Geeky Happiness

I once had Garmin Forerunner 305…….

garmin forerunner 305

Notice the scratches on it. It was well loved and used.  It’s battery lasted long enough to finish a marathon. It had a heart rate monitor that came with it. I loved it.

Then it died…………….

garmin

. Notice the black tape, call it life support.

So then, in a panic I bought this guy just before a race

Nike

 

It’s been a great watch. I’ve enjoyed it but it wasn’t my Garmin. I tried other Garmins (thanks to kind friends who understood the importance of testing watches before sinking a small inheritance in them) but it just never felt right.  In fact, the Nike is still going strong (didn’t come with a heart rate monitor) but it doesn’t have an option to lap if I want lap outside of the preset lap. You either automatically lap or you have to lap it yourself. Very annoying. I just missed my watch.

Then I decided to check out Ebay…………….and guess what…………….I got this…………..

Garmin Forerunner 305

I scored it for a sweet deal ($29 plus shipping)!!! I’m so pumped. It looks great, it connects fast and I get to use my heart rate monitor with it!!

My geeky heart is happy!!

 

 

BelleCore HoneyBelle Review

 BelleCore  HoneyBelle Bodybuffer

I got a new toy!! Okay, so I’ve had it but I’ve just teased you with it on Facebook and Instagram.  It’s the BelleCore HoneyBelle BodyBuffer!   What is that you may ask? Well let me tell you!

The HoneyBelle Bodybuffer was introduced to the market in January 2010 after four years of development by M.I.T and Harvard engineers and input from four top Boston Doctors.   It was such a huge hit in the health and fitness industry that a demand for a more portable unit was made. Bellecore answered with BabyBelle!  Small enough to travel anywhere but packs the same huge effects as it’s big sister, HoneyBelle.

BelleCore Bodybuffers have been featured on shows such as Access Hollywood, ABCTV, The Kris Jenner Show and you also might have seen it in Vogue!  Seriously people, this thing has reached the masses but the nice thing is, ANYBODY can use it!  It’s not one of those tools that elites use and the rest of the world only dreams they had. You can have one and benefit from it!

The benefits are……….

  • Increases microcirculation and tissue oxygenation.
  • Warm up muscles pre-exercise without straining joints by stretching.
  • Facilitates flushing out of metabolic waste products in stressed muscles post work-out.
  • Enhances lymphatic drainage and decreases abnormal water retention/tissue swelling
  • Breaks up unseemly collagen bridges and dimples characteristic of cellulite.
  • Enhances collagen function, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and stretch marks.
  • Enhances skin elasticity, smooths  the feel and appearance of skin surfaces.
  • Enhances uptake and penetration of Après Contouring Crème applied after use.

Yes, this unit was sent to me for me to use and review. HOWEVER, all opinions are mine. My opinion?!? I love it!! I think that my recovery time after my marathon improved because I used it. I know the quality of my skin on my body has improved.  I also kept small knots in the side my leg that I constantly had to work on. The knots are almost gone!!  Running is so hard on the body that self care is a must!  This gadget helps the cause!  I’m telling you, I’ve yet to find a negative about it.

You can check BelleCore out here

Let me know what you think!!

 

Life Support For My Garmin Forerunner 305

Have you seen my Garmin ForeRunner 305 lately?

garminIt’s currently on life support. It looks rough. Over the last couple of months (starting in April I think) I would look down and it would just be off. It was on, then off. And if I tried switching screens, it would turn off. It’s bad enough that when I charge it it Have to wrap a small, tiny bungee cord around it and the adapter to get a charge but just turning off is not cool!  

So putting my mad Googling skills to work I found this ……….

