One of the best things about logging and tracking your progress – be it keeping a personal diary, bullet journaling, logging workouts or tracking nutrition – is looking back at certain points in time when you remember feeling at your best (or at your worst) to see what was going on so you can either disrupt or adopt certain habits and behaviours.
Sometimes I grasp at it in the night, trying to turn off some silent, vibrating alarm that isn’t there.
In the moment I realize I’ve been on my feet a lot during the day, I instinctively reach for my phone or wrist to see how far I’ve gone.
But lately, I don’t know.
And I must say… it’s really freeing.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I’m obsessed with fitness tech and love testing fitness trackers (see here, here, here and here). But something was happening thanks to this obsession; something not good. And I didn’t even realize it until a book I’m currently reviewing connected the dots for me. (more…)
According to this article on Today.com, countless FitBit users are taking to online forums and social networks to find out if other users are packing on the pounds instead of losing them, and wondering “what lifestyle changes or electronic tweaks they can make so their wristbands work for them.”
(I can tell you right now why “it’s not working”, but just wait and see where the article goes with this.)
The Today article then goes on to provide a few anecdotes from users who gained weight when using the FitBit, some of whom decided to get one to help them break through a plateau after they’d successfully lost weight. (more…)
Last month, I did a little experiment with my FitBit Flex to see if being in a 250-calorie-per-day deficit actually does lead to half a pound per week of fat loss (because there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, so 7 days x -250 calories less per day = -1,750 less per week).
I tracked my caloric intake closely using MyFitnessPal in conjunction with my FitBit, and added in any workouts using calories tracked from my heart rate monitor (I burn much less than what my FitBit estimates, so I manually enter in these calories burnt and it recalculates), trying to stay within the range of a 1,750-calorie-per-week deficit. Here are the results:
Like most endurance sport junkies I know who train to improve their personal bests, I’m obsessed with analyzing stats and data: average pace, distance travelled, average stride rate, beats per minute, heart rate, number of reps, calories in, calories out. I don’t know if I could run a race now without my trusty Garmin keeping me on track. And while I love to pore over my Garmin stats after a run or bike and track my training progress, recent health issues prompted me to research other body monitoring devices. I researched a few that are on the market right now (the FitBit One, Jawbone UP, BodyMedia Fit and the Basis) and settled on the FitBit Flex, which only just came out about a month ago. (more…)