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One of the biggest struggles of any weight loss journey is the plateau. In this post, I am going to share with you how Fitness Trackers for Women helped me overcome a plateau during my 100-pound weight loss journey.  There are many ways that you can overcome a weight loss plateau, but this was definitely one of the most important methods to get me back on track.Fitness Trackers for Women: How They Help with Plateaus

Fitness Trackers for Women: How They Help with Plateaus

During my first year of the Weight Watchers Online program, I successfully lost 80 lbs, and I felt fantastic.

Then the dreaded plateau hit, and it hit hard.

I lost a pound.

I gained a pound.

I lost .2 pounds.

I gained .4.

This pattern went on for 2 months, then 4 months, then 6 months.

People told me things like:

  • “You’re not eating enough.”
  • “You’re gaining muscle.”
  • “You’re body is just adjusting.”
  • “Just worry about how your clothes fit, not the scale.”

Those are all nice thoughts, but when I was seriously concentrating on weight loss, none of it was comforting. After 8 months, I was about ready to give up in frustration. That’s when I made one minor change that impacted my fitness and weight loss routine.

What I learned wearing fitness trackers for women

After an 8 month long plateau, my brother sent me the Body Bugg he was done using, and I signed up for a membership. This was brand-new technology at the time.  There weren’t many options out there for fitness trackers, so it wasn’t something I was familiar with using.

These days there are tons of great fitness trackers for women and the prices are affordable, such as the Fitbit, Garmin, or Apple Watch. (Check out this post for our recommendations of finding the best fitness tracker for you.)

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When I started wearing a fitness tracker for women, immediately I learned some key things about my daily patterns.

Wearing the Body Bugg.

The first fitness tracker for women that I wore was the Body Bugg.

Daily movement is just as effective at burning calories as a planned workout. Most interesting and helpful to me was the fact that daily movement is SO incredibly important in overall calorie burn.

I’m talking about little every-day movement. Things like parking further away, yes, and even things like getting up and doing the laundry, walking up and down the steps at home, even putting more vigor into cleaning up the kitchen after dinner.

A vigorous day of stuff around the house actually burns just as many calories (let’s say 300 extra calories) as what I would typically burn during a 1-hour workout at the gym — 30 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of weight lifting (300 calories).

Regular exercise is very important for lots of reasons, like cardiovascular health, building muscle and bone strength, and warding off depression. I’m not knocking it!

But, you have to KEEP moving when you get home, too.

When looking for fitness trackers for women, find one that you are comfortable wearing at home during everyday activities as well as at your gym during a traditional workout.

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Here are a few other important insights I learned from wearing a fitness tracker.

Sitting kills calorie burn. Those of us who workout sometimes have a tendency to use that as an excuse to crash at home for the rest of the day. I discovered I was doing quite a bit of that.

Days spent in front of the TV or computer just sink calorie burn. I remember my kids’ pediatrician telling me the kids playing, even with legos, burns more calories than watching TV. Now I get it. Those little movements really do add up. Our bodies were made to move.

Body weight obsession isn’t worth it. I reached my lowest weight as an adult while I was wearing the Body Bugg, and even hit my Weight Watchers goal weight.

I maintained it for about 2 weeks. For me, it just wasn’t realistic to keep my weight that low. The amount of dieting and exercise required to maintain that lowest weight was simply too restrictive for me.

Since then, I’ve gone up about 20 lbs and have been maintaining at this weight for the last 10 years. Do I miss the lower weight? Sure, it was nice to wear smaller clothes, but I am happy with where I am because I know that it’s much more comfortable to have a life I can enjoy.

At my lowest weight.

At my lowest weight.

If I burn the calories without wearing the Fitbit, do they still count? While I think fitness trackers for women are incredibly helpful for weight loss and busting through a plateau, it can become an obsession.

After wearing the Body Bugg almost daily for a year, I took it off. It was difficult to part with at first, but then freeing. A fitness tracker was a necessary tool at the time, but also important for me to let go of it.

How fitness trackers for women help me today

Just recently I purchased a FitBit Surge and am excited to try a new tracking device after a number of years without one. I’ve been mentally different using one this time around. I’ve found it interesting to observe my numbers, but I haven’t been nearly as obsessive about it.

My main reason for getting the Fitbit is that since I’ve been blogging, I find I’m sitting at the computer more, and I wanted the extra motivation to get up and keep moving throughout my day. It’s a great way to remind me to get up and move regularly.

Ways to use a fitness tracker for women to break a plateau:

  • Monitor your daily steps
  • Monitor how many calories daily activities are burning
  • Monitor how well you are sleeping at night
  • Set goals for different days to push yourself for more activity – especially if you check our tips for if you don’t like exercise
Sara and Mike date

How I look today…I weight a little more than at my lowest weight, but it’s realistic to maintain.

If you’ve never used a fitness tracker for women, I highly recommend trying one. It’s a fantastic tool to provide feedback.

Then you can use that feedback to create positive changes in your life. This is an excellent way to get past a plateau and truly see just how active you are every day.

Do you use a Fitbit or other fitness tracker? Which one and how has it helped you? Share in the comments below.

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