traineo Blog

A blog about what's going down on traineo.com.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Upgrade to traineoPLUS and get a FREE Garmin Forerunner Watch!

Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to announce that we've just partnered with Garmin to offer an incredible deal to traineo members this spring.

Measuring and tracking results is a core component of traineo's weight loss and fitness program so we're excited to offer this great opportunity to improve your life with the latest in timing technology from Garmin combined with traineoPLUS:

Exclusive Garmin & traineoPLUS Offer Details:

  • All members who upgrade to traineoPLUS for one year ($59.99) will receive a Garmin Forerunner 50 Watch with the latest ANT wireless monitoring technology. See below for Garmin Foreunner 50 Watch features.

  • All members have the option of trying traineoPLUS completely free for 14 days. Only members who are charged will receive a Garmin Forerunner 50.

  • Hurry offer ends March 31, 2010! e.g. To be eligible for the promotion users must upgrade to a 14 day trial before March 31, 2010.

How do I upgrade?

  • Sign-up at traineo and 'Upgrade' to a free 14 day trial of traineoPLUS after selecting the annual subscription option. You will receive an email requesting your shipping address for your watch after your card is charged after the 14 day trial period.

Garmin Forerunner 50 Watch Features:

  • Sleek, multi-function wireless sports watch with stopwatch, lap storage (100 laps or 7 hrs of data), Interval timer.

  • Fully compatible with ANT accessories including Garmin's ANT heart rate strap, ANT foot-pod, or ANT receiver to provide wireless heart rate monitoring, speed and distance, and computer download feedback respectively. Note: ANT Heart Rate Strap, Foot Pod, or receiver are not provided with the traineoPLUS special offer and can be purchased separately from numerous retailers online.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New features at traineo!

Hi Everyone!

I think we're just escaping the Winter here in Boston and we've starting to enjoy some early Spring weather. It's amazing how a change in seasons brings you a positive lift and it's one of the reasons why I enjoy living in the Northeast.

Our team has definitely been feeding off this positive energy and I'm sure many of you have noticed some new features when you logged into Traineo. We've been working very hard to improve some of the core components of the site whilst adding enhancements so we hope you like them. There are a few things we're cleaning up so if you notice a few minor issues please rest assured we're getting to them.

Here's a quick summary of what we've just released:

- 'Live' tab replaces the existing default graph view: The goal here was to help user's manage their support network and actions on the site more efficiently. It's similar to a Facebook style 'feed' but very much catered to Traineo's core goal. We hope it improves the experience and makes Traineo a more motivating place!

- BMI data and BMI matches: We've had a number of comments and requests relating to BMI and height data. Both height and BMI are now shown on user profiles (based on user privacy settings) and we've also introduced this into the 'Live' view. There is a new filter that we're quite excited about called 'BMI Matches' which also shows you recent activity from users on the site with similar BMIs.

- Update your weight quick link: Check the top right of the site. We wanted to make weight logging as simple as possible so there's now a quick short-cut.

- Photos tab: Progress photos have had a great response so we would like to cater to that by highlighting it in the user's tool panel. We're looking forward to seeing even more lives change!

- Simple Facebook integration: They'll be more on this to come but we're introducing simple features to allow Traineo user's to use their Facebook 'social graph' to improve their motivation and support. You can now pick your motivators from Facebook. We, like you, get annoyed by Facebook's numerous 'SPAM applications' and we recognize the importance of privacy - our first cut at Facebook integration is light-weight so hopefully it'll be a good starting point for the community to provide us feedback.

I think that's about covered the core features we're adding.

As always, we'd love your feedback on the latest updates and welcome all of your suggestions. Again, please excuse any minor glitches that our team missed at 2am when pushing this version live!

Good luck and I hope everyone enjoys some great weather this spring!


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Best Organic Foods To Shop For

The discussion of organics becomes more popular all the time, with more people and organizations stressing how organic is the way to go when selecting food, especially produce. Due to the amount of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, fertilizers and other chemicals used on large domestic and imported crops, not to mention the effects this has on the environment and our health, choosing local, organic produce feels like a necessity for some.

However, for all the good organics offer, the price is still steep for many consumers, begging the question how important is it to buy organic? It seems some produce items are dirtier and treated with more chemicals than other, making those worth your while for frequent purchases, and you can save money on other standard produce.

The dirtiest 12 produce items include (should buy organic):

1. Peaches (highest pesticide)

2. Apples

3. Sweet Bell Peppers

4. Celery

5. Nectarines

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Lettuce

9. Grapes

10. Pears

11. Spinach

12. Potatoes

The cleanest 12 produce items include:

1. Onion (lowest pesticide)

2. Avocados

3. Frozen Sweet Corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mango

6. Frozen Sweet Peas

7. Asparagus

8. Kiwi

9. Bananas

10. Cabbage

Whether you’re shopping from the cleanest list or the dirtiest, be sure you’re always washing the fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Use warm water, a cleaning cloth for soft skins and a scrubber for tougher skins.

Tips for going organic more affordably:

1. Grow your own garden using organic soils, seeds and do not use fertilizers or pesticides.

2. Shop local farmer’s markets for organic produce, meats, jellies and breads.

3. Shop local co-ops for bulk items like organic rice.

4. Join a food buyers club. These local organizations let you pay in as a group and buy direct from wholesalers.

5. Watch for sales at your supermarket and health food stores. Stock up and freeze or can bulk items for later.