Fitbit Charge: A Reason to Celebrate

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fitbit through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Fitbit, all opinions are my own.”

It’s December, which means we are officially kicking off the holiday countdown at my house. T-minus 22 days until Christmas, y’all. Ryne and I have pretty much nailed down what we’ll be getting out toddler, but we’ve had trouble trying to come up with our gifts to each other. Yep, we’re that couple that just flat out asks what the other one wants when it comes to gifts. No surprises here. We do tend to have a theme, though: technology and fitness. If you’re on the hunt for something that combines those two things, Fitbit has you covered.

fitbit

I was lucky enough to be able to test out one of their newest fitness trackers, the Fitbit Charge. At first glance, it won me over based on the design alone. Of all of the trackers I’ve tried, the Charge wins for being the most aesthetically pleasing. It is definitely the one I’d be most comfortable wearing on my wrist on a day-to-day basis.

fitbit charge review

To be totally honest, I need to be wearing this on my wrists at all times right now. Between changing jobs to one that requires a lot of sitting and the upcoming holiday meals, I need to be adamant about remaining active. I’ve now learned that it is ridiculously easy to forget to walk around. Real talk. I’ve also learned over the years that my brain doesn’t understand that I don’t actually need that fifth serving of pumpkin pie. This year, though, I’m not going it alone. I have a friendly little fitness buddy right on my wrist, and it’s usually saying something along the lines of: “you should probably move a little”.

fitbit

What I love about fitness trackers like the Charge is that they remind you to do things you should be doing anyway. It’s not like you have to totally change your fitness routine to incorporate one of these trackers into your life. They are all about helping you #FindYourFit, without pressuring you to create a totally new routine for yourself.

At work, I try to get up at regular intervals and run errands (some that probably don’t even really need to happen right at that moment). I just need my butt to not permanently mold into the shape of my chair, you know? At home, it is a great reminder to get up and play with my kid instead of turning on Mickey Mouse and crashing into the couch. In the mornings, I tackle a few chores that I would otherwise neglect. In the evenings, it tracks my sleep which helps force me to slow down and go to freaking bed. I don’t know about you, but I am 100% more likely to make healthy choices after getting some quality shut-eye. Basically, wearing the Charge is a fun and simple way to step it up a little throughout the week. It’s an all day thing, not another item on the to-do list. Motivation without intimidation. I can get behind that.

This holiday season, the Fitbit Charge is helping me find my fit. I’d say that’s a reason to celebrate!

Question: Do you find it harder to stay motivated during the holidays? If not, can you send me some of your super powers? Fine, tips on how you do it will work too.

Happy Thanksgiving + Upper Body Dumbbell Workout

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you are having a great day with the people you love the most. So far, we’ve made a late breakfast, watched the parade, and napped. Solid turkey day if I do say so myself. We’ll be heading to my grandparents’ to eat pretty soon, but I have a few minutes to pop in and share how my little “work out in the morning” experiment has been going. Tuesday morning I ran 2.5 miles and Wednesday I did some squats. I thought about getting up this morning to work out, but my toddler slept until 8. Reason enough to sleep in, am I right? I’ve decided to work out tonight instead. After eating a huge Thanksgiving dinner, moving a little will probably be necessary. A short walk followed by a quick dumbbell circuit sounds like the perfect plan.

plank tricep kickback

My favorite part about this workout is that I can do it in my living room. I’ve learned that the more I can do in front of the TV, the better. I wish I was kidding. Speaking of television, I’m now addicted to Scandal. I am so mad at y’all for suggesting I start watching that on Netflix. My productivity is dipping to dangerously low levels.

upper body dumbbell workout

And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Bent Over Row: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend slightly at the knees and hinge at the waist. Let your arms hang in front of you with your palms facing each other. Bend your elbows, pulling the dumbbells up toward your torso. Squeeze your shoulder blades together until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Hold for a moment and then slowly release your arms to the starting position.

Bicep Curl & Press: Stand with your feet directly under your hips, with your arms by your side. Holding a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing out, bend your elbows to bring the weights to your shoulders. Keep your arms moving upward, straightening your arms above you while turning your palms to face out. Press directly overhead. Lower your arms back to the top of your bicep curl and then straighten your arms back out to the starting position.

Push Up: Get into plank position with each of your hands on a dumbbell placed slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Lower your body until your chest reaches the floor, keeping your body in a straight line the entire time. Keep your core engaged as you push yourself back up into the starting position.

Bent Over Raise: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bend slightly at the knees and hinge at the waist. Let your arms hang in front of you with your palms facing each other and elbows extended. With only a slight bend in the elbows, lift the weights out and up until your upper arms are parallel with the floor. Hold for a moment and then slowly release your arms to the starting position.

Plank Tricep Kickback: Get into plank position with your each of your hands on a dumbbell. Pull the dumbbell in your left hand upward, bending at the elbow. Hold for a moment, then kick your arm back to form a straight line. To get back into the starting position, bend your arm back and place the dumbbell on the floor. Repeat with the other arm to complete one rep.


There you have it! Are any of your planning to get a work out in today? More importantly, are any of you planning to eat your body weight in pie? That’s what I really want to discuss, if I’m being honest. Have a great afternoon, y’all!

