Fitness Motivation With The Fitbit Flex #sponsored #VZWMidwest

I am testing the Fitbit® Flex in partnership with Verizon Wireless Midwest. This is not a compensated opportunity, I just love trying fun tech toys! All opinions expressed are my own.

I was beyond excited when I received a call from Verizon Midwest to try out a Fitbit® Flex. When I was on my Shaklee 180 journey, many of the gals in our blogger group used them, and it piqued my curiosity.

I mean, it’s just a glorified pedometer, right? Well, not really. For me, it is a fitness motivator, and for that I am grateful because I need that little kick in the booty — pregnant or not!

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex retails for $99.99 at Worth every penny in my opinion!

After I suffered from a knee injury from running in the fall, I felt defeated and quite honestly, depressed. I was afraid I was never going to run again, which scared me since I had finally found something I enjoyed and was easy for me to make time for with two little ones. I’ve been taking a break from rigorous exercise, but I’m now ready to get back into my flow, even if it’s on a lesser scale. For me, fitness is about releasing endorphins and feeling great — not my weight.

When I received the Fitbit Flex, I had no clue on how many steps I take on a daily basis. Second, I’ve always wondered how well I sleep — especially with two younglings, plus a bun in the oven. {Let’s just say I wake up a lot!}

Upon arrival to my doorstep, I set it up in about 15 minutes. I was happy to see how Mac-friendly it was. The battery quickly charged and I was off testing to see how many steps I could do that day. Funny enough, it had even tracked the UPS man, so it was neat seeing how many steps he made!

I once read how Fitbit and similar devices are replacing motivation for working out. With America’s obesity rates sky-high, I see absolutely nothing wrong with this statement. These devices help us to see the light — whether it’s how active we are, or how sedentary our desk jobs are making us.

Fitbit Flex Dashboard

A peek inside my Fitbit Flex dashboard on a good day! So fun to keep track of steps throughout the day. I also have the phone app, which has been awesome for checking in while I’m out and about. 

I am one of the lucky ones who works from home part-time, so I can easily squeeze in a little extra exercise during my day without too much effort. Still, I just kind of did my ‘normal’ thing for the first few weeks, and noticed I was hitting about 8,000 steps/day on average — which wasn’t too shabby {thanks to active children}, but clearly not enough.

Now that my first trimester has passed and I’m in the glorious 2nd tri, I’m determined to not let pregnancy fatigue bring me down. I love that the Fitbit is my constant motivator to get my daily steps in, and I’ve made it my goal to hit at least 10,000 steps for the next 28 days {and beyond}!

Now that I’m in a good rhythm, I’ve found that just adding a brisk 20-30 minute walk/treadmill walk has made a HUGE difference in my steps. It just proves the little things DO add up.

For someone who ran 6-7 miles at once last summer, this has become a reality check {10,000 steps amounts to approx 5 miles}. I’m determined to not let pregnancy get in the way of my goals, and know it will only help both baby and me.

I may not run to the finish line until this baby is here, but I certainly will walk there! Thankfully, with Fitbit, I’ll know how many steps it takes to get there!

Stay tuned for future posts where I’ll shed more light on what life is like with a Fitbit Flex and share more about the techy specs 😀

Do you use a Fitbit? Do you love it like I do?



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      • says

        Yes I was, lol. When I go to Ann Arbor, as well (where we are walking everywhere), I walk an average of 10,000 to 20,000 steps. One time I think it was like 22k because we went out dancing.

        10k is a great goal though! 8k is my goal but I don’t usually hit it. I’ll make sure to add you as a “friend” on the site. :)
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  1. Sarshie says

    Maybe we should walk around the mall tonight to see how many steps you can get in :)

    This looks so awesome. I need one. I am curious how many calories I burn daily having a desk job. If you’re burning 2,300, there’s no way I am coming close to even 2,000 (which the FDA says is the average). That throws off my entire training plan!

    • Mrs. Weber says

      I absolutely was thinking of walking the mall! Let’s do it. Hope you have decent shoes 😉

      Interesting to know about the cals burned. I haven’t paid much attention to that for obvious reasons, but once this baby is out, I will be. There’s also spots to track weightloss goals and what you’re eating, which is neat.

      The plus side — you’ll be getting WELL over 10k steps on your run days I’m sure 😀