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I read somewhere online that some people put their FitBit on their shoe when they cycle to track steps, if you don't want to log the cycling as an activity (since that wouldn't count towards steps).  I have never tested the theory.  But DH plays the drums, and if he does't take his Flex off, it counts as steps.

 

I've done that before but now I use Map My Ride app and it syncs with Fitbit so if I put my fitbit on my shoe I would be double dipping.   I really like the info I get from Map My Ride so I just suck it up and live with the low step count.  Well, mostly I suck it up. I'm pretty competitive so being part of this group kind of kills me when my 10 mile ride doesn't count!

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I found today that Walgreens has a reward program for using fitbit (or other trackers): http://www.walgreens.com/healthychoices

 

Just in case anyone needs a little extra motivation.

 

I'm on a short vacation with DH for our anniversary, and that should help my step count. Any time I go anywhere it's 2000 steps.

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Man I only got like 5,500 steps in yesterday, but I did walk in a "hurricane", that's gotta count for something, right??

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Well I am falling fast on the leaderboard. Been a busy week. Hoping to make up some steps this weekend. I'm still averaging 10000 a day but I was hoping for more than that.

Tomorrow is half way!

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Those days I spent canning and freezing tomatoes and peaches really did a number of my totals, but last night I climbed up to #15. If I can stay in the top half this month I will be happy.

 

It's a bummer that my hour-on-the-elliptical days don't count as much as the walking days.

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I reached 10,000 steps for the first time yesterday! 

 

I'm hoping in a few weeks it will be my norm.  I have an awesome treadmill that had been neglected for years... not any more!

 

Way back in the dark ages (my 30's) I was a 'work out queen'. I was so in shape...

then life happened and I had a series of accidents/injuries that led to me not being able to put my left foot down for 10 months, major back surgery (same incident that hurt my foot ruputred a disk) and last year I hurt my hand (not able to use my left hand--plus MAJOR pain for most of the year)--surgery last fall to fix it and a long recovery. 

I'm doing my best to avoid accidents and injuries and get my body back in shape (well round is a shape right?--but I prefer hourglass) before I turn 50 next May.

 

Fibi (my fitbit's name) has inspired me so far!

 

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I reached 10,000 steps for the first time yesterday! 

 

 

:hurray:

 

We went to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo last weekend, and I hit 10,000 for the first time near the top of the stairs at the shrine. I hit 15,000 later that evening. My average number of steps is much lower than most of those participating in the group, but it's been steadily increasing.

 

I just want to encourage anyone who's wondering if they should bother because they can't compete to just jump in. Don't get intimidated by others' step counts or feel bad when people say they "only" got 5000. It's fun to compete with others and use that energy to spur you on, but we're all at different levels. If you're averaging 2500 steps, 5000 is something to celebrate!

 

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I'll stay in the middle of the pack- I cycle for exercise and since that doesn't count as steps, I don't get that many steps. If I get 8000 a day I'm doing really well. Some of you are really moving!!!!!!

 

I was just going to post the same! So annoying that biking doesn't count.

 

I read somewhere online that some people put their FitBit on their shoe when they cycle to track steps, if you don't want to log the cycling as an activity (since that wouldn't count towards steps).  I have never tested the theory.  But DH plays the drums, and if he does't take his Flex off, it counts as steps.

 

I tried that on Tuesday, barely registered a few steps :toetap05: .

 

I've done that before but now I use Map My Ride app and it syncs with Fitbit so if I put my fitbit on my shoe I would be double dipping.   I really like the info I get from Map My Ride so I just suck it up and live with the low step count.  Well, mostly I suck it up. I'm pretty competitive so being part of this group kind of kills me when my 10 mile ride doesn't count!

 

Does your Map My Ride app work for a stationary bike? Off to check it out.

 

Man I only got like 5,500 steps in yesterday, but I did walk in a "hurricane", that's gotta count for something, right??

 

Definitely counts! :D

 

I reached 10,000 steps for the first time yesterday! 

