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Fitbit Goals 2016 | January

 

FITBIT GOALS LINDSEYGINGEI hope you invested in Fitbit stocks before January 1st because with everyone making resolutions the prices soared! Unfortunately, I did not invest in stocks but I did help by purchasing a Fitbit Charge HR on Boxing day whilst managing to use up most of my Christmas funds. In case you aren’t aware of my 2016 resolutions, keeping healthy/ training for something is one of them-which was my main motivation behind purchasing the Fitbit. 

Decision

I’ve been thinking about an activity tracker for a few months, when I first saw the Bellabeat LEAF which is absolutely gorgeous. However, because the $CAD to $USD rate right now is pretty crappy I opted to skip that purchase.

I did a lot of research on which tracker to buy and when I ended up going to a packed Best Buy on December 26, I walked out with a Fitbit Charge HR and $180 less in my pocket. FYI, when you buy electronics from Best Buy they charge you a fee for ‘Geek Squad Setup’ which I didn’t even use, so I’m pretty peeved that I paid $10 extra for nothing, it should be something you are asked to opt into.

Design

Fitbit, I just want to throw the idea out there to possibly explore a design that’s more accommodating to women. Although I love the device, it’s just too darn big for me. Also, it does not pair well with long sleeve shirts as I have recently discovered.

Wearing fitbit
I realized after writing this post that I didn’t have a great image of it. So here’s an impromptu picture featuring my Interior Design sweatshirt!

Details

Aside from my tiny wrist not fitting properly, the Fitbit Charge HR has a lot of cool features.

  • Heart rate: As the name describes, this particular model constantly tracks your heart rate throughout the day which turns out to be pretty interesting! Although, at night it can be a little irritating to see the little green lights blinking away.
  • Silent Alarms: When I heard about this I figured it was a winner for sure. No more listening to beeping alarm clocks! The only problem: when your bracelet vibrates it’s so easy to turn off that you can end up just continuing to sleep. Ergo, I won’t be leaving it up to the bracelet to wake me up.
  • Sleep Tracking: When you wear the bracelet overnight, it tracks your sleep patterns based on movement. Although it is not as in-depth as the Jawbone UP devices, it does let you know how many hours you slept, and how many times you were restless/ awake. Sometimes it even records how long it took you to fall asleep and let’s you know the overall quality of your sleep.
  • Pedometer/ Stairs: Along with nifty features like heart rate and sleep tracking is the step counter and floor count. Basically, it just lets you know how much you’ve moved in a day. As well, you can receive badges once you fulfill daily goals.
  • Weight/ water/ calorie tracking: I group these together because I don’t really care about them; someone else might think these are super important, but I’m just way too lazy to keep count of everything I eat/ drink and I don’t own a scale so the weight thing is pretty useless to me. But hey! If you’re interested in it, they’ve got it!
  • Call Notifications: Unlike the Jawbone UP devices, the Fitbit Charge HR has a screen which will apparently notify you when someone calls. I have not used it because I read online that it tends to drain battery. No one calls me anyway so I’m not too worried. If, unlike me you are a popular person this could be useful.

Stats

Here’s a look at what I’ve accomplished after two weeks of using the Fitbit Charge HR. I was clearly on my step game December 30.

Fitbit Sleep Stats

Fitbit Step Stats

Goals

Now that I’ve covered all the deets on Fitbit, it’s time to put it to the test! I want to set monthly goals and attempt to achieve them! So this month I’m going to start small and say that I’m going to try and keep my average daily step count to about 5,000 steps. As well, I want to exercise three times a week. A month from now I’ll let you know how it went, and we’ll set some new goals!

Have you tried an activity tracker?

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  • This looks a lot better than the version I had, I really couldn’t get on with mine or make it work but I am sure that is due to incompetence on my behalf! It didn’t track my exercise when I was doing HITT but I would like to try out different devices and see if it is just me xxx

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh no, that’s a shame! I find that this tends to slip around my wrist a lot- and it’s not the best at tracking HR while running. Something like the Garmin Polar might be best if that’s what you want to use it for!
      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Pia

    I have a jawbone up 2 which is SO pretty; I’d wear it even if I didn’t get anything from it haha. I’ve always been torn between FitBit and Jawbone but so far so good! (Also, to crop on wordpress, you just click ‘edit image’ and then drag on the image and hit the crop button 🙂 )

    • lindseyelyse

      I wish I got that instead- I was looking at the gold one and holding these two at the same time trying to make the decision. The guy at Best Buy convinced me to get Fitbit though. (Kind of regret it…)
      Haha thanks! I’ll have to give it a try again, it wasn’t working earlier :/

  • I own a FitBit, Mr. Loca gifted it to me in October, and I enjoy it very much. It really helps to see how much you really move.
    Here in Germany there are different sizes, and the small one fits my small wrist very well. Is there just one at your place or are your wrists so tiny? I totally agree with you on the design though. There is a pink version, but that doesn’t make it any more appealing to me, to be honest.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • lindseyelyse

      I love it because it motivates me to get steps done (a very pricey pedometer haha) I do have the small size, I just have very very tiny wrists which is a real pain in the butt! Pink still isn’t a great incentive haha, I like the Navy blue 🙂

  • I have the hardest time with anything on my wrists cause they are so tiny! Loved your review. Hugs, Kait

    • lindseyelyse

      I KNOW! It’s impossible to feel comfortable, if only they had kids sizes…

  • I actually have had this on my wishlist for a while, it sounds like such a great device but i’m currently holding off purchasing it because of the price xx

    http://www.adaliascloset.blogspot.co.uk

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh nice! Wait for a sale to happen for sure, it is pretty pricey. If you specifically want heart rate then I think this is a good option, but if you’re not too concerned about that I’d check out Jawbone for sure!

