CrossFit Diaries, Part Seven – Time to take it up a gear

So it’s now 7 months since I’ve been going to CrossFit consistently and I can no longer call myself a newbie or beginner!! I know all the terms and mastered around 75% of the moves!! However there are times at the box that i still feel like a newbie, there are a number of smaller communitites within the main box itself which seem impenetrable so leave you feeling like a spare part if you aren’t part of any of these groups which is where I’m at!! I’m sure over time this may change…

After my wobble in Feburary I feel more determind than ever to just keep working & pushing myself hard to achive my ultimate goal of becoming as fit as humanly possible.

 So where does it all stack up after this concerted drive to get to my end goal?

Well in terms of body shape, I’ve lost 10lb in weight & 12.5 inches off my body, with the biggest loss off my waist of a whole 4.5 inches!! No wonder all my trousers have been feeling so loose recently!! This demonstrates clearly that what you weigh is irrelevant as my body has got smaller yet the weight loss is pretty low (roughly 1.4lb a month). Although I’m on this journey for myself, a couple of people have commented on how slim I’m looking which is a great boost to confidence & motivates me to continue.

So some firsts to mention: 

I took part in my first in-house competition, I was captain of my team with RIchard B, Toots & Wil being the other members, we did really well on all the WODs & ended up coming 3rd out of 10 teams!! Which I was really chuffed about.

I entered the CrossFit Open, for those who don’t know, CrossFit is a global sport. The CrossFit Open allows all CrossFit Athletes to compete against each other, each week for 5 weeks a WOD is released and you had 4 days to complete & submit your score, thankfully this year they introduced a scaled options for the WOD which meant that I was able to post a score for all the WODS, and 15.5 I was able to do the WOD as Rx.   

I was happy with my finishing position seeing as it was my first open!! It has helped me to identify my weaknesses within CrossFit and the moves that I really need to work on.

I’ve also been pushing hard to get some more personal bests on the board for the weight lifting moves, including clean & jerk, front squat & squat clean.

So where do I go from here? Earlier in the post I said that body weight is irrelevant which it really is however like I mentioned last time it does matter when you have to preform exercises/moves that involve you lifting your body weight which is where I’m struggling the most, most of the moves I can’t do are body weight based moves!! So the obvious thing is to create a calorie deficit (consume less calories than you are using) which would mean that your body has to used interal resources to make up the shortfall and therefore you lose weight. Unfortunately it’s not that simple!! The first thing you need to work out is exactly how many calories you are burning just being alive (known as your basal metabolic rate) and this varies based on your body composition as if you are muscly you will burn more calories than someone who isn’t as muscles are very calorie hungry. So knowing my body fat percentage, weight & height I calcaulated that my BMR was roughly 1500 calories a day, then you need to add on the additional calories you burn during the day be this normal workday activity & exercise. I can track roughly how many caloires I burn during exercise as I use a heart rate monitor & then use the info I get from my Jawbone to workout other calories burnt. So this figure can vary from 2000 calories to 2500 calories on any given day.

Then you need to monitor your food intake to track how many calories you are consuming, but again it’s not that simple as if you consume a high percentage of carbohydrates (an easy energy source for your body) then the body will just utilise these more efficiently & not need to use your stored energy (fat & muscle) to make up the shortfall. So you need to reduce your percentage of carbs & replace with fat & protein. Making sure you are also consuming plenty of fruit & vegetables too.

Getting the balance is the hardest bit and to that end I’ve decided to sign up to the next Clean Eating Challenge the box is running. I don’t ned to gain knowledge on nutrition & eating right as I already have that but what I do need is the accountability of being monitored on a weekly basis. This starts are the begining of May so have the rest of April to get ready for this!

I’ve also decided to up my running & take part in the interval training on offer on a Saturday morning…

Next time the focus will be on the mental side of CrossFit, what your head says or doesn’t say is half the battle of CrossFit, it’s not always the strongest who wins but the one who uses mental strength to get them through.

Until next time, happy WODing!! xx

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CrossFit Diaries, Part Five – The Kit

Well we are now in 2015 and what a start it’s been, already completed 7 WODs so far so a great start to the year.

So looking back in December again the month didn’t start well as I was still suffering with my knee so decided to take another week off to rest it, during this week I really missed going to the box, seeing the other members & in general the feeling you get when you exercise I noticed that I was less productive in general & pretty mardy!!

