I don’t even know if I want to reveal the number of steps that the MOVband tracked yesterday. It is a ridiculously low — and I must admit slightly embarrassing — number. Today C is wearing the gadget and I’m interested to see how many steps he actually takes… I know it will be high but it will be interested to see how high.

I guess I could have cheated and worn it during my run…. heheh. đŸ™‚

Anyways, yesterday I finished reading the book “The Real Skinny” by Appetite For Health.

I thought it was really good. The book is laid out so there are a 101 tips about different things (usually focused on common excuses that people have for not being healthy, like I don’t have time or I can’t afford it). Plus the authors (Julie Upton and Katherine Brooking, two registered dietitians) put in some facts throughout the book. Like facts that really make you stop and think about how food is marketed towards us, and how messed up the whole “health” industry is (I put that in quotes because I mean the companies that try to claim they are healthy when they aren’t).

I think the craziest fact that I read was this:

SO interesting. And, I do know it’s true! I remember when I used to shop at Abercrombie & Fitch (before they started charging $150 for a tee and got all sketchy), I could wear a 0 or a 00 in the store. Which is insane! But, I loved shopping there because I could say that I wore a 0. If I shopped anywhere else, I was more like a 4 or a 6. I had a friend back in the day who was probably a size 8 or 10, and at Abercrombie she wore a size 2. And you know what? All of her clothes were pretty much from Abercrombie.

This is just one lesson that I learned from the book, but there really are a lot of things that I can start applying to my everyday life. And I’m excited because my mom said she really wants to read it so I can’t wait to see what she learns from it since everyone has a different perspective, especially when it comes to health and fitness.

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One of the things that Upton and Brooking talk about is the importance of weighing and measuring your food. I must admit that I’m not that good at doing that… but getting better. I tend to overload our plates, especially at dinner (oops!). What can I say, my eyes are often bigger than my stomach…

That’s where the giveaway comes in! Slimkicker wants to give away a digital food scale to one of my lucky readers!

I’ve written about Slimkicker before, but in case you missed it:

SlimKicker is a online calorie tracker that takes all your diet + fitness goals and turns them into a level-up game. You upload a picture of something you’ll reward yourself such as an iPad, and when you reach a certain number of points, we’ll remind you to reward yourself with that. SlimKicker also has lots of recipe ideas (check out this Medifast brownie recipe… sounds yummy!)

 

To enter, comment below with an idea for a fitness/health challenge that Slimkicker will use on their site! My ideas include: doing 40 squats a day for a week or jump-roping for 5 minutes a day (this is a real one I want to do after Boston 2 Big Sur challenge).

The contest will be open until next Thursday, April 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET. GOOD LUCK!

 

Contest limited to US residents. Please note that I did not receive compensation for my review of Slimkicker or The Real Skinny. These thoughts are my own. 



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