Fitbit Charge HR Review

Fitbit Charge HR Review

After being thoroughly disappointed with the Microsoft Band 2, I feared the Fitbit Charge HR may also be a disappointment. I thought I had set my standards too high.

But I was not disappointed.

Just putting the on Charge HR was easier, and it is much more comfortable to wear than the Microsoft Band.

I am also pleased to see that the Fitbit Charge HR is much more accurate in tracking my steps, and it has a few more perks that make it a great little device to help you take control of your health and keep you motivated. (more…)

Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

One of my goals for 2016 was to purchase either a Microsoft Band 2 or the Fitbit Charge HR. I went with the Microsoft Band, and I was really excited because I have a Windows Phone, which means I could use the full functionality of the band including Cortana. But I ended up sending it back within two days.

The Microsoft Band 2 was a huge disappointment for me, for a few different reasons.

  1. Not easy to set up out of the box.
  2. It didn’t count my steps worth crap.
  3. It only tracks your heart rate every 10 minutes, not continuously (unless it’s in exercise mode).
  4. The information the app provides is pretty useless and not very in depth.
  5. For $250, there are a lot of “features” that are useless.
  6. It’s extremely uncomfortable, especially if you’re on a computer all day like I am.
  7. It has a lot of frivolous sensory information that you can’t even access.

Let’s look at each of these individually because I’ve got a few things to say… (more…)

How Much Water is Enough?

How Much Water Is Enough?

We’ve all heard the old saying:

Drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day.

But recent research has shown that this is an arbitrary number and that eight glasses of water a day isn’t really necessary.

Or is it?

There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to figure out how much water or fluids you need to drink on a daily basis. (more…)

Working Out with Chronic Pain

Working Out with Chronic Pain

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post a couple weeks ago about how my workout didn’t go so well.

Most of you probably don’t know, but I suffer with chronic pain from a car accident 20 years ago. The accident left me with a neck injury and chronic migraines and also triggered degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis in my neck and osteoarthritis throughout my body (my neck, hips and knees, particularly on my right side).

For the most part, my pain is managed made tolerable with pain killers and muscle relaxants. (more…)

Fitness Goals for 2016!

Fitnes Goals 2016

It’s that time of year again! Time to re-evaluate your life’s direction and set new goals and dream new dreams. I love this time of year. Who doesn’t love a fresh start?

This year, I’m being much more specific with my goals. I’m setting specific and detailed goals and including steps to reach those goals. So without further ado, here are my goals for 2016!

Fitness Goals

Work on getting more workouts in per week (be more consistent).

Instead of three to four times a week, try for five or six times. I also need to get back on schedule. so the plan is:

  • Go to bed at 9pm, which means starting my bedtime routine at 8pm so that I’m in bed with my eyes closed by 9pm.
  • Get up everyday at 04:45 am so that I have plenty of time for long workouts. If I’m doing a shorter workout that day (because of fatigue from a previous workout or bad night’s sleep) I’ll use the extra time to read.
  • No rest days on days I go into work. This will give me at least four workouts a week and then I can rest on Friday, workout on Saturday and rest on Sunday.

Although I do admit that I did better in December than I have all year. I actually burned over 7,000 calories. (more…)

How to Lose Weight During the Holidays

Holidays

 

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight during the holiday season, you know how hard it is to avoid overeating and splurging at the dessert table. I, personally, load up on carbs. I LOVE mashed potatoes, stuffing and red velvet cake, which is really bad for someone who is pre-diabetic!

So, is it even possible to lose weight during the holidays?

Yes, and here are a few tips to help you to lose weight this upcoming holiday season… or at least help you avoid gaining weight!

1. Don’t Combine Alcohol and Dessert

As much as you want to, don’t drink your alcohol with your pumpkin pie. Try to have one or the other, but if you feel you have to have both, space out alcohol and cake by a couple of hours. Eating both together will cause your body to go straight into fat storing mode.

2. Eat Slowly

Savor each bite. Really enjoy your meal. Studies have shown that people who are mindful while they are eating, not only eat less, but are also more satiated after a meal.

3. Start Your Day with Caffeine

AM Caffeine

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5 Reasons You Need to Start Exercising Today

Everyone knows that exercise does a body good, and that regular exercise should be a part of your daily routine. But for many people, it’s difficult to get started, let alone stay motivated.

If you are one of these people, you may be putting off starting an exercise program. Maybe because you want to start it on a Monday or maybe you want to exercise when the kids are in bed or before you go to work. No matter what reason you give yourself for not getting started, it’s just an excuse.

In the back of your mind you know this. We all make excuses, myself included.

Sometimes willpower alone isn’t enough to get you off the couch. You need a bit of motivation to kick you in the ass and get you moving. Well, I’ve got some motivation for you.

Here are 5 reasons you need to start exercising TODAY! (more…)

Let’s Do a 30 Day Ab Challenge!

30 Day Ab Challenge

I hate ab workouts!!

I really do.

I’ll do cardio all day long, hand me some weights we’ll do some fusion weight training, I’ll even happily work those trapezius muscles that give me migraines.

But don’t make me do ab exercises… please….

I have no idea why I have such an aversion to planks and crunches considering I so desperately want that beautiful flat stomach. But damn it, I avoid them like the plague. (more…)

Why Most People Don’t Reach Their Fitness Goals

Why most people don't reach their fitness goals

The past few weeks, I haven’t been able to get up and workout more than once during the week, twice if I was lucky.  Unfortunately, I’m not really sure why. My stress levels are much lower than they were back in August, although finances are tight. So I can’t blame stress.

But I also haven’t been able to stick to my diet. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen exactly what I mean. I’ve been eating Oreo cookies (which are full of high fructose corn syrup), 3 Musketeers bars and potato chips, despite me packing my lunches with snacks. Plus, there were those donuts that a coworker brought in…

The Donuts

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The Myth About Calories In vs Calories Out

The Myth About Calories In vs Calories Out

I’m am constantly asked how I’ve lost 52lbs. Aside from getting 10,000 steps daily (half of which come from my workouts), it’s about calorie allotment. But I constantly hear:

“What did you do? I can’t seem to budge the 20lbs I want to lose.”

For many people it’s a constant struggle to get in daily exercise or maintain a healthy diet, let alone lose a few pounds. I have found that there are two things most people don’t understand about weight loss:

  • Calories in vs calories out
  • Not all calories are created equal

Calories In vs Calories Out

This is probably the most misunderstood thing about weight loss. Most people know you have to have a caloric deficit in order to lose weight, but they don’t understand exactly what that means.

10,000 Steps

Ensuring that you take 10,000 steps a day will burn extra calories!

There are a number of apps and calculators out there to help you determine what your caloric deficit should be based on weight, height, how much weight you want to lose per week and BMR (basal metabolic rate). In fact, My Fitness Pal is a great tool for this.

BUT, just because MFP says you need to eat 1500 calories a day doesn’t mean that’s what you are supposed to eat. Let me explain. (more…)