Posts Tagged ‘Fit Approach’


cartoon-sunIt seems odd that today is the official first day of summer, but I’ve been on summer vacation for a month already (if you count the time I was on medical leave for my surgery).  This summer has already been great, and I know it’s just going to continue.  I’ve been loving the pace and routine that I’ve developed: wake up around 6:30 or 7am, a cup of coffee and breakfast while watching Good Morning America, doing a bit of watering in the yard to keep the plants and flowers looking good, going swimming/workout out, lunch, reading/shopping/relaxing, walk Sofi, dinner, t.v., bed.

bilbl_superThis week I’ve started weight training again, and whew, are my muscles sore!  Monday I did chest/back at the gym on the traditional machine, and I have to say, I had no real idea what the heck I was doing.  The next day or two, I felt it on my sides, rather than the back or chest.  Wednesday I did legs with a more whole body approach, following an OnDemand workout, Robert Jones’ leg building.  I did the 8-minute workout twice, which included holding a 5-lb weight in my hands as I did lunges, side lunges, squats, side squats, and a few other moves. He kept me moving the entire time, and my heart was PUMPING. I literally cannot bend down this morning.  Today is my arm day, and I’m thinking of doing a kettlebell workout.  The only downside to building these muscles is that my body is already reacting on the scale.  I’m seeing almost no movement, and I know it’s my body holding on to water and wondering what’s going on.  I knew this was the risk, so I’m not panicking.  Plus I know how  important weight training is.

badge foundingHappy 2nd birthday, Fit Approach! I was honored asked to be a SweatPink Ambassador, and although I didn’t completely understand the scope of what I was joining at the time, I’m so thrilled to be included in this fast-growing group.  I have to admit that a lot of the time I feel like I’m out of my depth – my fellow SPAs are badasses! They compete in triathlons, marathons, Diva Dashes, CrossFit competitions, etc.  And while fitness is an important part of my life, and has given me aha moments, I’m nowhere near that level…yet.  I did sign up for a Color Run in September and plan on participating in the Dirty Girl Mud Run in SF in February, so maybe I have earned my #sweatpink stripes after all.

mos_glyph_hires My dad and I always go to see the big blockbuster/action movies together; it’s our thing.  This afternoon, he and I are heading to the theatre to see Man of Steel, and I’m looking forward to it because I’ve heard such good reviews. I always love paling around with my dad, and yes, I do know how lucky I am to have such a great man as my father.

summerthing2013-large2 Sunday I’m heading to an all-day, outdoor, free concert in Golden Gate Park.  Our local radio station, Alice 97.3 FM, hosts this event every summer, and I’ve always wanted to go, but there was always some sort of conflict.  This year, my plans were open, and I’m so looking forward to this day of music and fun.

How are you celebrating summer?

Summer on a beach


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As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I get to find out about a lot of really cool and interesting things related to health and fitness, but this is, by far, one of the coolest things I’ve seen.

Bia: A GPS Sports Watch for Women that Men Want, Too

Before I go into why I think Bia is so great, watch this quick video. (WordPress isn’t letting me embed the video directly on my page, but PLEASE watch it, because it shows all the functionality, plus you get to meet the women behind the watch).

Pretty cool, right?  (You DID watch the video, didn’t you?)

I have been hesitant to buy a heart rate monitor/sports watch since I lost my BodyBugg a couple of years ago.  They either seemed too bulky, not totally functional for what I wanted, and just too expensive.  But the Bia is a whole different thing.


Yes it is smaller… and it does come in pink. But true athletic beauty is about so much more than looks. We built pretty packaging around robust multisport functionality and ANT+ connectivity, and then we made it so smart it’s simple.


  • Safety alert for peace of mind on solo workouts
  • Quick-connect GPS; no more time wasted “finding satellites” 
  • Data to your online training log; no more time wasted “sync’ing”
  • iPod-like ease of use; just one button and a touchscreen
  • Water resistance to 100M; full GPS tracking when you swim

And don’t forget full triathlon race mode and unlimited Galloway-style walk-run intervals. Plus with Bia, you become part of a community just as amazing as you, both at the starting line and online through www.bia-sport.com.

