Fitbit Force Activity Tracker

Fitbit Force Activity TrackerWant to know what’s at the top of my Christmas list this year? The Fitbit Force activity and sleep tracker.

Yes, there are numerous such devices on the market currently, and I’ve written about some on this blog in the past. However, I’ve never bought one because I always feel like something better will be released immediately after I pull the trigger. This is how it is with all technology though, and if you want something, just buy it. There’s always going to be something new around the bend.

The Fitbit Force is essentially an upgraded version of the Fitbit Flex. The Force is a little wider than the Flex, but it has a small OLED display on the front of it compared to the tiny illuminated dots that were on the Flex. The Force can actually show you the time along with stats as you go about your day. Or, you can choose sync the device with your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 without taking the device off your wrist. These Android and iPhone apps will let you view your progress and compare it to previous days.

So what exactly can the Fitbit Force do for you? It can visualize your activity, showing you exactly how active you are. It counts your steps, distance, stairs climbed, calories burned, and active minutes. It will show you when you’re not being active compared to previous days, allowing you to adjust your routine to boost your activity. There are some days when I know I should be doing more, but it will be hard to ignore and not feel guilty when it’s presented to me on my phone through an attractive interface with pie charts and bar graphs.

The nice thing about the Fitbit Flex is that you can keep it on all the time and will rarely have to take it off. You can wash dishes with it on, take a shower, and do other activities where it might get splashed or a little bit wet. But unlike the Misfit Wearable, you can’t take it swimming. You’re also encouraged to wear it while you sleep, and after putting the device in sleep mode, it will monitor your sleep and present you with the data when you wake up. Speaking of which, you can even set an alarm and have the Force wake you with vibrations that you will feel but your partner won’t.

There are lots of great things about the Fitbit Force, but as I mentioned, there are some features found on other devices that the Force lacks. But after comparing a number of these fitness trackers, I found that the Force had the combination of features that appealed to me and my lifestyle the most. That’s why I’m hoping there’s one sitting under my tree on Christmas morning.

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What Does the Color of My Urine Mean?

What Does the Color of My Urine Mean?Time to get a little weird, guys. A little personal.

I try to eat healthy and drink at least two liters of water per day. This is a slippery slope for me, though, as I’m sure it is for many others. I can go a few weeks eating well and drinking my water each day and exercising, too. Then I have a bad day or two, and slide back into my old ways. I don’t exercise, eat bad, and don’t drink enough water.

So what does this have to do with the color of my urine? Well, I’ve been climbing back up that hill recently, and I’ve been drinking a lot more water. As I stare down at the bowl when going to the bathroom, I’ve been noticing the color of my urine. It’s been going from it’s typical dark yellow/amber-ish hue (TMI, I know) back to very light yellow or almost clear when I’m drinking water. This got me thinking, what does the color of my piss tell me?

The other day, as if they read my mind, Lifehacker posted an article along with a graphic–courtesy of The Cleveland Clinic–that helps you diagnose yourself. There’s a wide range of colors ranging from clear to green, purple, and even urine that fizzles like soda pop. Generally the lighter your urine, the better. The darker and more colorful it gets, the more you should worry. Of course, when you wake up in the morning it will almost always be darker, but as the day goes on and you drink more water, it should get almost clear.

As far as bodily waste goes, this is about as revealing as I will get on this blog. There will be no “what does the shape and texture of my feces mean?” in the upcoming weeks.

Check out the links below for the full details.

Via: Lifehacker via The Cleveland Clinic

Onnit Cyber Monday Sale: Save Up to 25%, Earn 10% More Off, Free Go Packs

Onnit Cyber Monday Sale: Save Up to 25%, Earn 10% More Off, Free Go PacksLike I mentioned on Black Friday, Onnit is having a huge sale, and it’s actually getting better today for Cyber Monday. You can still save up to 25% on supplements, foods, packages, fitness equipment and gear, but you can also save up to an additional 10% based on how much you spend. If you spend $150 or more, you get an additional 5% off. If you spend $250 or more, you get an additional 10% off on top of the aforementioned discounts. That’s bonkers! Plus every order regardless of its amount will receive a free single go pack, which is essentially a single serving of something like Alpha Brain or Shroom Tech Sport.

