Gettin Fit With fitbit one / My Product Review

Earlier in the week it was mentioned that I drove hubby Tom and I to REI to get some new gadgets. We got a set of fitbit one activity & sleep trackers. When I told hubby Tom about the fitbit one and all it could do he surprised me by saying he wanted one too. After I thought about his reaction it made sense, guys seem to like to statistics, they are competitive even if it’s just with beating their own numbers. I must admit that I am not the competitive type but I do enjoy tracking my fitness progress and garner satisfaction in seeing weekly improvements.

Fitbit One

You can’t tell from this photo but one of these is black and the other is a dark burgundy. We purchased these devices with our own money and were not given anything for free nor was I asked to write a review of this product. I’m sharing about it because I thinks it’s a great product and a fantastic tool to help track activity.

Fitbit One Jan 17 2013  Here is what you get, the fitbit one device with a rechargeable battery (cord included but not in photo) a matching clip and sleep wristband for tracking your sleep with the fitbit one.

Fitbit Jan 17 2013

See how tiny it is? Anytime during the day you can check and see how many steps you have taken, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed.

Fitbit One Wristband Jan 17 2013There is a sleep setting and the fitbit one nestles into the wristband that you wear while sleeping. It tracks hours of sleep, times woken up and has a silent alarm if you choose to use it. I don’t need an alarm – I’m one of those early morning risers with an internal alarm clock!  Sleep is important to overall health and too little of it hinders weight loss and our ability to deal with stress.

Fitbit One Jan 17 2013

The matching clip is rubbery so it stays in place really well. It can be slid into your pants pocket, clipped to your waistband, pocket or clipped onto your bra to be concealed under your clothes. Love that!

Data uploads wirelessly to your computer and can be viewed on the fitbit website, smart phone or iPad anytime during the day. The data can be viewed on the fitbit one device or check out the real time graphs on any of the linked devices. It’s so cool!

Edited to add: The fitbit products are sold through many stores such as on Amazon, REI, fitbit.com, Best Buy, HSN and Target.

Here is a quick run down of what it can do:

Track Activity

  • Steps
  • Distance
  • Calories burned
  • Stairs Climbed

Monitor Sleep

  • # of hours slept
  • Times woken up
  • Sleep quality
  • Silent wake alarm

Wirelessly Upload

  • Computers, compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7+, Mac OS 10.5+
  • iPhone 4s or later
  • Select Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart Ready Devices

Works with Apps:

  • My Fitness Pal / Lose It!
  • Endomondo / Sparks People
  • Map My Fitness and More

There are different fitbit gadgets to choose from. fitbit one retails for $99.99 but there is a fitbit zip for $49.95. I chose the fitbit one because it is smaller, tracks sleep as well as activity and it works with food tracking on My Fitness Pal –  a free on line food tracking program which I wrote about here.

Nutmeg Notes

Seeing Improvement

Since I am recovering from foot surgery and not allowed to exercise yet I felt the need for some way to track my improved mobility even though it can only be measured in small baby steps right now. This device is perfect for that since it logs how many steps I take each day – it gives me a visual to see that I am indeed moving more – well on some days that is.

We have all heard it, 10,ooo steps that is what we are told to strive for each day. To put it all in perspective Monday was my first full day of tracking with fitbit one. I felt like I had been really active that day, doing some house cleaning, cooking, laundry and several trips upstairs. At the end of the day I had that tired feeling you get after a productive day. At the end of the day my log registered 4352 steps – I felt like it should have been higher than that! I guess I have forgotten what moving 10,000 steps would feel like.

Tuesday was pay back for being so active on Sunday and Monday. My foot was swollen and sore and barely fit in my one shoe that I have been able to wear. It ended up being a sit and prop day and my steps clocked in at a whopping 1453! That number sure made Mondays step count look amazing. It’s all about perspective.

Yesterday the foot swelling was once again under control and I had a play day in the kitchen. Three new recipes were made, I made a huge mess of my kitchen and it was just like old times pre-surgery! Okay not really, I had to take breaks and sit down now and then. Although hours had been spent standing in the kitchen as well as many trips to the laundry room, there wasn’t a lot of walking around so my step count for the day was only 3567 but an improvement over the day before. I’ll take it.

It may take me weeks or even months to get back up to 10,000 plus steps in a day but at least I can track it and see my improvement along the way. I can’t really set a goal for this because it all depends on how my foot is on any given day so I will just take it as it comes and continue to do my best!

Happy Tracking!


