Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: #MindOurFuture Campaign

Good morning my loves! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. 

Today I want to share a very important campaign; the Bring Change 2 Mind #MindOurFuture movement.

 Bring Change 2 Mind was co-founded by Glenn Close in hopes to bring awareness to Mental Illness (her sister and nephew both live with this). Here is some more information directly from their site:

Our Mission
To end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness through widely distributed Public Education Materials based on the latest scientific insights and measured for effectiveness. To act as a portal to a broad coalition of organizations that provide service, screening, information, support and treatment of mental illness

Bring Change 2 Mind is a national anti-stigma campaign aimed at removing misconceptions about mental illness. The idea was born out of a partnership between Glenn Close and Fountain House, where Glenn volunteered in order to learn more about mental illness, which both her sister, Jessie Close, and nephew, Calen Pick, live with.

This cause is VERY important to me because I suffer from depression, social anxiety disorder, as well as an eating disorder and I want to help erase the stigma.  I have to be 100 percent honest with you guys...I almost didn't want to post my vlog below because I had no idea how emotional I was going to become. I even thought of re-recording it but my sister, Jennifer said something that stuck with me "Why edit the realness"

Maybe my vulnerability will help someone out there. I was in a very dark place at one point of my life and perhaps knowing that I was not suffering alone could have changed some events in my life. 

It is scary to share these things with people because we are scared of being viewed as sick or weak but that is what this whole campaign is about...erasing the shame.

Share your story about your mental health struggle (or helping someone with mental illness) by recording and uploading a video to YouTube tagged with #MindOurFuture.

Once BC2M has viewed all of the videos, they will be selecting a handful of submissions to be featured in their next professionally produced and nationally distributed PSA.
Watch my vlog below to hear more about my personal battle (sorry in advance for the tears).


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Fitbit Charge HR Review

Good Morning my loves! I hope you guys had a great weekend. Mine was pretty perfect...met with clients, worked out, relaxed, and made delicious food which is always the highlight for me!

Today I want to talk about my new Fitbit Charge HR.

I received my fitbit for Christmas but wanted to use it for a full month before writing a review for it so that this could be as honest and accurate as possible.  

When I first got it, it had a few hiccups and I instantly started to regret my decision (putting it on my Christmas list). It was not reading my sleep patterns and at times, it would stop reading my heart rate when I was working out which drove me insane. I am team Polar and Garmin and debated exchanging it for one of their products.

Thankfully, the customer service team at fitbit is ahhhhmazing. I must have called them about 4 times because I was just getting so frustrated and they were always so helpful. Finally they offered to send me a replacement watch in hopes that it would help and it did! 

It took about 4 days for it to recognize my sleep patterns and it's been working ever since (knocking on wood). I find it so interesting to see how many hours I am sleeping and how many are spent restless...

Also, I decided to get the "large" this time, which I think helped as well. I initially got the small because my wrist is tiny but I didn't know that in order to get an accurate reading, you need to have your watch around your forearm when working out.

I love all the data and feedback that I get with the app and also appreciate the fact that it syncs with MyfitnessPal which I am obsessed with.

It is also opening my eyes when I think that I "deserve" more calories because I had a kick ass workout but in reality, I don't because I was inactive during the rest of the day. My calorie burn can vary from 1400 calories - 2400 calories a day and now I can fuel up accordingly.

I do have some cons as well like like the fact that it doesn't have an option to see the seconds on the clock (example 4:45 32 PM) and the date at the same time. This is important for me when I meet with clients because I use the seconds for their rest intervals and when I am checking their heart rate. Hopefully they do an update so that we can see both. Also, it doesn't have a GPS so you need to bring your phone with you (I do this anyways for emergencies) when you head out for a run and want to keep track of your pace.

Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone that is looking to take their workout (or just daily activities) to the next level.

Check out my vlog below for more information about the watch.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Curve Ball

Good morning my loves! I hope you guys had a wonderful and SAFE weekend! It snowed on Saturday in NYC so the streets are a hot mess today. I am not a huge fan of the white stuff since I fall down, allll the time.

These past couple of weeks have been "interesting" to say it mildly. I was sick last week which is why I didn't post last Monday and then the Universe threw me a huge curve ball mid week. It is funny how are bodies respond to stress...I was starting to feel better but then on Friday, my body regressed and I felt like crap all over again.

I don't want to go into details with what is happening on my end but life can be challenging and sometimes it throws us off our A game but we need to focus on the big picture and keep on trucking.

I have been trying stay focused with my goals and making myself a priority which sometimes can feel a bit selfish but I have to remind myself that I AM important. If I don't put myself first, everything else around me will fall apart.

I have to be honest though, I have been feeling very overwhelmed lately. Which lead me to have some hiccups at work last week & I felt like breaking down but I snapped myself out of it. I am currently reading "You Are A Badass..." and this morning I felt like it was talking directly to me.

"The Big Snooze (ego) will do everything it can to stop you from changing and growing, especially since you're attempting to obliterate the very identity that you and everyone else has come to know as "you""- Jen Sincere

Yes, life can be shitty at times but we need to stay on course and the end will be much more rewarding. I won't be defeated! 


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