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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life Musings: The Little Things

A few weeks ago I posted my workout gear overhaul. I’m still working towards my goals, both with new workout gear (the ones in the last post sadly didn’t work out for me) and with my fitness regimen. As far as the latter goes, I’ve realized some things along the way and I’m teaming up with Jawbone once again to share them!

If I’ve taken away anything from using the UP, it’s that little things can have a great results. I always say it in regards to style—a small accessory or the minor change of rolling up your sleeves can transform your outfit. In the same way, minor changes in other areas of your life can make a huge difference.

Before Addie was born I walked about 4.5 to 5 miles a day. (20-30 min in the morning, a 30 min walk with Benson in the evening, and being out and about a LOT during the day.) Maintaining that rhythm with a newborn was difficult because I had less time. Like, during the time I normally walked in the morning I was tied down to nurse Addie instead.


But with the UP on my wrist and on my conscience I started finding other spaces to incorporate walking, whether walking around the house or walking in place (as dorky as that feels initially)! Two key elements were 1) trying to utilize activities I was already doing where I’d normally be standing still, and 2) it didn’t matter how short of a time span they were—because little things add up. For example, the 4 minutes I spend brushing my teeth? Whereas I’d normally lazily find a place to sit, I now brush and walk.

While a few minutes of walking here and there doesn’t seem significant, doing that through out the day has helped me consistently get back to the 4.5 to 5 mile mark. It’s not the ideal way to exercise, but any movement is better than nothing, you know? And I love that the UP helps me recognize the impact since I can actually see my steps recorded. It motivates me to see how little moments of feeling dorky while brushing my teeth and walking add up to big, big results.


My second fitness goal was to add strength training. I was initially going to do 10-15 minutes 3x per week thinking that was a doable slow start. But it turned out that for me that wasn’t a slow start when a newborn was in the mix. And I realized I need a daily goal or else I will always put it of until the next day thinking, “I only need 3x/wk, so I’ll skip today and do it tomorrow.” Instead, I’m going for ONE strength training exercise per day. Sounds little, but again, it’s better than nothing. And I have a hunch that it will turn into a habit that will grow into more strength training over time.


Whether you're trying to workout more, eat healthier, or sleep better, I'd encourage you to start doing something--even just ONE thing!

And BTW, one awesome thing about UP now is that you can use the UP app to log food, movement, and sleep even if you don't have the UP band!  Benson stopped using his band but still uses the UP app to count his steps, so we still have the social accountability as motivation to get moving.  (Click HERE to see how that works.)  This is great for a lot of you who were asking about the band but weren't sure if you wanted to commit to it.  You can still use the UP app!

If you're interested in the UP you can find it HERE and start changing your habits, one step at a time.  ;)

And if any of you are going to try the UP band or app, let me know!  I want more members on my team!



This post was sponsored by Jawbone.  All opinions are mine.  For more info on PMT's sponsorship policies see disclosure page.

16 comments:

  1. I got an UP band for my birthday last weekend! I love this thing!

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  2. I love my UP band! While I've definitely been slacking on the movement the past few months, I'm hopeful to start adding in even a little bit more each day. Thanks for the motivation! And I'd love to join your team!

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  3. I'd love to add a team member to my UP community! I only have 3 :) And I had a baby August 28, so I'm facing the same struggles as you! My name is Kathryn Gay :)

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  4. I've never heard of UP, but it sounds like a great idea!
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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  5. Great outfit! You always look impeccable!

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    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

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  6. I bought an Up just this weekend! I'm really enjoying being able to track my movements, I'm definitely motivated to increase my daily step count.

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  7. Nice dress, I like that white top with black stripes, it's really nice....
    Jaslynn, Bizbilla

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  8. Thank you for writing about the UP band! I never knew a whole about it and glad I can pass the info along now! :) Also -- I highly recommend BeachBody workouts for at home workouts (I'm not a BB coach or affiliated with them, just love the workouts!). They have really changed my life in the fitness category. Some are only 30 minutes long also (T25, P90x3). They are expensive, but 100% worth it as an alternative to a gym membership expense. They aren't for everybody, but thought I would throw that out there. :)

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  9. I love to waltz and swing dance and used to dance my little ones around the room to put them to sleep (unless I ran out of energy first!). It worked wonderfully and it gave me a great workout!

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  10. Way to go on doing what you can when you can! That's a huge accomplishment with a newborn!

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  11. I wear a FitBit and I too walk when I brush my teeth and I also walk at night while watching TV or reading a book. My husband makes fun of me all the time but its a GREAT way to get steps in. I always go to bed feeling a little better because my dinner isn't just sitting in my stomach.

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  12. As far as being tied down to nursing--once Addie is big enough to hold up her head, you should look into either a soft structured carrier (like a Beco or an Ergo) or a ring sling (like a Maya sling or a Sakura Bloom.) I found both super easy to nurse in, and I used to nurse and walk around the mall, nurse and walk the dog, nurse and pretty much do anything. It can also be a great way to help lull a cranky baby to sleep!

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  13. I just got my UP about a week and a half ago now, and I love it!! The bluetooth synching on the app each time I open it is awesome, and I love how all of the information it gives is tailored to your own personal data. The sleep tracker is also really awesome, because I've been having difficulty sleeping lately, so I can look the next morning and see how much sleep I actually got. I hope it's ok if I add you to my team, my name is Alisa W!

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  14. Oh goodness, I use a fitbit zip and I'm totally one of those weirdos too. I'm a nurse, so the days I work I'm very active, but my off days aren't as easy. I think I hit about 4,500 steps pacing my living room during one episode of Gilmore girls a couple weeks ago!

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