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