"The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give." ~Howard Cosell

gamify weight lossYou might have heard about how much I'm in love with my FitBit, but until a couple days ago, I didn't realize there was a built-in function that is basically the thing that has been missing from my life for...well, ever. 

I'm pretty sure my Facebook friends are tired of hearing about how much I love it, but its really that amazing, this feature. 

See, I recently discovered FitBit challenges, which are built in to the FitBit app. The challenges allow me to connect and compete with other FitBit users in various kinds of step-goal competitions. 

For example, I'm currently involved in a Work Week Hustle challenge (coming in at second place last I checked, but I've been back and forth between second and fourth since I joined a little late). This one has to do with meeting a weekly goals. I'm also competing in a Daily Showdown challenge (which, at the time of writing, I'm winning by a nose!), which is to compete for who can get the most steps in a day.

Yesterday I was in a Daily Goal challenge, which was just to see who could meet their goal for the day. I thought I'd won (we all met the goal, but some took more steps than others post-goal) but when I woke up, I discovered one of my worthy opponents had surpassed me. I was totally happy for him, of course, and on a completely unrelated note, I am even more inspired to beat him, uh, I mean...compete harder today. 

So I guess what I am saying is that this whole FitBit challenges thing is definitely something I'd try if I were a person who was habitually kind of unmotivated about exercise, and/or a person who just needed a little motivation to step it up a bit. 

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The challenges are simple and super fun, and they don't require anything except your body, the ability to walk, and of course the FitBit. There are also plenty of compatible (and otherwise) apps out there with similar concepts involved - the idea of gamifying fitness and weight loss is here, people. Take advantage of it. 

For the record, although I would be totally open to working with the FitBit people on some kind of awesome sponsored challenge deal, this post is completely unsolicited and I paid for my FitBit out of my own pocket about six months ago. I am just a user who has fallen madly, madly in love with this thing. (And yes, if for any reason I'm not wearing it, I feel as though my steps are for naught. No joke!)

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So lemme hear it! Are you gamifying weight loss and or fitness? If so, how are you doing it? If not, would you consider it? Let's discuss it.

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