The Biggest Journey #1 – My FitBit Flex

This will be my first post for my The Biggest Journey series!  Yay!!!  I’m glad you’ve decided to follow my journey with me.  Make sure you check out my reason behind this series by reading my first post about this series here.  It details the “why” of what I’m doing with this series.

FullSizeRenderSo, to start, I wanted to do a review of my biggest help on this journey–the FitBit Flex activity tracker.  I’m currently wearing my violet armband with it as you can see in the picture.  When I decided to start this journey, I knew I needed something to keep me accountable in my activity.  I didn’t want to belong to a gym (you know, one of those fat people fears that I have…) and I absolutely HATE just walking on a treadmill, even when I’m watching TV, unless I have to use it.  So, I wanted something that would keep me more active during the day, all day.  Enter the Fitbit.

I enjoy walking and have a goal to eventually become a distance runner.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so it is one of my main goals in addition to becoming healthier in general.  There were lots of options, a regular pedometer, the Nike Fuel Band, GPS watches, etc., but the FitBit really appealed to me as it was something to wear all day every day, even in my sleep.  So after a bit of research, I decided on the FitBit Flex.  I wanted something on my wrist and I didn’t need the heart rate monitor and watch capabilities that the other FitBits had.  The Flex was it.  My darling husband went out and bought one and I began using it on January 1st and have worn it every single day since.  I even turned around after leaving the house to go back to get it!
I can honestly say that this piece of $99 equipment is one of the best things I’ve ever bought.  I downloaded the app to my iPhone and I check it all the time.  In fact, after buying mine, my husband and father both bought one and we all compete with each other.  We are a very competitive family, so this is perfect for us.  I’m not saying it will magically make you get up and walk because it won’t, but I’ve not missed one day and also use the app to count my food.  I’ve counted every single calorie for over a month, whether it was 1500 calories or 3000 calories.  I attribute the Flex and the Fitbit app to much of the success of my losing 16 lbs since January 1st. I have a goal of 10,000 steps a day and most days I meet that.  It’s rough at first since I wasn’t used to walking at all. I plan to up that goal to 15,000 each day once my sprained ankle heals (more on that later).
I’m not going to do a complete review of the Fitbit Flex; I may at a later date, but I encourage everyone who is trying to get or stay healthy to get one.  It will definitely help you get and stay accountable in your own journey!
Check out more on the FitBit Flex here.