Andrew: I first started tracking with the Fitbit Flex and LoseIt! App. Later I moved on to the Fitbit Surge.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Andrew: In May 2013, the results of my annual physical were less than favorable. After 19 years at my firm, I had gained a total of 50 pounds!
Knowing my health was at risk, and being a husband and father of three, I resolved to change my sedentary lifestyle and lose the 50 pounds by my 20th anniversary at the company, which was in 2014.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Andrew: I liked the subtlety of the band which I could wear unobtrusively during corporate board meetings. Working in New York City I had always used cabs and subways for short jaunts, but now instead I started walking everywhere. I loved being privy to all the synced data the Fitbit provided me. The data motivated me to get my sleep and exercise and walk at least 10,000 steps every day instead of riding in cabs or taking mass transit.
Andrew: I liked that, through our Corporate Wellness program, I was able to earn points to exchange for Fitbit trackers, which I bought and shared with family and friends as I racked up points from all the walking I was doing! I also shared my improvements with colleagues and similarly motivated them to join me in being more active. In an office full of type-A, hyper-competitive managers, wearing the bands and competing for steps has led to a self-sustained competition with colleagues from across the country, to see who can take the most steps each week and even each day.
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Andrew: Yes, and my efforts paid off. I lost 50 pounds in 12 months all without ever setting foot in a gym! I achieved my goal of losing 50 pounds by my 20th company anniversary last year, in April 2014. After my annual physical last year, I also learned that my numbers — cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose — were much improved. At 47, I felt better than I did at 27, when I first started with my company.
Since then I have upgraded to the Fitbit Surge and continue to be diligent in logging my food intake via LoseIt! I’ve also upped my daily step goal to 15,000 steps! I have kept the weight off and feel much better than I did two years ago.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Andrew: Wearable technology and fitness apps are one of the most innovative and effective elements of technology, they work and they are here to stay!