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        A couple years ago I was fatter so <a href="http://archives.jackbaty.com/2011/12/ben-brooks-on-the-fitbit/">I bought a Fitbit</a>  to help track my activity. I hoped it would trick me into being more active. It did, and as part of a diet-and-exercise plan I lost some weight and was certainly healthier. The novelty wore off eventually. I disliked having it in my pocket all the time, so I stopped using it.
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Then I gained nearly 10 pounds. 

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        Yesterday I went and bought a new <a href="http://www.fitbit.com/flex">Fitbit Flex</a>  as a way to (again) trigger an awareness of my activity levels. It's small, light, and thin enough on my wrist that it doesn't bother me as I type. It is comfortable enough to wear to bed, so this time I'll actually track my sleep, too.
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        I also started tracking food intake at <a href="http://loseit.com">loseit.com</a> . I hate keeping track of what I eat, but doing so really helps prevent me from overeating as much as I like to. After 24 hours I've learned that I spend most of my time sitting on my ass eating crappy food. Awareness is the first step to recovery, right?
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