Crystal, asked me a few questions about the BodyMedia Fit. I think the discussion is something that everyone could benefit from, so I'm going to make it a stand-alone post (as well as my first discussion of the device and my discussion of dieting in general). Feel free to ask more questions.
How are you liking it?
I absolutely love it! It's part of my wardrobe now. I feel like I've forgotten something if I forget to put it on.
Is the arm band comfortable to wear?
Yes. There are 3 sizes of armbands, so you don't have to worry about it being too big or too small. It is secured with Velcro.
Does it stay put?
For the most part, yes. The only time I really have trouble with it sliding down my arm is when I'm Wii Boxing. But all I do is tighten it a little bit while i'm doing that particular exercise, and then loosen it for normal use.
Do you wear it all the time?
They recommend you wear it for 23 hours a day. Also you shouldn't submerge it in water. So I don't wear it when i'm in the shower, or when I'm swimming. With the BodyMedia site, you can estimate activities done while the unit is not on your arm (yep, including shower and swimming).
Are you finding it helpful for staying on track and accountable?
The bottom line is that it cannot do the work for me, but it does make me more mindful of where I'm at (especially because I purchased the display unit. The armband can work as a standalone, but with the display unit, I have to-the-minute information about how many steps I've taken and how many calories I've burned. Oh, and it also has the time.) It helps remind me that I have good days and bad, but it's the trend that I'm concerned about. I can print out reports and see these trends and correllate them to how my body felt that day, when my period was, or even the weather.
When I notice I haven't burned enough calories or walked enough, I might scale back the portions of what I'm eating. I might put down the cheese and pick up my sneakers. It reminds me that this isn't guess work. It's plain and simple.
Do you use the subscription program it talked about?
I do use the BodyMedia.com Activity Manager. The first three months are free with purchase of the armband. After that, the longer you subscribe the less it costs per month. I have a 12-month subscription and it's a little under $7 a month. That's some people's coffee for a day.
You upload the information to the armband to the site and then add in your nutrition information (food journal). I hear they're working on a phone application to help people keep track. Many foods are already listed in there, but some are not. If it's something you eat on a regular basis, you can add foods and recipes.
Do you have to?
Yeah, sorry about that.
Are you finding it to be helpful?
Yes! I love data. It gives me lots of information about myself (such as my sleep patterns) and my choices. I've even set it up to remind me to get up from my desk and walk around (at 1 pm).
My dietitian uses it as part of her initial assessment into food and behavior.
I was going to suggest, maybe there's a way you can buy a used one, or if a nutritionist/gym allows you to rent one for a month or two...