It's no surprize to me that I finally bought a Fitbit. When it comes to my personal fitness, I respond really well to record keeping and data. When I first graduated from college way back in 1997, I violated every good health guideline known. Somehow, I managed to slide up the scale to 230 pounds. For me, with my frame, I was running the risk of being a permanent fat guy. After some soul searching, I decided I needed to fix the problem. I didn't want to be one of those big guys who lost himself in his twenties.
Just before the end of 1997, I joined Bally's Fitness and started going six days out of the week. Very quickly, I realized that I could spend a half an hour on a bike and would manage to work off exactly one soda. They problem is that I was living on about four of them a day. The soda went out the window and I began to write everything down that I ate. After five good months, I managed to weigh in about 175 pounds.
A big part of the reason why I was successful then was because I tracked everything in a notebook and I held myself accountable.
For me, Fitbit has been a natural step in my fitness and health evolution. It's primarily a pedometer, but it also tracks my heart rate and my sleep. It is set up to work on a social network. However, that's not really my style. I've always gone out and trained in isolation.
The app for Fitbit is pretty slick and easy to use. It connects to the wristband via Bluetooth and updates as the day progresses. I already track my meals through an app called Lose It. The nice thing is that Fitbit integrates seamlessly into Lose It so I didn't have to deal with the learning curve of a new calorie tracker.
I've been using it for a week. I really like everything about it. I only have one major complaint. I do the majority of my training outside. The digital readout is almost impossible to make out in direct sunlight. Other than that, it's a great device that I will continue to put through the paces.