My main motivation to stay active: My Fitbit Charge HR


Let’s start at the beginning. I’ve always been the kind of person that gets super excited about new things, but after doing them for a while I get sick of them. Especially in sports. Every since I started my ‘healthy’ journey, I’ve been having ups and downs. Last year when I was training for my first half marathon, I really got into running, but after the race I took a break. I was planning on taking a break for 2 weeks, but 2 weeks turned into 2 months and before I knew it, the fit body I worked so hard for turned back into the body I had before I started running.

In June last year I got a Fitbit Zip and I fell in love the moment I got it. I’ve always liked technology and keeping lists and stats of what I do, so thanks to this little device that you just put in your pocket and the (free) Fitbit app I could keep track of my activity. 


Then 2 of my friends got a Fitbit Flex and that’s when things really started changing for me. If you have friends who have a Fitbit you can do weekly challenges with them. You basically always set a goal for yourself, which for me is 15.000 steps a day. When you’re doing challenges however and your friends who have goals of 12.000 steps a day start beating you on a weekly basis, you get motivated to walk that extra mile. Right now we’ve come to a point where my friends and I sometimes do over 100.000 steps a week, not only because we are competitive but also because we can see and feel the results.

I used to always complain about taking the bus to college because I always had to wait at least 25 minutes for my second bus to come. Now I embrace it and just walk the last 2 miles home, which gives me a couple of thousand steps more every day. These steps help me get to first place in our weekly challenges, which is amazing. Also, sometimes, when I’ve had an off day and didn’t do too much walking with the kids, I’ll only have 10.000 steps by the end of the day. Without the Fitbit I wouldn’t have done anything about that. Now I’m determined to get 5.000 more steps in to reach my goal and go for a 5K, which for me is running to the beach and back.


For my birthday I bought myself a black Fitbit Charge HR. I found that it was time to upgrade after having the Zip for many months. The Charge HR is amazing. Not only does it look like a modern watch. It also shows you your heart rate (which I find important since I workout a lot!), sleep patterns, caller ID, the distance walked, the amount of stairs you used and more. I’m in love!

If you’re looking to lose weight, get more active or just have fun, get yourself a Fitbit and add me as a friend! I’ll be happy to compete with you and motivate you to become a healthier version of yourself!

The Charge HR is 150$ and the Charge is 130$ (the only difference is that it doesn’t show your heart rate). the Flex I was talking about is pretty basic. What I don’t like about it is that you can’t read on the watch how many steps you’ve taken already. To get this information you have to pull up the app. What I do love about the Flex is that Fitbit partnered up with Tory Burch and they found a way to make the Fitbit look like an amazing bracelet. For the girly girls among you who like to look chic while working on your body, you should definitely get this one. The Fitbit Zip I started with is only 48$ (on Amazon).

Also, for the people who use the MyFitnessPal app, the Fitbit syncs with it which makes keeping track of everything you eat and do so much easier too!

Another thing that I find really positive with the Fitbit is that the company who makes them has amazing customer service. Whenever you have a problem they reply to your email within a couple of business days and if something’s wrong with your product, they replace it with no further questions asked.

Please let me know if you have any more questions about the Fitbit. I’d be happy to help you out!


This post is in no way sponsored by Fitbit. I just love everything about this product and thought everyone should know about it!

8 thoughts on “My main motivation to stay active: My Fitbit Charge HR

  1. atkokosplace says:

    This sounds great. I’ve been wondering if I should get one. I have a heart rate monitor but having to strap it around my chest daily at times is cumbersome. And just for the record, it matters not to me if you are paid. A great product is a great product. Anyone judging your validity in saying your opinion based on being compensated need to check themselves. In my opinion you should get paid. Because of you Fitbit will make a sale! Here’s to your continued success in great health! Koko 🙂

    • juliecrombe says:

      Thank you for your sweet comment, Koko! You should definitely get one. I love the HR function and love that you don’t have to strap anything around your chest (it’s a pain!). I think the Surge is too expensive (but that’s my opinion), but the Charge is worth its money. I bet lots of people would get fitter using a Fitbit for 3 months than paying for a gym membership for that amount of time!

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