Fitbit, love it or leave it?

IMG_2322 I have had my Fitbit for a solid month now and I can't really remember life before I had this little chip on my wrist. Here are 3 reasons I love my Fitbit (and one reason I don't).

1. It makes me move more. Really.

There is nothing like reaching my 10,000 step daily goal, it feels like such an accomplishment! This makes me visit my old friends Mr. Treadmill and Miss Elliptical more often. If I call them friends, it makes me cuss at them less. You wouldn't cuss at your friends! Okay I don't cuss. Very often. Sometimes I feel like I don't know myself in the moments when I spend extra time on the treadmill because I'm 1,000 steps away from my daily goal. Or like last night when I was pacing around the apartment at 10:30 because I had just 150 steps until 10,000. And then there was this one time I went to the gym at 10 o'clock on a Friday night because I was in a steps challenge with a friend and she was kicking my butt (I won that challenge by the way).

I love having a way to see how many steps I have taken and having a goal like that to shoot for makes working out more digestible.

2. It tracks my sleep.

Every morning, the first thing I do is sync my Fitbit with my phone and see how restless I was throughout the night. This comes in handy when I want to remind my husband that we need a king size bed. Because it's definitely his fault that I don't get a solid REM cycle between his sleep talking, sleep karate practice or when he sleep bites me.

There's also a silent alarm where my bracelet wakes me with soothing vibrations. It really doesn't make me wake up but it's worth mentioning that it has that feature. You can also set it to remind you to relax or visit the spa because it really just feels like a mini wrist massage.

3. Challenges.

I mentioned this in my #1 point but I think it may be my favorite thing about Fitbit, I love being challenged by my friends! (By the way, if you have a Fitbit, add me!) If you don't know what I mean by challenges, you can do steps battles with your friends for one day, the weekend or the workweek! It's really cool and brings my inner competitor out. My inner competitor doesn't come out too often because honestly I'm not very competitive.

Okay now for my one dislike.

The bracelet. It's not the cutest thing in the world and I'm now going to have to purchase a darker color because my pink bracelet is getting dingy around the edges. So, all that said, if you're rich you can buy the Tory Burch bracelet for Fitbit for an affordable $195 and this is a non-issue. But if you're a gal on a budget like I am, just buy a black or navy Fitbit and convince yourself that a rubber bracelet looks really cute with your Pandora charms and move on.

Also, I have beef with the fact that it doesn't count that I've burned any calories when I style my hair. Some days this counts as cardio for me because between the combing and blow-drying and curling and brushing and hair-spraying, I know got my heart rate up. But whatever. It's really been enlightening to think that I shouldn't skip the gym on the days when I wash my hair. :) That was a joke.

Do you have a Fitbit? What are your likes/dislikes?