So your Garmin randomly turns off? Tutorial on how to fix it!

photo credit: TC Runner-BEN

photo credit: TC Runner-BEN

Photo Credit: TC-RUNNER, BEN

Photo Credit: TC-RUNNER, BEN

Photo Credit: TC RUNNER-BEN

Photo Credit: TC RUNNER-BEN

Photo Credit: TC RUNNER-BEN

Photo Credit: TC RUNNER-BEN

Photo Credit: TC RUNNER-BEN

Photo Credit: TC RUNNER-BEN

Photo Credit: TC-RUNNER, BEN

Photo Credit: TC-RUNNER, BEN

 

I did it. I took my Garmin apart just like the instructions said. I dismantled my favorite toy and put it back together. Talk about scared to death!!  I was petrified that I would totally kill it and be forced to mow yards or pick up pine cones to buy a new one!

However at this time, it’s still holding together AND working!  I’ve gone on three runs and it hasn’t turned off except for me turning it off on purpose. I’ve kept a strip of tape on it just because it makes me feel better!

So if your Garmin keeps turning off randomly maybe you should try this!

Meanwhile keep your fingers cross I don’t have to buy one any time soon!!

 

Long Running

Life is good!!

 life-is-good

Running is good, work is good, diet is good………….it’s all good!!  I’ve never been more in love with my running. I’ve been getting in all my runs, hitting all my prescribed times and recovering well.  One good run after another makes the whole thing contagious!

Road Treadmill

So I did a update DURING my run. The camera is shaky so please forgive me!! I was running!! Be sure to share this with friends and subscribe so you can get more fun videos like the one below!

Repost: BodyMedia Review

I originally posted this last year.  Overtime, I get questions people asking “How does it work?” or “Is it really effective?” My answer to this is the same as it was a year ago, yes, it works if you wear it. You have to do the work but this is just the GPS to help you get where you’re going. The really cool thing is the folks at Bodymedia are constantly working and striving to improve their products. Since I’ve had it, I’ve gotten some great updates to it that were at no cost.  I’ve updated a few things  in the post  since some content was lost when I was having to make some website changes.

Yes, this unit was given to me but these are my own words. I was not paid by anyone to say anything positive. I choose to say these positive things because I love this product THAT MUCH! So without further ado,  I give you………..The BodyMedia Review.

Say hello to my friend!

Recently I acquired a Bodymedia from the fine folks at Bodymedia.  It was nice that it was gifted to me but I still get to give it my own stamp of approval.  However, I must say, I have very very little negative to say about it.
Here’s what it is and what it does………..
Included in the box:
*BodyMedia Wireless  LINK Armband
*Medium size Armband strap (grey/chrome)
*USB cable
*Manual and Quick Start 

    Your BodyMedia Link will help you track:

    • Total Calories Burned
    • Total Steps Taken
    • Total Physical Activity Time (Moderate and Vigorous)
    • Sleep Duration and Efficiency
    The Activity Manager will help you to set goals, and see how close you are to reaching them
    Getting Started:
    • When you first get your BodyMedia Link you’ll need to plug it into the  computer for it’s first initial charging for about 3 hours.
    • Next log into Bodymedia.com and click at the bottom of the page “Get Started”
    • Next you’ll fill out some information about yourself…..
    • Once you’ve given them a few key details about yourself you’ll set up your goals, the nice thing about this is this is adjustable if you decided later you want to change this.
    • You’ll need to download to you computer the BodyMedia  Activity Manager software so that your armband can communicate via USB with your computer.
    • After the detailed stuff is done then you get to have fun!  
    • Calories In can be tracked by the activity manager but it was a little slow for me and personally I like the feel of MyFitnessPal.com.  
    • Activity can be manually logged for times when you can’t wear your BodyMedia. For example, when you’ve been swimming.  
    • Sleep activity can be tracked. I normally don’t wear mine when I’m sleeping but if a person wanted to see how efficiently they’re sleeping this is a good tool for it.  Once again, you can click on the area to the right of sleep and you would see your sleeping activity like you would for calories burned.  For data geeks this could be fun!  
    • A person can also look at weekly and monthly views.  This can come in handy when a person is experiencing a plateau in their weight loss journey.  Also its a great way to give your coaches a snapshot at what’s going on.  
    • A app for your Iphone or Android can be installed to sync your BodyMedia Link to your phone or tablet. 
    The phone app will also tell you the battery life of your armband. Very handy if your not plugging it into your computer daily.

