Every breath you take – FitBit giveaway

Listen. I feel like over the last six weeks or so that I have never paid so much attention to all these aspects of my fitness. I’m watching what I eat, exercising more, taking care of my skin and popping vitamins and fish oil like they’re candy. I am a stranger in my own body.

The good news is it’s all starting to feel a little more natural and becoming part of my daily routine. I wake up in the morning and know that I need to eat breakfast even though I really don’t enjoy breakfast. I carry around almonds and little bags of granola so I can have a healthy snack and eat every three hours because it’s supposed to help my metabolism. I put on my running shoes so I don’t have time to talk myself out of working out. I weigh myself once a week. I think about portion size. I have a watch that tells me how hard I’m working out. I’ve become a laboratory rat.

The point is I’m doing a lot of new stuff. All at one time. And sometimes I wonder if any of it’s working and if there are ways I can work harder or do more. The most recent product I received from Best Buy is the FitBit. This Fitbit Ultra FB102P wireless activity and sleep tracker measures steps taken, distance traveled, stairs climbed and calories burned for efficient monitoring of your workout progress.

It also tells you when you’ve sat on the couch all day watching all the shows you’ve recorded on you DVR. And I don’t like it much on those days. But it makes me aware of how much I’m moving, how well I’m sleeping, and if I need a little more physical activity. In other words, it’s like a conscience you can clip onto your bra or your belt or the waistband of your shorts. And you can create a personal account at Fitbit.com to keep track of all your information and track your progress. The only thing it doesn’t do is pack Caroline’s lunch in the morning. Which is too bad because that would be a revelation.

You have the chance to win your very own FitBit. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know if you try to park far away or take the steps or other proactive things to increase your physical activity during the day. Here are the rules.

Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 2/15- 2/21.

Also be sure to visit the Inspiration to Fitness page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews, get great fitness tips and find more chances to win! You can also roll over the Best Buy image at the top of my blog to view a calendar of all the Inspiration to Fitness content. Good luck!

Best Buy does not sponsor, endorse, approve, or have any responsibility for this promotion.

Inspiration to Fitness – Week 6

Welcome to this week’s Inspiration to Fitness post. I’m so proud of all of you for following along with Ashley and me for the last 6 weeks!

There’s only one week left in the whole inspiration to fitness program. Which means I’ll have a week to work off all the bites I’ll take out of various Valentine’s Day chocolates trying to find the best ones.

But I’d also like to think that some of this has stuck with me and I’ll carry on a healthier lifestyle and fitness regimen for the rest of the year.

One can hope, right?

Even though the rodeo is in town, and I’m sure I have a few more corn dogs and gorditas in my future.

But that’s the great thing about committing to a workout plan. I don’t feel as guilty when I eat those things because I know that I’m exercising and somewhere it all balances out. Right? It’s like drinking a diet Coke while eating a Reeses peanut butter cup. They cancel each other out.

Let’s just believe that’s true.

I’ve also discovered that I enjoy the strength training portion of my workouts more than the run. Yes, there are moments mid-lunge when I want to cry or yell some type of profanity, but I actually kind of like the feeling of sore muscles the next day because I know I’m doing something.

The running is fine, but it requires being outside. And some mornings it’s been really cold. And wet. And that doesn’t make me a happy camper. Or runner. Or whatever.

But I get out there because I know how I am. If I stop now, I’ll end up lying on the couch with a heart-shaped box of chocolates and might not ever get up. Exercise works for me when I really make it a habit. I have to be a little obsessed about it or I’ll give it up completely.

This explains why I’ve watched entire seasons of television shows in one sitting. I’m an all or nothing kind of girl.

So here’s hoping that I stick with the all from here on out.

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all.

* Have you checked out my review of the? Polar FT7 Rate Monitor Watch yet? Leave a comment for a chance to win!

The heart of the matter – Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Giveaway

Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Giveaway.

Right after Christmas my friend Michelle came to visit and we were having a big discussion about all things exercise and diet. And, ironically, we continued to outline our fitness and health objectives through a dinner of chips, queso, and fajitas. But Michelle had a lot of great tips because fitness is kind of her hobby. As opposed to me. Fitness is more like my job that I don’t like but have to go to anyway because I enjoy food. Anyway, I told her that I was going to be reviewing and giving away various fitness and health related items on the blog after the first of the year. And she immediately said, “Oh! Are they sending you a Polar watch?” I said, “What is this Polar watch you speak of?” So she showed me hers because she is disciplined and doesn’t leave home without her running shoes and workout accessories. And she explained that it monitors your heart rate, tracks your workout, tells you how many calories you burn, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, lets you know when you’re burning fat. I’m all about the burning fat. So I spent the last few days of December desperately hoping for this Polar watch that I’d never even heard of but now felt like my life wouldn’t be complete without it. You can imagine my excitement when the nice UPS man knocked on our door one day in mid-January and delivered my very own Polar FT7 heart rate monitor.

It comes with a strap that you wear around your chest while you work out and I worried it might annoy me, but it’s actually comfortable and I got used to it without any problems. Of course I was highly motivated by the need to know how many calories I was burning and if my fat was melting away. Sadly, I usually feel like a run should burn at least 1500 calories and that is not the case. And the Polar heart rate monitor confirms this. But I love it anyway because it helps me make the most of my workout and the EnergyPointer feature lets me know when exercise shifts from fat burning to fitness improvement. I can’t recommend it enough. It’s everything I hoped and dreamed it would be. Now if I could just figure out how to burn 1500 calories during my morning run.

You have a chance to win your very own Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know if you track how many calories you burn when you work out. And don’t forget to take the fitness pledge:

Here are the official rules.

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
The sweepstakes runs from 2/8 – 2/14.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
The Official Rules are available here.

Also be sure to visit the Inspiration to Fitness page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews, get great fitness tips and find more chances to win! You can also click on the Best Buy image at the top of my blog to view a calendar of all the Inspiration to Fitness content. Good luck!

Best Buy does not sponsor, endorse, approve, or have any responsibility for this promotion.


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