Meet My New Friend – Fitbit

I have a new friend I’ve had since last March. My day doesn’t begin without my dear little friend. This friend motivates me to push myself and be the best Caroline that I can be. I even recieve little messages during the day from my dear friend: ‘You rock Caroline, Keep it up, High Five, Howdy Caroline’. At the end of each day my friend provides smiles and thumbs ups. Of course I’m not desrcibing an actual friend, but my little fitbit. I love my fitbit. Before I owned my fitbit, I wore a pedameter to achieve my daily steps. Well, a few died from being in the laundry and not taken out of pockets. I also got frustrated when it didn’t record correctly or suddenly stopped working, so I decided to buy a fancy pedameter with extra ‘perks’ besides just steps. I decided upon my fitbit, more exact a fitbit one.

My fitbit one attaches to my pocket or bra. The wrist styles bothered me. I’ve now gotten into the habit to double check that my fitbit isn’t in my pocket before during the laundry. That would be terrible to accidently kill a new friend. My fitbit one keeps track of my steps, distance, elevation, and calories burned. My friend’s work doesn’t stop at the end of the day, because I wear it to bed. It tracks how well you sleep and whether you’ve woken up during the night. Oh, and I’ve finally figured out how to use the alarm feature. It silently beeps and vibrates without waking anyone. Simply push the fitbit and the alarm turns off. It’s so much better than a loud radio or annoying beeping sound. My fitbit is simply saying, ‘Good morning Caroline, it’s time to start your day’. It’s such a pleasant way to wake up.

My fitbit One doesn’t have features, such as blood pressure or notifing who’s calling. I still highly enjoy it. I strive for about 15,000 steps dailly, but my bare minimum is 10,000 steps. My greatest feat was 25,000 steps in one day! I know I’ll beat even that record someday. During the day I glance at my little fitbit to see my daily status. There are two feelings after I’ve looked at the stats: joy or guilt. If I’m on target for the day and making good progress I give myself a pat on the back and happy dance, but if my target is way off I feel guilty that I haven’t moved enough. I then start thinking, ‘I have to take a walk. I have to move more to get enough steps. Get your ass moving Caroline!’ Have I ended a day with less than 10,000 steps? Yes, I have and a feel terrible but I try to remind myself that tomorrow is a new day.

Another great feature of my fitbit is that it connects to your computer and keeps track of your hard work. You can track food and water intake, weight, and sleep. I won’t lie, but I the fancy graphs, badges, thumbs up, and happy faces keep me motivated to move more, sleep better, and eat healthy. I guarantee that I’ve moved more, since I started wearing my fitbit. It keeps me accoountable for my actions each day to make it better than the day before. Sure I could just mentally state that I’ve exercised an hour and that should be enough, but is it truly ‘enough’? I take the extra stairs, park further away in the parking lot, walk instead of drive, play outside with the dog, and even ‘forgetting’ something downstairs to make myself go back down again. The point is that I know how my day is going and I’m not stopping! High five Caroline! Keep up the great work! I highly suggest some type of pedometer even if it’s a simple 10$ version. Just get out there and move!

Keep moving my friend!

Love,

Caroline

P.S. If you currently own a fitbit, I’d love to be your fitbit friend! Drop me a comment and we can ‘sync’ to become friends.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I’m very late for this week’s photo challenge, since it’s basically last week’s challenge. However, that doesn’t matter. The challenge is ‘change’ and the first thing that popped into my mind was the seasons changing from summer to fall. While on my neighborhood walk, I took photos of the changing colors in trees. I also stumbled across a unique cow lawn structure that I included just for fun.

Click here for more change photos.

Oatmeal Raisin/Chocolate Cookie

Hello friends,

I’ve now made these cookies twice, so I think it’s a success that I can share. I’m gradually making myself like bananas, since many recent recipes include bananas. These are relatively healthy cookies that provide fiber and protein. I discovered this recipe on Pinterest from Olives ‘n’ Wine . I slightly changed the ingredients and made into cookies instead of muffins. The first time I lined muffin tins, but the second time I used parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Ingredients:
– 2 medium ripe bananas
– 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
– 1/4 cup raisins
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 2 cups plain oatmeal (quick or regular)
– 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Yields: 1 dozen

Directions:
– Preheat oven to 350F.
– Mash the two bananas then add the creamy peanut butter. (I used a hand mixer to get the batter smooth.)
– Add cinnamon and oatmeal into batter.
– Add raisins and mini chocolate chips.
– Hand stir until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
– Put parchment paper onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
– Drop cookie batter onto the cookie sheet. (These cookies won’t rise or spread out, so you can place near each other. Flatten the batter with a spoon.)
– Bake in the oven for about 20 mins or until slightly brown.
– Remove from sheet onto cooling rack.

