Sad UP. Confident Jawbone.

I was more excited for that Jawbone UP then I really should have been. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t really think it was going to be the answer to a more active lifestyle, but I was excited to track my progress, patterns and use it to my fitness advantage.

A mere three days after my upbeat and optimistic blog post, my UP vibrated and died. No more tracking. No more patters. No more movement alerts. Seriously? Yep. I should have just gotten the FITBIT. Maybe I still will.

Then, after tweeting about my broken and sad-faced UP, a friend of mine sent me this link. Too ironic right? That never happens to me. The article states:

Jawbone has released an announcement that it will offer a no-questions-asked refund policy on the UP in order to win back customer confidence.

I submitted my information and yesterday I got my refund in the mail. Nope, they weren’t kidding.

I’m not sure if this has really changed my opinion of the UP. After all, I did buy it from the Apple store and I’m sure they would have taken it back.

Overall thoughts: The data it collected was interesting, but not ground breaking. Again, the sleep data was by far the most interesting but not necessary. It didn’t help me sleep better, in fact I probably slept worse knowing it was tracking me ALL NIGHT LONG. The feature that allows you to compete against other people was motivating. I was waiting for my sister to get one and the day she did mine stopped working. Hilarious.

Overall great idea — I’m anxious to see what they come out with as an adaption to the UP. Will I buy it? Maybe. I haven’t lost my confidence in Jawbone.

Finding your truth and the F word.

I was surfing my TED subscription on YouTube and came across Gabrielle Bernstein‘s TEDxFiDiWomen Talk. I can’t recall how I heard of Bernstein, but she’s a motivational speaker and author of Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness . She also has a YouTube channel that I subscribe to and quite enjoy. She posts short vlogs on recent thoughts or just general words of motivation.

Her TED Talk below put me in a good mood yesterday and convinced me that I need to start living beyond my wildest dreams, every day.

365 Days of Creativity

Recently, my great friend (and former RIT roommate) Katie (she also goes by Kate) decided to start a little project called 365. During this project you’d take one photo a day for an entire year. Katie’s project isn’t new, in fact this kind of project has taken many different forms. Each one is unique and displays the creators personality, inspiration, skill and motivation. Here are two other examples:

1. Ze Frank’s “The Show”
The Show with Ze Frank was a short video program produced Monday through Friday for one year from March 17, 2006 – March 17, 2007. I was absolutely obsessed with this show. Ze usually filmed the shows in the morning and by the afternoon they were loaded up and posted to his website. Each show included current events, a funny thought and usually an overview of what Ze was doing that day. At the beginning the video was rough and the interface was basic. As The Show progressed, he developed programs for community involvement, a new interface to display the videos and a huge following. My favorite on-going project was probably Friday Fabuloso where the audience (AKA “Sports Racers”) got to suggest what Ze would say during the show. My all-time FAVORITE show was Austrian Arrows from May 8, 2006:

2. 52 Weeks
If 365 days sounds daunting, you might want to consider the 52 Week project where you take a picture of yourself each week. The photo you take of yourself should represent a little bit of what happened that week and what’s on your mind. Jim Darling, my good friend and fellow designer, is currently participating in the project and you can see all of his pictures on his Flickr page.

On Sunday after seeing Katie’s photos, I decided I wanted to do a similar project. Then I realized that my blog is pretty much the same thing, but might happen a little less often. Then I thought, what if I devoted one day a week to this concept and posted my images here, for all you wonderful Innerspaeth fans to see!? Yes! So today I will start the project. Tuesdays will be, for the next year, my photo of the week day! Stay tuned for today’s photo!

6 Tips to flatter belly

Honest to God, I was going to write a post today about why a guy should never date a girl who’s boo is in jail. Then I realized that was rather shallow and semi-gangsta so I reverted back to my usual ways. Luckily for you, my tips and tricks to a flat belly are achievable without having to do 60 billion sit-ups daily! That means NO EXCUSES!

Without further ado, and in no order, below are a few things that can help you to a flat belly in 2009:

1. Lay off the booze.
If you have one of these stock it with water!
If I really even have to explain why one should lay off the booze then you shouldn’t even consider the rest of my tips. Drinking calories is probably the easiest way to round out your mid section. Substitute that frosty brew with a water from time to time. Trust me you’ll feel just as cool (and look cool too!).

2. Eat bright colored fruits and veggies loaded with fiber.
bright and delicious!
Think about it, what colors are the foods you’re eating? If they’re all a shade of brown you need to brighten things up. Raspberries, blueberries, and bright leafy greens are the perfect trio and are loaded with fiber, but why is fiber good for a flat belly? Well, in addition to being a natural colon cleanser (mmmm MMMM!) fiber slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. When you eat foods high in fiber the sugar in those foods is absorbed slower, which keeps your blood glucose levels from rising too fast. This is good for you because spikes in glucose fall rapidly, which can cause you to be hungry soon after eating and lead to overeating. The other totally great thing about fiber is that it keeps you regular (and I really don’t feel the need to elaborate here).

3. Drink more water.
straight out of the tap is FINE
Experts say to drink 6 to 8 glasses every day. Water helps in digestion and also helps you to feel full. This can lead to controlling your weight gain.

4. Do a cardio workout of at least 30 minutes 3 times a week.
look how much fun she\'s having!
This will increase your metabolism which speeds up fat burning. Trust me, it’s good to sweat from time to time.

5. Eat more SMALLER meals daily.
Obviously never eat fast food, but this image cracked me up
Your body’s metabolism runs when you eat. The more you eat the faster it runs, so if you keep fueling it with many smaller portions it will naturally keep running. When you eat 2-3 large meals it has to work really really hard 2 or 3 times a day then stops. Think of it like your average MPG on your car. The road trips on a highway give you a better bang for your buck. Your metabolism the same way.

6. Surround yourself with inspiration.
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I tried this once and it really worked. Find a horribly disgusting picture of yourself showing your tire of a waistline. Print it out (8×10) and put it up on your fridge or pantry. Every time you try to sneak a snack you’ll be confronted with yourself and I bet you’ll put the cookie back.

These tips will help if you try them for longer than a week. Give it your best shot and a flatter tummy will be in your future.

Get Inspired!!! What is AIGA?

Many of my non-AIGA friends often wonder what I’m doing when I say “oh I have an AIGA meeting (or event, or happy hour, or conference or retreat etc).” This video was first unleashed during our Leadership Retreat last May in Omaha, NE and it explains what AIGA is and begins to quantify everything that we’re doing as a professional organization. It’s worth the 7 minutes (ooh! Don’t miss the outtakes at the end!)

We come together, with like minds, to share ideas and passions for promoting the value of design! For more information visit the national AIGA website or my local chapter (DC)