Tall Mom tiny baby: Making Healthy Choices and Getting Fit in Providence Rhode Island - #BalanceRewards #shop
                                                                                           

Making Healthy Choices and Getting Fit in Providence Rhode Island - #BalanceRewards #shop

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Being a new mom often makes you push your own personal wellness priorities to the back seat. But for how long can one use the excuse "I'm a new mom," or "I'm too busy to take care of myself like I used to?" I'm no longer allowing myself to make any excuses in regards to my health. In my opinion, 2013 was all about Itty Bitty, and 2014 needs to be about Tall Mom.

Slowly but surely, Tall Dad and I have been making healthy choices for our family. We have begun eating a more Paleo centered, less sugar and refined foods, diet. I have our freezer stocked with healthy easy options from Pre-made Paleo, and I've been better about taking my daily vitamins.

Next I needed to focus on getting more sleep and more exercise...which are, in my opinion, the hardest health habits to fix.

Why? Becuase they both take time, and planning. Neither of which I feel like I have a lot of right now.

I was inspired by my friend Alison of Long Distance Loving to purchase a UP 24 by Jawbone band. Alison explained to me that it acts like a pedometer, tracks how many steps you have taken, and ALSO tracks your sleep. She also challenged herself to walk 10,000 steps for 100 days - mind you - while she is pregnant!

So I researched the fitness band a bit more, as well as it's competition - the Fitbit Flex - and decided to purchase my own Up 24. A couple days later, it arrived, and it has only left my arm when I shower, swim, or one night at a wedding.
I downloaded the corresponding app on my phone, and it automatically syncs with some of my other favorite health related apps - like MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and the Walgreens App.

Walgreens actually gives Balance Rewards for healthy choices - and they can all be synced through the apps that I already use!  For example, I earn 20 points for each mile that I walk, and 20 more points when I weigh in. I also earned  250 points for syncing  my Up24 to my Walgreens Account!  I am getting rewarded with points just by setting my health goals and tracking my progress! I get Balance Rewards for not only my purchases, but now also healthy choices that I make each day.
At my most recent trip to Walgreens, walking and weighing in saved me $5.00 off of my bill. I used some of that to purchase a balloon for Itty Bitty!
So what exactly are my goals? Well, like Alison, I'd like to walk 10,000 steps each day. Plus, I'd like to protect my skin from further sun damage, and get in approximately 8 hours of sleep each night. So here is what I purchased to help me succeed:
Yes, there is a copy of TV Guide. Tall Dad and I are slightly obsessed with the new show Outlander - and even have a podcast for the show ;) I figure it can be something I can read to calm down at the end of the day...and maybe I'll dream of being in Scotland. 


Here's how I hope to accomplish my goals:

Almost every morning, I wake up, throw on some deoderant, wash my face, take my vitamins and throw on some sunscreen.  Then I feed Itty Bitty, and take him outside for a nice long walk. I love strolling the streets of Providence. Sometimes we take a nice walk down Blackstone Boulevard. 
Othertimes we walk up and down our neighboring streets, checking out all of the pretty flowers, houses, and say a little hello to the friendly dogs. 
Providence is a perfect city to go for walks in. The Blackstone Boulevard is my favorite spot, but strolling anywhere along the East Side is a pretty walk.  There are several parks, some with letterboxes hidden inside.  India Point Park is another one of our top picks, and we spend time there running around and playing catch by the bay.
Once I'm done with our walk, and head on inside to eat my own breakfast. Sometimes I plan for our next day by checking out the nearby fun routes that other people recommend. 
After a long day, my UP24 app reminds me to try to get to bed around 10pm so that I can aim for my 8 hours of sleep goal. If needed, I will take some melatonin to help fall asleep. 

I honestly love living in Providence - it's full of arts, culture, fantastic people, and also has an environment that promotes being healthy!  Are you hoping to make some healthy choices in your city? Do you already track anything, or are you hoping to start?  Let me know about your own progress!!

Talk again soon friends :)









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41 comments:

  1. I am in RI a lot, but we are either in Newport or near Roger Williams.

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    1. Those are fantastic areas to walk around!

