2/9/08

SportBrain - The Internet pedometer

If you look at my previous posts, you will see that I like to eat at Indianapolis restaurants. :-)

However, this hobby tends to have a counter effect in that I am always trying to shed pounds. Years ago I weighed about the same that I weight today, but my weight has been a bit of a roller coaster for the past few years.

At my heaviest I weighed 255lbs, then I recieved a SportBrain for Christmas. SportBrain had just begun and there was a lot of excitement inside its membership. You wore a small device on your waistline and it recorded the steps you took in a day. The idea was to wear it during your entire day so that throughout the day you attempted to find areas to grow your steps.

I remember parking as far as I could from the place that I was going. I would take the steps over the elevator anytime it was possible and I would go for a walk at lunch every day.

Sportbrain also had groups and rewards. This led to a nature of competition with the members. At the highlight, I had also convinced over 10 people at work to join me....not to mention many of my friends and family.

I ended up losing 100lbs. Then Sportbrain went out of buisness. A few members started the Walkclub. The Walkclub was fun, but it didn't seem to have the same competitive spirit that made me want to win.

A few years after SportBrain's demise, they resurfaced...but it hasn't been the same. I joined in hopes that I could re-gain the competitve drive. However, this time it seemed the company lost sight of what made it special. They say that you can win rewards, but in the time that I was a new member, I never once saw an opportunity to win a reward. The groups also seemed to be empty of full of people with no steps, meaning they had given up.

So, I recently joined Stickk. I am hoping that Stickk will help the competitve spirit become alive inside again. Stickk allows you to put a committment, complete with money, to your weight loss. For each week I miss my goal, my brother gets $5. For each week I make my goal, I get to keep $5 of my money. You can also set up supporters to keep you going.

Wish me luck, and let me know if you catch wind of any other interesting online tools

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