This post is sponsored by Jawbone
Jawbone challenged me to give the UP a try for a few weeks and see if it will motivate me to make some healthy changes. As I mentioned in this post, I had a little too much fun this summer, and I’m looking to get back in the healthy swing of things this fall.
You have to make little decisions all day long that collectively make a large impact on your health. If you don’t have your goals close to heart, it’s easy to convince yourself that you want more cake, one more drink, to skip your workout at 6am. It’s so easy for me to brush off the healthy choice if I’m not reminded of my priorities in the moment I’m making them.
One of my all time favorite quotes is this:
I am so guilty of this!
Wearing a fitness tracker is that subtle reminder that your goals are larger than the cake, the happy hour or the extra 20 minutes in bed. One of my favorite features of the UP so far is the vibration it gives you after too little activity in an hour. “GET UP AND MOVE,” it hints.
Here are three goals I have for the next few weeks, and I need the UP to remind of me of them throughout my day:
1) Get 8.5 hours of sleep. Mazen has pushed his bedtime later and later, but he’s also been sleeping later and later. Our whole household has shifted back. I used to get in bed at 9:30 in anticipation of a 5:45am wake up, but now that he’s sleeping closer to 7 or 7:30, I have pushed my bedtime back to 10:30 or 11. I want to aim for 8 to 8.5 hours – no less and no MORE! I should be setting an alarm and getting up to get a head start on the day rather than letting Mazen wake me up at my leisure. There’s also a 6am workout class I’ve been dying to go to, and I’m really hoping to get there soon!
2) H20. I am soooo bad with drinking water. Like terrible. Here’s my current water schedule: wake up, drink coffee, no water. At the gym, drink 8 ounces or so from my bottle or the water fountains. Then I might have a glass each with lunch, afternoon work and dinner. So that’s what, 4 glasses a day? 32 ounces? I’m hoping to use the UP app to track water intake and really hit that 64 ounce mark.
3) Get 10,000 steps. This is the obvious goal but a very important one! When I first started using an activity tracker summer was just starting and I was getting in 10,000 steps no problem. But somehow my steps have shrunk back to only about 8,000 on average. I’m hoping at the end of this my average is 10,000+!
I really could use your encouragement – my 31-year-old mom self isn’t as motivated as I once was at 25!
Thanks to Jawbone for sponsoring this post. Learn more about the UP24 here.