Win a Fitbit Ultra Fitness Tracker! Enter by 10/31/12


Want to drop pounds almost effortlessly? Do you dream of waking up feeling refreshed instead of exhausted? This tiny motivating tool could be the answer to your prayers. (It worked for the Lehmans and Avaglianos!)

The Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker not only tells you how many steps you take each day, but how many flights you’ve climbed, how many calories you’ve burned and how well you’re sleeping. One lucky family will get four of them!

Just go here to enter by October 31, 2012.

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Tiffany, Week 12: The Trouble With Kids and Exercise Technology


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One thing I have learned during this challenge is that Fitbits and kids don’t really mix so well. Family Circle sent us four Fitbits at the start of the challenge. With in a week, Jack’s got accidentally washed in the laundry. I thought it might keep ticking, but that wash cycle was jut too much for it. There’s even a warning in the box that gives you a heads up not to leave it clipped to clothes when you do the wash. Anyway, the company was nice enough to send us another one for him, but then about a week later we thought we lost Anna’s Fitbit.

I had to report it missing and they sent us out another one. But within a couple of days of my reporting it missing we found it. Two weeks went by and Anna truly lost her Fitbit. So we use the spare they sent us before. Then that weekend Jack’s got washed AGAIN. (I know, I know). So Fitbit sent us another one so we could keep up with the challenge. Then I was doing some cleaning around the house, my Fitbit got caught on the couch and broke. Plus one. I just want to thank you Family Circle and Fitbit for being so gracious to us and patient with our ever-loving drama. The kids really don’t wear theirs anymore, but Andy and I do and will until I break this one and buy another! I’ll always wear my Fitbit!

Have you ever tried getting your kids to wear pedometers? Post a comment and let me know.

Tiffany, Week 9: A Little Motivation Makes A Big Difference


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Family Circle sent us an email saying something special was coming in the mail. A package we should open up, study up on and get familiar with for the start of the next challenge. But I didn’t have that delivery on my mind when I got to my mailbox later that afternoon which is why I was so surprised. There were four Fitbits inside the package!

Some of you right now are probably scratching your head saying what the heck is a Fitbit? Well, I’m sure 99% of those of you reading this blog have watched The Biggest Loser and you’ve seen that black band contestants wear on their arm called the Body Bugg. Well this is similar to the Body Bugg, but smaller. They’re wireless activity trackers.

Earlier this year I wanted a Fitbit so badly and almost bought one. But I didn’t. I couldn’t justify the extra cost. It was a want not a need for me. So when I opened my mailbox, I was screaming like a schoolgirl and literally jumping up and down giddy with excitement.

THANK YOU FITBIT AND FAMILY CIRCLE! The Lehman’s <3 YOU!!! The kids love their Fitbits and love wearing them and seeing how active they’ve been through out the day and we even have a little challenge going on within our four walls. It’s to see who can have the most activity in the day and we are throwing around a lot of trash talking between the four of us. It’s really fun for all of us.

Have you ever tried wearing a pedometer to track your steps? How did you do? Post a comment and let me know!

Peggy, Week 9: How Many Steps Do You Take a Day?

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This week I realized that I walk less than 2,000 steps while I’m at work. And here’s how I found out: As last month’s hydration challenge was winding down, a small package arrived at our house. It contained four Fitbit Ultras. These devices look like clip-on flash drives; come in two colors: blue and pink; and they’re like a personal trainer in your pocket.

First, it tracks activity. Because it contains technology similar to the Wii, it even knows when you are climbing stairs! The front of the Fitbit contains a display in blue lights. It can show a surprising amount of info including:

Your name – So you know it is your Fitbit and not your husband’s or your kid’s.

Steps – It tracks your activity long as you are wearing it.

Distance – It tells you how many miles you have walked.

Sleep – That’s right, wear it on a wristband while you sleep and you can find out how long it takes you to fall asleep and how many times you awaken throughout the night.

Fun messages –My daughter, Amanda, gets a kick out of the Fitbit “talking” to her.  It will give you a virtual high five, or tell you to take a walk!

All the info wirelessly uploads to your computer so you can see how you’re doing (say compared to yesterday or last week) when you log onto their their site. The daily feedback encourages you to push yourself to do more. As I mentioned, the first day, I was surprised to find that I take fewer than 2,000 steps while at work. Trying to make it to 10,000 steps, the recommended amount for us all, is challenging and something I do not always accomplish!

Today I walked 14189 steps, 142% of my goal of 10,000 steps/day.

I climbed 1 flight of stairs, or 10% of my goal of 10 flights/day.

I traveled 5.92 miles, and I burned 2039 calories. Overall, I achieved 76% of my goal.

I may have a long way to go, but at least I now feel like I have started the journey!

Do you think a Fitbit would change the way you look at getting in shape? Post a comment and let me know.