I’ve shied away from the fitness tracker trend because I always thought they felt a little Big Brother-ish.  But over time, I got really, really curious about the hype.  So a few heavy-handed hints to the Husband later, I received a Misfit Shine for Valentine’s Day.  I decided to go with the Shine after hearing great things about it from the ladies in the Get Fit Blog Friends Facebook group.


One thing that really drew me to the Shine was its appearance.  It’s really pretty -  like a little jewel (it comes in a bunch of fun colors).  Some other trackers look more utilitarian, so the Shine’s, well, shiny look and pretty white lights was appealing.


I also thought it was neat that you can wear it multiple ways.  It comes with a watch band and a clip for your pants, but you can also buy this totally cute stainless steel necklace!  I want.

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As you can see in the stock photo above, there are little lights around the Misfit.  The Misfit translates your daily activity into a points system, and as you approach your goal, more and more lights light up.


I really wanted a tracker because I thought that it would entice me to be more active in my daily life.  I thought if there was one more light left on the circle, I’d be more willing to get off the couch and go for a walk to make my goal.  Did it work out like that?  Well, yes and no.  It doesn’t necessarily get me off the couch at the end of the day if my goal isn’t complete, but it does make me run a little further on the treadmill at the gym or spin for a few extra minutes at the end of class – I like to see the lights fill up! 


One big thing that the Shine has taught me is that I am wayyyy more sedentary than I think I am.  WAY MORE.  I think a lot of stay-at-home moms believe that we’re constantly running around and doing physical stuff with our kids, and maybe that’s true when you don’t have a small baby in the winter… But right now, man – I sit on my ass a LOT.  The tracker does not lie!  This has been rather eye-opening for me, actually.  The tracker app presents your data as a line graph, and it is always startling for me to see that my day is often flat line-flat line-flat line-HUGE spike associated with gym time-more flat lines. 


Below was one of my better, more generally active, days (I swam 1500 yards and ran 1.5 miles, then we had an active afternoon).

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The Misfit tracks everything active as a run (unless you change the default activity in the back end), but then you can go into the app later and adjust the activity to something else, like swimming, soccer, yoga, dance, and more.  Also, the Misfit is waterproof, so you can swim with it on, and if you want to use it to track a bike ride or something else where your hands are stationary (like the stairmaster), you can just attach it to your shoe.


I don’t count calories, but it is also pretty illuminating to realize how many calories I’m actually burning on a day I workout – it’s generally not as much as I would’ve thought, even though I intellectually know this stuff (I wish Misfit had a “breastfeeding options” to add in those calories, but I just mentally tack them on).  


I also like how the tracker app combines all the data into weekly views so you can see trends on a larger scale.  It’s been interesting to me to see that, even on the days I work out, I don’t necessarily reach my movement goal (you set your movement goal to be whatever you want).  For example, last week, I worked out five days but only hit my goal on three, which were the days that I really went balls to the wall with workouts.

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And last, but not least, the Misfit has a sleep tracker.  Here’s a night where Claire only had one wakeup, God bless her.

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Based on everything I’ve read online, the data associated with these sleep trackers is kind of wishy-washy.  The Misfit tells me my “restful sleep” hours, which I think is REM sleep + Stage 3 deep sleep (it’s not really clearly stated anywhere that I could find.  Basically – when you don’t move around a lot).  The sleep tracker strikes me as “cool to know, but now what do I do with this data?”  Knowing your total hours is great, because it can motivate you to get to bed earlier, but I don’t know what you’re supposed to do with your restful sleep data. 


Oh, my number one complaint about the Misfit is that I have a ton of difficulty syncing it with my phone. It often takes several attempts to sync, which is frustrating.  However, I dropped my phone a few months ago and damaged it, so I’m not sure if it’s my phone or the device.


All in all, I really like my Misfit.  I’ve never tried another fitness tracker so I have little to compare it to.  The biggest selling point for me is the appearance of the Misfit.  The app is pretty good but has some limitations that I wish they would sort out.   I’ll keep wearing it, though, because it sure is a fun way to track my progress, and it also encourages me to be a little more health-conscious when I can.


Do you have a fitness tracker? Which one? What do you like or dislike?



  • Natalie @ The Ravenous Mommy March 3, 2015, 7:47 am

    I have an Up24 and I love and hate it. The sleep thing has definitely been off… one night I remember being up for a while in the middle of the night and it didn’t show up. Plus, just the other day I went on a 4 mile walk pushing the stroller, and maybe because my hands weren’t moving much, it only caluculated 800 steps the whole walk! grrr. But other times it seems great. I found that keeping it in my pocket when I go on stroller walks is more accurate.

  • Victoria March 3, 2015, 8:32 am

    I also have a shine, and like it in general.

    If I ate even half the calories it said I burned, I’d weigh 200 lbs in a month. It tells me I burn like 4000+/day and I can’t eat more than 1400 or so without putting on weight.

  • Elizabeth March 3, 2015, 8:44 am

    I have a Fitbit One; I like most of its features, especially the display you can scroll through to see number of steps for the day, flights of stairs climbed, etc. It also syncs really easily with the Fitbit website and phone app. I have noticed that the calories burned on it seem really low–on a really active day (when I took over 20,000 steps, including running 8 miles), it gave a calorie burn of less than 2100, which seemed really low. Overall, though, I like it a lot.

  • Rebecca @ Bring Back Delicious March 3, 2015, 8:54 am

    i was an early adopter of the BodyMedia FIT armband fitness tracker a few years back. I used to spread it for a few months then I’d get bored of it. I wasn’t crazy of the armband style even though it meant it was able to track things like calories burned more accurately through galvanic skin response. It was a bit unsightly and my work shirts never really concealed it. It did make me more conscientious of my activity though.

    Recently I went to go look at a new BodyMedia FIT but apparently they were bought out by FitBit so their technology will be available in their high end line eventually. I ended up getting a FItBit bracelet discounted down to $30!through a Walk 10k a Day program at work. I’m looking forward to it!

    One thing I realized though is that I’ll never wear a fitness tracker for more than a couple months. After the data craze is over, I get bored of it. If it’s worked into a smart watch, maybe I’d consider it..

  • Jenny March 3, 2015, 8:54 am

    I got the Shine last year to replace a FitBit and I love it. I have small wrists and it looks normal on them – not big and bulky. The ap is a little glitchy but they do a good job of updating it and making improvements. I wish the battery life was a little longer though.

    I haven’t actually been wearing it lately but your post has inspired me to put it back on and track things again now that training season is ramping up!

  • Grace March 3, 2015, 8:59 am

    I have an old school (four year old, I think?) Fitbit Zip and I like it. It’s really helpful since I have a desk job. Wearing it at first was really eye-opening; on the days where I didn’t work out, I would only walk 5-6K steps! Soon after I got my Fitbit, I started biking to work daily (instead of just on the “nice days”), got a standing desk, and I’ve added some small 10 minutes “power walks” to my day as well as my normal lunch-time workout, and with those changes I’ll now get at least 10K steps a day during the week. So in that regard it was really helpful!

    And don’t worry about your low step count, I remember when my daughter was a newborn I was stuck on the couch nursing for, like, 7 hours a day! I think I binge-watched a million shows on Netflix that winter. Now that my daughter’s a preschooler, on the days I’m home with her I can hit 13-15K steps easily just chasing after her and doing all the normal house chores. And when I’m in triathlon training, I get up to 20-25K steps, so you’ll be up there in no time, once Claire spaces out her feedings and you start training. 🙂

  • Joanna March 3, 2015, 9:14 am

    I recently upgraded the SW on my phone and now it tracks my steps and so I try to have it in my pocket all day to see how much i walk and I notice I do not do as much walking as i thought. There is always that huge spike when i run or exercise then its flat line!! Ugg hard to be always on the move even with kids!

  • Nicole N. March 3, 2015, 9:15 am

    I have a fitbit one and I like that I can clip it to my bra for a discreet way of wearing it, it syncs so easily to my phone that I just check my steps on that if I am in a place where it’s inappropriate to look down my shirt.

    I find its really good at getting me out the door for a walk early in the day, and when the weather is nice it pushes my husband and I to extend our evening walks (or even take them in the first place!) I do wish it were waterproof because I hate that swimming doesn’t count!

    Fitbit works with gympact so if that still appeals to you maybe check and see if the misfit does.

  • Nikki March 3, 2015, 9:42 am

    Ooohhh that necklace is adorable!

    I have a FitBit Flex and I wear it everyday. When I first got it, the most frustrating thing was when I was triathlon training and as much as 2/3 of my training didn’t really count as “steps”, so my friends kept beating me in steps for the day when I was really killing it in the pool and on the bike. But, I learned to let that go and use the FitBit really as a reminder to be more active during the workday and even on rest days. To that end, it’s been super helpful! I rarely track my sleep because, like you said, what do you really do with that information?

  • Angie March 3, 2015, 10:33 am

    I have a garmin vivofit. I like it because it synchs to the Garmin Connect website where I have my workout data from my 910XT. So everything is in one place. It has some nice features like a red line to show me that I have been sedentary for too long. I really like wearing an activity tracker because it has made me more aware of my general activity level exclusive of workouts. When it wasn’t very cold and icy, I was walking my 3 year old to nursery school (1 mile each way) every day he went.

    What I don’t like about it is that it is ugly and I end up double-tracking when I wear it and my 910XT while working out. I was going to get a withings activite because I think they are really cute, but I just learned of the Garmin Fenix 3, which has the multisport features of the 910 XT, the activity and sleep tracking of the vivofit (but better because it automatically puts you to sleep and wakes you up) and looks pretty good. It is very $$$, so I am waiting until I can see one in person and try it on before I commit. I really need something that I feel comfortable wearing in business situations when I’m wearing short sleeves, and the garmin vivofit is not that thing 🙂

  • Nicole March 3, 2015, 10:39 am

    I have a Fitbit and I definitely had an eye-opening experience with it too. I knew I had “lazy days” on the weekend but didn’t realize just HOW lazy, lol. I love it though, all in all. I reviewed it on my blog recently and went more into detail but like I said, seeing the cold hard truth in numbers is motivation for me to move more!

  • abby March 3, 2015, 10:51 am

    I have a fitbit flex. It really does help to motivate me more! I have had it since September and I just started tracking/logging my food this week. I need to do a better job eating healthier. I find myself walking our dog at 10:00 at night just to meet my goal (when it’s not 20 below!)

  • Stephanie @ Sparkles and Sweat March 3, 2015, 10:52 am

    I’ve never heard of the shine! I really like the look of it.

    I have an up24 and it’s just okay. I wear it everyday but I don’t really pay much attention to it – I mainly use it for the silent alarm function.

  • Paj March 3, 2015, 11:14 am

    I’ve had a Fitbit flex for about a year and a half and absolutely love it!

    On a related note, I’ve set up my Fitbit to automatically sync to several incentive programs like Pact, AchieveMint, Walgreens Balance Rewards, Higi and Everymove (not sure if the Shine can do that also?). Anyway, I was wondering if you know of any other sites or apps that have similar rewards or incentives? I love the motivation of my Fitbit and earning through programs like that is the icing on the cake especially since there is nothing to do once you make the initial connection between devices!

  • emma @ be mom strong March 3, 2015, 11:16 am

    I’ve been debating whether to get one or not. I like the idea for reminders to be more active but I’m afraid I will get addicted and be the crazy lady walking circles to get the right amount of steps in!

  • Kristal March 3, 2015, 11:20 am

    I just got the fitbit zip a month ago and I love it so far! It helps remind me that all the little walks I do in a day, really add up.

  • Karen B. March 3, 2015, 11:21 am

    I have had a fitbit that clips on clothing and now I have an UP wristband. The fitbit was too easy to send into the washing machine and that’s what happened to it. A lot of people said that they got theirs replaced free but they wouldn’t replace mine or give any discount for another one. To replace the fitbit after a couple of years of not using anything, I got an UP band, not the 24, the old one. It’s uncomfortable, ugly and too big so I don’t wear it very often. It does track sleep and steps pretty well, though, although sometimes when I wear it and walk with my granddaughter’s stroller, it doesn’t calculate as many steps as I know I’ve walked. I should put it in my pocket, like one commenter suggested.
    I’ll buy a tracker again when they can do more than track steps and light and deep sleep.

  • Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian March 3, 2015, 11:29 am

    I’ve had the shine for a few years and I love it. It’s sleek and stylish but also accurate. They’re always coming out with new updates, too, that make it more addictive!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 3, 2015, 11:37 am

    What a gorgeous tracker!

  • Sammi March 3, 2015, 11:52 am

    I love, love, love my Misfit Shine. I got it last summer and I definitely think it’s made me more accountable. I initially picked it just because it tracks swimming and because of the price point, but now that I have it, I know I picked the best one for me. You can’t trick yourself into thinking that you’ve moved more than you actually did. On days when I’m feeling lazy it doesn’t make me get up off the couch, but the rest of the time it definitely makes me think, and I’ll park at the back of the parking lot when I need to hit up a store, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. I actually have it in 2 colours (love that I can switch them out so easily!!) and I’m totally eyeballing the new Swarovski one! Unfortunately as I’m in Canada I think I’ll need to wait until it comes to a store here so I can avoid the exchange /shipping charges 🙁

  • Joanne March 3, 2015, 1:12 pm

    You know what I hate? Having my fitness tracker stop working because it needs to be charged. I didn’t think this was going to be a deal breaker, but I really hate that step. Know what I love? The Misfit Shine because of it’s battery and waterproof design which make it stand out among the rest. You put it on and go – no maintenance needed. And I’ve never had syncing problems with my android phone. I’ve tested jawbone, fitbit, garmin, and withings and hands down, Shine is the winner for me.

    • Kristy B. March 3, 2015, 2:25 pm

      The Up Move doesn’t require charging, either.

  • Kristy B. March 3, 2015, 2:17 pm

    I have the Up Move. I used to have a Fitbit and it was TERRIBLE — a total piece of crap. It broke almost immediately, they sent me another one and it broke too. The charging apparatus is so flimsy, it’s just awful.
    The Up Move is MUCH nicer because it’s a clip, not a bracelet. Like your misfit, you can pop out the tracker and put it in different holders. I wear the clip all the time except to sleep, and then I pop out the tracker and put it into a bracelet holder so I can track my sleep. Plus, it doesn’t require charging at all — it takes a watch battery that lasts for 6+ months. One thing I love about the clip is it tracks my steps even when I’m holding something — pushing a buggy or stroller will make the bracelet type trackers less accurate with counting your steps, so you may want to test out your misfit if you’re taking Claire out for a walk. I do wish the Up Move was waterproof, though — although I can add my swim workouts in, they don’t count towards my step goal.

  • Sarah March 3, 2015, 2:39 pm

    I recently got a Jawbone UP, and I’m having a similar experience. I’m a stay-at-home-mom, too, and I REALLY thought hitting 10,000 steps would be no problem. I think I’m on my feet a lot, but not actually moving…and even on days I go to the gym, I have trouble hitting my step goal! I will say that wearing a tracker leads me to be more creative with the kids. We haven’t been able to get outside a lot- it’s seems like it’s usually icy or the temperature is in the teens or both! But trying to get more activity leads me to have more “races” & other creative activity (like sword fights) with my toddler. I’d say that’s a win.

  • Brittany March 3, 2015, 4:52 pm

    I’ve had the Jawbone UP band for nearly three years now. I love it! I was tempted to try the fitbit after my last band died (and the 1 year warranty had expired) but I like that I can go back and see ALL my data since i started using UP. Plus you can attach different apps into working with the UP band app that I really like. I hadn’t heard of the shine before so thanks for the review!

  • Jen March 3, 2015, 7:32 pm

    I don’t have a fitness tracker, but I did recently download a free app for my iphone that tracks my steps (and you can enter other data into it about workouts and sleep and stuff). I agree, knowing I was tracking my steps made me much more likely to get up and walk around the coffee table while I had the TV on or to dance around with my daughter instead of sitting on the floor playing with her. I took the tracker off my phone because constantly making sure my phone was on my person was a PITA, but it has definitely made me aware that if I don’t get up and move, often, I’m not getting enough steps.

  • Katie March 4, 2015, 8:54 am

    I have the FitBit One and I really like it. The version I have allows me to clip it to my clothes instead of having it on my wrist because I don’t really like things on my wrists.

    I do wish it was waterproof though! I’d love to be able to take it swimming and have it track my progress!

  • Katie March 4, 2015, 10:44 am

    My boyfriend and I just recently tried the diy mirror frame and it looks awesome! Totally brings the room together!


  • Grace March 4, 2015, 3:34 pm

    I’ve had a Misfit Flash for a couple months now. Overall, I think it’s a great tracker. As far as I know it’s the same as the Shine, just not as pretty. The alarm that’s built into the sleep tracker is wonderful. It allows you set an alarm as a 30 minute range that will wake you up within your range when it detects increased movement. It’s great for avoiding that moment when your alarm going off while you’re in a deep sleep and scares the lights out of you. The activity tracker has been great for motivating me to work out on my days off. My only complaint is that the wristbands keep breaking, I think I’m on #3 in two months.

  • Kathy March 6, 2015, 12:02 am

    Great review! I have the Fitbit Charge and I really like it but I too take the info with a bit of a grain of salt and more on a pic picture scale. I too sort of wondered with the sleep tracking “what do i do with this info” but the quality of sleep (or lack of) has made me think more about sleep hygiene (room temp, electronics before bed, alcohol etc) than I might have otherwise so that’s a good thing. I did try to add in a Tabata workout the other day and it was only going to give me 125 calories burned!? Umm no Fitbit, it was at least 10 smajillion!!

  • Sara March 6, 2015, 2:35 pm

    I have a FitBit Flex and I love everything about it, except that its battery has to be charged so often!! I work a desk job and it really forces me to get up and move more! I walk SO SO SO few steps if I don’t! And it makes me want to exercise more to get in my steps!

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