In the end I managed 12 CrossFit WODs in December but no runs and my knee is still playing up but I’m determined to carry on, just being careful not to push myself too much or too quickly, probably should have thought about this when I decided I could do dynamic lunges which caused the issue in the first place!!

Anyway, here are how my stats are stacking up:

  • Weight: 13 Stone, 11lb – 6lb gain
  • BMI: 36.4, big increase!!
  • Chest: 39 inches – 2 inch loss (1 inch loss in total)
  • Waist: 35.5 inches – No change (0.5 inch loss in total)
  • Hips: 47.5 inches – 0.5 inch loss (0.5 inch loss in total)
  • Thigh (R): 26.5 inches – 0.5 inch loss (1 inch loss in total)
  • Thigh (L): 26 inches – 0.5 inch loss(1.5 inch loss in total)
  • Bicep (R): 14 inches – No change (1 inch gain in total)
  • Bicep (L): 14 inches – 0.5 inch loss (No change)

The above stats have started to be not very representative of my progress in my CrossFit journey as in December I really did start to see some results in terms of CrossFit moves & lifts or the fact that my clothes are looser!!

Back in July when I first started Crossfit, my 1 rep max (RM) for dead lift was 70kg, in December I made the 100 club by lift 100kg 1RM!! I am really chuffed at this and in other areas I’m also making gains.

I can do a pull-up or a few pull-ups using a black band (this is the thickest of all the bands but when I started I couldn’t even do it with one of these), so the challenge now is to start to work my way through bands to eventually do a pull-up unaided.

Still no progress with double unders but I know I haven’t really been putting the work in to improve these so what can I expect, what you put in – you get out!!

This month I want to talk about the kit we use.

When i first walked into the box I was struck by the lack of machines, I was used to walking into a gym and seeing row upon row of machines be this treadmills/cross-trainers or weight machines.

But the philosophy of CrossFit is:

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So what do we use I hear you ask?

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Top (L-R): Rope, Barbell with weight, Medicine Balls (3,6,9kg)

Middle (L-R): AbMat, Kettle-bells (various weights), Bars

Bottom (L-R): Ring, skipping ropes, weight (from 0.5kg up to 20kg)

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Box!! At 3 different heights (L-R) 20″, 24″ & 30″

We also use the standard Concept 2 rowing machines as well as our own bodies, doing movements like burpees.

You wouldn’t believe that such simple pieces of kit can change your body shape & improve your fitness so dramatically but they do. You might also be thinking that you could easily get all this equipment relatively cheaply and set up an area in your garage or spare room and you probably could but the secret/science behind CrossFit isn’t really the kit itself but the way you use it in the form of the WODs & of course the community who help to push yourself further than you thought you could go.

The great thing about all this kit being quite simple is that it is all scale-able, meaning I as a relative newbie can workout next to someone doing the same exercises who has been doing CrossFit for years, which makes it a level playing field so to speak, you’re really competing against yourself more than the other people at the box.

Since the beginning of this journey there have been quite a few highs & lows but I now feel really part of the box, everyone has been so friendly, welcoming & helpful, I’ve started to make friends & feel part of something that I don’t think I ever want to leave. Thank you everyone!!

This has been helped by me mixing up the times I workout, I will always be a morning exerciser & will quite happily workout on my own if I have to but  I have been enjoying going to the evening WOD’s once in a while when other areas of my life get in the way which means I get to meet other members too!

The other thing that I’ve decided to do is get a paid for customised programme for 8 weeks (started 8th Jan) to help me improve some of my weak areas and try to speed up my results, I’m impatient & want to see result quicker than I’m getting. This means upping the number of times I go to box from 3-4 a week to 6-7!!

Doing this I know will put a strain on my body so next month I’m going to talk about one of the biggest passions in my life FOOD & nutrition and what I’m doing to ensure I stay healthy to be able to continue my CrossFit Journey.

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So until next time, stay active & healthy.

Rachel

CrossFit Diaries, Part Four – Lets get competitive

Before I talk about the last month I just want to say a big thank you to all the other members at the box, I posted my last post in our members only Facebook group and the response I got was amazing & very touching with many people sharing their struggles with getting to grips with CrossFit, some of the people I hadn’t even met so the CrossFit Witham community spirit definitely showed.

