I have had a few fitness trackers during my fitness journey.
When I first started my fitness journey 3 years ago, I got a fitbit for tracking my steps, my sleep and activity. I loved it! It kept me conscious of my activity or non activity and kept me moving. It also helped me see that I actually was getting pretty good sleep even though I thought I wasn’t.
Unfortunately, I lost it.:(
Fortunately, I got another one..and then I lost that one too…..
Note to self…I don’t do well with clip ons!
I then moved on to a heart rate monitor, that I used to make sure, I was working my hardest during my HIIT and weight training. I liked seeing how many calories I burned and this gave me a good effort indication as to my effort any particular workout.
When I began running, I started using run apps (Runtastic and Map my Run
) on my phone to track my mileage and pace-these always seemed to be waaaaaay off…it told me I was running paces where I could qualify for the Olympics-lol!! Like really I with the paces they had me at, I could beat Meb! I knew that if I really wanted to track my running, I would need to get a gps watch.
For Christmas, I got the Garmin 310xt
This is a triathlon watch which just might come in handy when I transition from just running to running and biking (maybe this was a premonition…..hmmm??). Sorry I digressed…..This watch does exactly what I need it to do….accurately track my mileage and my pace.
At the beginning of September, my job in conjunction with Virgin Pulse offered each employee a free Max Pulse tracker. This tracks steps and activities. It came originally with a clip…..I was so glad to get the watch band to switch it to….remember what happened to the last 2 clip devices I had-right? Since September 1, this has been on my wrist tracking my steps! I do transfer back to the clip when I am working out and running as I have my Garmin on and wearing 2 watches would just be silly.
I would still be interested in a tracker that can track my sleep. I always think that I am not sleeping soundly and sometimes wake up so many times throughout the night. I would love to be able to have something to help me track patterns (if possible).
When I started my fitness journey, I signed on to MFP and was RELIGIOUS at tracking my calories and loved that every week, I was losing weight.
After, I got so close to my goal weight and then plateaued, I threw away my scale and signed off of MFP.
My account on My Fitness Pal was inactive for over 2 years.
Well I have come full circle and I am am back on MFP (feel free to friend me if you are on there-Fit_MamaMeeks). I am not counting calories but counting nutrient macros (protein, carbs and fat). I find that I am too active to count calories, I would be eating all damn day to eat back the calories I burned but the macro counting allows me to ensure that I am eating well and nourishing my active body. It is a work in progress but one I am committed to (for right now).
I think back to the days when people didn’t have fitness trackers…..how did they do it? I can’t image actually and I am glad for modern technology. Do I think sometimes I rely on my trackers too much….ABSOLUTELY but I am aware of that and I am working on the balance of the devices.
Do you use any fitness trackers? If so, what do you use? If not, why?
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