Monday, January 07, 2013
Although I received my FitBit just less than a week ago, I have already formed an opinion on it, and I wanted to share it with you just in case you were thinking of getting one.
Let me first start off by saying that for the longest time, I didn't want one. I have a desk job in which I don't get up much. My boss is very weird about things, and I wasn't sure how I could get in steps without him getting mad that I wasn't at my desk. However, I started considering it in December when BJ (boyfriend) and I did a lot of walking to find Christmas gifts. Every weekend we were out shopping. When I received a $100 gift card for Christmas, I took some time to really consider it. As you know, I ended up purchasing it.
I received and began using it last Wednesday. While at work, I was determined to get up every hour to get in at least five minutes of walking around my little office. This goes to show you that it will get you moving because you WANT to make the 8,000 steps (that's my goal right now)!
While I was so afraid that I would not get my steps in during the work day, I didn't do as well this weekend. I finished the day out with about 2,000 steps. Truthfully, this was the first weekend we weren't out and about. We slept most of the weekend; we were exhausted! Not only does it motivate you to be active, but it teaches you about your habits. I now know that I need to do better on the weekends.
Lastly, it tracks sleep. It goes into a wrist band while you sleep; I was a little worried about this too because I was afraid the wrist band would irritate me. It doesn't! After putting it on, I don't even notice it's there. It provides great information about how well you sleep. For example, a few nights ago, I woke up 20x! I couldn't believe it! With this information, I will be researching on how to get a better night's sleep.
If you've been thinking about getting one, I say do it. While $100 isn't cheap, it is worth it with all the information it provides. Plus, it gives you motivation!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I hope every one had a great New Years!
I relaxed with family and friends as well as took time to treat my body right (exercising, eating well, sticking to portions, and drinking my water). For someone who always struggles on the weekends and holidays, this is a major plus for me. I did SO much better on New Years than I did at Christmas. It's like something clicked for me these past four days. I think it was the idea of a new year full of new opportunities to meet goals and get where I want to be. Plus, I did not want to be full of regret and have to "start over" on January 2nd. It feels good, and I hope to carry these two "reasons" throughout 2013!
Saturday, I had a 5K race which went well. My nerves bothered me on Friday night because it was expected to storm Saturday morning. However, I went to the race site, and I was glad I did because it ended up clearing up. I saw sunshine!
This was before the race. It was a bit chilly. Ha.
And let the race begin!
This race was difficult. I didn't get much sleep the night before, and I noticed a difference. Plus, once my shoes and socks were wet, my feet felt like weights. I ended up taking two quick walk breaks because I couldn't find my pace. Truthfully, I wanted to give up at several points during the race because of those situations, but I didn't. I finished strong:
My time was 33 minutes and 11 seconds (a personal best). I thought I was going to end up around 37 minutes; I don't know how I ran it that fast. I came in first place for my age group, but there were only about 20-30 runners. Regardless, I was excited about my numbers and first place!
On another note, I received my FitBit today! First, let me say that it is so tiny and cute! Haha. Anyways, even though I've only had it for about two hours, I've been getting up more to walk around which is exactly what I need since I work a desk job. I barely get up during the day. Hopefully, this will change!
Friday, December 28, 2012
2012 has been a great year for me. I've lost a little over 20 pounds, I'm healthier than I've ever been, and I'm working out more. When I was 174 lbs, I never thought I would get to where I am now. I know, though, that to get to my desired weight, I need to do a little better, so below are my plans for January:
1. Eat cleaner/try a new clean recipe once a week.
2. Workout 5-6 times a week.
3. Sleep more (8-9 hours a night).
4. Drink more water (8-12 cups a day).
5. Incorporate Yoga or Pilates 1-2 times a week.
6. Be grateful.
**I say January because I am better with short-term goals. I hope to continue these for all of 2013.**
I struggle on the weekends and on holidays. I guess the lack of a schedule really throws me off which explains numbers 2-4. I think the best way to tackle those are to create a schedule for days that I am not at work. I hope to come up with one over the next few days.
Number 1 is a big deal because right now, I am eating whatever as long as it fits within the calorie range. I would love to get away from processed foods entirely; however, I would need to be better at taking time out on Sundays to make meals. (I will be working on that too!) For January, I would like my breakfast, lunch, and snacks to be 100% clean. Dinner is a little different as I cook for both my boyfriend and I; he's picky. Hopefully, I can switch to 100% clean eating in February or March, but I'd also like to take my time too. It's a big change.
So, how do I begin clean eating? What foods can or cannot eat? Any suggestions? I will be on a budget, so any tips for that would be greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Hi all! Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I did although I ate too much and barely exercised. I'm not particularly proud of it, but it is what it is. I enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and that's what it's about.
Anyways, I received some money for Christmas, and I really want to put it towards something I will enjoy as well as something that will further my journey. I've really been thinking about getting a FitBit One or a BodyMedia Fit Core, but I'm just not sold. I have a couple of reasons:
1. My job consists of me sitting at a desk for 8 or so hours. I try to get up as much as I can, but it's not a lot. Due to this, I am super afraid that it won't be put to good use except for on the weekends.
2. Money. I did get some money like I said, but ahh, bills! Haha. I'm a broke ex-college student (who really needs to find a better job! Haha), so money gets tight. However, it is pretty close to income tax check time...
I know some of you have these products, so I am interested to know your input before buying such a big investment. What are your pros and cons? Also, should I buy it online or go to say, Best Buy? Let me know what you think!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
If you were like me, I was devastated to hear the news about Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday. I couldn't believe how someone could take innocent lives of 6-7 years olds. It broke my heart that they would never be able to smile, laugh, or learn. Not only do I hurt for the victims, but it hurts to think about how these families have prepared for Christmas only for their child to be taken away. Presents will remain unopened this Christmas.
With that said, we have a chance to change lives. We have a chance to make a difference. Although money will not bring back those sweet faces, it can help with funeral arrangements and such for these families.
On December 31st, there is a race - Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial 5K and Half Marathon. It's a virtual race that can be done at any time. You can walk, swim, bike, run, anything. It's $20 for the 5K and $30 for the half. If you are interested, here's the link:
I'm not trying to make you but just think about it. If you decide not to, that's fine. All I ask is that you will share this race with other friends on FB and SP, so that we can get the word out.
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