We have already started eating a more plant-based diet. We haven't given up meat but are eating less. I have also started getting on the treadmill and walking. I have given up artificial sweeteners and am trying to give up sugar. Every little bit helps.
I recently had the opportunity to try a new device through the #VZWBuzz group. The device is the Jawbone UP! The Jawbone UP is a fitness tracking device. By downloading the app on your phone, the Jawbone will track your exercise, sleep and food intake.
Downloading the app was easy. I have an Android phone and I went to the PlayStore and got it for free. It took minutes to download. Charging the Jawbone is easy as well. I just plugged it into my laptop for a few hours. I had a few issues because the light would not indicate it was charged but once I hooked it up to my phone, the app told me it was totally charged. And the charge is good up to 10 days!
Once it was connected, it asked me a few questions about my height, weight and my goals. I chose 10 steps a day and 8 hours of sleep per day. Then all I did was put on the bracelet. It was weird at first because I do not wear jewelry. It took a few days for me to get used to it. But once I did, I never through about it.
What I love about the Jawbone is that it really gave me insight about my exercise habits. I work a lot sitting down on the computer and after a few hours the Jawbone reminds me to get up and do something else. I guess it is telling me I am lazy! I have never hit my goal of 10,000 steps yet but once I get back on the treadmill I will.
I really like how the app breaks down how many calories you burned. It also tracks how many times I wake up during the night and when. It lets me know when I was sleeping deeply or lightly. I was surprised at how little I really sleep and I know I need to work on that.
I can also track my food and drink intake if I want. I am not sure I want to do that, yet. It seems like a lot of work. I also receive emails from Jawbone telling me if I reached my goals or not. It is a great little device to have. I think it will definitely keep me on track. I am already feeling guilty if I do not have at least 5,000 steps a day.
The Jawbone UP retails for $129.00. It is a great price for a device that can help you keep track of your movement and remind you that you need to do more.