Nick’s Story

Yesterday hurt…a lot. The pain started when my personal computer, a lifeline to my world, crashed.  After a frantic visit to my geek squad, the problem was diagnosed and resolved with a state of the art HDMI cord.  Alas, on the way home from said squad, a car slammed on its brakes sans taillights and my lifeline toppled head over heels from its precarious perch. Thudding sensations chewed the pit of my stomach. After arriving home, further consultation with the aforementioned geek squad ensued.  They resuscitated my lifeline. I could hardly believe my luck. Fifteen minutes later, my glee met a swiftly-rolling swivel chair abruptly toppling over a cord left on a hard tile floor. I smashed my occipital region on a hard tile floor. The fall left me overwhelmingly nauseated and frustrated. In short, it hurt…a lot.

Enter Nick, a One Tweak customer whose email was the first I read after picking myself up off of the floor.

He wrote:

Jan,

I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. It had been a little while since I had checked email.

I have received my OneTweak pedometer and it was delivered in a timely manner.

As far as the pedometer itself is concerned, I love it! I love how simple and easy to use it is! I had been debating between getting a wrist mounted one (similar to a FitBit) and decided that was a little too complex for me. I have been wearing it every day at work, something I have not done in almost 12 years (when I was a night security guard and walked 12 miles a night). It has become part of my uniform now! I have not been able to wear it when I go walking on the local trail yet, it has been too cold.

I would like to thank you for reaching out to your customers and also for making a simple, yet fantastic pedometer. I am extremely happy I purchased the OneTweak pedometer! Again, thank you for your time and an amazing product.

Sincerely,

Nick M.

I responded thusly:

Nick, 

Just WOW! I have an admission to make. Your email truly affected me–in good way, of course–because it was so genuine and unabashed. In a world awash in cynicism, your delight struck me as singularly delightful. It also reminds me to be a better customer…a better person, even. Thank you for the gift of a smile.

 

Congrats to you for being such a veteran walker. There is ample evidence that walking confers feelings of well-being along with phenomenal health benefits. If you’ve read my story on our website (Share Your Story segment), you’ll see my first-hand account of how walking changed my life. Methinks you know all about it! Twelve miles a day rates way up in impressive territory.   

Thanks so much for your feedback and for choosing OneTweak!

 Warm regards,

Jan Brauner

OneTweak CEO

 

Today, I received the gift of Nick’s story. It made me forget about the pain in my head while it put a smile in my heart. Simple kindnesses can do that.

Jan,

Thank you for the nice reply! You have inspired me to share my story, something I rarely do! If you would like to use it on your website or blog, please do so. I don’t think it is terribly exciting, but it is my story.

I grew up in a small town, we walked every where! I would walk to school, work, to my friends’ houses, etc. This was a habit I carried on in to my teenage and young adult years.

Towards the end of high school, I took a job as a park ranger. Walking played an almost daily role in my job duties. I was employed seasonally at one park, took some time off and then went to another park closer to home. I would even walk to work.

I continued working as a ranger almost my entire way through college. However, my inactivity during my off months combined with a college diet began to take it’s toll. I ended up at the heaviest I had ever been, I was well over 200 lbs and I am about 5’9″.

After college I took a job as a night security guard at a local zoo, this was my first experience with pedometers. I was curious how much I walked on my nightly rounds, I found out a basic (no extra duties) was 12 miles! The weight melted off me!

I left that job to broaden my horizons, and became employed as a restoration tech for a company that dealt mainly in fire and water damage. While it was physical, I still missed walking. After a difference of opinions I was forced to leave.

It was at this time that I found my current employer. I started as a driver/messenger for an armored car company, and did I love it! Lifting and walking, why join a gym. After almost four years I was promoted to Assistant Manager of a department (now I drive a desk). After a few doctor’s visits and discussions about trying to have a baby with my wife, I noticed old habits were catching up to me. That and my blood pressure was rising. I decided to make a change.

I started eating better and decided to start walking again. Jogging has always bothered me due to an old sports injury. It was at this time I decided to get another pedometer, I considered something fancy/flashy but missed my old simple one from the zoo. After finding OneTweak, I decided that was right for me. I now wear my pedometer as part of my daily uniform. I am even known to pace around our dispatch center (my office). I have to get my steps in!

I apologize for the lengthy email, but I wanted to share my story.

Thank you,

Nick

Just WOW!!!!

 

 

 

Jan’s Story

 

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Few things in life inspire us as much as a personal story. I love them. To me, the best ones usually involve a pick-myself-up-from-the-bottom narrative. Let me tell you mine.

I am the CEO of OneTweak Pedometers. After spending decades in the Middle East raising five children, I returned to the US and discovered computers. I reveled in the cornucopia at my fingertips. Every click brought something to twizzle over; my viral world riveted me. Hooked me. Obsessed me, even.

Soon, I spent as many as sixteen hours a day on the computer.  I discovered research capabilities unimaginable in a world sans computer.  A world’s database bowed before me. I devoured it.