Bia is the sports training watch the “big boys” won’t make. It’s built for the 99% of us who love to sweat, but don’t have time for technology that gets in the way of our workout.”

I love that it was conceived of and designed by two women from the Bay Area.  Two women who are into fitness and saw a need in the market and took it upon themselves to fill it. That entrepreneurial spirit is something that inspires me to go after my own dreams and make them a reality.

Now, moving on to practical purposes, I really like that this watch is smaller than a Garmin.

Garmin vs Bia = no contest

Not only is the size of this watch made for a woman’s wrist, but it can also go in the water!  Perfect for swimming enthusiasts (like me) or those who are participating in a triathlon (like me, someday!).

But I think the feature that really sold me is that it has an emergency button that you can push if you need it.  It has an audible alarm and can send your location to a loved one or emergency services. That’s peace of mind.

Pretty  cool, right?  Are you wondering how you can get one?  Well BiaSport is still in need of backers, like us, to help them make sure that the dream becomes a reality.  I pledged money to help them bring this amazing gadget to fruition, will you?

Go to the Bia Kickstarter page and make a donation.  Every bit helps, even a dollar.  Isn’t it worth the cost of a coffee drink to see something like this come to market?  Please pass this on, because they only have until July 14th to raise enough to fund this project.

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Remember a long, long time ago when I offered to send out a bunch of pink shoelaces to anyone who’d snap a quick pic and send it back to me? The plan was to gather all of the photos and create a SweatPink Saturday post.

And then life happened, I got busy, and here we are almost 2 months later. 😛 But better late than never, right?

As I look at each of these photos, I am struck by the fact that all of these people 1). read my blog 2). are out and active and enjoying life and 3). are wearing pink shoelaces because of me!! That’s pretty exciting to think about. Goosebump-inducing, really. I love that these photos were taken in cities and towns around the country and even in the UK. It just goes to show the reach of this weight loss blogging community. It also shows how a little idea like creating a Sweat Pink Movement can have a really far reach. Bravo, Fit Approach!!


Yep, those are my feet, on a walk with Sofi. We’ve been starting every single day with a nice 30-minute walk around the neighborhood to get the blood pumping and set the mood for the day.


Alyssa (http://doublechindiary.com) from Los Angeles, CA took her pink laces out for a bike ride to get her grocery shopping done. I love that she did an errand and got some exercise at the same time.

Nicole wore got her sweat pink on in a 5K in Michigan, where she ran her personal best time of 36 min!

ScaleWarfare (http://adauntingtaleofscalewarefare.com) in DC used her pink laces on the elliptical machine and then again in a Body Pump class.

Stephanie (http://immyfavorite.blogspot.com/) wore her pink laces to Zumba. (Love her shirt!)

Leila (http://glamnotglum.blogspot.com) from the UK wore gets her sweat pink on during a lovely morning walk. I adore the jacket she’s wearing, don’t you?


I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t know whose feet these are! See, that’s what I get for waiting so long to post these pics. If these pink laces belong to you, please let me know. 🙂

Now I know I sent more laces out than I have photos for, so if you got some, please do me a solid and send me a photo of yourself wearing them.

And to Tina and @SluppyB, I have to apologize and beg for your forgiveness – I haven’t sent your laces yet, but they will be on their way to you Monday morning, I promise.

Have you gotten your #sweatpink on today? How?

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I woke up this morning to the sight of the sun shining after days of dreary, cloudy, rainy weather, and it just put a bit of pep in my step.  Rather than start the morning with my usual cup of coffee and news I hit the ground running and did some housework – laundry, folding clothes, changing sheets, straightening the bathroom and kitchen – all before 8:15am!  Then I headed next door to my sister’s house and had some coffee while we helped each other menu plan for the week.  I have quite an agenda today – grading essays, cleaning a bit more around the house, taking Sofi on a long walk, and doing my favorite Zumba DVD.  Whew!  I get a bit tired just looking at all of that.  But don’t worry, now I’m settled in with a big cup of coffee, news on in the background, all ready to get some serious blog reading in for at least an hour.

