Fitbit Charge 1 Year On

This time last year, the hype between my work colleagues was all about how many steps they were achieving each day with their Fitbits. I had always been intrigued by activity trackers, so it wasn’t long before I had purchased my own Fitbit Charge HR. I went for the HR option because I wanted to be able to track my heart rate, but I opted against some of the more expensive models as I found them too large. The Charge HR seemed to work well for me.


My Fitbit Charge HR Journey – The Beginning

As with all new gadgets, I was always checking my Fitbit stats through the day, and striving to achieve the daily target of 10,000 steps. I started training for the Moon Walk in January as well so it was a good motivator to see how far I was walking. I remember I would walk down random streets on the way home just to get a few extra steps in back in the beginning.

My Fitbit Charge HR Journey – A Few Months In

After a few months, our Fitbit household had increased as Hubby also ended up with the Charge HR. This was a great motivator as we were competing against each other. He was winning on the days I was at work and we would almost be arguing over who would take Lola for a walk.

I noticed after a few months, I stopped joining in on the challenges if I knew the people in the challenge group were going to beat me. I will admit to finding this a little de motivating. When we were in Disney World in the Spring however, both Hubby and myself were really intrigued to see just how many steps we would walk whilst at Disney World. It was an interesting couple of weeks.

I also completed the Moon Walk in late Spring last year, and the Fitbit was great for seeing just how many steps you will walk whilst walking 26.2 miles. My sleep tracker for that week was interesting as well.

fitbit steps

My Fitbit Charge HR Journey – A Year Later

Through the last twelve months, the Fitbit has only left my wrist for a few days when it was playing up. A software upgrade sorted this, but I was really impressed with Fitbit’s customer service during this time. For my needs the Charge HR is perfect as the unit isn’t too big, it acts as my watch as well as tracking my sleep, steps and heart rate.

I mainly forget I am wearing it now, and my main flaw is perhaps remembering to sync it to my app. I rarely join in challenges anymore, but that wasn’t the reason I bought it. I know as the year progresses and I begin my walking training for this years’ trek I will be completing then I will be syncing and tracking my stats a lot more.

The Fitbit Charge HR purchase for me was a great one, a decision that I don’t regret for a second.

fitbit charge journey



  1. January 19, 2017 / 8:29 am

    Great to see how you’re getting on! I had a lot of problems with my Charge because it kept falling apart, so eventually FitBit changed me over to an Alta and I like that much better. It really is a good motivator – I did at least 12K steps a day every day last year.

    • spicers1976
      January 19, 2017 / 10:03 am

      wow 12k steps every day, that’s great. I need to up my steps game. My Fitbit has been amazing but Hubby has had to have his replaced.

  2. January 21, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Great journey…my problem is keep forgetting to war mine! I need to get into the habit as I definitely noticed it would force me to walk those extra steps and I have not been very active at all lately.

  3. January 29, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    There are some seriously impressive steps Angela as you were preparing for your moon walk. I have a fitbit that clips onto your waistband, but I have got out of the habit of wearing it. I really must dust it off and actually start wearing it, as I can imagine my daily steps are shockingly low x

    • spicers1976
      January 30, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      I’ll be racking up the steps again no doubt in preparation for my hike this year.

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