 

Congratulations!

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I'll stay in the middle of the pack- I cycle for exercise and since that doesn't count as steps, I don't get that many steps. If I get 8000 a day I'm doing really well. Some of you are really moving!!!!!!

 

I have read that if you attach your fitbit to your shoe it will count the pedaling as steps.

 

ETA: Oops. Should have read the other replies saying the same thing.

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My average steps are definitely way up. I'm doing better than when I was paying myself for every day I reached 10,000. I'm also having fun watching Melissa and Sandra battle for first place. When Melissa didn't have any steps register for a day i was starting to get concerned that she might be sick or her Fitbit got lost.

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I've linked my Fitbit to MyFitnessPal and it keeps track of calories burned.  I'm a little disappointed that spin class doesn't count as steps either, but I may try attaching the Bit to my ankle or shoe next time to see what happens.  Right now, I'm #26.  I'd at least like to get to the top ten, eventually.

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I'm in!  Second to last!  Yay me!  But I just got my FitBit at 2:00 so...it's OK.  For now.  I'm kinda tickled about this, more than I thought I would be.  :0)

 

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I will probably after Christmas (I'm asking for mine as a Christmas gift but I'm letting dh know now so maybe I will get it for our anniversary in October)

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I am SO frustrated.

 

My Fitbit isn't working and I have emailed tech support 3 times and they take about 4 days to respond to each request.

 

I really am hoping they either replace it or offer a discount on another one and am waiting for that before buying a brand new one.

 

I am using my pedometer in the meantime, but can't log in with you all.

 

*POUT*

 

Dawn

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Just wait until after October when I'm not forced to walk either at dawn or after dusk without bursting into flames! It's still hot here and my pale skin can't take the sun. 

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I am SO frustrated.

 

My Fitbit isn't working and I have emailed tech support 3 times and they take about 4 days to respond to each request.

 

I really am hoping they either replace it or offer a discount on another one and am waiting for that before buying a brand new one.

 

I am using my pedometer in the meantime, but can't log in with you all.

 

*POUT*

 

Dawn

 

:grouphug:

 

 

I don't even wanna look at the leaderboard. I was so proud of being in the top 10.....then I had to stay in bed for three days...and that was the end of that :glare: .

 

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I've been home sick since Friday, and now my FitBit has gone missing. I wish there were a Find My FitBit app!

 

Update: Whew! Good thing I checked my jeans before throwing them in the washer.

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Wow, I'm #5!  And I haven't synced in a few hours!  I got nervous since I was fighting for the top ten all last month!  And, wow, the top three are just gobs ahead of the rest of us!

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Is the leaderboard rated by month?

 

 

:grouphug:

 

 

I don't even wanna look at the leaderboard. I was so proud of being in the top 10.....then I had to stay in bed for three days...and that was the end of that :glare: .
 

 

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Is the leaderboard rated by month?

Yes, by month. If you look at the full leaderboard, you can select 'by month' and '7 days'.

 

I knew I could never end the month in the top 10, but was determined to try for as long as possible.

 

Just for laughs, I made a screenshot when I was number one, which obviously only happens on the first of the month while all Americans are still asleep :lol:.

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Thanks.

 

I am tempted to get a cheap Fitbit on CL to tide me over for a while.  Mine is just not syncing and I can't manually put in what is on my pedometer.

 

They are coming out with a new Fitbit soon.....I am curious as to what else it will do.

 

Dawn

 

 

Yes, by month. If you look at the full leaderboard, you can select 'by month' and '7 days'.

I knew I could never end the month in the top 10, but was determined to try for as long as possible.

Just for laughs, I made a screenshot when I was number one, which obviously only happens on the first of the month while all Americans are still asleep :lol:.

 

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Thanks.

 

I am tempted to get a cheap Fitbit on CL to tide me over for a while. Mine is just not syncing and I can't manually put in what is on my pedometer.

 

They are coming out with a new Fitbit soon.....I am curious as to what else it will do.

