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Review: UP24 by Jawbone

Here is a brief review of a product I purchased on Memorial Day and returned today (6 days later); UP24 by Jawbone. In all fairness to the device, I did not integrate any external apps to the UP app such as MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper or IFTTT. An integration with those supporting apps may have changed my perspective.

I needed a kick in the pants. I was feeling sluggish with the start of summer and all the BBQ dinners and accompanying beer(s). I experimented with the Nike Fuelband in the early days and enjoyed the sense of accomplishment it gave, so I did my research and found FitBit and UP24 were the leading fitness bands in the consumer market.

I stopped at the local electronics store and picked up the device. $150+ was a bit steep, but hey…I needed a kick in the pants. Setting up was a real cinch and synced up via bluetooth with my iPhone app immediately. AND I WAS OFF AND STEPPING!

The first day didn’t count because I picked it up mid-day. I was really interested in the sleep monitoring. The first night I set a goal to sleep for 7.5 hours. I went to bed, set it for sleep mode and woke up 7.5 hours later. The device immediately synced up via bluetooth…quite cool. Turns out I sleep lightly 1/2 the night and soundly the other 1/2. In fact, this remained true every night for 6 nights in a row.

Alright, so my sleep pattern seemed consistent, but what about how much I moved around each day. I went to the gym 5 out of 6 days and found when doing so with light cardio I stepped about 12k per day. Only 8k on non-workout days. Okay…big deal.

Okay, okay…this is why I am returning it. I wasn’t motivated. I didn’t really eat any better. I didn’t take EXTRA walks. I still grilled out every night, walked my dog, played with my kids then relaxed for the evening. I figured if I REALLY wanted to shed the extra 5-10 pounds a silly fitness band wasn’t going to help me be consistent. I’m already (and most humans) a creature of habit.

The return process was easy and I used the money to buy a summer pool pass for the family. Now I can concentrate on memories instead of checking my iPhone app several times a day to make sure I’m taking enough steps.

Stay thirsty my friends,

Derek

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More Than the Olympics

The Olympics inspire. Every couple years athletes from around the world get their spotlight to show they are at the top of their respective sport. In the US, we see the sports that appeal to us as a nation (and of course earn the best ratings); gymnastics, basketball, swimming, volleyball and track & field. I wish we were able to witness more Olympic sport diversity, but that opinion can be detailed in a different post.

My kids, 2 & 4, have enjoyed watching segments of the Olympics this year. My wife has engaged their interest and had them use their imagination to dream what they could do one day. Most of the athletes in the games do not win, but I realize that is not what it is all about. Every athlete talks about the journey and how special it is just to be a part of the Olympics. Now I don’t expect my kids to be Olympic athletes…I just want them to dream that they can be.

Aspiration, in some cases, can be just as rewarding as Achieving.

Later,

Derek

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Golf: The Tiger Factor

Love him or hate him. He is golf. Tiger Woods was out of the golf scene for over a year. During that span, ratings were low and personally, I barely watched any tournaments. Tiger is not my favorite golfer, but something about him being in contention draws me to watch.

Two weeks ago Tiger won at Jack’s tournament in Ohio. I watched as much as I could. The US Open, Tiger shot himself out of it on Saturday, which made Sunday less interesting. To add to that, he started 4 over after the first 3 holes. Golf just got less interesting.

Granted, CBS, NBC, ESPN and the Golf Channel all try to make ‘stories’ out of the other golfers but they prove to be boring. Tiger has a certain draw and it doesn’t matter if you love him or hate him. You have to watch him. At least to say you did.

Here is a video proving why you need to watch;

Tiger chipping in at Memorial

Later,

Derek

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Game Shows and R. Dawson

Remember when were fun to watch? As a kid in the ’80s, we had morning entertainment like Card Sharks, Let’s Make a Deal, Press Your Luck, the Newlywed Game and Hollywood Squares. Some of these shows might still be on the air…but really, who cares? The ’80s were that time ‘up tightness’ when we were transitioning from a very ‘open’ interface with the audience/viewers to a more tightly run ship by the networks. There were still the occasional sexual innuendos that made our parents cringe when we asked what it meant.

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When I heard the news of Richard Dawson passing, I immediately thought about the guy that would kiss (and I mean kiss) every, relatively good-looking, woman on Family Feud. Richard Dawson was my favorite Family Feud host, but I always thinking there is something strange with his greeting. The kiss would last just a little too long and since it was Family Feud it would be in front of a husband, dad or brother. PURE ENTERTAINMENT! Richard Dawson was obviously more than a ‘hand-sy’ game show host. He was a genuine good person. Nothing displays that more than the clip here. Good message to go along with it too.

Richard Dawson Farewell

Here is a funny clip I found with Richard losing it during a show taping.

Family Feud – Funny Clip

Later,

Derek