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Losing Weight With My Fitbit

How To StartActivity trackers are one of the biggest fitness trends right now. Michael Luke and I are big Fitbit fans. I’ve had my Fitbit Flex for sixteen months.

flex_3qtr_black_3lights_300dpi During that time I’ve traveled more than 1,300 miles earning myself the New Zealand badge.

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When I ran the St. Jude Half Marathon last December I earned the Hiking Boot Badge for achieving more 35,000 steps in one day.  It may be a while before I top that one.

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It’s fun to earn new badges and to see how my daily steps compare to all my friends and take part in the occasional challenge but for 15 months that all it was… FUN.  Oh, and until you have experienced it it’s hard to describe the joy of your tracker vibrating as you hit 10,000 steps.

10,000 steps meme Occasionally I would lose a couple of pounds but before I knew my weight would go up a few more.  My goal was to get back to my weight that I was at before getting pregnant (in 2011).  For four years that has been my goal but the closest I ever came to reaching it was within four pounds and that was three and a half years ago when I was walking with my friend Kalli three to four days a week.

Last month when I stepped on the scale and saw myself a full 10 pounds heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight I knew I had to do something. It’s easy to blame it all on the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Valentine’s Day) but honestly the weight gain is because I wasn’t being kind to myself.  I let all that food take victory over me.

Now I know that 10 pounds is really not that much weight and even at my weight a month ago I still fit in the normal weight range for my body height and age.  But it was on the upper end of “normal” and I knew I could treat my body better.  Something had to change.

Over the past year I had occasionally used my Fitbit to count calories and each time I had lost weight.  I never did it more than a couple of days though.  Sometimes, I’m on the lazy side and it was just too much trouble for me to enter all the ingredients in each time I prepared a meal and often times it seemed easier to calculate a meal from a restaurant than a meal cooked at home.

This time I did some research in the Fitbit forums. I knew people had success losing weight with their Fitbits I just had to figure out what I was doing wrong.

What I Was Doing Wrong

I knew the answer all along but reading through the forums I confirmed what I already knew.

I HAD TO COUNT CALORIES!

I discovered though that the majority of people used a third party app to count their calories. Determined to make it work I tried a couple out.  I finally ended up going with My Fitness Pal.

my fitness palMy Fitness Pal has an extensive data base of food… including Young Living protein powders.  Another perk is that it tracks your fat, sodium, sugar, and carbs, and protein intakes.  And the best part is that it syncs with my Fitbit app so that as my steps and activity increase throughout the day the amount of calories I can consume increases.  This is my motivation to move.

I’m 4’11” so if my goal is to lose 1/2 pound a week my base recommended intake of calories in the morning is around 1,200 to 1,300 calories.  To me this is depressing.  We see all the nutrition information on food labels and everything is based off of a 2000 calorie diet.  I felt like I was being short changed 700+ calories a day.  In the beginning I basically threw myself a pity party because I WANTED MORE.  It’s not my fault i’m so short.

Here’s the interesting part though as I began to count calories and monitor my serving sizes I realized that 1,200 calories was enough for me. At the end of the day I was satisfied.  I also realized that the more steps I took and the more active minutes I had during the day the more calories I earned.

I learned to use this to my advantage. For example, if I was going out to eat and wanted to enjoy a fried chocolate pie I made sure to reach my 10,000 steps that day and eat lower calorie meals earlier in the day.  This helped me bank extra calories so that I could enjoy my dessert guilt free… and that I did!

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Fitbit keeps up with my calories burned vs. intake letting me know if I’m above/under/in the zone.  I don’t have a lot of self control and have always had a hard time resisting sweets at the end o f the day.  But I am a rule follower. Give me guidelines and I will stick to them.  That’s where calorie counting in huge for me. If I don’t have enough at the end of the day I won’t let myself splurge because I have worked so hard to stay within my budget.

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I find myself checking my Fitbit more during the day now.  I want to know how much I’ve been moving. If my step count is low by lunch I know that I need to PLAN time to move during the afternoon.  It’s now my goal to hit 10,000 everyday.  I no longer refer to my tracker to see how far I am falling short that day but instead to see how much more I need to move.

