My Nike FuelBand

The first time I saw the Nike Fuel was on my friend’s hand in mid march, and I was intrigued by it, I have seen a lot of those tools that tell you how much you have burned or how much you have walked but nothing like this. A simple designed product that can quantify your actions throughout the day. I know I was skeptic at first and I take the numbers with a bit of skepticism but it does something very well for me, it motivates me to move. There are types of information presented on the Nike Fuel Band, the time, Nike Fuel, Calories Burnt, and the Steps you have taken for the day. It adjusts your daily record based on the time that you program it for which I think is pretty cool. The LED’s give you an indication of how much fuel you have piled up for the day, and it does keep a decent record, the funny part is I know some people cheat, like they give their kids the fuel band to run around with so they don’t feel like they didn’t achieve anything for the day. Its hilarious that they feel the need to do that, this thing does make people move.

The Best part about is that it is somewhat water proof, I have done everything but swim in it, and I’m tempted to try it even though it says its not recommended I have online that some people have swam in it. And I love when you hit your goals for the day, you have 2000, 3000, or 5000 Nike Fuel goals and you have to enter your height and weight, and these numbers calculate based on the gyroscopes in the wrist band. People have argued with me that the numbers are exactly correct, but what they don’t understand is that it doesn’t matter, what matters is that with the Nike Fuel numbers you get a feel for your lazy days and you active days. You connect it to the USB to charge and it downloads all the information and sends it over to the Nike Website and presented in much higher detail the first picture, there is the month of March and I have hit the 3K Nike Daily Fuel Goal only 10 times which isn’t too bad but I think I can do better. Whats great is that the timing was perfect, just as I started going to the gym I got this product. It honestly just makes you less lazy, you just stare at the number and know how lazy you are. It’s a wristband that always measures your activity as you go about your day. With the Fuelband, you can quantify the consequences of your lifestyle. Honestly I think everyone should get one, especially people with iPhones since it wirelessly syncs the information to your iPhone, for me I have to plug it into the USB to upload the Data.

  • Price $150 (Got It for $180 Off Ebay)
  • Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, ambient light sensor
  • Display: 100 white LED lights, 20 color LED lights – Very cool and futuristic looking
  • Size: 5.79-inch (S), 6.77-inch (M), 7.76-inch (L) – I Got a Medium, fits me perfectly

Link: NIKE
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Adidas – Clima Cool

Its a line from Adidas that is meant as breathable sports wear for use during work outs and sports, and the sneakers are just as good. The best part is they are flexible, light and don’t stick no matter what. I wear them when working, and I wear them under my bike gear because its getting a bit hot these days. I have always been a fan of Adidas and their products are always of high quality, so finding this line of clothing and sneakers has been very useful and comfortable.

Climacool sneakers are the best sneakers I have bought, they are light and easy to walk in. I have had them since last year and whenever I go for long walks they are the most comfortable, even for running they are great. But if you step in a puddle the water comes right through and you can feel it. The best part is that you don’t feel your feet getting hot, or after wearing it all day your feet don’t ache. I have a flat foot so if I sear normal shoes my feet start aching after sometime but after switching to these shoes I don’t feel that anymore and I’m one very happy customer

Good Points:

  • Comfortable
  • Light
  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Easy to Walk In

(I can’t do pull ups even if my life depended on it)

Cravings

Sweets

Over the last week I have gotten ridiculous urges to eat things, and items I don’t usually care about. I have been wanting cake, a lot of cake, triple chocolate layer cake from Candies in Shuweikh. Or the cake tube with the ice cream inside of it, I would overdose on that cake, eat at least 1/4 of that tube and pass out on the couch while watching some tv.

These strange urges have been popping up often, when we went to the cinema the smell of popcorn got me hungry for popcorn. But luckily I know that the popcorn at KNCC tastes bad so I just avoided that, then there was the YanYan, the breadsticks with the chocolate dip, that looked really good but I resisted. Then there was the Krispy Kream just outside of the cinema in 360 which smelt so good, I could eat a dozen glazed doughnuts like they were chips. At Meat Co I had a mixed salad and 300g Rib Eye steak, it was perfect, except I wanted to eat more riblets and a little bit more food but I managed to stick to what I ordered which was just enough. All these cravings have been popping up but I have managed to resist the best of them. Surprisingly with this change in portions and diet, the best mushroom soup and salad I have had yet is in Ninos Avenues.

Fitbit

Now this is an interesting product, a useful piece of electronic that can tell how much you burn a day and while you sleep. Its tiny and you upload all your data easily with the rechargeable unit. I like how small it is and compact, and the user interface of the online software is simple. I wouldn’t mind getting something like that to figure out what I am doing all day long and how to be a little bit more productive and burn energy.

Link: Fitbit

Slight Workout

Came back from work around 6:00 pm and I wanted to do something different, I was hungry but I felt like moving a little. I thought of going to the gym but instead I decided to go for a jog in Mishref, seeing all the people walking when I’m coming back from work, I thought to myself if they can do it then I can.

I started off in the middle section and turned right, it was around 47 C which did feel as bad as I thought. Then I started a light jog, and picked up the pace. I came to realization that this is a lot harder then it looks, and I am in horrible shape. I was laughing at myself and panting, running out of breath, I had nothing to eat all day, and I was thirsty as hell. This was a crazy idea, but I thought to stick it out.

Some stats off the top of my head:

  • Covered about 3.4 Km (The markings on the ground are great)
  • 20% Ran, 15% Jog, and 65% Walk. A lot of people were passing me and I thought this is embarrassing, and continued on my path while running out of breath between intervals
  • Took about 38 minutes, thank god for the water fountains to drink from they are a life saver

It felt good after I was done, but I needed a cold shower but the cold water ran out very quickly. I’m really out of shape and I need to get back in shape, and I’m a lot heavier then I remember.

Weight Adjustment

The past week I have had some funny comments made regarding my weight but none of them seem to affect me. I’m just going to write up a few of these funny conversations.

Situation A: Walking to Mishref co-op to buy some Baskin Robins
Doc: “Marzouq I’m noticing something as I am walking behind you”
Me: “What exactly is that…”
Doc: “You have become fat.. more then usual”
Me: “hahaha.. all good”

Scenario B: Standing in the Dewaneya looking for someting
Mohammed: “Marzouq I haven’t really seen you much since last year”
Me: “You need to visit more often”
Mohammed: “No.. what I’m saying is that your a lot fatter”
Me: “Hahaha.. you bastard, I’m big boned”

Scenario C: Sitting with the family
M: “Marzouq we are out of coke bottles”
Me: “I tend to like coke in a bottle more then a can”
M: “You are getting fatter you need to stop drinking coke, and then there would be more bottles”
Me “I agree with that statement but not a this moment in time”

My Weight: 100+ Kgs
Where I Want To Be: A lot lower

The funny part is that it isn’t bothering me at all except that my jeans are getting a little tight around the waist these days. So I think I need to drop some weight over the next couple of months, the situation has gotten critical. I’m not really worried, and I’m very comfortable in my skin, I tend to enjoy lounging around these days so I wont say I haven’t enjoyed it but I do need to shape up. I have feeling if I start running again I’m going to be very short of breath.