This incredible Cyber Monday sale ends tonight, Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:59 PST. Remember that PST is actually three hours behind EST, so that would really be 2:59AM EST.

This is all I’m going to say on the Onnit Cyber Monday Sale. Below is the breakdown of the savings:

Save Up to 30% (and more!) During Onnit’s 2014 Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale

Save Up to 30% (and more!) During Onnit's 2014 Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale

Update: 12/01/2014

Today is Cyber Monday, which means it’s the last day of Onnit’s big Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2014 sale. Before the sale ends, you’ll want to head over to the Onnit website and check out the TPC: Total Primate Care page. TPC includes all of Onnit’s best supplements divided into day and night packs, available in 15 and 30-day supplies. This stuff is normally out of stock, so the fact that it’s actually available and on sale today makes it a no brainer. Stock up while this stuff is on sale and save a ton of money compared to buying the supplements individually. Remember, you have until 11:59PM EST (8:59PM PST) today, December 1, 2014, to save big money.

Update: 11/28/2014

I’ve noticed a lot of people heading to this page looking for Onnit’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 sales. This is an old post from last year, but is still getting hits from Google, so I figured I’d update this post with information for this year.

Unlike previous years where you could save up to 25% off Onnit products, Onnit has launched its biggest sale of the year, and maybe ever. The company has said that this will be the biggest sale of the year, so I wouldn’t expect a bigger sale on Boxing Day or heading into 2015. That being said, if you’ve held back on buying something or are looking to stock up on supplements or foods you use regularly, this is the time to buy.

Here’s how the 2014 Onnit Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale breaks down:

  • Save 25% off all supplements
  • Save 18% off all foods and fitness equipment
  • Save 30% off all gear (clothes, bags, etc.)
  • Save an additional 5% off on all orders over $150
  • Save an additional 10% off on all orders over $250!

As you can see, this adds up to some serious savings.

If you were interested in the Primal Bells, you can get the whole line at a crazy discount and save a boat load of cash. This works for any of the expensive Onnit exercise equipment actually. And, if you stock up on multiple bottles of supplements you can save a lot. If you need a new blender, the Blendtec WildSide–which retails for $500 on the Onnit website–is available for about $336 this weekend. This is MADNESS!

It’s a cliche, I know, but literally the more you buy the more you save in the long run.

So click here to check out the special Black Friday and Cyber Monday page that Onnit has posted for a full breakdown of the sale, which ends at 11:59PM EST on Monday, December 1, 2014. You still have all weekend, but don’t put it off and wait because stuff sells out often. The Zombie Bells are out of stock, the Total Primate Care is out of stock, and who knows what could be next.

Have a great weekend everybody!


In my post earlier today I mentioned how I was going to tone down the Onnit posts on this blog, so I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

Like every other online and brick and mortar store, Onnit is having a sale this Black Friday, and it’s the best one of the year. If there are any supplements supplements, foods, package deals, or fitness gear that you’ve had your eye on, now’s the time to pull the trigger. Some of this stuff can also make a great Christmas gift as well, so there’s that to think about too. At any rate, there are some great deals, so act quickly, because some of this stuff is sure to go out of stock over the weekend.

And for the record, this sale includes everything from Primal Bells and Zombie Bells to Onnit 180 drink mix, Total Primate Care, Hemp Force, T+ testosterone booster, Alpha Brain, Blendtec blenders, and everything else.

Here’s the breakdown of the savings during Onnit’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale:

This sale starts on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 12AM EST. So to those of us who don’t go to bed at 9PM, this means Thursday night at midnight everything goes on sale. The sale is on all weekend and concludes on Cyber Monday (Monday, December 2, 2013) at 11:59 PST. Remember that PST is actually three hours behind EST, so that would really be 2:59AM EST. Confused yet? Me too. Not sure why Onnit chose to list these times in two time zones, but there you have it. Visit onnit.com sometime this weekend after midnight tonight (but before midnight on Monday night) and you can save up to 25% off everything.

