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Disclaimer: This post contains products that were sent to me from the company to test. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.
The first goodie I was sent was a Moto X smartphone. I’m an iPhone girl, so this was a whole new experience to me! I’ve never owned an Android smartphone, so it took some getting used to – platform wise. I’m not going to spend too much time talking about the phone because well, it’s a smartphone, and that would take forever. You can read the specs here on the Verizon site.
Physically it’s a nice size phone. Feels roughly the same weight as my iPhone 5 although the screen is a smidge bigger on this. I think this is a solid choice for anyone who is interested in what is considered a “midsize” Android smartphone at the moment. More importantly than the phone itself, is the cool things you can do with a smartphone – and the other cool gadgets you can use in tandem with them.
Most of you know that I use a Polar FT60 Women’s Heart Rate Monitor, which I swear by. Since I’ve been speaking a lot about cutting back on the amount of exercise I’m doing – I was excited to test this little guy out. I’ve heard a lot of good things about various models in the FitBit lineup.
In a nutshell the Fitbit One tracks:
- Calories burned
- Steps you take
- Stairs climbed
- Distance traveled
And since it’s an activity and sleep tracker, it also tracks: hours slept, and quantity of sleep. Now I can’t comment on how this gadget performs with the sleep functions, because the particular one I was loaned as missing the sleep wrist band that’s included in the package. Yours will include: The One™ tracker, silicone and metal clip, wireless sync dongle, charging cord, sleep wristband, and a free Fitbit.com membership.
You can sync this guy with a whole bunch of different devices (android and iPhone’s) – and it’s super easy to set up. Also for the techy nerds like myself, the Fitbit One can be linked to a ton of apps you may be using – likes like: Map My Run, My Fitness Pal, Lose It!, and more.
Differences between a FitBit and Polar
I figured I’d address the distinct difference between a Polar Heart Rate Monitor and the Fitbit One. A Polar is moreso a Training device that gives you specifics about where your heart rate falls within your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds; whereas FitBit is an activity tracker that counts steps, mileage, etc. Although yes, the FitBit does count calories expended as well.
I was actually curious as to how the FitBit counted calorie burn, and I found this tidbit of helpful information via the FAQ. Basically it uses your BMR calculated by your height, weight, etc that you input into your dashboard at setup. The more you use your FitBit, the more accurate the caloric burn in turn becomes because it stops guesstimating.
Because I was curious (ok and nerdy) there were a few times where I wore both my Polar FT60 and the FitBit at the same time to compare. I always burned more calories based on the FitBit because it isn’t a heart rate monitor.
I really liked the FitBit One. I think if I were to own a FitBit model, this would be the one I would personally purchase.
Do you own a FitBit? How do you like it?
What kind of phone do you use?
Let me know if you have any questions!
Disclaimer: I was loaned these devices by Verizon Wireless. I was not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Just Go Girl. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.
What up world. Come in real close, I’ve got something that may be unpleasant to talk about. It’s called exercise-induced urinary incontinence. Or, more eloquently, a ‘hey a little piddle in my pants’ perhaps? Either way, ladies as lot of you know (but may not be willing to admit publicly) it happens.
Enter Just Go Girl. They are a discreet liner made specifically for this little annoyance. Although for some people it may be more of just a little annoynce, it’s actually common either way: it’s noted that 30-40% of women deal with exercise-induced urinary incontinence. These liners were created out of necessity by a woman herself after having her own kids and found that what was available out on the market wasn’t cutting it.
You may have caught on by now that I’m a mom – to three kids none the less. Did I mention that all of my kids were born “naturally”. Did I also mention that all three of my kids were between 8lbs 12 oz and 10 1bs 2 oz, and hey, that I love doing high impact workouts like turbo fire? Play Sherlock here folks. It happens sometimes. Not to say that having children is the only cause of this, I think it just happens to rank at the top of the list as to why it happens for a lot of women.
When I first got my sample my thought was “hey looks like a bicycle seat!”. And yes, it does, but I know that the shape is what makes it comfortable in my opinion as there was no bunching to be had. It’s also the reason you’ll be able to wear it running, or in a class setting without anyone being the wiser – unless you’re like me a blog about it.
So while it’s not something some women are gonna want to be talking about – I’m known to:
- keep it real.
So get out there and do get your running, box jumps, double unders, on and everything else you want to do without worries.