This was also demonstrated to me one Saturday when I went to box fairly early. Another member was setting up for the WOD and said asked if I was doing the WOD too and he offered to wait for me to do the warm up and we could do it together!! So we got started the WOD involved doing some lifting exercise then 400m run, another lifting exercise, 400m and so on, after 2 of the runs I was puffed out and still had to do burpees, I was struggling and this member shouted “Keep going Rachel” and I actually thought, how does he know my name as I didn’t think I’d met him before!! Then my next thought was I don’t know his name, ARGH!! I know i’m no shrinking violet, but also didn’t think that many people knew me seeing as I felt like I was still a relatively new member & I tend to go to the WODs early in the morning where I see the same people most weeks, I now know his name is Richard Breed (I asked him at the end of the WOD) so thank you Richard for your encouragement.

So November started really well, I had got myself into a good routine and getting to the box 4 or 5 times a week consistently which meant that I was started to see some good results, but then I had to rest for a week, I’ll explain the reason why later…

So the scores on the doors are: Managed 10 CrossFit workouts and 1 run (6.65km)

  • Weight: 13 Stone, 5lb – 2lb gain (no change)
  • BMI: 31.1 – (no change)
  • Chest: 41 inches – 1.5 inch gain (1 inch gain in total)
  • Waist: 35.5 inches – 1.5 inch gain (0.5 inch loss in total)
  • Hips: 48 inches – No change
  • Thigh (R): 26.5 inches – .5 inch loss (1 inch loss in total)
  • Thigh (L): 26.5 inches – no change (1 inch loss in total)
  • Bicep (R): 14.5 inches – 0.5 inch loss (1 inch gain in total)
  • Bicep (L): 14.5 inches – 0.5 inch loss (0.5 inch gain in total)

As well as the measurements above I’m also now going to record my progress with certain exercises we do during WODs, as ultimately, it doesn’t matter about the above as my goal is about getting fit and now that I know most of the exercises I can start to see if I’m making gains in these too. An example of this are deadlifts, when I first started back in July I know my 1 rep max was about 70kg, this month I manged to do 90kg, so over the coming months I’ll keep you posted on some of my personal bests & 1 rep max to see the progress I’m making. This was a suggestion from another member Craig, so thanks Craig for the idea :0).

So this month theme is competitions, When I first started at the box I didn’t know about competitions & don’t really know much now as I’ve not been exposed to them but what I do know is that if you wanted to you could take part in a CrossFit competition most weeks if you wanted to. From what I’ve seen these range from individual, pairs or team competition. Some you go into a ballet to get drawn or you have to take part in qualifiers before hand to gain your place. These are done at you box, videoed and submitted online. The Reebok CrossFit Games is massive in the states, getting national TV coverage!!

My first experience of competition was to take part in the in-house qualifiers leading up to the in-house competition!! I was a little nervous about putting myself forward seeing as I still felt fairly new to CrossFit and didn’t want to let the team I was picked with down as we were randomly selected but I needn’t have worried as the team I was picked with were extremely supportive I was with Suzanne, Andrew & Liam and they made me feel great about what I could achieve & really part of the team. Each week a new qualifier was published and we had to week to complete it below are a couple of examples:

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In the end we finished 4th out of 10 teams!!

In the final week before the in-house competition I unfortunately injured my knee while taking part in the qualifiers :0( , don’t know what I’d to cause the injury but knew it meant that I was unlikely to take part in the main in-house competition and I was gutted!! But knew I had to be sensible to allow my knee to repair itself so I don’t do more damage.

I decided I’d still go to the competition to cheer everyone on, and I have to say it was an awesome day, the atmosphere at the box was electric with everyone really pushing themselves to the max and the team spirit/camaraderie was clearly evident, I did however feel a little out of it, no other reason that I so wanted to be the one doing the WODS not watching from the sidelines but know that hopefully next time I’ll be fit and well and can take part another time.

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The competition was fab and now I can see why competitions are so popular, the sense of achievement was palpable, it also renewed my determination to keep going to CrossFit to achieve my fitness goals, so am looking forward to coming months to continue my progress, just have to hope that my knee gets better and doesn’t cause me any more issues, as I write this I’ve had another week off as it still doesn’t feel write but am hoping to get into the box very soon, the main reasons for this is A: I’m missing it and B: I’m right mardy when I don’t exercise as I feel rubbish!!

