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National Suicide Prevention Week & Why we Need to Talk About it

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This post came to me in a dream.

I don’t know whether it was simply my brain trying to process the unthinkable, or a message of comfort from the other side. Perhaps it was a bit of both.

I’ve sat on this for months, afraid to hit publish. However, this week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and I felt it was time.

We see reports of suicide every day in the news. Celebrities, terminally ill patients, children — each story tragic in its own right.

But we never imagine that suicide will hit our family.

Until it does.

Reading about a tragic suicide grips your heart and wrenches it, but you can look away. You can turn off the television, compartmentalize it in your mind, and move on. It’s how we humans survive: by separating ourselves from the “other.”

When it’s your loved one, you can’t “turn it off.” It’s always there. Little things remind you. A photo of a tropical beach transports you back to the last vacation you spent together. Christmas songs bring back the years of holiday traditions.

With suicide, there is no closure. There is always a “why” and a “what if.”

This is how suicide has impacted me personally, and what I wish I could say to my Uncle who left us all too soon.

A Letter to My Uncle

Dear Uncle,

There is a hole in my heart.

You knew that we would miss you. Looking back, I now recognize the last words you spoke to me were actually your last goodbyes. You knew it. I didn’t.

What you didn’t know is just how much you would be missed, and by how many.

You were a constant in my life. My dear, sweet, quiet, quirky uncle. I was secretly elated when I discovered we shared a love of the music of Steve Winwood. I treasured our visits and our unpredictably random conversations. But did I show you enough that I loved you?

I feel now that I must have taken you for granted. Maybe we all did. We assumed that you knew how important you were to all of us.

I hope you knew.

I try to convince myself that I could not have changed things. And most likely I couldn’t have on my own, maybe none of us could.

But if you had only given any of us just a glimpse at the depths of your struggles, we would have tried. You would not have been a burden.

All of us would have done anything to keep you from going through this alone.

That is what is hardest to think about: how alone you must have felt. How alone you felt to make this choice. How alone you were when you left this earth.

That’s the part I can’t process. It’s as if my mind won’t let itself go there. It can’t.

Dear Uncle,

It still doesn’t seem quite real, and I don’t think it will ever feel quite right.

Every family gathering will be tinged with sadness, as one of the cornerstones of our family is not there.

If I could say one more thing, it would be that your life mattered. It mattered to so many of us. It still does.

Actually, I would say this too,

I love you.

I don’t think I said that enough when I had the chance.

 

National Suicide Prevention Week is not the only time to talk about it

Suicide can happen in any family.

Depression and mental illness don’t discriminate, but for some reason they carry a stigma. There should be no shame in trying to heal our minds and our spirits, just as we would if our bodies were sick.

The first step is to talk about it, and that’s why I’m sharing my story. The more we bring to light, the more importance we place on mental health care, the more tragedies we can prevent.

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Parents, talk to your kids.

Don’t wait for them to tell you there is a problem — that might be too late.

Our children need us to be their advocate, their support, and their strength as they learn to navigate this often-scary world.

Show them that they matter. Don’t assume that they know it.

The same goes for all of your loved ones. Don’t miss any opportunity to tell the people in your life how much they mean to you.

Most importantly:

If you’re having thoughts of suicide, please don’t go through it alone. 

Because you are never truly alone in this world. YOU matter. You matter to a lot more people than you could ever realize.

Don’t be ashamed to ask for help, or even for someone just to listen. Your family and friends would rather try to help you now than to pick up the pieces you’d leave behind.

If you’re scared or not ready to talk to your family, you can talk to a trained counselor at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at no cost ANY time of day, 7 days a week.

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

But please, talk to someone. Your life matters.

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Last updated on September 8th, 2016 at 05:01 pm

5 Unusual Ways to Give Back

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There is sad and scary news all around us.

I do not feel qualified to write about any of the events specifically. There is probably not much I can say that hasn’t been said already.

However, I have been turning over ideas in my head, searching for simple ways to give back — just people being people, helping one another out.

And I’ve got it!

With a little planning, a little kindness, and a lot of care, here are 5 ways YOU (yes, you) can save the world. That might sound a bit ambitious, but if ALL of us took the spirit of these ideas to heart, we really could change things for the better.

