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Singapore!

Today we’re off to Singapore for New Year’s Eve!

We will be visiting the fabulous Traci, who was Karl’s classmate during his          A-100 training at the State Department.  It’s our first time in Singapore, and that will mark the 6th new country/territory we visited this year!  Including the United States, we will complete 2011 having been to 8 (!!!) countries/territories this year!  (US, Brazil, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore!)

My “Where I’ve Been” page has definitely been busy with updates! 

And to add to the excitement, a new box arrived through our DPO yesterday, carrying my Fitbit!  It’s teeny tiny! 

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I don’t know why every time I post a picture of my hands they look like man hands?  I don’t have tiny hands, but they’re not manly either!  (They just look like old lady’s hands, but that’s ok.)  My ring finger is 5.5 size, and the ring is loose since I got gigantic knuckles, see, not man hands! 

Anyways…  I’m excited to see how much we actually walk on vacation.  We usually walk everywhere because we find that’s the best way to explore a new city, so hopefully the Fitbit agrees!  (Of course, we counteract all that walking by eating, since that’s part of exploring a new country as well…) 

I already took the elevator down to the 6th floor of our building – basically the first residential/non-garage floor – and took the stairs up!  I about died on my way up to the 19th floor, but yay, it recorded my ascent!  Sounds totally dumb, but I can see myself doing this everyday, since now it “counts” (I know, I know, it always counts, but still…)

Since I won’t be posting again until 2012 (ready with Singapore pictures!), have a very happy new year, everyone!

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Fitbit

Have you guys heard of the Fitbit or used it?  In an attempt to be more accountable and get myself out of this stupid rut, I decided to use the Christmas money I got from my parents and spend it on a Fitbit…

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What is a Fitbit?  Well, this is what the company says:  “The Fitbit Ultra monitors your all-day activity to provide you with real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed to encourage you to walk more and be more active. It wirelessly uploads your data to Fitbit.com so you can gain deeper insight into your daily or monthly fitness and sleep levels with free online graphs and charts.”

So yeah, it’s like a pedometer, but with more features (it even counts steps!).  I don’t know anyone who has used it yet, but the Amazon reviews were pretty encouraging.  I had a friend that used the BodyBugg and swore by it, but the thought of using something around my arm all day (when I mostly wear dresses, where the band will definitely be visible), and having to pay monthly to use a website otherwise the device is useless, was not exciting (plus, it costs about $60 more than the Fitbit).

I actually almost bought one a couple of years ago, when there was a month-long waiting list that turned out to be almost a year-long.  I gave my credit card info and waited.  And waited.  And waited.  So when I finally got the email that mine was ready to be shipped I just had to confirm I still wanted it, I was broke, and therefore no longer interested.  Funnily enough, now I’m back and buying it!  (Yay for no longer being broke?)

The Fitbit is not some miracle device, but from reading the reviews people say it’s the motivation they needed, since they feel like every little thing counts so it makes them do more.  We’ll see.  If any of you have used it (or something similar like the BodyBugg), feel free to pipe in!  I’ll definitely do a review after I’ve used it for a while!  And once I calibrate it, wearing alongside the Garmin might make my runs outdoor in Makati slightly more accurate

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