Confessions of a Daily Weight Taker

Author Christopher Means

Part II of “Should I weigh myself everyday

OK, so maybe you shouldn’t weigh yourself every day. That’s the premise many trainers use, and the subject of another blog post here. But I lean the other way… so I wanted to give yet another perspective. It may not work for you, but it does for me.

You see, I’ve been a distance runner / jogger for many years. That used to be enough to keep my weight in check. However, slowly but surely, over the years the pounds kept adding on. This year I finally said enough! I was ready to stop the progression.

I set a goal to lose 10 pounds.

Set a Goal via MVP ProgramWhen I set a goal, which you can now do with the Fitdigits apps, I want to see progress. I want to understand how things change.

I started weighing myself regularly. It started as just a couple times a week, but sometimes got to the every day habit. More than a few times, I weighed myself multiple times a day – sometimes to see how my weight fluctuated due to workouts, food, salt, etc. Let me tell you – it can fluctuate a LOT! I had a full 8-pound fluctuation in one day after starting the day with a nice workout, but ending with a massive sushi splurge (salt and carb/protein bomb anyone?). Overall, however, I take my weight first thing in the morning after a little coffee and the bathroom. Sound familiar?

I didn’t have a date I wanted to lose the weight by, but over time, I did start to see some trends. When I pigged out on ice cream and sweets late at night, that had a detrimental effect on my weight in the morning, sometimes up to 2 pounds or more. Ugh. No more chips and salsa late night? How sad!

I also started to realize that after a short workout (3 miles / 25 minutes or so) I’d lose a pound or two. All water obviously, a good reason why we always talk about the need to hydrate after workouts! It could be as many as 5-6 pounds on a long run (12+ miles).

Fat and lean mass % also fluctuates regularly. A couple percent here and there on a given day or even intra-day isn’t unusual. I’ve never seen really large (5% or more) fluctuations over a limited time period, but certainly a few % here and there in a given day or even week.

In the end, weighing myself every day, even multiple times a day, helped. I recognized that:

  • Fluctuations happen. Over a single day, hours, or even a workout. And they can be significant.
  • Late night snacks were killing the rest of my efforts. I can still remember the first couple nights where I told myself “no – no snacks tonight!” Had I not seen how they were killing my morning weight, I might not have cut them out.
  • More consistent, lower miles/time efforts worked better for me than longer, but less often, workouts.
  • Being active during the day helps a bit too – walks help (Fitbit helps with this, though Fitdigits Walks are another great way to track). In a single day, not so much, but over a week, it helps. Over a month, it helps a lot!

Overall, don’t sweat the small stuff. Big stuff, when you know what big stuff actually is, and what it means – that is reason to sweat. But sweat through effort and self control, not through stress, especially over weight. Oh – and try not to pig out too often on sushi or other favs –and limit the late night snacks. That helps too.  10 pounds, and less of a stomach, are mighty fine rewards.

Weight loss

PS – most weight scales that measure body fat also have a setting for “normal” and “athlete” – if you ever want to see that you have much lower body fat, simply set it to “athlete” – that will knock quite a few % of body fat with the flip of a switch! You got to love that!

Linking Fitdigits & Our Partners

In Fitdigits we partner with many great health and fitness solutions. From our partner section (Menu > Partners), you can link accounts to share information across portals.

We group partners into Daily Activity & Steps Platforms, such as Fitbit, Google Fit or Apple Health, Nutrition, such as MyFitnessPal or Lose It! (iOS only), and workout sharing partners that we will post workouts to their portal, such as RunKeeper or TrainingPeaks.

For Daily Activity platforms, we can post activities recorded by the app to them, and/or read their data to our portal / apps.

You can link multiple platforms and we will post to each, but you are limited to only one Preferred Partner that we will read and display their activity data such as steps, active / sedentary calories, and other metrics depending on the provider. You can change your Preferred Partner in your Partners section on the web or in-app (Menu > Partners).

 

Daily Activity Platforms

Apple Health

Link your app with Apple Health, and Fitdigits will be granted access to any of the data you approve during the linking process. This could include metrics like reading from them calories, steps, daily activity metrics, etc., and writing to equivalent areas in Apple Health with Fitdigits data recorded within our app.

Fitbit
Link your Fitdigits account with your Fitbit account, and Fitdigits will automatically receive your caloric burn totals based on your Fitbit daily activity. You can find this information in the apps under (Home) Menu > Health > Steps, or on my.fitdigits.com on the dashboard and in Health > Daily Activity.

Fitdigits will also send all Fitdigits workouts to Fitbit so the calories are included in your Fitbit daily total. For more information on the interaction between Fitbit and Fitdigits calories, read here.

Please note we are not compatible with Heart Rate on HR bands (see more).

Garmin Vivofit
When you link your Garmin account to Fitdigits, we will receive your Vivofit steps and other data with our portal. Please note this now includes Garmin watches and other Garmin Connect compatibility, including basic workout information.

Google Fit
When you link your Google Fit app to Fitdigits, we will receive your steps and othe supported data. Please note we aren’t sharing TO Google Fit at this time, but we plan to have more integration soon!

Misfit
When you link your Misfit account to Fitdigits,we will receive your Misfit steps and other data with our portal.

Withings
When you link your Withings account to Fitdigits, the next time you sync the app (Results -> Sync) all of your Withings steps, weight entries and blood pressure data will be automatically updated.

 

Nutrition

MyFitnessPal
When you link your Fitdigits account with MyFitnessPal, the calories burned during your Fitdigits workouts will be automatically sent to MyFitnessPal. No button pushing required! Just sign in and get accurate calories total added to your MyFitnessPal daily allowance.

 

Workout Sharing

TrainingPeaks
Share all of your workouts to TrainingPeaks. Log in here, and after completing a workout share to TrainingPeaks using the “Share button” on the results page.

Strava
Share all of your workouts to Strava. Log in here, and after completing a workout share to Strava using the “Share button” on the results page.

RunKeeper
Sign in to RunKeeper with your username and password, and now you can share your workouts to runkeeper.com with the tap of a button under results.

Dailymile
Sign in to Dailymile with your username and password, and now you can share your workouts to dailymile.com with the tap of a button under results.

 

Healthy Employees are More Productive

 

Healthy Employees are more Productive

Improve your bottom line

Studies show that healthy employees are more productive and better for the bottom line. Recently, Fitdigits has received a surge of inquiries about our corporate health and wellness program. Many users have asked their health and benefits manager to offer Fitdigits to all employees. Thank you so much! Check out what Forbes said about Fitdigits and healthy employees. We have some great solutions but would love your suggestions and participation. If your company is interested in learning more, contact Fitdigits.

Use Fitdigits for Corporate Wellness Programs!

Tracking Blood Pressure with Fitdigits Apps

Use any blood pressure cuff/monitor to measure your blood pressure, then manually enter your stats into Fitdigits, or link with supported blood pressure partners like Withings and have your blood pressure automatically imported from their portal.

To manually enter your blood pressure:
1. Launch your Fitdigits app, tap Menu > Health  Vitals
2. Tap Blood Pressure.
3. Tap “+” sign located at the top right of the screen.
4. Enter your blood pressure, tap Save.

You can also change the date and time if you are entering a blood pressure from a previous date.

To manually delete a blood pressure entry:

1. From the same screen, swipe from right to left to delete any of the manually entered blood pressure entries. (A red delete icon will appear.)
2. Tap delete and the entry will be erased from your dashboard.

Please note you can only delete manually entered blood pressure entries, you cannot delete a BP entry from Withings or other data provider.