The other hardware I've been using this week is a FitBit. This widget is like a pedometer brought into the 21st century. It tracks steps, distance, stairs, miles, and sleep quality. This gives me a record of my general (in)activity, and has really helped to make me conscious of ways to rise out of my sedentary lifestyle.
Additionally via the web-interface FitBit will track things like heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, body weight, body fat percentage, and fluids consumed. FitBit has become my centralized tracker for everything and is where I'll do most of my actual fitness tracking. The other great thing about FitBit is how well it plays with others. The two other smartphone apps I've been using (Runkeeper and LoseIt) can get information from FitBit (calories burned, and weight measurement) and Fitbit can receive information from LoseIt (Calories consumed). I'll probably write about those apps in the next couple of weeks.
Anyway this little gadget has transformed my thinking; now I am continually aware of how much or little activity I am engaging in on a day-to-day basis. I take the stairs instead of the elevator and park farther awat just because I know that FitBit is watching. Fitbit is always watching. If you want to join me I think this is a link to my FitBit Profile. We could be FitBit friends. Anyway, while I've increased my activity this week I've done little to change my diet. So that will be my focus for this next week: change my diet!
So the weekly progress report is as follows:
Calories in: 20,950
Carbs: 896.8g (26%)
Fats: 1307.1g (38%)
Proteins: 1222.7g (36%)
Calories Burned: 26,787
Steps taken: 37,608
Floors climbed: 85
Exercised: 3 times (fitness walks)
Calories burned from exercise: 672
Since 17 Apr 13: -1.7
Actual Sleep: 39.96 hours
Average: 5.71 hours per night
Total Time in Bed 49.75 Hours
Sleep Efficiency 80%