My Workout Playlist

Since music is such a huge part of my life, one of my goals for the month was to put together a few playlists to share with everyone. Today, I’m sharing my Spotify playlist of songs I love to listen to while working out. Some of the songs are uplifting, most of them have a great tempo, and some are just plain fun.

What other playlists would you like to see from me? What songs would you add to this one?

10 Ways To Get 10,000 Steps

Nowadays I feel like everyone has an activity tracker hanging out on their wrist.  It is a well-known fact that movement is super important, and not only to those of us trying to lose weight. It is recommended that everyone get 10,000 steps in every single day.  While for some this might seem like nothing, to others this could very well be a lofty, seemingly unattainable goal.  In a world of Fitbits and other activity trackers being the norm, I wanted to offer up 10 ways you can get a little bit closer to hitting that 10k step goal.  Now, any one of these tips is not going to get you all the way there on its own, but if you combine a few of these suggestions, I’m willing to bet you’ll be at that magical 10k before you know it.  Ready to get moving?  Here we go!

10 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps

Read more

Fitbloggin 2016 Recap

Photo thanks to David’s Twitter account

Those of you that follow me on Twitter or Instagram know that this past weekend I attended Fitbloggin in Indianapolis. Fitbloggin’ is essentially the gathering of those who blog about their fitness journeys, or people who are interested in starting to blog. This was my second time attending Fitbloggin. My first experience was in Savannah, GA in 2014.

Because this year’s Fitbloggin was in Indianapolis, I was lucky enough to only be a few hours drive away, which definitely helped me determine if I would go or not. I arrived on Thursday night, and the only thing on the agenda was registration and appetizers at Scotty’s Brewhouse about half a mile from the hotel. I ended up arriving an hour late, but I happened to walk in at the same time as two girls in attendance on behalf of Sworkit, so they were kind enough to eat with me. Registration was nothing more than picking up or name tags. Not too exciting.

Breakfast both days was provided by Siggi’s yogurt in the form of a parfait bar. While this was quite tasty, the breakfast was not enough to keep me satisfied for long. Thankfully, I brought a strong supply of Quest bars with me.

Friday and Saturday had me attending some awesome sessions that had both blogging and weight loss related topics. I started my education on Friday with a blog themed day of “Being a Consistent Blogger Forever” led by the lovely and knowledgable Nellie of Brooklyn Active Mama, followed by learning some SEO basics (that were really helpful) taught by Jessica Woodbury of Don’t Mind the Mess. Saturday was my weight loss focused day with amazing discussions about falling off (and getting back on) the weight loss wagon led by David from Keep it Up David and weight loss highs and lows (led by Angela Gillis from We Beat Fat). The afternoon led me to a session about overcoming setbacks with Kristin Meekhof, and I topped off my education with a discussion on training your brain, habits, and all that jazz from Steve Carmichael from Run Buzz. All great sessions and amazing people.

Friday also had author of Secrets of A Former Fat Girl, Lisa Delaney, as a keynote speaker who told her story and answered our questions. There was also a panel discussion, and one of the panelists was Dawn Jackson Blatner. I thought she looked familiar to me, but it wasn’t until she uttered the words “Superfood Diet” that I realized why I recognized her. She was the trainer that WON the reality show “My Diet is Better Than Yours.” Since I’m a sucker for weight loss shows, I definitely tuned in to that one. Needless to say, I fangirled for a moment over the fact she was there. She went to the sessions and listened, learned, and participated just like the rest of us. It was pretty neat.

Saturday only had one keynote speaker before conference close, and that was Brooke Randolph. She gave a presentation on emotionally healthy living, and let’s be honest..we all could use a few reminders in that area.

In addition to sessions full of learning and discussion, there are also fitness sessions at Fitbloggin (duh!). There were 4 total, but I attended 2 of them. On Friday I attended a booty burning workout thanks to Sworkit. While I’ve never had any experience with that app before, the amount of soreness I was experiencing on Saturday made it very clear to me that the app works! Saturday was the ever popular Zumba class, led by Margo aka ShesNachoMamma, and Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama. Zumba was an amazing time!! We danced, laughed, bonded, got sweaty, and felt amazing. Anything that closes with a showtune sung by the great Liza, a kick line, and dance party is amazing in my book!

