Back to the Flex
Today I am back to wearing my Fitbit Flex and had to retire my Force.
The Force was a short-lived product. Fitbit ended up doing a voluntary recall of all Fitbit Force devices.
Fitbit Force Recall
As I mentioned in an earlier post many people were reporting burns with the Fitbit Foce. I still had not been a victim of the burn, but decided I should send it back since Fitbit was recalling the devices. I have requested my return package and am still awaiting its arrival.
The Fitbit Flex is a great device. I wore one for about six months before the Force came out. The Force is still my ideal device, a great display, shows the current time, progress, stairs, and more. The Flex is a perfectly capable tracker – it just doesn’t offer much beyond tracking.
Fitbit Flex Alternative?
Once I receive the money back, I am going to take a serious look at the Garmin Vivofit. The Vivofit seems to offer a lot of what I am looking for in a fitness tracker.
The other other day I posted a brief topic on fear. Fear and dealing with fear is a topic that keeps coming up. Whether it be synchronicity or something I really need to deal with in my life, I am facing my demons.
I have a few fears that I need to deal with. And I am not getting younger.
I am not sure where these fears come from. I am sure if I did a deep dive in to my psyche I could find the root cause.
Fear of What?
My focus is on how often fear keeps us from doing the things we could be doing. And usually this fear is not rooted in a true fear. It’s manufactured fear.
In my life, I have found the things I usually fear are the things I keep putting off. Those items on my to do list that I keep passing over.
My plan of action is this: Each day I am going to pick one item on my to do list that I have been putting off and tackle it. First thing in the morning, I will select that task and work on it.
I have been a loyal Fitbit customer for years – starting off with the Ultra model, then the Flex, and shortly after that the Force. I also own the Aria wireless scale. As you can see I am a huge believer in the company and their products. I was very excited when the Force was released, even though I had just purchased the Flex. The Force seemed like the perfect wearable fitness tracker.
Fitbit Force Skin Burns?
You have to be a member to view the discussion boards at Fitbit, but as of today there is a topic going that is over 154 pages long. The issue is some users are having a reaction on the area where the Force is worn. The reviews on Amazon do not seem favorable either.
My experience with the Fitbit Force
I personally, have not had any issues with the Force. I have been wearing it now daily and nightly for almost six weeks. The only time I take it off is to shower. There have also been many posts about the Force falling off of peoples wrists. The Force does take a little effort to fasten, but seems secure to me. I do see how you could snag the band on something and it would come lose.
I am interested to hear what the cause is of the rash people are experiencing. At the first signs of one I will discontinue using the product.
How about you? Have you experienced any skin issues with the Fitbit Force?
It grips us all at some level.
We all have things we are afraid of.
Fear is a vital response in life. See that bear running at you? You should be afraid. At that point your mind, body, heart, and soul is going to tell you to be afraid and run. Without fear, we would have a hard time protecting ourselves from very real threats.
The fear I want to discuss doesn’t involve life or death situations. It involves a perceived threat. Fear involving a perceived threat will overcome you quickly if you do not deal with it.
The next several posts are going to focus on the issue of fear – not real fear, but fear from perceived threats.
Over the last few years I have been wanting to get back in to drawing. It seems like as you get older the world has a way of taking creativity away from you. I had been seeing a lot about Zentangle and decided to give it a try. It’s an easy art form to start with and easy to grow with as well. The tools are minimal and relatively cheap.
You could get by however, with just paper and an ink pen.
SMART Goal Setting Basics
Each and every individual whether working for himself/herself or for a large corporation, has some articulated and clearly set goals meant to assist in attaining the stated objectives. The success of an individual or business will largely depend on the ability for one to set achievable goals. Several years ago someone came up with the acronym SMART to help with goal achievement.
If you need help setting goals, I highly recommend this book by Brian Tracy:
Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
As you set your goals it is always important that you make your goals to be specific and you must write them down. Think about “who” is the goal directed to, ‘what” are the motives of the goal, “when” and “where” will the goal be implemented. There is need for you to have, focused and well defined goals.
Specifically stated goal is measurable in the terms of what you hear, feel or see on the attainment of that goal. In case of a business setting you will need a score board to evaluate you and your employees on the performance as well to remind you to remain focused in order for the attainment of the targets. Your goals therefore should be measured and evaluated at the end of a certain period of time to determine how specific they were.