Weekend Recap + Morning Workouts

Yet another Monday is in the books, y’all. Last night, I decided that I would get up this morning and work out. It’s been a while since I’ve had time to fit a run in, so I’m going to have to start making that happen right when I get up. Unfortunately, my first early morning run coincided with my toddler’s first late night in a while. He decided that sleeping was not the cool thing to do from about 2-5 am. Don’t worry, I’m still going to get him a Christmas present but it was touch and go there for a while. Let’s quit it with the negative stuff and move right on into the fun part: the weekend recap. How does “five words per picture” sound for today? It’s all I’ve got, folks.

 

Tiny kid. So much excitement.

clemson football

 

All the high fives, please.

clemson football

 

This was just for s’mores.

fire

 

Merry Christmas and Happy November.

coffee

 

So he’d stop touching ours.

mini christmas tree

 

The best part of dinner.

cheese dip

 

I’m thinking that he didn’t sleep because he was just too jacked up from the weekend. He saw “the big boys” close up on the field, watched people parachute out of a plane, stayed up eating marshmallows and playing ball, got a talking Olaf toy, and picked out his own Christmas tree and ornaments. I really don’t know if we can ever top this weekend, because I don’t think the boy heard no once. We need to work on that, because we’re total pushovers. Anyway, I have a date with a fifteen pound dumbbell. Yep, just one. I drug it upstairs from the gym, so I could do some curls while watching season 3 of New Girls. No big deal. I figured something is better than nothing. Crossing my fingers for a run in the morning. Wish me luck, y’all. Have a great night!

Beginner Resistance Band Workout

I didn’t get a chance to check in last night, because I was busy screaming over multiple country singers like a thirteen-year-old. When it comes to celebrities, I’ll never grow up.

hunter hayes

I went to the Guitar Pull with my friend Aubrie, stayed out past my bed time, wore heels for the first time in forever, and got to hug up on Kip Moore. I’d say the evening was a success. What I haven’t been as successful with lately is finding time for actual workouts. I’ve done my best to move around, but I have been failing miserably at keeping up any sort of running or weight routine. It’s getting bad, guys. I think it’s about time to get back to basics: quick, simple workouts with stuff I can lug around anywhere I go. Resistance bands were the first thing that popped into my head. The problem is that I was at a total loss on how to use the ones I had. I’ve owned them for a long time, but I only occasionally incorporate them into my workout. It’s shameful, really.

resistance band workout

If you’re like me and need to brush up on your resistance band skills, this workout is for you. I swear I’m this close to stashing a few bands in my little cubicle, so I can at least stretch out every once and a while. The awkward stares would be worth it, right?

Resistance Band Workout

And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Bicep Curls: Stand with your feet together, holding the handle of a resistance band in each hand. Step onto the middle of the band, keeping your feet about hip-width distance apart and your hands down by your side. Simultaneously bend both elbows, bringing your forearms toward your chest. Slowly return to the starting position.

Front Squats: Stand on the middle of the band with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Grab each end of the band and bring your hands above your shoulders, palms facing forward. Squat down, keeping your chest up and core tight. Rise back up to start position.

Shoulder Presses: Loop the middle of the band under one of your feet and then step your other foot forward, so that you end up in a split stance. Grab the ends of the band in each hand and bring your hands up to your shoulders, palms facing out. Press your arms directly over your head. Slowly release to the starting position.

Bent Over Rows: Grab each end of a resistance band and stand on the middle of the band. Bend slightly at the knees and hinge at the waist. Let your arms hang by your side with your palms facing in toward your body. Bend your elbows, pulling the band up toward your hips. Squeeze your shoulder blades together until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Slowly release your arms to the starting position.

Flutter Kicks: Sit down with your legs extended straight out in front of you. Loop one handle of the resistance band on each foot and grab the center of the band with your hands. Lie onto your back, pressing your lower spine into the floor. Lift both legs slightly off of the floor. Holding the center of the band, move your legs up and down slowly, keep your navel tucked into your spine.

Now I better go actually do these moves. Anyone else gotten off track this week?

Toughest Workout Ever

Since I’m transitioning between jobs this week, I’ve had hours upon hours to myself. Unfortunately, I also have a mile-long list of things I want to accomplish before Monday. It started out innocently enough, y’all. I rented a carpet cleaner. No big deal. Clean carpets are nice, right?carpet cleaner

Well, then I realized that our gym was really crowding the spare bedroom upstairs. I couldn’t even shampoo a square foot in there without knocking into something. I decide a garage gym would be a much better option. I bought flooring and moved all of the equipment downstairs. The treadmill is still in limbo, because I forgot I’m not the Hulk.

garage gym

The problem with the old gym room was that it took a pretty good beating. The walls were dinged up something fierce, so I bought some lovely light green paint to spruce it up a bit. No harm, no foul. Well, other than me ruining a set of sheets but that’s a problem I’ll solve another day.

new office

Now that old gym/new office is fresh and clean, our bedroom could use a little love. I’m on the hunt for a good sea foam green or other beachy hue. All of these failed the test.

paint

Do you see a trend here? Every time I’ve fixed something this week, it’s just convinced me that there are a million other things I need to do. I haven’t rested a second of my “vacation”. I think I’m really going to regret this decision once I’m in the thick of things at work. But right now, there is crown moulding to be hung and individually handcrafted Christmas projects to be made. I have turned into a monster and I must be stopped.

But, seriously, y’all. I haven’t worked out once this week and I can barely move my arms. I have really punished my upper body this week between carpet cleaning, painting, and lugging gym equipment down the stairs. Looks like I need to balance it out with some lower body, huh? If you have a favorite running or leg workout, leave it in the comments! I have no brain power left to decide on one all by myself. Thank you! Hope you all are having a great week! :)