Tuesday, February 28, 2017

7 Reasons I'm Charged About Buying and Using My New Fitbit® 'Charge 2' in Mexico

I Lost My Fitbit 'One' While Living in Mexico!

Fitbit® 'Charge 2' Heart Rate and Fitness Wristband

My 4-Year-Old Fitbit 'One' was Battered & Dusty, But Still Worked!

     Losing an item like my Fitbit® 'One' while living in Mexico can be a very upsetting experience. Some may smirk at this remark, especially if they live in a country where they can simply log in to Amazon and order anything they need, finding it delivered to their doorstep in two days. But, replacing my Fitbit was not going to be that easy while living in Mexico. I had to find a way to purchase a new one! I rely on by Fitbit to get me moving in the morning and keep me moving until, hopefully, I reach my 10,000 steps for the day. After retirement, with no job to get me going, it has become important to have another motivator that keeps me from becoming too sedentary.
In 2016 My Weekly Stat Reports Kept Me Motivated

     My Fitbit ‘One’ has been my motivator for over four years and I depend on it! It motivates me to teach my Zumba class with energy and enthusiasm, dancing and exercising the best I can for a 60-year-old woman, and then announces to me after class that I have reached at least 5500 steps, giving me a great sense of accomplishment. It encourages me to go for a walk on the beach with Bella and my husband, Jon, stretching our walk from the south end to the north end of the Sayulita Beach if we feel up to it, giving us at least 4000 steps. When we walk to town for dinner, cruise around the plaza in downtown Sayulita to see what festivities are going on, and then stroll back home, my Fitbit gives me a figurative pat on the back for a healthy, active day by reporting that I exceeded 10,000 step for the day. 
    Recently, the well-used clasp on my Fitbit ‘One’ gave out and I had to begin wearing it in my pocket or tied tightly to my shoelaces. One morning, as I prepared to teach Zumba class, I couldn’t find it! I searched every pair of jeans, my Zumba bag, my nightstand, the recharging plug on my desk… it had disappeared. What was I going to do? I had to teach Zumba without a Fitbit, and it was very disappointing to be without feedback about how energetic I had been during class.
No Feedback from a Fitbit During Zumba was Disappointing

     I needed a new motivator. So I started to research how I could purchase a Fitbit while living in Mexico. I became excited with what I found out. Here are 7 Reasons I am Charged About Buying my New Fitbit ‘Charge 2’ in Mexico:

     1. I am charged to find that Fitbit has a newer version of their wristband device called 'Charge 2' and it not only tracks steps and miles walked, as well as flights of stairs climbed, it also tracks heart rate continuously. The heart rate monitor is what sold me on buying a “Charge 2”. I especially like seeing what my maximum pulse is when I have been working out aerobically for an hour, how long I am in “Fat Burn” mode as my pulse slows, and how long it takes for my heart rate to return to normal. When I am sitting at my desk writing, it gives me my current heart rate and my Resting Heart Rate.
'Charge 2' Bands Can be Changed to Black,Teal & More


     2. I am charged that I could buy a Fitbit 'Charge 2' while living in Mexico! I discovered from the www.Fitbit.com website that I could order a Fitbit from Best Buy Mexico and have it delivered to the nearest FedEx office. I got on http://www.bestbuy.com.mx/ , found that they offered the “Charge 2” in my size and the color I wanted, purple! It was even on sale for $162.72 U.S. (3299 pesos) and that included shipping! I input my order information, selected the FedEx office in Puerto Vallarta closest to the RV park where we would be staying the next week and paid for it through PayPal. The Best Buy website informed me that my item would be delivered in 5 to 7 business days. I printed my receipt and held my breath that it would really arrive as promised.
Best Buy Mexico's Website Challenged my Spanish Reading Ability

     3. My Fitbit 'Charge 2' was delivered to the FedEx office that I selected and arrived on time as promised! I was so charged when I showed my Best Buy receipt to the FedEx office worker and she immediately found my package. Ordering from Best Buy in Mexico does work! (No, Best Buy didn’t pay me to say that, and neither did Fitbit®). I am excited, and very thankful, that we now have purchasing options and delivery methods in Mexico that work, such as Amazon.mx, Best Buy, Costco.com, Home Depot with their own delivery drivers, and others!
Wearing my 'Charge 2' All Day Motivates Me to Control My Weight

     4. I am charged that I have lost four stubborn pounds since I started using my “Charge 2” and it will help me with my goal of losing two more pounds. Teaching Zumba certainly helps with my weight control, but my Fitbit 'Charge 2' is a great motivator to burn those calories! It shows me how many calories I’ve burned during the day and gives me a weekly report, helping me gauge what kinds of foods and how much I can eat. If I’ve burned enough calories for the day, Jon and I go out for pizza or share a dessert after dinner. Little rewards are motivators, too!

The Fitbit App Dashboard Tracks Daily Results


     5. I am charged about the many features that my new Fitbit “Charge 2” has, even more than I realized when I bought it. It will motivate me in more ways than my Fitbit “One” did! Throughout the day I receive readings on these activities:
Continuous Active Minutes

BPM (Heart Rate) While Active and Resting

Buzzes Me to Achieve 250 steps Each Hour

     6. I am charged that I can put my ‘Charge 2’ in bicycling mode when I hop on my bike to ride into town. It also tracks other exercise modes such as weight lifting, running, bicycling, treadmill, workout, elliptical, and an interval timer. I now get “credit” for burning calories in more ways than just the number of steps I take in a day.
Fitbit App Provides Graphs to Compare Steps Taken Each Day of the Week

     7. I am so charged that one day this week I found my old Fitbit “One” in a pocket of a pair of my jeans (I guess I hadn’t looked in all of my pants pockets). Now Jon is using it and we can compare our activity for the day, challenging each other. He is motivated throughout the day by the readout on the Fitbit “One” he carries in his pocket.
With my Fitbit 'Charge 2' I'll know Why I Feel Tired After Zumba!

     When my 'Charge 2' vibrates on my wrist to report that I only have “62 steps to go” to reach my 250 steps for that hour, I can remind Jon it is time to put down the Western novel he’s engrossed in and take a little walk. Or we each do a chore: take the trash out, play with Bella, take down the Christmas lights, wash the dishes, prune some garden plants—they all count toward reaching our hourly steps goal. I add an hour of aerobic exercise such as practicing a few Zumba songs in preparation for teaching class the next day, and then walk to town for lunch or shopping. By day’s end, I’ve reached my 10,000 steps goal and I feel like I’ve accomplished something beneficial for my body and mind. My weekly Fitbit Report confirms my accomplishments and further motivates me to stay active during the following week.
     To read about our other adventures in early retirement and moving to Mexico, I encourage you take a look at my eBook, "RETIREMENT BEFORE THE AGE OF 59: Healthy Living in Mexico #2" on Amazon by clicking this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCMWMJL
The eBook 'RETIREMENT BEFORE THE AGE OF 59'

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