Day In The Life + Garmin vívofit 2 Review

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Garmin through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about vívofit 2, all opinions are my own.

I thought it would be fun to do a day in the life post. I have never done one before and I always love reading them. With Caden in preschool two days a week, workouts, bible study, swim lessons, MOPS, church, and various other activities that we participate in our family is always on the go.

Even though we are out and about these activities involve lots of sitting. Sitting in the car driving, sitting at bible study, anyway you get the picture. At the end of day I can feel tired not so much from the amount of movement but just from the volume of activity.

Exercise in a modern context can actual create disease. Today, the average office worker sits for about 10 hours, first all those hours in front of the computer, plowing through e-mails, making calls or writing proposals — and eating lunch. And then all those hours of sitting in front of the TV or surfing the Web at home. Studies have shown again and again that a lack of movement in your day increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems.

The World Health Organization estimates that 95 percent of the world’s adult population is inactive, failing to meet minimum recommendations for health of 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity five times a week. Yikes! That is huge!

I have recently been using the Garmin vívofit 2 activity tracker which features an audible move bar. After 1 hour of inactivity, the vívofit 2 gives you an audio alert and displays a red move bar that builds every additional 15 minutes. Just walk a couple of minutes to reset the move bar. Hope you enjoy seeing how much a move during a typically day in my life!

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015

5:15am – Wake up and exercise. I used Cathe Live and did a 45 minute cardio workout at home that was just the right amount of challenge and sweat for me this morning. I used my Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor (Soft Strap) during the workout. Using my iPhone I synced my watch after the workout to the Garmin Connect app.

Garmin's vívofit 2 HR Screenshot

Garmin's vívofit 2 Activity Tracker Screenshot

CatheLive Garmin's vívofit 2

After my workout I am at 4308 steps. Not bad for 6am. A quick shower is followed by making myself and the kids breakfast and getting everyone ready for the day.

9am – Caden has been dropped off at preschool and Maisie was unhappily left with loving nursery workers at church so I could go to bible study. Two and a half hours later we all get back in the car to head home for lunch.

Armor of God Garmin's vívofit 2

1:30pm – The kids are asleep for their naps, the house is a mess, and my vívofit 2 is redlining me telling me I should be moving because I have been inactive for over an hour while I played with the kids on the floor.

Naptime Garmin's vívofit 2

5pm – Maisie is home with Daddy and Mommy and Caden are at swim lessons. My watch is still telling me to move.

Swim Lessons Garmin vívofit 2

After lessons we are home for the night! Yay!

7pm – Bedtime for the kids. We really love reading the The Jesus Storybook Bible to them each night.

Jesus Storybook Bible Garmin's vívofit 2

I am not sure if you can tell in this picture but there is a little plus sign on the bottom of the screen that lets me know that I have met my step goal for the day. Each day the Garmin vívofit 2 adjusts my step goal depending on how I am doing getting moving every day.

Here is how I ended the day…

Garmin vívofit 2 Step Screenshot

Garmin vívofit 2 Sleep Screenshot

I really do love this watch and all that it has to offer. Hopefully you enjoyed reading about what a typically busy day looks like for me. I wanted to break down a few more of the features and let you know what else I thought after using the vívofit 2.

PROS

vívofit 2 activity tracker specs

The picture above speaks for itself in regards to what the vívofit 2 activity tracker offers. My favorite features are listed below…

  • 1+ year of battery life. I love not having to charge the vívofit 2.
  • Water resistant. I can swim with it!
  • Heart Rate Monitor. The HR strap is an additional purchase but well worth the money in my opinion to be able to take advantage of this feature.
  • Red bar of shame. Hahaha. I mean the move alert bar. This bar will eventually go across your entire screen if you are inactive for an hour. I dread it but it is a great way to remind yourself to get moving.

CONS

The week that I received my vívofit 2 activity tracker was the same week Garmin updated the Garmin Connect app. I downloaded the older version of the app, the new update came available, and once it was downloaded anytime I used my HRM with the vívofit 2 the data wouldn’t sync. I thought maybe it was just me because I was still in a learning curve but after visiting Garmin Fitness on Facebook I read comments that quickly let me knew I wasn’t the only one having this issue. Garmin was quick to respond on Facebook to mine and others questions and soon had the issue resolved with another update for the app a few days later.

I know that is not really a great con because the issue was soon resolved but so far that has been my only issue with this tracker. I really love everything about it and all the features it offers. The only other thing I will add is that I tested the vívofit 2 activity tracker on the treadmill for a run and it recorded me as running 1.70 miles when I had actually run 2.25. I don’t typically run on a treadmill so this is not a big deal to me and most activity trackers will not give accurate step counts on cardio equipment.

THE VERDICT

It is a keeper! If you are a swimmer, runner, or looking for motivation to get moving, this is the activity tracker for you. It is super comfortable and I don’t even mind sleeping with it on my wrist.

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Train Like A Boss Workout

Disclosure: I have received this product in exchange for highlighting this business. All opinions are my own.

Who doesn’t love a nice sweaty interval workout? I know I do. But here is the problem that I have always run into. Timing my intervals. I have tried using a stopwatch, my heart rate monitor, and numerous apps on my iPhone which work, but still leave me continuously having to glance down at the screen. This gets annoying. Today I am happy to announce that I have discovered a solution to my problem. Meet the GYMBOSS.

GYMBOSS

How adorable is she! This little beauty is my new favorite workout buddy. She is small, super easy to setup, and can be used as a interval timer, stopwatch, countdown timer, or a clock. There are numerous types of workouts that this little timer is great for including running, CrossFit, HITT,  and weightlifting. My favorite feature is that it can be clipped on to my waistband and the alarm can be set to either beep or vibrate at me. I love knowing that I will never again be having to glance down at a screen to know when I need to switch up my exercises.

It is hard enough sometimes getting in my workouts at home on days I don’t go to the gym and this little device sure makes it easier. If you hadn’t noticed from my previous workouts Caden likes to be right in the middle of everything. I love that he wants to be involved but sometimes it can be challenging when he runs off with my cell phone and I am in the middle of an interval workout. I am looking forward to many more workouts using my GYMBOSS :).

This little piece of equipment has allowed me to take control of my workouts again. No more excuses that the baby ran off with my timer for me. It is time to train like a boss! Here are the exercises for this workout. I did not include pictures for Alternating V-Ups or Plyo Lunges. If there is any confusion on these exercises just let me know and I will do my best to clarify.

SINGLE ARM COBRA TO DOWNDOG

Single Arm Cobra to Downdog

  1. Place one arm behind back. With other hand on the floor press up into cobra pose.
  2. Tuck your toes and left your hips to down dog.
  3. Lower hips back to floor and bend elbow to release chest to the mat. Repeat on other side.

PLANK HOP TO POWER JUMP

Plank Hop to Power Squat

  1. Start in plank postion. Hop both feet up to hands.
  2. Explode off your feet and jump up bringing your knees to hip level and tap knees to hands.
  3. Land with bent knees and return to start position by hopping feet back to plank.

KNEE TAP FOREARM PLANKS

Knee Tap Forearm Plank

  1. Lie face down on a mat with your legs straight and place your forearms on the floor.
  2. Raise your body up into the top of a push up position, resting on your forearms and toes and hold.
  3. Tuck your tail bone under and keep your core strong by pulling your belly button in towards your spine.
  4. Slowly tap knees to floor and return to straight legs. Repeat.

SPIDERMAN PUSHUPS

Spiderman Pushups

  1. Start in push-up position with legs straight, hands below shoulders.
  2. Begin to lower body down by bending your elbows, as you lower down bring your right knee to your right elbow.
  3. Push back up and reverse leg movement back to starting position. This completes one rep.

ALTERNATING V-UP

  1. Lie on your back with your legs straight and your arms stretched out overhead.
  2. Raise one leg straight up while also lifting your upper body off the floor and reach your opposite hand towards your foot, keeping both your arm and leg straight.
  3. Lower both and repeat using the opposite arm and leg.

PLYO LUNGES

  1. Stand upright with one foot forward, dropping your back knee down.
  2. Push off your front and back foot to jump switch your legs.
  3. Repeat.

And now for the workout. You will do 50 seconds of work for each exercise in the order listed below followed by a 10 second recovery.  Perform for a total of 4 rounds resting 1 minute between each round.

TRAIN LIKE A BOSS WORKOUT

I know you want your own GYMBOSS now too. These little babies cost under $20 and come in all sorts of fun colors. Do your workouts a favor and go order one today. I promise you will love it just as much as I do.

Let me know if you tried this workout and what you thought! Have a great day!

Injury disclaimer: Not all exercises are suitable for everyone and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. To reduce this risk of injury, please consult your doctor before beginning this, or any other, physical fitness program. 

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Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Overnight Blueberry French Toast #glutenfree

How yummy does this look? If I could have you all over for breakfast this is what I would make us! Plus it is gluten free! I didn’t say calorie free, which is why I would also invite you to stay for a workout after we ate ;). This recipe is super easy but does take 10-12 hours of chill time in the fridge before you can pop this tasty dish in the oven.

I grew up in a gluten free house and My entire family loves Udi’s Gluten Free Foods! I can tell you first hand that anyone who is diagnosed with a gluten intolerance is very thankful brands like Udi’s exist.

My mom is a rockstar in the kitchen and loves the challenge of taking recipes that our family loves and converting them to a gluten free option that everyone can enjoy. Following in my mom’s footsteps I took her Overnight Blueberry French Toast recipe and added my own unique twist to make it gluten free and oh so yummy!

Udi’s Gluten Free Cinnamon and Raisin Bread was the perfect addition to this already winner of a recipe.  This is perfect for a holiday morning or any other special occasion and makes the house smell incredibly awesome!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of Udi’s Gluten Free Cinnamon and Raisin Bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, chilled
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

The night before

  1. Grease a 13″ x 9″ baking dish. Rip bread into multiple pieces, about 4-5 per slice. Combine eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk into a large bowl.
  2. Add sliced bread and mix gently until most of the liquid is absorbed into bread.Place bread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Cover and set in refrigerator overnight.
  3. In a small bowl combine flour, brown sugar,and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles course crumbs. Cover and set in refrigerator.

The next morning

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Scatter blueberries and sprinkle crumb mixture over bread.
  2. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Before serving cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

This recipe will serve between 4-6 people. 

I love, love, love this recipe and I hope you will too! You can follow Udi’s on twitter and instgram @udisglutenfree.

Do you have a favorite Udi’s product? Let me know if you make this and what you think!

xoxo, Tamara

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PS…Need a workout plan? Check out the details for my ONLINE BOOTCAMP starting in September.

I was given this item in exchange for highlighting Udi’s Gluten Free Foods. No other compensation was provided and all thoughts are my own. #udisglutenfree #glutenfree

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