Well following on from my previous post on the pebble watch I thought I would give a bit of an update.
When I watched the kick started videos during the hype of the pebble watch launch I knew I wanted it straight away. What I failed to appreciate was how the kickstarter + pebble business model is different from the normal technology retail space. You don’t see a product, order it and then use it. You become part of the process. The concept is done but you are buying a product that has not been made yet. Almost like buying a house off the plan.
The pebble did end up coming on the big Burma trip with us. Sadly under SDK 1.0 the watch could not use storage on the phone to back up my dual time zone settings. But what I found interesting is after landing in either Myanmar or Malaysia as soon as my phone locked onto the new network time so did my pebble so it was up to date where ever we were. Due to having no data connection thus redendering 90% of my phones functions useless and in turn the watches it was left in flight mode.
With SDK 2.0 being out for a few days now I can say I have not lost caller ID once ( a turn around from before). I don’t need to constantly open or kill and reopen the pebble http app to get the weather on my watch face. I am also getting a lot more notifications than before.
It is getting better..
As you have seen from my other posts I have been trying to get my ballooning weight under control recently. My fitbit devices have been really integral as part of my attempt. The Aria and the Flex have been my daily companions. The Aria greets me every morning once I wake up. Visually reminding me to step on and get the result. It displays weight plus body fat as a percentage. I try to do it every day, same time, same place. Lately while the actual kilogram figure is yoyoing, the body fat as a percentage has been shrinking – interesting today is the lowest. This morning displaying 24% tonight in the 23% range. ( see below). Because the aria is connected to my wifi network it automatically uploads the results to my fitbit account which my iPhone app pulls down and displays.
I am by no means athletic.
This all started while trying to pass my fitness test for my work. I have never been a runner. Running usually induced two types of pain – shins hurting almost immediately and my throat acting like I am taking my last breath.
Stopping by my local shoe shop with the gait tracking and balance measuring gadgety in store it was identified that my arches are falling ( don’t quote me, I think that’s right). The sales person kindly offered to sell me $220 worth of the ugliest shoes available. Politely declining, I opted for the ever sexy orthotics. I have to say the change was instant and amazing. Since losing a tiny bit of weight the throat stopped burning weeks ago. But the shins continued. The orthotics had an immediate effect. The first day I kept wanting to stop where I remember my shins hurting onto regular route. Only this time I didn’t hurt.
A week later, I am feeling great. I have an appointment with a podiatrist tomorrow to hopefully measure and custom make orthotics rather than
off the shelf numbers I have now.
Wish me luck
This week had been a big week for me in the fitness / jogging side.
Every night this week I have been out walking and jogging in Darwin – how could you not. The whether has been sublime. I usually run at night. Later the better. Averaging 6-8kms. The nights here don’t drop below 22 degrees C.
My fitbit flex has really changed the way I view activity. It’s right there on my wrist. It’s blinking lights shaming me into activity. The more lights the more active you have been. It has 5 lights that break your goal into 5ths. My daily goal is currently 10,000 steps ( roughly 5kms) so each light is 2000 steps. The nature of my current role at work means that I am largely sedentary (desk bound) during the day – I would be lucky to pass 2000 steps at work. But by bed time I am usually clocking up between 12000 & 16000. My walking partner who can walk to work recently scored 24kms in a single day with only a normal day activity with a night walk.
Weight wise I am still hovering between 76-78kgs. But body fat as a percentage is dropping from 26% to as low as 24% this morning.
How far do you usually run per day?
I recently heard a BBC Radio 4 program about Life tracking ( they had a fancy title, Quantifying self). While listening I was thinking HOLY CRAP, thats me.. my whole life is recorded – whether pictorially through Facebook or Instagram, textually through here or tumblr and fitness wise I will go into below.
I recently have been trying to shift some KGs after hitting my highest weight without much effort! (mid 80kgs)
As you are probably aware, I am a gadget man, the first item that grabbed my eye was the new Fitbit Flex.
Basically its a Bluetooth Enabled Pedometer which doubles as a sleep tracker.
The wrist based device ‘gameifies’ the process of basically moving your body. In default setting of 10000 steps as a goal per day the device shows one single light per 2000 steps, providing vibration feedback when the 10000 is reached. The crowning glory of the divide in my opinion is back end – the app tracking and recording.
More recently I have added the Aria – the wifi enabled scale that perfectly couples with the Flex and the Fitbit app, not just measuring KGs but also lean body mass.
For the record – am now in the 70kg range.