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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

iFit Active Review + Giveaway

Happy Halloween! We’re not quite in our costumes just yet, so I don’t have any pictures to share before all of this Trick or Treating madness sets in. I do, however, have a special treat for y’all in the form of a giveaway. Before we get to that part, let’s discuss why you’ll want to win the prize.

In the weeks leading up to the Runner’s World Half & Festival this month, I had the chance to test out some amazing products from the race sponsors. One of my favorites ended up being the iFit Active fitness tracker. (While I received this item free-of-charge, I was not required to review it. I genuinely had fun using it!) The band effortlessly measures and tracks your diet, exercise, and sleep each and every day.

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The tracker can be worn alone (like, literally tossed in your pocket), as an adjustable wristband, or as a simple clip-on accessory. I felt most comfortable wearing it as a clip, and I was incredibly glad they created that option. It doesn’t detract from your outfits and it’s more of a “set it and forget it” type deal. That way I’m not constantly checking my numbers, you know?

ifit active review

One thing I love about wearing a fitness tracker is the constant motivation. Today, after a forced rest day thanks to Report Card Night, I got out for a run. After seeing my measly number of steps from yesterday, I decided to do something about it and go for a nice and easy thirty-minute run. It was gorgeous outside, so I’m really glad I got out there.

halloween run

Since I brought up the numbers, let’s look at what a difference a day makes. On the left are today’s stats and on the right are yesterday’s. A common goal for people to reach each day is 10,000 steps. Yesterday at 3:30, I hadn’t even gotten half way there. Ouch. Since I was at school until 7 pm, it didn’t get much better. Today, though, I’ve already blown those numbers out of the water. Instead of getting upset about not reaching my goal yesterday, I used it as motivation to really kill it today. (PS: isn’t it odd that I somehow got screen shots at almost the same time and my battery life and signal strength was exactly the same? Or is that only weird to me?)

ifit active

Another fun (or depressing if you’ve been up all night) feature the iFit Active comes with is the ability to track your sleep patterns. I’ve had shockingly scary stats some nights, but for the most part I’m hitting my goal of 7-8 hours each night. According to the iFit, this is a pretty typical night of sleep for me:

ifit sleep tracker

I think it’s so interesting to see how much my sleep affects my workouts and overall daily energy. I mean, I know that’s just basic science but sometimes I naively think I can “function” on just a little bit of sleep. Dumb.

The iFit Active also tracks calories out and calories in, with the ability to easily add in your meals, drinks, and snacks. I don’t personally use this feature but it seems to work pretty seamlessly with the rest of the functions. In addition to tracking basically your entire life, it can help you wake up for it through the alarm function. Pretty neat. For a detailed explanation of everything the band can do, just head over to the iFit website. But, before you go, iFit wants to give one of you a chance to win an iFit Active to try out for yourself!

ifit giveaway

The giveaway will end on November 7th and a winner will be announced the following day. Enter via the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, y’all! I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy some much-deserved candy! Trick-or-treating ain’t easy, folks.