 

Dawn

A new model...ohhh, if it tracks bicycling, I will definitely buy it!

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which one do you have now?

 

A new model...ohhh, if it tracks bicycling, I will definitely buy it!

 

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You know, the more people that join, the harder it is to stay in the top 10!

 

 

Yes!  And my knee-jerk reaction?  No one who has more steps than me should join the group!   :glare:   I was aiming for a top 5 finish this month, but the top 10 is a tough group!

 

Between weather, my knee giving me fits, and family/life literally preventing me from walking around our lakes, I have started off September with a whimper instead of the bang I ended on in August.  :(

 

But WTM Fitbitters watch out!  I WILL get back in my groove.   :leaving:    

 

Keep stepping'!!!   :lol:

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which one do you have now?

The Flex. I like it very much, but it is annoying that is doesn't register bicycling.

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Just joined. I've had my Fitbit for about 3 months, and now average about 10,000 steps a day. I went from couch potato, to mover with its help. Go Fitbit!

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I have a question about the "Very Active Minutes" on the leaderboard.  After using my Zip for 2 days I have 82 very active minutes, then under that it says 7 avg.  What does the 7 avg mean?  

 

Also, is there a way to see groups from the app?

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A new model...ohhh, if it tracks bicycling, I will definitely buy it!

 

I'd like for mine to have a watch on it somehow.  I'm constantly checking my Flex to see what time it is  :huh:

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I have a question about the "Very Active Minutes" on the leaderboard. After using my Zip for 2 days I have 82 very active minutes, then under that it says 7 avg. What does the 7 avg mean?

 

Also, is there a way to see groups from the app?

You can't see groups from the app---at least, I haven't found a way yet.

 

Very Active Minutes don't make sense to me, a non-runner. Some days I get a lot, some days I get 3, while walking the same route at the same pace. And using the elliptical at a killing pace doesn't get me any active minutes. Go figure. (I wear a One on my waistband.)

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UGH.  After all the back and forth with the Fitbit folks and me thinking they would replace it (as many others have had done), it looks like they won't.  I don't have a receipt as it was a Christmas gift (and I prob wouldn't have kept a receipt that long anyway).

 

I wish they had let me know that over a week ago when I started emailing them.

 

I am picking up a used Fitbit, the cheapest model, for $20 off of CL today.  I will use that until the new model comes out and then will decide what to do.  

 

So, I will start this afternoon sometime.

 

Don't worry about me being in any top 10 competition!  I am WAY low on the totem pole!  I am up to 7,000 steps about 5 days a week right now.  That is my max so far.

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Watch out all y'all!  I'm no longer SECOND from the bottom!!!  Up to THIRD!

From the bottom.  :0)

 

 

Please let me know your training tricks? ;)

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Yeah, cuz I joined.

 

You are welcome!

:laugh:

 

Watch out all y'all!  I'm no longer SECOND from the bottom!!!  Up to THIRD!

From the bottom.  :0)
 

 

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Re: Very Active Minutes
 
Everything I've read indicates that an Elliptical is more akin to cycling than stepping due to the motion.
 
As far as how to achieve/calculate VAM, I found this:
t all depends on the type of Activity. Fitbit One is a motion detector and reflects movement from the torso. The Active Minutes are calculated every 60 seconds based on steps and speed and your BMR. To achieve 1 active minute the resulting calorie burn has to be 6 times your BMR as a minimum. That is 6 METs as per the Fitbit Help Online.  [/size]I find it spasmodic, and many need to walk at about 3.8mph. I need to walk at 4.2 mph minimum. As you lose weight it gets more difficult to achieve VAM because your BMR drops. Over the 3 years my BMR has dropped 163 calories/day. It is important your physical characteristics are accurate. In my case, the 3 years older only dropped the BMR 15 calories so it is all in the weight loss. This BMR calculator is the same as Fitbits as verified by their Support line.
 
and this...
http://help.fitbit.com/articles/en_US/Help_article/What-are-very-active-minutes/

You earn "very active minutes" when you wear your Fitbit while doing cardio workouts and high-intensity activities like jogging and running. Note that your active minute count will be lower for activities that are not primarily step-based, such as weight lifting, cycling, and rowing.

