This past week has been of technology fun!
I got my new iPhone 5s on Monday. So, of course, I went on Amazon bought some fun accessories for it. Then, wound up, again, lingering on the button to buy a Withings scale.
It’s not the first time I lingered there. Dreaming of the fun data it would give me to play with. CO2 readings of my bedroom! Heart rate! Fat mass! Automatically downloaded to my phone/iPad. It’s just cool. It’s the future!
Then, I went to bed. I hadn’t clicked the buy button. Or had I!?!?
Thank you, toothpaste for dinner.
Apparently, in an ambien fugue state, I did press submit and on Wednesday I had a shiny new toy to play with.
I am super excited about it! It connects to MyFitnessPal, BodyMedia Fit and gives me a combined health dashboard to review.
The first area rotates through Weight, Fat Mass %, BMI, Height. The second shows weight lost. The third gives Air Quality and Temperature in the room where the scale is located.
The top piece? That looks like a butterfly? It changes based on the information entered. The goal? Get all the wings filled in. Kind of cool.
In the bottom section it gives me, Blood pressure and heart rate. There is an at home blood pressure cuff from Withings that would automatically add these, but I can add them manually too. The heart rate gets uploaded from the Withings scale. Then it gives a calorie balance based on my MyFitnessPal data. Then the last section pulls data from my BodyMedia Fit lists Calories Burned (weeks), Moderate activity (weeks), Vigorous activity (weeks).
I love having everything right at my fingertips.
Other things it takes in to account? From BodyMedia it keeps a log of my time sleeping. I love that. It’s something I’ve been working on actively. Trying to drink less caffeine, relax more before bed, not eat so close to bed. Doing all those things.
And that’s where another cool app comes in. Sleep Cycle.
Someone at work mentioned it, and then Sheryl mentioned on Facebook that she loved it and it was a Starbucks free app. So I bought it.
It’s so cool! You take your phone at night and put it under the sheet at the top corner of the bed. It uses the motion detection features in the phone to look at your sleep patterns. You can add sleep notes and track how different things impact how well you sleep.
I do love me some graphs. I think that’s my day job sneaking up on me. Synthesized data makes me happy. When I have all this raw data I can make informed decisions about what I can do better.
Outside of playing with all my new shiny toys it’s been a good week. Minus the knee pain.
Monday – rest day.
Tuesday – Zumba 60 minutes
Wednesday – a second rest day this week! Eep!
Thursday – TriggerPoint – 30 minutes. Zumba – 60 minutes. Helped out with Pound.
Friday – Piloxing! I co-taught with Sue.
Saturday – Pound and Zumba – an hour of each.
Sunday – 1.5 mile walk. Co-taught Pound with Sue and an hour of Zumba.
This week I’m going to try to get in and have my knee checked out. A student at the studio who is a massage therapist showed me a few pressure points that are helping a lot with the symptoms but I need to do something about getting the tendons back in alignment because that’s the only way I can describe the discomfort.
When it gets really tight it feels like the tendon can’t get out of the way like it’s supposed to. Everything else is the same as when my left knee had a flare up of tendinitis last year. I don’t know if massage therapy or chiropractic care would do me better but I don’t think it’s severe enough to need an MRI or anything.
Right now it’s still all about RICE treatment and being careful with my moves until it stops being sore. Now to curl up and read a book in bed and try to unwind. Time for some good sleep!