I guess it’s true…

ImageYou really can break a habit in 21 days! I was a dessert lover before this Lenten season. If you looked up dessert lover in the dictionary you would see a picture of me substituting ice cream for meals, and chocolate for healthy snacks. I could never turn down a cookie or cupcake, and when I would stop for a snack before class I would always have to grab a KitKat or Hersheys bar.

 

The first week or so was pretty difficult… Every time I would be in line to check out in our student center on campus I wanted to just grab some candy, or after games parents would bring us homemade desserts that looked delicious and I would want one so bad.

 

But as the days went on it was easier and easier for me to say no to my temptations (unfortunately all of the calories I didn’t consume from desserts, I managed to take in from eating extra meals and extra large portions. Maybe portion control will be my next habit to fix!).

 

And (almost) 46 days later I am a new woman!

 

During the past couple of weeks I haven’t even thought about dessert or chocolate. I can walk by the ice cream stand in the cafeteria and not even be tempted to look at the flavors of the day. It is AMAZING!

 

With Easter coming up this Sunday I should be so excited that I can finally eat dessert again, but I find myself not even craving it anymore. I am slightly terrified that once I have one bite of something sugary it will be downhill from there, and I will want to eat EVERYTHING sugary all the time. However, I am hoping that not only did I break my sugary habit over the past few weeks but that I also developed some will power!

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__ Too Thin _√_ Not Too Thin

The Biggest Loser season 15 finale aired this past Tuesday, and boy was it filled with some incredible transformations. Both the at home contestants (people who had been eliminated from the show) and the 3 finalist looked PHENOMENAL.

 Rachel Frederickson was crowned the biggest loser after losing 155lbs, 60% of her body weight, during the 7 ½ month biggest loser competition, and boy did she look amazing at the finale!

When 24-year-old Rachel started The Biggest Loser she was 260lbs and very unhappy with her life and some of the decisions she had made. In high school she was a 3 time state champion swimmer and was offered scholarships by many colleges to swim however, turned all of that down, quit swimming, and moved to Germany with a boy she fell in love with. When things didn’t work out with her boyfriend Rachel moved back to the States, went to pastry school, worked at a handful of different jobs, and moved back home just in time to deal with her parents recent divorce.

This is when Rachel realized that she needed to make some changes in her life and applied for The Biggest Loser. In Rachel’s interview video she said “I was very hard on myself for some of the decisions I made. I’m ready to become that strong and confident girl again, to free myself from the past, live in the present and make the changes I need to be happy with myself and live the life I always imagined.”

Rachel proved this when she arrived at The Biggest Loser ranch and was constantly working hard and pushing herself to get through the workouts, win challenges, and stay focused. This all paid off because Rachel made it to make over week, won The Biggest Loser sprint triathlon, and won the ultimate prize of being The Biggest Loser.

However, thanks to the critical lens that many had on, on Tuesday night, Rachel cannot even fully enjoy what she has accomplished because people are now saying she is “too thin” and assuming things like she’s anorexic.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

If Rachel hadn’t decided to change her life and lose weight people would criticize her for being a 260lb 24 year old. People would probably stare at her a little in public noticing that she’s on the larger size, they might make jokes at her expense, and just continue to put her down by saying hurtful things.

Rachel has changed her life, lost weight, and people are STILL criticizing how she looks, putting her down, and saying things that are especially hurtful for someone who spent so much time and energy to look how she does today.

You just can’t ever win I guess!

If Rachel started at 130lbs and lost only 25lbs would people still say she looks “too thin”, or would they think she looks good? Do people believe she looks too thin because when you compare the new and improved Rachel to the old Rachel she looks significantly smaller?

I think Rachel looks great! She is 24 years old, a size 2 (something she probably never thought she would be!), she looks strong and happy, $250,000 richer, and ready to start her new life.

How about we just let her enjoy it 🙂

The super fit watch. Coming to a store near you. #Iwish

For all of you fitness fanatics out there I am sure you either own or have considered purchasing an activity tracker of some sort at some point in your life. I remember my first and only activity tracker, it was a pedometer given to me by my gym teacher in 5th grade (2002). I thought it was the coolest thing at the time, I just needed to clip it onto the waste of my pants, and it counted all my steps! AND the best part was if you shook it in your hand the steps increased so if I didn’t reach the amount of steps the gym teacher said I should in a day I could just shake it until the screen said I did. Pretty accurate device don’t you think?

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This is what my pedometer looked like!

 

Since my first pedometer the technology in activity trackers has significantly improved. There are devices that tell you how far you have run, how fast, your heart rate, where you ran, if you’re on target to reach your weekly running goals, and it even tells you the time and wirelessly transfers your logs online to Garmin Connect (Garmin Forerunner 310XT). Then there is the Nike+ Fuel Band SE which measures movement, intensity of workouts, enables sleep tracking, and displays your fuel points for the day. And there is also the Fitbit Force which tracks steps, distances, stairs climbed, calories burned, active minutes, monitors sleep, and wakes you up with a silent alarm.

 

There are many activity trackers out there today; each one claiming it is better and more accurate than the next (which is almost true, every time a company releases a new device it is better than the one before it!). But how accurate are these devices? And how advanced will the technology get? 

