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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.

Fisher Price Glow Seashorse

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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The Algebra of Diets

Not sure about anyone else, but I don’t love Algebra and I certainly don’t love diets.  But, the truth of the matter is that I happen to know a lot about both of them.  Sigh. I have tried every diet known to (wo)man but even when I have succeeded I have still failed.  I am still the same weight I have always been.  Yes, it waxes and wanes but it never seems to get me to the green part on my doctor’s (stupid) chart.  But… since I started this blog to get it together, I thought I would take a different approach to getting healthy and let the weight loss come as an added benefit.  Many health enthusiasts will agree that this plan of action will work.  Will it?  We shall see together I guess.

What I have learned in a nutshell…

 

A good (although debatable) measurement of your weight as it relates to your health is your Body Mass Index or BMI.  You can calculate these measurements through numerous calculators found over the Internet.  BMI uses your height and weight to calculate the amount of FAT in your body.  Yum.  Mine is not good I am definitely in the red on this (awesome) chart. 

 

My only saving grace is that I exercise quite a lot.  Let’s hope this will counteract the FAT in my body a little bit.  But, I also eat and drink too much.  But, now that I have this number I have it stuck to my computer monitor. 

Mini-Motivation: Every time it changes I will make a new one and keep that post-it and this body alive until it gets down to that 24.9.

Other numbers to consider in this battle are Basal Metabolic Rate, daily caloric intake and daily caloric expenditures.   These numbers will calculate a target number to lose weight.  My target is 1200 calories, although this will be modified in the weeks leading to the half.  Your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR is the amount of calories you burn just lying around all day – does not include movement or food.  Your daily caloric intake is the amount of food and drinks you consume each day and your expenditure is the amount of additional energy you burn through daily movement, activities and exercise.  I love My Fitness Pal for calculating these numbers.  The site calculates everything for you and tracks all your food and activity and even your water intake.  I recommend to anyone looking to shed a few pounds and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  They also have an app that you can use on your smart phone to scan the bar code off a food product and it automatically enters the nutritional information into your tracker.  Technology is finally working for us. Every day you finish your entry it tells you what your expected weight will be in five weeks. 

Lastly, I am going to focus on nutrition.  This is the hardest for me.  100 = 100 right?  WRONG!  When it comes to calories and what I put in my face it becomes measure of quality of foods.  100 calories of French fires will not for feed my body like 100 calories of blueberries will.  My plan is to focus more on eating simple foods.  Foods that come straight from the earth like fruits and vegetables and those foods that are less processed.  The longer it takes to change the ingredients into the final product the more processed the food is.  My goal is to use my 1200 calories for good and not evil.

 
Some foods just make you fatter than others… To illustrate what I am talking about please check out this video and infographic from the “Healthy Times Blog.”  They reference a NEJM study following the eating habits of 120,000 adults.  It’s not only about how much you eat but also what you eat.  I know that this post does not include much Algebra but these things can be confusing and intimidating just like ninth grade math.  I hope you are not too disappointed.

BEFORE SHOT

Ps. I got my new kicks today and I am very excited to try them out tonight. Not only are they adorable, hopefully, they will be equally fun to run in.

What is your “evil” food and how do you try to limit it in your life?

 

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Getting New Kicks

So, I am training for the Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida on November 18, 2012.  This is my first race of any distance beyond the adorable 3.1.  Adding a “1” in front of that number is scary to me.  Some people think I am crazy and some people think it’s worthless if you are not going to try to win, but to me it’s an important goal.  My running plans were kicked off course earlier in the year so instead of getting better and skinnier I got slower and chubbier.  WHAT?  I thought if you worked hard you got to see the results… Well, I have learned the hard way that more than the actual work there is a mental aspect to setting and keeping any goal.

I am running this race to prove to myself (and really no one else) that I can do it.  If I come in last I won’t care, well maybe a little, but overall the finish and that medal are my goal.  Although, truthfully I am not looking forward to the end of race picture though.  I always look like a giant, pink rat or an equally creepy, sweaty animal.

But, anyway this first post is about my meeting with my running idol and blog star Mary.  I “met” her through her super sweet twin sister at my previous job.  I miss her everyday at work now.  Mary’s blog is very informative and inspiring.  She makes you want to be a healthier person.  Sit next to her for a few minutes and you instantly burn 6 calories and get better skin.  Well, maybe that’s an exageration but she rocks either way.   She met me at a local running store Fit2Run in Tampa and we picked out some new shoes.  She had me get on a treadmill and run in the middle of the store to see my running stride and how my feet hit the treadmill (over-pronate – roll in or supinate – roll out).  Turns out I am an excessive over-pronator so I needed a stability shoe.  Also, one foot is bigger than the other – so pretty much all-around great news!   In the end, I could choose between either the Asics Gel-Kayano 18 or the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 12.  Turns out I have been running in the right shoes since I already happen to sport a pair of Asics Gel-Kayano 18s.  Go me.  But, since the Brooks offers a larger toe box I decided to get a pair of those.  Last night I pulled the trigger on these right here:

Oh look they match the blog too! Sweet, no?

I will let you know how they work out as I am going to try and integrate them into my training ASAP, so I can use them for the race if possible.  If not I have the Asics to fall back on.  But, I really don’t want to fall.

What shoes do you use for your workouts or runs?  I love a good review!

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