Fitbit Charge 2 Review

Hi friends! So we are in vacation down in Virginia! I meant to write this two days ago, but Monday ended up being a pretty lazy (much needed!) day so now I am finally getting around to it.

I’ll probably try to get a vacation post up sometime next week with all the pictures, but for now, I have a review of my new Fitbit Charge 2! I got this about a week ago, and I absolutely love it. I got one of the special edition colors, lavender and rose gold, which are two of my favorite colors/color combination. I am very glad that I went ahead and spent the little bit of extra money to get this color.

I have been charging it every other night, but it could probably go every three nights before needing to be charged.

Things that it measures: 

  • time
  • steps
  • heart rate
  • miles traveled
  • flights of stairs climbed
  • active minutes per day
  • sleep
  • water intake

Other features:

  • tracks exercise/different kind of exercise
  • stopwatch
  • guided breathing
  • “silent” alarms
  • bluetooth connection to your phone

 

This is what the app’s home screen looks like. It’s very user friendly.

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I don’t know what it’s thinking with the weight tracker. I haven’t put my weight in…

 

Okay, so I think I will walk through each of these features and give a run down of sorts about what I like about it and what I wish would be different.

Starting with the time…the Fitbit app gives me several different options for how the clock face can look. This is how I chose to have mine:

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Since my “main goal” is steps, that is what appears on my clock screen. That number “48” is the number of steps per hour. Maybe I should get up now if I’ve only walked that in 45 minutes:)

One thing I really like about this Fitbit is that one of your goals is to get 250+ steps every hour. I have mine set to send me reminders if I haven’t reached that goal 10 minutes before the hour. And it sends reminders from 9am-6pm. You can change both of those settings, but I have found that it really works for me like this. Right now, my goal is 8,000 steps every day. I haven’t reached that goal yet, but I’m hoping that once I get home from vacation, I’ll start hitting it most days. I know that I will for sure get over 10,000 every day at camp and once I get to college I will also be doing a ton of walking.

Like most Fitbits, it also measures heart rate. In the app, I can see my averages for just sitting and also working out. I’m pretty sure that it uses heart rate to calculate my “cardio fitness” a.k.a. how fit I am.

I am still trying to figure out how/what Fitbit counts as a flight of stairs. For instance, it doesn’t count me going down a flight of stairs, which makes sense. But sometimes it doesn’t count me going up the stairs either. I have to figure out how to move my arms in order for it to count the stairs I guess. I have my goal set to 14 flights each day right now, and I have been reaching that goal most days!

The active minutes per day. It counts the minutes that you are “moderately active for more than 10 minutes at a time.” My goal right now is 30 minutes every day which is the recommended amount. This is fairly simple to reach the goal every day for me. If I do a 30 minute workout along with a warm up and cool down, I’m easily at 40 minutes every day.

This is probably the coolest part of the Charge 2. It measures sleep! Every morning I wake up and look at my stats from the night. I set my goals: 8 hrs of sleep every night, bedtime 11pm, wake up 7am. I also set it to send me a “bedtime” reminder at 10 pm every night. It shows me how much sleep I got, time awake, time in REM, time in light sleep, and time in deep sleep. It also tells me if I met the sleep goals that I have set. Here are my stats from last night.

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I had a Fitbit Charge HR before the Charge 2 and from what I can remember, the Charge HR didn’t have an easy to use button for tracking workouts. With the Charge 2, I scroll to the workout screen and tap through the options such as “running, elliptical, biking, intervals, or treadmill” to name a few. I just have to press and hold for the workout timer to start. I can click the button once to take a rest, and press and hold again to stop it. By doing this, it will track the time, the steps, and the calories I burned for that workout. Then when my Fitbit syncs to the app, I can see charts with all of that information.

The guided breathing is pretty cool! Options for 2 minutes or 5 minutes. Once it “recognizes your breath” you have to inhale and exhale along with a circle that gets bigger and smaller. When you breathe to the right rhythm, you get sparkles! If you don’t breathe to the rhythm, you don’t get sparkles….and I love my sparkles:) I haven’t used this yet (except to test it out), but I think that it will be very helpful when my life starts to get stressful again.

The silent alarm option just means that it vibrates on your wrist so it won’t wake anyone else up. I loved this with my Charge HR, and I love it with the Charge 2. I don’t know about you, but hearing that same song come on my phone every morning gets obnoxious very fast. It’s loud and repetitive. If you’re like me and leave it on snooze and then leave your phone upstairs, it is frustrating to go find your phone to turn it off. Anyway, I love the vibrating alarm!

When I had a Charge HR, I didn’t have a smartphone so I’m not sure if it had bluetooth, but now I have one so I connected my Charge 2 to my phone. It gives options for everything. You can turn on/off whether you want calls, messages, and calendar events individually. For instance, I have messaging and calls connected, but I decided that I didn’t want calendar events coming to my Fitbit. With the messages, I can choose from getting notifications of my text messages, hangouts (not even sure what that is), or Facebook messenger. I chose my text messages since that is my main communication.

