I’ve had my Garmin Vivofit for almost four months now. I get questions about it all the time, so here’s my writeup about how I chose it, what I like about it, and what it lacks.

I really never thought I wanted or needed a fitness tracker. I tend to obsess if I track anything (for example, when I wear my Polar Heart Rate Monitor in a fitness class, I go so much harder and can’t stop watching my calorie burn). I also really didn’t think I needed to keep track of the daily steps I take since I consider myself to be pretty active. But after watching several friends enjoy theirs, I was a little curious. When I received a Sport Chalet ambassador gift card around Christmastime, I decided to pick one out.

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After reading/watching countless reviews, The Polar Loop and the Garmin Vivofit came out on top of the Fitbit and Jawbone. I had quickly ruled out the Fitbit and Jawbone anyway, as I knew I wanted my stats displayed on the tracker itself. I ended up narrowing it down to the Vívofit, because I really liked the sounds of a more comfortable strap and never needing to charge it.

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Turns out, I’m a really big fan of the fitness tracker. And it goes without saying I really like accessorizing it with my Lily & Laura bracelets.

I bought a Garmin Vívofit Teal Bundle, which came with the heart rate monitor (this was before the Garmin Vívofit 2 was released). If you’re interested, you can snag my version of the Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band Bundle from Amazon for a great deal.

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I realized that, on a typical work day, I’m taking nowhere near 10,000 steps (my goal). At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to remedy the situation.

I started by being more aware of how much I’m sitting. Now, when I get up from my desk, I take the long way to the bathroom and take an extra lap around our pretty lobby. I’m pretty sure the people in the offices facing the big fountain think I’m a crazy person, but it forces me to take almost 200 steps every time I go to the bathroom. The fact that I’ve been drinking a lot of water lately in my personal clean eating challenge has caused a really effecting cyclical effect of getting in way more steps at work!

I take more walks. I used to be an all-or-nothing person when it came to activity. Walks felt like a waste of time to me — I’d rather just run and be done faster! But now, since being sick all winter and having icy roads, walks are my best friend. Chloe and I take a mile walk every morning before work, Brittany and I plan walks a few times a week, and I’ll fit a walk in after work again if I still need some more steps before the day is over. Chloe is loving this arrangement.

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Below, I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite and least favorite things about the Garmin Vívofit.

My favorite features of the Vívofit:

It doesn’t physically remind me when I have been still for too long. My band features a red status bar that pops up if I’ve been too stationary. I don’t want a buzzing wrist or a text message telling me I need to get up and walk around if I’m in a meeting, at a show, or somewhere I physically can’t move from. The status bar is perfect for me.

  • I never have to charge it. I know with the Polar, you need to charge it every few days. For me, it’s really nice to not have to worry about that.
  • I can change out bands all the time. After my teal band got some new jean dye on it and looked super dirty, I realized I can buy replacement bands for the Vívofit. And in so many colors! I now have a teal, gray, and bright yellow band. I’ve been rockin’ the yellow lately, and I love it. You can find these for really inexpensive prices on Amazon. Here, there’s an 11-piece Colorful Replacement Accessory Wrist Band pack (with a black metal clasp so it stays put!) for only $34.52. I’ve bought mine one at a time, but it would make more sense to get a big pack for less money (mine were about $12 each).
  • It tracks steps, sleep, mileage traveled, an estimate of calories burned, heart rate (with the monitor on), and shows the date and time.
  • Syncing is easy to the app, and the iPhone app is really easy to use/understand.
  • It’s really comfy. I’m never bothered by it on my wrist, even sleeping, when I usually can’t stand anything extraneous on my wrists.

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It’s pretty cool watching my sleep activity in the intuitive app.

My least favorite features of the Vívofit:

  • The band gets dirty easily. I mentioned up above that I can’t wear the light color with new jeans or it’ll appear really dirty on the edges. That was a bummer, but since they’re so easy to change out and pretty cheap to buy, it’s not a deal-breaker for me.
  • There’s no backlight on this one, but that’s never really been a huge issue for me (and it’s part of why it never needs charging).
  • If the band is old, it can fall off without a clip on it. I’ve had a few “YIKES!” moments when my Vívofit is nowhere to be found on my wrist. Once, it was at a concert, and my friend miraculously found it on the floor. A few other times, I’ve been at home changing or something. I’d recommend snagging a little clasp to make sure the band stays put if you’re wearing an older band (its never an issue with new bands — just when the band gets worn after a few months).

