100 lb. Club - Any Fitbit users?




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petra65
03-08-2010, 09:35 AM
I'm not a normal poster on this forum but I know there has been a thread about Bodybuggs and Gowear Fit. I have been seriously considering getting a Gowear Fit but last night I was thinking about this a little bit more. I have a very public job and I live in the deep south. This will likely be a bit of a challenge for me. I had already thought about the beeping being a problem but now I'm thinking just wearing the thing when it gets hot outside is going to be a problem. I'm going to have to be constantly be explaining what it is and what it does and just not what I want to be doing all day.

I have done some reading about Fitbits online so I am aware that they are much smaller and much more inconspicuous which is a definate advantage. However, I also read that they are better for more "casual users". So I'm wondering if there are people here who use them and what their experience has been? I don't do what anyone would call strenous exercise but probably moderate exercise-yoga, pilates, and have recently fallen in love with Wii boxing. Is it adequate to pick this stuff up? Would appeciate some real life experience before I make a decision. Thanks.


astrophe
03-08-2010, 09:57 AM
I got mine for xmas and while I still have to learn to remember to put it on, I'm liking it when I do.

I keep it in my pocket. It is small -- about the size of my thumb.

It has a place for food logging on the website, so you get that as well as the activity log and sleep logs.

I also use FitDay, and it seems as accurate if not slightly more accurate than Fit Day at estimating food log/activitiy log stuff.

I do not have another way to check on sleep, but I am going to guess that it is fairly accurate for sleep based on its being accurate for food/fitness estimates.

It does not work with a heart rate monitor like Sport Brain... but again it seems among the most accurate of the estimates.

For me, it was a nice complement to the HRM I already had/have.

I like the USB dock and the automatic upload any time I am near the dock. I like the size and discretion. There's no beeps, noises, or bulk to it. It can hold up to 7 days info but with the automatic uploading, that's not a problem for me since I'm at the laptop daily. It needs to be docked to charge the battery, but I'm not having any problems with that. The wristband to wear it to sleep could use another two seams in it to keep the fitbit from slipping around inside it, so I'll probably sew it myself when I get a chance. But that's not a deal breaker or anything.

HTH!

A.

petra65
03-08-2010, 08:04 PM
Thanks. Do you feel like it gives you enough information to be useful or do you feel like it was a waste of money?


ubergirl
03-08-2010, 08:40 PM
Why does gowear fit beep?

MomtoThree
03-08-2010, 11:41 PM
The only times my go wear beeps is if I am downloading info and when I put it on to let me know it is working. The rest of the time it is silent and I forget I am wearing it.

PeanutsMom704
03-08-2010, 11:44 PM
If you have the display watch, it beeps when you reach one of your target for steps, calorie burn or minutes of activity.

PeanutsMom704
03-08-2010, 11:46 PM
Petra -

you must be a braver soul than me, because I NEVER go sleeveless! So even in the summer, I'll be able to put the armband high enough up on my arm to be covered by a short sleeve shirt.

If I ever lost enough weight (and it would probably also require surgery) to look good in something sleeveless, I'd wear the GWF proudly and be happy to explain what it is. But since that is pretty much never going to happen, I don't need to really worry about it! lol!

petra65
03-09-2010, 03:05 AM
Peanutsmom-the problem for me is that if people do see or hear it while I'm at work, particularly patients, I'm gonna have to explain it. And given my job, its important that the focus be on them and not on me. I don't want to constantly be explaining my "issues" to patients. That's not appropriate. If I had a different job, maybe not such a big deal but I don't. So inconspicuous would have some major advantages even if I have to give up some accuracy in the process. I just want to make sure I'm getting enough info to be useful and I think the general consensus I'm getting is that yes, I will get enough info to be useful. Gowear Fit definately gives MORE useful info.

I don't know where you live, but I guarantee you that if you lived in MS, you would go sleeveless in the summer. You don't know what hot is until you live down here.

mulder1921
03-09-2010, 04:30 AM
I also work with patients on a nightly basis and have not had to explain it even once yet. Mine has never beeped while wearing it except when I put it on for the first time. Even if my display beeps around other people, they just assume its an alarm.
I've had my GWF on my arm continuously since Jan. 1st ( except for showers) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Just my 2 cents.

petra65
03-09-2010, 01:13 PM
Mulder-I'm a psychiatrist. Probably not what you expected but I think you can see my point. Patients are going to ask me what the heck that thing is. If I was just buzzing in and out of patient rooms, maybe not so much-but that's not the case.

PeanutsMom704
03-09-2010, 01:32 PM
I don't know where you live, but I guarantee you that if you lived in MS, you would go sleeveless in the summer. You don't know what hot is until you live down here.

ah, but you don't know how much I hate my upper arms!! lol!! It gets hot enough here in the summers (blazing sun and temps can go into the 100s) but I still don't do sleeveless in public.