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I also started playing around with the community part of this today. You can add friends for a little competition and join groups of all different kinds. For example there are weight loss groups, healthy sleep groups, and healthy eating groups. There are also groups in the major cities like Chicago, NYC, Sacramento, etc. So many options!

One more thing. The Fitbit actually detaches from the wrist band to charge which also means that I can get other fun bands!

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Overall, I would definitely recommend this Fitbit to a friend. It is perfect for me, and how I want to use it.

Here is the one that I bought from Amazon. I got it in a size large. I have pretty small wrists, but I wear it comfortably on the first hole.

Have a good Wednesday friends!

 

 

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When the computer doesn’t work…

So this is a Happy Easter, 18th birthday, almost finals week kind of post.

The weather was beautiful for Easter! It was one of the first really nice days we had had in awhile so we were able to wear dresses…without the sweaters!! 😉 I had pictures to put up which would have made this more interesting, but for some reason they aren’t uploading…oh well.

I turned 18! Again, I had pictures, but my laptop has a mind of its own sometimes. If I can get it to work, I’ll put them up at some point. But anyway, my dad got me a beautiful locket! And my mom got tickets for us, my sister, and Noni to go see Julianne and Derek Hough on their tour!! I am beyond excited 🙂

And this is my last week of real classes, next week is finals. So I am pretty sure that we have learned all the new material and now it’s just all review. It’s crazy to think that in two weeks I’ll be done with high school! And in just over a month, I will officially be graduated!

Now to get through those finals…

1st Week of School: Defeated

Whew!! I feel like I just let out a huge breath. As you know, I started school on Monday. I LOVE IT!! I have an awesome schedule, amazing teachers, interesting classes, and a beautiful campus. It’s really pretty:) It is basically in the middle of a field. Kind of;) I will have to take pictures of it sometime for you.

I will say that I am already tired of carrying around my enormously heavy backpack and annoying lunchbox, but I can deal with that.

Let’s start this whole post with my history class. Hist 2050: Early American History. (Early, early. Meaning the whole Land-Bridge Theory, and the Aztecs and Incas.) Probably the best class I have ever taken. The teacher is funny and relatable. She is really good about making sure to not offend people with her views. She makes jokes as she is teaching and makes sure that we are ‘with her’. She gave us chapter notes so that we knew where she was in the chapter, and while she was teaching from the notes, she didn’t look at the notes and just read them straight forward. I don’t think she even used the notes at all. She would relate what she was talking about to current events, and she always has funny tidbits of knowledge. Did you know that Ohioans pronounce things…differently? For example: there is a Russia, Ohio. (I didn’t even know that existed!) But we don’t pronounce it like the country of Russia, no, we pronounce is ‘ROO- sha’. I just thought that was interesting. Here’s a question: where is the Bob Evans HQ located? And I will answer that tomorrow:)

My other classes are also very interesting, but I wanted to really highlight my history class since it is my favorite. I never thought I would ever say that sentence. I usually do not like history, at all. It is probably the atmosphere of the class that makes me like it, but I actually do like the material as well.


 

I picked up my glasses yesterday:) They are just for reading/writing/computer/HOMEWORK<the main reason the doctor prescribed them.

I tried taking a picture of me with them on, but the only pictures that turned out without a glare in the glasses or with half of my eyes covered up are these. I think they were weird-funny, so I figured I would put them up anyway. Trust me, I have about a million of me actually smiling, but you can’t see my eyes…so there was no point to it:)

Kaitlyn started taking picture after picture. This is me telling her to KNOCK IT OFF!

Kaitlyn started taking picture after picture. This is me telling her to KNOCK IT OFF!

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And this is me being…me

 

So there you have it:) Talk to you tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

End of School and SUMMER

School, technically, ended last Wednesday. I still have a few things I need to get done: French, Lit, and history.

Overall, this should be a relaxing summer and I am already enjoying it very much! I took a lot of pictures with people for lots of great memories as this is my last year at my school after 11 years. *Sniff* 😦

As Wednesday was the last day of school, our P.E. teacher, Coach, set up an outstanding field day themed ‘Down on the Farm’. She asked me to man the ‘Pig Out’ table. And of course…once the students were all finished I just had to try it! So I asked one of the teachers, going by the name Genevieve Elizabeth o’Shinseki (just for the blog!) to face me.

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On your marks…get set…

 

Go!

Go!

 

And the result

And the result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t mind our hair…in any of these pictures…

Noni came to watch the events. We had a wonderful time! unnamed (24) 

Me, Mom, Noni, Kaitlyn

Me, Mom, Noni, Kaitlyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is our friend, Katy. She is going to public school next year so we won’t see her every day, but we still will see each other at church on Sundays! unnamed (29)

 

 

 

 

 

These next two pictures are with Miss Horner and Coach. Miss Horner is another teacher at school (3rd and 4th grade). I had her as my 1st grade teacher. I will miss both of them tremendously.

Miss Horner

Miss Horner

Coach

Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally…my beloved Chemistry teacher (she is the RRT that I followed.)

