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My New Tweedz Headphones

I recently had the opportunity to try out some new Tweedz headphones, and I thought that I would take some time to let you know what I think about them.

Tweedz Headphones Review

Tweedz Headphones Review

There are a lot of pros to these awesome earbud headphones… Here are a few:

  • The braided cord is less likely to tangle than regular rubber corded earbuds.
  • They come in a great variety of colors… I, of course, chose red (can you tell that it’s my favorite?)!
  • The earbuds fit well enough in my ear that they didn’t fall out while I was out for a run, and YES, this is important.
  • They have very minimal and eco-friendly packaging.
  • Speaking of packaging, as you can see from the photo above, the headphones did not come twisted up like most do, so they came straight out of the package with no issue.
  • Not that I’ve put them to a beating or anything, but they appear to be extremely durable.
  • The sound quality is actually very good! It’s not all choppy like some lesser quality earbuds that I’ve tried in the past.
  • No worrying about a battery going dead on a long run (I know that’s a given, but it’s important to me).

Things that I would change:

  • I would LOVE it if these earbuds came with an in-line mic. I, like most modern people, listen to music with my phone, and it would be nice to be able to talk on the phone if someone calls and it happens to be in my back pocket.
  • Not much else. Except maybe a good storage solution.

Bottom Line

I will definitely be keeping the Tweedz headphones in my running bag. They will be replacing my bluetooth headphones for most (if not all) of my runs, and I would consider giving them as gifts for all of my running friends. I am also considering getting three extra sets, one for each of the boys, and one for the hubs. The boys go through a LOT of earbuds, so I’m interested to see how they hold up for them.

Have you tried Tweedz Headphones?

If you’ve tried Tweedz headphones, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of them. If you haven’t tried them, check them out here. I promise, you will definitely love them!

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Marathon Training: Week One

I’m so excited! This week marks my very first week of marathon training! This is when I will start experimenting with what snacks to bring on long runs and finding out what works best. This is also when I will start experimenting with different equipment. I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to begin on this journey!

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Excuses, Excuses…

You know, since I’ve been taking getting healthy seriously, I’ve had other people tell me all about how much they’d like to be able to eat healthier, go running, go to the gym, or whatever they think they would like to do… But here’s the thing, they always have an excuse as to why they can’t.

excuses don't burn caloriesSo here’s the thing… You can make all of the excuses that you want, but excuses don’t burn calories. I’ll give you the list of excuses that I have heard and then I’m going to tell you something that is even more powerful than all of those excuses and what I’m hearing when I hear those excuses.

  • It’s too hot.
  • I’m too tired.
  • I’m hurting.
  • It’s too cold.
  • I can’t do that.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I’m too busy.
  • I don’t want to go alone.

I’m sure I’ve heard a million more, but these are the most popular… Or what springs to mind at the moment. But here’s the thing, what your excuses are really saying to me is that you don’t actually want to get fit. You don’t want to get healthier. There is something that you want more than you want to get healthier. Maybe you just want to be lazy…

A thirty minute workout is only 2% of your day. Are you really that busy? You can’t wake up 30 minutes earlier? You can’t prepare by laying out some sweats and sneakers for a walk or run? If you keep saying you can’t, all I can really think is that you are really good at making excuses…

Remember, excuses don’t burn calories… Work does! So stop making excuses, get off your ass, and work out. Wake up earlier and go for a walk. Go to the grocery store and buy healthier foods. Stop making excuses, just make a step in the right direction.

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Garmin Forerunner 15

garmin forerunner 15 running watch

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to buy a Garmin Forerunner 15 off of my marathon training partner. If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it today. What the most important thing for you to know is that it is AWESOME! It’s a watch that helps you to truly keep track of how for you’ve ran, but it does sooooo much more, and we’ll talk all about it here today!

Today, I’ll tell you what the Garmin Forerunner 15 does, how to set it up, and all about what I think of it. Continue reading Garmin Forerunner 15

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Get Fit For Free

When you’re like me and you live in a small town, you can’t just drop everything and go to the gym… The closest gym to me is at least 45 minutes away, and gyms are expensive. When I began to realize that a gym wasn’t going to be my solution, I began to turn to exercise videos. They work for some people, but I honestly cannot bring myself to put a dvd in the Playstation every morning. Also, I realized that I got bored with the same routine, and was spending hundreds of dollars on dvds and random pieces of equipment that I was buying online or in a department store. And I wasn’t really using any of it. So, I decided that from now on if I wanted to get fit, I was going to get fit for free.

excuses dont burn calories get fit for free

My birthday this year was a sort of turnaround for me. I realized that some major changes needed to happen, so that’s when I decided to start walking. Yes, walking. While you need good shoes, walking doesn’t require the most expensive shoes, and you probably, most likely, already have a good pair of shoes in your wardrobe anyhow, so it is definitely a way to get fit for free. Now, there are MILLIONS of articles out about how walking is good for you, but there is one in particular that I LOVE that will tell you how to get the most effective calorie burn while walking… Find it here.

If you’ve been around for a while, you already know that I love 30 day fitness challenges… The key to it though is to pick one or two and to really stick with them. I always start mine on the first of the month, that way I never get confused about what day I am on. I love the website that I linked because:

  1. You can get fit for free
  2. They have handy printouts
  3. They’ve already done the homework for you
  4. They include rest days
  5. Other people have reviewed these challenges, so you know if they’re worth your time.

There are literally hundreds of ways to get fit for free, and I promise you, we’re going to start discussing them here. My favorite is running, as you can imagine, but I am also looking now at some upper body exercises as well, so stay tuned as I start going over those with you.

Also, I cannot stress enough, document your fitness. I have started keeping a fat loss journal, that I write down what I eat daily, as well as how I’ve exercised, and twice a month I measure so that I can SEE the difference in my body instead of getting frustrated with a number on a scale.

The greatest thing to do when you’re trying to get fit for free is to find a workout buddy or an accountability partner that will help keep you on track. I have a friend that I walk with in the mornings, and if it weren’t for her, sometimes I’d be lazy and stay in bed. I also have a friend, my marathon buddy, who messages me several times a day to check in and see how many steps I’ve taken, how many miles I’ve ran, and sometimes what I’m eating… We keep each other on track, which is really important.

Talk to you all soon… And I hope you will all join me on a journey to get fit for free!

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