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Mini Recap and FITBIT Guest Review!

Hello Fitkist Friends!

Not much to report on this side of the world… I have been getting much slower as the days go by but I have so much to do! I am running out of time it feels like. We are less than 8 weeks away from meeting our newest family member!! I am certainly anxious to meet him and I wonder everyday what his days are like and what he is thinking of my food and exercise choices. They say babies can taste what you eat and as such their food tastes are influenced. If this is the case, Baby C (yes, still no name) will love trail mix and Cocoa Krispies.  Also, I would like you to meet Petey, Baby C’s BFF I hope.  I love Petey and I can not thank Lindsay enough for getting it for me him.

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Unfortunately, I do not have any new fitness updates, although; I have been trying to incorporate this video into my life:

Prenatal Workout Video

What to Expect When You Are Expecting – The Workout DVD (about $10)

It is a great little DVD but with all the cleaning, prepping, planning, crying and trying-to-sleep I have been doing I just don’t seem to find the time. Mary over at Food and Fun on the Run says you should make an appointment to workout. I need to start doing this, especially now when its so EASY to say “eh, I am pregnant I don’t need to workout.” (PS. Let’s congratulate her – she’s expecting too!)  Click here for Mary’s information on getting the most out of your workout.

So since I have no real Fitkist news, as a bonus for all the readers, my friend Olivia generously offered to write-up a review on her newest fitness gadget, the Fitbit Flex. This is just one of many fitness trackers out there aimed at helping users track and modify their activity and sleep patterns. She really seems to like it so far.  The average price is $99.95 and this is the version you wear on your wrist. Please check it out, we would love your comments or questions!

Fitbits

Fitbit Flex Review By Olivia:

So, I had been thinking of getting a fitness tracker for a while now, but there are so many choices out there I wasn’t sure which one to go with. After doing a little research on the Internet, I decided on the Fitbit Flex. I have been using it for about a week now and I have to say I am pretty impressed. In addition to just monitoring steps, you can log your calorie intake, set activity and weight loss goals and even set silent alarms. I also love that it syncs with my phone so I can see my progress immediately and track my calories on the go. It’s comfortable to wear and waterproof so you can keep it on when swimming or showering. My favorite Fitbit feature has to be the sleep tracker. Now I know why I am always so tired every day!

It’s not perfect of course. For example, I wish the band was a little easier to put on. I think Jawbone has it beat on that one. I also wish the phone app was better. I had a hard time adding friends on the app and it doesn’t let you view too much about your connections either other than an overall goal. You need to go to the dashboard online for a better view and more functionality.

I think what is most motivating about these type of products is the ability to connect and share activity with friends. It adds that competitive factor to it and helps keep you on track. So if you are deciding which brand to go with, take into consideration if any of your friends already have a certain brand. If not, try to convince them to get one with you. They won’t be sorry. All in all, it was the best price of all the brands I researched and in my opinion was worth the money I spent on it. I highly recommend this product.

Olivia is amazing when it comes to new technology and she really gives an honest and well researched review, she may have convinced me to get one of these things! This post was not sponsored.

If you decide on a Fitbit One there is a 30% off coupon code I found ACT20FB… you can use it here but I am not sure about the expiration of the promo code.  Happy Shopping if you choose!

Do you have a fitness tracker?  Which one and how do you like it?

 

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Feel Good Friday

Hello Team!

Not much to report on my end of the fitness world.  I am very busy preparing for baby’s arrival.  Which includes Rob going through a MEGA nesting phase.  We are upgrading, painting, cleaning and out doing ourselves.  But, he loves his projects so I will let him do it even if it kills me.  Tomorrow is the first of my baby showers (I am a lucky girl)  and I will be attempting to make candy moustaches tonight.  Similar to these:

Baby Shower CandyI just hope they turn out better than the Great Fourth-of-July Donut Cake Pop Disaster of 2013.  I will never attempt those bastards again.  Ever.  Pinterest can either make you look like a kitchen rock star or a mud pie baker.  I will post the candy results next week.  There are not many how-to candy tips on the Internet.  Trust me I Googled.  A lot.

Also, last week Rob found this adorable outfit for Baby C.  That’s his name until we can think of something more appropriate for a job application.

SAY ALOHA TO MY LITTLE FRIEND!  Thank you Old Navy.

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Anyway, one of the things that makes pregnancy different then “normal” life is the fact that you are limited on your beverage selections.  You can’t have alcohol, caffeine, artificial flavors or sugars and you should limit your juice and soda intakes as well.  So, that leaves you with good ole’ H2O.  My cheaply edited infographic explains some of the benefits of water to your body.  (Please Pin It)

Water Super Hero

1.  Obviously, it hydrates your body efficiently and without the use of chemicals or calories.  It improves skin tone, organ function, eye lubrication and on and on.  Basically, it balances your body fluids and keeps your system flowing.

2. It can energize you quickly and provide a mini boost any time of day.  It minimizes muscle fatigue because hydrated muscles work better.

3. It improves and aids in digestion and can help keep you regular.

4. It can be a calorie controller when you are trying to maintain or lose weight because it is calorie free, it can replace high calorie beverages and can fill you up leaving less room for food.

5. It can really help keep your skin moisturized and fresh.  It won’t reduce wrinkles but it will help you look refreshed.  It is the natural BB Cream.

6.  It can boost your immune system by keeping all your organs in peak condition and functioning properly.

But, given all its benefits water can get boring.  I have been adding real juice (about half and half) to it over ice and that helps.  I also love sparkling water – to me it’s like Sprite without the sugar.  I add a lime or lemon wedge and this really brightens the drink.  When we are out I have been known to drink a Shirley Temple but only one because they are SUPER sweet.  I have taken on my role as a water drinker rather well but I am looking forward to coffee and champagne when it becomes appropriate next year.

Given that you are supposed to drink 64oz plus a day, how far away from your water goals are you?  Any tips to help others get enough in?

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