A Bit More About the FitBit


I’ve been getting lots of questions about how I like the FitBit on Twitter.  I’ve only had it for a week, but I do have some initial thoughts.

The FitBit has been really easy to carry around, and I tend to forget I have it on me.  (With some exceptions).  However, I can see it being easier to carry as a woman rather than a man.


I wouldn’t feel comfortable having it loose in my pocket.  It’s so tiny.  Storing it on my bra feels safe because if it falls, it falls into something.  And frankly, I’d feel it falling.

It records what you do on a dashboard that gets updated throughout the day.

Jeanne Early in Day

And updates with pretty colors as you do better:

FitBit Later in the Day

FitBit will also give you badges to earn.  And I know I definitely put effort into earning the 15,000 steps badge on some days because, dammit, I’m competitive!


The one thing I was really hesitant about was changing the platform I record things on.  I am on My Fitness Pal with my friends, and like that someone can (playfully) mock my food choices.

But then I saw FitBit allows you to use the device to interact with other sites.  For example:

FitBit Other Sites

There’s also a premium part of the site you get a 7-day trial to.  It’s $50 a year otherwise.  I’m not sure whether or not I will use it, but it definitely taps into my competitive nature.

It benchmarks you against everyone:


And gives you detailed profiles about your sleep:

My sleep pattern

I hope I have more Sundays in my life, and less Wednesdays!

Overall, so far, so good.  I’m leaning interesting things about my habits.  I’ve found myself taking a walk just to get to 10,000, and the benchmarking is making me want to achieve even greater things.

Would you ever use something like a FitBit?

Disclosure: If you purchase something through my Amazon link, I receive a small commission.  I appreciate the support, and remind you not to wear your FitBit through security at the airport.


About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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