While the content was awesome, and the attendees were fantastic, I will admit that Fitbloggin 2016 left something to be desired compared to when I attended in 2014. For one, there were zero evening activities planned. I was used to evening receptions with provided meals and more opportunities to mingle, and here I was literally on my own Friday night because I didn’t feel like I had necessarily bonded with anyone enough to seek out dinner plans (my closest Fitbloggin friends all couldn’t attend this year for one reason or another), so I walked to find dinner, brought it back to the room, and hung out by myself. Could I have actively sought out some group to tag along with? Sure, but a chance for us all to be together would have been much more my style. On Saturday, the conference closed at 5:30pm, so I just decided to go home since I was only 3.5 hours away.

In addition to the lack of even activities, I’ll admit that I was very disappointed in the lack of food. If there’s one thing I know about Fitbloggin attendees it’s that we all love food, and the only food that was provided to us was yogurt parfait bars for breakfast and a few appetizers Thursday (most of us ordered our own food anyway) and at Friday’s expo. Lunches, dinners, and snacks were all provided by myself. Thank goodness for the Starbucks in the hotel lobby and the awesome cafe a short walk away. Maybe it’s just me (okay, I know it’s not just me..), but I feel like having more food provided would have just made sense. It would have been nice anyway.

My last complaint is about the sponsors and the expo. At my last Fitbloggin I felt like there were sponsors that I actually wanted to connect with, and this time around I felt a lot less so. A lot of food sponsors, but not necessarily the kind that would be considered a valuable connection for my blog personally. While I did come home with a bit of swag (mostly food) and a new love for figs (California Figs was a sponsor and we all had the chance to try them. I’d never had a fresh fig before), I just didn’t feel like the expo and sponsors were up to snuff.

While Fitbloggin 16 left me with something to be desired, I did enjoy meeting new people, making connections, and opening my mind to all of the knowledge and experience that was there for me to absorb. Oh, and since I had never been to Indy before, it was my first time seeing the city, and while I only saw a very small bit of it, I loved it. Indianapolis is a beautiful, clean, and very friendly city. Kudos to you for being awesome, Indy.

Brianna’s Birthday Giveaway! Win a FitBit Flex!

BirthdayGiveawayGuess what friends!  It’s my birthday month, and this year I want to give YOU a present.  I have always considered my birthday to be my official start to the holiday season (My actual birthday is November 14th) and we all kmow that the holidays are always a difficult time for those that are trying to lose or maintain weight. This little birthday giveaway of mine is my way to hopefully help make that a little easier for one lucky reader.

I’m giving away a FitBit Flex!  Yay!!

DSC01922

Yes, one of those lovely little pedometers that hang out on the wrist could be yours to wear with pride this holiday season.  Fitbit Flex syncs up with an app on your phone so you can always track progress on the go.  You can set step goals, milage goals, active minute goals, track your calories and even track your sleep all with this nifty little gadget.  I wear mine non stop.

This FitBit box has never ever been opened.  I won it at Fitbloggin over the summer, and since I already had one, I knew this would be going to one of my readers.  I just had to decide when the giveaway would be going up, and I think my birthday is the perfect occasion!

Fitbit1

Here are all of the details:

How to Enter

Below you see a Rafflecopter giveaway widget.  All you have to do is make sure you qualify by earning entries by following me on various social media platforms. I’ll make it SUPER easy for you and link everything right here:

See? Super simple and it will let you keep up with me and could very well land you your very own FitBit Flex.  Win-win situation!  I will be checking to make sure the winner has in fact met the qualifications that he/she won for.

 

Information and Rules

  • The giveaway will be open for 2 weeks time from November 7, 2014 until midnight on November 21st (so the night of the 20th).  All entries will be accepted until then
  • The winner will be contacted by me no later than the 22nd.
  • This giveaway is open to US and Canada ONLY.  Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause, but it’s what I have to do this time around.
  • If you are under the age of 18 you must have parental permission to enter the giveaway, as I will need your mailing address to send you your prize.

 

Well, I think that’s everything!  I’m so excited that I can share a little bit of my birthday celebration with you guys.  I love being able to give back to my readers.  Go ahead and enter as many times as you can, and maybe YOU will be the winner of this brand new FitBit Flex!

