Getting Fit with fitbook

fitbookGoals rock. Whether it’s running a marathon or simply aiming to work out three times a week for 30 minutes, it helps to have a plan, a destination and a reward for reaching it (hellooo massage). And no matter how good of S.M.A.R.T. goals you set, it helps to have a buddy and a tracking device in place to keep you guided, focused and on track. And that’s where today’s review comes in…

Sure, a book isn’t technically a friend and you can’t really call it up to go see a chick flick, but after using the fitbook for a few weeks, it felt like it was my gal pal. And a very fit one at that. I “talked” to it daily, entering in my activity and foods that I ate. Each week and month we set goals together, and even picked out rewards! I confided in her about how I was feeling, and even shared my own successes and little fun phrases that I found inspiring. Small enough to fit inside my purse, I took her with me everywhere (cue My Buddy and Me music). And, together, we got me running 3 miles again and dropping the five pounds that being sad and injured left me with.

All craziness aside though, this little tool—when you really do use it daily—is awesome. Each book gives you a full 12-week planning system to develop larger, three-month goals and then smaller, weekly goals to get there. You can record your workouts, your weight and your food intake, and it even comes with a cute little pen that matches. I’m such a sucker for stationary and other cute office supplies.

They say that what gets measured is what matters, and this little fitbook helps you focus on what really does matter—your health and happiness! —Jenn

Want to try the fitbook yourself? Leave a comment below, and we’ll pick two random U.S. readers to win a fit friend, too! Winners will be chosen next week and emailed directly, so check those in-boxes!



Comments

  1. Deanna Yen says

    The Fitbook looks like a great way to keep track of my meals and fitness. I’ve been looking at all of the fitness logs available and this seems to fit the bill. I’d love to try it!

  2. Deborah says

    I would so like to have one of those. I think it would help my workouts sooooo much! Thanks!

  3. Stephanie says

    The fitbook sounds like a GREAT idea. Logging everything is so key because otherwise how do you really know what’s going on? And to have something that keeps all that information in one place is nice for…anal retentive sorts like me.

  4. Robin says

    Cool book! I need to start writing things down. I log my workouts on the President’s Challenge website, but could definitely stand to start keeping myself accountable on food! And I’m a newbie to goal setting, working on running a 5K, so that’d be awesome, too!

  5. Mandy says

    What a handy looking notebook. I have been looking for something, and well this just seems to be the icing on the cake

  6. Michele says

    I would love this book! I’m a triathlete and its hard to balance training for all 3 sports. This book looks like it would help me plan my swims, bikes, runs and of course keep my weight in check!

  7. Candice says

    Great review! I have been contemplating getting one as I typically use a journal for my weight tracking, food and workouts. I feel I could use one that would keep me better organized.

  8. Julie says

    I was looking into those yesterday. It would fit great into my new lifestyle that is now filled with healthy food choices

  9. says

    I am a true believer of being accountable to a journal for tracking fitness goals. It has helped me to lose 48 lbs. so far and have a few more to go. Health and fitness is an ongoing lifestyle change so the fitbook would be a great convenient tool to stay organized and accountable.

  10. Leslie Barton says

    Oooo, I would love to have one of those. I’m especially interested in how it helps me to make goals and stick to them.

  11. Aly says

    The Fitbook sounds like a great tool for staying on track. Logging workouts and food on websites has been great for me, but it would be nice to have something that I could carry around and flip through when I need a little inspiration!

  12. Amanda D says

    This seems like the perfect thing to help get the ball rolling for my weight loss journey! I could toss it in my bag, take it everywhere, and truly be able to hold myself accountable for my own successes.:)

  13. Stephanie says

    This is WAY cuter than just a pad and pencil and would really get me pumped about working out!

  14. KimmiKay says

    I finished my last journal like this so a new one would be perfect now. I just started Crossfit and need to get my nutrition right too. Great post.

