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Nov 28, 2016

Today I share with you some things I have (or will in the future) pick up.


If you're starting out and you want to track your activity, I love fitbits. I've owned a few and currently wear a blaze. My favorite is the fitbit One, but if you just want to get your toe into the water the Fitbit Zip clocks in at $49

Withings Body - Body Composition Wi-Fi Scale
I've tried every wi-fi enable scale except the one from Withings.  I got the Wi-Things Body Composition Scale (normally $129, I got in on Black Friday for $77). I can't comment on it as I have told myself I can't open it up until Christmas (you have to leave something to open).

Contigo AUTOSEAL Kangaroo Water Bottle with Storage Compartment

This is a cool 24 ounce water bottle with a (what appears to be) a non spillable seal top. That's not the cool thing. There is a side pocket for keys, cards, etc. That is what caught my eye. Great for those times at the gym and you're not comfortable leaving things in your locket. Best thing is it's only $10

Work Out With Alexa From Amazon

The Amazon Alexa system. What is that?

Alexa is a cloud based app that can be access via the Echo, Tap, and Dot. Alexa answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more. One of my favorite things is telling Alexa to put an item on my grocery (or to-do ) list.

Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices.

So I ordered the Amazon Echo Dot ($49) and I tie it to a speaker I already have. (The Amazon Echo $179 has a kick butt built in speaker). You can read my buyers guide at so I have it tied into my Fitbit (and I can ask it for an update). If I'm doing good, Alexa give me praise. If I'm behind schedule she encourages me.

In the Amazon world there are no apps (OK there are, but they are called "Skills"). One of the skills is a 7 minute workout. This is completely free. I believe I could have started some music first, then started the workout and had both.

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