Disclaimer: We purchased these devices with our own money and were not given anything for free nor was I asked to write a review of this product. I’m sharing about it because I thinks it’s a great product and a fantastic tool to help track activity. Nutmeg Notebook is not meant to be a substitute for any professional advice, guidance, or counseling. Any information contained on this site reflect the author’s experience and is not intended to take the place of medical advice from a physician.

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  1. Beverly says:

    I have an older fitbit (actually my second one after the first one started cracking and the company replaced it free of charge) and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!! It really is amazing to look at mine at the end of the day (I clip mine to my bra) and seeing how active or inactive I was that day. I can’t tell from your photos, but is this newer model just one piece of plastic? I imagine they tried to fix the design flaw which ruined my first one and implemented the rubber clip. Very cool. 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Beverly!

      It appears that the fitbit one model I have is two pieces, the back is removable to get to the battery. Mine is also usually clipped to my bra! So glad to know that you Love yours! 🙂

  2. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    Looks like a nice little gadget–thanks for the review, Tami! Unfortunately, I have no budget for gadgets but I do like looking at them.

    Wow 1453 steps all in one day! Woo-hoo! (I suspect a year from now, you’ll be at 14,530 steps, and won’t it be fun to look back and see how far you’ve come in your recovery!)

    1. Tami says:

      Oh Cammy I hope at this time next year I am doing 14,530 steps and more on hiking days! Yep, the perspective of how far I will have come at that point is exactly why I wanted one of these gadgets. I need some kind of tangible bench mark to see that I am getting more mobile. 🙂

  3. Renee@Mykitchenadventures says:

    oh gosh…I think I need one of those!! Maybe I will use my next googleads check and treat myself to one. I NEEEEED motivation right now!! I’ll have to do some research and see where it is available in my area! Thanks for the review and sharing!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Renee! The fitbit products are sold on Amazon, REI, fitbit.com, Best Buy, HSN and Target. I think it’s an great tool to encourage us to move more. I hope you treat yourself to one soon. 🙂

  4. Tish says:

    Hey Tami,

    I’m loving my fitbit. My daughter has one too. She was getting mega steps until her surgery in Nov and is working back from a post-op baseline of 91 for the day! I love how it doesn’t fall off like my old pedometer and that it counts stairs, too. Afraid I’m nor racking up any steps now as we’ll be in the car all day, but like that my frantic, pretrip activity from this morning shows up. 8 flights of stairs! I sent you a fitness friend request.

    1. Tami says:

      Wow 8 flights of stairs is awesome Tish! I’m such a newbie at this fitbit thing that I don’t know what being fitness friends means! Sounds like you are headed out on a trip – safe travels to you!

  5. Tish says:

    That’s fitbit friends . . .

  6. The Candid RD (Gina) says:

    I’ve heard of the FitBit, but we sell BodyMedias where I work. This looks much smaller and more convenient, but I wonder if there is good reliable research behind it at all? Any ideas? I would like to use this only to track my steps and sleep patterns. I know I don’t sleep well. I couldn’t imagine not having an alarm to wake me up!!

    1. Tami says:

      This gadget is tiny and so easy to use. Here are links to a couple of articles that sold me on the device! Hope it helps answer your questions.

      http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223780# http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/other-gadgets/fitbit.htm

  7. Jody - Fit at 55 says:

    I have read so much about that device Tami & would be curious but I don’t track AND no $$ for that so.. would be interesting though!

    SO SORRY about the foot! Glad it is under control again. Be careful! I know it is hard but I just want to see you better sooner & I know you do too. HUGS!

    1. Tami says:

      Recovery from surgery doesn’t go in a straight line, it has peaks and valleys and knowing that helps. There will be days that I can do all that I want to and other days that will require I go slower. Thanks for the hugs! 🙂

  8. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    You know I like my Fitbit Zip, and I think this is a great tool for you to see improvements in terms of how much you move around. And how fun that your hubby got one, too. When your foot is all healed, you can have competitions as to who walked the most! 🙂

  9. SarahF says:

    I got a Fitbit One just before Christmas and I LOVE it! I am a data and gadget geek, and I find it completely motivational. I upped my exercise quite a bit since I got it, and I really appreciate that walking counts. I don’t have to kill myself by running to feel like I’ve accomplished something. I am looking at exercise differently. I’ve still got 50 pounds to lose, but Fitbit is keeping me consistent!

    1. Tami says:

      Sarah that is awesome! I do find the fitbit one to be motivational and since I can only walk right now every step counts! Keep up the good work! 🙂

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