Motivational Mondays- Five things I’ve learnt from using my Fitbit

I’ve been using my Fitbit Flex for the past one month or so and the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that every little activity counts.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Fitbit is a wireless fitness device that you can wear on your wrist that tracks the number of steps you take, distance you walk and calories burned in the day. By night, it even tracks your sleep quality and even has an alarm that wakes you up silently in the morning without disturbing those around you.

Sure, you may use apps like Run Keeper when running or exercising but what the Fitbit does, is to record every activity that you do and motivates you to keep active to reach your fitness goals, everyday by lighting up once you fit your target. It also has an app which allows you to sync your status to your PCs and mobile devices via bluetooth so that you can see your progress.

In terms of it’s look and feel, this is one slim and stylish device that fits securely around my wrist together with my watch. I have the black version and just for this month, they have the pink Flex in support of Breast Cancer!Love it so much but too bad they don’t sell the band on it’s own.

So yes back to the topic.

Five things that I’ve learnt from my Fitbit

1. I’m not moving enough

On average, I take about 8,000 steps per day. The default daily goal is to hit 10,000 steps and to clock in point for my AIA Vitality points, I set it to 12,000 points. So that means I’m way off target most days. And my worse days are weekdays when I’m mostly on my butt at work.

2. Every little activity count

With the knowledge that I’m moving so little, it’s been reminding me to walk a little further by taking a longer route, walking up the stairs and even getting back on my exercise again. Which I so need to since I’ve signed up for the Vertical Marathon again this year!

3. I need more eye shut

Yes, I’m sleep deprived since I only sleep an average of 5 hours when the recommended number of hours to sleep is between 7-8 hours. So these days, i try to peel myself off the computer, iPad or my mobile by 1am.

4. Our decisions shape us

And in this case, I use “shape” literally since how we look is a result of what we feed our bodies. Sure, I often joke about being fat just from breathing because I have the fat genes but in all honesty it’s because I eat more than I should. Which reminds me, I should utilise the food plan and calorie tracker in my Fitbit app.

5. I can make the change

Yes, ultimately the reason why I bought this fitness device is to remind me that I can be the change in my life and that every little change can go a long way. So remember every choice you make to be active adds up to healthier and more awesome you.


Training for my vertical marathon at 10pm and climbed 60 storeys in 13 mins and 17 secs! #svm2013

So let me challenge you, what is one thing that you can change to get more active this week? Try it and you may be surprised by the results.

*This is not a sponsored post and all opinions expressed here are based on my own experience.


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Comments: 15

  1. Ai Sakura October 21, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply

    yes doing something small is definitely better than doing nothing at all! Ganbatte and keep up the good work!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • Susan October 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement. Seeing your Instagram pics when you run is a good reminder for me to keep fit too. Let’s do this together!

  2. Shermeen Ching October 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Jia you!!! You go girl!
    Where did you get your fit bit by the way?

    • Susan October 21, 2013 at 7:07 pm Reply

      I bought it from the recent Great Eastern Live Great offer where they had a 50% discount on the Fitbit. So I only paid $59. Would have shared it with you if I knew you were interested. The offer ended in Sept.

  3. Dominique Goh October 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Good luck with your keeping fit goal.. I too need to step up on keeping fit too.

    • Susan October 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm Reply

      Make it a habit then it is be easier to stick to it. Still attending your Zumba classes?

  4. Adeline October 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Yay glad you’re having fun with your Fitbit! The pink one is so pretty, but I guess black is more practical. All the best for your vertical marathon! 🙂

    • Susan October 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm Reply

      Thanks Adeline. Yes, it’s such a pity that they sell the pink band as an accessory otherwise I’m sure to get it for myself since I’m such a pinkaholic!

  5. Maureen@Scoops of Joy October 22, 2013 at 9:16 am Reply

    Awesome post, Susan!
    I wonder how much difference they would cost in Sing than in Jakarta. You are doing awesome btw. Keep going 🙂

    • Susan October 22, 2013 at 9:56 am Reply

      They are retailing at S$129 in Singapore. How much is it there in Jakarta?

  6. DanielFoodDiary October 22, 2013 at 9:28 am Reply

    What’s the price like?

    • Susan October 22, 2013 at 10:00 am Reply

      It retails at $129 in Apple Store and may be slightly cheaper if you buy it from Amazon. I had a very good deal when I purchased it at GE’s Live Great promo with a 50% discount. But the offer ended in September.

  7. yAnn October 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm Reply

    I’m pretty addicted to my Flex, hee. I love the silent alarms and the sleep tracker is awesome in letting me know just how little I am sleeping (thanks to the boy). But I’m lazier than you are! I only programmed it for 8,000 steps.

    Tempted to buy the pink one…

  8. June October 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    I need more shut-eye too (enjoy reading at night and sometimes can’t put the book/kindle down)…and on fitness, have been rather pleased with my weekly swim regiment. Helps to loosen up those tight/achy back and hip muscles with the extra baby weight! Thanks for the reminder to stay fit, and as always…jiayou!

  9. Zee October 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm Reply

    The pink one is so pretty! Sounds pretty awesome actually. I am somewhat tempted. I was under the impression that it only records the number of steps taken but now I know it can do a lot more!

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