My wonderful boyfriend L gave a Nike+ Fuelband (green SE version) to me for Hanukah last December and I’ve been addicted to my electronic device ever since.
According to Nike, “movement is life and the more we move the more we live.” My Nike+ Fuelband has become a good friend. I didn’t see the movie Her, about a man (played by Joaquin Phoenix) who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer operating system with a female voice, but I have similar feelings about my electronic wristband. I’ve taken to calling my new friend FUEL, since it lights up with the four letters that spell out the word FUEL whenever I push its button.
FUEL knows me better than I know myself. It makes me want to move. Some days I only take FUEL off when I have to charge it or when I take a bath or shower. (It’s waterproof but Nike doesn’t recommend that you submerge the bands in water.)
FUEL tracks my activities during the day. I log my bicycling, yoga and treadmill workouts. It blinks when I’m sitting at my computer for too long and reminds me to “Go Judy! Go Judy! Go Judy!.” So I get up and go, go, go.
Some nights I’ve worn FUEL to sleep. Am I sleeping? How many hours am I sleeping? Am I moving a lot during my sleep? FUEL is such a cool friend. It magically records my sleep patterns while I’m sleeping.
FUEL Gets Sick
In March, FUEL decided to play games. I awoke and went to put FUEL on my right wrist as I do every morning. I pushed down on its button but FUEL did not wake up. I felt like one of my good friend’s was ill. I didn’t want to get out of bed. How could I move without FUEL? What was wrong with my electronic friend?
I quickly called the Nike Helpline and the nice rep D walked me through the reset process. Smiles came back to my face. FUEL lit up again. I was happy.
A few days later FUEL died again. I was angry with my electronic friend. We had had a good relationship for several months. Was this friendship going to last? Was it annoyed that I had not met my movement goals last week?
I quickly called the Nike Helpline and the nice rep D told me that “since I was having several problems with my Fuelband it was time to exchange it for a new one.” “A new one,” I responded. “Well, if I am going to get a new one, do you think I could get a pink one instead of a green one?” “We’ll try,” said the nice rep D, “but I can’t guarantee as all replacements are supposed to be an exact duplicate of the original.”
A New FUEL To The Rescue
Being a 50+ fashionista, I thought if I had a pink Nike+ Fuelband SE that its personality might be more like mine, perhaps it might be a better exercise companion during my life after 50. Maybe it would be more understanding when I didn’t meet my goals. According to empower-yourself-with-color-psychology.com, if pink is your favorite color, you are:
– loving, kind, generous and sensitive to the needs of others.
– friendly and approachable with warmth and softness others are drawn to.
– nurturers of the world – giving nurturing and receiving nurturing in return.
Oh, please, please, please – make my new electronic friend pink!
The box arrived. I tore open the flaps. I unwrapped the package. I looked at the little box inside the big box. The picture on the front of the box was pink! My cheeks perked up. I hugged the wristband close. Then I programmed it for movement and put it on my right wrist.
She’s become a great friend and she’s going to be so stylish with all my new orchid and fuchsia spring clothes. Best of all, I know she is going to keep me on my toes and moving!
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I have been interested in getting one of these…thanks for your review!!
Pam, you are a fashionista too. Look at the colors before you buy one. As you can see, I love my gadget.
I do think I need one of these – in pink, of course. But not being a techie person, I’m a bit intimidated. Is it tough to use?
Sheryl, the Nike + Fuelband is easy to use. If I can figure it out you can too.
Sounds like fun, especially in pink. How much is it, Judy?
Allison, the bands are about $160. They are not cheap. I received it as a gift. I think the Fitbit may be less expensive. I think as time goes on and they become more popular the price will go down.