Fitbit floors “climbed” figured out

I woke Monday morning to ice-covered cars.

So I spent thirty minutes (probably more) doing laps around my vehicles scraping what felt like an inch of ice off the windows.

Notice when all my steps were…

Fitbit steps taken statistic chart

All of my “active minutes” were also recorded in the morning, except a few from a grocery shopping trip in the afternoon.

According to Fitbit, I passed 10,000 steps on Monday. (Yay, me! I got a badge!)

Fitbit badges 10,000 steps

Most of those occurred while I was scraping the windows, but quite a few were taken after 6 p.m., when I met with a few friends for a toasty beverage. During those 30 minutes of sitting in a chair at a table and not moving anywhere, I took 20 steps.

Crazy, right?


Floors climb with Fitbit

That morning, while moving around on my flat driveway, I climbed 13 floors.


A lot more ridiculous than yesterday’s doubled floors.

I went back to Fitbit.

Your Charge detects floors using an altimeter, which is a sensor that calculates altitude based on atmospheric pressure. Though your Charge is designed to look for pressure changes based on elevation gains, pressure changes due to other causes – such as a gust of wind, a weather change or opening a door – can occasionally cause your Charge to register an extra floor or two.

Since the wind was more than gusting that morning, I guess Charge might have been confused… but by far more than a floor or two.

And I live in Kansas!

The wind gusts.

All. The. Time.

Oh well, problem solved! (Or understood, at least.)

Today, I’ve climbed the stairs three times, and Charge is on the dot. I’ve been inside all day with a headache and general malaise so I’m no where near reaching my 10,000-step goal or the gusting winter wind that might make my device think I’m working hard while I’m sitting on my rear.

I’m early to bed tonight.

Fitbit has also been detailing my terrible sleeping habits rather depressingly so I should fix that…

Getting to know my Fitbit

My husband got me a Fitbit Charge for Christmas (because he’s a good husband – I asked for it).

Moments after setting it up on Saturday, I burned hundreds of calories, taken no steps, climbed no floors and entered no exercises. I figured it was the device warming up or getting used to being used, so I set it for sleep and prepared for a new day – my first day with Fitbit.

When I woke on Sunday, Fitbit told me I got six hours and 43 minutes of sleep – of which I woke twice and was restless nine times.

That’s depressing.

I’ll work on that.

My calories burned stat was still off the charts.

I read through Fitbit’s community forums and found out it includes BMR (basal metabolic rate) – which it knew because I entered my weight, height and age when I set up the device – in its calories burned calculation.


BMR is the calculation of calories burned by existing. I didn’t think about those calories…

Using the dashboard, I set goals for weight loss and calories burned, which Fitbit decided should be 2,067 calories based on the medium level 20-pound weight loss plan I chose.

Yes, I need to lose 20 pounds.

No, you can’t tell.

Yes, I am considering fat loss not just weight loss, but, for the sake of this blog post and because I just got my Fitbit, we’ll just talk weight loss.

Fitbit Dashboard
Don’t judge me… I just started this thing.

I need a 500-calorie daily deficit, excluding my BMR, to lose one pound a week for a total of 20 pounds in five months – if Fitbit and I have done our math correctly. (I feel like it should be higher.)

I cross-checked with a few online BMR calculators to determine if Fitbit was correct – which, in hindsight, was silly because Fitbit is an online calculator.

Everything came out pretty much the same. I say we’re good to go.

Another stat is floors climbed, which was also inaccurate for me. At the end of the day, after my last climb to my upstairs bedroom, I climbed six floors.


I know I climbed that flight of stairs – and only that flight of stairs – three times on Sunday. I went to the forums, but I didn’t really find a solution. My staircase is 15 steps up. Maybe that’s two floors to Fitbit.

I’ll keep an eye on it.

Fitbit’s claim to fame is its pedometer and the reason I wanted it in the first place. It sets the goal for you at 10,000 steps. I took less than 5,000 steps on Sunday, and I have no way of really knowing if I actually took that many steps, stomped my feet funny while sitting or swayed back and forth trying to decide what to wear.

I’ll take Fitbit for its word. Steps are its job after all.

The dashboard also features an exercise and food log, and Fitbit incorporates extra exercise entered into the overall calories burned stat – no math needed. The weight tracker, however, is manual – unless you get Fitbit’s scale thing – still no math needed.

Water tracking is manual, too, and it recommends drinking 64 ounces.

Overall, I’m excited to go to spin class and Power Yoga and walk around campus with my Fitbit. I am not going to make New Year’s resolutions this year… or ever again. Instead, I have a daily goal of 10,000 steps that I will reach on busy days at work without trying or by trying and taking a walk on campus twice a day.

…when I say it like that, it sounds easy.

Here goes!

Fit Test #2 complete

I watched the sun rise this morning through the window while destroying a set of squat jacks—58 compared to 35 from my first fit test.

My second Insanity fit test went from “about the same” to “much better” than my first.

Wait, wait, wait, you say. I should have done that last week?