LOVE HER

LOVE HER

 

 

 

 

 

 

So now you have faces to put with names! As to this summer, I am taking my driving road test on Wednesday! Pray that I pass the first time!!

I have summer camp later this summer, our VA trip with Noni in June, just swimming with friends and reading. OF COURSE, tons of CILT work to do before camp, but that’s fun…right?

Yesterday was the first day of the yoga challenge. Is anyone signed up to do it? I got the first email yesterday. I’ll post about that soon as well. Tell me about your summer plans.

Baking and Running

Today was a great day! That seems to be happening as of late:) I did many productive things today.

This morning, I stayed in bed until about 10:00. I was out of bed at 8:00, (I only stay in bed later on Saturdays. I usually like to get up early.) but then I got back in and read for two glorious hours- I started the Hunger Games series this week and I am already on book 2. I LOVE, love, love this series. I admit that I was a bit hesitant to start it because of stories I have heard about how the whole series is really scary. I haven’t been disturbed besides the fact that they kill each other. I highly suggest the series though. I am engrossed whenever I read it.-but then I had to get up. So I went downstairs and did 4 miles worth of intervals. Walking, jogging, different steps- 45 minutes in all. Then this afternoon, I got to baking.

I came over to my grandma’s house and baked a cake, cupcakes, and that Shamrock shake I shared with you a few days ago.

I started with the cake. Its a rainbow cake where you mix the different colors of batter together to make a pretty cake.

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Here is how it turned out!

 

 

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The Shamrock shake. I don’t think I let the bananas freeze all the way through. It was really think and almost sticky. Next time, I am going to let the bananas freeze all the way, and add frozen strawberries! Doesn’t that sound good? That was my mom’s suggestions and I think that it would make it icier and much better. I like the thickness that the avocados gave it.

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I then used the left over batter from the cake to make some rather unimpressive cupcakes. I haven’t tried them yet but I hope they are good. They don’t look it, but maybe they will taste it.:)

After all of that baking, I used my grandma’s treadmill to get another workout in. I did the 2nd and 3rd days of the challenge. The 2nd day was run 1/2 mile then do 25- 50 air squats, repeat three times. So I did that at a 3.5 mph run. I finished the runs after 26 minutes total. I would say that All together it was 35 minutes. Then day 3 had me do 20 lunges, 10 push ups, repeat 5 times. I think that took me 10- 15 minutes. Of course, I did half push- ups!

So that felt amazing! And then we ordered pizza so it was a full day. This pizza place just came back to town a few months ago. When my mom was a kid, they were still open. But then they left- either ran out of business or just decided to quit…I don’t know. This is my new favorite place to get pizza, but East of Chicago is still very close to my favorite.

This pizza is SO good.

This pizza is SO good.

So THERE you have it. My Saturday…full with a workout (or two) and tons of baking and experimenting.  How was your Saturday? Did you do anything fun today?

Day one of the 30 day challenge

Today was my first day of the 30 day challenge! I actually just finished. 10 pushups, 10 sit ups, 10 air squats. x5. I really liked it today. I didn’t do full pushups all the way through, but that’s ok. It was a noiseless workout. No bouncing around finding every single little squeak the floor can possibly have!!

chocolate

Hershey Bliss Raspberry meltaway

And chocolate…you should probably know that chocolate is the number one thing that I am craving right now. Its an awful craving to have because you can never have enough. You eat one little fun sized chocolate and then another and you have to physically restrain yourself from having the whole bag. Needless to say, I found a really great kind of chocolate. It is a great little piece of creamy goodness. This is one of the few fruit center chocolates that I enjoy.

Here is how I feel about snow…and incidentally about chocolate. 🙂

Lovin' the snow

That was a very hard picture to take…snow hitting my face, sun in my eyes…I had a few like that that just looked like I was in pain.

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I was told to do whatever pose…this is what happened.

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Spinning in the snow

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The spin complete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a post about what is making me happy at the moment. I am feeling very giddy and I don’t know why! You all get the fruit of my giddiness- pictures!

I’ll finish this post off with something productive and beneficial to you, a recipe. It is a kind of a rainy day here in Ohio. There is still snow on the ground, but it is windy and snow-raining. It is more rain than snow. It is very beautiful- to me. Pretty sure my friends don’t like this weather…I do. I love any kind of rain:) This recipe is called Cherry pretzel dessert. It is not the same as pretzel salad, though. This is a church potluck favorite:)

 

Ingredients:

3/4 sugar
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 melted butter
1 Tsp vanilla
2 packets Dream Whip
1 cup milk
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 can pie filling of choice

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, combine pretzels, sugar and butter; set aside 1/2 cup for topping. Press remaining mixture into an ungreased 13×9-in. dish.
  • In a large bowl, beat the whipped topping mix, milk and vanilla on high speed 4 minutes or until soft peaks form. Add cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth.
  • Spread half over crust. Top with pie filling and remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with reserved pretzel mixture. Refrigerate overnight. Yield: 16 servings.

Enjoy!

 

Question: How are you doing on the weekly challenge?