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How Megan K. Dropped 100 Pounds—One Step at a Time!

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Megan K., 38, a kindergarten teacher in Philadelphia, PA, had tried to lose weight before, but nothing seemed to work. “I’ve struggled with my weight on and off throughout my life,” says Megan. “And I had always been interested in fitness, but I was never able to stick with it.” So when Megan learned about Fitbit trackers from a friend last spring, her husband took note. “He bought me a Fitbit One for my birthday,” says Megan, “and it was love at first sight.”

“I was instantly motivated by having a step goal,” she says. “Once I saw I could regularly hit 10,000 steps, I was unstoppable.” Megan spent the summer working out in the mornings, going for a walk or to the gym, and reaching her step goal by daybreak. And soon tracking steps became a family activity—Megan’s son began joining her on daily walks. “It’s really important to me to be a good example to my son,” she says.

When she returned to school in the fall, Megan was 40 pounds lighter and her co-workers were impressed. “A lot of people were asking how I did it,” she says. Megan was more than happy to share her secret. She managed to convince the school’s human resources department to purchase 10 Fitbit trackers for employees to “check out,” and use to compete against each other in monthly challenges. The other teachers love the program. “There are always 10 people using the ones from the school, and at the end of the check-out period a lot of them end up buying their own Fitbit trackers!” says Megan.

Today, Megan and several of her co-workers spend their free periods and lunches walking together, and the group of 10 has grown to over 30 teachers. “It really changed the culture of our work environment—even the students notice it,” says Megan. “We push each other to be more active, and I’ve increased my goal to 15,000 steps a day now,” she adds.

Adding more steps to her daily routine was a good start, but Megan knew if she really wanted to improve her health she wouldn’t get there with a fitness-only approach. She also made an effort to make better food choices. “Being active and eating well go hand in hand,” she says. “Once you start doing one, the other catches up.”

Her one-step-at-a-time approach is ultimately what helped Megan lose all of her extra weight. “It can be overwhelming to try to do 10,000 steps all at once,” she says. “But it’s really surprising how quickly it can all add up.” And after losing 100 pounds, it has certainly has added up!

Megan’s initial goal to simply walk 10,000 steps a day has also lead her to try new workouts and activities. These days Megan can be found running, swimming, and biking, too. “My Fitbit has changed my life,” she says, “I’m more active than I’ve ever been, and my Fitbit One has made it so easy for me to get here.”

Megan’s advice for others:

Rack Up the Steps All Day
“Trying to do 10,000 steps at once didn’t always fit into my schedule, and seemed hard to do,” says Megan. “But going on a little walk in the morning, and another after lunch helped my steps add up.”

Set Goals that Work for YOU
“I know some of my coworkers are hitting 30,000 steps on a regular basis, and it’s tempting to compete with that—I really hate losing,” Megan says. “So sometimes I have to remind myself that’s a lot of steps, and that number isn’t always realistic for me on a daily basis. 15,000 is what works for me, and that’s still super active.”

Believe It’s Possible!
“Even if you’re someone who struggles with fitness, or if being active doesn’t come naturally to you, you can do it—and it can all be done with walking,” says Megan. “You don’t have to go out and kill yourself every day, just set a goal with Fitbit and ease into it.”

 

What’s helping you reach your health and fitness goals? Offer your tips and advice in the comments below, and share your success story with us! 

 

User Story: Nickie S.

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We love hearing from our community members who have found success working towards their goals. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we’ll be featuring stories from mothers balancing a healthy lifestyle with being a busy mom. Today’s story comes from Nickie S., who’s a mother of two boys and uses a Surge. You can send us your Fitbit story by going here.

Nickie S.

What is the greatest impact Fitbit has had on your life as a mother?

I work full time while juggling being a mum of 2 active boys (10 and 8yrs) and training for and competing in triathlons. My Fitbit really gives me a great picture of my activity throughout the week. I am always amazed how sedentary I could be during the week when at work. I could go from 20,000 steps a day on a Saturday or Sunday to only 5,000 steps on a weekday (outside of training).

It also really helps me monitor my energy and quality of sleep. It fascinates me how my resting heart rate is higher following intense exercise, but also following a restless sleep. Knowing this helps me to pace myself in how much I take on throughout the week. My fitbit gives me a better picture of my overall health and fitness.

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User Story: Sarah A.

