Tech tuesday because I seriously love my gadgets.

I am the luckiest person I know. For real.

I'm so luckyYou probably won’t think so when I tell you what happened in the last few days but Im’ma tell you anyways cause that’s the kind of girl I am.

First, on Sunday when I was out running, just after mile 5, silence. That may not seem like a big deal but it is because I had my iPhone on and I was listening to Pandora and I had the Runkeeper app tracking my run. When I left the house at 7AM, the phone was at 100% but after less than an hour, silence.

phone fail
Just after mile five the battery was at 1%, wtf! So, yeah, it died. Fortunately I run that route almost every single day so I knew how much farther I had to go to get to my six miles.  And I knew what time I left that morning so all I had to do was quickly run into the house and look at the clock when I got home thus determining my time and pace. Easy peasy.

Except it wasn’t because I had to first enter the code to open the garage door and then I tripped over the dogs who were waiting on me to walk them and finally I made it to the kitchen where there are two clocks and both of them displayed a different time.

Oh GodI was able to make a fairly good estimate and I just had to live with it.  Do you know how hard that is for someone with OCD and a stat addict?  HARD.

Y’all know what happened later in the day right? Yeah, I lost my Motiv Ring. So on Monday morning I had to rely strictly on my phone for my stats. I mean I could have charged my Garmin but I didn’t and that’s probably why at mile 2.4, crickets.

The phone battery diedThe technology Gods are laughing at me, hard.

In light of all this trouble I was having I decided to dig out my trusty old Garmin 620 yesterday and charge that bad boy up. While searching through all of my electronic gadgets I happened to find my Lumo lift and my Lumo Run. I totally forgot I had the Lumo Run. Seriously. I know, that’s bad.

A year and a half ago MacGyver bought me the Lumo Run and at the time I wasn’t running because surprise, I was injured. So, I put it in my ‘electronics drawer’ which is basically a pile of gadgets and cords in a box. Yesterday, I found it and I am so excited to use it. I remember when I first got it I was so upset that I couldn’t use it because it has so much info. You can read more about the Lumo run here.

Anyway, I was having a real hard time focusing on work yesterday so I went outside to finish cleaning up the back patio and maybe to add a few more lights.

light display
That picture above might just be the end result I was going for but I’m nowhere near that yet. It’s so magical, but I digress, as I was outside preparing to sweep the back patio I moved a plastic lawn chair over to the side and as God is my witness, there it was, right there just lying there on the ground.

MY MOTIV RING!

Crazy Dance
I mean, how freakin lucky am I? It was right there. I was so excited to have it back and also to realize that I racked up 541 active minutes last week. I still can’t believe it. I found my ring!  I FOUND MY RING!

Anyway, because I don’t trust my iPhone right now, this morning I decided to go ahead and run with the garmin as well, just to be on the safe side. But guess what? The iPhone worked for all 5 miles and it was pretty fun to compare the stats between the runkeeper app and the garmin. (They were almost identical.)

And now I’m back on my gadget kick so for the rest of the week when I run, I’m going to use the Lumo run and the Garmin and some of the other tech gadgets I have. I forgot how much of a stat geek I am. And also how lucky.  Really lucky.

What tech devices do you use to track your exercise and what do you like the most and the least about it?

Wrapping fitness around our little fingers, literally!

So y’all know that I love my fitbit.  I love my Garmin and I love my Apple watch.  I also love my Lumo run although I still haven’t fully reviewed it for you yet.  (I promise, I’m working on that.)

I just found out, there’s a new kid on the block and it’s the tiniest wearable I’ve seen so far, the absolute tiniest.  I swear.  Really!

The Motiv Ring

And if I do say so myself, it’s PRETTY! Say hello to the Motiv Ring!

 

This is the Motiv ring, available in Rose Gold or Slate Gray and made from an ultralight titanium.   You can pre-order this bad boy right now in 7 different sizes.  It’s set to ship in the spring of 2017.

Motiv ring

From the Mymotiv.com website

But, why would you want this fitness tracker when there are so many others out there?

Well for starters it’s small and it wraps right around your finger not to mention the fact that it tracks the all the pertinents and such like, your steps, calories burned, resting and active heart rates, and your sleep.

what it tracks

The Motiv Ring is also waterproof up to 5 meters!  That’s a bonus for me.  A big bonus.

The ring comes with a USB charger and a keychain charger and according to the manufacturer it can hold a charge for up to 5 days.

chargers

According to the website it takes about 90 minutes for a full charge.

The Motiv ring retails for 199.00 dollars.  I think I might have to pre-order one but I haven’t made a final decision yet.  Right now though I’m leaning toward yes because I think it might be a good fit for me.

I’m curious, what do you think about the Motiv ring.  Would you try it?

Those kinds of people

You know how every year there are ‘those’ kinds of people who decide it’s finally time to get in shape.  it’s finally time to start exercising or to clean up that diet.  They get all the latest tech gadgets and you see them all decked out for like 3 weeks and then…..

crickets.

Resolutions or bust

I’m gonna be so rich.

 

Those people irritate me in case you couldn’t tell.

Anywho, I sort of went off on a tangent.  The thing I really wanted to talk about is the gadgets and how you don’t really need them.  The concept of healthy is really pretty simple after all, eat healthy and exercise.  Period.

That being said..

gadget love

I realized as I was walking out the door, I’m that girl, Oh shit!

I’ve got gadget love.  I can’t help it.  I crave analysis and numbers and all things analytical.  I’m a gadget junkie.  Couple that with OCD and Houston, we’ve got a problem.

In my defense, I”m doing this for all of you.  It’s specifically a scientific experiment comparing the accuracy of similar gadgets.  The pros and cons too.  And I’ll write about them here so that you can decide which one is right for you.

In the meantime I’m just going to keep on wearing both of these gadgets not because of OCD but, you know, for science.

Happy New Years Eve!