Well, I should have considering I finished Week #1 June 27, but I did a poor job of Week #2. I made my 5 a.m. workouts Monday and Tuesday, but I failed Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

So I redid Week #2 last week and started Week #3 this week…

It’s all very exhausting.

But I did really well!Untitled


Except for power jumps, which are the most demeaning exercise known to fitness.

Power jumps are worse than burpees.

My fit test went well, but my weight and my waist haven’t moved a pound or an inch. Bah.

I also gave up on keeping a food journal—I’m just awful at it. I don’t have time to write anything down after breakfast or lunch, both of which I have a work, and, when dinner rolls around, why should I bother?

Again, bah.


I did 21 more power knees.

Go me.

Screw you food journal.

And power jumps.

Eka Pada Koundinyanasana II

Eka Pada K… for short, and because Koundinyanasana is too hard to say.

Soon, I will have the strength and balance to do this pose without smashing my face into the ground.

Goals, people.

Week #1. Done.

Finished Insanity Week #1!

Insanity (1)

Insanity (2)

Insanity (3)

skinnyshae (60)

skinnyshae (61)


  • 5 a.m. wake-up calls are not as awful as I thought (except Tuesday).
  • I get sleepy around 4 p.m., and I am grumpy until sleeping happens again.
  • I drink less coffee.
  • I am hungry all the time.
  • I am sore everywhere all the time.
  • Eyes can sweat. Fact.
  • Eye sweat makes your glasses fall off during push-ups.
  • Second-day hair is not possible when you’re doing Insanity.
  • Cardio Power and Resistance is quite possibly the worst ever.

I gained two pounds. I hope both were muscle. Fingers crossed.

On Sunday, my rest day, I woke up feeling antsy. I didn’t know what to do with myself so I did 30 minutes of stretching and took a 20-minute walk with the husband and the dog.

Feeling less antsy, but I think waking up early every day and working out is messing with my “sleeping in” schedule.


The definition of insanity



“extreme foolishness or irrationality”

I cancelled my gym membership in May because I never went. I turned a room in my house into a a room where workouts happen. I gained weight.


I decided to change my strategy to something a little more insane.


Insanity Fit Test

I started my 60 days this morning with the Fit Test.


  • 63 switch kicks
  • 30 squat jacks
  • 65 power knees
  • 10 power jumps
  • 7 globe jumps
  • 11 suicide jumps
  • 11 push-up jacks
  • 34 oblique planks

This is the definition of insanity.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m blogging again.

Bet you can lose weight with DietBet

My motivators are not always healthy motivators.

For example, my motivator in my professional life is my want to be successful. I want success. Why is passion for my career unhealthy? Because I often let it take over other aspects of my life. “I’m working” is an often-uttered phrase even when I’m “off the clock.” I manage all things social media at work so I check Facebook and Twitter on a regular basis… when I’m not at work. It’s hard for me to detach.

My motivators to lose weight, eat right and exercise are not clear.

I want to eat right, but I also want to eat French fries.

HomefriesI want to exercise, but I don’t want to spend money on a gym membership, and I have very little desire to work out in my living room.

Index cards with workouts to take to the gym or on a run

I want to lose weight, but it was easier to buy a new pair of jeans instead of melt away the inches that prevent me from buttoning my old jeans.

My healthy motivators are not strong motivators if I can defeat them with cravings, laziness and new jeans.

But there is something that motivates me to accomplish nearly anything…

…and it’s money.

Greed shines in the heart motivated by money, but I guess I can be greedy for weight loss, and DietBet makes it possible.

DietBet is a social dieting game in which players bet they can lose a certain amount of weight within a certain time frame, and players put their money down as commitment. While the website,, claims that the game isn’t about making money, I’m only attracted to the game because of the opportunity to win big.

There must be a gambler living in my heart.

When I stumbled across DietBet in December by way of a Women’s Health Magazine article: Get Paid to Lose Weight, I immediately wanted to join the game.

Lose weight? Get paid? Um, yes.

The Transformer, the game I considered (and am stilling considering) joining, starts January 7, lasts six months and requires a $25/month bet.

DietBet screenshot

I’m not an impulsive person, which is probably why I’m not a gambler, so I went through all the fine print and made some calculations to see if it was worth the $150 investment. I calculated that the most I could win would be about $132. And that’s before the company takes its percentage. In order to “win big,” other people have to fail at losing weight.

And that made me sad in my heart.

I don’t want to bet that I can lose weight while secretly hoping other people fail so I can make money! Which might be why DietBet isn’t supposed to be about the money. It’s supposed to be about the community.

Looking at the game from the perspective of a social dieting platform, it resembles something like Weight Watchers, and it makes my heart a little less greedy and a lot less sad.

I am still considering joining The Transformer, but my thriftiness and inability to wish failure on others will likely prevail, and I’ll have to find some other motivator stronger than the pull of an unbeatable craving to lose weight.

What are your weight loss motivators? Have you ever participated in a DietBet game? What were your experiences?