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  2. These are all great tips, no matter where you live. I love tracking my healthy habits with Balance Rewards!

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    1. Thanks Jenna! I love earning Balance Rewards for something I'm already doing :)

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  3. Best tips! We need to walk the Blvd together in the Fall... I'll have to get a tracker to help me get back into shape!

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    1. Yes!! You'll probably be in better shape than me since you have running muscle memory ;)

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  4. Great tips! I wish I lived in an area where I could walk everywhere.

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    1. Where do you live Elizabeth? Maybe you can still find ways to earn Balance Rewards for your healthy choices!

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  5. I love that you are walking everywhere. I used to live in Providence and the scenery is beautiful.

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    1. Ooo where in providence did you live? I love it - especially in the fall!

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  6. I have been hearing so much about this. I need to look into more! I love my UP Jawbone. That was a good decision.

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  7. I'm hearing more and more about the paleo diet and now I'm intrigued. It sounds like something I need to research more and try myself. I have been having way too many digestive issues.

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    1. I've been hearing a lot about it to. I think you're only supposed to eat what would occur naturally, so no bread or pasta or processed anything. It makes sense, really. We were designed to eat that way. Cave men didn't have bread.

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    2. I'm really really really happy when I eat more paleo centric!

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  8. Wow you've got a routine down pat! I need to establish a routine for our days now that school's getting back in session. We've had lazy-summer over here! :)

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    1. Lazy summers are the only way to go in my opinion ;) my toddler just doesn't understand that he can sleep in on vacation yet

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  9. That is so cool, I need one of those bands. You have found your motivation - great for you! I'm still looking for mine. :(

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    1. Thank you Tammi -- maybe you just need a friend to cheer you on! I can do that

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  10. Kudos for making these changes--I envy your ambition! I wish I made more time to go out and walk, and I think I will have to try now that you've inspired me! xo

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    1. Thank you - I hope my post does help you get out :) I love walking in the mornings

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  11. These are great tips. With my hectic lifestyle, I rarely make time to do healthy activities or make healthy choices. I really need to change that.

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    1. Thank you Ben! It is tough, but thats why I like getting it done first thing in the morning

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  12. Great tips! I love to take walks too, that is my favorite form of exercise!

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    1. Mine too - I wish I was a jogger, I would get my miles in a lot quicker ;)

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  13. I have learned so much from this post! I have been researching both the Jawbone and fitbit too and can not decide which to get. This one looks so easy. I like that I can link it to my Balance Rewards!

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    1. I think you can link the fitbit too -- but I liked the sleek look of the jawbone. Let me know if you end up choosing one :)

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  14. Wow... I had no clue what the jawbone was... ha... and I love my Balance rewards. I have been on a health kick, myself, so this was really helpful

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    1. Maybe you can start earning some Balance Rewards!

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  15. I need to get one of these. It would really help me get back on track.

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  16. I lover earning rewards for being healthy! Walgreens is awesome!

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  17. I didn't know the Walgreens app synced and you could earn points. That is SO cool!

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  18. I think I'm apt to make more changes when I track my activity. What great tips to staying active while being a busy mom!

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  19. we are headed HOME today for a week! i love walking my dog and babies on the BLVD and thanks for reminding me to pack my jawbone

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  20. I have a fitbit and I find that it really encourages me to walk more. I try my best to fit the 10,000 steps a day mark but some days it is tough.

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  21. That's the neatest stroller I've seen in a log time. Totally agree with you on the sunscreen, it's so important. Wear sunscreen daily!

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  22. We love RI and to stay fit here, is fantastic because of all our landmarks! We love our Jawbone too!

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  23. This is soo cool. I can't wait for the weather to cool off in Florida and we can start our walks, too. Love the band need to get one and Walgreens has some pretty amazing perks to keep us healthy and fit, my favorite store. Thanks for sharing

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  24. Awesome! Aren't you the girl from the Rhode Show? These are great fitness spots too for mom and baby!

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  25. Wow! Providence looks beautiful and like there's no shortage of beautiful scenery to keep you entertained while exercising! #client

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