Next time i’m going to focus on the equipment (or as some might see lack of…) we use doing a WOD.

I’d love to hear your experiences of competitions.

You can’t be on your own at Christmas…

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This is the usual response when I tell people that I’ll be spending Christmas day on my own and then it’s often followed with an offer for me to spend it with that person’s family, which I politely decline, I am always grateful for their generosity in opening up their home to me at this special time.

Now don’t get me wrong I actually love Christmas & everything that goes with it, however for me I feel that the reasons behind Christmas have been totally lost in this mad world we live in.

Having grown up the family run food business, Christmas proper didn’t really start until late on Christmas eve as my parents were busy up until this point with the business, we would put up the decorations as a family early evening on Christmas eve before one of my parents & older sisters would head out to midnight mass so for me seeing Christmas starting sometime in November if not before really does make me feel sad. Having Christmas for just a couple of weeks is what made is so special.

We did enjoy the run up to Christmas with advent calendars/candles but these were traditional ones with no chocolate in sight!! And I really enjoyed making the orange offering for the Christingle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christingle) service and carol singing & concerts.

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The focus was always about helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves not on how much we can spend on presents & how much food & drink we could consume in just one day!!

I have to admit I do love all the Christmas adverts that are now a sort of tradition to mark the start of Christmas, however by the time Christmas day actually arrive the idealist “perfect family Christmas” does start to wear a bit thin!!

So why you might ask do I often spend Christmas on my own, well there are many reasons:

All my family live miles away from me here in Lincolnshire and yes I could go & stay with them however I do like my own company and to do my own thing, so find it hard when I have to fit in around others!! I know this sounds very selfish but luckily I do have the choice, some people don’t have this choice & i’m acutely aware of this.

I love my family dearly but we are all very different people with totally different outlooks on life so spending time with them is great but can be a little strained at times when our views clash, this I find stressful & want my Christmas to be as chilled & calm as possible.

As I run my own business I don’t get many days off (again my own choosing) so I use Christmas as an opportunity to have some proper days off where I don’t feel obliged to check emails or tick things off my to-do list.

So my day is usually pretty quiet, I cook myself some really nice food & enjoy a relaxing day watching TV or reading a book. I may be on my own but I know that I’m very much loved by my friends & family. You don’t need to be with people to know that you are loved!!

In the spirit of Christmas past I’ve decided to do something a bit different this year, instead of sending out cards I’m going to give £3 to a different charity everyday up until Christmas eve, these charities will be ones who help people who are less fortunate than myself a bit like an advert calendar but giving something away instead of receiving.

What are your family’s traditions? Would love to hear what you do to make this time of year special & memorable.

CrossFit Diaries, Part Two – Tech I Use

So the first month of CrossFit went ok, I managed 10 workouts and 2 runs (13.3km) in terms of measurements not too bad either:

  • Weight: 13 Stone, 4lb – 1lb loss
  • BMI: 30.9 – 0.2 reduction
  • Chest: 39 inches – 1 inch loss
  • Waist: 34 inches – 2 inch loss
  • Hips: 47.5 inches – .5 inch loss
  • Thigh (R): 27 inches – .5 inch loss
  • Thigh (L): 27 inches – .5 inch loss
  • Bicep (R): 14 inches – 1 inch gain!!
  • Bicep (L): 13.5 inches – .5 inch loss

Overall inch loss: 4 inches across my body – i’m happy with that!

So this months I’m going to focus on the tech that helps me stay on track

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Polar Heart Rate Monitor:

I use this every time I exercise so I can monitor how I’m doing, how good my recovery is and overall cardio fitness!! I am able to set a goal for this which is either weight loss or cardio fitness, mine is set to cardio fitness and currently my weekly targets are:

  • Time target: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Calories burnt target: 1200kcal
  • Intensity targets (different heart rate zones) Zone 1: 40 minutes, Zone 2: 1 hour, 35 minutes and Zone 3:10 mins

It monitors how i’m doing will adapt the programme if I’m not hitting the above targets after a month, every quarter it prompts you to do a fitness test and then gives you feedback as to the changes positive or negative.