Having drawn a scoreboard it is always important for you to ensure that your goals are attainable. Having unattainable goals will lead to an automatic failure and thus you must be able to implement o achieve those goals you set. After identifying important goals there is need for you to think on how best you can make them come out true. You need to use the available opportunities by planning your time wisely and this will eventually make those goals which are far from your reach to be closer and at long last be attainable. Your goals should always be attained at the end of a certain period of time.
Your goals should always be realistic; they should motivate you to achieve them. Your goals should always be representing objectives which you have set and you are willing to achieve out of your hard work. There is need for you to set high goals as it is usually easier to achieve high goals than lower ones. High goals do exert a lot of pressure that eventually leads to progress. Low goals are always perceived to be easily achieved and thus you should always consider choosing high goals for yourself.
Goals set should always have deadlines. This is important in the evaluation of your need of urgency. Having a set time for the attainment of a particular goal should show that, your goal is realistic especially if you are able to beat the stated timeframe. You need to consider whether at one time you were able to finish similar task within a particular timeframe before you set time for your new goal. Finishing your goal in time will truly show that your goal was really realistic and shows that you believe in your inner self.
10 years ago, if you told me to do breathing exercises to reduce stress – I would have told you to take a hike. Fast forward a few years. I am sold on deep breathing exercises.
Enter the Breathing Zone app
I picked up Breathing Zone for my iPad, headed to my car during lunch, and tried their five minute program. It worked. And it seemed to work well. I repeated the process today and it worked just as well. I felt more relaxed, at ease, and generally better. I’ve never been one to meditate, but this does seem to remove me from my general surroundings and take me to a more peaceful place.
I am thinking about picking this book up on Amazon:
The Ultimate Breathing Workout
Have you tried deep breathing exercises? Did they work for you?
National Geographic has a great article on the Secrets of the Brain.
When Wedeen first unveiled the grid structure of the brain, in 2012, some scientists were skeptical, wondering if he’d uncovered only part of a much more tangled anatomy. But Wedeen is more convinced than ever that the pattern is meaningful. Wherever he looks—in the brains of humans, monkeys, rats—he finds the grid. He notes that the earliest nervous systems in Cambrian worms were simple grids—just a pair of nerve cords running from head to tail, with runglike links between them. In our own lineage the nerves at the head end exploded into billions but still retained that gridlike structure. It’s possible that our thoughts run like streetcars along these white matter tracks as signals travel from one region of the brain to another.
As with most things we do not understand, I believe we try to simplify the topic too much.
Once the scientists have gathered this information, the really hard work begins: looking for the rules that organize the brain’s seeming chaos. Recently Lichtman’s postdoctoral researcher Narayanan Kasthuri set out to analyze every detail in a cylinder of mouse brain tissue measuring just a thousand cubic microns—a volume 1/100,000 the size of a grain of salt. He selected a region surrounding a short segment of a single axon, seeking to identify every neuron that passed through it.
That minuscule patch of brain turned out to be like a barrel of seething snakes. Kasthuri found a thousand axons and about 80 dendrites, each making about 600 connections with other neurons inside the cylinder. “It’s a wake-up call to how much more complicated brains are than the way we think about them,” says Lichtman.
On this new frontier predicting the strides they will make is not easy.
When it comes to the brain, predicting the future is a tricky game. Advances in the past have inspired giddy expectations that in many cases have not been met. “We can’t tell a schizophrenic brain from an autistic brain from a normal brain,” says Christof Koch. But the research that’s going on now, he believes, is moving neuroscience to a remarkable new stage. “I think we can begin to put the pieces together.”
This article fascinated me. We are moving in to new territory in understanding how the brain works.
A few years back I wanted to try contact lenses, I used them for about a year but eventually gave up. I have to wear the toric style lenses due to astigmatism. It seemed I could always feel the lenses in my eyes.
I recently decided to try wearing contacts again – I was sent home with the contacts and a bottle of cleaner. They were OK for a few days – but started feeling dirty and rough. I read the directions on the bottle, and thoroughly cleaned the lenses, but they still didn’t feel right.
This is when I stumbled on Clear Care, this lens cleaner and disinfectant has made all of the difference for me. My lenses feel amazing every morning. There are a bunch of warnings on the bottle. You should read them. Clear Care is a solution of hydrogen peroxide, you don’t want this stuff in your eyes. The Clear Care system neutralizes the solution over six hours, so there is no fear of getting it in your eyes.
If you’re wearing contacts and struggling with them by the end of the day have a look at Clear Care.