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My gym survival kit

23 Jun

Emergency gym kit911? Need to loose those extra pounds to fit in the swimming suit you bought for sunny Cali?
Let’s rush to the gym, but let’s not forget the essential!

Here’s my personal list of things I never forget when sweating out my bubble teas …
. My Skins A400 crop to oxygenate and prevent stiff muscles
. My never fall off my ears even if I’m sweating- Yurbuds earphones
. My Polar bottle with Nuun hydration tabs
. My smart Enduracool towel that cools me down
. My Rokform cover for iPhone with its Grab’n’Go Band
. And of course my faithful Fuelband SE


You, your goal and your Fuelband

22 Sep

It’s about my month now that I wear my Fuelband. It’s time to crunch some figures together.
Let’s start on good basis, I wear it when I sleep, I don’t when I shower (I charge it instead), I walk the stairs and don’t take the lift.
I change my daily goal depending on my activities. When I’m abroad and not working at a desk, my goal goes from 3.000 to 4.000Fuel. When I’m back at the office, my goal goes down to 2.500Fuel.

Here are some of the measures I methodically wrote down during one week

  • Walking up the stairs at the office (190 steps that I walk 2 by 2), from 30 to 40Fuel.
  • Walking down the stairs, from 20 to 30Fuel.
  • Walking from the metro station to the office (500m=0,31mi), 75 to 100Fuel.
  • 10 minutes ABS with Jessica (with the FitnessClass app for iPad), about 30Fuel.

So now, stop reading and start moving your body to reach your daily goal 😉 I’m on a 13-days streak, don’t wanna break it.

More on the Fuelband ? Check our other articles “FuelMe Up part1 ?” and “FuelMe Up part2 ?


FuelMe Up, part 2

6 Sep


In the last article, we discovered the FuelBand.
Now let’s play along and see what we can or can’t do with the FuelBand and how it works.

So now you walking/running/exercising like crazy with your Fuelband. Don’t move your arm more than usual, it won’t change anything or give you more fuel 😉 just act normal, like if it wasn’t there.

When you meet someone wearing the Fuelband, the 1st question is ‘What’s your goal ?’ and ‘How much Fuel are you at?’
Push the button, and it tells you the steps you took, the calories burned based on your activity, the time and your Fuel (which reflects your level of effort).

If you sync the band with your iPhone, you’ll have also the distance traveled.

How to sync your bracelet ? Easy, just push 2-3 secs the button on your bracelet until you see ‘sync’ blinking. Then release, your bracelet is talking to your iPhone and your profile will be updated.

If you check your performance online (computer or iPad), you’ll have more informations as

  • Your last achievement
  • Comparisons with your category of age&sex (most Nikefuel, average Nikefuel/day, daily goals hit).
  • It also challenges you to accept new goals (I start with a Fuel goal set at 3000 and now, I increased it to 3200, an athlete tennis player goes between 5.000 to 7.000 easy).

Be aware that letting the Bluetooth on will reduce your iPhone battery life, so turn it off when not needed or bring your Mophie with you 😉

Next article will crunch the datas and analyze my day.


  • I don’t dare to wear it under the shower, I could do it but I don’t dare
  • I wear it when I sleep
  • It’s not necessary to have an iPhone you can update your profile through connecting the bracelet to a computer

How to check on your Fuelband battery status

2 Sep

Easy to do in 3 steps
1. Launch the app on your iPhone
2. Push the button to start a synch between the band and the iPhone
3. Go to “Me” then “Device settings
A screen with the settings of your band will appear with the status of your battery.
Now you can monitor when you need to charge your band.
And remember your don’t leave your band charge all day long, 30 minutes should be enought (that’s what they told me at Nike Town).




FuelMe Up ?

29 Aug

When the Up from Jawbone was released back then in November 2011, I jumped on it to try it out.
I looovved it! It was great to track your physical activity, your sleep.
A little less great for the tracking of your food habits.
But the big downfall was the battery life.
My 1st Up died in December and was immediately replaced by Jawbone.
I received my new one in January but it lasted only one week, big disappointment and I decided to give up on the Up …
until the Fuelband caught my attention.

And of course, weak as I am when it comes to technology, I had to buy it.
It’s now my 7th day with my Fuelband and I wanted to share with you my experience.

A little bit of history, FuelBand  is made by Nike and is part of the family of Nike+ products: they got the Nike+ SportWatch GPS (169$), Nike+ Running App, Nike+ SportBand (59$), Nike+ (29$) that your put in your shoes, …

The Nike+ products family communicates with you. To choose the right one for you, you need to think about which one is best depending on what sport you in, what kind of physical activity you practice and what you want to track.

I’m not a runner but I like to keep track of my daily activity (how many steps, how many miles/km did I walk, how many calories did I burn). I also like the fact that I can set a goal and try to reach it everyday, which keeps me motivated to move.

Ok, it was an easy task for the girl at the Nike Town to sell me the Fuelband. And after buying it, I came back to her and we set it up together.

  • 1st you connect the band to a computer and upgrade the FuelBand OS.

During that time, let’s check what’s in the box.

    • One cable to charge your band (on a USB plug, or to sync it on your computer).
    • One piece of plastic that can be used to extend the length of your band (they call it a link). The sizing tool to extend or shorten your bracelet.
    • A stand to nicely place your bracelet in style when you charge it.
  • 2nd you create and configure your account (height, weight, age, goal you want to set) on Nike+ community.
  • 3rd you all set to walk/run/excercise with your Nikefuel.

The infos your one-button band will give you:

  • Steps
  • Time
  • Fuel
  • Calories

How does it count my steps ?
The 27gr bracelet (I got the small one) contains a 3 axis accelerometer that measure my motion all day and night long.
The curved battery fully charged should last 4 days before recharging. And it takes 3-4 hours for a full charge.

What’s the Fuel ?
The Nike measure of your activity. The more you move, the more you earn. And because you measure your activity, you can improve.

How do I synchronize ?

  • Easy, be sure your iPhone has the blue tooth mode on,
  • Start the Fuelband app,
  • Then push 2-3 seconds on the button of your band until you see “sync” glowing,
  • then let go, the Bluetooth logo blinks on your iPhone (meaning the connection is done), then the app uploads the infos from the bracelet!

As simple as pushing a button !!

So now, you ready to jump, run, walk, exercise.

Next, we’ll check the app on the iPhone.

PS: the price of the bract is 162$ and has a 4-days autonomy (mine does have 2-3 days autonomy)

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