But I can absolutely understand your professional concerns and agree that the Fitbit is a more discreet choice and therefore a better option for you. I hope you find it as helpful as I've been finding the GWF - it is really making me aware of how little movement I got throughout the course of the day. I'm making a much more focused effort to get up and walk around for even a couple of minutes every hour. Today I'm up to 24 minutes worth of moderate activity so far (at 10:30 am), which doesn't include any exercise.

petra65
03-09-2010, 01:55 PM
Peanutsmom-that's great! I'll let you know after I get it. I read a lot of reviews on the internet. About 75% were positive so I think it will be fine. They are on backorder. I ordered it last night and they said it should ship by the end of the month. The other advantage besides it being small and less expensive is that the website is free-no monthly subscription cost. A lot of the beta testers lost weight using them so they were able to convert the info into usable data to lose weight.

LesliesMom
03-09-2010, 03:31 PM
Petra -

I love love love my fitbit. I got mine right before New Years (how convinient). I use it daily and love the site and the fact that I dont have to pay any fees. Their support is wonderful. Log on to the site now, and create your profile, that way you are ahead of the game when your fitbit arrives.

Feel free to PM me with any questions.

Angie

petra65
03-09-2010, 06:01 PM
Thanks Lesliesmom. I did log onto the website today since I am home sick and was looking around. It does look like they make an effort to solve any problems that people have run into. I currently keep a computerized food log that I really like. I'm not sure if I want to completely convert to their log because it appears to be limited in a fair number of ways but we'll see. They really need to beef up their activity section or at least make a way to add a custom activity for things that aren't in their database. I'm glad to see that you are enjoying yours so much.

astrophe
03-09-2010, 09:18 PM
Thanks. Do you feel like it gives you enough information to be useful or do you feel like it was a waste of money?

I felt it was reasonable at $100 ish and I got my money's worth. I didn't bother getting it from fitbit because it was backordered. I got it from

http://www.hammacher.com/Product/78078?promo=search

and got it pretty fast. But again, this was a xmas time.

A.

Daimere
03-10-2010, 06:49 AM
I ordered mine last month. I should get it at the end of the month. I cannot wait! I like the fact that the fitbit will track my sleeping (since I sleep during the day, I want to see if I'm getting adequate rest) and there is not monthly subscription. I walk a lot and I like that it is small. I hope it's worth it. ^_^

LesliesMom
03-10-2010, 09:36 AM
They are making constant changes to their database, I remember not liking it much when I first ordered mine (October 2009), it seemed most everything I eat had to be manually entered. I started using the site religiously the end of December when I got my fitbit and it was so improved I was very impressed. Now its rare I have to enter anything I eat and if I do I just jump on the daily plate via Livestrong and grab the info.

I am completely satisfied.

As far as activities, I don't manually enter much, I just let my fitbit track my movement and go by their calories burned calculations. Then again, I mostly walk, so it's easy.

Angie

petra65
03-10-2010, 08:45 PM
So I take it you don't HAVE to log what activities you did, it just makes the data more useful if you do. Is that the idea?

astrophe
03-10-2010, 09:48 PM
Yep. That's about it.

A.

petra65
03-10-2010, 10:55 PM
I'm really looking forward to getting it. I just read an article by a woman who compared her bodybugg to a fitbit and found the fitbit to be much more user friendly........her opinion.

Wizzie
03-11-2010, 11:16 AM
I don't know where you live, but I guarantee you that if you lived in MS, you would go sleeveless in the summer. You don't know what hot is until you live down here.

I can vouch for the hotness and the humidity in Mississippi. You practically mildew just walking out the front door in the summer :D

Since you brought this up Petra, I have been fascinated by this whole thing. I never heard of these devices until I came here. I'm leaning towards liking the fitbit thing because it's small, cheaper and the online stuff is free. To be honest, I'm really interested in the sleep part of it. I don't think I sleep very well and I'd like to confirm that.

The part I'm not sure about with any of these is the types of exercise it monitors. For example, I swim, I bike, the fitbit states on its website that these types of activity can't be tracked with the device. I'm not sure on the gowear.

petra65
03-12-2010, 10:07 AM
I don't think either device does well with water so it won't be able to track your swimming. The gowear does measure skin temp and sweat to some degree and would be able to tell how much you are exerting yourself while biking. The fitbit will be able to tell you are moving but not how much you are exerting yourself. On their website, they have certain activity areas for you to log your activity (including biking and swimming) and I think they have worked out some algorigthms to estimate your calories.

PeanutsMom704
03-12-2010, 11:47 AM
the GWF is not waterproof, so you have to add in swimming separately. It tracks biking because it measures calorie expenditure along with motion. I've used mine with my exercise bike and it definitely captures those calories!

I'm thrilled with my GWF and I think whether you get that or the BodyBugg or the Fitbit, they are all a GREAT tool to help with weight loss. Today is day 12 for me of using the GWF and I was down 7.2 lbs this morning since I started with it. in 12 days - after being able barely eke out 5 lbs a month the past 2 months!!!

petra65
03-12-2010, 08:53 PM
Peanutsmom-that's awesome!!

PeanutsMom704
03-12-2010, 09:52 PM
thanks Petra!

I'm excited for you to get your fitbit, I think it will make a big difference for you too. I generally do ok with my calories but knowing that I want to hit that 1000 calorie deficit really helps keep me on track there. I feel like I've really been able to focus in on the combo of the right amount of food and movement to get things moving in terms of the scale.

Daimere
07-31-2010, 04:51 PM
I LOVE my fitbit!