It’s Time to Eat Smart Again — and use a Smart Scale (The Aria by FitBit)

Review of the Fitbit Aria Scale

I’ve quit eating properly again — it seems the busier I get, the harder it is to eat the right foods, and the easier it is to just “grab” something and keep working. It didn’t help that over Christmas I went off my nearly year-long health kick to eat some Christmas cookies and candies that I made with the Moms and my daughter.

Not Even a Taste

I’ve decided that, as a former smoker, I can never take that first little puff from a cigarette, or I’m right back smoking again. Likewise, I think that the first taste of refined sugar and I’m right back to the cravings and the eating-all-the-wrong-things foolishness.

All the weight I lost over the previous 9 months came sloshing back on my hips in the four months I quit being a healthier eater. Well, all but about 8 pounds — and I’m sure that will find it’s way back to me too, if I don’t do something to stop it.

Enter the Aria Smart Scale by FitBit

Verizon sent me (as if they could READ MY MIND — or my BODY!), an Aria Smart Scale to review. Although, as a general rule, I despise scales of all types — for obvious reasons — I have to say I like this one. I expected a “wi-fi connected” scale to be just too dang complex for the simple task of getting my daily, morning dose of depression.

Frankly, I managed to pack on all these pounds because my old digital scale had a dead battery and THAT was a good enough reason not to step on it daily — and I was OBVIOUSLY too busy to take the 10 minutes required to go buy the batteries it requires and actually install it. So the poundage creep started.

First Impressions

I hated the Aria at first. Even before I did the setup to get it to connect to wifi and to link to my Fitbit account. I hated it because, DANG it was brutally honest from the first time I stepped on it. BRUTAL, I tell you!

But we quickly developed a “frienemy” relationship. I liked that it kept me honest, even though I hated what it had to say. I have a best friend like that too. She’s always supportive, but BRUTALLY honest. The best people in life — and the best scales in life — serve that same function, methinks.

Set-up and Use

The Aria is a breeze to set up, you go here to download a little program, you install the batteries and follow the steps on the program and it’s done. It took me about 3 minutes from start to finish. I’ve had the Aria for several weeks and I’ve not had any connectivity issues at all. I grit my teeth, step up on the scale, it tells me *politely* to step off, and then analyses my body (GAWD!) and BMI and shows me my weight. ( I call this the triple threat. )

Please Note: It does this though Bioelectrical impediance analysis — so should NOT be used by anyone with a pacemaker.

The fitbit account offers badges and milestones as “encouraging” bells and whistles, but I find those less than appealing — probably because I’ve never managed to do anything during my test phase to get the account all excited. I’ve not lost enough weight or done anything else that makes it happy.

Software Compatibility

Then it uploads it seamlessly to my Fitbit account. It is also compatible with other fitness programs including by syncing. Check out a full listing here.

I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to test this product, but it’s time to send it back now. So, instead of replacing the batteries in my current ho-hum digital scale, I’m seriously considering ordering my own Aria. It may depress me at the moment — but I think that if I continue to use an Aria every day… that might change.