Which leads me to today’s post – #SweatPink Saturday Blog Hop.  I don’t think I mentioned that earlier this week I “met” lots of my fellow SweatPink Ambassadors.  There are 57 (and counting!) SweatPink Ambassadors who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and live across the country.  In fact, I think I’m one of the few from the Bay Area, where Fit Approach is based.  Some of these amazing women were approached by Fit Approach to become a SweatPink Ambassador (as I was), and others applied for the position.  The fact that so many of them have shown interest in the program leads me to think that Fit Approach may be  growing in the future to have locations around the country – who knows?! In the mean time, we’re all trying to get to know each other in this virtual world.

To that end, one of the SweatPink Ambassadors, Lori (who blogs at Get Fit Naturally), suggested a Blog Hop.  Most of us had never heard of the term before, but loved the idea of introducing each other to ourselves and to our readers.  I highly recommend making some time today to check out these awesome new blogs.  Just click on the #sweatpink shoelace flower below, and you’ll see the post and everyone’s links.  Enjoy!

How will you #sweatpink today?

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I have some AMAZING news to share with you! I’ve been bursting at the seams to let you know that I was contacted by Fit Approach, a San Francisco-based health and fitness company that holds bootcamps, fitness events, and so much more. As they say on their website:

Fit Approach: a healthy community we’re building, one pair of pink shoelaces at a time.”

I have long-admired the philosophy of healthy living that Fit Approach subscribes to, and have been showing the link love on my blog for a year. I also follow them on Twitter (@fitapproach), liked them on Facebook, and am pining away for their pins on Pinterest. The thing that really drew me in was the girl-power attitude that they show in everything they do – down to their pink shoelaces.

Anyway, back to my excitement. Out of the blue last week when I was having a rather tough day, I got an email from Fit Approach telling me how much they loved my blog and that they would love for me to become a Sweat Pink Ambassador! I can’t tell you how much that email made my day. Not just because of their compliments about my perseverance and never give up attitude, but because they saw something in me that they thought would add to their community. That I, a plus-sized, morbidly obese woman, could offer something that their active, fitness-enthusiast readers would want to read. I saw limits falling away and boundaries being broken. I was (and am!!) thrilled!

Who are Sweat Pink™ ambassadors?

  • Enthusiastic health nuts who love sweating and eating well, but can also appreciate the finer things in life (chocolate, cheese, wine…)
  • Natural leaders. They motivate those around them to achieve their best, and set an example of healthy, positive living. They set up running clubs for their friends, and organize gym dates early in the morning or after work. They get their co-workers to try yoga, and to order fruit instead of donuts for meetings.
  • Passionate. Whether they go gaga for green smoothies or tear up the floor every day at Zumba, there’s something about living well that really gets them going, and their enthusiasm is infectious.
  • Curious. Always looking out for the latest fitness or foodie craze, eager to learn, connect, share, and discover.

~from Fitapproach.com

That sounds like me, doesn’t it? At least the me that I try each day to be! As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I get to make an impact on a community that strives to show how much fun fitness can be. Not only am I going to be a contributor to their site, with all of the exposure that that offers, but they also provide tons of swag.

Pink shoelaces for EVERYONE!!!

Seriously, I have tons of pink shoelaces to giveaway. I’ll happily pay to send them to you, as long as you commit to take one photo of yourself out and about, being active and wearing the pink laces (shoe shots are fine for those who want to remain anonymous). I’ll collect a bunch of photos and add them to a bi-monthly blog post I’ll call #SweatPink Saturday. If you’d like a pair of pink laces, just email me your mailing address and I’ll send them out to you before the end of the week.

I took this photo on Sunday as Sofi and I took a walk in our neighborhood while I got my #sweatpink on.

You know you want some pink laces so that your shoes can look as snazzy as mine do in this shot. 🙂

So, who’s going to show their #sweatpink love?

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I just saw this on Fit Approach’s FB page, and I just had to share it.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Taken in San Fran, on one of the many famous hills.

Beneath the photo they asked “what steps will you take today?”

I’m taking steps each and every day to get to my goals, large and small.  I’m pushing past the doubt, past the sore muscles, past that lazy side of me who would rather stay in than be out and active.  I’m releasing all of my fears of the unknown and putting faith in myself.  And with each new step, a better me is revealed.

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