DSC01921

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I did get this FitBit for free, however that's simply because I won a drawing.  This is not a sponsored giveaway and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fitness for Nerds

Fitness for Nerds

 

The title might make you laugh, but I’m dead serious about it.  My husband (MBA student and nerd in his own right) came into the bedroom one day while listening to his usual Wall Street Journal podcast and told me I had to listen to something.  Turns out it was a news story on the growing fitness trend that gears itself toward self proclaimed “geeks” and “nerds.”  At first, I chuckled, but then quickly decided that this new genre was totally on to something, so I decided to poke around a little bit.

Think about the stereotypical nerd.  You’re probably picturing someone glued to the computer or xbox, going on hour number 5 or 6 of their latest play of World of Warcraft or working their way through the newest game release.  There they sit with soda and snacks strewn across the desk or coffee table because they won’t leave the screen to go grab a healthy meal.  They stop only to watch Star Trek or Game of Thrones and they go to Comic Con or any other “Con” geared towards geeks dressed in full costume and making references and spouting quotes that only fellow geeks and nerds would understand.  They probably also work jobs that have them sitting in front of screens focused on the task at hand and perhaps not really moving for hours on end.

Am I right?

Now, before haters start hating here, let me make a little disclaimer.  I myself, am a nerd. I am married to an even bigger nerd, and I honestly mean that in a good way.  My husband is incredibly smart, tech savvy, silly, hardworking and I wouldn’t have it any other way. When we started our long distance relationship, we would go on dates by hanging out on World of Warcraft together.  🙂

Now, picture the typical fitness buff.  These two images are kind of on opposite ends on the spectrum, right?  No more!  Introducing the latest fitness phenomenon: Fitness for Nerds!

While poking around online a bit, I discovered several instances where fitness routines were geared toward this specific type of person.  I discovered several places online that cater to this type of fitness and a few other things as well.

NeilArey.com

I stumbled across this website and was most excited to find the one page workout plans they have drawn out.  Similar to those on Pinterest and in magazines, there are images of the moves for that specific workout along with reps.  However, the titles are what draw the attention of the nerdier crowd.  Rather than “flat abs” or “life that butt,” I found workouts inspired by many things; Dauntless, Batman, Lara Croft, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Wolverine, just to name a few of them.  If you’re into any of the themes that they have a workout for, wouldn’t you be more inclined to get up and do them?  They also have challenges, blog posts, and fitness motivation.  Check them out for some awesome and free fitness fun!

NerdFitness.com

It’s an entire academy that allows you to basically turn yourself into a video game character and “level up you life.”  Intriguing, right?  I think so too.  All of the things you do to improve your health and fitness earn you experience points and you can level up within the academy by going on quests.  Steve Kamb (the founder) was really thinking!  For a one time enrollment fee of $99 you get lifetime access to the fitness routines, nutrition guides, and all of the other fun things the academy has to offer.  When I googled this subject I didn’t realize I’d actually stumble upon a place like this.

Gamification of Fitness

Let’s be honest, it isn’t just us nerds that have fallen for the gamification of our health and fitness routine.  Fitbit, ActiveLink and all of those other activity monitors help us set goals and track them.  Say it’s 10 pm and you look at your FitBit and realize you have 400 steps until that bar goes green (on the app) and you have reached your goal for the day.  If you’re anything like me you will walk around the house or even run in place to make sure the job gets done before the activity monitor resets to 0 at midnight.  I have done this so many times I’ve lost count.  We all want to make the mark and hit 100%.  We all want to win! Turning fitness into a competition and into a game helps many people, myself included, reach their health and fitness goals.  There are books on gamification across many business and lifestyle platforms.  Fitness for nerds takes it to the next level and gives people the option to compete and level up, or just be surrounded with a style that fits in to their lifestyle, whether it’s a fitness class geared toward sword fighting or getting in shape for comic con, or just a workout routine inspired by your favorite comic book characters.

I just wanted to give this genre of fitness a bit of a shoutout, as I love the idea of making fitness something relatable to a type that is not commonly known for their fitness levels.  I found articles on the Wall Street Journal  and The Economist on this topic, and there is so much more to be found if you’re interested in looking.  I was just curious about this topic and wanted to mention a little something about it.  Do know know anything about “fitness for nerds?” I’d love to hear your thoughts below 🙂