I lost Over 55 Pounds and Still Going with Fitdigits and Fitbit

Testimonial by Lisa B.

In January 2011, I decided that I really needed to do something about my weight. I didn’t want to admit it to myself, but I was 260 pounds and only 5 feet 2 inches. I was huge to say the least. So, started trying to watch what I ate and started walking on January 28, 2011. I had only lost 10 pounds by June. But I was trying…

I was talking with a co-worker about my struggles losing weight because his doctor had told him he had to lose weight. He had been searching the internet and told me about a site he found called Fitdigits.com. He was thinking about getting it for his iPhone. Well, I was already walking and trying to track my eating, I thought that Fitdigits would get me going in the right direction. I got the Fitdigits and off I went.

Little did I know how motivated Fitdigits would get me. With buying the Garmin Heart Rate Monitor and Fitdigits Connect ANT+ Dongle, I was seeing the calories I burned and it made me want to do even more. So I thought I should read more of what Fitdigits had on the site and I found my beloved Fitbit. Got my Fitbit on June 20th and I have not looked back. It lets me track my food calorie intake, steps I take each day, my sleep, calories I burned, weight, body fat, and more. This really got me motivated even more.

At the end of 2010 I had brought the INSANITY workout, but had not even tried to do it. Now with Fitdigits and Fitbit I could see the burn and see the calories I was eating and I had lost 10 pounds by July 4, 2011. The same amount I had worked so hard (or thought I had) over 5 months. I have completed INSANITY only twice and I am halfway done with my 3 third time.

The truth is that I have not been a wonderful dieter or change of food eater. I still have my hamburgers and fries, but I don’t drink soda anymore because Fitbit has a place to put the water you drink too! But because of Fitdigits and Fitbit, I have lost over 55 pounds so far and I have worked out over 195 times. This third time through INSANITY I am watching my food close on Fitbit and getting as many steps in as I can, so I can lose more for my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World in June.

The photo when I was in Walt Disney World from 2008 I think I may have actually been 10 pounds lighter then when I started Fitdigits and Fitbit. I always wear my Fitbit during my workouts. Scary, I already look like I might be half the size of my before picture and I am farther from the camera. By the way, my body fat when I started was 54%, I am about 41% now and still going.

As with my iPhone, I never leave home without my Fitbit. I’ve become so addicted to Fitdigits’s app and Fitbit I can’t believe it. Brandon was extremely helpful and responded very fast when my Fitbit went blank and I thought I would go crazy, but it was a very simple fix. Boy was I relieved when I found it was a quick fix, because I was already thinking about ordering another one so I would not have to wait. But I ordered a newer one anyway because it has the stair counter and guess what, now I try to do all the stairs I see too. I like too on the new Fitbit in the morning mine says: “Lisa…I’m ready…” It reminds me to start getting my steps and stairs in and that I need to work out with Fitdigits to get the most calorie burn. I did have an issue, but as Fitdigits has proven, they do reply in as timely a manner as possible and do care about its products as much as I do!

Keep at it, with the help of Fitdigits you can do it and you don’t need a gym!

10 Ways to Find Time for Exercise

There’s a lot of distractions that keep us from exercising. The number one excuse for not working out is lack of time. According to Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, there’s always someone busier than you who is working out right now. Her SparkPeople article offers some good suggestions on how to prioritize exercise:

Practical Tips to Fit Fitness into Your Busy Life

1. Wake up earlier.
2. Mix socializing with exercising.
3. Find an activity you love.
4. Cut down on TV and Internet.
5. Stop making excuses.

Here’s a tips that’s not listed: Set a goal. Burn an average of 400 calories everyday for a month. Or challenge a friend to a caloric burn contest – who can burn more calories in a month. Track your exercise and share your results using Fitdigits. If you need some new workout routines, try Fitdigits custom workouts (also called interval training).

Do you have some tips on how to stay motivated? Share your tips.

Read the full article 10 Ways to Find Time for Exercise by Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.

15 Minutes of Exercise A Day

It’s not surprising to learn that exercise is essential to your health. Dr. Carrie Jones authored Exercise At Least 15 Minutes A Day For Your Health which points out that recent research supports that regular exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, improves energy, reduces stress, builds muscle and strength, reduces cardiovascular risk, reduces glucose levels and can help prevent cancer. Dr. Jones says that fitting in 15 minutes (which is only half of a typical sitcom) of exercise is easier than you think and she offers a few suggestions to get started:

1. On a treadmill, walk for a minute at an easy incline, walk for 2 minutes at a moderate incline then walk for 3 minutes at a high incline and repeat for fifteen minutes.
2. On an outdoor bike or Spin bike, pedal as fast as you can for 30 seconds then pedal easy for a minute and repeat.
3. When running in your neighborhood, sprint down the block and walk when crossing the street, then sprint the next block for fifteen minutes.
4. Hop on the elliptical and go hard for 1 minute then easy for 1 minute and repeat.

Of course, you can track these workouts along with your weight and blood pressure with Fitdigits. In fact, Fitdigits includes several preloaded exercise routines (a little longer than 15 minutes) and the ability to create your own workouts on your iPhone. Sometimes all you need is a little motivation to get going and your Fitdigits to track it. Get fit and stay healthy with Fitdigits.

Read the full article here: http://www.empowher.com/cancer/content/exercise-least-15-minutes-day-your-health

I lost 17 pounds with Fitdigits by Bruce J.

Testimonial from Fitdigits User – Bruce J.

I have been using Fitdigits with a Garmin heart rate monitor on my iPhone for about 6 months now. I’ve lost about 17lbs and I owe it to how Fitdigits guides me thru my workouts.

I am a 53 year old father of three. I’m in fairly good shape, no credit to trying… Before the beginning of this year I hadn’t exercised for a very long time, in fact I was about 17 lbs from where I should have been.

At the beginning of the year I joined a gym near work and tried a spin class. It seemed real hard so I dragged out an old heart monitor and watch. I found I was approaching my maximum heart rate so I figured I needed to temper it a bit, so I didn’t have a heart attack during class.

I thought it would be real cool if I could chart my heart rate during the workouts and see exactly what my heart was doing. So after I did my research I got the Fitdigits app with a Garmin heart rate strap. That in itself helped me to see exactly what my heart was doing while I was working out. After a while I was starting to get into better shape and felt disappointed that I was not losing any weight no matter how hard I was working out.

With the aid of Fitdigits I realized I was working out too intensely so during my days off I started riding a stationary bike I had at home but kept my heart rate in Zone 2: Fitness (Fat Burn) on the Fitdigits. When my heart rate started to go up I eased off a bit and when my heart rate started to drop too far I peddled harder. My workout time flew by and the lbs just started melting away.

I’m now almost to the weight I was when I got married over 25 years ago. In addition to the weight I’m almost at 2 belt notches on my waist, so it’s visible. Not only have I not changed my diet very much, but I don’t seem to be rebounding weight wise when I miss a class or two. It’s now looking like I might need new clothes, not a bad price to pay.

I’m now building a road bike and will be getting the speed and cadence sensor to use with my Fitdigits app. I’m looking to make this a lifestyle change and now only workout with my Fitdigits.