All in all, I’m really glad I chose the Vívofit, mostly for the reasons above. It’s the best fitness tracker I’ve come across for me and my lifestyle that was available for purchase when I was picking mine out.

But now, of course, I kind of wish I held out for this guy, The Fitbit Charge HR.

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This new fitness tracker has a heart rate monitor built-in, and I would kill for a way to track my heart rate during workouts without the pesky band I’m always forgetting to put on. If I’m comparing my vívo to this, I’d say having to use the heart rate monitor band is a negative aspect of the tracker.

I’m hoping to get my hands on one soon so I can compare it to the Vívofit.

Do you have a fitness tracker? Thinking about getting one? What is the most important feature for you when it comes to fitness trackers?

Disclaimer: I was not compensated nor encouraged to write this post. It was written by me solely based on the questions I’ve been receiving about my Vívofit. This post does contain some affiliate links, though, and as always, thank you so much for supporting LOB! <3

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Simply The Best

March 23, 2015 · 16 comments

Yesterday was simply the best.

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My Pure Barre studio hosted an #AMYSTRONG class to benefit my sister in her second fight against breast cancer. We had a completely full house, and the energy was absolutely amazing. I was so frazzled and emotionally overwhelmed, I’m certain I was spinning around like The Tasmanian Devil as I taught class.

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I try to keep things pretty positive around here, because one of my least favorite things is to listen to complainers. But, to be frank, the past few weeks have been really tough. I’ve been physically and emotionally exhausted, and I’m sure everyone in my family can say the same.

Yesterday’s show of love, support, and strength just completely filled my heart. I still have teary eyes and a smile on my face from the day we had.

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Of course, it might have been just tears of joy over our rockin’ 90s playlist. ;) We had a small singalong to “I Want It That Way” during stretches.

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People wore all their pink workout gear (including breast cancer sticky socks!) to tuck for the cause. The room was filled with wonderful clients, my boss from my job in health care, my sister-in-law from Maryland, my best friend Anastasia from D.C., my local friends… I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout.

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My sister-in-law, Shannon (on the right), is now saying she wishes she could take Pure Barre weekly. :) I told her she needs to just move to Richmond.
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I’m so ridiculously thankful for Anastasia and Brittany. This was Sia (crossfit star)’s first barre class!

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Amy, of course, couldn’t take class, but it was really fun to have her bopping around the room, jumping in, giving hugs and kisses, taking pictures, and offering teary smiles for the entire 55 minutes.

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A huge thanks to our owner, Gracie, for making this all happen! I say this all the time, but I’d be nowhere without my #purebarrefamily, and I’m so grateful for the love that comes from our studio in neverending supply.

I’m never going to stop marveling over my sister’s strength and positivity. I’m sure it makes it a little easier to keep your chin up when you have so much love surrounding you. I’m in awe of the people in my life who had never met Amy who are so willing to support her and our family as she kicks cancer’s butt.

If you’re reading this and you were in attendance for our #AMYSTRONG class, please know it was the best day I’ve had in months. You all rock my world, and thank you so much for helping my sister “fight like a girl.”

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IsoPump You Up

March 20, 2015 · 5 comments

You guys, I have a new favorite thing.

It’s protein powder. I have a new favorite protein powder.

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Does my excitement about this make me a total meat head?

I’ve taken a vacation from making protein drinks. I’m not quite sure how or why they fell off my radar, but I haven’t been including them in my diet for the past few months. In the past, whey protein isolate was something I’d use in smoothies and pancakes on the reg.