5 Unconventional Ways to Give Back

Want to do something really useful to help others? Little things can have a BIG impact. Here are 5 ways to give back you might not have thought of yet.

1. Plant fruit trees and berry bushes in the public parks

Allowing access to free, nutritious food seems like a no brainer, and it doesn’t need to be over managed or controlled. Simply plant a fruit or berry bearing bush or tree of some variety that will grow well in your climate, take care of it, and voila! Free food for passers-by.

2. Dedicate one row of food in your garden to your local food bank or shelter

If you have a garden, dedicate one row to a grow a variety of vegetables that are popular and high yielding. Beans, peas and zucchini are a few good starter options. When it’s time to harvest, donate to your local food bank or shelter.

3. Donate Your Next Windfall

When you find that money in last season’s coat pocket, or have a good night in tips, purchase baby hats and sleepers and donate them to the nearest hospital/woman’s shelter. Every baby deserves a warm start and even $20 can go a long way!

Get a bonus at work? Large tax refund? Call your local shelter and find out their specific needs…then go stock up for them!

4. Raise $100… and donate it to a charity you don’t support

This might be the most challenging item on the list, but could end up the most rewarding!

Spend a couple hours with the people who run a charity you don’t support. Find out why they do what they do, and keep an open mind. Try to understand their point of view and learn the story behind their cause.

You might find out that you are not that different after all.

Want to do something really useful to help others? Little things can have a BIG impact. Here are 5 ways to give back you might not have thought of yet.

5. Model Kindness, Respect, and Care

Teach your children love and kindness towards others. We need to have empathy and tolerance and respect for ideas, beliefs races and cultures that are different from our own.

It is not hard to be kind.

It is hard to be a human and not have an opinion, and nobody is perfect. All we can do is try our best to model this good behaviour for our children. They are counting on us.

One last thing…

It would be extremely ignorant of me to write a post on saving the world without mentioning Buffy.

You know Buffy, right?

She saved the world from an apocalypse like every season. She had to kill demons and seal the Hell Mouth.

Makes growing some extra veggies look really easy, doesn’t it?

 

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 10 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays

 

Nemcsok FarmsAbout the author — Evelyne is a fearless, axe wielding, quirky, hardworking and incredibly funny creative genius. She also has a weird fascination with soil, and wreaths. You can also find Evelyne at her personal site: NemcsokFarms.com.

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Last updated on September 10th, 2016 at 02:27 pm

Why Game Apps Might Just be GOOD for Your Brain

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Phone and computer game apps sometimes get a lousy rap – but are they really all that bad?

I’ll readily admit that sometimes after a long day, I look forward to plopping down on the couch with my phone. There’s something so relaxing about playing a simple game that doesn’t require a great deal of thought.

So why do I feel guilty about it? And should I?

Phone and computer game apps sometimes get a lousy rap – but are they really all that bad? Why research says playing games on your phone might actually have positive benefits for your brain and body.

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What Game Apps Do to Our Brains

I expected to find a lot of scientists and doctors warning us to put down our phones. However, what I found is just the opposite – it’s actually good news!

Research shows that mental stimulation, including that from technology, can produce positive changes in our brains. There is even evidence that asserts “brain training” and possibly game apps can help you better perform some tasks and take control of your emotions.

What about game apps that are just that, a game? That don’t make any bold claims to improve our mental capacity, but are simply meant to be FUN, like one of my favorite apps, Panda Pop. Cute pandas, new levels added every Tuesday, and game play that is both challenging and relaxing at the same time — what’s not to love?!

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While the jury is still out on just how effective game apps are for improving brain function, there is one thing that is not disputed. Playing phone and computer game apps can actually make you feel happier.

It’s science, ya’ll – achieving a milestone or positive outcome in a game triggers the release of the neurochemical dopamine, the “pleasure chemical.”

So when you say that playing your favorite game app relaxes you, it’s not simply an excuse. Your phone really can help boost your mood and lower your stress levels.

Phone and computer game apps sometimes get a lousy rap – but are they really all that bad? Why research says playing games on your phone might actually have positive benefits for your brain and body.