  • I bought my husband a Fitbit Charge HR for Christmas and I was lucky to snag it on sale so I only paid $CAD149.90 for it. I have the normal Fitbit which is good enough for my use because with the recent update, it can now track my sleep without me having to tap it letting it know I’m going to sleep.

    I too wanted the Bellebeat LEAF but ugh! the exchange rate kills me. 🙁

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh nice! I think this was on sale too- but with taxes it came to $180. The heart rate monitor is nice, but not a necessity. The sleep tracking is exactly what I wanted!
      Uggh I know!

  • I have the FitBit Flex – although it’s not as in depth at the Charge, it works for me! It’s also skinnier, and comes in a two wrist sizes, small and large! Honestly, I think it’s a glorified pedometer BUT the app drives me to hit my stepping goal – and it links to myfitnesspal which I use religiously… I still greatly enjoy it! I’m hitting 10,000 steps a day – and want to up it more eventually!

    • lindseyelyse

      Yeah I was looking at that but they were sold out when I went on boxing day! Nice! Usually I can get 10,000… but I wanted to start low and work my way up to avoid disappointment hehe
      Thanks for the comment!

  • Great tips, I shall put some in action

    Happy Wednesday Doll,
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  • I have been wanting a FitBit for a while, but I also have unusually small wrists. Although, I always end up having to refit my timepieces, I am used to this. Great post and helpful tips. Thanks!
    Travel Inspiration

  • Woah, this is amazing. I want one too.
    Love, Fads

  • I absolutely LOVE my Fitbit. I have the One, which is the tiny one that clips onto your bra / can slip into your pocket. I have never left the house without it, seriously. You will become a slave (in the best fitness possible way!) to hitting your goal — can’t wait to watch you hit your goals!
    -Dara
    http://www.peoniesandhoneybees.com

    • lindseyelyse

      Aw that one looks so cute! I definitely have become a slave to my fitbit already… thank you 🙂

  • $180?! Girl it’s like $120 plus free shipping on amazon, this is why I never buy anything from Best Buy! I was actually thinking about getting this too since even though my phone can track these things too it’s still not ideal to have while actually being in the middle of a work out. Great post btw!

    • lindseyelyse

      I knoww! I wanted the Jawbone at first which was cheaper… but then I was convinced to get it while in the store! My phone has both HR and pedometer, but it’s just not nearly as simple too! Thanks hun 🙂

  • Ela

    I have my eye on this for quite a long time, but I couldn’t catch the sale so I have to wait a little longer. It would be interesting to track all these things, especially the sleep routine. I wonder how many times I wake up at night 🙂 Good luck with your goals, you can do it! 🙂 x

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

    • lindseyelyse

      Haha, yeah definitely wait until it’s on sale! Thanks hun!

  • I don’t have a fit bit but it looks like fun. I like how it gives you a sleep analysis, thats pretty cool!

  • Yeah girl that step game was strong on Dec 30th! I’ve never tried one but they would be kind of fascinating to see what my stats are like!

    http://rainbow-roseblossom.blogspot.co.nz/

    • lindseyelyse

      Haha, it’s a bit embarrassing to check the step count some days! It’s a weirdly addicting thing to know! 🙂

  • Filipa Jackson

    Let me know how it goes… I really want a Fitbit

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

  • This so interesting, especially the sleep tracker. I’ve been interested in a FitBit as a few of my friends have one but I’m scared I’m going to get all obsessive about it. I was a professional dancer injury stopped me. Now I’m no longer dancing, I probably should check to make sure I’m doing enough exercise in a day!

    https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/nonyear12

    • lindseyelyse

      I really like the sleep tracking for sure! It’s also great motivation to get all your steps in! haha.

  • jenny

    I really want to get myself a Fitbit after my boyfriend bought one for the gym! They sound amazing and it will inspire me to work out more xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

  • I have the original fitbit, I think? My husband got it for me awhile ago. It is the one that you have to put i a clip and clip on and at night put in a stretchy band. The new ones are much nicer! This year my husband picked me up the Withings watch and I love it, it does all the things the firtbit does but it looks like a watch! It will also track if/when you swim so it is waterresistant.

  • I’d love to have an activity tracker like the fitbit, I think tracking your activity (objectively) forces you to see how much (or little) you actually move – and it’s also easy to see when you’re making progress, and it’s really revwarding getting an award when you complete your goals. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes with your goals!
    Now I just need $180 somewhere…
    – Anne | annesmiles

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