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We love hearing from our community members who have found success working towards their goals. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we’ll be featuring stories from mothers balancing a healthy lifestyle with being a busy mom. Today’s story comes from Sarah A., who’s been using a Fitbit for over a year and is currently using a Charge HR. You can send us your Fitbit story by going here.

Read Fitbit user Sarah's story about how she stays active as a mom.

What is the greatest impact Fitbit has had on your life as a mother?

Fitbit has helped me in my journey to become a fit and healthy mother. In 2012 and 2013 I lost 18kg after being diagnosed with high cholesterol. High cholesterol comes with a risk of heart disease and stroke, and I knew I needed to make changes in my life. I got my diet under control and then started to exercise. I learned about the Fitbit Flex in 2013 and my husband surprised me with one for Christmas. I have now upgraded to a Fitbit Charge HR. My Fitbit helps keep me accountable and encourages me to get up and move as much as possible. We go for long walks as a family, have dance parties in the kitchen and I play with them at the park. They love having a more active Mum, and I love being able to keep up with them. They get excited when they see it buzz at 10,000 steps, and often tap it to see my progress.

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User Story: Angela M.

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We love hearing from our community members who have found success working towards their goals. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we’ll be featuring stories from mothers balancing a healthy lifestyle with being a busy mom. Today’s story is about Angela M., a mother of two and Fitbit Charge users. You can send us your Fitbit story by going here.

Fitbit Success Story: Angela M

How long have you been using your Fitbit tracker?

8 months 

Why did you choose your Fitbit tracker?

I chose Fitbit for its comfort, ease of use, design, and tracking features – all of which I love. My physical activity appears on my wrist using one button which makes it super easy to use. Having all my stats linked, recorded, and easily accessible on my iPad and iPhone is fantastic and allows me to easily check-in on my progress in-between my daily tasks as a working mum.

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Extreme User Story: How many steps does it take to get to the Kona IRONMAN?

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We’re constantly amazed by what Fitbit users can accomplish with their trackers. In our Extreme User series, we’ll be highlighting people who went above and beyond their usual goals to accomplish something great. You can read our last extreme user story here

Nicole finishes her first Ironman

Hi, I’m Nicole S. A wife, mother and IRONMAN. I spent months training for the IRONMAN World Championships at Kona this past October, my very first Ironman event. I raced in honor of my late father and was the official IRONMAN athlete of the Melanoma Research Foundation, taking on some seriously huge fundraising commitments to combat this seriously deadly cancer.

I’ve now resurfaced, recovered from the most excruciating physical challenge I’ve ever put myself through, thanked everyone and their mom (thanks mom!) for their support emotionally and financially, and have just now sat down to scroll through my Fitbit archives for a literal walk down memory lane.

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Extreme Fitbit User: Carolyn S.

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We’re constantly amazed by what Fitbit users can accomplish with their trackers. In our Extreme User series, we’ll be highlighting people who went above and beyond their usual goals to accomplish something great.

Carolyn S.: Extreme User

Carolyn became a Fitbit user in March of 2012. While she was already passionate about exercise, she wanted to measure how active she was outside of her workouts as well. Fitbit, she writes, “helps me to understand more so I don’t work out and then sit down… my minimum goal is 17,000 steps a day, which I rarely don’t meet.” 17,000 steps probably sounds like a lot, but Carolyn didn’t even start to consider herself to be athletic until her thirties. And she’s certainly an athlete these days: she runs three Spartan races a year, plus another six or so half-marathons! On top of it all she’s a mom to three young kids, and she thinks of them as she’s getting those steps in. “I want to be a good example for my kids,” she writes, “There’s never a point where you stop – there is never a time when you should stop.”

What really pushed Carolyn into “Extreme User” territory though, was the day she took 86,000 steps in one day. That’s 40 miles! Here’s what she did, in her own words:

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Success Story: Kodi S.

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When we hear about Fitbit users who’ve reached their goals, we love to share the news! Today’s success story comes from Kodi S., who surpassed his goals beyond what he even thought possible! You can read previous success stories here

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Growing up, I would have never been considered a “natural” athlete, nor an active person. By the age of 26, I had ballooned to over 350 pounds and was at risk for several medical issues, including diabetes and high blood pressure. I knew I had to make a dramatic change to save my life.