Fitbit also tracks your water intake. This isn’t a feature I use every day but I need to.  On the days that I do I do a far better job of reaching the recommended amount of water.  I know some people aren’t fond of drinking water all the time.  Adding Young Living Essential Oils is a way I add variety to my water. My favorite right now is to add a drop of Peppermint Vitality essential oil to my water bottle.  The Peppermint helps to curb my appetite… and keeps my mouth tasting great.  It’s also fun to flavor my water with citrus Vitality oils like Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, and Citrus Fresh.  There are wonderful benefits to adding citrus oils to your water… take a few minutes and do a little research.

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The Results

I’ve been moving, counting calories, and drinking water for a month now.  My calorie intake is set to allow for half a pound a week and over the past month I’ve already lost 3 POUNDS!  I’m so excited. I feel empowered, motivated, and encouraged. I KNOW I can reach my goal if I keep this up.  My goal was set all along but what I really needed was a plan.

What’s Next

I plan to keep doing everything I’ve been doing and start to incorporate more exercise and strength training.  Even though I’m moving I haven’t been running as much as I used to. Imagine the impact I could have if I combined calorie counting with running.

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So tell me… do you wear an activity tracker? Are you actively using yours to lose weight or to maintain a healthy weight or do you find yourself wearing yours like I how I did mine in the beginning?  What goals do you want to achieve with your activity tracker?

 

 

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Caring for Your Children Beyond Oils

My love for Young Living extends beyond just essential oils.  The more I become aware of all the chemicals and toxins used in products the more I fall in love with Young Living and their Seed to Seal policy.  I love their commitment to purity.

Here’s a few of my favorite products other than essential oils from Young Living.  These are all oil infused products which means essential oils are used in each one.  As I learn more and more about essential oils I understand why certain oils are included in certain products. They all serve a function.  Research them so that you too can understand their purpose.

Caring for your child beyond Essential Oils

KidScents Tender Tush – KidScents®Tender Tush is a gentle ointment that nourishes and protects skin with soothing ingredients like coconut, olive, and wheat germ oils. The all-natural ingredients in Tender Tush soothe the delicate skin in the diaper area while gentle essential oils provide comforting aromatherapy. Tender Tush is also great for expectant mothers who are concerned with stretch marks.

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KidScents® Tender Tush contains: natural ingredients, therapeutic-grade essential oils, no mineral oils, no synthetic perfumes, and no artificial colorings.

KidScents Shampoo – KidScents® Shampoo has a safe, mild formula designed to provide the perfect pH balance for children’s delicate skin. It contains MSM, a natural sulfur compound known to strengthen hair, along with aloe vera, chamomile, and other nourishing herbs and vitamins.

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KidScents® Shampoo contains: natural ingredients, therapeutic-grade essential oils, no mineral oils, no synthetic perfumes, no artificial coloring, and no toxic ingredients.

KidScents Bath Gel – KidScents® Bath Gel is a safe, gentle, and mild all-natural liquid soap that contains MSM ( a natural form of sulfur that promotes healthy, clear skin), soothing aloe vera, a mix of antioxidant vitamins and botanicals, and fragrant essential oils to leave tender skin feeling soft and refreshed. KidScents Bath Gel has the perfect pH balance for children’s skin. It contains natural ingredients, therapeutic grade essential oils, no mineral oils, no synthetic perfumes, no artificial colorings and no toxic ingredients.

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KidScents MightyVites – Using nutrient-dense whole food sources, the new MightyVites contain superfruits, plants and veggies that deliver the full-spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients for children’s developing bodies. The new MightyVites chewable tablets feature an enhanced vitamin-mineral source and two new and improved natural flavors: orange cream and mixed berry.

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KidScents MightyZymes – KidScents® MightyZyme is an all-natural, vegetarian product in the form of chewable tablets designed to help children combat the negative effects of enzyme depletion. MightyZyme chewables address each of the digestive needs of growing bodies and assist normal digestion of all foods, including proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

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Lavender Hand and Body Lotion – Bring life back to your skin with this all-natural lightweight moisturizer infused with skin-loving lavender essential oil. Added nutrients such as wolfberry seed and jojoba oils fortify your skin’s natural moisture barrier to maintain long-lasting hydration.

