Those kinds of people

You know how every year there are ‘those’ kinds of people who decide it’s finally time to get in shape.  it’s finally time to start exercising or to clean up that diet.  They get all the latest tech gadgets and you see them all decked out for like 3 weeks and then…..


Resolutions or bust

I’m gonna be so rich.


Those people irritate me in case you couldn’t tell.

Anywho, I sort of went off on a tangent.  The thing I really wanted to talk about is the gadgets and how you don’t really need them.  The concept of healthy is really pretty simple after all, eat healthy and exercise.  Period.

That being said..

gadget love

I realized as I was walking out the door, I’m that girl, Oh shit!

I’ve got gadget love.  I can’t help it.  I crave analysis and numbers and all things analytical.  I’m a gadget junkie.  Couple that with OCD and Houston, we’ve got a problem.

In my defense, I”m doing this for all of you.  It’s specifically a scientific experiment comparing the accuracy of similar gadgets.  The pros and cons too.  And I’ll write about them here so that you can decide which one is right for you.

In the meantime I’m just going to keep on wearing both of these gadgets not because of OCD but, you know, for science.

Happy New Years Eve!

Tech Tuesday – Shorts that measure muscle imbalance and more!

When I’m looking for workout routines, I usually turn to my smart TV and YouTube for the best variety and endless options and when I’m looking for stats to help me with my running, I turn to my Garmin. Technology is extremely helpful in providing me with the things that I need to improve my fitness without having to join a gym, hire a coach or a personal trainer.

But what if my form is bad? What if I’m favoring one side of my body over the other? What if certain muscles are weaker than others? How would I know?

Recently, I read about a gym in California using products from Athos Wearables and in researching what the wearables actually do I found out that they are available to the general public. I don’t have to go all the way to California to join a gym. I don’t have to join any gym.  I can just go buy the shorts myself.  But then I wondered, would I want to?

Athos wearables with sensors

Introducing Athos Wearables. Athos Wearables are smart. Very smart. The shorts and shirts have built-in sensors that can track muscle effort and activity. It then sends that data to your smartphone giving you real-time information about how you’re doing. It shows you exactly what muscles are firing, how hard, and in what sequence, so if you need to you can correct your form immediately.

Athos WearablesHow cool is that?

For someone like me who tends to suffer from hip issues, this product would be an amazing advantage. There’s also the added bonus of not having to remember to charge and then put on the Garmin, the fit bit, and the HRM.

This clothing comes with two different tech components, the built in sensors located in the actual clothing, and the core, which is a small plastic accessory that snaps into the pants or the shirt or both. The great part about this clothing is that it measures your muscle effort and then wirelessly displays it on your iPhone. Typically equipment like that would cost a fortune and only be available in a gym.

Athos wearable shorts
To purchase the core and both the shirt and shorts be prepared to spend around 400 bucks. If you’re new to exercise or just a casual participant, this may not be the product for you. There’s also the matter of washing. Right now the company recommends hand washing but then that’s how I wash most of my work out clothing anyway.

I haven’t purchased the products yet as I’m still in the research phase but this may be a product I’d like to have. The price is a little steep but if I can correct my form before I risk or suffer an injury, it’s worth so much more than that. If you’d like to learn more, click here to visit the company website.

Tell me what do you think about the Athos wearables?
Would you purchase them?

The weekend and some lessons learned.

On Thursday MacGyver and I decided to pack up the doggies and head on down to Venice for the next four days.  Since the parents are in Englewood now, there’s lots of things to do and new places to explore and we needed to get to it.  Not that we were looking forward to this……

Manasota Beach

      You’d probably sacrifice if you had to go down here too, right?

We packed up MacGyver’s Truck and loaded up the dogs and got ready to go.  This is how Boomer and Hank do a road trip.

dogs sleeping

Car rides make us sleepy….

And this is how Mommy road trips.


Lesson Learned: A 1 hour and 15 minute car ride is a breeze when you occupy your mind with some hard-core Sudoku.  Not even MacGyver’s driving bothered me. I know, it surprised me too.

I have been sick for the last few weeks. At first it was just a minor cold so I tried to keep running but by last Tuesday it was moving down into my chest and so I didn’t run at all for the rest of the week. That was not an easy thing to do but I took it real easy and I completely embraced my lazy side.


I have no shame in mentioning that I laid on my butt for two days straight and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But you know what? I got better.

Lesson Learned: If you’re sick or something hurts, rest! You’d think that would be an easy one but some people get injured or sick and keep right on running all the miles, even at the expense of their permanent health.  If your leg hurts it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize if you keep running on it, it won’t get better. ever.

Regardless of how you feel, if you have pets, they still need their exercise, so if they’re used to going on walks, then they still want to walk even if you’re sick. I didn’t feel much like walking the dogs this week so I found another way to get them their exercise and it worked like a charm.

dachsund and lab

Um, yeah, I’m pretty sure your body type was not made for this flotation device. Someone stop the lab!


dachshund on raft

You said surfing, this is NOT surfing!

Lesson Learned: Pets need exercise too. If you don’t feel up to walking them, find a pool. If you can’t find a pool, find friend who has a pool and doesn’t mind dog hair.  A lot of dog hair.

On Saturday night the parents wanted to take MacGyver and me to dinner. Originally we had planned on going to a new place that had just opened but when we got there the wait was 45 minutes so we went to another place. Unfortunately, the wait there was 1 hour and 15 minutes. The third place we went to was Pelican Alley.

Pelican Alley
There was no wait at all and we got right in and the food was awesome.  And the view didn’t suck either!  There’s nothing like eating by the water and watching all the boats go by.

Lesson Learned: Sometimes the last choice is the best choice, oh, and don’t wait til you’re starving to go to a restaurant, you might end up eating way more than you normally would. Not that I would know or anything.

ate too much

Could someone just roll me to the bed….

This morning I am feeling much better and I was able to get in 3 miles before 8am. I would have like to run more but it was so humid and hot, I just couldn’t handle it. Guess I should try leaving earlier or maybe come up with another plan.

Lesson Learned: If the weather were you live makes it uncomfortable or almost unbearable to run, and that’s what your weather is like 80% of the time, move! Or shut your pie hole and run on.

Hope y’all had a fantastic weekend.
Now, tell me about a recent lesson that you’ve learned.