If you’ve been paying attention to our blog posts this past year, you know that about half of the p2P team has been seriously trying to lose weight – and they are succeeding! Kim, Mary, Tameka, and Janice have each lost significant amounts of weight, and some of the rest of us are trying but not being quite as successful…I would be in that group, unfortunately. I turned Mary and Kim onto my favorite food log app, Lose It, and they ran with it! I am so impressed with their progress! You’ve seen Meka’s achievements, and I suspect there are more success stories out there. I’ve been holding my own – losing a little and at least not gaining, but I have a long way to go. And then, on Thanksgiving Day, my daughter Kim got engaged!! So you know what that means – I’m about to be the MotB. And that means I can’t put this off any longer – time to shed serious pounds!!
This summer, when my sister Kim and I were on our Sassy Sisters road trip, Kim was on a mission to keep us moving. Moving as in walking or hiking, not just riding in the car. It’s not easy to cover as much ground as we do on our trips and find time to walk every day, but Kim was determined. Turns out she had a bit of a friendly competition going with her friend Alex to see who was getting the most exercise, as measured by the number of steps taken each day. You may be wondering how they were able to compete, given that we were in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico, and Alex was in Tennessee. It’s a valid question, and the answer is because of a cool little gadget called a Fitbit. I was intrigued. Kim would tap this nifty little device and it would tell her how many steps she had walked, how many miles she’d covered, and how many minutes she’d been active. Even better, she could also see how many steps Alex had taken so she could keep up with him, too. You know that I had to have one!
Soon after I got home, I purchased the Fitbit Zip. I was hooked! While you can set your own goals, the recommended goal is to walk 10,000 steps each day. What I learned from my Fitbit is that I was in the habit of doing LOTS of sitting and very little walking! I also learned that unless you are doing major housework or you have a huge house and you wander through it all day, you won’t come anywhere close to 10,000 steps without getting out the door or unless you are intentional about being active for a few minutes every hour or two. As a digital scrapbooker, you likely spend a good deal of time sitting, too. It’s awfully easy to plop down in front of my laptop and not get up again for hours (usually because it’s time to eat….not a good pattern!!). So, one thing that I love about my FitBit is that it gives me feedback. At a glance, I can see how many minutes or hours I was active and how many I wasn’t. It also motivates me. I’m a pretty competitive person. I would see how many steps my sister had taken on a given day and I’d try to beat her. Emphasis on “TRY”. It took about a month before I was hitting 10,000 steps with any regularity, but once I got there, I found I was looking forward to my walk(s) every day. I loved it the first week that I hit 70,000 steps!! And I loved the first week I walked more than Kim!
Oh, and you know what else – Fitbit sends me badges, too! So far, I’ve earned the 5000, 10,000, and 15,000 steps in one day badges and the 50 mile and 250 miles walked badges! Something else fun and useful for me is that I can sync my Fitbit and my Lose It app, so I can enter my food diary in Lose It and the Fitbit tracks my activity, and then they ‘talk’ to each other. I also love seeing how my friends are doing – I can encourage the ones who are not hitting their goals and I can praise the ones who are beating the heck out of me (as I try to catch them!!). I have about a dozen friends I keep step with – I’d love to have you join in the fun!
Since so many of us p2P team members are working to be fit, and since most digital scrappers do a good bit of sitting, and since we love activities that promote community, the p2P team has become an affiliate for Fitbit. So, if you’d like to join the fun, we invite you to click our affiliate link before you purchase your Fitbit. Fitbit’s affiliate program awards us with a small commission whenever someone clicks through our link prior to making a purchase at Fitbit. It costs you nothing extra, and it allows us to maintain and enhance our website Here’s what you’ll see on almost every page of our website:
Just click that Fitbit tab, or click HERE, and you’ll go right to the Fitbit website and to my (current) favorite product, the Fitbit Flex.
While I started out using the Fitbit Zip, I hated missing the few steps that I took getting into and out of bed or the shower, or worse, on rare occasion that I FORGOT to put it on! For a scatterbrain like me, the Flex is perfect! I can wear it 24/7 and even get it wet. I only have to remember to charge the battery every five days or so, and the Fitbit tells me when it needs to be charged! How easy is that? And I gave my Zip to my husband, so now we walk together most days and see who walks more during the work day.
Oh, and did I mention that the Fitbit Flex will track your calorie intake and calories burned? You can set weight goals and log your progress, too. It can even track your sleep habits (I’m not ready for that feedback yet – I know how bad my sleep habits are!!) I just find that it’s an amazing tool and best of all, it is helping make fitness fun for me, and like its tagline says, it is encouraging me to “Make fitness a lifestyle”. I would love to be your Fitbit friend – if you already have one, or if you don’t have one yet, but would like to make fitness one of your goals for 2014, please click our link to get yours, and then send your email address to me at info@pixels2Pages.net and I will add your to our “Sitter2Fitter” Fitbit community. We invite you to share our FitBit link with your family – it’s a great gift!
Jan’s added on note: I wanted to add a link to my friend Dana’s blog. Dana has been on a weight loss journey for the past 18 months, and she writes an awesome blog called LessDana. It’s full of recipes and weight loss tips and struggles, and it’s keeping Dana accountable. And, she’s hilarious, so I always spend a few calories laughing while I read. Anyway, I turned her on to Fitbits back at the end of October, and she’s blogged about it a couple of times. Today (8 December 2013) she had a great post, so here it is: Step to It! Enjoy.
One of the added benefits of the Fitbit – I’m learning my way around my neighborhood. I’m blessed to be living in a warm climate (when I walked yesterday it was 73 degrees – on 4 December!) and I have a FLAT place to walk, with very little traffic, and because I live on an island of canals, there are lots of different streets to walk on. I still haven’t hit them all! Something I’ve learned about my Tiki Island neighbors is that they have fun mailboxes. Here are a few of my favorites:
p2P Blueprint Red, Left and Right #p2PRedBP
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