Staying Accountable Using A Fitness Tracker

The hot new thing right now is wearing a fitness tracker.  I bet you have one.  And your mom.   There are so many benefits to wearing them; most importantly, keeping you active and moving throughout the day.  A fitness tracker is like your best friend who is there to motivate you and remind you about your goals.  A fitness tracker keeps you accountable for your actions.  Like many of you, I’m a busy gal.  I work full-time and am a mom to the cutest little baby William (fine, he’s a toddler!).  I don’t have the freedom to go to the gym on a daily basis or when I want to.  I have to get creative with staying active.  As I wrote before, my goal is to hit 10,000 steps each day.  Here’s how I do it.

I thought it would be fun to do a day in the life type of post and focus on my Polar Loop 2 with various accountability check ins.  My coworkers have fitness trackers, as well, so we’re constantly asking each other how many steps we’re at (and then maybe taking the longer route out to recess… or maybe that’s just me and my competitive self).  This day in the life will be from Monday of this week which also happened to be picture day at school for William.  Before we begin, you must check out the cuteness:

picture day oct15

Be still my heart.  Jeans, button down, and sweater vest.  Hopefully his shirt was more tucked in and his hair was more combed and he had shoes on his feet for actual pictures, but he’s cute no matter what!  That smile!

So this little stinker was up bright and early at 5:30 in the morning, as usual.  He sure keeps me active just like my Polar Loop 2 keeps me accountable!  We played hard in between getting ready and eating breakfast.  Since William is always so busy, cooking breakfast can be challenging some mornings while keeping him occupied.  Meal prepping has saved me a lot.  I make something in a larger amount that will last for at least a couple of meals.  Lately, it’s been my caprese egg bake.  It’s so easy to make with just a few ingredients before throwing it in the oven.

caprese egg bake recipe

Mmm!  Eggs always keep me full by providing a lot of protein.  The cheese, tomato, and spinach are the perfect pair, too, and so savory on these chilly mornings.

Once we’re finally out the door, it’s just about a five minute drive to William’s school.  But since we play so hard in the mornings…

sleep polar

William often falls asleep in that short time!  Accountability check in: 1,482 steps and a sleeping baby – all before 8:00 a.m.

I get to school, do my teacher thing, take lots of brain breaks with my students, impart my knowledge on those young minds, eat snacks and lunch prepared on Sunday for the week (makes life so much easier!), and soon enough it’s time for recess.  My coworkers and I each announce our numbers as we begin to walk, gaining more steps, while patrolling the playground.

polar recess

Accountability check in: 4,776 steps at 1:45 pm.

I finish teaching, make sure the kiddos go where they’re supposed to, and head to William’s school to pick him up.  He comes running toward me, I nurse him in the car (he literally cannot wait five minutes until we get home!), and we’re on our way.  Once home, we unpack our bags, let Zoey out, check the mail, and then it’s time to play again!  Since the weather has been nice, I’ve really been trying to be outside a lot and take many walks.  I’m not a huge fan of how early it’s getting dark and I know it’s just going to get worse once daylight savings time happens.  I’ll enjoy the warm(ish) temperatures and light(ish) walks while I have them!

polar walk

Accountability check in: 7,832 steps at 6:15 pm.  When we got back home, I was around 9,500 so I knew I’d hit my goal for the day.  We played some more, I even did a few sets of lunges, I fed William dinner, and gave him a bath.  Soon enough, he was asleep and it was time for me to throw together a simple yet healthy dinner.

salmon dinner

Salmon on the grill, sweet potatoes baked in the oven, and Copycat PF Chang’s Spicy Green Beans.  The green beans were SO spicy!  I didn’t have any sesame oil, so I used olive oil and sprinkled sesame seeds on top.  Super easy to make (I used Trader Joe’s frozen green beans) and it tasted great!

After doing some school work and completing other tasks around my house, I hopped in to bed and checked my Polar Loop 2 for the last time before closing my eyes.

polar bed

Accountability check in: 11,205 steps at 10:30 pm.  GOAL REACHED!

I seriously love how my fitness tracker holds me accountable.  I’ve had two other fitness trackers, but the Polar Loop 2 is my favorite.  It fits me the best, it’s the easiest to use, it looks the coolest, and I love the information the app provides.  Some key features include activity tracking (steps, calories, activity, sleep, heart rate), mobile connectivity, vibration alert, and smart notifications.

And guess what?  You can get 20% off your Polar Loop 2 (or any Polar Heart Rate Monitor or activity tracker) using the discount code POLARFITBLOG.  The code is case-sensitive. There is no quantity limit. The code is good online at Polar.com. The code is only good in the US. It expires on 12/31/15.

Who (or what) holds you accountable?  Do you wear a fitness tracker?

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Polar.

7 thoughts on “Staying Accountable Using A Fitness Tracker

  1. I absolutely LOVE keeping track of my activity level with my fitbit. I got it a year and a half ago, and I thought I’d lose interest in it–but I wear it every single day!

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