Sunday, February 13, 2011

BodyMedia Fit Experiment- Day 2

Confession: I've run about 20 miles in the past two weeks. First, it was my left knee acting cranky after the half marathon. Considering I've done many a physical therapy session for it over the years, it's best to listen when it starts complaining. So I took it easy.

Then Mr. Blondie was home this entire week which means we worked double-time to take care of chores that can't be done while he's away.

Por ejemplo:
8:30 Wednesday night

Mr Blondie: Hey, why don't we get our taxes finished tonight.

Me: Now? Really? Like Seriously?

Mr.Blondie: Yeah, all our stuff is already in Turbo Tax from last year, all we have to do is import it to this year. It won't take long.

Riiight. Around 1:30 am we were finally wrapping things up.

Plus, my in-laws decided to visit for a couple days to celebrate Em's birthday. Oh, I also had that pesky full-time job to show up for.

Sure I could have gotten by on 4 hours of sleep each night and maintained my routine, but after many years I've finally learned it's not worth wearing myself out like that. It takes longer to recover from a sleep deprived week than missing a few workouts.

It was a good call. The knee is feeling fine now and I maintained my sanity. I'll play catch up this week...even thinking about throwing in some double workouts. We'll see how that goes.

So now that you've shed a tear over my hard, hard life, let's get to what you're really interested in :)

The BodyMedia Fit arrived on Thursday, sealed in it's original wrapping as the seller promised. It's actually the older model, labeled GoWear Fit. According to the BodyMedia website, it's the same exact unit they're selling now, they've just rebranded it BodyMedia Fit instead of GoWear Fit by Body Media, to simplify things. The technology and everything else about the unit are the same.

Display Unit


Can also be worn as a watch, but I'll pass on that cuteness and clip it to my waistband instead


The armband lies pretty flat and is inconspicuous under clothes


The set-up was easy. You just go to the BodyMedia website and download the driver required to sync the armband. Then connect the armband unit to the computer with the provided USB cable, enter your stats via the website (gender, age, height, current weight, etc.), and you're ready to go. The first 3 months of website access are free, and I purchased an additional 6 months for $9.95 a month. You can meal log, which I've been trying to keep up with, so I can compare trends in both my calorie consumption and calorie burn.

Saturday's final numbers

So far I've learned I burn about 1,900 calories on a regular (i.e. non-workout) weekday, and about 2,500 on an easy workout day (6 miles @ 8:00/mi pace). Pretty much in line with your standard calorie estimating websites, but it's pretty cool to watch the numbers accumulate throughout the day.

That's all for now. I'll continue to keep y'all updated on my progress.

6 comments:

  1. What does DH think of all this? I know if I wanted to do this, he would throw a donut in my face. How did you get him to understand the real purpose of this and not a vanity thing?

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  2. Um, I kinda brushed over the main function of it, and just said it was an "activity monitor" so I can track my workout progress. He'd think I went off the deep end if I went into details.

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  3. Ok, so I am totally not very good with knowing what is what when it comes to all of the different ways to track your fitness, does this thing keep track of you all day and how much you burn? That is way cool if that is how it works. I am so excited to see how you progress. I am using sparkpeople to track my meals and exercise but it is far from being exact science. For my purposes it works but when I get more advanced I may switch if you really like it :0)I do great when MR. Right is away when he is home I don't stick to my exercise routine well, it is hard to take an hour to do my workout when he is home for 3 days and then gone for 18, I play catch up after.

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  4. so I'm looking at this armband - is the main goal for weight loss? does it tell you heart rate too ? You got it on ebay?

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  5. Ok, so I am totally not very good with knowing what is what when it comes to all of the different ways to track your fitness, does this thing keep track of you all day and how much you burn? That is way cool if that is how it works. I am so excited to see how you progress. I am using sparkpeople to track my meals and exercise but it is far from being exact science. For my purposes it works but when I get more advanced I may switch if you really like it :0)I do great when MR. Right is away when he is home I don't stick to my exercise routine well, it is hard to take an hour to do my workout when he is home for 3 days and then gone for 18, I play catch up after.

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