My new Nike Fuelband

I've been working to get in to better shape for the past few months. Some of you may have noticed, but other who don't know me may not. I've been, what I like to think, is fairly successful so far. Since March 2012 (got the info from my doctor), I have lost 23 pounds. Slow and steady wins the race, so to speak. My doctor challenged me to get down to my ideal weight of 190 (for other reasons). He told me not to do really fast, but to make lifestyle and habit changes so that it wouldn't be a so called "crash" diet and not be maintainable. That's what any doctor would say of course.

So I'm going to meet that challenge. I've already made several lifestyle changes (forced or otherwise), but the one that I'm most lacking on is exercise. While I work for an awesome company, and do awesome things at the company, it is still a glorified sedentary desk job. Not a whole lot of exercise going on while I'm coding CSS and wondering why my in-line block isn't working on IE7 (hasLayout).

I've been wearing a pretty generic waist clip type of pedometer for the past several months trying see if I'm actually hitting my 10,00 steps a day, most of I don't even come close. But one of the drawbacks is that the generic pedometer is that it gouges my waist/hip area and pinches the hell out of my skin.

Enter the world of digital pedometers, calorie counters, and whiz bang devices. So I saw that my cousin had a Nike Fuelband on the other day and it looked pretty cool and unobtrusive. And I've got friends with Fitbits and other devices that do pretty much the same. I've even used one of the Nike+ devices before, just not very much.

I didn't even really look into any other things all that much, I like the way the Nike Fuelband looked and how it synced with my phone. That coupled with my propensity for buying Nike stuff was enough to sell me on it. So I ended up buying ~$150 pedometer that's got some techie bells and whistles.

I've only worn it a couple of days, but I've already grown conscious of how much of a disparity between the old generic pedometer and the Fuelband. I'm pretty sure that the old generic device was registering a lot more steps than it really should have been just by my posture I had in my chair. There's like a 3000 step difference. So it's made me really question how many steps that I'm actually getting in. I'm guessing something more in-line with the Fuelband, whose new fangled gadgetry is suppose to be a lot more accurate.

Anyway, on the gadgetry talk. One of the features that I love about the Fuelband, is that it syncs to my phone with Bluetooth. I don't have to hook up any special cable to download the data (although it comes with one if that's what you are into, I don't judge). It's much more ridged than I would have thought though. I had to switch wrists I was wearing it on because it bothered the hell out of me while using a mouse. I have much better hand posture while typing so it's now being worn on my left wrist. I hope in future versions that they make the bottom side of the decisively thinner so you can rest you wrist on something and not be acutely aware that you are wearing it. The bracelet itself is fairly snug to wear but comes with a couple of adjustment links for sizing it appropriately. The only feature that I would have liked to have seen on it would have been a heart rate monitor. Because it fits snugly, I think it would have been fairly easy to pull off.

But the one key thing the Fuelband is doing so far is motivating me to go do things to get my numbers up to where they should be. I want to hit that target weight and keep it there.

Ray Pierce

Web Developer, RetailMeNot, Mentor, NodeBot builder, Texan

Austin, TX Ya'll
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