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Fitbit Flex – My Fitness Guardian

This little dude never lets me sit on my ass (well, most of the time…)

photo 3 (2)If I’m totally honest with you, I bought this on a bit of a whim. ‘This’ is my fitbit flex. I’d seen them plastered about all over social media & I wanted to find out what the big deal was. I did a bit of research, read a few reviews, asked a few people if they were worth getting &, really, almost everyone I know that has one said it was awesome. Right, gotta get me one!

When the little guy arrived in the post, I jumped up and down a bit with excitement & ripped open the box to get it set up. The flex comes with a large and a small wrist band, in a variety of colours – I’m a sucker for blue, so this petrol-blue kinda colour got my vote. I found that I needed the smaller band, so got it charged up, set up and downloaded all the software and apps. The band adjusts too, so I’m finding that, as I lose weight, I need to tighten it.

photo 4If you use myfitnesspal, good news, this syncs automatically to it via a bluetooth connection, so it will automatically deduct calories as I move.

So, anyway… what IS a fitbit flex? On paper, it is kind of a very fancy pedometer (but much more). It senses steps; the number of steps & the intensity of the steps. It knows, for example, if I am running, or dawdling & it will colour code your steps in either red, yellow or green based on the intensity of the activity. It also tracks distance, calories burned & sleep (this is a bit scary if you are a parent of a non-sleeping child!!). This information is all based on your own stats too, so it is tailored to just yourself.

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On the flex wristband, you can tap it during the day to see how close you are to hitting your target. You can set which target you’d like it to display, mine was initially set up with steps, but I changed it to calories. Once you hit your target, you get a little vibration and some dancing lights – honestly, I’m like a small child getting a pat on the back when that happens *cue proud face*.

In order to get the fitbit to track your sleep, you tap in repeatedly and set it in to sleep mode, then just tap repeatedly again in the morning, once you have woken – then check out what the app shows. Nine times out of ten, I forget to set it, so you can manually add the info the next day on your phone or computer – or not, if you’re not bothered!

The one slightly annoying thing about the sleep mode, is that if you are doing anything that involves short, sharp vibration going through your wrist e.g. pushing a shopping trolly across a carpark, it tends to put it in to sleep mode, but you can just undo it again, it usually won’t count it if you are still moving, if it does, you can manually delete the record later.

You can either have your fitbit account set as private, or you can link it with your friends. I have my sister linked with mine, so you get a bit of extra motivation by trying to beat each other each day. This acts a little bit like a silent, wrist-based, emotional fatness bully! It is a little voice telling me to get of my butt and move it (ESPECIALLY if my sister takes the lead!).

Fitbit have got a variety of different products on offer, the flex sits on your wrist & can be worn all the time, even in the shower, so I chose that for convenience. I know a few people that have the fitbit one, which can be worn on clothes – though I personally would probably forget to put it on every day (scatterbrain!). One of my friends has got the fitbit scales, which automatically sync with other apps and devices too – these are SO going on my Christmas list!

So, there are heaps of advantages to having a fitbit. I’d say, that if you are serious about getting moving, tracking your activity, then get one. If you think you might be having a bit of a fitness or diet fad, then, I’d look out for something a bit cheaper as it is a little bit of an investment at around £80. However, by making the decision to spend the money, it does make you more aware of it & encourage you to stick to a plan.

If you are set on buying one, but stuck making a decision between a fitbit flex, or a fitbit one, just remember that a flex will pretty much always be with you, where as a one tends to get taken off more often. The flex, being a wristband, picks up a little less motion if you are doing an activity like cycling, or, as I found out, if you are walking pushing a buggy, as your wrist remains more still. The one, can be worn on clothing, so can be attached to a hip pocket or waist band, so I think tends to be a little more aware of leg movement. If you’re anything like me, however, you’ll base your choice on ease of use & what it looks like – the band won out for me!

Have you got a fitbit product? How do you find it?

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Current Fave Protein Blast


photo 1 (2)I grabbed a Clif builder’s protein bar up last time I placed a planet organic order. It ticked a few boxes when I spotted it:

  • Protein
  • Snack Bar
  • Chocolate
  • Peanut

I’m always up for trying new things, so I bunged it in the basket & waited for it to arrive.

I cracked this beaut open for breakfast, with a cup of tea.

First of all, I was a bit freaked out to see a chocolate coating – not normally my breakfast of choice, but hey, it was open & I was super hungry. I took a bite:

photo 2 (2)Holy crap. These are good. Really good. I’m just about to order a whole load more. Chocolate layer, peanutty soft layer, crispy, chunky peanut bits and a whopping 20g of protein. This baby kept me going for hours.

I reckon it is probably more of a post lunch thing, with the chocolate coating, but hey, I wouldn’t say no, if it was passed to me over the breakfast table 😉

I’ve seen that there are also chocolate versions and chocolate mint – I’ll give these a go too.

