I felt a little behind in getting to demo the Jawbone Up24, but Verizon was kind enough to let me kick the tires on this fun + updated fitness tracker. The upshot? Of all the fitness trackers/wearables I’ve used (Nike+ FuelBand, FitBits, etc) the Jawbone Up24 overall was my favorite. More specifically I would say that what won me over is the minimalist design of both the band and the way the data/analytics is rendered in the App. The battery life also was significant (lasts 7-10 days before requiring a charge).
More philosophically, these devices (fitness trackers) provide fuzzy data about your life at best (I call it “Google Analytics for your body”). I even admit- at first there is a fun- ‘shiny object syndrome’ and allure to seeing how many steps you’ve taken, calories you’ve burned, or finding out if you moved around in bed while sleeping. It does require you to wear it all day, every day- and that can become laborious.
Because all of these fitness tracker devices aren’t prescriptive on providing recommendations or conclusions of what you should be doing (the technology isn’t there yet) at best- they are just sophisticated and pricey “reminder bands” telling you that you should get up from your desk/leave your house and actually get some exercise. For some people, this kind of techy reminder band sitting on your wrist is worth it. And that might be OK (some people need this to keep exercise fun). However for me, no fitness tracker band has given me enough advice or added information to make tracking my data constantly worth it. #truthtalk #justtellingittoyoustraight
I’m choosing today for the anniversary of The Boston Marathon to be a positive one. Certainly a day for remembrance of those whom are no longer with us, their families, Boston, and everyone effected. But I want to stay #BostonStrong.
Admittingly there are times where I choose to compartmentalize what happened- hearing, seeing, running away in the streets, fearing for our lives …how much that that truly affected myself and Ali. I hide it. It chills me reading this. But- before all my training runs, I still think about it for a few moments- but I want to stay resilient.
On this day, I’m choosing to think of more than anything how thankful I am for people like the Bostonian Peter de Andrade who offered us orange juice and a bathroom when we were stranded on the streets. And I’m extremely thankful for Marguerite Smit who took us into her home. The kindness of this woman’s heart to help us even though we were complete strangers. The kindness of all Bostonians was incredible. Not a day passes when I don’t come home from work and tell myself how thankful I am to be able to look into Ali’s eyes and give her a hug. Time can help heal wounds, and this event alone inspired me to run my own first half-marathon last year only a week after this happened (something I never thought I could do).
Boston will forever hold a special place in my heart. I’m forever changed. And I’m choosing to be inspired by it and thankful for all the ones I love. Stay #BostonStrong.
Meet Bruce Gilbert. I met him tonight at the annual Boston Marathon send-off dinner(there supporting Ali). Bruce is 64 years old, and not only did he qualify again for Boston this year with his 21st marathon time that was a jaw-dropping sub 3 hours, 30 minutes, but Bruce also ran the 1969 Boston Marathon 45 years ago where there was only 1,051 runners (now there is more than 27,000). Runners had to do a physical before the race (in which doctors listened to each runner’s heart for 3-4 seconds), no qualifying times, and the entry fee was only $2! He was a sophomore at Baker on the cross country team, so the university paid for the trip. 2014 Boston will mark his 73rd marathon he has raced(are you kidding me!?!). Hats off to you sir Bruce Gilbert. Your resilience, dedication, and good spirits are to be commended. I’m inspired by you.
It was an incredible honor to have been asked to speak at TEDxUMKC. Personally, the TED Talks series is something I feel like I’ve grown up watching. I try to watch at least 2-3 per month. It’s one of the ways I challenge my own status quo of beliefs. And how I continue to gain perspective in this filter bubble world we are living in. To have been asked to speak at a TED event was humbling and yet incredibly intimidating. While I’ve done my fair share of presentations, knowing this was a TED Talk certainly elevated the pressure to share the best of my ideas I want to share with the world.
For those of you who know and follow me online, you know that I’m passionate about social technologies and the power + impact they can have for people, brands, and businesses. When sitting down and thinking of what I wanted to share at TEDxUMKC, I reflected back on my experiences and acclimations of using social networks. These social technologies are embedded into our day to day lives and culture. The world uses these popular social technologies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram- but yet, most have not been educated to the basic frameworks and the behavioral science of communication that exist these when using these social networks.
On the surface it may seem that only people with careers in the digital + advertising + marketing business would enjoy this- but I believe this is something parents will appreciate and many others who just want to better understand the cultural shift that has happened. And I really appreciated the section regarding YouTuber’s (for years, I’ve tried to explain the norms within this network, it’s a fascinating sub-culture).
Here is the official description of the documentary: Thanks to social media, teens are able to directly interact with their culture — celebrities, movies, brands — in ways never before possible. But is that real empowerment? Or do marketers hold the upper hand? In “Generation Like,” Douglas Rushkoff explores how the teen quest for identity has migrated to the web — and exposes the game of cat-and-mouse that corporations are playing with them.
The premise of this documentary supports my TEDx talk/thesis I gave last year (in that we should be educating kids throughout their tenure of school/university about these social technologies, to understand the cultural norms that exists within these networks and to understand more about the social science/behavior online). And thanks to Mitch Joel who gave me the heads-up to watch this! I had set this to DVR (they keep re-airing) it or you can watch it online here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/generation-like/