Saturday, December 28, 2013

Two Things that Changed My Life in 2013

In January 2013, I stumbled upon two things that changed my life for the better.

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The first one is my Fitbit. I got my Fitbit on January 7, and it has made a definite impact on how much I move. There is really no way of knowing how many more steps I walk each day because of my Fitbit since I know that I have been moving more from the minute I got it! My estimate is that I walk at least 3000 to 4000 more steps (1.5 - 2 miles) each day (if I’m right, that’s 1,095,000 to 1,460,000 more steps per year, or between about 547 and 730 miles!).

Because of my Fitbit, I’ve become really good at “sneaking in” steps. Since getting my Fitbit, I walk more at work, go for longer daily walks, and walk more with the kid and Andy (who both have their own Fitbits).

I learned to add in steps whenever I can, even if it’s just walking around for 5 to 10 minutes every hour while I’m grading big stacks of papers. It all adds up! And seeing the numbers right there on my Fitbit really motivates me.



Also in January 2013, I came across the Conscious Cleanse, and it has also changed my life for the better as it helped me determine my sensitivity to gluten and eggs. Gone are daily stomach discomfort and pain. I have also lost some weight and started numerous healthy habits because of the Conscious Cleanse (warm lemon water, green smoothies, lots of veggies, mindfulness, and much, much more).

If you want to try the Conscious Cleanse for yourself, the next cleanse starts on January 11, 2014. It’s a great way to start the year feeling your best and working on some lasting eating and living changes. Click here for more information and to register. 

Questions: What are some things that changed your life for the better in 2013? What changes do you want to make in 2014 to be healthier and/or happier? I will refocus my weight training routine and also start the day with a 5-minute meditation before my short morning workout.

Be well,
Andrea

20 comments:

  1. Nice Andrea, I used to use a pedometer, which was stressing me because I wanted to reach the 10000 steps/day, therefore I gave it up...but my husband still uses one religiously...
    Now, the cleansing is something that I would like to try...maybe in this coming year.
    Thanks for this post...
    Have a wonderful beginning of new year :D

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    1. Yes, a pedometer or Fitbit is only a good idea if you don't let it stress you out! :)

      Happy New Year, Juliana!

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  2. I think you've finally sold me on the Fit BIt and I may use my Christmas money to buy one. The link for it sends me right back to this post....?

    I know there are a couple models of Fit Bit. Do you know them well enough to recommend one?

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    1. I really think you'll like the Fitbit! :) Sorry about the link; it should work now...

      I have the Fitbit Zip, which is the simplest model, and it works well for me. I like that it's hidden under clothing. In fact, Andy and both kids have the zip as well, and we all love it. The only disadvantage is that it's small and you could potentially lose it easier (but it has never happened to me as the clip is secure) than the Flex or the Force, which you wear on your wrist. But I have been thinking of getting the Force as it also tracks your sleep and shows all stats at once, etc. The website lets you see what each model tracks.

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  3. Love my fitbit! I have the one and if it dies I'll be ordering another one :)

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    1. Yes, I couldn't live without mine either! :)

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  4. I also love my fitbit and seeing my daily and weekly steps. It's so rewarding to see those numbers add up over the course of the day.

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    1. Yes, it's especially great when you walked more than you thought! :)

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  5. I could definitely see how wearing the Fitbit would be extra motivation to keep walking!

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    1. It made so much more of a difference for me than I thought it would!

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  6. Wow, that sounds like an awesome little tool, the fitbit. I walk a lot because of my dogs being high energy. We walk a one hour loop in the woods (at least) every day. I think it's 3 miles but maybe I need a fitbit!

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    1. I'm a numbers person, so the Fitbit works great for me. I guess if I had someone who made me walk at least 3 miles every day, I wouldn't need it as much... :)

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  7. I am still evaluating 2014 & where I am headed so not ready to commit.. :) As for 2013 - goods & bads but nothing to life changing... :) Ready to move to a different year!

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    1. Wishing you much health & happiness in 2014, Jody!

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  8. Because of you I totally want to get the Fitbit Force - you wear it on your wrist - have you read/heard anything about that one? I got gift cards from my bosses for Christmas and want to buy something just for me. :D

    Happy almost New Year Andrea!

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    1. Glad you'll buy something just for you! You deserve it! :)

      I've been actually thinking of getting the Force myself. I like that you wear it on your wrist and that you are less likely to wash it, etc. I also like that it tracks more, like your sleep. Amazon has quite a few reviews. For now, my Zip works.

      Happy almost New Year to you Biz!

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  9. Discovering the long walks and doing them with Bella definitely was one of the best parts in 2013 for me.

    I do want to eat healthier in 2014 but first I have to wait for the results for my bowel problems. Once I know what I got, I can get better in 2014. As for moving I want to run more consistently and pick up strength training again.

    I wish you a very happy New Year Andrea. Hope it will be a great one for you.

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    1. Your long walks are always so beautiful!

      I hope you get answers to your stomach issues soon! I know how miserable they can make you feel...

      Wishing you a very happy & healthy 2014, Fran!

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  10. Hi Andrea, I think your blog is something that is changing my life. You don't hear this, but I talk about your blog quite often with my 2 older daughters. (They love the description of you too--the other blonde blogger married to a Korean Andy.) I know I've read your blog for quite a long while now, but lately it is sticking more. Thanks so much for that! Really, thanks so much. <3

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    1. Thank you, Marion! Your words mean a lot! Wishing you health and happiness in 2014!

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