Three weeks ago I decided–Enough is enough. I am tired of being overweight, tired of being tired. I wanted to make a change and start putting myself first a bit. Eat better, exercise more. You know the whole thing, but without going crazy. It needed to be something that fits into a NORMAL lifestyle.
The first thing I did was to rejoin “TOPS” (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) a national weight loss support group. There is a chapter right down the street from my house, the ladies are incredibly supportive, and the price is reasonable ($35 a year and $1 a meeting). So I started going to meetings, journaling my food and getting weighed in.
One week into my re-commitment to being healthier and what happens? I’m contacted by a representative from SYNC asking if I’d be willing to join in an exercise/calorie burn challenge. They wanted to send me a new Sync Burn fitness band, a special fitness starter pack and have me go up against a couple of other ladies to check out our calorie burn–the one who had the most in a two week period would have $500 donated to the charity of their choice!
How perfect is that? I’ve told you all before–I’ve got incredible kismet when it comes to blogging!
So what is the Sync Burn? It’s a fitness band that tracks your steps, distance, heart rate and calorie burn. Oh. And it’s a watch too!
It’s kind of big on my wrist–but I have to admit, I really like being able to see all the data on the screen. When you click thorough the options you can see your distance, calories burned and your steps. If you press and hold down the silver bar it gives you your current heartrate–but it also tracks your heartrate and combines it with your movement to give you a really accurate calorie burn count.
The bar across the top shows how you are progressing towards your daily goals. I set a 10,000 step a day goal. Saturday I totally maxed it out–so the bar is all filled in the picture above. It’s really nice to be able to just glance down and see how you are coming along.
You can download the “Map My Fitness” app to your phone and then, using bluetooth technology, sync the data from your Sync Burn to your phone, and thus to the online portal as well. Then you can really see what you’ve got going on!
There are even more capabilities–like being able to take stats for individual workouts, setting different goals, tracking your diet online etc.
All in all, it’s pretty cool! I’ve been excited to track my progress and it’s made me MUCH more aware of my activity level.
There is a downside to all this though. The other two ladies I’m up against in the challenge? Yeah. Both of them are fitness EXPERTS. Seriously, as in personal trainers and fitness personalities. Me? Slightly overweight and over committed mother of two. Who has a cold this week and feels totally exhausted.
They are totally going to kick my butt in this challenge.
But that’s ok–because you know what? I’m not in this to beat some record–I’m in it to be more fit, to live a healthier lifestyle. And while the Sync Burn is an awesome tool for the fitness enthusiast–it’s also a great tool for those of us trying to get enthusiastic about fitness. Just looking at the step count has made me change a few things–walking instead of driving, or “forcing” myself to take a quick walk around the block. I’ve even marched in place a couple of times while talking on the phone this week–just to get a few more steps in, even WITH the cold.
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