    So you might be asking at this point, what’s the Pro’s to having one of these.
    1. Real time calorie output.  This means no second guessing about how many calories your burning while working out or even not working out. I still say Sundays are a diet killer for most people. Between sleeping in, eating with family, laying around; we tend to not realize how much we’re taking in but very little expenditure.
    2. Easy to use.  The hardest part is setting it up. Beyond that it’s pretty much pressing a button to sync with your phone or table OR plugging in a USB cord from your computer and logging in the activity manager online. Easy peasy!
    3. MOTIVATION!!!  I love being able to physically see what I’m doing (or not doing).  Seeing is believing!
      And the Cons?
    1. The cost of upkeep. Once a person gets past the three month free trial there is a $6.95 monthly fee.  The cost of the technology alone can be a bit  pricey ($149) BUT I personally feel like the $6.95 month is what one might spend on a meal at McDonalds and that’s not healthy or good for you. Also figure up how much you might be spending on take-out and fast-food and your Bodymedia might just pay for itself REAL fast. 
    2. The comments about wearing it.  I can’t count how many times someone has said, “So, trying to stop smoking huh?”
    Is the armband comfortable? Honestly, some days I forget I have it on.  So yes. 
    Can I wear it on my ankle? I have read somewhere that it’s not a good idea to do that but I can’t find the specific reason now. I just know it won’t be as accurate if you do. 
    Overall, I LOVE my Bodymedia!! It’s just a great tool to have on hand!! At any time if you have questions, please feel free to ask!  When I use it, my weight loss efforts are so much more effective. For me personally, if I try to watch my calories and not use it, I struggle to lose the pounds.

    Update: If you’re interested in purchasing, you can find more information here  

    8 Mile Run

    What a great day!!  I ran 8 miles. It was foggy, foggy, foggy!

    My view this morning

    I had a plan. It was a run/walk. I had my timer set and I had my heart rate monitor going. All my lessons that I learned from my running coach I applied today, thus leading me to successful run!  I guess you could say I set myself up for success.

    blurry but you get the point!

    I also stuck to my diet today. Counted my calories and drank my water like it was my job!

    I’ve been having chocolate cravings so I decided to make some extremely yummy low calorie muffins.

    It doesn’t look like much but it was yummy!

    Recipe as follows:
    Ingredients:
    1 Box devils food cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix)
    One 15 ounce can puree pumpkin
    Directions:
    Preheat  oven to 400 degrees

    Mix the two ingredients together. Don’t add anything else…..no matter what. Only two ingredients are needed. put batter in 12 cup muffin pan (lined or sprayed with nonstick spray). Place pan in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
    (got from Hungry Girl Recipes)

    My goal this upcoming week is to not get on the scale till Friday morning.  I’m a little addicted to getting on the scale which can’t be good.  Friday is weigh in day and the only day I’m going to get on it.

    160 days and counting down.

    Day 2 of Mission A&M

    Accountability and Motivation…….day 2.

    Also got in 25 mins of walk/run. Wasn’t much but it’s something. And somethin gis always better than nothing!

    Tomorrow I’m starting to incorporate my BodyMedia back into my routine. It always helps WHEN (stressing the word “when”) I use it.  Another great thing I’ve learned about BodyMedia is that it now syncs my calories with MyFitnessPal with my Bodymedia account. Making life simpler

    Can’t wait to share more tomorrow.  Cheers!

