Guess What I Got…

Hi!

So, after much debating (okay maybe a week after my activity trackers post) I went and bout myself duh duh duh duh!!

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I decided on the Jawbone Up24 Onyx color size small. You guys… It’s really cool. I love it! Its really fun to track my sleep, food, steps, activities, and my mood all on one interface. The band itself is really durable- I got caught outside in a 10 minute downpour at work and the thing is still kicking. Two added features I really love are

  • Smart Alarm. I have an alarm set for 6am on weekdays and this feature has a 10 minute window for wake up. This means that my Jawbone will wake me up in a light sleep earlier than 6am before letting me enter a deep sleep and having a groggy wake up at 6. This is wonderful. I wake up to a gentle vibration on my wrist, feeling all refreshed- instead of the blaring alarm and the lack of motivation to open my eyes.
  • Reminders. I set an alarm to remind myself to take my medicine at 6:30pm and sure enough! 6:30pm rolls around and my arm starts vibrating! This has been much more effective than trying to keep my phone on me and missing the little alarm sound it makes.

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I can even make a team! My mom and I are teammates and I can see her sleep and steps compared to my own! I’ve been kicking butt with my steps lately. My average so far is 11,893 steps. That’s well above the recommended 10,000 a day. It even sent me a little notification when I reached 50,000 steps! That’s equivalent to a marathon! Another cool thing is that over time it will track patterns and give me personalized suggestions and tips. So so cool.

My one complaint, and maybe its a combo between RunKeeper and the Jawbone, is the distance. RunKeeper has been giving me issues in general. Maybe my phone is old? The distance/ pace has been widely incorrect lately. I’m pretty sure I didn’t run 11 miles, and most certainly cannot do a 2:30 minute mile. Jawbone has also been generous with the milage. I ran a 5 mile loop the other day and it said I did 6 miles. I’m going to keep my eye on it and maybe recalibrate it to sync with my gait a bit. Other than that? Nothing!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Dealing With Unprofessionals

Hey there!

I have been dealing with some unprofessionalism that has helped me figure out what I want and don’t want in coworkers and my circle of professional allies. After my research, I decided (and as you all know) followed through with ACE. I know a girl who is also interested in becoming a personal trainer and has been going to the same college as I just graduated from in Exercise and Movement Science. At first I thought this was awesome! We could rely on one another and maybe even work at the same place! I could see how whatever program she used differed from mine and continue to expand my knowledge of the health and fitness world.  As time went on, I started to realize that maybe we weren’t on the same page. It started off small, little comments about my ACE books not being “complete” or not “in-depth” enough. When I had told her to check out ACE, since I liked it as an introduction to my personal training career, she did not reply with polite a “oh thank you, I will“. No no, she replied with a “I mean, if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it the right way and the best way”… It finally escalated into a conversation that summed up to her telling me to “save up my money so I can become certfied  with a better and more respected degree”- continuing on to telling me that being a personal trainer isn’t going to be enough to live on and can’t be a real career, more like a hobby. ouch. I’ve started to form the impression from observation and others’ comments that she is quite intimidating in all realms of health and fitness. Food, exercise, clothes shopping, etc.

I was actually pretty insulted. Here I am, proudly certified, and someone (who isn’t) is already raining on my parade. To make matters worse, I recently found out that she has been vocalizing her opinions to others about my decisions and my ambitions. Luckily, this came back to me and instead of brooding over this, I’ve taken it to helping me be the best I can be in my path. As a trainer I will

  • Never underestimate a fellow professional. We all come from different places in life. Hard work, determination, focus and kindness is what is the most important.
  • Never want to intimidate clients. Fitness and health is my lifestyle. Some people choose a different lifestyle. It’s similar to religion: I choose my faith and I will share and talk about it, but I will never shove it down someone else’s throat. If you want to listen, I will share all that I can. If not, not problem! I still would like to be your friend!
  • I will continue to believe in myself and surround myself with people who believe in me. Not put me down.

The whole experience sounds more like an attempt to put me down due to insecurities. It’s funny because I’ve been dealing with that a lot lately. But it hasn’t dulled my sparkle at all- if anything, it’s made it even stronger! So a lesson to all of us dealing with adversity- stars shine brightest in the dark.

In other news, I’m seriously looking into a yoga certification. I think yoga is so wonderful and I try to incorporate he principles into my everyday life. I’d enjoy doing yoga and training and incorporating both together to create my own unique training style. I even went on a 6 mile hike and did some balance poses at the top!

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Dancer Pose- Natarajasana

My lovely boyfriend made me a really cool PR board! I showed him a few I was thinking of buying and instead he made me one! He painted it with chalk board paint so I can keep updating my times as I go! What a guy!

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I also ran my second 4th of July 4 mile road race! I’d like to make it a tradition of sorts and maybe even get my mom to run it someday!

Hope you all have a nice week! I’m off to my volunteer family camp for kids who are terminally ill.

Fitness for Hippies

Hey readers!

I’ve been working on a little something thats fun and actually quite ab-tastical!- Hula Hooping!

I had seen a few girls at UVM playing around with their homemade hoops on a beautiful sunny day- and now I know why! It started with a little hula hoop that I cut open, filled with water, and attempted to seal with duct tape. It has now escalated into full on craft fest! There is literally a secret world dedicated to making, selling, and using hula hoops.

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I decided to make my own with some PVC piping, a coupling, a hand saw and electrical tape. I found all these at Home Depot and made  two hoops about 42′ diameter for maybe $30 dollars. I’m experimenting with weighted hoops and ways to seal the tubing. You can also buy a weighted fitness hoop for $35 on Amazon or some other fitness website.

Hula hooping, surprisingly, has many benefits besides a decent ab workout. Azcentral says that it can also “enhance concentration, builds stamina, be relaxing due to the natural rhythm of the motion” and some other really cool things! ACE recently did a study on it, concluding that a ” half hour session burns about an average of 210 calories, which is comparable to the exertion of boot-camp style classes, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing.”  If you can try doing up to 10 minutes in both directions, it has really great benefits!

If any of you try to make one, I’d love to see how comes out! Or, if any of you are seasoned pros, i’ll take all the tips I can get on making a good hoop.

I’ve always been busy with my spartan training class and signing up for my third half marathon! October 5th at Hampton Beach, NH. I’m also still meeting my trainer once a week and doing more yoga to work on running core strength- and to stretch out my poor hamstrings!

Yesterday I did a little 2.5 mile sunset hike, today was a rest day, and tomorrow I’m hiking with my cousin! Hope everyone had a nice day.