Fitness Tracker Series– Contest Time!

by admin on August 14th, 2015

You have had the opportunity to hear from the Be Well team about various fitness trackers that we are all using. Hopefully you have a better feel for these three devices and know which one you would like to use! If you would like the opportunity to win a wearable device, here is your checklist:

  • Submit a 150 word or less essay telling us about how you would use a wearable device
  • Submit the essay via Facebook or comment on this blog post
  • Submit the essay by Friday, August 21st

The Be Well South Dakota team will review all essays and will award one person with a new wearable device!

Comments (17)

  • I would like a Fitbit because I am the mother of 5. My oldest is 17 and my youngest is 5 months old. With the busy lifestyle of a mother, my candle burns at both ends running to football games, basketball tournaments, Golf, cross country, school events, and so on. In addition, i have a full time job as a hIighschool teacher. After the new baby, my fitness level and sleep quality is at an all time low! Im a role model not only for my own kids, but also my “other” kids in our classroom. I need to get back on track. I know the fitbit won’t give me more time in the day, but what i hope it does is raised my motivation and shifts my focus to my wellness goals. My kids deserve a healthier mother. I lost my father to a sudden heart attack last September…I don’t want to leave a void in my children’s lives like the emptiness left by the passing of my father. Thanks for considering me.

    posted by Jessica Sazue on 08.14.15

  • I’ve lost 60 pounds in the last year and a half. I’m anxious to keep losing weight because I want to be the best version of myself possible. I want to be a wonderful role model for my three daughters. If I won a Fitbit, it would help me stay accountable by setting and reaching goals that I can set myself.

    posted by Lacey Currington on 08.14.15

  • The Fitness tracker is a great tool, especially for those who don’t have a personal trainer or strong support system. I struggle with PCOS, insulin resistance as well as hypothyroidism. With the complication of each of these comes bouts of depression. I am an active single mother of 3 who volunteers as a leader for 4H, Shooting Sports, Girl Scouts as well as other activities they are involved in. I struggle with creating a consistent system to get healthier. If I were to win a Fitness tracker, I would be able to track sleep, steps, food intake and the feedback would raise my self-esteem. With a way to actually track my progress I could alter my daily routine. Right now each day is random and without direction or support. I am 42 now and at a crucial stage of change.

    posted by Sally on 08.14.15

  • Essay….

    As a busy mom of three who also works full time as a journalist, taking time for myself is one of the last things on my list. I recently turned 40 and have been striving to make better, healthier choices for both my family and myself.
    I spend most of my days sitting behind a desk working on stories and editing and so exercise is the very least of my concerns.
    I think by having a tracker, on my wrist, it would be something that would be a constant reminder to me that I need to be stepping away from my desk, if only for a few minutes several times a day to try to get my steps in and help me reach my ultimate goal of losing weight to be a better mom, wife and woman.

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    posted by Sarah Ebeling on 08.14.15

  • I spend much of my time behind a desk or at meetings, so I really appreciate a visible and sync-able reminder of the number of steps I’ve taken, or have not, to keep myself moving. As I get older, it become harder to maintain a level of fitness, keep blood pressure and blood sugar levels down, and this type of wearable device is excellent to help in these processes. I also work in a fairly high stress occupation, and find that sleep is an illusive old friend. The ability to monitor sleep patterns and tie that to what is going on with life helps in the active desire to get the stressors under control. I would love a fitbit to help with all of this!

    posted by Deb Fredrickson on 08.14.15

  • I decided to have lap-band surgery in 2007 and I lost 80 pounds, and re-gained 90 because I had no accountability. At my heaviest I was 330 pounds. My father just had quadruple bypass surgery this week and it was a wake-up call that I need to do something about my lack of activity and obesity. I have struggled to lose 30 pounds over the last 18 months and a wearable device would help keep me accountable and keep me on track. I am a naturally competitive person and I like the online community aspect of fitness trackers. My goal is to one day run the Disney Marathon.

    posted by Heather Keenan on 08.15.15

  • I would love to use a fitness tracker in my day to day life, because it changes from season to season. I am a Mom to a 6 year old, so some days are spent playing with him and it would be great to see how much exercise we are both getting. I am a farmer/rancher, and there are days we walk miles checking fence and working cattle. I am also a Mary Kay consultant and it would be cool to see how much walking I get in just loading and unloading my bags and doing a party. The biggest reason is because with as busy as we are, I know I don’t get enough exercise in and this would help me keep on track throughout the whole year. If it had the sleep cycle mode, that would be an added bonus because I don’t sleep well and would truly love some help getting more rest.

