fitbook fitness journal {& giveaway}

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I recently met Angela, the owner and founder of fitbook, a fabulous fitness + nutrition journal, through a networking group I joined.

Seeing that I am now officially training for my 3rd half marathon as part of Team Tiny Oranges to benefit pediatric cancer research this coming May 1st I thought it might be a great tool to use in my training.   So Angela kindly gave me one to try and it has been completely eye-opening.

Incidentally, Angela is also going to sign up to run her first half marathon with our team on May 1st! Go Angela! I love it!

fitbook helps you to track your goals, workouts, nutrition, water intake and so much more. And what makes it even more beneficial, it also gives you the space to journal how you felt AFTER each workout, meal or snack, so you can start to track patterns.  This is HUGE.

One of the most useful tools for me is the food pyramid tracker at the bottom of the page, which counts servings of the different food groups, glasses of water, vitamins, etc.

When I started journaling in my new fitbook I realized how balanced (or unbalanced) my diet was. As it turns out, I was having on average only about half of the servings of vegetables I should be on a daily basis.   Big “a ha” moment.

I was also not drinking as much water as I *thought* I was.  It seemed like I was drinking water all day long.  But when I actually tracked how many times I filled up my Intak water bottle and counted my ounces, I was not having the recommended 64.

I have also found the patterns interesting, because if I have a bad workout in the AM, I can then go look at the day and even week prior to look at the possibility that maybe I wasn’t hydrated enough, or other clues affecting how I felt that day. For me, getting enough water each day has made a big difference in my training.

Plus,WRITING down everything you eat and every time you workout makes you ACCOUNTABLE!  Did you know that writing down everything you eat can cut your daily intake by 500 – 1000 calories? Now that I have been journaling, I believe it!

Like do I really want to eat that Twix from my daughter’s Valentine candy stash if I HAVE to actually write it down and check off a sugar?  By the time I think about it, the urge has usually passed. I really don’t want to see a Twix in my little snack section!

This is an absolutely fabulous tool for anyone wanting to lose weight, get in better shape or train for an event.

The opening quote in the book is, “an idea is just a dream until you write it down…then it’s a goal. – anonymous”  Love this. So true.  I know fitbook will help you reach your goals too.

Click here to visit their store and buy it – cost is $22.95 for a 12 week journal.

On February 11th I was part of their Blog Your Heart Out campaign along with the Go Red for Women American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease and women.  As a result of my participation, I was chosen along with 5 other bloggers to give a fitbook away to one of my readers!

Hooray! It’s a Tiny Giveaway!

To enter to win a free fitbook, please leave a separate comment for each entry option. Contest runs through Mon., 2/28/11 at 8pm PST.  I will contact winner via email so please leave your email address is the email comment field. Good luck!

1. Simply comment below & tell me what you would use your fitbook for! – 1 ENTRY

2. Join the Go Red for Women campaign and email five friends to spread the word on heart disease.  Click HERE to sign up, then comment with the first names of the 5 friends you sent it to! – 1 ENTRY

3. Follow @fitbook on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

4. {Like} fitbook on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

5. {Like} Tiny Oranges on Facebook – 1 ENTRY

6. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 ENTRY

7. Join the Tiny Oranges Team to participate with Angela & I in the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk on 5/1/11 and raise money for a great cause and have a ton of fun while doing it!  Click “Join Our Team” at the top of this LINK.  Then tell me you are on our team! – 1 ENTRY

Good luck and happy weekend everyone!

www.getfitbook.com

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I Am Blogging My Heart Out Today!

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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Angela, the owner of fitbook.  It’s an amazing health and fitness journal to help you define and track your goals.  She gave me one to use, which was perfect timing, since I have officially started training for the PCRF half marathon on May 1st. I love it! Stay tuned for a full post on this fabulous fitness tool!

Today, I have joined the national “Blog Your Heart Out” day sponsored by fitlosophy, the creator of fitbook, who started this campaign in support of Go Red for Women and the American Heart Association to SPEAK UP and raise awareness of the #1 killer of women – heart disease.

I know you have probably heard that fact at some point, but it doesn’t seem right, does it?  But it is true and here are some more facts you should know:

1.  Heart disease kills about 1 woman every minute, or approximately 450,000 women each year

2.  More women die of heart disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer

3.  90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease

4.  80% of cardiac events in women may be prevented by making the right choices involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking

GO RED!

There is something you can do!  Join fitlosophy and the American Heart Association as they create awareness around this very serious but silent killer. Fill out a short form on the Go Red site and in return you get:

1.  Access to BetterU, a free 12-week nutrition & fitness makeover (perfect to use with your fitbook!)

2.  A little GO RED dress pin to show your involvement in the movement

3.  A free heart checkup – plus a community to share your story

AND AS A BONUS: tell 5 women about the risks of heart disease and get a FREE heart health kit! So I urge you to sign up today!

As moms we are pulled in a thousand different directions.  Always making sure everyone else is taken care of – most times before ourselves.  I recently read a quote in a magazine, I can’t remember which one, but it was an article on advice from older women to younger women and one wise woman said, “Take care of yourself first so you can be strong and take care of your family.”

I cut it out and have it on my vision board in my office as a reminder that the greatest gift I can give my family is a strong and HEALTHY me.

This past year I have made some major health changes.  I had always been an on again /off again worker-outer pretty much my whole life.   But something clicked in me after my experience with gestational diabetes during my second pregnancy.  Since I have diabetes in my family, it hit me smack in the face, that for me exercise was not a choice anymore and it would have to be a lifelong commitment.

For the past year, I have worked out pretty religiously 4 – 5 days a week and I have never felt stronger, heathier or had more energy in my entire life.

Although I started doing it for myself, in a way I am doing it for my family too. Every time I come home from my morning workout my daughter asks me how many miles I ran or how my pilates class was.  It has made me realize she is watching me value exercise. Children learn by what they see.  I want her to see me as someone that that puts a priority on taking care of my body and health.  And when she grows up, I hope it will a part of her life too.

Feeling inspired today to make your heart the healthiest it can be?

Sign up  to join our Team Tiny Oranges and participate in our Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Run/Walk on May 1st, 2011 in Irvine!

Having a race on the calendar is a great motivator to get out and get moving!  Plus, getting your children involved and exercising with you is good for the entire family.

So I hope you will GO RED FOR WOMEN today and speak up about health, wellness and the importance of taking care of our hearts. For ourselves and for our families.

Join us tomorrow to get gorgeous for a great cause!  $25 blowouts 100% donated to our Team Tiny Oranges!

Click HERE for more details!  Appointments preferred but walk-ins welcome!

Have a great weekend everyone! Hope to see you tomorrow!

xo

Jen

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