There’s No Shame in Your Game

As long as playing game apps isn’t interfering with taking care of your responsibilities, there’s no reason to feel guilty about enjoying them!

Honestly, there are a lot of other dangerous things people do to deal with stress. Playing a fun game to let your brain relax seems pretty harmless in comparison!

So go ahead, download Panda Pop (it’s free!), and get happy! You’ve earned it!

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Phone and computer game apps sometimes get a lousy rap – but are they really all that bad? Why research says playing games on your phone might actually have positive benefits for your brain and body.

Disclosure: This post is for entertainment purposes only; I am not a medical professional. I am a Panda Pop ambassador and was compensated for this post.

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Last updated on September 18th, 2016 at 10:12 pm

Finding Strength in Grief

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I’m honored to share this piece from my friend Evelyne at Nemcsok Farms:

The Hole Was Bigger than I Thought — Finding Strength in Grief

Around a year ago, we wrapped up what we knew as my Dad’s life, and tried to celebrate his time on this earth and in our presence, with the internment of his ashes.

I had the honor of placing his ashes into the grave.

The hole was a lot deeper than I expected,

and the weather was nicer than I expected,

and I felt a lot sadder than I expected.

He died in April, just after his birthday. At the time, I was going through the motions of our bed time routine, reading stories, and tucking in and all that great stuff…while I was also preparing for what was to be my last visit with my Dad on this earth.

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I made the drive at night, about 70 km south of where we live, to spend some time with my Dad, to say goodbye before he left to go to that wondrous place called Heaven.

He was resting, he was comfortable, and he had a couple of great friends, his daughters and his sister by his side. He was as peaceful as you would expect, finally sleeping well after a hard illness.

He passed away early the next following morning, and even though I knew it was coming, I was still shocked.

The grief was bigger than I expected.

I have an image on my phone, of a small stack of wood, a chopping block and an axe. A 6 lb axe. This image represents my sense of independence, my strength.

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And it also represents my loss.

I once told my Dad that I couldn’t split wood. That I know it “is all technique” not strength, but still I tried and I can’t do it. He said “bulls*%t”.

At the time I shrugged it off. I had no need to actually split wood myself. We have a wood splitter and my husband is amazing with an axe.

But still, I wanted to be able to do it. Much like I want to be able to everything myself. It is my way.

One day last fall, while being outside with the kids, I saw the pile of wood, I saw the axe. I had time, I could try. I didn’t get it on the first swing. But I got it.

My strength is bigger than I expected.

I can split wood with a 6 lb axe. And my Dad knew I could do it.

See, when I lost my Dad, I also lost my biggest fan. I admired everything about my Dad growing up. He was the strongest, funniest, bravest, and most uncondemning person in my world.

And he thought I was unstoppable. He wanted me to know it too.

I don’t have my Dad anymore. I have my memories and I hope a lot of his finer qualities. I know undoubtedly that I have a lot of his not so fabulous qualities as well, but my friends and family love me anyway.

My Dad lived his life on his own terms. I try to remember the things he taught me, and I hope to do his memory justice.

I never knew that he was my biggest fan, until the day I realized I could do something I had previously believed I couldn’t. On that day I realized the there are ways of finding strength in grief.

And then I knew.

I knew what my Dad had been trying to show me all my life. That he believed in me, and that he knew what I could do. His support was bigger than I expected.

I miss him so much. Today has been hard. I am eternally grateful for the friends I have today, for the people who care for me. I know I could get by on my own, but it sure is nice when you don’t have to.

The hole was deeper than I expected.

 

More Resources dealing with Grief and Loss:

115 Helpful Websites on Grief and Bereavement

National Suicide Prevention Week & Why Every Family Needs to Talk About Suicide

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Last updated on September 21st, 2016 at 05:54 pm

10 Ways to Get 10,000 Steps a Day

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This list of ways to get 10,000 steps in your day is part of a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®. The opinions and texts are all mine.

When it comes to walking, 10,000 is the magic number — 10,000 steps that is! Many physicians agree that this is an effective, reachable fitness goal for adults.

Meeting your fitness goals & losing weight is easier than you think! 10 ways to hit 10,000 steps a day, without making major changes to your daily routine.

Why 10,000 steps?

  • If you work at a desk or are sedentary for much of the day, a goal of 10,000 steps likely means you’ll need to make an effort to walk more. And any increased activity is a positive!
  • Walking fires up your metabolism because your body needs extra energy to support physical activity. To fuel your workout, your metabolism burns calories! (source)
  • The American Heart Association says that walking can lower some of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, as much as running does. (source)
  • 10,000 is an easy number to remember, and since it is a large number, it mentally feels like a big accomplishment to reach it. However, it is still a do-able goal — you’re less likely to get discouraged if you set yourself up for success!

The best part is, you don’t need to get your 10,000 steps a day all at once. Whether you meet the mark in small increments or big chunks, the fact that you hit your target is what counts!

How to track 10,000 steps

I started using my TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker this week and I’m already hooked! My husband laughs because I’m always checking my progress throughout the day. (I think it’s because he secretly wants one too…so I already have an idea for his Christmas gift…shhhh!) The TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker is an easy way to monitor your daily activity…and then some!

The sleek band fits perfectly and is so lightweight that I almost forget it’s even there! Mine is black, which I love because it matches everything. There are also colorful interchangeable bands you can purchase to suit your personal style, like Azur Blue, Indigo Purple, and Coral Red.

Meeting your fitness goals & losing weight is easier than you think! 10 ways to hit 10,000 steps a day, without making major changes to your daily routine.

In addition to tracking my steps, I can:

  • Measure my heart rate with a built-in heart rate monitor
  • Track my physical activity 24/7 — steps, distance walked, active walking time, and sleep
  • Estimate calories burned throughout the day
  • Measure my % body fat and % muscle mass with the body composition analysis feature — this allows you to see the impact of your diet and exercise over time
  • See what time it is (it’s a watch too!)
  • Get smartphone notifications
  • Set activity goals — like daily and weekly steps

And that’s only a few of my favorites! I’m still learning and finding out new tricks every day. Be sure to stay tuned for my 1-month follow-up, where I share my results after using the TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker to count 10,000 steps a day! I’m excited to see how much my body composition changes during this month too — hopefully more muscle and less fat!

Meeting your fitness goals & losing weight is easier than you think! 10 ways to hit 10,000 steps a day, without making major changes to your daily routine.

10 Ways to Reach 10,000 Steps a Day:

Since I’m semi-obsessed with my TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker, I’ve been checking how many steps I take during all of my daily activities. I love walking, but once I started tracking, I realized I wasn’t walking quite as much as I thought! So I’ve been looking for ways to get more steps to reach and exceed my target. I’m sharing them so you’ll have some new ideas to increase your daily steps and reap the benefits of walking!

These are some simple activities to add to your day, or swap out for less physical alternatives. You won’t believe how little changes add up to big results!

840 steps – Walking kids to school instead of driving (round trip) – And our school is only 2 blocks away!

920 steps – 4 laps around the small track at the playground (about 1/2 mile) – The kids play while you get your steps, talk about a win-win!

3000 steps – 2 hours shopping at the mall – Who knew that retail therapy was so good for your waistline?

240 steps – Parking at the back of the lot at the grocery store (round trip) – Plus you don’t have to fight over the “good” spots!

1200 steps – 10 minutes on the elliptical machine at a moderate pace – Perfect for rainy days!

80 steps – Taking the stairs instead of the elevator (4 flights) – Stairs are also one of the best ways to tone your rear end!

1000 steps – 20 minutes of freestyle dancing – Dancing with the girls is so much fun…it doesn’t feel like exercise!

550 steps – 5 minutes of marching in place – If you sit at a desk all day, then you need to stand up and move around periodically. Now you can get your steps in too!

2000 steps – 20 minute walk around the neighborhood with the kids – We try to take a daily walk before dinner every evening. It’s a great way for the kids to unwind and for me to get more steps!

400 steps – 10 laps around the house – It’s easier than you think to get those last steps in at the end of the day!

What Happened When I Took the 10,000 Steps Challenge?

One month after I committed to the 10000 step challenge, I report back with my results! Click here to see what happened when I took the 10000 steps challenge!

CLICK HERE to find out more about the TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker. 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom. The opinions and text are all mine.

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6 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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Ahh, the holidays! The wonderful time of year full of food, family…and more food! Oh, and did I mention food?

I used to stress about gaining weight during the holidays, which meant I didn’t really enjoy anything I ate. I worried about how it all would affect that number on the scale. And let me tell you…that’s a drag!!

Finally I figured out how self-destructive my thoughts and actions were. I made a concentrated effort to switch my mindset, appreciate the blessing of togetherness and abundance, and enjoy the holiday season.

The surprising result? I maintain my weight through the holidays, even while indulging in decadent treats.

Read on for the simple mantras I follow to avoid holiday weight gain…and most importantly, enjoy this time of year!

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6 Positive Mind/Body Mantras to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Go all-in!

If you’re going to splurge, then truly allow yourself to enjoy it. What is the point of indulging if you’re just guilting yourself the entire time? It kind of defeats the purpose!

One special meal, or one “cheat” day isn’t going to make or break your entire year, so stop worrying so much about it. Banish those self-defeating thoughts that tell you things like: well I’ve already blown it today, so what’s one more day?

Eat your dinner, LOVE it, and move on!

Remember, there IS more for another day

One of the biggest traps about a “splurge” meal is thinking that you have to eat as much as possible in one sitting. I’ve totally been there…I better stuff my face while I can because tomorrow it’s back on the diet!

The problem is that you eat so much that you feel so heavy and bloated that it’s hard to enjoy the rest of the holiday!

What I started doing instead is treating a holiday meal like any other meal. I serve myself normal portions and remind myself that I can always have a second bite of something if I really love it. Interestingly, I’m usually satisfied enough after my first plate that I don’t want seconds after all.

Tell those calories to take a walk!

Let’s be real, you’re probably not going to make it to the gym on Thanksgiving Day. (Well, I probably won’t anyways!) But that doesn’t mean all is lost! A nice long walk before or after “the big meal” will fire up your metabolism and start your body burning those holiday calories.

Even better news: studies show that walking not only increases your metabolism while you’re doing it, but also your resting metabolic rate (if you walk regularly). If you make the effort to walk several (or every) days a week, your body will already be working on those holiday calories even before you eat!

The best part about walking is that you can do it just about anywhere, even while traveling. When we visit relatives during the holidays, we take a family walk through my Granny’s neighborhood almost every day. Those West Virginia hills are an awesome workout and a great way to spend time together.

Meeting your fitness goals & losing weight is easier than you think! 10 ways to hit 10,000 steps a day, without making major changes to your daily routine.

I’m obsessed with my TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker and making sure I get my 10,000 steps a day. This is an awesome holiday (or anytime) gift idea for yourself or a loved one!

Watch out for those “sneaky” calories

We all know know that those decadent holiday desserts are packed with calories. However, we don’t always think about the calories we drink. A single 8 ounce glass of that Christmas classic eggnog can pack as many as 400 calories!

A glass of red wine is a smarter choice, at 100-150 calories per serving. However, alcohol consumption can trick your brain into thinking it’s hungry (more on that here), so be aware that your cravings may increase if you’re drinking. Always drink in moderation, and drink a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage. And please, please, always chose a designated driver!

Stay off the scale

Before you say I’m cheating, hear me out! Many of our favorite holiday indulgences are laden with sodium, which makes your body retain water. This can cause your weight to fluctuate. If you step on the scale the day after a big holiday meal, you probably won’t be getting a true reading. What you will get is a number that is discouraging. So don’t do it!

Stop stressing!

For me, the most helpful thing I did was to stop making a big deal about holiday meals. Honestly, one meal, no matter how large, isn’t going to have a huge impact on your overall weight over time.

You might feel bloated for a day or two after a holiday dinner. You might gain a couple pounds (but if you don’t weigh yourself that day you won’t know!) However, if you go back to your normal habits right away, your body will recover quickly.

Stressing out only gets in the way of your holiday fun and too much stress can actually lead to weigh gain. So stop stressing!

Enjoy the holidays, have those once-a-year treats, and the get back on the grind!

More about my weight loss journey after baby:

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Last updated on November 24th, 2016 at 01:44 pm

What Happened When I Took the 10,000 Steps Challenge

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“I know I walk more than 10,000 steps a day!”