By default, you are given a starting goal of 30 active minutes a day based on the Center for Disease Control's recommendation of 20-30 minutes of daily moderate-to-intense activity. You can always change your very active minutes goal to meet your personal needs.
All Fitbit trackers calculate active minutes using metabolic equivalents (METs). A MET is a unit used to represent the amount of oxygen used by a body during physical activity; therefore, METs can be used as an indicator for intensity of physical activities. For example, a MET of 1 indicates a body at rest. Your MET value in any given minute is determined by the intensity of your activity based on your speed. Active minutes are earned for all minutes at or above 6 METs.
The more calories you burn the higher your MET value, and therefore the more calories you burn, the higher your very active minutes. When looking at your calorie graph, shown below, the green spikes indicate that you’re earning very active minutes.

 

DH and walk the same route every night.  Last night I knew I wasn't going to register VAM because it felt like I was walking slower.  If I take longer strides, I can make the same distance in the same time, but I won't register any VAM.  I have to increase the speed of my steps which means I need to shorten my stride (because I'm not in good enough shape to keep the longer stride faster).  It's akin to stepping double time.  It takes the same amount of time to go the same distance, I'm just taking more steps and faster steps during that period.

 

 

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I have a question about the "Very Active Minutes" on the leaderboard.  After using my Zip for 2 days I have 82 very active minutes, then under that it says 7 avg.  What does the 7 avg mean?  

 

Also, is there a way to see groups from the app?

 

Re: Averages

Wait until you get several days under you belt.  The 7-day average averages the previous 7 days, so you have 5 days at 0 steps that are being averaged into that calculation.  I *think* the average shown on the month page is either the month average or lifetime average?  I'm not sure about that one.

 

Re: Groups

I have not found a way to see groups from the app.  I have to log onto Fitbit from a browser (which is very hard to read on my phone) or the computer to see groups.

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Fitbit PSA:

 

Fitbit links nicely to MyFitnessPal and LoseIt.

 

To sync to LoseIt, you need a Premium account ($40/yr).  You use your Fitbit to track exercise (steps and manually logged activity) and LoseIt to track food.  They sync to each other to coordinate calories in/out, etc.  The FitBit Aria weight measurements will also sync to LoseIt.

 

I have used free LoseIt for over a year and just prefer this app for tracking calories (personal preference).  I like the format, food database, and bar code scanner better than My Fitness Pal or Fitbit.  I didn't upgrade to the Premium until my FitBit came along.  DH uses free FitBit to track calories and enjoys it.

 

So I thought I would throw this out here in case any one was wondering.  :)

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I'd like for mine to have a watch on it somehow.  I'm constantly checking my Flex to see what time it is  :huh:

 

Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem :)

 

They had the Force, which had a watch built-in, but recalled it because it caused a lot of skin reactions. So it isn't at all a stretch to think they could do that again.

 

I've been tempted to track down a Force and take my chances.

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You have a Force?

 

I have heard they were great, and if you don't have the skin irritations......

 

I don't use mine for the time, but it does show it.

 

I typically look at my phone for the time.

 

Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem :)

 

They had the Force, which had a watch built-in, but recalled it because it caused a lot of skin reactions. So it isn't at all a stretch to think they could do that again.

 

I've been tempted to track down a Force and take my chances.

 

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I just wanted everyone to know that somehow my fitbit got switched with my husband's tonight. I got it all fixed but it gave me about 11,000 extra steps that were not mine. The steps belong to my husband. So even though i am in first, the total is inaccurate. Maybe Fitbit will fix it but I don't know.

 

Also, due to nursing a spider bite, I have not been able to exercise like normal. I am feeling much better but the bite is on my hip and any exercise irritates the site. Ugh!

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