My Fitness Tracker Is Ruining My Life!

Jawbone

I have had this thing on my wrist almost non-stop since January 3.  It buzzes me when I sit for more than 45 minutes, hounds me to get enough sleep, and would track my eating if I took the time to input everything.

I got my fitness tracker (a Jawbone UP-24) for Christmas.  It took three weeks to make my Samsung SIII talk to it.  Long story short – I had lost the Google Play Store app off the phone and could not download the UP-24 app without it.  After a fruitless phone call to my cell phone service provider, I was told to get the phone “reset”.  That sounded ominous, but I had made a promise to myself to start using the bloody tracker-thing, so off I went.  Sure enough, they had to remove everything from my phone, then put back on Google Play Store, then they had to reload my pictures and text messages.  I lost all the emails and past voicemails, but that was acceptable.

Then, I set-up my goals.  My first lofty goal was my movement – I picked 10,000 steps a day.  But, I do a lot of activities that are not walking or running and I needed to figure out how to get credit for those.  All I could do in the beginning was get credit for the walking, running and some biking.  My rebounding activities registered, but I did not think I was getting enough credit.  I finally found out how to add activities, but they only let me input them at the “Easy” level, and there was no choice for Yoga or Pilates.  All I can choose are:  Cross Training, Walk, Hike, Run, Weights and Cardio.  So, when I am doing Yoga, I have to pick Cross-training and then write myself a note.  Bah!

I tried to capture my foods, but the things I eat are not in the database and, when I input calories, the little tracker will not record them.  Or, I hit the button to enter too many times and end up with four of the same thing.  I talked to the Jawbone support guy and he said they have no delete function yet.  You have to be really careful before you press Done.  If your finger slips, tough luck!  My finger slips a lot.

I especially have hosed my sleep-tracking, which is actually my favorite thing about wearing this little black and silver band.  Before I started wearing it to bed, I thought I was getting really good sleep.  I use a great melatonin product, fall asleep quickly, and get 7 to 8 hours, every night, no matter when I go to bed.  But, the little tracker is telling me I have “Light Sleep” cycles and “Sound Sleep” cycles.  It shows me when I am awake and then when I slept, and how soundly and for how long.  I learned that eating later at night reduces my sound sleep and so does not getting enough exercise.

One night I forgot to wear it to bed.  I got up and tried to input manual sleep.  Again, I hit the wrong button and there is no delete capability, so I got a record of sleeping 15 hours, 210% of goal.  I finally figured out there is a minus ability and cleaned that up.

Whew!  Technology.  It can help you or it can drive you crazy and ruin your life.  On one hand this keeps me honest and getting to bed on-time.  (Jawbone sent me a message and some suggestions – they noticed my average was 7500 steps a day – because I did not put in my Yoga), and they suggested I lower my goal from 10,000.  So I did.  Then, they started telling me to go to bed earlier (not my usual 12:30 a.m. time).  So I tried, and I am getting to bed about 11:45 p.m., which is really good for me.

As a Health Coach, I am always trying to help my clients get more exercise, sleep and eat right.  Now I have a little band on my wrist trying to do that for me!  I may have to leave home without it!

Is Your Body Mad at You?

woman looking in mirrorMost of my clients are between 40 – 65, working hard at their careers, running from appointment to appointment, driving in crazy traffic, pulling long hours preparing pitches or reports. They forget to let their bodies talk to them. They ignore the rumblings, upset stomach, aching joints and restless sleep. Until something really goes wrong. I really want to encourage you, no matter your age or occupation, to pay attention to your body. I have figured out there are three stages of the Mad Body. I am going to share them here and you can figure out if your body is going through any of them.

Stage 1 Upset — this is where you are just not on top of your game — you have a few sleepless nights, maybe a headache here are there, some aches and pains, upset tummy or gas and you have put on 5 to 15 pounds. You pretty much chalk it up to age and figure you can take it off if you get to the gym or eat more salads.

Stage 2 Mad — Now you have ignored your body’s upset rumblings and it is MAD — you are tossing and turning, having constant headaches or sinus infections, you have Irritable Bowels (diarrhea or constipation), the aches and pains have gotten worse and you are dealing with 20 to 40 extra pounds. Going to the gym has not worked, and you are eating whatever you can get your hands on. The energy level is crashing, you feel like you need a nap mid-day and your caffeine use is way up.

Stage 3 — Open Revolt — Things have gone from bad to worse. The weight is up to 50 or more pounds over, the aches and pains are constant and severe, you now have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and are on meds. You may even have been given a diagnosis of diabetes, severe arthritis, or, cancer. Now you have no choice but to listen to your body.  But is it too late?

I have some good news. It does not matter what stage your body is in, making the right choices from now on will make a difference. In my thirteen years as a Health Coach and Wellness Consultant, I have seen some amazing turn-arounds. You want to know how fast? It depends on the stage you are in. Stage 1 can sometimes be turned around in days; Stage 2 in weeks, and Stage 3 may take months. But they can all be turned-around. In the new movie, Origins, one expert states that just eating clean and green for three days will calm the body down tremendously. The cells are so smart and so capable of recovery, it is really miraculous.

So, where do you start? Each case needs to be evaluated on its own, but there are some key guidelines. Before I give you those, I also need you to know about a preliminary phase. Some folks cannot go immediately to cleanses, fasts or Elimination Diets or lots of green juice. If you are nutritionally-deficient, or having digestion/elimination issues, or weak from surgery or medical treatments, I advise using a phase I call: “Strengthen, Repair and Prepare”. When I put my clients into this phase we are usually dealing with getting more water, less caffeine, adding probiotics and digestive enzymes and getting more sleep. Sometimes I get them on a good multi-vitamin/mineral supplement if they are not getting enough nutrition. We may stay on this phase for one to two weeks. Once the body feels stronger, we can tackle the root-cause of the imbalances making the Body Mad.

There are lots of good programs out there — Juicing, Cleanses, Fasts, Elimination Diets, supplement programs. Knowing which to choose takes training and experience.  Next blog I will tell you how I approach each phase.  But, to really make sure what phase you are in, let’s talk! I have a great track-record helping folks figure this out and getting good results. If you want to know what stage your body is, just get in touch with me at deb@energyunlimited.biz and I can give you a complimentary Health Assessment session. You will know what stage you are and what to do about it when we finish. It can all be done by phone if you are located outside of my area.

Take care and Stay Lean and Strong!