  15. Molly Hardin says

    This HAS to be fate! I have been researching the fitbook all weekend, wondering whether I should buy it sight-unseen or not. (I am one of those touchy-feeley people who likes to hold my journals and such before I purchase) But it just seems so amazing. Being a graphic designer, the aesthetic of the book is crucial for me as well, and this one seems to really deliver on all counts. Oh, I hope I win!!!

  16. Kim Smith says

    This looks great!! It would be really helpful to me to keep track of everything that i’m doing and more importantly STAY MOTIVATED. that’s my biggest problem!

  17. Kelly Forrest says

    I would love to have one of these! It would really help me keep track of my eating habits and excersing habits so I can see that all my hard work is paying off.

  18. stephanie says

    I have heard great things about this ! Would love to try it as a part of my half marathon training!

  19. says

    after falling off the fit wagon several times this summer and being diagnosed hypo thyroid, i really need to get back on it….this would help a great deal instead of writing meals on a scrap paper and loosing it

  20. Kari Ritter says

    I am wanting to figure out the task of setting goals! I always tend to make too general ones. This would be an awesome help in getting back on track. I lost 30 lbs in 9 months doing kettlebells, watching what I ate and now I’ve hit a wall! I need help getting through that wall!

  21. jessica says

    i would soooo LOVE that little book!!! i have tried a million times to start a journal, but with just ordinary lined paper, which always ends up in my daughters hands with pretty drawings on it. this mommy needs one of her very own!!!

  22. says

    I think recording goals and activities is really important but it seems like using paper is somewhat limiting. I saw on their site that the book keeps track of food groups which is awesome – people forget the importance of variety. But it doesnt help you track micronutrients which is also important. Seems like it might be best for people starting out on a fitness plan. The cuteness factor helps too :)

  23. shelly lowery says

    This looks fabulous! I just bought a lil fat notebook to carry in my purse for this purpose, but the blank pages are no help. My entries end up looking like a jumbled mess that is indecipherable. Thank you for sharing this with us and for the opportunity to win one! Have a happy, healthy day!!!

  24. Mayumi says

    I would love to try one of these! It looks like a great book to keep track of diet & fitness.

  25. Julie B says

    I would LOVE to try a fit book. I have yet to find the best way to track for me and have tried a variety of online tools. I think it’s time I get back into good ole’ handwriting!

  26. Michelle Wagner says

    I am 9 weeks into my first Fitbook and LOVE it! It is such a wonderful tool! Would love it if I one another one! Great motivation to keep on going!

  27. Rachelle Staten says

    I have been working out to lose the baby weight I STILL have (she’s 6!) LOL! and so I can get healthy so I don’t have my family health problems. I could REALLY use a book I can take out with me and on trips to help track what I do!

  28. Jenn C says

    What a great idea! I’ll need something like this post-partum. I’ll need something to keep me focused and motivated when I’m lacking sleep and sanity post-baby :)

  29. says

    Omigosh! I would love to try the fitbook! I just got myself a little Mead planner to track everything, but this would be so much better.

  30. Sonyabegonia says

    I kinda like the idea of looking back at the 12 weeks afterwards. I bet it would help. If the 12 weeks went like clockwork, one could look back and marvel at that. If there were a few (or a few too many) flubs, it might help the next 12 weeks. I like it.

    Reminds me of when I used to keep a diary when I was younger. It really offered perspective, especially during rough times (or what a young girl THOUGHT were rough times).

  31. Liza says

    I am doing Weight Watchers so I write down my food and count the points but I think this Fitbook can help me kick it up a bit and help me with the fitness part. Got to admit I am not a huge fan of exercise but sounds like Fitbook can help me with motivation to exercise. Thanks for the review.

  32. Juanitta G. says

    Love, love, love this little book! I have issues with high cholesterol amongst other health concerns, so being held accountable is just what I need! Keeping track of goals (both short and long), workouts, food, and feelings will help me with my re-found love for working out! Computer programs are great, but fitbook is so much handier. Would love to give one of these a shot at becoming my new workout buddy!

  33. Lea says

    Looks like a great journal. I almost bought one last year when I saw them in SELF but haven’t yet.