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Disclaimer: This post contains a product that was sent to me from the company to test. This in no way reflects my thoughts within the post.
It was just another icy day recently (we have been having wayyy too many of those), when I hear a wrap on my door. I usually don’t like unannounced visitors, but I’ll never turn Mr. Brown Britches (aka the UPS man) away with a nice fit goodie surprise! This particular package was from Core Power, who were recently named “The Official Protein Drink of Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games!”.
I admit that I am not one to usually buy premixed protein drinks, which is what Core Power is all about. Mostly because I’m usually at home when I’m drinking a shake, and because most of the time they are chalky and or have a weird aftertaste. Glad to say that this certainly isn’t the case with the Core Power Proteins.
Core Power protein drinks contain natural whey and casein proteins found in milk – because well, they are made from milk! I appreciate the minimal ingredient list in these as I’m sure a lot of you will as well. I also liked that there is a light version!
I tried the chocolate (both the regular and the light), as well as the strawberry banana. Before I tried them I had pretty much decided that the chocolate would be my favorite – because I’m a chocolate fiend. But I’m really surprised that I actually preffered the Strawberry Banana. It surprised me because I’m not a fan of the combo for some reason. I adore them separately, but bring em both to the party and I’ll pass. Core Power is available in: chocolate, strawberry banana, banana, and vanilla. The light options are available in: chocolate and strawberry banana.
Nutrition experts agree that milk is one of the best sources of protein, as good for elite athletes as it is for active lifestyles. Our products contain the natural whey and casein proteins from milk, never removed from their original liquid state.
- Milk protein contributes to muscle development while the natural carbohydrates of honey provide the energy to rebuild muscle and glycogen stores. Consumption of carbs with protein after a workout optimizes muscle recovery and growth.
- Made from fresh milk and real honey, one great-tasting, lactose-free serving of Core Power provides athletes and fitness enthusiasts with 26 grams of high quality fresh milk proteins, consisting of 21 grams of casein proteins and 5 grams of whey proteins. The light versions still pack a heck of a punch, serving up 20 grams of the same high quality fresh milk proteins.
- The unique nutritional profile of Core Power uses the best proteins and delivers calories that your body can actually use.
- Milk’s unique ratio of whey and casein proteins builds lean muscle while its vitamins and minerals keep the body healthy.
- Honey boosts athletic performance and endurance while reducing muscle fatigue.
Good stuff right?! But yes, it tastes good.
- 2 Tbsp. + 1 Tea. Chia Seeds
- 1 C. Core Light Strawberry Banana Protein
- 1 Small handful frozen strawberries
- 1/2 Small Banana cut up into small chunks
- Throw all ingredients into a sealed container and shake well. Place in fridge, after another 15 mins or so, give it another shake then let set overnight.
Other than the tasty protein they sent along, they also kindly sent me this awesome Fit Kit! It contains a super camelbak water bottle, a ball (and pump!), a towel, a yoga mat, and a really amazing gym bag. The bag even has a place to stash your yoga mat in the top! And while you’re waiting on your chia pudding to set up, go ahead and enter this sweet giveaway too!
So even though you don’t get the workout from shaking your blender bottle because these proteins are already mixed for you – that ball, well that shit doesn’t come inflated, so that my friends consider that a part of your workout
Are you a strawberry Banana Fan?
Do you watch the Witner Olympic Games?
Have you tried chia pudding yet?
PS: My Michelle Bridges Giveaway is still going on too, so don’t miss out on that opportunity!!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by 12wbt. All thoughts are my own and are not in any way influenced by this.
In case you missed it, last November I had the great opportunity to take part in the Michelle Bridge’s 12 week body transformation. I really enjoyed my time trying out the workouts, testing some meals, and interacting with other people that were taking part.
Yes, because all of those things are part of the program. It’s not just some workouts, it’s a complete fitness, nutrition, support system, and what Michelle calls mindset. You’ll hear a lot about the mindset portion from Michelle because she talks about how important your mindset is to overall success and change.
I really came to appreciate the mindset videos and emails you get from Michelle during the program. I identified with a lot of what she said – and overall I think she’s pretty rad. I also think it’s pretty rad that this is NOT a one-size-fits-all kind of program. There are multiple plans to choose from like: “Weight Loss”, “Lean & Strong”, and “Learn to Run”. When I went through my preview round, I went with the Lean and Strong route.