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KidScents Slique Toothpaste – This new formula is an all-natural toothpaste for kids that uses Thieves® and Slique™ Essence essential oil blends to gently clean and protect teeth. This safe, yet effective, blend promotes healthy teeth without the use of fluoride, dyes, synthetic colors, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

KidScents Toothpaste

Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier – Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier utilizes powerful essential oils to clean and purify hands. Moisturizing emollients, Aloe Vera and vegetable glycerin, enrich our formula and add their hydrating benefits.

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Melaleuca-Geranium Bar Soap™ is made with pure botanical oils that are easily absorbed, while the essential oils of melaleuca, geranium, and vetiver soothe and moisturize, creating healthy skin naturally.

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Orange Blossom Facial Wash – Orange Blossom Facial Wash™ is a gentle, nonabrasive, free-rinsing cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils. It contains MSM to promote healthier and clearer skin, wolfberry seed oil to hydrate, and essential oils to soothe with aromatic benefits. Added botanicals protect skin from free radical damage.

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Over the past two years we have worked to switch out product after product in our house for Young Living products because we love the Seed to Seal Promise.  Our bodies come in contact with enough junk everyday.  We have the choice to take action and support our girl’s bodies using safe and natural products.

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Essential Oils & Supplements During Pregnancy

I’ve only had the privileged of being pregnant once.  It was a fun time.  It was fun watching my stomach grow to proportions that I didn’t even know were possible.  It was fun feeling Noah kick inside of me and bump my insides each time she had hiccups.  It was fun knowing that God was using me to grow another human being who he desires will worship him and bring him glory.

Let’s be honest though, pregnancy comes with it’s own set of discomforts and nutritional challenges.  One thing that ML and I discovered while I was pregnant was that lots of medications were off the table.  If I got sick, I just had to get over it for the most part.  That sounds fun, right?

The next thing we discovered is the lack of regulation over vitamins and supplements.  I would like to rest assure that the fish oil capsule I am ingesting each day is truly a FISH OIL… and a good one at that!

I was pregnant before we discovered Young Living Essential Oils.  Which meant for the most part I had very few options when my body was feeling less than stellar. Thankfully, my OB/GYN did recommend pre-natal supplements that were quality tested so we were able to rest assured there.  If I ever do it again though I will have my trusty bag of oils by my side and will use Young Living Supplements. Why? Because of their Seed to Seal Process.  Each oil and supplement is quality tested and I know if it doesn’t meet their standards they aren’t going to use it.  THAT’S HUGE!

Below you will find a list of essential oils and supplements that may offer support during pregnancy.  Because so many products are listed I didn’t provide a description of each one.  I do however encourage you to look up the product descriptions on Young Living’s website. I’m not a doctor though, so check with yours before adding these to your routine.  I also encourage you  to do your own research.  Feel confident in how you choose to care for your body during pregnancy.  It’s your time to shine!

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Essential Oils & Supplements during Pregnancy

Occasional Stomach DiscomfortAlkalime, Peppermint, DiGize, TummyGize, Ginger

Seasonal Upper Respiratory SupportLavender, R.C., Eucalyptus Radiata (Diffuse 20-30 minutes 2 times per day or as desired).

Healthy Back Support- PanAway, Valor, Aroma Sieze, Deep Relief

Circulation Support & Ease Minor Discomfort in LegsOrtho Ease Massage Oil

Respiratory Support- R.C. diffused

Digestive SupportDiGize, Life 5, ICP, Essentialzymes, Balance Complete

Support Normal Body TemperaturesPeppermint, Lavender

Relief from the Occasional HeadacheLavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile

Ease Tired MusclesOrtho Sport Massage Gel, Aroma Sieze, Valor

VitaminsMaster Formula

Soft Tissue SupportGentle Baby, Lavender

CalmingPeace & Calming, Lavender, Valor, Tranquil

… and finally

NingXia Red May help support healthy blood pressure, healthy blood circulation, digestive system, immune system, healthy sugar levels.

This is by no means an exhaustive list or all the ways each of the products above can be used.  If you are interested in supporting some other area or system in your body send me a message and we can work to find something to support your wellness lifestyle.

Ok, now just for fun… if you’ve been pregnant before what was your least favorite part.  For me, it was the insane amount of times I had to go to the bathroom because of the insane amounts of water I was craving.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t sleep through the night one time.

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