This all changed when Isopure‘s Zero Carb Cookies & Cream Protein Powder came into my life. The no-carb nutrition stats are great. It always turns me off when protein powders include a ton of sugar, fat, and calories along with their protein, and Isopure delivers some serious nutritional facts as well as a delicious taste. This stuff packs 50 grams (per 2-scoop serving) of 100% pure whey protein isolate. It’s also lactose and gluten-free, which makes me pretty excited to share with my friends like Britt. ;)

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I’ve been trying hard to be extra careful about my eating habits lately (I think I’ve been stress eating for the past month), so the Isopure whey protein isolate has been a great addition to my rediscovered dedication to myfitnesspal. One scoop of Cookies & Cream powder in vanilla unsweetened almond milk has become my snack between work and barre.

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Maybe I’m weird, but after loving the cookies & cream protein powder so much in a blender bottle of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, I gave a protein pancake a shot.

What? A cookies & cream pancake?

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It happened. And it was grand. If you’re an Oreo lover, you’ll love this stuff.

The powder comes in a variety of flavors additional to the Cookies & Cream, including Creamy Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate (Low Carb), Strawberries & Cream, Banana Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip, Toasted Coconut (Low Carb), Mango Peach, Alpine Punch, Apple Melon and Pineapple Orange Banana. I’m now on a mission to track down the others, especially Banana Cream and Mint Chocolate Chip!

And then there’s the Isopure protein drink. It’s, well, beautiful.

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I was an even bigger fan of the whey protein isolate powder, but these drinks are perfect for someone who wants the ease of a pre-made protein drink. The apple melon (green) is my favorite flavor of the four by far.

The microfiltration process used to create Isopure is so complete that it is the only completely clear milk protein when it is dissolved in water. Kinda cool, right? I’d never guess by looking at the drinks that they were a source whey protein isolate.

So, check out the company and grab a drink for your pre- or post-workout. Isopure is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. One of my coworkers saw them at the Richmond Fitness Expo a few weeks ago, too, and recognized them from my drinks sitting in our work fridge. :)

And if you get to try any other flavors of the protein powder, I want to hear about it!

If you could create any flavor protein powder in the world, what would it be?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Isopure.

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Tips To Getting The Most Out Of Your Barre Class

March 18, 2015

We’ve all hit the workout plateau before. After you’ve been taking a certain fitness class for a while, it’s possible you’ll hit a weight loss plateau, a stagnant level of perceived challenge, or a need to reignite your passion for the exercise. Keeping in mind tricks like these always seem to help me push myself […]

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Back at It [Running Again]

March 16, 2015

Look who finally came out of running hibernation. Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous day, and it just so happened to be my favorite running temp (65 degrees, and even a little warmer in the sunshine). I hadn’t laced up my sneaks since January 6. There are a lot of excuses to insert here. One, I […]

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The Predicted Snoozefest With A Twist [#TheBachelor Recap]

March 10, 2015

Who called it? Who said Chris Soules would be one of the snooziest Bachelors in all of Bachelor history? I should back up a little. I do think Chris made the right choice (no brainer), and I commend ABC’s very obvious attempt at making us think he might really choose the girl whose name we […]

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Loving Lately

March 9, 2015
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Tweed Retail Therapy There’s a huge boutique called Tweed in the same shopping complex as my Pure Barre studio, and I shamefully hadn’t stepped in before this past Friday. I went to town for a little retail therapy during their Spring sale event. Please check out that Kate Spade glitter water bottle. If you know […]

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The Weirdest Episode Yet & Picks for Next Bachelorette [#TheBachelor recap]

February 25, 2015
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I don’t even know what just happened, y’all. That was the most unpredictable string of behaviors by one Bachelor I think I’ve ever seen. I’ve never been a huge fan of this week. It’s a lot of feelings, hot tubs, rose petals, sunburns, and people agreeing to the fantasy suite pretending like they’re just going […]

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See Me on TV!

February 12, 2015

Once again, a dear reader saves the day! Sokphal, Youtube ninja, found the episode I was in on Monsters and Mysteries in America. For anyone who doesn’t have DVR, you can watch it below. If you recall, this was the show for which I chopped my hair. You’ll get to see me in some sweet […]

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Life Lately (anti-gravity class, chemo update, and doggies)

February 10, 2015

Life’s been a little crazy. I’ve been flying from one thing to the next… quite literally. Check out the above video clips for a glimpse of the VA Bloggers aerial yoga class from this weekend! It was really fun to pretend I was in the circus for about an hour. You can see Brittany and […]

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