Wanna do some weekend holiday shopping? Add Runtastic Orbit to your list!

If you’re in the states, then it’s likely you’re enjoying a three day weekend :) Monday is Labor Day and I wish everyone had the day off; I know some don’t :(

But I do!! And my husband does too!

We usually do our weekly grocery shopping on weekends and also go fun shopping. I love fun shopping.

In case you like fun shopping too, I have something new that’s fresh off the market for you to try.

It’s the Orbit from Runtastic.

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This bad boy is waterproof!

Being a part of the Fit Approach community has allowed me to review some pretty cool stuff. This definitely tops the list.

I’ve always wanted to try a portable fitness tracker and this is only part of what the Orbit does. Among its main features of tracking steps, activity minutes, calories burned, distance, and what I’m most excited about–sleep!! The Orbit tells you how much “quality” sleep you’re getting. This interests me considering I’ve got two toddlers at home and I feel like I’m getting 0 quality sleep. At least now I can show proof.

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Once I received the Orbit, I downloaded the Runtastic Me app on my phone and created an account. Doing this allows the Orbit to sync to my phone and keep track of everything. I’m the least tech savvy person of anyone I know but these first few steps were legit easy.

One of the features I’ve been playing with and have really liked are the videos that Runtastic has available FREE on youtube. You can access these videos straight from the app from your phone. Perfect for traveling and working out on the go!

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I’m still playing around with it. There’s SO much fun stuff–like the personal challenges you can create–that I know I’ll like. I’ll be keeping you updated as I learn more :)

Have a great Sunday!!!

–Do you own a fitness tracker?

–Do you ever wonder how much “real” sleep you’re getting?

I received the Orbit free as part of my affiliation with Fit Approach. All opinions are my own and so far, all opinions on the Orbit are positive. When and if I come across something that bugs me, I will def let you know!

Mid-Week Confession

Okay, so I have something to tell you.

So you guys know how I’ve been doing this no soda thing. I haven’t cheated, not once–I swear!

But, well…

TheybuiltaMcDonald’srightdownthestreetfromworkandI’vebeengoingalmosteveryday.

There, I said it!

It’s seriously a rock throw a way from my job and I just can’t help it :(

Last week I was going over paragraph structure with my students and I wrote an example to model what I wanted them to do. Here’s my example:

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Yes, my paragraph was about how I’m and unhealthy person. And at least the first part isn’t true right this second. But the latter part of the paragraph is. I’ve gone to McDonald’s at least 3 times a week since work has started. I order lemonade instead of a soda but I know when my 100 days are up, I’ll be going back to getting my Coca-cola and addtional 300 calories.

Why can’t I just not eat there!?! Seriously, I’ve watched Super Size Me, Fast Food Nation. I’ve watched those YouTube videos where soda cleans a sink drain. I’ve seen pictures of how much sugar is in soda. I’ve seen pictures of how much I’d have to work out to burn the calories from my quarter pounder with cheese.

It’s done nothing.

HALP!!!!

–How do you control bad food cravings?

I know it’s okay to give yourself a break sometimes. But I’m beyond the occasional cheat day. Every day is cheat day. :(

–Tips on ways to eat healthier??

–Confess something. Make me feel better.

 

Marathon Training Week 9 Recap/My halfway there thoughts

First, I have to say that I was cracking up with the comments from last week’s training recap post!! Looks like a lot of us have had some crappy moments during a run (sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

This last week was a tough one scheduling wise. Going back to work has made it that much tougher making time for runs.

On Monday, I ran a 5 miler around my neighborhood. It was kinda cool to run the city streets as I usually run along a canal to avoid traffic and stop lights. But I kinda wanted a change and took it to the pavement instead. I felt it was a good break in what had became a somewhat monotonous routine.

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On Tuesdays I usually run with my run club but it was open house at work and I stayed late. Like until 8 late :/ I never went home when school ended at 2:30 because it’s a 45 minute drive home and considering I’d have to be back before 6, I figured I’d just stay and get work done. It was a loooong day.

Wednesdays are track days but my husband was out of town. He got home well after I’d put the kids to bed so I opted for some ab videos at home. I felt better having done something :)

Thursday according to Run Less, Run Faster is a cross training day but if I’m being honest with you, following the plan has pretty much gone out the window. I took it to the streets for a 6 miler.

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You gotta tilt your head to the side for this one!

Friday was my typical rest day. Much needed.

Saturday I had 14 on the plan and my alarm was set. Then around 2 in the morning, my other alarm clock daughter woke up with what seemed like a nightmare :( She insisted on sleeping with us and by the time she went down, my 4 o’clock wake up call had passed….no long run…

I figured no problem, I’ll make it up on Sunday. I have another alarm clock, my one year old son, who decided he wanted to partake in mid night alarm drills. My husband tried his best to console him and get back to sleep. He was successful but it took him a while. Exhausted, I decided to skip the morning run.

Close to evening though, I really started to get running anxiety. You know, when you’ve missed a run and want really badly to at least get something in? My husband told me to do what I could with an hour so out the door I went. I gave myself an extra 10 mintues so that I could get 7. Seven miles would make me feel like I accomplished a decent long run–half of what I was supposed to do.

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This run needed a XX after.

And that was my week! It’s been crazy trying to fit it all together. Working, running, blogging, mommying, wifeing–all of it is tough work! At the mid way point, I don’t feel like I’m where I’d like to be but I also don’t think I’m too far off that place (I’m not even sure what that is lol!)

Total mileage for week: 18 miles

How was your running week last week?
Anyone race this weekend? How’d it go??