    Review: BodyMedia

    Say hello to my friend!
    Recently I acquired a Bodymedia from the fine folks at Bodymedia.  It was nice that it was gifted to me but I still get to give it my own stamp of approval.  However, I must say, I have very very little negative to say about it.
    Here’s what it is and what it does………..
    Included in the box:

    *BodyMedia Wireless  LINK Armband
    *Medium size Armband strap (grey/chrome)
    *USB cable
    *Manual and Quick Start 

      Your BodyMedia Link will help you track:

      • Total Calories Burned
      • Total Steps Taken
      • Total Physical Activity Time (Moderate and Vigorous)
      • Sleep Duration and Efficiency
      The Activity Manager will help you to set goals, and see how close you are to reaching them
      Getting Started:
      • When you first get your BodyMedia Link you’ll need to plug it into the  computer for it’s first initial charging for about 3 hours.
      • Next log into Bodymedia.com and click at the bottom of the page “Get Started”
      • Next you’ll fill out some information about yourself…..
      • Once you’ve given them a few key details about yourself you’ll set up your goals, the nice thing about this is this is adjustable if you decided later you want to change this.
      • You’ll need to download to you computer the BodyMedia FIT Activity Manager software so that your armband can communicate via USB with your computer.
      • After the detailed stuff is done then you get to have fun!  
      • Calories In can be tracked by the activity manager but it was a little slow for me and personally I like the feel of MyFitnessPal.com.  
      • Activity can be manually logged for times when you can’t wear your BodyMedia. For example, when you’ve been swimming.  
      • Sleep activity can be tracked. I normally don’t wear mine when I’m sleeping but if a person wanted to see how efficiently they’re sleeping this is a good tool for it.  Once again, you can click on the area to the right of sleep and you would see your sleeping activity like you would for calories burned.  For data geeks this could be fun!  
      • A person can also look at weekly and monthly views.  This can come in handy when a person is experiencing a plateau in their weight loss journey.  Also its a great way to give your coaches a snapshot at what’s going on.  
      • A app for your Iphone or Android can be installed to sync your BodyMedia Link to your phone or tablet. 
      The phone app will also tell you the battery life of your armband. Very handy if your not plugging it into your computer daily.

      So you might be asking at this point, what’s the Pro’s to having one of these.
      1. Real time calorie output.  This means no second guessing about how many calories your burning while working out or even not working out. I still say Sundays are a diet killer for most people. Between sleeping in, eating with family, laying around; we tend to not realize how much we’re taking in but very little expenditure.
      2. Easy to use.  The hardest part is setting it up. Beyond that it’s pretty much pressing a button to sync with your phone or table OR plugging in a USB cord from your computer and logging in the activity manager online. Easy peasy!
      3. MOTIVATION!!!  I love being able to physically see what I’m doing (or not doing).  Seeing is believing!
        And the Cons?
      1. The cost of upkeep. Once a person gets past the three month free trial there is a $6.95 monthly fee.  The cost of the technology alone can be a bit  pricey ($149) BUT I personally feel like the $6.95 month is what one might spend on a meal at McDonalds and that’s not healthy or good for you. Also figure up how much you might be spending on take-out and fast-food and your Bodymedia might just pay for itself REAL fast. 
      2. The comments about wearing it.  I can’t count how many times someone has said, “So, trying to stop smoking huh?”
      Is the armband comfortable? Honestly, some days I forget I have it on.  So yes. 
      Can I wear it on my ankle? I have read somewhere that it’s not a good idea to do that but I can’t find the specific reason now. I just know it won’t be as accurate if you do. 
      Overall, I LOVE my Bodymedia!! It’s just a great tool to have on hand!! At any time if you have questions, please feel free to ask!  When I use it, my weight loss efforts are so much more effective. For me personally, if I try to watch my calories and not use it, I struggle to lose the pounds.

      SPI BELT GIVEAWAY!!

      The very nice people at Spi Belt has given me a lovely belt to giveaway!!  Yay!!!  

      It’s this one………

      SPIbelt - Polka Dot with Black Zipper

      This one will be super easy to enter!

      1. Go to the Spi Belt  Facebook page and “like” them, then come back and leave a comment here with your FB name. (+2entries) Let them know I sent you, if you don’t mind.

      2. Go to their Twitter page and follow them, come back and comment here with your Twitter name. (+2 entries) Let them know I sent you if you want! If you don’t have Twitter, no worries! 

      3. Become a fan of Pounds To Miles on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. (+3 entries) Leave your FB name & Twitter name in the comments, please.

