#ReThinkYourDay with a Polar Loop Giveaway

It's no secret that I love all my Polar products. They were, and are, the most important pieces of fitness technology that I own. Today, August 8th is my 43rd birthday, and I'm sharing some Polar Love!!

The Loop especially has become my favorite gadget. I love how it keeps me on my daily goal with a quick flick of a button. Even on days when I don't think I'm being especially active, the Loop is teaching me to #ReThinkMyDay.

Spending the day with the #TampaTrio at the beach was more active than I thought!! And mowing my lawn takes on a whole new meaning when I see how many steps I move while doing it!

But the Loop does more than just track my steps. It is a 24/7 Activity Tracker. Polar Loop keeps track of every step, jump and run. Climb the stairs. Ride the waves. Jump over the fence. Choose what makes you move. Polar Loop tracks all the choices you make during the day and shows how they’re good for you. It also reminds you when you’ve been still for too long. Living an active life has never been this fun and easy. Check the Polar Flow web service and learn how all your small choices and daily habits can make a world of difference.

The Activity Guide shows how active you've been during the day. It also tells you how much you need to do to reach the global recommendations for physical activity. With practical guidance like ‘walk for 50 minutes or jog for 20 minutes’ you can choose how to reach your daily activity goal. Meet your goal faster with more intense activities or stay active at a slightly more moderate pace throughout the day.

The most accurate calorie counter on the market calculates the number of calories burned. Calculation is based on your individual data: your weight, height, age, gender and the intensity of physical activity. Smart Calories are available in heart rate monitors and activity trackers.

I also LOVE how the Polar Loop starts tracking your sleep time automatically when you lie down and your body movements slow. The Polar Flow mobile app and web service tell you how much you slept in total and how restful your sleep was. By showing you the amount of restful versus restless sleep, it gives you a detailed look into how you sleep at night so you can see if it's affected by any changes in your daily life.

The Polar Loop also measures the distance you move throughout the day based on your activity. The Polar Flow mobile app and web service tell you how many kilometers or miles you've covered. The distance is measured based on your body movement.

And Polar wants to give one of my readers/followers a Loop of their very own!!

You can check out more about the Loop here http://www.polarloop.com/us-en/ And enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below! US addresses only, please.

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Weekly Workouts January 26-Feb 1

Boy did I ever have a week of workouts! No wonder I am so tired today.

 

Weekly Workout Schedule January 26-February 1

Sunday-Color Run!! Such a great day!! You can read all about it here.

Calories: 819 but left on for warm-up and cool-down

Steps: 16,700 on normally what is a rest day!

 

Monday-CrossFit. Today was the day of PR's. It was a great day! You can read all about it here.

Steps: 12,352

Calories: 575

 

Tuesday- AIRHEADS. I went and did AirHeads trampoLEAN fitness class. It was a lot of fun. I was the only person there besides the trainer, so she put me through the wringer. She said since I was the only one we could go faster and not take as many breaks. That meant we finished the class in 45 minutes rather the normal 60 minutes. I was fine with that. 

Calories: 433

Steps:17,179

 

Wednesday-CrossFit and Jazzercise. A great day at both CrossFit and Jazzercise!!

CrossFit was tough!! I RX'd the weight for the Kettlebells, and I ran, at least I'm pretty sure I ran. I honestly can't remember! Ack! Not good!For Time Complete:
- 400M Run
- 30 KB Swings (53/35)
- 100 singles
* Rest 2 minutes.
* 3 Rounds.

Calories: 506

Then I went to Jazzercise where the instructor was taping herself for re-certification so we got in a great workout!

Calories: 500

Total Steps: 18,647

 

Thursday-REST. Thank goodness!! I needed it!

 

Friday-CrossFit. Today I made up Thursday's WOD.

"Open WOD 13.2"
Complete a 10 minute AMRAP of:
- 5 Shoulder-to-Overhead 55#
- 10 Deadlifts 55#
- 15 Box Jumps (24/20, Step-Ups allowed as Rx)

Calories: 491

Steps: 13,858

 

Saturday- Best Damn Race 10K & 5K challenge. What a great time!! Expect a full recap later this week!!

Calories: 1,435

Steps: 29,139 (WOW!!)

 

My weekly totals include 119,306 steps and 19,748 calories burned! Wozers what a week!!

How was your week in workouts?

#Rethinkyourday

I have been having ups and downs with my body recently. I know I should be so proud of all the weight I've lost, AND I AM, but my body is changing shape.

As I've been strength training more and more, I am getting more muscular. The top half of me from the waist up in getting leaner, stronger, more defined while the bottom half is building muscle and my thighs and butt are growing. Surprised It's a COMMON issue with women who crossfit. I've talked to my female coaches and some of the other female athletes at my box, and they all agree that it takes some time to get used to, but once you do, and you realize what your body is capable of doing, a mind shift happens and bam...it's no longer a concern.

I had that mind shift happen today and it totally made me #rethinkmyday.

What was my ultimate goal when I started CrossFit En Fuego? I wanted to become stronger. I wanted to be able to pick up my dog. I wanted to be able to do a pull-up. And I have certainly become stronger. And if I had to do it, I could pick up 2 Matthew's (my dog, he weighs 120lbs.) Pull-ups are still a work in progress but at least I've gone down in assisted band color/resistance!!

I stepped in to my box this morning and saw the WOD posted. And then Coach Josh explained something that was written on the board but that we sometimes overlook. 1 big word and 1 big phrase. HEAVY & NOT FOR TIME.

This is when the phrase #rethinkgyourday started playing over and over in my head and I decided that not only would I go HEAVY, I would go for my max prowler push and sled pull. Like over 200 pounds. I have wanted to pull what I lost since the beginning on September and have been training hard. I've been pulling 45 pounds for a mile for at least a month. I didn't want to pull 200 pounds for a mile, just 40 yards.

Could I do it??

YES!! I did it!! It was heavy. It was challenging. I had to stop at least once and regain my footing because I was a little unbalanced.  How did I manage to carry this much weight around on my body on a daily basis? I have no idea.

Then it was time for the push. I haven't really been practicing the prowler push and really didn't know what I'd be able to do. My friend Kris had just finished her push, and was waiting and she jokingly said "can you push me back down?" and I said YES, jump on! Again, I had no idea what I'd be pushing. Turns out I pushed over 230 pounds!!

I didn't even realize that a photo was snapped until Coach Jen put my camera back down on the weights. I love that. Kiss

So I did it. I pushed and pulled the amount of weight that I used to carry around on my body.

Then I came home and took a picture of my arm. Would it be visibly noticeable that I had gained muscle?

I can see it. And I'm very happy with it. I don't think my extra skin is ever going to go away. But I'm okay with that. Look at the muscle that is building on top of it. That's proof that my hard work is paying off!

What can you do to #rethinkyourday??