I'd looked into Fitbits for a long time, but just never really felt the need to have one. I used the Active Link, and, more recently, the Wii U Fit Meter. The Fit Meter is a fun little gadget, but the distance and calories burned aren't at all accurate (the step count was the only thing that I found accurate with it).
When Garmin came out with a Vivofit activity tracker, I was really intrigued. I love my Garmin running watch, and the Vivofit has a lot of cool features. However, I am very unhappy with Garmin's customer service. Every single time I've tried getting in touch with them in regards to a question about my watch, it has gone unanswered. I would have liked to stay true to the brand, but after researching some more on the Fitbit, I decided to go ahead and get one!
There are three different models: the Zip, the Flex, and the One. After checking out the features on all of them, I surprisingly decided to go with the simplest of the three--the Zip. The Flex and the One track sleeping patterns, which doesn't interest me, and they track stairs climbed (I don't have stairs, and can't see myself going out of my way to find stairs to climb for that purpose). So, the Zip it was. And I was even able to get it in one of my favorite colors:
I like being able to track my steps. It pushes me to move more during the day when I'm not running. I was tracking steps with the Fit Meter, and it really did make me move more on a day-to-day basis, especially on my rest days. The Zip also tracks distance, calories, and "very active" minutes (intentional exercise). It gives me a goal to reach toward each day, which I like.
I've only had it for a couple of days, so I won't comment too much on it just yet, but so far, I really like it. I find the step count, distance, and calorie count to be pretty accurate. Jerry got one, too, so we can continue to compete with each other in our steps each day. I'll write a little more about it once I've used it for a while.
This morning, my mom sent me a text to ask if I might want to go for a bike ride at the Metropark. It was really nice outside, and I decided to forgo my interval run for a leisurely bike ride with my mom. It ended up being a great decision!
We drove to the Metropark with our bikes, and we rode on the path that I usually run (the one I just did for my long run Sunday). My bike hasn't even seen the light of day for a couple of years, because I just don't like to ride, but I'm glad I took it out today. My legs were definitely feeling the workout, because I was using muscles that I haven't used in a while.
We were riding at a leisurely pace, and at first, I felt like I could go on forever. But we rode out about 6-7 miles, and by then, my butt bones were killing me from the seat! We turned around and headed back the same way we came. We had a headwind on the way back, which made it a little more difficult, but we managed.
I'd never had to change gears on my bike before, so I was really clueless what the different gears were for. But I remember someone (probably a reader!) telling me that you shift gears to go uphill, and I tried that while riding up the overpass. It was awesome! I couldn't believe how much easier it felt. My poor mom had to ride up on her cruiser bike ;)
|Yeah, it was a little windy, too|
I should've taken more pictures, but this was the only one that I took--at the top of the overpass.
When we got back to the car, we'd gone 14.6 miles. I don't know that I've ever gone that far on a bike before! We were riding for about two hours. My butt bones were really hurting by that point, and I have a feeling I'm going to be a little sore tomorrow ;)
Still going strong with my no-sweets challenge for May. Yesterday was REALLY difficult. We went to the kids' school for an open house/bake sale/raffle type thing, and as soon as we walked in to the cafeteria, I smelled a (very familiar) scent--Monica's doughnuts! They had a ton of them for the bake sale, along with all kinds of homemade baked goods. The kids each picked out a cookie, and I was thisclose to quitting my challenge, but I stayed strong. That was a big test of willpower!
Tonight, Jerry has two softball games--the first games of his season--and the kids and I are going to go watch him play. I can't believe it's softball season already! This year is flying by.