  34. Mary Beth Lewis says

    Something like this would help me jump back on the wagon. I forget to go online and record my food. This is the perfect solution

  35. Katrina says

    I’ve been dreaming about one of these since I first saw the ads. Then it was recommended in a magazine I was reading. I’d LOVE to have one and it would be so useful!

  36. Brenda Wooten says

    I would love to win one…journaling is key in weight loss success. I know I always do much better when I track things. Thanks!

  37. Beth says

    What a great idea to track things when not near a computer…surely would get me off the work computer!! I need one of these…

  38. Ida says

    This just looks marvelous. I’m older and I’m not so hip on where to start, but this looks like a very informative guide.

  39. Jane says

    I gave this book to a friend of mine for moral support and she’s doing great! So that makes me a little jealous and want one of my own… It’s such a positive book :D

  40. Tere says

    I also am a sucker for anything stationary or office supply-like. Writing your goals down and having a plan really does work. I am training for a bike race and writing my goals and keeping up w/ progress actually has me AHEAD on my training.

  41. Jenny says

    I love the idea that your tracking exercise and not just food, it seems like a lot better way to get motivated! I’m excited to get one!

  42. Ericka H. says

    I love that it is small enough to fit in your purse. I know that I need to start keeping a book like this. Hopefully it will get me motivated to keep working out and watch what I eat.

  43. Michelle Gloudemans says

    Love the Fitbook too! I was introduced to Fitbook by Shay’s Posting. We’ve gone out several times. We’re together all the time. I just can’t get enough of my Fitbook. Fitbook brings out the best in me. I’ve lost 10 pounds over these last 9 weeks together. It will be a long term relationship I can just tell. :-)

  44. Alexis says

    I’m all about technology…however there is something gratifying about writing things down! I’ll never give up my post-it notes or good ol’ fashioned thank you notes. So, fitbook looks like something I would use.

  45. Felicia says

    I would love to win this and get to try it out. It sounds like something that would be a great motivator.

  46. Allison says

    I’d love to try this out. Having a little book to carry around to record all through the day. I try to do the online recording, but sometimes online isn’t convenient. This is a great solution for those without the smart phone. I like the idea of small goals.

  47. Lori says

    I would love to win this. I have tried tracking workouts and meals online, but I get sidetracked and forget. It would be great to have something with me that I can use to track my progress.

  48. Julie says

    What a great idea! Cute and compact. I’m just getting into different activities like Bikram and some boot-camp type classes, and starting to journal and log foods. This sounds like it w/b a great addition to the new regimen!

  49. Ome says

    I was thinking of buying a cute small notebook to start write down my food and exercise, when I ran across this. I really want one of these little journals! I think it will help me break my 2 month long plateau.

  50. KNB says

    I need a fitbook because my blank notebook as food diary just isn’t cutting it. I need something more comprehensive!

  51. Emma says

    The fitbook sounds and looks really cool. Seems like I would be more likely to wake up and go for my morning run if I wrote it in a planner rather than thinking about it before going to bed the night before.

  52. Melissa says

    My gf and I just started a convo this morning talking about making actual goals–better than just “I want to lose 20 pounds” but more like “I’d like to run a mini marathon by next year.” lol….these are great books…I’m going to order one for her as well!!!!!

  53. Erica says

    I ran my first half marathon this year and didn’t keep track of my mileage. Now that I’m running more, I’d love a log like this to use!

  54. Leanna says

    Awsome! I checked out their website and even if I don’t win one I am going to get it. What a great tool, I think I’ll get one for my son too he should start learning to keep track of fitness!
    Thanks!!!

  55. Nancy says

    This would be great for me as I forget to enter my meals and exercise into the computer frequently. Having this to carry with me, would make it much easier to record everything.

  56. Lisa Faris says

    This sounds perfect. I have been searching for a small notebook for just such a job. The fact that it is small and I can carry it with me… wow.

  57. says

    I would love to have this! I finally joined a gym and started working with a trainer yesterday (go me!) and this would be immensely helpful! Good luck to everyone!

