You might remember that at the start of September I posted about a new gadget that I had acquired to try and get me walking and exercising more and also to see how far I actually was walking and how many steps I took when I went for a walk.
The gadget that I bought (and paid for myself, this is not sponsored!), is this little fitbit - called a zip apparently!
I said that I would let you know how I got on with it, so here I am a month later giving you an update.
First of all the actual fitbit. Well, it was very easy to set up the software, and since then I have had to install one update which was also easy to do. The device works on your computer by plugging a little device - I think called a dongle? - into the USB slot on the computer. Then the fitbit connects wirelessly with this and you can then see your progress on the computer. You can also check your steps during the day by looking on the fitbit screen. The instructions tell you to thump it to get the screen to change through the different modes and you do have to thump it, a tap or press doesn't work!
It most certainly shows a lot more steps than I have ever recorded with any other pedometer before. I think that the amount of steps is pretty realistic for the amount of walking that I do. It clips on to my pocket with a clip on the back that is very strong and it hasn't fallen off/out of my pocket at all and I have worn it every day since I got it.
So as a piece of kit I would recommend it, easy to use, seems to give good information and although it costs more than a mechanical pedometer, I think that it is far more accurate and actually easier to use because it records your information and is generally just better.
Now, to my actual achievements....
These have been, ahem, variable. When I have walked I have achieved quite a lot of steps, and when I have done nothing, well I have achieved hardly any. It also tells you distance and "active minutes". These also match up pretty well to what I have done. You can see when you look at the data on the computer what you did when, when you were most active and so on and all of that matches up to my activity.
I haven't achieved the greatest results, simply because I haven't put in enough work. On the days that I have put the effort in and walked I got good results. Simple as. It is there in black and white to see plainly.
For me, and I realise that this probably sounds really stupid!, this has been a revelation. Actually seeing it there in front of me. I walk, I move, the fitbit confirms the steps, that I burned calories and was active and got off my behind and did something. If I do nothing, again, it is there confirmed to me. I see the correlation between moving and eating and not.
The rest of the world has realised this a long time ago but me, well, not so much. I think that I was deluding myself quite frankly.
The fitbit is very motivational indeed and is making me want to do better.
So, would I recommend it. Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!
If you want to move more, do more, anything like that get one. You don't have to get the fancy ones that you wear on your wrist, this little fitbit zip does a great job!
The main thing is to get moving and eat less of the bad stuff.
I have yet to see any real results because I haven't yet put enough work in. But, I now know what I am doing right and wrong and can see it and I am working up to working out more and doing more.
That makes it a success in my book.
As you know from what I have shared recently I was feeling a little blue after our holiday in September, well, I am now feeling much more myself again, so I will get back on the pavement (sidewalk) and get walking again and moving and being back to it and I hope that it will start to yield some results.
I have already had some results because of a mindshift, so that has to be a good start doesn't it.
So that is my update. Yes, get one! I will be keeping going and will perhaps update in the future when I have some more results to share. If you want to ask me anything in the meantime, drop me an e-mail or leave me a comment and if I can answer your questions I will.
Thank you for the support that you offered about this in my previous post on this subject and also in the last few weeks about my feeling blue. Your cheeriness and support most certainly helped me along! Thank you too for the overwhelming number of comments on my post on Friday! So very kind of you all to say such lovely things. I am glad that you enjoy the decorations that I put together, and I hope that I say it all the time, but I really do appreciate your comments! You are so kind. It is raining today, so I hope that as people pass the door it cheers them up too!
Just a reminder I bought and paid for this fitbit myself, this is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine!