Why exerspy?

When you wear something that kind of looks like an MP3 player on your arm all the time, minus the headphones, you get asked the same question a lot.

“What is that?”

And invariably when I tell people what it is – a device that monitors your calories burned, steps, physical activity and sleep efficiency for the purpose of weight control – the response is always the same:

“But you don’t need to lose weight.”

You know what I want to say?  “EXACTLY! Wearing this little thing on my arm makes me aware of how many calories I burn so I know how many calories I can eat in a day without gaining weight.”


Like most people, I have a busy life. I commute 60 miles a day for work, I have responsibilities at home, and I don’t always have time to work out, or sometimes I just don’t want to. Using the exerspy doesn’t make up for exercising, but it gives me wiggle room. It keeps me informed and helps me make smart decisions about food – something that I didn’t learn from my parents or in school. The fact of the matter is that life – and weight control – is much harder without exerspy.

Before I had access to my calorie burn data, I struggled with my weight.  When I finished grad school, I got my first job and woke up 6 months later to find my pants too tight.  The weight gain seemed sudden and inexplicable. I went to the gym 4-5 days a week and did my best to eat healthy foods.  I didn’t know what else to do so I started skipping meals, thinking it would help me lose a few pounds, but all I got was frustrated and really, really hungry.

What had changed was my life.  I no longer walked to class two or three times a day or bounced up and down the stairs of my house to do this or that while writing papers.  Instead, I was stuck at a desk for hours and hours, only burning about 1600 calories a day and getting fat.  I had no idea what was really going on, and I started feeling like a victim of my own body.

A few years later I found bodybugg, which was created by the same team that now makes the exerspy. It changed everything.

The best thing about using a device like exerspy is how empowered you feel once you understand the relationship between calories in and calories out.  You realize you have complete control. It’s right there on the screen in front of you when you upload and log what you ate for the day – you burned X calories, and you ate X calories. The difference between the two is ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW to control your weight. Before exerspy, I didn’t know the difference between those two numbers or what it meant.

With access to this kind of info about your body, metabolism is no longer a factor, nor are carbs or late night eating or genetics or any other weight myth you’ve ever heard.  Diets don’t work because they require you to make drastic changes that you can’t maintain throughout the ups and downs of life.  With exerspy and dotFIT Me, your lifestyle is your fitness plan.  You eat what you want, you move when you want, and you make adjustments.  I don’t know about you but that’s a plan I can live with.

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3 thoughts on “Why exerspy?

  1. I love the simplicity of your exerspy program. I too have tried all the diets, guessing at food portions and calorie content, as well as the amount of exercise I actually needed to lose weight. I am looking forward to receiving my exerspy and getting going on a weight loss plan that I suspect will become a way of life for those of us who not only want to lose weight, but want to keep it off!

  2. Are there plans to add a HR monitor and a stopwatch? I currently have to wear another watch that only functions as a stopwatch. It seems that these two functions would be highly beneficial to the user.

  3. Hi Ryan — Body Media has been looking at trying to incorporate a heart rate monitor and it’s actually a fairly complicated task. They are still pursuing it as far as we know. We have given them feedback from other users regarding the stop watch feature.

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