How to Stay Focused on Your Goals During Thanksgiving

How to Stay Focused on Your Goals During ThanksgivingFirst, let me start off this post by responding to a comment I received the other day. The commenter said that this blog has turned into an Onnit advertisement compared to what it once was. I agree that as my blog posts have become less frequent more have been focused towards Onnit than just general posts about staying healthy.

I have a list of topics I want to write about, and I also have a list of Onnit news that I think might appeal to readers of this blog. I can understand how my enthusiasm for the company, its products, Joe Rogan, and his podcast can seem purely like an advertisement, but my intentions aren’t simply to shill Onnit products.

I started out this blog as a way to answer the questions that I had about things related to health and fitness. Like, what is kale and why is it healthy? Why do my knees make so much noise, and should I be worried? How can I prevent a hangover? I’m going to tone down the Onnit posts and keep them limited to when an exciting new product launches and when the company has a sale on its products. I don’t need to cover the minutia of the company and every little product that it releases. I’ll steer this ship back towards what Tight Lightning once was and answer more of the questions I have about living a healthy life while limiting the posts that feel like ads to my readers. I hope that you guys will continue to visit this blog in 2014.

With that out of the way and off my chest, let’s talk about Thanksgiving. As a Canadian, I’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving. It was last month, I’m over it, and it wasn’t a big deal to me. To Americans though, it’s a whole other beast. It’s essentially the beginning of the holiday season. The family, the friends, the shopping and presents, and of course, the FOOD. I work in the food industry so I know how hard it can be to resist everything that will destroy your diet.

So what can you do during Thanksgiving to prevent yourself from ruining all the hard work you’ve accomplished this year? Here are a few ideas to keep you from gaining too much weight over the next month:

Exercise
If you don’t normally exercise on the weekend, maybe force yourself to, just as an added boost to help burn off the extra calories you consume during Thanksgiving. Do this either before the big meal or the day after, if you can muster up the motivation to do so.

Eat a Balanced Breakfast and Lunch
If you eat a healthy, balanced breakfast and follow it up with a filling lunch, you may be inclined to eat less during dinnertime. For breakfast and lunch, choose protein and whole grains to keep you feeling full right up until Thanksgiving dinner.

Don’t Deny Yourself
It’s important that you don’t deny yourself of anything that you want during Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. However, as I have talked about on this blog in the past, the key is moderation. Have one cookie, not four. Have a piece of pie, but skip the ice cream. Have a plate of dinner, but not seconds. Keep your portion sizes in control and give yourself a limit and you shouldn’t feel too badly once you head back to work after the long weekend.

Eat Slowly
Everyone knows that the slower you eat, the more time your body has to respond to what you put into it. You’ll feel more full quicker and end up eating less if you don’t inhale your dinner. So slow down, relax, and enjoy the time with your family and friends.

Don’t Get Drunk
Alcohol is not only full of extra calories you don’t need during the holidays, it can crush your willpower as well. The more inebriated you become, the more likely you are to eat what you otherwise wouldn’t, and you’re more likely to wake up hungover. What happens when you’re hungover? You crave more food and you definitely don’t exercise. It’s a slippery slope, so be careful.

Take a Picture
I’ll admit it, I have a picture on my computer of what I used to look like when I was about 20 lbs. heavier. I also have one for inspiration when I was at my prime. Where I’m at now is somewhere in the middle, but I can use both of the pictures to keep myself in check. One shows me what I can turn back into if I get lazy and unfocused, and the other shows me what I’m capable of when I set a goal and accomplish it.

And there you have it. Those are my suggestions on how you can keep your body and your diet in check during Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. If you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to post about them in the comments.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Powerful Joe Rogan T-Shirt!

A Powerful Joe Rogan T-ShirtI realize this isn’t specifically a Joe Rogan T-shirt, as it doesn’t have his face on it and it isn’t a part of his Higher Primate line. But let’s face it: Joe was the one who made the “POWERFUL!” phrase popular, at least to listeners of his The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

What I like about this powerful shirt is how clean and simple it is. It’s not like the garish Deathsquad T-shirts that Redban sells, and it doesn’t scream that you listen to TJRE podcast. It’s a subtle nod to let those who know know that you have good taste in podcasts and fitness gear and supplements. Yes guys, this is actually an Onnit T-shirt available on the Onnit website, but it’s clearly Rogan-inspired. Grab one if you like Joe, like his podcast, or want to support Onnit and the awesome things Aubrey and the guys over there are doing.

