Review & Competition: Fitbug Orb & Kiqplan

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I have been trying out the Fitbug Orb, fitness, sleep and activity tracker for a while now along with the new Kiqplan Goodbye Baby Bump plan. This year has seen a boom in the popularity of fitness trackers, which has been great as it has also been the year that I decided it was time to beat the bulge and kick start my healthy living regime. After Elsie was born last year I steadily put more weight on until April when I decided it was time to change. I have never been a fan of exercise, not that I dislike it, I just hadn't found a way that suited me and I could fit around looking after the kids. I have found a love of running and go off out whenever I get a chance. I have also grown to love at home exercises and I might sound crazy but I find the aching muscles afterwards so satisfying now!


I love the Fitbug Orb, I like to be able to track my steps each day on the app to see how much walking I actually do on the average day as well as exercise days. I now try to ensure I hit 10k steps every day to keep me active, any more than that is always a win. It can be worn on your wrist, clipped on your belt or even hidden clipped to your underwear out of sight. To be honest I bought myself a Fitbit a few months ago and out of the two I always go for the Fitbug Orb. You don't have to watch the battery life everyday like most trackers which charge with USB's as this one takes a small battery which is included (I actually haven't had to change the battery at all yet!).

The Fitbug app actually syncs with My Fitness Pal so you can log your daily food/water intake on just one of the apps and they update each other as well as with your steps, distance and calories burnt. It also has a sleep tracker although I didn't find the sleep tracker very accurate. 

The Kiqplan Goodbye Baby Bump app is a digital training coach designed to help you achieve your weight, fitness and healthy living goals within a 12 week period. It contains workouts and weekly recipes to help encourage you. I hate to admit it but I haven't got on very well with the app myself. I hate wearing my glasses when working out at home but can't see the small phone screen without them to watch the workout. So I tended to do the rest but use dvds on my television for my workouts making the app a bit worthless for me. Hopefully it will be of more use to others as it is a great app and one thing I really did like is that as well as logging your weight, you can also log all your measurements which are so important to me. Sometimes when my weight isn't dropping it feels so disheartening so taking measurements and regular update pictures really shows me how much my body is changing.

Now for one lucky reader, I have an exciting competition to win a Fitbug Orb along with a Kiqplan Goodbye Baby Bump 12 week plan. To enter all you need to do is follow the instructions on the rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Open to UK only. The competition will end 25/11/2015 at 12am. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry on the rafflecopter form. Those who don't will have all entries removed. The blog owner will choose the winner through the rafflecopter form (which uses random.org) The winner will be notified by email and displayed on the widget. One winner will receive a Fitbug Orb fitness tracker in pink and Kiqplan Goodbye Baby Bump 12 week plan app. No alternative prize will be offered. Allow up to 28 days for delivery.

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113 comments

  1. No need to join a gym - a good 30 minute walk keeps you feeling fit and healthy. We have a dog and I take her out everyday and the fresh air and exercise makes me feel good!

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  2. I dont have any tips which is why I need to win :)

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  3. My best tip is to try and work out at least twice a week and ditch the car a couple of days and walk, it really does make a difference!

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  4. If you have kids and find it hard to get out and do exercise, try using fitness dvds or free weights etc in the house

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  5. Set realistic goals that you know you will be able to stick to. You will get a sense of achievement and it will drive you on to do more.

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  6. Quit the complex carbs, step up your protein intake, step up your green veggie intake and excercise regularly x

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  7. Walk whenever possible, no salt or refined sugar, plenty of fruit and vegetables, no meat except oily fish, eat almonds and walnuts, cook with extra virgin olive oil and drink plenty of water.

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  8. Exercise with a friend as it helps you keep motivated

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  9. try and keep it fun and have friends to exercise with

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  10. Pace yourself, don't try to force yourself to do too much and start things slow, 1 workout a week and then step it up gradually!

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  11. I love to walk in the lakes on a weekend to destress

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  12. expecting Twins and I LOVE my daily walk, I cant walk that far as I have gained so much weight and im slower than a snail but I still love it x

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  13. Everything in moderation! I wouldn't be able to stick to any diet unless I could have a little treat!

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  14. Walk where ever possible leaving the car at home

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  15. make it fun & get all the family involved

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  16. walk everywhere!

    rominy colville

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  17. Using My Fitness Pal and walking everywhere within 3 miles

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  18. For me exercising first thing in the morning works a treat. Also owning a dog is a great motivation as I figure, if I need to take him out I might as well run!

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  19. Eat healthy and exercis ein the mornings to start the day

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  20. Walking, you don't have to join an expensive gym to get fit. I have lost 4 stone since January by just walking!

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  21. To move your body while on the desk!

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  22. Play your favourite tracks that motivate you to get you moving

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  23. Lots of water, lots of walking and stairs.stairs and stairs

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  24. Drink lots of water and exercise regularly

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  25. Set some time aside and don't procrastinate! Also find something you enjoy as it will be easier to stick to

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  26. Split your food intake into 80% healthy and 20% treats, you'll not feel that you're missing out on all those things you crave, but keep the treats in moderation (20%) and you will still lose weight.

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  27. Just adjust your lifestyle to get more exercise - take the stairs, walk to work, get out of the office at lunchtime etc etc.

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  28. Try to keep up with the children!

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  29. Walk everywhere locally instead of taking the car.

    @rachiegr

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  30. Sharon Hopkinson8 November 2015 at 21:37

    Make it a regular part of your day/week

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  31. the best tip i have received, and now tell others, is to drink plenty of water. it does amazing things.

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  32. Put all your fresh fruit and veg on the shelves in the fridge and use the fruit drawer for the unhealthy things - that way you see the healthy things first instead of being tempted by fattening things!

