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A long-running personal blog shared by two authors with completely different approaches to life. And a lot of large, beautiful photographs of dogs and nature and places we've traveled to. Rich in commentary and irreverant in style. 


We started blogging a long time ago. Our work hours never aligned with recommended psychotherapists and we needed to get our thoughts out. We are great friends, total opposites and long-time housemates. This was a way to communicate. With each other. With strangers. With consumer marketers. With sub-par meteorologists. With distant friends who wanted to see pictures of stuff we were up to.

This is the place. Our bucket of thoughts to share. You are welcome. 
(We realize that most of you are here for the dog pictures.)

Step By Step


I exercise because I don't want to be fat.  

I exercise because I want to be healthier.  

I exercise because it's good for me.

I would like to say those are the top reasons why I exercise. Unfortunately, that's not it. I exercise because I don't like to lose to a virtual goal or to other people, so I wear an electronic device that holds me accountable for every step I take. Numbers and stats are the reason I exist,  if I can put it into a fancy spreadsheet then I want to.  For the last few years I've been tormented by all the wearable devices that are out there for tracking my movement.  Am I picking the right one?  Am I getting the most accurate data?

Two years ago, I started off with the FuelBand because it fit on my wrist and had a fancy LED display. It was by Nike, so it has to be good for exercising, right?? (Sadly, they are discontinuing the FuelBand.) I never had complaints about it, but I was the only person who I knew using it so I was only competing against myself in numbers.

A few months later, my brother and his wife got FitBits.  Well, there is now competition out there that I can be winning and wasn't because I was at the wrong war.  I obviously had to switch and got a FitBit One.  So for the last year and half I have been running an hour a day and walking the dog to the ends of the earth so I can win. (Which by the way, I have been until recently when summer started and I traded running for sitting at the pool.)

Healey in the meantime stuck with the UP band which I think is the prettiest, but had only iOS support and didn't have a display for my metrics. If I don't know how awesome I'm doing, am I really awesome? Also at the time when I was deciding there was a recall, so that was a setback. 

On Friday, I decided I was going to do the ultimate test, I was going to wear all 3 (FitBit One, FuelBand, and UP) for 24 hours to see how the numbers measured up.  I know the FitBit is pretty accurate because I've watched my numbers as I run on the treadmill and it came within a few steps of a mile. I never tracked the actual steps with the FuelBand because I was mostly doing elliptical workouts back then. 

FitBit Chart

FitBit Chart

UP Chart

UP Chart

FuelBand Chart

FuelBand Chart

There was an obvious discrepancy in step numbers.  I did not have time to do a run on Friday, so I did not get to do an accurate measurement of steps which I might have to do another time. I was sure that the wrist wearable techs would have skewed higher in steps since people do a lot of wrist movements in their daily lives. I was wrong and see that using the wrist ones albeit a lot more convenient, it might cheat you out of steps.  

FuelBand - Pro: Nice display, convenient wrist use. Con: Bulky to wear, discontinued; no friends

FitBit One - Pro: Most accurate measurement, LED display.  Con: Clip-on and have to remember to move from one outfit to the next.

UP - Pro: Convenient wrist use, nice fit on wrist.  (I borrowed Healey's so her alarms were setup on it, but I found that a useful feature.) Con: Step count is not as accurate but close, no visual display. 

So, you ask, what is your conclusion Yenny?  Get to the point, which one would you get?  Well, I definitely want to get one that has accurate step count, but I also want one that is shiny and cool  to wear and gives me the social pressure to be win. I really like the feel of the UP on my wrist and the convenience of not forgetting it seems like a plus and the new version, UP24, has Android support and is able to sync wirelessly by Bluetooth.  

For the time being I think I'm sticking with the FitBit One because it has the most accurate measurements and I have one already. The FitBit has a wristband version, but the charging and look of it isn't as nice as the UP and if I was switching I would switch to the new UP24; though it would nice that one of these I can use in a pool.  (I did use the FuelBand in the pool, even if it wasn't recommended and never had any issues with it.)