      The rest is optional. If you’d like additional entries, you can:

      1. Post this giveaway on Facebook or tweet about it on Twitter. (+3)

      2. Follow my blog. (+3)

      3. Tell me what you would use your Spi Belt for. (+3)

      4. Post this giveaway on your blog. (+3)

      That’s it!  This giveaway ends on Sunday, March 25th .

      Death of the Garmin

      My beloved Garmin Forerunner 305 has given me good scare this morning  I’m not sure if it’s a malfunction on it’s part or if it was in pure shock from me getting up and running before work.   Either way very dramatic times before work this morning.  Funny story, when I went to the NWM the night before the race I couldn’t find my Garmin. For 5 minutes I was convinced that I had left it at home. My mother in law was with me and was witnessing my freaking out and kept asking what she could do to help. I finally told her that if I couldn’t find it we were going to go somewhere in the city that would have them and get one. End of story. She didn’t know what a Garmin was but she was like if you’ll calm down I’ll personally buy it!  Fortunately it was in my shoe the whole time!  So as you can see I’m almost helpless without my Garmin.

      Dear BB,  (oh yeah, I nickname mine)

      This morning we had a great run.  Run after run you prove to be one of the best investments ever. In fact, I probably spend more time with you than I do any one else.  Please don’t scare me like that again.  I will take better care of you.

      With warmest regards, your fan and owner,

      Brandy

       

      Bodybugg Day 2

      Day 2 wasn’t hard I was just hungry. Not sure if it’s because of the marathon I did or if it’s just because I’m watching what I eat and  I normally am more hungry when I do that.  It’s especially hard right now because I’m in recovery mode from the marathon so I’m a little more tired in the evenings than I normally am and I’m not doing much except going to work and coming home.  I did get  a second wind about 8 tonight and decided to do a few random projects around the house that I’ve been putting off. Unfortunately it’s 11 and I should be in bed. Oh well, such is life.

      Bodybugg Day 1 (AGAIN)

      Back to the real world!  That’s what I told myself yesterday when I pulled out the Bodybugg to see what kind of calories I’m burning.  I probably should have been wearing it while training for NWM but I hate having a ton of devices on while running. I also am a numbers girl so being able to see exactly what my body is doing makes it a little easier for me.  So here’s what Wednesday’s numbers looked like. If you notice just past 8 last night, I fell asleep because my numbers suddenly dip very low!  I fell asleep with it on!

      I believe!

      So tonight I just had the best run ever!  Okay, maybe not ever but at least in the last year.  I ran 3 miles in 39 minutes while running 4 minutes and walking 2. What made all the difference?  Heart rate!  That’s right I put my heart rate monitor strap on that I’ve had for 2 years now and maybe wore twice before today.  So my new training plan is requiring I include this in my training package and I’m completely hooked on it.

      I’ve spent months trying to come back from not being able to run for 6 months.  I finally decided on a run walk ratio and found that 2:1 worked for me (or at least I thought).  I also constructed my own training plan as well with this 2:1 in mind.  Well I know it all sounds fine and dandy but every run I’ve been on since December I’ve questioned myself.  Am I running fast enough, am I running to slow, am I running long enough, etc. You get the picture.  Well finally I had enough of the self doubt and asked for help.  In my 12 years of running I’ve never had any formal training regarding my running so this was HUGE for me.   I had my first run with Mr. Running Coach this morning and I was so nervous!  I had no idea what to expect or what he would think of my running condition or even me for that matter.  Thank goodness he’s a genuinely nice guy who is passionate about the sport.   Also thank goodness he’s talktive in the mornings because I am not. We only did 2 miles this morning, mostly so he could get a feel of what I’m like when I run (I guess). Either way I wore my heart rate monitor for the run and was able to forward my stats to him via Garmin Connect.  Very cool stuff.

      Trace Run-First time to use heart rate monitor

       It’s amazing how much info that little watch gathers.  It’s my new best friend. In fact I have two things I pray never break down. My Garmin watch and Google Gmail.  Both would extremely detrimental if they did!!

