Jawbone UP wristband...

Happy New Year guys! I hope you had a wonderful New Year whatever it was you were doing. I personally brought in the New Year watching Graham Norton, Alan Carr and Celebrity Juice, with a minor gap at midnight to watch Big Ben do it's thing and the firework display by the London Eye on BBC One. I'm a "massive party animal". I've never really been one to celebrate the New Year not the way a lot of people do, I think the last time I really celebrated was when I was 18/19 and if I remember correctly it wasn't all that fun. 

Today however I wanted to show you something I got for Christmas. This is something I personally asked for and my parents kindly obliged and brought for me, it may not be of much interest to most of you but for those of you who are intending to get a bit more active this year or just be a bit more conscious of your health and activity you may find it mildly interesting. 

This is the "Jawbone UP wristband." It basically monitors your sleep and your movement throughout the day, I'm not entirely sure how it does it, but it does. It connects to my phone where my headphones would normally go and sync's with the Jawbone UP app which is free. 

You can set goals for the amount of steps you would like to do in a day, goals for sleep if you sleep too much or not enough and goals for weight. Now personally for me I wanted this not for losing weight as I am perfectly happy with my weight and so are my doctors, I wanted this because I need to try and maintain some sort of an activity level. Now we all know I'm not going to be doing 10,000 steps a day or jogging or running but I would like to just be that little bit more active. By doing so this will hopefully keep me be "fit enough" for when I get my transplant. I don't want to be completely incapable of doing anything when it finally decides to happen. 

I'm currently trying to aim for 2000 steps a day as I didn't want to be too over ambitious from the get go. At the moment I am finding that there are days where I can do 3000 steps but they are my busier days where I go out with my parents, or sisters of friends and they don't happen all of the time. On my quieter days I can only seem to manage about 1000 steps a day. So I'm trying to figure out a way where I can try to increase how many steps I'm doing on the those quieter days. I find the sleep monitoring aspect quite interesting because you can see when you're having sound sleep and light sleep and how much sleep you are actually getting. It's very clever. 

This app also links up with many other fitness app's if you're interested in monitoring your calorie intake and all that type of thing. I'm thinking this will come in very handy when I'm post transplant because I've heard steroids give you an appetite so I'll need to keep an eye on that. For now though this is perfect for me and if it can help me increase what I'm doing that will be great because I do feel like my physical ability is decreasing quite a lot and even though my condition limits how much I can do I can still try and increase it a little and safely. 

Is there anything you would recommend for increasing my exercise ability? Or anything you are personally doing? 

As always, thank-you for reading guys and chat soon 


  1. That's an awesome thing to have, I love all that stuff and knowing the exact detail ofo how many steps I do and how long I sleep. I will definitely look into similar ones in Australia x

  2. I got mine from Curry's Georgina, I'm not sure if you have Curry's over there though xoxo

  3. I've just got myself one of these, loving it so far! Hope your still finding it useful! Xxx


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