    posted by Dawn Preszler on 08.15.15

  • I would like a Fitbit as I am a 70-year-old caregiver for my husband who has rheumatoid arthritis, heart issues, and diabetes. He been retired for 14 years and as the years have gone by, his ability to move around easily and quickly has greatly diminished. I find myself getting him things and doing things for him that he was always able to do for himself. In addition to be a caregiver, I also have a part-time 20-hour-a-week job, that requires me to be on my feet quite a lot. I am not complaining about my duties, it is what those marriage vows meant when they said “in sickness and in health”, just would be curious to know how many steps I put in during an average day. I also have some heart and circulation issues and need to walk more. It would be great to know how many steps our nearby walking path has from beginning to end – give me a goal to reach for, because I know if I don’t stay healthy, caregiving will be that much harder.

    posted by Carol J Fairbanks on 08.16.15

  • I would like it because i go on bike rides runs and work out alot . Please and also i go to the gym.

    posted by charlie moran on 08.17.15

  • I think I would really find a fitness tracker helpful. As a mom of 3 busy boys, I don’t always pay attention to me or how much exercise I’m getting or what I’m eating. It would really be beneficial to help me keep an eye on what I’m eating, how many steps I’m taking and how much sleep I’m getting.

    posted by Cassie Kasparek on 08.17.15

  • I would love one to track how many steps i get in a day as a hairstylst. It would help me loss weight by making me accountable for the extra steps I need to get in.

    posted by Dorothy Heinrich on 08.18.15

  • I have always been one of those people that struggled with 15-20 lbs of extra weight and despite friends and family telling me I looked fine, I never felt fine. Nowadays let’s face it, a lot of people judge someone based on appearance & how they present themselves, which makes sense – however, some miss the great qualities people have by not seeing past someone’s initial appearance. With the fitbit force, it would help me keep track of my progress, goals, as well as keeping me accountable. When friends of mine have noticed change in my body they always ask me how I do it, and I tell them it’s not easy.. these things take time, hard work and dedication. 🙂 Good Luck everyone!!

    posted by Sam on 08.18.15

  • I have been trying to loose weight since February, after having foot surgery, and struggling to regain my pre-surgery activity level. Some days I am only able to do the walking required for my job as a hospital cook. At the end of the day, the pain makes it easy for me to dismiss doing additional activity let alone exercise. A Fitbit might be just the motivating accountability I need to reach my goals. So far by changing my daily diet and food intake, I have lost 40 pounds. I have another 40 to go before I will no longer be considered obese. I have not been this size since junior high school. It is an amazing feeling. I sleep better than I have in years and feel great. I know that will reach my goals even if I do not win this contest. I am determined! This is not a diet but rather a permanent lifetyle change!
    Thank you for considering my entry!

    posted by MaDonna Baldwin on 08.19.15

  • I would love the chance to have a fitbit charge as I am a mom to a 2 year old little boy, a 6 year old wirehaired pointer dog, and a busy husband. I currently use my phone to track my steps and love to challenge myself to see how I can improve my health and set an example for my family too as well. I also have a tough time sleeping at night and this would give me an idea of when I have the best sleep. Thank you for the opportunity and I have loved reading the blogs of those who are trying the devices over the last month.

    posted by Heather Walth on 08.19.15

  • I have lost a total of 78 lbs over a two year span. Winning this fit bit would help me out tremendously with knowing what aspects I need to keep up during the day. It could be that extra step I am need to lose my goal weight of 90lbs. Knowing exactly how many steps I take and how many calories I am burning all while counting the calories that I take in will help me that much more. It would mean the absolute world to me to win this fit bit that as a college student I am unable to afford at this very moment. I have beaten obesity and have kept it off and continue to strive to keep my life in balance.

    posted by Brittany Lunstr on 08.19.15

  • I would love a FitBit for many reasons, but I would rather give it to my husband. We are both athletes at heart, played college sports and live an active lifestyle. Hitting the gym every night was easy without kids. Fast forward 5 years. Now managing a family, home and work leaves little time for cardio and sweat. He needs a swift kick in the butt to get him going and realize that he needs to make a serious lifestyle change. Using a fitness tracker will allow him to actually see the impacts of the daily choices he is making. I have said to him many times that I didn’t sign up to be a single parent. Both my kids and I need him in our lives. I want him by my side 30 years from now sitting in a rocking chair drinking ice tea watching our grandchildren play.

    posted by Kristi on 08.20.15

  • I would use a fitness tracker to keep myself on track as far as getting moving. I struggle with having the motivation to exercise when faced with the option of reading or watching TV instead. I want to have more energy to play with my niece and nephew and that will come from being more active in my own daily life. I also want to be a better role model to my third grade students. How can I tell them it’s important to be active if I can’t hardly breathe when I get to the top of the steps in our school or run with them at recess?
    I think having a constant reminder of these goals on my wrist will help me achieve them.

    posted by Casey Krogman on 08.21.15



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