If you haven’t heard of Michelle before (neither had I before I had this opportunity!) she has been a trainer on Biggest Loser Australia for over 8 years, and has been a trainer for over 25 years. People have lost a combined total of over 1.7 million pounds on her program, and 12 week body transformation is the No. 1 online fitness program in Australia. Pretty impressive stuff.
Give away 2 memberships to her full program!!!
I was so excited when I got the word that I actually filmed a little video for you the other day (you’ll notice I say one, but they are graciously giving away 2 memberships!)
And I wanted to share a little ditty I made. Another thing that really resonated with me about this program. You’ll often hear Michelle say:
So what are you waiting for?! Enter away to make some positive changes for yourself. You won’t be doing it alone.
You can read about Michelle here as well as connect with her and the 12 week transformation:
Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Nutrex Hawaii
So it’s back. The good greeness of Spirulina has entered my life once again, this time from Nutrex Hawaii. I’m happy to have the chance to revisit this green wonder as I want to start compiling some nutrition and supplement based posts on some items that I have had experience with.
Spirulina is microscopic blue green vegetable microalgae that grow naturally in fresh water ponds and lakes in warm, sunny environments. Spirulina has been used as a food source for centuries. It is considered the most complete naturally cultivated nutrient in the world, and Hawaiian Spirulina has approximately double the levels of key nutrients compared to other brands.
So if you haven’t read up on the massive amount of information available about the health benefits of spirulina, here are a few fundamental benefits and facts:
1 three gram serving of Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica provides you with:
- 60% protein and a source of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12, Iron, Manganese, and Chromium.
- Phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD, and phoyocyanin.
- More nutrients per gram are packed into Nutrex Hawaii Spirulina than any other Spirulina on the market.
Spirulina is truely a superfood. Gram per gram it contains:
- 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots.
- 3900% more iron than spinach.
- 600% more protein than tofu.
- 280% more antioxidants than blueberries.
I also received BioAstin thin 12mg 120 Gelcaps. This is something I’d never heard of. Turns out it’s a powerful antioxidant, and like spirulina, there’s a load of information to read on it. You can read up on it here. Just a few key functions it’s said to serve:
- Supports joint and skin health
- Supports immune function
- Supports cardiovascular health
- Protects cells and the nervous system from oxidative damage
- Supports brain health
And because were smack-dap into the holiday hoopla, here’s a few tips that come to mind for staying on track during holiday parties and get togethers:
- Bring your own healthy dish to share with others
- Load up your plate with healthier options first. Leave a smaller space for the “treat” items.
- Don’t stand near the food! You will graze most likely if you’re being social around a load of food.
- Remember that drinks can pack a calorie punch! ( I was just talking about that the other day).
- Eat a small healthy snack before you leave for a party.
And then of course, there’s just the obvious things like: get your sleep, take your vitamins, drink your water, and try to limit the stress. I like the italic try because I don’t care what anyone says – the holidays are stressful. Workouts may be a challenge for some people too with all the parties and functions going on. If you’re not already an active workout planner, perhaps try planning your weekly workouts to make sure that you aren’t falling off track. Make the time!
I’m really happy with the spirulina tablets. I’m glad that it’s only three a day. Other experiences I had with spirulina in pill form left me with a bad taste in my mouth (figuratively) from the sheer number of pills a serving was. I can do 3 a day. I usually take them mid afternoon.
I prefer the pills to the powder just because I can ingest them without the taste. Yes, the taste is really an acquired one. Some people love it, some people hate it. I personally do not like it in my smoothies – I find it overtakes the taste of everything else – although I’ve been really intrigued by experimenting with mixing it into other things – more on that to come if I come up with some good stuff. As for now, you can find some cool looking recipes on the Nutrex site.
As for the BioAstin, I’m excited at the prospect of it possibility helping my carpal tunnel, and my inflamation due to raynauds. There is some solid research that shows it can help inflammation symptoms.
Make sure to sign up for deals and keep up to date with Nutrex here. They are also kindly giving everyone a fantastic discount of 30% off by using the following code at checkout: (the code is good through 12/31)
Do you find it hard to keep track during the holidays? What’s hardest for you? Have any questions for me about these products?
Disclaimer: Although this post is sponsored, this is no way effects the contents included. All thoughts are honest and are my own.