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GymPact & DIY Workout Armband for CellPhone

2 Feb

GymPact, New Feature!

I signed up for the phone app, GymPact, a few weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar, check it out, it’s a really neat tool that helps keep you motivated to workout!

My pact is that I must get to the gym at least 3x/week or else I pay $5.00 to GymPact for each gym session I miss. Since getting the app three weeks ago, I’ve made my pact and then some – Until this week . . . I got pretty sick, so I skipped working out Monday through Wednesday.

Once Thursday evening came around, I started feeling better and realized I still needed to get in my three workouts before the week was over! It was so late that I didn’t feel like going to the gym, so I thought I’d try GymPact’s new workout-at-home feature.

This new feature uses the accelerometer in your phone to track movement. As long as you move around for at least 30 minutes your workout counts toward your pact for the week.

Now, I just needed to strap on my phone, and get moving! Only problem was, I had no armband to keep my phone on me while I worked out . . .

DIY Armband for Cell Phone

I ended up searching online and found a REALLY easy solution. So easy that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself!

DIY Armband Out Of an Old Sock!

I watched this video and got started!

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

Step 1: Get A Sock & Pair Of Scissors

Sock must be big enough to fit around your upper arm

I used an old soccer sock.

Sock must be big enough to fit on your arm

Step 2: Cut Sock Above the “foot” Part

Cut Sock

Full Sock minus “foot” Sock = Tube Sock!

Tube Sock

Step 4: Pull Tube Sock Up Your Arm and Fold Cell Phone Inside!

Sock Arm Band

The arm band worked really well! My phone stayed in place the entire time while I jumped rope, did lunges, some sit-ups and a few other miscellaneous things to keep myself moving around!

The at-home GymPact feature worked great as well! I’ll do a follow-up blog with a little more detail and how to make sure you get credit for your full 30 minutes of working out, but for now I’ll just say –> I definitely recommend it if you need a little “push” of motivation to workout at home or get to the gym!

Workout Cal

New Year, New Start!

1 Jan

It’s been about 28 days since my last post and since then, well, the Holidays happened…

An additional 4 lbs later, I’m exactly back to where I started on Day One <womp, womp>…. But hey, new year, new start, right?!

Health-wise, I have a few new challenges and changes that should help with the weight loss in the coming months. One of those being organizing my basement and turning it into a little makeshift home gym. This past week on Holiday break I’ve been cleaning and organizing my entire house and the basement is last on the list, (but most exciting part). Stay tuned, pics to come! 

Secondly, starting next month, I’ll begin Jamie Eason’s 12 week strength training plan with two friends! I’m excited about this as I’ve never really had a set training schedule for weights other than when I worked out with a personal trainer a few years back (something I definitely can’t afford right now!). Her plan is FREE, all laid out in an easy-to-follow format, made by someone who looks amazingly healthy, and she has countless ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics of regular people on her Facebook page that have gone through the program with great results!

Jamie Eason Live Fit

I Need a Re-Set Button

27 Nov

Wish I had a RE-SET button for last week!

I really didn’t eat well on Thanksgiving and the days surrounding it, so I’m not sure if I’ll meet my 6lb weight loss goal by my first weigh-in this Friday. But, I’m not going to dwell on it too much, this is a new week and I’m already starting off pretty well. I worked out yesterday and today and have gone right back to my pre-holiday healthy eating!

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Check out my Workout Calendar!