Why I Got a Fitbit

April 25, 2016 Baltimore, MD, USA

This is high school Bekah.

circa 2002—taken and scanned. My, how quality has improved.

Like now, she was 5'10. Like now, she thought she was fat.

Unlike now, she was a size 10 and 150 lbs.

Oh, what I would give to be her size again.

I've worked out off and on, and despite my sweet tooth, generally choose healthy eats. Still, the weight has crept on year after year.

I've spent more than one Sunday morning crying in the closet because things suddenly didn't fit and I didn't want to show up to church looking ugly and disgusting. I've been angry and depressed at the realization that I somehow now outweigh my husband. I've known for a long time that I need to do something. That something became a lot harder when I moved from suburb to city. Gym memberships skyrocketed from $30/month to nearly $100/month. No.

I've seen Fitbits around for awhile now and couldn't fathom why anyone would pay $100+ for a pedometer. What's the point? That's just silly. Still, lots of my coworkers were wearing them, and they sell like hotcakes whenever one pops up on our Facebook community's yard sale page.

What the heck?

Just before my latest surgery, I overheard a Fitbit discussion among coworkers and also heard the word challenge.

Say what?!

If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I am a stubborn and competitive girl. If it's possible for me to win, I will fight to do so, even for something I don't want (as I type this, it's less than 20 minutes to the start of a Tori Kelly concert I won tickets to just because I like winning. I had to google who she was).

So, the idea of competition intrigued me and I started looking more into these overpriced bracelets. Thankfully, post-op recovery means I had lots of free time on my hands to do things like enter multiple instagram loop giveaways. I thought I'd popped one pain pill too many when the notification popped up saying I'd actually won one: A Kate Spade bag and four other goodies including...a Fitbit Flex.

Some quick research (and finding out while I was out, my boss and co-worker had both secured the same model) later, I sent back most of the prizes to Amazon in order to upgrade to the Fitbit Alta.

2 weeks, 3/4 challenges won, and 3 lbs. down (you gotta start somewhere), I am hooked.

What do you think of fitness trackers? Do you or would you use one to reach your goals?

Fellow Fitbit users, feel free to challenge me or follow my progress—I need all the encouragement I can get!

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  1. I love my Fitbit, I have to order a new charger today so I can charge mine and get back to using it!

  2. Way to go Bekah! I'm not up for it but I know lots of people love them! You should join us on the new bikini series! It starts this week!

  3. I love my fitbit but definitely need to upgrade from a flex!

  4. This is exactly why I got one too! I have the flex, that I actually got from my best friend cause she didn't use it so gave it to me. I put in the food I ate for a bit to see and found out that yep it was mainly just because I wasn't moving much. I knew if I moved I'd start slimming down again. I've been lagging recently again, but am hoping to get moving again.

  5. So happy it's working for you! I've had my Fitbit Alta for about a week now, I love it so far!

    1. I'm loving the alta so far! Hope it works out for you as well!

  6. I love my fitbit! I'm also really goal-oriented and I feel so accomplished when I meet my daily step goals. I hate the gym so I find that monitoring my activity levels with the fitbit keeps me motivated to be active throughout the day. For example, if I haven't met my daily goal I'll be more motivated to walk home from work instead of taking transit.

    Nellwyn | www.thecardinalpress.com

  7. I love a good challenge. Maybe one day I'll get me a fitbit too.

    #AtoZChallenge W is for Wilson Phillips

  8. This is great! I hope it continues to go well for you.


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