(Updated on January 5, 2017)

Never have I been so literally attached to a technological device than my Fitbit.

Sure, I’ve had a watch before it, but in comparison, that simplistic device never measured how many miles I walked in a day, gave me info about my heart rate, sleeping patterns or the amount of calories burned.

My Wearable Success

For the last two years, my Fitbit has been integral in helping me achieve a healthier lifestyle—it has the power to remind me to exercise more and choose healthier foods.

The FitBit does have a major drawback: forgetting to put it on. When my wrist is without my Fitbit Charge HR, I feel like I have phantom limb syndrome. There have been a few times that I have forgotten my FitBit charging at home, and the emotions that came next were interesting… sadness, anger and panic.

I was sad because I missed the device on my arm. The anger was more self-blame for forgetting. And, my panic stemmed from the realization that I might not meet my step goal for the day.

This rubber wristband with a tiny, powerful computer inside it has helped me lose more than 50 pounds. Paired with My Fitness Pal, an app on my phone to track the foods (and calories) consumed during the day, I actually know when I am meeting my healthy eating goals and when I am not. I am more accountable for the food and drink that I put into my body.

A Bit About My FitBit

How does it work? Quite simply, the FitBit tracks the calories I burn in a day due to my activity level. My Fitness Pal tracks the calories I eat. This wildly helpful app is paired with my FitBit and receives calorie burn data throughout the day. If I have really active days, My Fitness Pal updates and increases my calorie allowance, which tells me I can eat more calories and still maintain (or lose) weight if necessary.

Built-in enticements keep me engaged with my FitBit, such as the social aspect, unlocking achievements and beating personal records.

If you’re competitive like me, checking up on friends on FitBit can help you keep up with their steps per day or per week, which can help you go further.

FitBit gives the user weekly summaries and an easy-to-read dashboard to track progress and achieve badges. I am particularly proud of my latest achievement, the virtual “Nile” badge for walking 4,132 miles, the length of the longest river in the world.

The beauty of FitBit is you can customize your experience. You can be social, or not. You can get a simple FitBit like the Flex (my first FitBit), the Alta, or spend a little more and get a Blaze or a Surge, which have a screen with nice visual displays and more features.

This wearable technology is like a personal assistant. Ignore it, and expect nothing. Use your assistant in the ways that help you to get work done, and you will achieve your goals.

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