Getting Fit

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It’s been one month since I purchased the FitBit Charge 2. Honestly, I would not have gotten it if my company didn’t create a program around fitness and offer an incentive for employees to get involved (basically paid for half the price). However, I have to admit now that I love it!

I’m actually getting up and moving throughout the day when I used to be completely fine laying around. Unfortunately, that’s not an exaggeration. Working from home is an amazing benefit. You have flexibility and get to work around a schedule that fits your life while saving time and money on commuting. That flexibility can also sometimes look like a laptop literally on your lap while sprawled out on the couch. It’s so important to take a break from sitting at your computer whether at home or at the office. The tracker will send notifications with challenges to get up and move if it’s been too long. I love doing laps around our neighborhood, soaking up the sun and fresh air. It’s been awesome to track my exercise, heart rate, food/water, sleep, etc. The FitBit syncs right to the app on your smart phone and is super easy to use… as long as you remember to wear it and keep it charged. Another cool thing is that it’ll buzz when your phone receives a call or text message. This is an added bonus for those of you who keep your phone on silent 93% of the time or in a bag like I do.

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

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I still have to figure out all of the features, but I totally encourage you to get one (wait for a sale/discount or the next holiday). Some people say it’s not worth it, it’s a “glorified pedometer”, but I can tell you that I am absolutely more aware about my health and well-being and making a conscious effort to be active vs. when I did not own one.

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To eat organic, or not to eat organic… That is the question.

I am a proud penny pincher and generally a skeptic, but I decided to make some changes for my health and wellness. My mentality had been “take it or leave it” in regards to organic food, and I am not as active as I should be. (I just got a FitBit through a program at work, so this is on the up and up.) We used to live two traffic lights away from the grocery store which was so convenient. When I go grocery shopping, I’m in there for at least 2 hours checking the circular, coupons, and most importantly labels. I make up meals in my mind as I go through each aisle thoughtfully. I enjoy seeing the produce and finding new inspiration for my cooking.

It was a struggle to not crunch numbers and pick things up-put them back-pick them up-push the cart and not look back. My goal has always been to get enough food for a couple weeks at a time. I made it out alive with a cart full of organic foods and convinced myself it’s worth investing in our health first and foremost, rather than saving money (though I still love a good deal). Educating myself on the current food/agriculture industry in the US has been mind-blowing. I personally was not paying any attention to added hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives. I understand that the labeling system is all sorts of marketing jargon, but it’s just not possible right now for us to get all of our produce from farmers’ markets or really know what “cage free”, “free range”, “vegetarian fed”, “grass fed”, etc. all means. I am committed to the new diet, and am truly curious to see if we notice changes in our bodies.

1. Where do you get your organic produce?
2. How do you stay motivated and away from processed or packaged food?
3. What are some organic or grass-fed meat/dairy brands to look for snacks, easy meals when in rush, breakfast foods?

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