 

I think that the technology in these devices will continue to get more and more advanced to the point where the device you wear on your wrist will be able to record your motions, calories burned, heart rate, and have other cool features. One feature it might have is, since it records your motions it will then wirelessly upload the recording to your computer and produce a video with your avatar in it doing the workout that you just did. You would then be able to share these videos. The device will also allow you to set goals for yourself whether it be “I want to cut ten seconds off my mile time” or “I want to increase my bench press weight by 40 pounds” and have the ability to track your work outs and tell you how long it will take you to reach your goal if you continue doing what you’re doing. You’re goals and progress could also be sent to your social media sites to show your friends the progress you are making at the gym. Another feature that would be really cool on these devices is if a hologram could be projected out of the watch and every time you are not sure on how to do an exercise the hologram could appear in front of you and demonstrate the exercise for you. That would be like having a personal trainer attached to your wrist!

 

Jenna Crupi

When you are in the gym and you don’t know what to do, #QRCode

How cool would it be to have a personal trainer attached at the hip (or arm depending on where you secure your phone when you work out) throughout your whole work out? Someone who could answer your questions about how to properly use a machine, or give you ideas of exercises and workouts you could do.

The answer lies in QR codes

Imagine yourself at the gym, you’re feeling ambitious so you go over to a machine that you have never used before, sit down, and then realize you have no idea how to work the equipment. You stare at the diagram and directions and it still isn’t click. Now you have to decide, “Do I go and ask someone what do to, or just skip the exercise and move on?” You are still feeling extra motivated so you go to the front desk, ask for some assistance, but as you are approaching the machine with the staff member you find there is someone using it. Great, now you have to make small talk with the staff member until the person is done and you are wasting valuable workout time.

You know what would have made this situation a whole lot easier: QR codes.

If there was a QR code on the machine people looking to learn how to use the machine could quickly scan it with their phone and they would be connected to a video of someone talking them through the exercise, and giving them tips and tricks about how to use the machine.

This isn’t the only way QR codes would be helpful in a gym…

How many times do you find yourself sitting on a mat at the gym unsure of what core exercise or stretch you should do next? What if there was QR codes on the mat that you could scan to bring you videos of a series of exercises and stretches to do? How cool would that be!

Jenna Crupi

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If you are unfamiliar with QR codes this is what they look like, you can find them EVERYWHERE. By scanning these codes with your phone you are brought to different content on the Internet that the creator of the code wants you to see!

Fitness Challenge!

See if you can get all the way down to 10 seconds!

60 seconds of two jumping lunges then a squat continuously

60 seconds jumping jacks

60 seconds of high knees

60 seconds of burpees

1 minute rest.

50 seconds of two jumping lunges then a squat continuously

50 seconds jumping jacks

50 seconds of high knees

50 seconds of burpees

1 minute rest.

40 seconds of two jumping lunges then a squat continuously

40 seconds jumping jacks

40 seconds of high knees

40 seconds of burpees

1 minute rest.

Continue taking 10 seconds off each round until you reach 10 second intervals!

Jenna Crupi

Getting LinkedIn to Fitness.

 Before I begin a little background information is needed: “LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations,” basically Facebook for professionals…

When I think of LinkedIn I think about jobs, resumes, job postings, and professional networking. LinkedIn has always been a place where I could connect with people I know in a more professional way then I would on Facebook. I update my LinkedIn profile with my latest education, awards, and work experience, not with pictures I took last weekend.

That being said, I did not realize there was more to LinkedIn than work accomplishments, lists of degrees people received and job information.

HOWEVER, there is more.

Next time you are on LinkedIn hover over the “Interests” tab and click groups, then feel free to search any topic you’re interested in.

I searched “fitness”

Boy did I discover a lot! There were pages and pages of different fitness groups. Some of the groups were open groups that anyone could check out and others were closed which means you have to request to be apart of the group and the administrator of the group approves you to see the group’s posts.

All of groups unique so I decided to check out a few of them. The group I visited was called “Diet and Fitness”. This group asks viewers to join however, you can still see all of the content without joining. There are three types of posts in this group, general, job, and promotion. I found that most of the posts are articles sharing information about diet and fitness. The posts do not seem to get a lot of recognition (likes and comments). A variety of people have posted in the group but there are a few accounts that show up multiple times.Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 10.11.27 PM

The next group I checked out was called “Fitness and Health Professionals”. This group looks a little more professional, the manager of the page has his picture posted on the main page, there are over 40,000 members in the group, and there is a banner running across the page telling viewers to “join the group to receive daily or weekly activity updates.” This group also has members posting interesting articles about health and fitness that are supposed to be sparking discussion between members however, just like the previous group there is very little interaction. This group has one post that has 373 likes and 3,162 comments but it is from March 2011! And after that post the interaction between group members takes a plunge.

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The information and articles that are being posted in these groups’ looks very interesting, which makes me wonder even more why group members aren’t likeing or commenting on the articles. I believe that it could be because people are not actually going to LinkedIn to look for articles like this, people are going to LinkedIn to do the things I mentioned earlier, looking for jobs, posting resumes, etc. People can go so many other places to get interesting, informative articles about health and fitness, so why would they use LinkedIn?

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!

 

 

Jenna Crupi