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bodymedia fit November 29, 2010

I am thinking about getting a BodyMedia Fit (formerly GoWear Fit). This is a calorie management device much like the BodyBugg from The Biggest Loser. BodyBugg is actually made by BodyMedia, but the BodyMedia Fit uses different but similar software and also monitors sleep quality. The software that you use with it graphs all sorts of stuff, like how many calories you’ve burned , if you’ve created a calorie deficit, if you met a steps goal for the day, etc. Here’s more info on how it works:


The basic model, which does not include the display or Bluetooth capability, is nearly $200 (currently $179 on Amazon), and you must pay a monthly fee to use it. 3 months free is usually included in the bundle; at least, it is from Amazon. After that, the monthly fee ranges from $7 to $13 per month depending on how many months you subscribe to at a time. The monthly fee is the biggest drawback, in my opinion. You’ve already paid a high price for the gadget before any monthly fees are added in. Yet, every single person I’ve talked to or read about who uses the BodyBugg or GoWear Fit has seen great success with it. How much money is it worth to finally be able to reach your goals? I guess you have to answer that for yourself to determine if it’s worth it to you.

I have been sitting at the same weight for about 2 years now, give or take slight fluctuations from time to time. It’s kinda ridiculous. I didn’t even lose weight while training for my half marathon! I have 10-15 lbs to go before I’ll be back to my ideal weight and feel like I’ve accomplished what I set out to do. I’ve tracked food daily for months at a time, I’ve run myself to death (remember the 14 miler?!), I’ve strength trained until I’m just about sick of lifting dumbbells, yet I see no progress. I guess that maintaining my weight is a success in itself, but I know that I can lose this last little bit. I’ve just got to break through this plateau.

I wanted this device before my birthday in September, but I was convinced I could do it without the gadget. Well, I haven’t. So at this point, I’m thinking it might be a good idea. I asked Jamie to get me one for Christmas. So we’ll see. If he drags on it, I might buy it with the check I’ll get back from the military for paying for the hotel room when we went to the yellow ribbon event earlier this month. Either way, I’vm pretty much decided that I’ll get one of these by the end of December! :o)


Great Smoky Mountains trip November 24, 2010

Jamie and I had a great time traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains this week. I loved going through Chattanooga and could definitely see myself living there. It is such a beautiful city. We made it to Pigeon Forge Saturday evening, got our hotel, and ate at Johnny Carino’s Italian. It was really delicious. Sunday, we went over to Gatlinburg, got into another hotel there where we could be close to all the walking type stuff, shopped for a while, and even found some Greek gyros for lunch. We went through Ripley’s Aquarium, which was pretty fun. They even offered us a 90% discount to all of the Ripley’s attractions for being military. Then, we hit the Tanger Outlets in Pigeon Forge and shopped ‘til we dropped. We went to the movie theatre in Sevierville to watch the new Harry Potter movie, because I have been dying to see it. Then, we stopped for ice cream before going back to our hotel. On Monday, we shopped around Gatlinburg some more before driving up the mountain to see Ober Gatlinburg (no ski lift for us! That is one deep and high ascent!). The view from the top was great, but since it wasn’t cold enough for the snow machines, there wasn’t a lot going on up there. Kids were ice skating on the inside rink. Jamie and I are old enough and wise enough not to try that as adults. We know where we’d have ended up! We did a little more outlet shopping in Pigeon Forge and ended up at Max Legends in Gatlinburg for an early dinner. Then, we went into the Ripley’s Mirror Maze, which was really crazy with 3D glasses on. We were running into dead ends and kept thinking we were seeing other people only to realize that it was usually our own reflections. It was a lot of fun. Before going back to our hotel, we decided to do the Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, which I found to be pretty frightening but fun, as well. The actors were really creepy, and it was so dark. At one point, this guy throws guts up against this cage, and water flies out of a sponge and all over you, making you think you’ve been hit with blood. These compressors made loud noises that were about as startling as a chainsaw, which did come out at the end but wasn‘t very scary. And my very favorite part of it was this tunnel where the lights all around you spun to the left, so as you’re trying to walk this small plank pathway, you feel like you’re going to fall because it messes up your vision and equilibrium so much. Tuesday morning, we woke up to a cloudy, angry sky, so we ate a late breakfast at the Log Cabin Pancake House and headed home. Jamie and I had fun, but we don’t like to stay on vacation for too long. We love our comfortable bed, our computers, and our pets too much to stay away for too long.

Here’s a few pics from our trip. We didn’t take a whole bunch; we were having too much fun!


Things I Am Learning From Turning 30 November 8, 2010

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1. You just cannot go, go, go on as little sleep as you did in your 20s. Trying this could cause a car wreck, divorce, unemployment, or all of the above.

2. I’ve found a new curiosity for “butt-lifting” workouts. The cheeks are heading south as quickly as gravity can pull ‘em down.

3. Stuff hurts way more when you’re thirty. I never knew my shoulder could ache so bad from doing NOTHING. Am I so old that I can’t turn my steering wheel now?! And running a half marathon sure didn’t make my achy hip feel any better…

4. Wine (a sweet white, thanks!) is a stressed gal’s best friend when the going gets rough. Nothing serious, just a glass every now and then to relax your supersonic mind from keeping you up all night. The other whine, you realize by this point, really does no good.

5. The pills I’m now taking (vitamins, supplements, and a daily anti-inflammatory – thanks, hard street for pushing such force against my poor, wittle 30 year old hips and knees) are slowly beginning to fill up my palm. No joke. I just check Facebook while I take one at a time. It takes a good five minutes as I try to avoid the gag reflex. I keep reading that I need this or that. It turns out that I may not be taking enough Vitamin D and that I should also be checking on if my mulitvitamin is giving me enough B Complex. Oh yeah, and green tea extract is supposed to help keep the fat off my droopy butt. Dang, the pile of pills keeps right on growing. And by the way, why are vitamins all the size of horse pills??? Are our throats getting bigger at this age? It seems the drug-makers think so!

6. I’ve found a new confidence and peace about choosing to listen to music I like rather than what’s popular or what’s just come out. Remember when you could only listen to the latest and hottest music or you were lame? Now, I download songs that came out in 2001 from an artist that I just discovered or some random folk-rock song that I am sure none of my friends would like and that my husband cocks an eyebrow up at, but I don’t care in the least!

7. If you’ve had a child, you can’t believe how old they’re getting. If you haven’t had a child, you start to wonder who’s going to take care of you when you wind up inevitably in the hospital for something or other as you age.

8. You begin to wonder if fine lines around the eyes will ever be “in.” Let’s start a beauty rumor that “eye dimples” are a must have this winter. No? Don’t think it’ll work? Hmmmmm…..

9. You begin to wonder when the gray hairs are going to hit. Oh, the salon bills I can see in my future! The color technician and I will become best friends.

10. Is there something about turning 30 that makes you more OCD, or is that just my personality flaw? This list must have ten items. Nine just won’t do. And this personality flaw leads me to another observation (no, this is NOT #11, it is just a continuation of #10, thank you!). Around this age, we begin truly evaluating ourselves. In our 20s, we denied that we were weird, prideful, incorrect, unreasonable, whatever. In our 30s, we begin to acknowledge and accept ourselves. Maybe by our 40s, we’ll actually try to start fixing it; and probably in our 50s, we’ll give up on that and go back to acceptance again.

To be continued…

Add to the list if you’re 30 (or beyond) and have other (slightly absurd) observations about turning 30!