  58. Francene says

    This looks really good. I’m always looking for an easy way to record my workouts and could use help with setting goals. Looks useful.

  59. Ani says

    I would love to have a fit buddy!
    Right now I just use a blank journal to write down my workouts but it would be nice to have goals.

  60. Debbie says

    Always wanted one of these. I use a too-small notebook that I can never find! Thanks for featuring this.

  61. amanda says

    i would to have this to get to to my goal weight by my 21st birthdy on january 5, 2011 please

  62. Ashley says

    I want it! I’m into my second year of trying to get fit. I’m down 45 pounds and would love to lose 15 more and I think journaling would really help, especially if it was from the FBG.

  63. Ariel says

    it would be perfect to track so you know to change you weights each month like jackie warner said… need one

  64. Angela says

    Looks like a great workout journal. I can’t find the one’s I’ve been using & need to find a new one. Maybe this could be it!

  65. Molly says

    Oh ooh!! This sounds like just what I need to maintain my weightloss and prep for my first running event!! Woo hoo!!

  66. Debbie Ramirez says

    This would be great!! I think this will help motivate me and keep me organized at the same time! Would love to have one. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  67. Hollie says

    I am so glad you did a review on this. I see this every month in my Oxygen Magazine and have wondered what it is like. Sounds great! I would love to have one:)

  68. crystal rich says

    I would love to have this. It looks like a great journal, at least better than my excel sheet.

  69. Bernadine Taylor says

    This is an awesome tool. I would LOVE to have this for myself and my daughter. We have recently given up sodas and started working out. This would be an awesome addition to what we are already doing.

  70. Samantha says

    I love it! I’m always looking for ways to build on my running and keep track of my progress, something I can throw in my purse would leave me with no excuses!

  71. rebecca says

    i would love this just signed up for LA Fitness and i need something like this to write down workouts and get more healthy

  72. says

    I’ve heard really good things about these books. I’ve been wanting to try it, plus I need a huge kick in my motivation pants to get me back on track!

  73. Ivori says

    Hey Fit Girls ♥
    I would love to win the Fit Book because my buddy is a blue 35 cent note book that I buy at Wal-Mart :(

  74. roluet says

    This looks interesting. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. I would love to have some help with documenting the journey! Even if I don’t win it, I might invest in it to stay organized and motvated. I have 6 months to go before I step on the beach in Jamaica, for a friend’s vow renewal, and I am determined to epitomize how Stella got her goove back! Holla at’cha girl! :)

  75. Erin says

    Looks looks awesome! I’d love to win it and my technology loving husband would even approve! :)

  76. Sarah says

    Hello,

    I’d love to get fit with this fitbook. HOpefully it’ll keep me organized and motivated.

    Sarah

  77. Lisa says

    This would really help me stay on track and be true to myself. It’s about being accountable for eating clean and exercising. Writing it down and taking a hard look at what I’m doing may show me why I don’t see the changes I’m looking for.

  78. Diane Stokes says

    Awesome! I currently use a plain journal to track my fitness activities. fitbook sounds really interesting and useful!

  79. Carrie Sazama says

    Great tip – unfortunately sad and injured has left me with more than 5 pounds that need to go away. Maybe a new fitbook would help!

  80. Amber says

    Very interesting concept. I can see how keeping a fitness journal could help in the recovery process.

  81. Wendy Riggs says

    Workout journals and food diary’s are such an amazing tool! Knowing exactly what you put into your body and how much you’re burning is vital in the weight loss journey! Also, I heard it’s super helpful to write down how you are feeling next to the food too, so you can look back and see what feelings and emotions elicit you to eat certain foods! The fitbook looks amazing!

  82. Elizabeth says

    I’d love one! I use a cheapie notebook that keeps getting snagged and used for other purposes :(

  83. Anecia says

    I have been looking for a practical, functional workout log all year. This seems really cool!

  84. Kerry Monaghan says

    I definately want this, I’m doing so many workouts I need to keep my schedule organized and on track.

