Do I still want (or need) a FitBit?

closeHey, just so you know ... this post is now about 13 years and 6 months old. Please keep that in mind as it very well may contain broken links and/or outdated information.

Back in September, when I was in the middle of my weight-loss regiment, I pre-ordered a FitBit. At that time, the little gadget was supposed to be shipping in January. Well, it’s now August and it looks like I might actually finally have my FitBit this month (they hope to start shipping on August 10).

But the question is: do I still need, or even want, it?

When I pre-ordered it almost a year ago I had lost about 20 pounds (via Wii Fit and my new eating habits) and was still trying to lose more. By January of this year I had lost another 20 pounds and have been keeping my weight steady at around 160lbs for the past 8 months.

My gadget addiction is still telling me I want it just for the coolness factor (a little wearable wireless device that tracks my steps and sleeping habits), but the my reasonable side is saying I don’t need this kind of information anymore. Given that a gadget (Wii Fit) kick-started my weight loss in the first place, I’m leaning towards giving the FitBit a fair shake. I could always sell it if I don’t think it’s doing anything for me … stay tuned.


  1. The GoWear Fit seems great, except that it costs so much more than the FitBit! Big difference. To the original poster: If you decide you don’t want your FitBit, consider selling it to me! 🙂

  2. Well, I won’t be getting a FitBit after all. It had been a few days since I confirmed my order and I hadn’t heard anything or received a shipment confirmation. I checked the website and found a message on the order status page that said something like “there’s been a problem with your credit card, someone from FitBit will be contacting you shortly.” I double-checked the virtual PayPal MasterCard I had used for the transaction and it was fine, so I e-mailed and asked what the problem was. They told me I would have to call and give them new credit card information.

    I took this as a sign that I really didn’t need/want one of these things anymore. It’s now been a year since I finished my weight-loss regiment, so I’ve been maintaining my new healthier weight (and lifestyle) for 12 months. Did I really want/need another gadget to track information with another website to use? As I was calling the service number, I decided I didn’t.

    So when the service rep came on the phone, I told him I wanted to cancel my order. He had never cancelled an order before and didn’t know how, so he took my information and promised me he would cancel the order. I got my e-mail confirmation today.

    So that’s the end of my involvement with the FitBit. It just took too long … oh well!

  3. Four years later … I ended up with a FitBit One after all. I bought one for my wife and after a month it stopped working consistently: it would just be “off” and not tracking activity anymore so she’d have to connect it to power and reboot it. After contacting FitBit support they told me they would send another one and I could just “dispose” of the faulty one. Rather than throw it out, I decided to start using it myself. It still has the problem where it turns off randomly, but I’m dealing with that for now. If anything, I’m using it so I can properly support my wife with her FitBit tech issues. 🙂

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