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R.I.P. Fitbit

I'm so sad, you guys! Last week, on my way home from work, my fitbit unhooked from my pants, and fell out of my pocket. I didn't realize it until I got home, so it could really be anywhere between the Capitol and my house in Maryland. I was so sad when I realized this!

I'm honestly not sure how it could have happened. I've hooked my fitbit inside my pant pockets plenty of times. How it unhooked and fell out is just mind boggling to me. I'd reached epic step levels that day, and hadn't even reached volleyball practice yet. I was so excited to hit the 15K step mark on a regular work day. That never happens for me!

I know I won't be able to get my fitbit back, so what do I do next?

I've thought of a couple of things. I could replace the fitbit zip, buy a different fitbit, buy a completely different brand of fitness tracker, or just go without any fitness tracker. I know I won't buy another fitbit zip. I really enjoyed it, but I do wish it could do a little more, especially now that I've started working out more. It did its job, but now I need something a little more hardcore. On top of needing it to do a little more, I did get some skin irritation from it from time to time, depending on where I put it. That's no bueno either.

I really like the design of the Fitbit Force, but they had a recall and stopped making it. The Fitbit Flex is pretty cool, but I don't like the screen. It's also not entirely practical for me to wear a wristband, since I play volleyball. For the price tag, I don't really think it's worth it.

I could try a different type of fitness tracker. Since I'm going to be swimming and biking again, it would be good to have something that can measure a little more than steps. I checked out this list from Time, and it looks like there are plenty of alternatives.The Nike Fuelband seems cool, but it's also way more expensive than I'd like. It also doesn't appear to be able to do as much as I would like it to do, so I couldn't justify the price tag. PC Magazine also did a pretty recent review of activity trackers, but I'm still not too sure if I like the way any of these sound. Do I even need an activity tracker?

If I don't really need an activity tracker now, I believe eventually will. They're super helpful, and I think I would really need one as I start getting more competitive with endurance sports. At the very least, I'll likely need a GPS watch. Right?

In short, I'm sad I no longer have my fitbit, but I'm not sure how I want to remedy this situation just yet. Stay tuned!

How do you track your activities? Are there any activity trackers or GPS watches you would recommend? Have you ever lost a piece of equipment or fitness clothing that you love?


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  1. I love my Nike plus watch-it's super easy to use and track pace and distance. I was looking for something a little more and just bought a Polar Loop which also tracks sleep and inactivity etc. I have only used it for a few days so not ready to comment on whether I like it yet. Good luck finding something that works for you.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. Do you feel like the Nike+ watch was worth the price? What was it missing?

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  2. My sister lost her fitbit and the company replaced it for her. I don't know if they're still doing that kind of customer service, but it's worth checking out.
    I have the fitbit flex and I really like not having to think about it - I only ever take it off when I need to charge it.

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    1. That's a great idea! I know they are known for their customer service, and I'm really bummed that it could just unhook and fall out of my pocket like it did. :-( Thanks for the suggestion!

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