats.
12/24/2012 to 12/30/2012
WEEK’S MOST ACTIVE DAY Tue, Dec 25
WEEK’S LEAST ACTIVE DAY Mon, Dec 24
TOTAL STEPS 69,878
DAILY AVERAGE 9,983 steps BEST DAY 10,534 steps
TOTAL DISTANCE 39.73 miles
DAILY AVERAGE 5.68 miles BEST DAY 5.99 miles
TOTAL FLOORS CLIMBED 67
DAILY AVERAGE 10 floors BEST DAY 14 floors
TOTAL CALS BURNED 14,079
DAILY AVERAGE 2,011 cals BEST DAY 2,116 cals
WEIGHT CHANGE 0.0 lb
AVG SLEEP DURATION — hrs — min
Seems like you haven’t tracked your sleep. Need Help?
A new fitbit has been introduced since I posted my review. I checked one out at REI today and figured out what the big difference is … it will sync via bluetooth 4.0 and doesn’t require a cable like mine does.
Here is my Halloween treat for you. It is a recording called Halloween Pickles and it is about two brothers who dress up as the scariest things they can think of for trick-or-treat. What do they pick? One dresses as a nun and the other as a Choctaw warrior. Scott and I heard this on NPR years ago and it has become a Halloween tradition for us. Check it out here: Halloween Pickles.
I discovered another benefit of the Fitbit. Kevin & John were working upstairs all day so I spent the whole day sitting in my studio with Rob & Gracie and only logged 1400 steps. I decided to get a good long walk in so I messed around for about 15 minutes trying to get an audio file onto my phone and then trotted out into the rain. About halfway through the lecture I was listening to, I stopped to check my fitbit. My belt clip was empty, lanyard still attached to it.
I panicked momentarily and then remembered I had stuck it in its charging cradle while I was messing with the phone… AAAARGH. Discovering that I wasn’t logging any steps really sapped my motivation. Yes, I am externally rather than internally motivated, and it wasn’t until I remembered I could enter an activity by hand that I got my second wind! When I got home I clicked “log an activity” on the Fitbit menu and copied the stats from the last walk onto today’s log. Whew.
I have a fit bit ultra and I really love this thing. In fact, I love it so much that when I lost it I walked all over JoAnn’s and Home Depot for hours looking for it until I finally had to give up. I was so bummed that Scott bought me another on his way home, honestly! Continue reading Fitbit Review→
We spent all day yesterday walking around and driving around, putting up signs and calling her name. Today I’ll drop off flyers at the vet offices that weren’t open yesterday and get more signs up. I can’t imagine how frightened she must be and I don’t have any idea whether she is running farther away or hiding nearby.
I am grateful for how interested people are, many come right over to read the sign and talk to me as soon as I staple one up. I also never realized how important telephone poles are to the communication in a community. Some have so many staples and nails sticking out of them that I have to remove several to get my sign flat. Scott and I have been wearing Fitbits since his birthday and try to get 10,000 steps every day, that is around 5 miles. Yesterday I got 20,272 steps (11.53 miles) and the equivalent of 28 floors of stairs.
Every time I come home, I expect to see her on the porch waiting for me.
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