On My Own

I am on my own for two months. Two long months.  I knew it was coming. Amanda, my trainer, didn’t just get pregnant yesterday, so I knew it was coming,  however I didn’t prepare myself.  I am on my own.

Our last session was Friday, and she made sure that she had an Endurance workout, a Strength workout and an Stability workout ready for me. I have them and can rotate weekly or every other week. Provided I get myself to the gym.

See.. that’s the problem.

I have been, for want of a better cliche, “off the reservation” for about 3 weeks.  Once it hit me that I wouldn’t have a trainer for 2 months, I seemed to put myself on a training and dieting vacation.  Even before I had my final session with her! Certainly it didn’t help that I took a mini-vacation during that time, and while I didn’t go anywhere, a friend came to town, and for some reason in my head, that is like a light going off saying “EAT EAT!”  And boy did I.

My monthly weigh-in for August was on the 6th. I have since gained 5 lbs.

See that’s a vacation!

June 2009 is what I use as my starting point with Amanda as that is when I got serious and went from once a month to twice a month sessions. Since then, weighing in every month, I have never once had a gain.  There have been times when there was barely any movement, but at least it would go down a little. I have never had a gain.  So I am a week away from what would have been my September weigh in and I am up. Up. Up. Up.

I am pretty angry at myself as well as those pizzas and donuts I have eaten, but I really only have me to blame. They were all innocent, really.

So what do I do? What are my alternatives? Amanda had offered to hook me up with another trainer, but I decided to apply the saved training money and pay off a little debt. I spent the September training money without a thought of that debt. Oh well.

I have talked to one of the women who Amanda trains and we talked about checking in with each other on Tuesday nights since we both tend to workout at the same time. Okay, that’s nice. That will get me there on Tuesday. What about the other days of the week?

I am thinking about making a purchase (I guess with October’s training money??).

The SportBrain

Quite a few years ago.. maybe about 2000 or 2001, I bought something called a Sportbrain. In fact I looked it up on line and was intrigued to see they are still around.  Or back in business, more like.  Here is the link:


Their site doesn’t seem to be very informative and just glancing at it quickly I am not sure I wouldn’t even know what it is, if I hadn’t had one 10 yrs ago.  It was like a pedometer that you wear on your waist band. At the end of  the day you set it on abase with a phone line and it dialed in your information and loaded it on a website. It gave you graphs on your step count, how many steps and what time of day you were most active, etc.  I liked it and found myself doing anything to increase my step count. I would get off of work at 11pm and come home and walk until about midnight and then put the brain on the station and wait for my numbers.  I liked it and it got me moving.

So looking at their site now, for $99 you get the Sportbrain.

The SportBrain monitors: Steps (whether you’re walking or running) Distance, Calories, Speed, Pace, Heart rate (when used in conjunction with a compatible Heart Rate Strap) .

The strap is 29.95 and to use their website (which from what I can tell is the only way to read the data is 14.95 a month.  When I had mine 10 yrs ago, they didn’t charge for their web access and I think they lost a lot of money and basically had to close down. My sportbrain was usable for about 3 months I think.

My past experience with the Sportbrain makes me wary to go that route again. It also makes me question what to do.




The Fitbit looks like a clip and you can put it on your waistband, in your pants pocket or in your shirt pocket.  It comes with a wristband to wear when you are sleeping. It monitors steps taken, miles, calories consumed, calories burned. It also will monitor your sleep – how long did you sleep, how long did it take you to sleep, how many times you woke up and for how long. That information really intrigues me.

Like the Sportbrain, your Fitbit Data is downloaded, more or less, and you access a website to get the the read out.  Then general information is free to access but they do offer a premium membership which seems to give you a personal training session (over the phone one assumes) and more indepth information. That premium membership is 49.99.

The Body Bugg

Price seems to vary but about 199.00

When I mentioned the Fitbit to Amanda, she had never heard of it, but told me that she is trained in The Body Bugg and I know I have seen signs for it at the gym.



This one has an arm band so you wear it around your upper arm. All day long.  Apparently they came out with a second smaller version because people were finding it too big and bulky under blouses, etc.  It seems to so all the things that the Fitbit does. You get 6 months web support (with 3 options to renew (9.99 for month to month, 49.99 for 6 months or 79.99 for 12 months). You also get one personal phone training session. Oh and your online information is accessible by iPhone, iTouch or Android.

Also when I was googling Body Bugg I came upon one called GoWearfit which, investigating further, turns out to be the Body Bugg (same company) just a different name. Not sure why.

Oh and this site tells a little review of the BodyBugg:


So those seem to be my choices.  I tend to be leaning towards the Fitbit due to the lower purchasing price.  However free web access worries me that they will crash and burn like the Sportbrain originally did.  My trainer is a fan of the BodyBugg but do I really want to fork out $200 on this? The $99 is much easier to swallow.

I have tried to find Fitbit reviews on line and haven’t found any. I did go to their twitter page and saw that they were responding to people who were having problems, and they were offering to replace their devices.  So does that mean that it is a small company that really cares about their customers, or a small company that might be giving away their product and putting themselves out of business.

It’s a quandary and I wish I knew what to do. By the time I make a decision, little Charlie will be born and his mom will be back to work cracking her whip at me to get on that Bosu.

What to do… what to do…


4 responses to “On My Own

  1. You’re doing an admirable job!

    Those doo-ma-hickey’s sound pretty awesome. I wonder if any of the services are also available in Canada. Let us know which one you decide to get (or if you decide to do it the old fashioned way with a pedometer and an excel sheet. I may be able to help set up an excel sheet – LOL).

    • Thanks Fordy. I am not sure a excel file will provide me with all the information I want… such as hourly numbers, etc. unless I stopped and looked at my pedometer each hour. That would be a bummer. If I ever find out more about these Doo ma hickey’s (is that Canadian?) then I will let you know…

  2. I’m still following along on your journey. I know I would be so tempted to slack off if I didn’t have a trainer or device helping me out all the time. I’m going to check out these training aids. I think I have heard of the Body Bugg. If you do come across any more info on that FitBit, please let me know. I think that one would be easier to wear all day.

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