Review: Why Fitbit Blaze outshines Charge HR

A few years ago this blog shifted focus from a purely personal blog to one with the tagline and theme of “Make things better”. Part of making things better is squeezing in some exercise each day — whether it’s a full on workout (rare), a 45 minute bike ride (more common) or the bare minimum (10,000 steps / 30 minutes of consecutive activity). Today I’m quick-reviewing the Fitbit Blaze. As an experienced user of Fitbit’s products, I feel I have a good handle on what … Continue reading

5 ways Fitbit keeps me delightfully motivated

Fitbit sleep over the course of a year

Happy End-of-May to you! I’ve been lacking in the DIY department lately. Our little boy is growing quickly and spends much of his day running around the house now. It’s incredible to watch and at the end of the day I am thoroughly worn out. The young one is fighting a fever today and had a record-breaking nap out of nowhere. After seeing the doctor, he had another long nap. Weird day. In an attempt to distract myself, let’s talk about how the snow is gone, it’s … Continue reading

39 weeks: The final mugshot? Please? And Fitbit progress!

Here’s hoping these are the last bump selfies you need to see of mine. As noted on the Instagram version of this picture, Casey has been following me around non-stop. This isn’t totally unusual as she’s a big needy dog, but it’s definitely been amplified this last bunch of months. Junior does not seem to know anything’s different, except that he no longer dares to jump up on me with his giant paws. This week I’ve been making a lot of progress with Fitbit. I’m … Continue reading

Fitbit review: What’s cool? What could use improvement?

You might remember how crazy I was about getting a Fitbit for Christmas. For the first time, there was an in-depth look at my crazy sleep patterns drawn up for me by this very cool device, accessible from both my smartphone and my laptop. Neat! It’s a month and a half later, so I thought I’d draw up a couple lists: The Cool and The Needs-Improvements of Fitbit.   The Cool: Sleep tracking — I still love it. I’ve had about 2-3 more hours sleep … Continue reading

Wii Fit progress report: I’m almost old enough to drink in America again!

About 2.5 weeks in of doing Wii Fit regularly again and my hips have slimmed up nicely. I feel healthier. I get less heartburn and reflux, which is nice whether it’s a result of working out or not. And here was a nice surprise I got after my body test on Friday: And 3 days later? It turns out… Even if this doesn’t last, at least I can say I had the body of a (pregnant) 20 year old for 3 days in 2014. Woo … Continue reading

MapMyDOGWALK for Android

You’re probably aware if you read this blog on a regular basis that we have a Yellow Labrador named Casey. I’ve been reading a lot about dogs behaviour lately, and I came across a few interesting articles about dog walking related to dominant and submissive characteristics in our furry friends.  Casey has a lot of pent-up energy, and after reading this I felt motivated to start walking her properly (and much more regularly). I searched Google Play for dog-walking apps and came up with a … Continue reading