The shirt is heather gray with big black block letters across the front. The left sleeve has a tiny black patch with the double N Onnit logo, and the back has a small Onnit logo just below the neck hole. Clean, subtle, and comfortable. This shirt is a tri-blend crewneck T, made from a 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon blend. It weighs 4.26 oz. if you care about how much your shirts weigh. For detailed measurements, head over to the Onnit website and figure out which size you are. They come in all sizes from small up to XXL for you guys who are extra swole, and they’re less than $20. POWERFUL!

What is Defense Soap?

What is Defense Soap?Like a lot of things related to health and fitness, I first heard about Defense Soap while listening to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. If I remember correctly, Eddie Bravo and Joe were talking about the soap and how essential it is to those who train wrestling and/or Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I remember wondering at the time “what is Defense Soap and can I use it if I don’t train?” but then my mind drifted to something else and I forgot about it completely. Fortunately my mind was refreshed recently when Onnit sent me an email to let me know it’s now stocking Defense Soap on its webstore.

To answer my first question, Defense Soap is a product that was designed specifically for those who participate in sports like jiu-jitsu and wrestling where sweaty participants roll around with one another. The reason this soap is so important to wrestlers and BJJ practitioners is that it can help fight off the microbial skin infections that commonly infect participants of these sports. I’m not talking about dry skin either, though Defense Soap can help with that. I’m talking about more serious skin infections and skin ailments like ringworm, impetigo, athlete’s foot, jock itch, lice, dandruff, and acne. Defense Soap can do all this in a way you probably wouldn’t think of.

We’ve all heard how the proliferance of anti-bacterial soaps has actually changed bacteria. They’re now resistant to our traditional antibiotics, and as a result, we’re now more prone to sickness. Furthermore, while anti-bacterial soaps kill 99.95% of all the bad germs and microbes we come in contact with each day, that number also includes all the good microbes that our bodies need. Yes, our bodies have their own natural “security systems” in the form of natural flora that can help fight off things like ringworm and athlete’s foot. Traditional soap kills this natural flora, but Defense Soap is powerful enough to control the bad microbes you come in contact with each day, while preserving this healthy flora.

If that wasn’t appealing enough, Defense Soap is also free of alcohol and chemicals like triclosan. It’s an organic product that’s made in the good ol’ U-S of A, crafted from natural tea tree and eucalyptus oils. You don’t need to be an athlete to use it, either. You just need to want a healthy, natural alternative to anti-bacterial soaps that are loaded with chemicals that ultimately do more harm than good. And that’s precisely what Defense Soap can deliver.

New Onnit Silkscreened Art Prints and Zombie T-Shirts!

Onnit Zombie Bell Kettlebell T-ShirtFirst off, let me start this post by apologizing for the lack of updates recently. As I mentioned earlier, I was on holidays last week so I took the week off. Then, I got busy getting back to work and couldn’t find the motivation to update the blog during my free time. But I’m back into the swing of things now and hope to update Tight Lightning at least three times per week: every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

For today’s blog post, I just want to point out a few new things that Onnit has on its webstore. I’ve been writing about Onnit a lot recently, mainly because the company decided to drop so many new products all at once. This isn’t a bad thing by any means, but I’ve been writing more about products and less about other things like exercise, food, and other healthy tips to help improve your life.

As you guys know, Onnit released its line of Zombie Bell kettlebells just before Halloween. Onnit also released DigesTech, its new digestive aid to help ease discomfort caused by eating and to help your body absorb vitamins and nutrients more efficiently. If that wasn’t enough, the Onnit 180 rejuvenating drink mix (with Alpha Brain!) that’s designed to help the body recover was also released within the past couple of weeks. But the company also dropped a few other new items that won’t help you improve the way your body looks or feels.