Have you heard of the 10,000 Steps Challenge? I did it and share the results -- did I meet my fitness goals? Did I lose weight? Why you should try it too!

That’s the number one response I get when I show people my TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker. And you know what? That’s what I thought too before I started wearing it!

What Happened When I Took the 10,000 Steps Challenge

A month ago I took the 10,000 steps challenge of walking at least 10,000 steps every day for a month. I’m reporting back today to share what happened during and after my 10,000 steps challenge. You might want to try it too!

1. I learned that I don’t walk as much in an average day as I thought I did.

I’ve always considered myself an active person, and my husband and I exercise almost every day. However, I don’t actually walk as much as I previously assumed.

In an average day, without any special effort, I walk about 7000 steps. Not bad, but tracking my steps showed that I need to get up and get moving more throughout the day. A perfect excuse to take an occasional work break!

2. My family and I spent more time outside

My family and I enjoy an afternoon walk most days. Since I realized I needed to make an effort to hit my 10,000 steps a day goal, we extended those walks. Sometimes we walked to the playground, sometimes we walked an extra block or two. Either way, we’re spending more time together outdoors and setting a positive example for our girls.

3. I maintained my body fat percentage through Thanksgiving

The holidays are full of delicious (and rich) food and drink, so realistically, it’s not the time to try to lose weight. I also believe that we should allow ourselves to truly enjoy the holidays without stressing about the numbers on the scale.

That being said, I did set the goal for myself to maintain my current size through the Thanksgiving holiday. I don’t weigh myself, but my TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker features a Body Composition Analysis Tool.

The Body Composition Analysis Tool measures your percentage of body fat, muscle mass and other (bones, water). My body composition remained consistent throughout the month, even with the Thanksgiving celebration in the middle of it. I consider that a success and I attribute it in no small part to my walking!

Have you heard of the 10,000 Steps Challenge? I did it and share the results -- did I meet my fitness goals? Did I lose weight? Why you should try it too!

Take Your Own 10,000 Steps Challenge!

I absolutely LOVE my TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker! I’m not exaggerating when I say that I probably check my steps dozens of time a day — it’s so cool to have it all at the touch of a button! This is the perfect gift to yourself or a loved one to start the new year on a healthy path.

It’s simple to take the 10,000 steps challenge:

  1. Find a method to track your steps. I’ve used a pedometer app on my phone before, but I found that a wearable tracker is much more accurate. It’s also easier since you don’t need to carry your phone on your body at all times. The TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker is lightweight, easy to use, and the battery charge lasts for days. I’m sort of obsessed with it!
  2. Get walking! Click here to see some of the ways I fit extra steps in my day without feeling like a chore.

How to Use the Body Composition Analysis

Tracking your steps is pretty self-explanatory, but I thought it might be helpful if I showed how to use the Body Composition Analysis feature. This tool gives additional insight into your current fitness level and provides an alternative way to track fitness goals without weighing yourself.

Have you heard of the 10,000 Steps Challenge? I did it and share the results -- did I meet my fitness goals? Did I lose weight? Why you should try it too!

  1. Swipe the touchscreen on your TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker until you reach the screen with the percentage sign (%).
  2. Press lightly and hold until you see a checkmark. If you see an ‘X’ then you’ll need to try measuring again. (The best time to measure is in the morning after you use the restroom, but before you eat breakfast).
  3. Sync your TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker with the MySports App (free to download in the App Store).

Have you heard of the 10,000 Steps Challenge? I did it and share the results -- did I meet my fitness goals? Did I lose weight? Why you should try it too!

The app provides a visual progress chart to keep track of your stats over time. I find it helpful and motivating to see how I’m doing!

CLICK HERE to purchase the TomTom® Touch Fitness Tracker and get started on your own 10,000 step challenge.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Stacey aka the Soccer Mom

Stacey is the creator of The Soccer Mom Blog, a Houston Texas mom blog that focuses on positive living for women and families. She loves to share real food recipes, money-saving tips, parenting encouragement, kids activities, DIY tutorials, home hacks, fitness, and so much more! To get to know Stacey even better, click here.
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Last updated on January 21st, 2018 at 05:23 pm