Blog By Donna

Getting Healthy With The Shine From Best Buy #spon

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free….

Many of you know I have been on a weight loss journey for over a year now. It really has been a journey. One full of ups and downs, good days and bad.

It has been a struggle, to say the least.

My journey started last November when I found myself at my heaviest. I weighed 171.5 pounds. I really think I probably weighed 2-3 pounds more than that before I actually weighed myself that morning, just under a year ago.

From November 2012 to April 2013 I lost 28 pounds. As of today, I have gained 16 pounds back. Over the last 6 weeks I’ve been beating myself up over it, which has lead to me eating more. And there is no logic whatsoever in that, but it is, what it is.

Seriously. I am so frustrated with myself. Instead of getting motivated by the weight gain, I just felt sorry for myself and ate more.

I’m tired of feeling sorry for myself. And on the bright side, I’m 12 pounds lighter today than I was this time last year… so I don’t have as much to lose. By my birthday in April, I should be able to be down more than I was last April.

I need a little assistance, though. Something to motivate me.

I recently received the Misfit Shine from Best Buy. The Shine Elegant Wearable Tracker from Best Buy keeps track of your steps (or activity) and calories burned. It also tracks your sleep. I’m very interested in this, since I know I’ve not been sleeping well.

You set your goal, then link up your Shine at the end of the day (or throughout the day, if you’re like me) to see if you met your goal, or fell short or exceeded it.

As of right now, I’ve got my goal set at 800, which is the equivalent to 1.5 hours of walking. I plan to gradually increase this goal.

There are several activities you can do while wearing your Misfit Shine besides walking… there’s running, cycling, soccer, and swimming. I do wish there was a way of tracking aerobic exercises like Zumba or dancing, and strength training. But walking is the exercise I’d want to use it for the most, since it is what I do the most of, not to mention that the best thing you can do for yourself is just… walk.

I love that it not only is worn like a watch, but actually is a working watch.

I love that there are several ways to wear the Shine. I can wear it in the provided band as a watch, or put it in the clip and wear it on my bra, hooked to my pants, shoes, or on my vest as I did in the photo below.

You can see the little scratches where it was stepped on.

A word of caution though… It recommended being creative on how to wear it, so last week I went to a Veteran’s Day program at my son’s school and decided to clip it onto my boots. Since I knew I’d be doing a lot of walking around the school, I wanted to see how many steps I could get in.

Well, when I got home, it was gone. I’d lost it. My husband, being the wonderful man he is, drove back to the school (it was dark, and very windy and cold) and tried to backtrack our steps to find it.

He didn’t.

I was upset with myself for putting it on my boot. I realize now, that my boots were probably too thick for the magnet in the clasp to hold on. I happened to be volunteering at the school the next morning and after I was done, I decided to walk around and see if I could find it.

I did.

It has a few tiny scratches on it, probably from where the kids walking up the sidewalk into the building that morning walked on it. And yes, it still works fine. Luckily, I found it, but be careful where you clip it, so you don’t have to go through what I did.

Pros

Cons

Shine is exclusively available in additional colors at Best Buy including Silver, Black, Champagne and Topaz.

Extra Accessories (includes magnet clip), leather bands, sport band, and a necklace.

All-in-all, I’m very happy with my Shine wearable tracker. Getting healthy with the Shine from Best Buy is one of my early New Year resolutions.

What are you doing to get healthy? Do you know someone that the Shine would make a great gift for?

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