Fitbit and Old Macs

January 14, 2009

So i was asked a few times if i knew if Fitbit could run on older pre-Intel macs.  I didn’t know so i went to the source to find out:

ME:

I know that it says the Fitbit will work with the Mac OS X what about the previous versions aka the pre-Intel Macs? Any idea how many more weeks you have left before it is officially released?

The Fitbit Team:

I spoke to our Mac developers and testers and they said our software will work on pre-Intel Macs.

We are still on target for first quarter 2009, though probably toward the tail end of the first quarter.  We want to make sure the mass produced Fitbits are of the highest quality.  You can view our progress on our blog http://blog.fitbit.com

Thank you for your patience,
The Fitbit Team

I know I’ve been talking about a bodybugg review it’s on it’s way, hold on tight – And as of right now it looks like i will be getting one of these when it’s released, so i will be able to do a head to head.


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the SECRET to Losing Weight

December 3, 2008

With so many different gimmicks out there, it’s hard to wade though all the bull$h!7 so here’s a little something i threw together to help:

the only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in.

this means two options: control what you eat, more activity

here’s a few things that you can try.

Control what you eat:

Keep a journal, write down everything that you put in your mouth, food, water, juice, everything. Also (something that helped me) write down how you feel in the following hours after you eat the food, this is how i learned that certain foods that i loved actually gave me headaches, or gassy. This way in about a week you can see EXACTLY what you are eating.

Find alternatives. Most people can’t quit cold turkey, so find healthier things that you can eat that will satisfy. instead of cold stone, try frozen yogurt.

Dont eat dinner in front of the TV. they have found that people that eat dinner infront of the television eat 20% more than those who don’t. so sit at the table and eat (if your by yourself turn on the radio, or read a book while you eat).

Eat more 🙂 – Usually we tend to go for the sweet stuff because our blood sugar is low… we grab the sugar, our blood sugar spikes, and then crashes lower than where we started. the problem is this is a revolving door.  So try to eat smaller portions with more frequency. i.e. every 2-3 hours.

MODERATION, it’s ok to cheat every once in a while, just dont go overboard, have in your mind a limit before you start. i.e. instead of getting the super large size, get the small size.

Dont beat yourself up over it, it’s an up hill battle and as long as you are going in the right direction, you’ll get where you want to be.

More activity:

More activity means that you burn more calories.

START SLOW.

Most people think exercise, think the gym… this isn’t the only activity, a simple walk around the block each day can increase activity.  Did you know that studies have found that the average person thinks that making more money will make them happy, while evidence shows that people who take a walk outside for atleast half an hour a day are more happy than those who don’t?!

Make sure that you do something to move around atleast 30 minutes to an hour everyday. as you start to get used to it and more comforatable increase the activity (if your walking around the block try jogging around the block.)

If your going to go to the gym and you dont know what your doing, start out with a personal trainer, this way you have a good starting point.

Turn off the tv. instead of spending hours in front of the t.v. do something that will get you moving.

Look into resistance exercise, this is a two fold because your burning calories and increasing muscle, the more muscle the higher your metabolism (this means you burn more calories even while your resting!). again start slow.

Make sure that what you choose to do for exercise/activity is something that YOU enjoy… this will make you more likely to stick with it.

Feel free to contact me or leave comments


FitBit

October 4, 2008

As many of you already know i’ve been back and forth with a calorie burning monitor.  The latest two have been Polar or Bodybugg. Well a new monitor is set to hit the scene very soon. It is called the FitBit and it looks promising.

From the website:

You can wear the Fitbit Tracker loosely in your pocket, clipped to your pants, shirt, bra or to your wrist when you are sleeping. You can wear it all day!

The Fitbit Tracker is wireless. Walk within 25-50ft of the provided basestation and your data will be automatically uploaded to the Fitbit website. The auto-sync software runs on both Macs and PC’s.

View calories, steps and distance on the Fitbit Tracker itself. You can login to the Fitbit website to see even more detailed data and also participate in collaborative fitness goals with friends, family and co-workers.

FitBit 1Fitbit 2

So what makes it promising?

  • size- it’s very small, and with a built in clip (think almost like the new ipod shuffle) you could be wearing it, and no one would even know.
  • price – $99 puts it cheaper than the others and (atleast for the first few months) NO SUBSCRIPTION fee to use the website!!! this means your not paying $250 and then another $12-20 bucks a month.
  • wireless – dont have to worry about plugging it in

So what are it’s drawbacks?

  • the main on is it only uses an accelerometer to track your movements… this means it won’t always be as accurate in your calories burned.
  • No heart rate – again because it only uses the accelerometer you don’t get your heart rate during exercise.
  • Extra fees – they aren’t clear if the no subscription is forever or only for a few months or years.
  • New company – no track record.

I will let you know when i have more information on this product, it looks as though they are trying to get them out about December/January which is when the V3 bodybugg is to be released… interesting.