  85. korrie says

    this would be great to get me back on track!! I gained about 8lbs back after almost a 80lb loss!!

  86. says

    Goals work! Just figured that out recently and it feels great :D

    Mantra Before: “just get as skinny as I can. Being thin is the best and only reward.”

    Mantra today: “If I can get through this 30 day Green Smoothie Challenge, I’ll get new running shoes.”

    So much healthier! It’s like I get a lot more rewards this way: I get to say “I did that,” I feel better physically, AND I get new shoes to KEEP ME GOING!

  87. Chrissy says

    This is really cute! I track and set goals online but sometimes the act of actually writing with a pen is so much more meaningful. I’d love to try it out!

  88. Elizabeth G says

    I think this is an awesome idea and I know it would help. I am below pre pregnancy weight and now want to lose 50 more to be at healthy weight.

  89. rhonda says

    really need to get one of these. I need something to put my thoughts into. A divorce, 4 children, and trying to restart my life has put 10 pounds of emotional eating weight on me. :( I have stopped leaning on food for support, most of the time, but need to get a swift kick in the pants to get the extra pounds off.

  90. Mila says

    Oh i’d love to get the fitbook. That would be such an aid for me in the beginning of my weightloss and fitness. I know myself and if i don’t plan everything 1 week ahead – i’ll fail.

  91. Amy says

    I would love to have this! I have been writing down my goals in a notebook daily and would love to have something more organized. I know from experience writing down things and really holds you accountable. The fitbook looks amazing!

  92. Ronalee Duncan says

    I have been falling behind on my workouts and on my household chores. At the moment I seem to have too many things saved on the computer and it has caused me to be less organized than I normally am.
    It would be great to have this book to write in and visually see my goals at the flip of my fingers. I love to write and I know that a book like this would help me. I have tried regular notebooks, but they end up in a pile with magazines. something different like this would surely draw my attention and scream to be opened. What a great idea. Tonight I am writing a goal on my hand that says “GET TO IT”. Tomorrow morning when I see that hand I will have no choice but to get something started. My hands aren’t that big, so I certainly can’t do that for everything, but I am confident that it will get me started. Tomorrow is the day !!
    Thank you for the kick in the butt that you didn’t even know you gave.

    Ronalee

  93. Lynn says

    Starting a new training program next week with a great group of women. This book would be an awesome tool to help keep me on track.

  94. says

    This is exactly what I need! I have started a new, healthy, get back in the swing of things plan now that the kids are back in school. I track everything I do, but not all in the same place. Sometimes online…sometimes on a napkin in the car or in some random notebook. Sometimes it gets stored in my brain for a late entry into something, but it never makes it way. Hmmm…it’s 10pm and I have only eaten 700 calories — I guess I can indulge a bit! :)

    Sure, I could use and carry any old notebook, but that is not my style. (you should see the “audition process” for my yearly planner). I am a paper and pen girl when it comes to this stuff and this book is the one for me!

  95. shaina says

    I’ve been using a notebook for years to track my calorie intake and exercise. I have a ratty stack of them up in the closet. Why I’ve kept them, I’m not sure but I would love to replace that system with a fitbook. it’s especially appealing because it’s easy to carry around everywhere eliminating excuses!

  96. Nicole says

    I’m training for a half marathon. Would love to use this for my goal setting. I’m big on lists!

  97. Katie R says

    Nice! I’d love a FitBook. I’m definitely a “list” person so I can see myself using this a lot!

  98. Kelly M says

    I want Fitbook to be my gal pal to help me stay focused and on track for this weight loss journey I am on! Sounds like a true blue girlfriend!

  99. Lysa says

    I’d love to have this great lil tool to help plot my fitness course! I’m kind of old school and still believe in the power of pen (and paper). No worries about missing an entry because of not computer access or lost data. Having a journal would be a tangible tool for tracking results!

  100. sherri says

    I had surgery two weeks ago, and i am just now able to start working out a little bit. Its frustrating, and something like this can at least help me see that even walking is something!