General chatter - Fit Bits, and Flex - Anyone have one of these?

01-01-2014, 10:48 PM
I searched a tad for headlines regarding this type of pedometer and I was curious if anyone had a fit bit or a flex? They are pedometers that sync in with an app or web and monitor steps taken in a day as well as sleep.

If anyone does, want to make a competition? Most steps? Or goals? Or friend each other?

01-01-2014, 11:05 PM
I have a fitbit ultra right now. I love it because it will link to my insurance company wellness site. I also have it linked to mfp. love love love.

01-03-2014, 08:25 PM
I have a fitbit one and really like it. I have friends on it - some from here, plus a couple real life friends. I link it with my MFP, too.

01-03-2014, 11:16 PM
I have a flex, and I do really like it.

Beyond that, I'd like to make a couple of comments.

I do like it. But, now and then, I do have to restart my bluetooth on my phone to get it to sync.

The website is nice, has forums. Customer Service is supposed to be great. I have had no reason to contact them. So can't comment.

Does need to be charged every few days, a pain. My WW Active Link, only needs to be charged about once a month.

But the Flex gives me more info than the Active link. And web access is free with Fitbit, where the AL is $5/month. But since I'm a Weight Watcher person and soon to be employee, I need to keep the AL.

My son and his wife, swear by the Nike Fuel Band. I don't know to much about that. Or what the cost of web access and so on.

Fit bit is a nice, product, with free web access, forums, to talk to other fit bit folks, they also offer a scale that will sync up, and a nice platform, for tracking on their site as well as linking up with MFP.

Over all after much research, Nike, Jaw bone up and many other gidgets and gadgets, while their are a few,minor annoyances, it's most likely the best bang for your buck.

I've been looking at ordering the new Fitbit Force, but I think I"ll wait a bit until they perfect it. It was rolled out in early fall, and still has a few issues. Once things get smoothed out, I'll be getting one!

01-03-2014, 11:21 PM
My husband got me a fitbit force for Christmas. I logged in and joined the community. I live in Connecticut and am probably the only Carma on there in Connecticut. Not sure if you can find me that way.
I would love to have some sort of encouragement to get myself above 10000 steps a day so I would love to have a contest or goals.
Riddy: How did you link your MFP account to it? That would make my life so much easier as I would like to only enter my food on my fitness pal and have my force count my steps.

01-04-2014, 03:04 AM
I have the Fitbit Flex and I love it. I charge mine once a week, usually when I'm sitting at the computer and I know I'll be there for a while. It has made me more aware of how often I'm moving (or not...) and I really do recommend it.

01-04-2014, 04:10 AM
I have a Fitbit Force, and love it. It has to be charged about every 10 days. I only have it set to alert me when I hit my step goal of 10,000 steps a day. If you use it as an alarm also, it shortens the battery life I guess. I haven't experimented with that.

I love the functionality and features, it seems to be quite accurate. I've got a number of Fitbit friends and we encourage each other and compete. It syncs up well to my iPhone, and my PC. I also have it linked to EveryMove.

I have found I am a LOT more active since getting one. I also sleep better. I found through my Fitbit that I wasn't sleeping well, and oddly that seemed to be the motivation I needed to sleep better. Just knowing I wasn't sleeping well has improved the situation and I have no idea why.

01-05-2014, 09:45 PM
Carma, I went through MFP - there's an option for apps &devices.

I'm so bummed - I just spent the weekend in NYC walking a ton and doing lots of yoga, and I left my fitbit home! Grr!!!!'

01-05-2014, 09:51 PM
If anyone wants to add me: Crystal at is the e-mail I used to set it up. (replace the " at " with the symbol).

I also sync to my fitness pal. To do so, you just go to the mfp website and click on the apps page. There are a lot you can sync with mfp. Makes it so much easier to use.

I like the silent alarm. It wakes me, and not my boyfriend. I work at a desk, so I just charge on Mondays in the office and Fridays. I'm not moving much anyway, Haven't had battery issues.

I've also started sleeping better. I have a hard time hitting 10,000 steps a day! I've done it, but it's rare. Part of that is the desk job. I walk my dog, and do the Shred, and then I get maybe 7K. I think I need longer walks perhaps. Once I'm more in shape, the Shred can turn into a more serious work out as well.

It also links into Weigh and Win. It's a Denver program to lose weight. It pays you as you lose weight. Since you log everything, it adds points to go into a drawing to win gift cards. So, super awesome!

If anyone can find me, please add me. Competition is always good!

01-05-2014, 09:56 PM
How are the bands on the flex or force? I heard of some people losing them as they fell off and they didn't know. I have been thinking of one of these too!

01-05-2014, 10:06 PM
I haven't had any issue with the band. It stays on really well. I wish I held out a while and bought the new one that shows the time. I keep thinking I'm wearing a watch...

01-05-2014, 10:13 PM
I am looking at the one with a watch for that reason. Well now you have a reason to upgrade lol

01-05-2014, 10:34 PM
I got my MFP synched today with my fit bit. I have the new one with the watch and find it handy.
Riddy: I hear you on the walking. I forgot mine the other day.
Crystal: I will try and add you. I am Carmaoks At aol

01-05-2014, 10:43 PM
I have been cleaning all day and just did the shred. XD Still 3,000 steps. Too dark and freezing to go on a walk to get 7K more.

01-06-2014, 08:28 PM
I haven't had any issues with my Force falling off (one time I snagged it with a sleeve and it popped off but I noticed it on the spot) but they are a little hard to clasp. I wish Fitbit would offer different styles of bands, because frankly I'd prefer one with a real buckle. I'd also love a cloth band rather than the silicon one.

01-07-2014, 06:44 AM
Been using one since July. LOVE it! Would be happy to friend any of you!

01-07-2014, 12:24 PM
I wish the bands could be more fashionable as well. I want to wear it all the time, but occasionally it looks off under a business suit. I also have dinners I go to and it looks really off there...

Oh well. I wear it anyway.

01-08-2014, 01:12 PM
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01-09-2014, 02:57 PM
I just got a fitbit one, and I'd love to be friends with you ladies! Private message me if you are interested!

01-09-2014, 05:11 PM
I'm thinking about getting a a Polar monitor or Nike Fuel, the fit bit sounds interesting too. I'm not sure what the differences are between all of them but I may pick one up.

01-14-2014, 07:21 PM
I started with the Zip. Loved it but wanted to know stairs and how I was sleeping so I asked for the One for xmas and someone actually got me it. Best xmas present ever. Gave the Zip to hubby.

I would love to have more friends on fitbit. I sent some requests