Jaw Bone Up:

I wear my UP24 all the time and this monitors my movement and sleep, see my full blog post about this here: https://lincolnshiregirl.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/jawbone-up-a-year-on/ 

This helps me to stay on top of how active I am and also helps me to keep a good routine when it comes bedtimes & getting up times.

IPhone Apps:

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My Fitness Pal – I use this to log the food I eat so I can keep an eye on my calorie intake & the balance of Macro nutrients (Carbohydrate, Protein & Fat) as well as vitamins and minerals, this is linked to my UP24 Band and Map My Fitness so adjust my calorie allowance based on how active I’ve been on any given day.

Map My Fitness:

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I use this to monitor my runs, so I know the distance I’m running and my pace!! I’m not really bother whether my pace is a good pace (elite athlete pace etc), all I’m interested in is that I’m improving.

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Recently I’ve also downloaded my WOD and Big Lift 2 apps to help me monitor how I’m doing at CrossFit.

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These apps allow me to record my Personal Bests (PB), my 1 rep max weights and also times for some of the benchmark workouts – more about these next month when I’ll be taking you through the lingo of CrossFit – that gives me a chance to learn it some more as sometimes it all still sounds like a foreign language.

What tech do you use to keep yourself on track?

Until next time – tally ho!!

The Crossfit Diaries – Part One

As many of you know I’m a bit of a gym bunny, I always have been & think I’ll always will be, my interest in fitness & exercise peaked when I qualified as a personal trainer (PT) now 12 years ago (that really does make me feel old!!) and again I had renewed interest in it when I was studying Nutritional Therapy & the link between the food (energy) you put in the body & the energy you get out.

Anyway, about six months ago I decided to review my fitness goals and activity as I didn’t feel that it was really effective. My main goal is to be as fit as I possibly can be (Now don’t shoot me as this isn’t a SMART goal, but I think i’ll know when I reach it) and at the time I was going to David Lloyd 4/5 times a week, dividing my time between cardiovascular workouts, weight training and swimming sessions and had been doing this religiously for around 7 years yet I didn’t feel like I was really pushing my body anymore, I’d got stuck in a rut and yes as a PT I knew what I was supposed to do but actually doing that, with so much other stuff going on in my life, I never quite found the time to write an effective programme that would help me achieve my fitness goals. And yes I enjoyed going to the gym but I have to say what I know now, the gym was soul-less!! Everyone just plugged into the machines oblivious of everyone else… Another point to add is I’ve never been much of an class girl, preferring to do my own thing!!

So when a friend in January this year mentioned to me that a new CrossFit gym was opening in Lincoln I was intrigued to learn more, up until this point I’d never heard of CrossFit & I bet some of you haven’t either.

So with a bit of courage I went along to Cross Fit Witham when they had an open day to see what it was all about & was hooked straightaway!!

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CrossFit is a way to exercise that helps you become fit for life (meaning making your every day life easier). There are 10 areas that a CrossFit workout will help you with:

  1. Cardiovascular and Respiratory endurance,
  2. Stamina
  3. Strength
  4. Flexibility
  5. Power
  6. Speed
  7. Coordination
  8. Agility
  9. Balance
  10. Accuracy

So, how do they achieve all these things? Well every day there is a Workout Of the Day (WOD) which everyone who attends that day will do the same WOD and your scores are recorded, it’s not really a competition between everyone but against yourself & beating your previous scores!! And the great thing about WOD is that your body never gets used to it as everyday you are challenged to do something different. All the exercises are scale-able so if you are new to exercise you can still take part and then build up.

Now i’ve only been a few times at writing this post but I’ve realised its more than just a workout!! It’s a way of life, it’s a community where everyone is rooting for each other to achieve success at whatever level they are working at and that’s something I’ve missed since giving up hockey a couple of years ago!!