Upon moving to a walkable city, I ditched my car and began daily walks, which over time grew in distance and intensity. At my heaviest weight, vigorous activity was not an option. I started with reasonable goals, using a basic pedometer, attempting to reach 10,000 steps (or 5 miles daily).

I began walking 3 miles to work daily, and before I knew it, I was approaching 7,000 steps by 9am, motivating me to push harder. Not only was I reducing my carbon footprint, but walking was something I could faithfully commit to.

 The weight began to fall off, but it wasn’t until I discovered my first Fitbit (Ultra) that I truly found lasting success.

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What Gets Your Heart Pumping?

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Since Fitbit trackers are a part of so many people’s daily lives, it can be amazing what type of data you can capture. So we were thrilled to hear from Fitbit user Ben*, who was excited to see that his Charge HR did such a great job tracking his heart rate, it even showed the peak when he proposed to his girlfriend!

Ben had taken his girlfriend to wine country – you can see the idle periods while they drove, then settled down to do some tasting –  and they were walking along the vineyards when he decided to pop the question. You can see how nervous he was reflected as his heart rate peaks at over 100 beats per minute, and his excitement right after – as she said yes!

Heart rate during a proposal

All Fitbit trackers can track your everyday steps, but it’s exciting when your other big life steps are also captured. If you’d like to share a story of when your Fitbit has tracked a big moment, let us know!

 

*Ben sent us his story and gave his permission for us to feature it here on our blog. Click here to view our privacy policy.

Fitbit Success Stories: Bryce P.

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Growing up, I was a multi-sport athlete in excellent shape. Over the last 10 years, I really let my fitness get away from me. Life happened. I allowed myself to slip using my busy life at work and home as an excuse for my poor to non-existent fitness. On December 26th, 2013 I stepped on the scale. I didn’t really weigh myself regularly so in my mind, I was still athletic and in shape. The number astounded me: 277 pounds.

At that moment, I drew a line in the sand and began my mission to get back into shape and reclaim my health. read more

Fitbit Inspiration: Jennifer C.

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Running isn’t a hobby it’s a career, and on February 27, 2014 my career got a little more interesting. That was the day I got invited to join a work group to complete Tough Mudder.

In the beginning, I was thrilled telling myself that it’s just like some of the other obstacle races I had run, only longer. At the time, I was averaging 10K steps per day, using my Fitbit Zip to calculate each move I made.

With only seven months to train, I knew I had my work cut out for me. My primary goal was just getting up to a 12-mile run, about three times longer than my usual distance. Each week I added 1K steps to my run until I hit my 12-mile goal, I then decided to make it a little more challenging.

My weekends began to fill with 10-mile trail walks on Saturdays and 12-mile trail runs on Sundays. At this point, two months before Tough Mudder, I felt I was trained and ready to go. But then I started browsing the race website and quickly realized: I was not ready.

My Zip pushed me to get gradually increase my steps/distance, betting my time and training.

Needless to say, I increased my workout intensity lifting weights, swinging kettlebells, kickboxing, and completing various core workouts to increase my upper body and core strength as quickly as possible. The ultimate goal was preparing for a Tough Mudder obstacle called Everest—a quarter pipe climb covered in mud and grease. With just one month to train for this terrifying climb,  the one tool that I used the most was my Zip.

I found the highest hill near my house and ran all-out wind sprints. I started with just a few feet, but gradually increased to sprinting the entire hill and back several times. My Zip pushed me to get gradually increase my steps/distance, betting my time and training.

On the morning of race day, I was nervous and excited. At 9am we were on the road and by 10am, at the starting line to the Tough Mudder in Montgomery City, MO. In the back of my pants was a zipper pouch where I had my most reliable tool, my Fitbit, in two plastic bags hoping that it would survive along with me on our 12-mile obstacle race.

With my husband by my side, we completed one obstacle after another—even one where I had to carry him 500 feet!

We jumped in the arctic enema (think tank full of ice water) diving underwater, shaking as I moved through the ice bath to the opposite side.

The final obstacle—a muddy sprint through a barrage of hanging, electrically charged wires—stood between me and the finish line. With a couple shocks to my frame, I crossed the finish line, hoping my Zip was still in one piece.

Through all the mud, water, and obstacles both me and my trusty Zip and survived. It tracked all 12 miles, validating one of the most physically challenging days of my life.

It’s amazing what a person can accomplish by overcoming your fears with the tools and team to help achieve your goals.