      Anyways so later on today he sent me an email with everything I needed to know for the next couple days and he also told me to keep my heart rate around a certain point .  Well, It was much lower than I thought it should be. Like really slow. Talk about disheartening when I saw that. However, if he thinks it then it must be for the better good and I’ll try anything at least once.  I really think he could tell me to stand on my head and I would (funny thing is that’s what I use to do as a kid to get attention, stand on my head!).  Curosity had the best of me so after I got home and the sun went down I got dressed, laced up the shoes and tied on the heart rate monitor for a 3 mile workout.  It went amazing!  I’m completely sold on the heart rate training.

      Ran with heart rate monitor with new run walk ratio. Very pleased.

      I can’t wait to see what the next 9 weeks of my training brings.  I know I’m probably a little too over excited about all of this but for so long now all my workouts have been just mediocore and I’ve just been going through the motions.  The change is good.  I can’t wait to share more with you guys.

      This is going to be  so exciting!

       

      BodyBugg & SparkPeople

      So last week I mentioned BodyBugg and Sparkpeople, if not I meant to!  Anyways it’s two items I highly recommend.  BodyBugg is a bit of a splurge but a phenomenal piece of equipment to have in your arsenal. http://www.bodybugg.com/

      The bodybugg system uses a patented process to measure calorie burn.
      The process is based on:

      • Motion: The armband contains an accelerometer that measures motion from multiple perspectives.
      • Steps: The accelerometer counts steps by measuring the distinct patterns created by running or walking.
      • Galvanic skin response: When you sweat, your skin becomes more electrically conductive. This measurement helps the device understand how active you are.
      • Skin temperature: There’s an electronic thermometer inside your armband that monitors how hot you are.
      • Heat flux: When you move, your muscles produce heat. Your armband measures the heat that’s flowing from your body into the environment

      Unfornately the down side is after a couple of months you do have to pay a monthly fee in order to upload the information from the sensor to the online application.  I’ve personally had mine for 67 weeks now.  In the 67 weeks I’ve been on a bit of a weight loss roller coaster.  Due to my hamstring injury I haven’t used mine like I should have.  But I have to say the weeks I did use it I lost weight. It’s great to be able to see exactly how many calories I’ve burned.  Theres no guessing game.  Like I said, it’s a splurge item but highly recommended.

      In fact here’s a snap shot of what the upload looks like online.

      The second part to this is http://www.sparkpeople.com

      It’s free!!  You can log your calories,  get weekly meal plans with a handy weekly shopping list provided.  I know my major complaint is I hate thinking about what to eat. If I think about it too much then I obsess about it. When I obsess about it then I make wrong choices.  If I have a plan then I can make better decisions.  Remember, everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.  Sure I could eat 1700 calories worth of chips and Oreos but it’s not heart healthy and I can’t imagine that I would feel very good just eating that.    Sparkpeople is a nice tool that not only helps but educates as well.

      How and Why is SparkPeople Free?

      SparkPeople can be free because Chris Downie and his wife were very early eBay employees and are now using their earnings from its success to make the world a healthier place. This is their way to give back and help the world. Thousands of new people join every day and don’t pay a single penny. In fact, the majority of our new members join SparkPeople after hearing about it from their friends.

      Another webiste  that I love but unfortunately I can only have so many splurges  is http://www.calorieking.com/ which is great and I highly recommend if you don’t mind spending the extra money.

      With all that being said if you have any questions regarding the BodyBugg system please feel free to ask. I love mine.   Some people bedazzle the arm bands.  I’m not going there just yet.  However, in order to get healthy you don’t have to spend the money.  Remember as a general rule,  a mile is a 100 calories whether you walk it or jog it.

      “I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I’m damned if I’m going to use up mine running up and down a street.  ~Neil Armstrong on jogging, in an interview with Walter Cronkite”

      On a side note……..I had no sodas today!!  I really, truly believe that sodas make me crave stuff that I actually don’t want.