The finished cookies are dense and hardy. I think they’re filling between meals or when you want a treat. You can try adding different things, such as nuts. I put the ingredients into my Lose It! app to determine the nutritional values.

1 cookie =
Calories 135
Fat 5.2 g
Sat Fat 1.3 g
Sodium 35 mg
Carb. 19 g
Fiber 3.9 g

Have a tasty day!

Love,

Caroline

Inspirational Quotation: Albert Einstein

                                                               “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.

                                                                                      – Albert Einstein

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Sunset, Ruston Way Waterfront, Tacoma, Washington

Goodness of Water, Aqua, H20

Hello readers,

Water. We often take water for granted as we fill our glass from the tap or take a refreshing shower. However, water really is precious and shouldn’t be taken for granted as many people live in regions where there is no clean water or hydration systems. Our bodies desire and are in thirst of water for survival. The average person doesn’t drink even the recommended eight 8oz of water each day. And those that drink soda all day that doesn’t count for water, instead it hurts your body with sugars and fats. Perhaps I’m one of the few, but sometimes I fear I drink too much water.

I keep track of my water intake on a cell app. (Hold on, let me take a gulp.) Yes, there truly is an app for everything. I’m proud to state that I’ve kept track of my water intake for about two years. I tell people about my app and they nod or look puzzled, since they have no care or reason to track their water. I think it’s fun to log every time I finish a glass or water bottle. I almost try to out drink myself each day. How can you not like the app with cute icons and graphs? Of course, the only downside to water intake is constantly using the bathroom. It’s a small price to pay for a hydrated body.

Water is much more than just a drink with a meal. I’ve collected some health benefits about the goodness of water.

– Water helps weight loss. Drink a glass before meals. When you feel thirsty we often mistake it for hunger.
– Water keeps things moving with digestion.
– It helps fight fatigue during long workouts.
– Water may protect against some types of cancer.
– Drinking water can improve your mood, because it makes us feel refreshed.
– Water may naturally prevent headaches.
– It energizes us. When we feel tired the first sign is often dehydration.
– It may help us stay alert.
– Water protects our joints and cartilage that they stay lubricated.
– Water helps before, during, and after workouts.
– Our body needs extra water in hot and cold weather.
– A warm bath or shower may help calm us and soothe before bed.
– It takes the edge off of hangovers.
– Water helps us think more clearly.
– It cleans non-toxically while cleaning our home, dishes, body, and clothes. Water is the basic ingredient in natural cleaning products.
– Eating water hydrates us through water rich fruits and vegetables.
– Working out in water is good aerobic fitness. It offers cardio without the impact.
– Water balances our fluids, since 60% of the body is made of water.
– Water sounds are very soothing. (Think falling rain or babbling brooks.)
– Frozen water helps provide pain and swelling relief for injuries.
– Water has been linked to heart health.

Water sure has many good elements to make our bodies run smoothly. Develop habits to increase your water intake.

– Drink a glass before bed. (May want to skip if you already wake up in the middle of the night.)
– Keep a glass near your bed and drink when you wake up.
– Drink a glass before every meal. It helps make you feel fuller before you eat.
– Drink water before, during, and after a workout.
– Find a water bottle/glass that you absolutely love. You’re more bound to drink from it if you like the item.
– Add fruits, vegetables, and herbs to ‘spice’ up your water. (I love cucumber water.)
– Keep track of your water intake with an app, graph, or other method.
– Put marks on your water bottle for times to take a slurp.
– Challenge a friend to drink water. (Don’t guzzle down gallons at a time.)
– Keep fresh water available throughout your house and car. (You should always have a water back up for emergencies.)
– Drink water when eating out. (You’ll also save money.)

Remember that alcohol, soda, and sugar juices do more harm than good. Water is a goodness that our bodies need every day! So, fill up that glass or bottle and toast to a healthy body!

Keep hydrated my friend,

Caroline