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Update on the UP Bracelet

March 14 ProgressTomorrow (March 14th) will be the two-week mark since I started using the UP Band/Bracelet to track fitness and sleep patterns, so it seems like as good of a time as any to provide a little update with my opinions so far. In my earlier post about this gadget, I neglected to mention the name of the device, so if you were curious, it’s called the UP by Jawbone.

Initially, I was a little skeptical of spending as much as I did on the gadget, and wasn’t sure I’d even want to wear something on my wrist 24/7. After the first day or two, I was already used to the extra accessory, and luckily it’s easily hidden under long sleeves since it’s not the most fashionable or attractive bracelet.

What amazes me the most about this gadget is that knowing something is monitoring my activity levels has been great encouragement to make sure I’m staying active. The report card it gives you with your percentages of sleep and steps is something I strive to be at or above 100% daily (a former boss once said that if a metric existed that can be scored, chances are I’d be at the top of the scoring chart), and so far I’ve only had one day where I completely missed my goal.IMG_5111

But still, one day out of 14 to have missed still isn’t that bad. The day that I missed my goal was one where I wasn’t really feeling very well and just needed a break.

The library of foods included on the app is fairly extensive, but the last couple of days I haven’t felt like recording what I’ve eaten, and have just tried to limit myself to only healthy snacks/meals.

sleep studyAnother cool aspect of the app/bracelet is the sleep pattern tracking, since it not only records how long I’ve slept, but tells me how long I was in light or deep sleep. It’s a little silly, but I like Β being able to see the times when I was sleeping the hardest, and the easy wake-up feature sends a gentle vibration to your wrist up to 30 minutes before your alarm to wake you up at an optimal time. Being woken up this was has given me much more energy in the morning, and really helps to start my day off the right way.

As far as progress or weight loss goes, I’d say it’s a success so far, as I’ve managed to lose some weight without even really trying since starting to wear and use the UP.

This little gadget might not be for everyone, but for me it seems like just the thing to be a good reminder to stay motivated and keep up with my fitness goals.

Responses (6)

  1. melanie says:

    Hmmmmm. So you know my birthday is August 22nd right?
    πŸ™‚

  2. melanie says:

    You mean you aren’t going to get it for me? πŸ™

  3. Brad says:

    Where do I get one?

    • Katy says:

      I think you can purchase them directly from Jawbone, or if you’re in the St. Louis area, I’d be more than happy so sell one since we carry them at my work. πŸ™‚

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