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  33. Doing it with the family as not motivated on my own. All bought bikes this yr and went out loads in the summer....best buy ever for us

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  34. Family bike rides, its enjoyable for all the family

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  35. Exercise with a friend as it distracts you and keeps you motivated to keep going. That and drink plenty of water

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  36. All housework gets done at double pace - not only does the house get clean quicker but you really feel it as as an alternative workout!

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  37. Get in a routine - do a little each day

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  38. Get into a routine - make exercise a part of your life that you stick to regularly, and it'll get much easier over time!

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  39. Don't put it off 'until Monday'. If you want to get fit the best time to start is right now, as soon as you decide to do it! I'd been overweight all my life, and in February this year I decided enough was enough! I've since lost 4 and a half stone :) and well on my way to making it 5 and a half by Christmas! Drinking only water has helped me loads as well.

    I'd love a fitbit to help me carry on my goal :) I still need to lose 3 and a half! But its definitely good progress and if I can do it, anyone can.

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  40. Don't try to change everything at once. Set small achievable goals and build on these over time.

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  41. Eat three meals a day and dont snack unless its fruit! Dont deprive yourself xx

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  42. Try and get it done first thing then you don't have time to think about it and you can enjoy the rest of your day knowing your exercise is done!

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  43. Use the stairs not the lift (the first time I did this at work it nearly killed me, but I feel much better now I can make it up the stairs without passing out!)

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  44. Find a friend to keep yu motivated - leanne w

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  45. Don't do crash diets, change your lifestyle little by little

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  46. Be realistic, don't expect to lose it all in one go

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  47. Try and incorporate it into normal activities I.E. Walk to work or the shops where poss

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  48. Never have a weigh in day on a Monday. . . . . always do it on a Friday - that way you can have a guilt free weekend and work it off through the week

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  49. Never have a weigh in day on a Monday. . . . . always do it on a Friday- that way you can have a guilt free weekend and work it off through the week

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  50. walk. everywhere. ditch the car

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  51. At least 2 litres of fluid per day and no food after 6pm. I have lost over 11 stone :)

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  52. Do if! Even if you don't feel like it! You'll feel great after a wee bit of exercise

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  53. put your music on when you are doing the housework, it makes you move twice as much

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  54. Set up a routine and stick to it eg. gym Monday, run Wednesday and swim on a Friday.

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  55. Do something every day to raise your heart beat, even if it's a walk around the block.

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  56. Drinking plenty of water and getting the right amount of sleep.

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  57. a little each day is the best way I think

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  58. fruit and veg are NOT equal. 5 portions a day should be 4 of veg and 1 of fruit

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  59. walk a lot - to work, to shop

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  60. To make sure you're drinking enough water, fill a big bottle and write on it with marker. If you write different stages of the day, like 11am or lunch time. then that's how much water you should have drank by that time.

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  61. Try to pick a keep fit hobby that you can do as a family, you are more likely to have time for it then. We have all taken up mountain biking since my son learnt to ride his bike.

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  62. Plenty of sleep, water & get-up-and-go!

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  63. Join a class. It's much more fun than working out on your own.

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  64. Don't over challenge yourself when you start out, that way lies ruin.

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  65. Drink plenty of water, walk whenever you can, take a pack up to work saves heading for a tasty treat at lunch

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  66. instead of using dinner plates, i use side plates for meals. its easier to control my portion sizes

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  67. Find an exercise that you really like, try out lots of different things then once you find something you enjoy build it into your routine. Once established exercise becomes part of your life and you miss it when you don't do it!

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  68. Walking the dog is a great way to stay healthy

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  69. Exercise when you can you don't need a set routine, go for lots of walks and keep yourself hydrated.

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  70. Drink lots of water. Also find an exercise you enjoy as you are more likely to keep doing it. I love walking so try to do it at least 30 mins a day with longer at weekends.

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  71. Plan a workout routine

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  72. Don't deprive yourself of anything - you'll just crave it more! Everything in moderation :)

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  73. Walk everywhere you can - don't be tempted to just pop to the shops in the car. If you can walk it, do! :)

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  74. Drink lots of water and try to get out for a walk every day

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  75. If you're hungry drink a glass of water and see if you're still hungry after!

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  76. Get off the bus stops before or either after forcing yourself to walk more :)

    @oneisjamie

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  77. Drink lots of water and limit sugar,

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  78. Write a shopping list and stick to it. Don't be tempted to add little treats.

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  79. Always take the stairs and walk with someone else as it makes time fly by- you can walk miles without even realising!

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  80. Buying a smaller plate helps to cut down your portion sizes :)

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  81. we walk everywhere school, shops, work if it can be done in under 45mins we walk :0)

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  82. I drink plenty of water and walk the dog 4 times a day

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  83. Always take the longer route when walking anywhere, to me it feels like free steps as I still get to the same place & usually only takes an extra couple of minutes

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  84. slow and steady wins the race!

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  85. I walk the dogs 3 times a day and lots of water.

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  86. making sure you drink lots of water, it keeps your body happy

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  87. Try and do 30 mins of exercise per day, this can be anything from a walk to a brisk run xxx
    Fantastic giveaway! I really enjoyed reading this blog :-)

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  88. My dog walking it's owner seems to work

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  89. every time you get in the car, think if you can walk it instead

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  90. A balanced diet and 2 runs a week

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  91. A balanced diet and 2 runs a week

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  92. Lots of walking! Get a dog then you have to walk all the time.

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  93. Do weights whilst watching tv & youll forget how long you've been doing them for - more gain, less boredom!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  94. even small walk but regularly can make a great difference

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  95. I've just bought a wii fit board/game and it is really helping with my fitness regime along with plenty of fruit and veg everyday x

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  96. If you feel hungry have a drink. Chances are you're thirsty. It'll stop you snacking :-)

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