The first of these items is a line of Onnit silkscreened prints. I’ve always admired the artwork that Onnit uses on its shirts. It’s stylish, it’s unique, and it’s not plastered with logos and text. As you can see below, each print relates to an Onnit product without being too obvious. I’m seriously considering ordering the shark print to frame for my house, but the owl with its glow in the dark ink is badass too. They’re priced just under $15 each, so they’re a rather inexpensive way to add some unique artwork to your home. Also worth mentioning is that each print is printed on fine recycled Speckletone stock paper, they measure 18”x24”, and they’re shipped rolled up to ensure they arrive in mint condition.

Onnit Silkscreened Art Prints

Speaking of Onnit’s artwork and T-shirts, a brand new Onnit Zombie Bell T-shirt has also been added to the website. Just like the other shirts, the Zombie Bell shirt features the same style of minimal flowing artwork with a splash of color. This one is more like a rainbow really, but it fits with the almost cartoonish style of the artwork. You can check it out at the top of this post, and if you would like to order it, you can find it on Onnit’s website in men’s and women’s sizes.

Onnit 180 Drink Mix Now Available!

Onnit 180 Drink Mix Now Available!I’m on holidays this week so I’ve been away from the computer, but I thought I’d type up this quick blog post to let everyone know that Onnit 180 drink mix powder is now available! I first wrote about this months ago–late spring or early summer, if I remember correctly–so this is a long time coming. I’ve been really excited about this product!

So in a nutshell, Onnit 180 is a rejuvenating drink mix that’s filled with vitamins and nutrients. I first heard Aubrey talk about Onnit 180 on Joey Diaz’s podcast The Church of What’s Happening Now and he said that it is a great product for anyone who suffers from jet lag, or for when you’re hungover. It’s actually like a few Onnit supplements combined: you get the cognitive enhancing and neurotransmitter benefits of Alpha Brain, the adaptogens from Shroom Tech Sport, 5-HTP from New Mood, along with minerals to boost the immune system and some new ingredients as well. Basically Onnit 180 is great for any situation where the body feels stress, like jet lag and hangovers of course, but when you’re feeling down or when you need Alpha Brain’s effects to hit you faster than taking the supplement in capsule form.

Onnit 180 powder drink mix is now available on the Onnit website and it comes in boxes of 10. It’s priced at about $30 for a box of 10, which can seem expensive, but keep in mind this isn’t Kool-Aid. It’s also not medicine, but you should treat it that way: taking it only when you need, not when you’re thirsty. Having a box at the office, at home, and one for the suitcase will ensure that you’re always covered when stress from flying, drinking, or working becomes overwhelming.

Onnit Total Primate Care Back in Stock!

Onnit Total Primate Care Back in Stock!As of June 19, 2014 Onnit Total Primate Care is back in stock! Save $30 off the regular price when you buy a 30-day supply!

Onnit Total Primate Care (or Onnit TPC for short) has been out of stock for a long while. Apparently it’s a very popular product, and it’s easy to see why. Total Primate Care gives you a wide range of Onnit’s human optimization products in one convenient package.

The nice thing about Onnit Total Primate Care is that it takes any of the thinking out of taking your supplements. It may seem like a trivial thing, but when you’re taking a wide range of supplements each day and you have a lot of other things on your mind, you may forget to take some, or take them and not remember that you did! Onnit TPC makes this easy.

For those who don’t know, what Onnit Total Primate Care does is provide you with a wide range of supplements in day and night packs. You can buy Onnit TPC in 15 day and 30 day supplies. So, the 15 day supply would contain 30 packages: 15 day and 15 night, and the 30 day pack has 60 packages: 30 day and 30 night. Each of the packs contains capsules of Onnit products like New Mood, Shroom Tech Immune, Alpha Brain, Shroom Tech Sport, and more. Click here for a full breakdown of the supplements in the day and night packs.

As I said, the advantage to Onnit TPC is that it’s fool proof. Throw a pack in your bag before you leave for the day and you’re set. Put a pack by your bedside so you don’t forget to take it at night. It’s easy, the supplements will make you feel better, and Onnit Total Primate Care is far cheaper than buying all of the supplements individually.