If you are in to your protein snacks and into peanuts, THIS is your next purchase, go get it!

*this is not a sponsored post, i just adore them*

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Best produce EVER!

And, the award for the best produce ever, goes to…

photo 5Sainburys, for their Tomberries.

Have you been under a rock and not noticed these amazing little guys? I first found them last year and was distraught that they are only about for what seems like 5minutes. This is a definite piece of total tomato genius.

The tomberry is a teeny tiny little tomato with teeny tiny little seeds inside. They are perfect for salads, snacks, dropping into cous cous, pasta, soups. I’ve found that a 3year old also thinks that they are “really cute” and will gobble them up faster than the speed of light. The real advantage of a tomberry over, say, a diced tomato, is that it doesn’t make everything wet.

You know when you make a great bean salad, but it gets a bit too juicy at the bottom as the chopped bits of tomato spill their juice over everything? Well, problem solved with these guys. Having a complete skin means no leaking of tomato juice and no soggy salads.

My personal favourite thing to do with these teeny delights, is to drop them in to a hot bowl of soup. They are small enough to just warm through and then ‘pop’ when you eat them. So good, like little jewels.

Mr Sainburys, I beg of you, please please find a way to keep these in stock all year round, they are just totally perfect!

*This is not a sponsored post, I just really really love them!*

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Rude Health Veg Bars

Beetroot? Pumpkin? Delicious snack bar? Oh yes!

rude health pumpkinI’m sure that most of you are familiar with the delicious products that Rude Health bring to us. My two current favourites are the vegetable snack bars – pumpkin and beetroot.

These are just brilliant, so delicious. Due to the veg content, they are not overly sweet, which is great for me. They are a sticky, slightly chewy, cakey type bar & perfect for a snack, or part of a meal – I love them with fruit and a yoghurt for breakfast.

The pumpkin bar has a hint of pumpkin pie about it. A classic combination of warm spices and pumpkin. Perfect with a cup of tea and as filling as a slice of cake too.

rude health beetrootThe beetroot is a deep red/purple colour, with a definite beetroot taste. More savoury than the pumpkin, but still sweet enough to make it feel like a treat. This is my favourite 4pm snack.

Both bars are totally natural, containing ingredients such as dates, almonds, beetroot, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, apple and apple juice, cinnamon, ginger, sunflower oil. They are also dairy free, gluten & wheat free, vegan and vegetarian.

Grab a couple of these up and give them a go, you won’t regret it – they are super yummy and at around 120kcals, they are the perfect between meal snack!

*This is not a sponsored post, I just really really love them!*


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Nakd Bars, My Saviour.

So, I get through A LOT of these. Really, a serious amount of them.

nakdIn a bid to shift 5 stone (yes, you read that right FIVE STONE) of post baby, cake and wine induced lard, I have taken to exercising and eating healthily. Read: no days of golden arches for every meal, washed down with 4bottles of wine and gin.

I tend to be very good at this healthy business for about 4 months & then it usually goes down the pan. This time, I have stuck at it since the start of the year & not really feeling like I’m missing out.

I reckon that nakd bars have been the secret.

These dudes come in every flavour ever – apple, rhubarb and custard, pecan pie, cocoa orange (heavenly), mint choc, berry etc. My new faves of theirs are the protein crunch bars – if you like the taste of banana, you HAVE to try the yellow variety, so so sooooo good.

Most bars come in at around 100-135Kcals, give or take, but they actually fill you up. There are no nasties hiding in there, they are dairy, wheat and gluten free, suitable for veggies too. They are just delicious sticks of squished dates, nuts and a few other bits and bobs.

Try also their delicious cola flavour raisins – if you like cola bottles, you are in for a (less than 70kcal) treat!

I follow their facebook page to get all the best deals and offers when they pop up & then order in bulk – wouldn’t wanna run out now, eh?!

*This is not a sponsored post, I just really really love them!*

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Gymboss Interval Timer

OK, I got this Gymboss timer to help me with my interval training. I’ve decided to take up running (sort of). I suck, but I’m enthusiatic.

I’m following a 5k plan that I downloaded from the race for life website. It involves running for increasing amounts of time, in the first instance, interspersed with brisk walking.

I’m not gonna lie, it is HARD work (especially when coupled with an apparently slightly dodgy heart… another story entirely). But this gadget makes it so so much easier.

The timer can either work as a standard stopwatch type timer, or you can program it to do heaps of circuits of varying times and repetitions. The best bit is that it counts down each individual circuit, but also the number of reps too, so at any point (usually when you feel like your legs can’t carry you for another second), you can glance at it and see exactly how many seconds of running and how many reps you have left. Genius. It also beeps VERY LOUDLY at you, should you miss any of the intervals!

Yup, yup, I’m sure there’s an app that will probably do it for free for you, but I don’t like to take my phone out when I’m running, so this handy dude just straps on to my wrist for hands free freedom.

*This is not a sponsored post, I just really really love it!*

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