At the end of August this year some of the guys and gals from the box (What the gym is called) participated in Tribal Clash (http://thetribalclash.com/) a crossfit competition and my goal is to be able to enter it in 2015 as well as feel like i’ve achieved the goal I mentioned above and I’d like to take you along on my journey in an online diary of my progress, each month I’ll tell you how i’m getting on but it will be more than that, I want to share with you the different aspects that make crossfit one of the fastest growing exercise regimes there is around, this will include:

  • Food and nutrition (obviously I couldn’t not mention food being slightly obsessed about it)
  • The lingo
  • The regime
  • The equipment
  • The competitons
  • The community

and much more…

A way I will be measuring my progress is with stats, my body measurements but also the personal bests I’m getting during my workouts, as my personal best are a little thin on the ground right now (only done 5 WOD so far). I’ll give you my starting measurements as of today 10th September 2014

  • AGE: 37
  • Weight: 13 stone, 5lb
  • Height: 5 foot, 5 inches
  • BMI: 31.1 (I know this isn’t very accurate as doesn’t take into account muscle mass but it’s another stat I can use to see my progress)
  • Chest: 40 inches
  • Waist: 36 inches
  • Hips: 48 inches
  • Thigh: (R) 27.5 inches, (L) 27.5 inches
  • Bicep: (R) 13 inches, (L) 14 inches

So the hard work starts now… eekk!! Check back in a month to see how I’m getting.

Jawbone UP – A year on!!

Tomorrow is a year since I became the proud owner of an UP band so I thought I’d celebrate by telling you a bit about what it is & it’s benefits!!

Back in May last year while reading one of my fitness magazines I saw a short article about this new band that you could wear that would monitor your activity & sleep!! How cool I thought but couldn’t justify buying it there and then.

Some months later it was soon to be my birthday so decided that I was going to treat myself to said band, I’d thought about it often over the months but just didn’t think I could afford it.

The band was made by Jawbone (makers of quite fancy mobile speakers & also bluetooth headsets) and called UP and it contain technology from Motion X (People behind GPS tracking apps & other wearable technology)

Ordering the band was pretty easy, they come in different sizes & colours, so you just measure your wrist & pick the size which best fits, I ordered mine directly from Jawbone (http://eustore.jawbone.com/) it cost £99 plus postage and arrived within a couple of days.

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I opted for black (Onyx) as thought this would go with most things (a year ago there weren’t that many colour options!)

The great thing about this band is you just wear it, it has a day & night mode which you can easily switch between by pressing in the small silver butter & sun or moon lights up to indicate which mode it is in. It’s water & sweat resistant so can be worn when exercising and showering (not swimming!! but you can log your swim once you’ve finished!!)

To download the data, you simply plug it into your iphone using the headphone socket.

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It syncs pretty quickly and also shows you how much battery life it has (lasts for around 10 days before charging is needed)

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So what does it actually measure? Well your steps & also your sleep patterns!! You can set yourself daily targets to aim towards (mine are 10,000 steps & 8 hours sleep).

But it also allows you to log your food diary so you can track your calorie intake

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Personally i use My Fitness Pal to log what I eat and you can sync your UP app to MFP so that the food data is transferred between the apps (Handy feature)

The front screen of the app shows you your daily progress as well as giving you hints and tips on health. You can monitor your trends to see how you are doing!!

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Other handy features you can use is for it to alert you after a set period of time of inactivity, I set mine to vibrate after 20 minutes of inactivity) which is useful if you do desk work as it’s a reminder to get up and move around (had a few raised eyebrows though when it’s happens this during a networking event!!) It’s also got a smart snooze function which allows you to snooze during the day & will wake you up based on your sleep data from the night before (I’ve not actually tried this function but like the idea that it uses the data it gathers to improve what you do).

My first major milestone came in February this year when I’d hit my 1 million steps (in just 7 months) Whoop whoop!!

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Recently I’ve started running and found that I could link this app with Map My Fitness which helps towards your daily step target & the need to replicate data from one app to another. There are many more apps you can sync the UP band with (mainly paid for subscription apps!!)

Another great feature is that you can link with other people who have an UP band, which may or may not help you achieve you goals, peer pressure and all that!!

Overall I’m really pleased I invested in this new piece of technology, when I first got it most people had never heard of it before but over the last year I’ve seen more and more people use wearable tech to monitor their habits & lifestyle choices, which I think is a good thing.

For me, has it changed the way I behave? Maybe, I already was quite active but it made me more aware of my inactivity when I work from home. The sleep monitor has been useful too as me & sleep have never really been best buddies so it does encourage me to try to get my full 8 hours to help keep fatigue at bay.

I have recommended it to many people & will continue to do so!! Just today, they’ve done a big app update with some new designs & a few feature to track your weight (not that it matters what you weigh but a good metric to see progress).

So it’s definitely a Thumbs UP from me for the Jawbone UP band!!