Now that it has been four weeks of owning and using it, I feel comfortable letting you know what I’ve been up to in terms of my wight loss plans. Towards the end of May, I purchased the Fitbit Charge HR. Before this I had been using my phone to track my steps (I have a Samsung Galaxy S 4 and was using the S Health app).
While the S Health app works very well, there was one flaw for me. Believe it or not, I don’t carry my phone with me every where I go. I began to find it annoying that if I wanted an accurate step count, I would have to grab my phone every time I was in my house and decided to quick run upstairs for something, or just walk from room to room. I didn’t always have pockets and didn’t always have the extra hand for my phone.
I had been wanting some sort of step tracking device for quite some time and as such had been doing research on different trackers for a few months before I settled on the Fitbit Charge HR. This isn’t going to be a full on technical review but I will give you a few reasons the Charge HR was my pick.
I began a job a few months back where it became increasingly ideal to have a watch on me. Now, I don’t wear watches, I rarely even wear bracelets so I immediately knew I wanted my tracker to have a watch built into it so I only had to wear one device. I also greatly prefered the digital display of my steps. The biggest reason I went right for the Charge HR is because for the price, it really wasn’t that much of a stretch from the Charge. A while back I had attempted the HR monitor watch with chest strap and found it incredibly cumbersome and honestly, gross to deal with so it quickly got abandoned. Combining the HR monitor right into my wrist device was just one more way I could simplify and multi-task.
So, how do I like it after a month? I love the motivation it has been providing me. I truly feel that I have stepped up (ha, ha) my game and increased my daily movement as a direct result of wearing a device that is telling me how active or inactive I am being every day. The Charge HR counts how many floors/flights of stairs you do in a day as well, and I have found myself going up and down the stairs in my house an extra time or two to reach that daily goal as well. Strictly speaking numbers, I have increased my daily steps and meet/exceed the 10,000 step goal at least five days a week.
As for the device itself? That has taken some getting used to, seeing as like I said, I’m not used to have anything on my wrist. The Charge HR is bigger and I’d say a bit bulkier than other wrist trackers because of the added HR moniter so it took a good couple weeks before I began to feel normal wearing it every day. The big adjustment, though, was wearing it every night if I wanted my sleep tracked as well as a more accurate resting heart rate. Honestly, four weeks in and I’m still finding it a bit annoying to wear in bed since I tend to move around a bit getting comfortable before finally falling asleep. The device has been mildly annoying during this time but not enough so to consider not wearing it (though, admittedly, I do gravitate towards charging the low battery up at night so I can have a break from it).
One other added benefit that I didn’t expect was I have finally become consistent with using a food tracking app as well. I have always had Myfitnesspal but was never very consistent with it, but Fitbit syncs with the Myfitnesspal app and I find myself logging my food and water intake every day to maintain the most accurate portrait on Fitbit as possible.
Both of these apps together have given me a renewed sense of focus. As I said, I have been meeting or exceeding my step goal at least five days a week every week since having the tracker and now with keeping a closer eye on my calorie intake, I have begun losing weight consistently. I am currently 216.8lbs which if you remember at last update, I was 223lbs. So for the last two months, I have lost almost 14 pounds and managed to keep it off. This is a huge accomplishment for me and all the motivation I need to keep at my step goals and logging my food. A note about the food, just so we’re all on the same page. For now, I have just been aiming to stay under my calorie goal. While the ideal is to swap out some food choices with more fruits and veggies, right now my biggest concern is lowering portion size. I believe in the baby steps approach and seeing how well I’m doing right now, I don’t want to add another factor in until I’ve gotten this one into a routine and have lost a bit more weight.
That being said, I’m all about things in moderation so don’t be surprised if I’m still eating cheesecake and ice cream now and then. I realize for some people, these kinds of foods are like a gateway to binge eating or other poor decisions but for me, I am determined to find the balance. Because of this sensitivity to others though, I wanted to acknowledge my stance as well as announce that I am going to making an entirely separate Instagram account for my weight loss journey. That way, if you’re following my blog for my lifestyle, and awesome desserts and landscapes around Grand Rapids, you’ve got it minus the pictures of a sweaty gross me in work out clothes. On the other side, if you’re coming here to follow me on this extremely personal journey that could get messy and sweaty and ugly, you will now have a dedicated place to keep up with me. As I accumulate more weight loss posts on my blog, I also will be gathering them on a single page for easy access for those that want to see only those posts.
I never intended this blog to be strictly a weight loss blog. In fact, by the name of it, I always intended it to be a lifestyle blog heavily focused on my hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. My struggles with weight gain are a far more personal journey that I hope is only a small season of my life and therefore, only one section of this blog. To that end, I hope to bring more balance to this blog as well, exploring more of my city and sharing it with you. As always, thank you for following along!