But this veritable feast had a downside. I viewed life from the viral edges; I didn’t fully participate in it. My computer steeped me in the tawdry entrails of human existence on a large scale.  I began to feel depressed.

My stamina withered into nothingness. My obsessive computer stints literally deprived my body of movement, as necessary to the human physiology as oxygen.

Worse, my should-be-retired husband of forty-two years had returned to work overseas, leaving me alone for the first time in my married life. I don’t do ‘alone’ well.

Then, everything changed.

We decided to start selling pedometers on Amazon.  Newbies in the world of marketing, we dubbed ourselves OneTweak.  Our name represented our belief that we would find a product that ‘tweaked’ our lives and those of our customers in a positive direction. And, we would ‘tweak’ that product in at least one way to make it better.

I felt ethically compelled to test our pedometer and those of our competitors. I began to walk. A lot. I went from sedentary to mobile. I sought a pedometer that did not require an online interface. My goal was to wean folks OFF the computer -reduce their sittin’ down time– not seduce them onto one to view their metrics and compare them with others.

Then, everything changed even more.

My world grew increasingly lovely. I began to skype my husband every day about business and brass tacks. We were apart but together. Geography was no longer our tyrant. My energy sky-rocketed. I immersed myself in goals and productivity.

I gentled ‘in the moment.’ Walking gave me time to ponder metaphysical abstractions and everyday logistics. Walking gave me energy. I lost weight. My outlines morphed. My insides morphed. Hope and I began to swap howdys.

Now I walk between 10,000 and 20,000 steps per day. Along my ‘walked’ path, I learned a great deal. Our set-up guide needs to be easier. I have a

lot to learn about customer interface and Amazon metrics. I dabble in website construction. I have discovered the power of social media and am learning how to mobilize it for our business. I encountered Pinterest and Instagram for the first time. New worlds are opening up to me.

I don’t think it is hyperbole to say that a pedometer can be life-changing if it gets you to walk more…to live more.

No doubt, OneTweak is a ‘work in progress.’ And, I have a lifetime. To walk toward the goal posts.

If YOU have a story about your pedometer experience or walking’s impact on you, I’d love to hear it. I’d also love to post it on our blog… with your permission, of course. You can remain anonymous OR you can be the named author. Your story can be short or long, with a picture or without, funny or serious. Anything works. Remember…your story is YOUR story. 

I believe your narrative can be transformative. We live and revolve in a couch-potato nation filled with folks just like me…nibbling around the edges of life. Tell your story and change the world nibble by nibble!

Contact us at support at support@OneTweak.com

 

30 Minutes a day of Exercise as Good for Old Men as Quitting Smoking….

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30 minutes of exercise a day as good for old men as quitting smoking, study finds

Note to old men: DON’T ask your doc if this study means that you can keep smoking when you start walking 30 minutes a day.  He’ll yell “NO!” Guaranteed!

It DOES mean that active older men are forty percent less likely to die over the course of a twelve year study than those who spent that time lollygagging on the couch. While the benefits of exercise have long been recognized, even experts were surprised by the extent of the benefits.

Yet, more than half of us don’t engage in moderate daily exercise.  We’d rather pop a pill. But, according to Professor Ingar Holme, of the department of sports medicine at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences in Oslo, “Not many pills can bring down total mortality by 30-40 per cent. That is a major achievement!”

“Major indeed!” says Grancy. “So get off that couch, put your cigarettes down, stop poppin’ pills, and get active. Your grandchilluns need you. Your chilluns need you. And, most of all, your “Grancys” need you!

Should I Walk or Should I Run?

hiway-runnerSo, you’ve  slipped on your OneTweak pedometer and you’re pumped. Then you ask yourself, should I walk or should I run. The answer? It depends. Do you simply want to lose weight? Are you already fit? Do you have medical issues?  Do you want to reduce your risk of heart attack? The answers to Is it Better to Walk or Run and Is Walking as Good a Workout as Running may surprise you. Helen Sanders, chief editor at Health Ambition, provides current research on whether one can lose weight by walking alone in this informative well-written article. Her answer? “An emphatic YES,” she says. Read here and find out why.g-walking

 

Walking To a Healthier You

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She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies
And all that’s best if dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes. Lord Byron

Walking is less about looking good than feeling good. But in a physical-appearance obsessed world, this may be a difficult concept to internalize. After all, everyone wants to walk “pretty.” And you can!

Just ask Balance me Beautiful, a blog devoted to the mission of helping readers “walk” toward a balanced, healthy and beautiful life. They’ve “curated” the internet for the best and most recent articles so you don’t have to spend hours on the web culling through junk to find the gems. After all, the goal is to reduce your sittin’-down time, not add to it!  Do you want to lose weight by walking or get your yoga on?     Find flattering yoga apparel to match your inner beauty? Traipse through Balance me Beautiful’s blog and find gems aplenty. You’ll be glad you did.

Not to be outdone, the American Heart Association’s “Walking to a Healthier You,” Mayo Clinic’s “Walking: Trim Your Waistline, Improve Your Health,” and “Walking Women Win,” show that a healthier you is a more beautiful you! In more ways than one!

Read more here and here, and here.