new toy! the JawboneUP

When I decided that I was going to get serious about my health, I decided to finally make an investment in something to promote awareness. Because, really, that's my problem. It isn't lack of motivation or stick-to-it-iveness, it is not being mindful. I have a hard time sometimes remembering my plan. And there's nothing like a band on my arm (which is sometimes cumbersome and gets stuck on my coat sleeve) to remind me.

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I looked at all of the various tracking devices, but this one sold me because the app is beautiful, it syncs through bluetooth, and Best Buy had it in stock.

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I love the initial display when opening the app (iOS only). It show me everything I want to know: sleep, movement, food, and drink.

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The first thing that I changed right away was my sleeping habits. I really REALLY want to see 100% in the sleep column because, really, that's something that I get to do passively. It takes some focus to make sure that I have the time to get the required sleep in, but once I'm asleep, I'm not doing anything! I did change it from 8 hours to 7.5 hours after a few days of initial frustration. Even when I gave myself over 8 hours in bed, I was waking up naturally between 7hrs35min and 7hrs45min each morning. I just couldn't get that 8hours. And it really irritated me. So I changed it to 7hrs30min and I feel much better.

I love the nightly sleep graph. (this was a weekend night.)

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The front screen works kinda like facebook or twitter. You scroll through to see your activity. I have the ability to "friend" people and create a team, but I'm really liking that my front screen is just me. And I'm afraid my feed would look different, and I don't want that.

I think the food tracking is pretty good. I am still getting used to how it is organized (that means I have NO IDEA), so I use the barcode scanner most of the time. My favorite part, though, is that I can insert a picture of my food and see it in my feed. And once I put it in, it is saved under my foods so I don't have to figure it out again. (Whoa, it got dark while I was taking these.)

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There are lots of fun things you can add. The Idle Alert is pretty neat. You can set it to vibrate at certain intervals to remind yourself to get up. I set it at 30 minutes on days that I am at the office. I also really like the Power Nap. It reads my sleep cycle and wakes me up when I'll feel most rested. I keep intending to use the Smart Sleep Alarm but I haven't yet. It works like the Power Nap alert but wakes you up in the morning at the best time within a window that you set. But, honestly? If I have my alarm set for 6 and it wakes me up at 5:50, I'm not going to be happy. Even if it is the "best" time for me to wake up.

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Other things I like: It syncs with MyFitnessPal. Well, I did like it while I was doing it. But I'm trying to focus less on calorie counting right now, so I'm off MPF. Yes, I count my calories here, but it doesn't show me net calories and I don't have a calorie goal. And that makes all the difference. I have a range in my head for rest days and a range for sweat days, but if I'm over? No sweat.

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What I wish: I really wish it would sync with PACT other than counting steps. Meeting 10,000 steps a day will count toward a GymPact, but no other synched activity links over. And, with all of the snow, this has become very annoying. I haven't been running outside, so I'm not getting gym check-ins that way. And my "gym" is part of my neighborhood, so it doesn't count as a gym. My yoga class is at a brewery and  my pilates class is at a running store. So I'm stuck using the Motion Tracker which SUCKS and only gives me credit for cardio, basically. I'm lifting weights 3 times a week and don't get any credit for it. On my UP tracker, movement is noticed and tracked, so I wish that would sync as well. That is more of a "Krissie didn't pay attention before she signed up for PACT" complaint, but oh well. I'm racking up $2 a week with these pacts, so I'll find a way to make it work. And the snow will be gone eventually, right? RIGHT?

I'll keep y'all updated on other cool things or bummers that I find with this gadget, but so far, I think I love her!


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