Keep the iPhone on my arm!
I really hate to exercise. No, that would be an understatement. I really, really hate to exercise.
This past summer of 2016, after struggling with the angry bear, also known as my fat tummy and chunky hips, I decided to join a health club. And I committed to 3 or 4 times per week of steady exercise. Mostly Zumba.
Have you ever tried Zumba? Its basically a dance class meant to humiliate, embarrass and discourage. Oh, and its supposed to help you lose weight. Anyway, after a two weeks of this inhumane torture and listening to terrible music that originated in some tropical hell hole, I decided to use my own music through my iPhone 5. If I am going to make a fool of myself, dancing offbeat and dripping sweat, then I might as well listen to music that I enjoy. The problem with Zumba and listening to music is that my iPhone 6 gets slippery with sweat and is prone annoy the hand.
So I went out and purchased a popular iphone armband holder by a company named Belkin. Poor choice. The materials used for this sporty looking armband were thin, single stitched, and slipped on my arm like an oily fish. And the worst part is that the stitching began to unravel after only two weeks. A piece of cheap crap. Not well engineered. These types of things really bug me.
So what did I do next? Well, I looked around at the other ladies in the Zumba class and began to ask what they would recommend. While taking a well needed break at the water fountain, I noticed that the instructor of the class, was wearing an iPhone 6 armband made by a company named Mobityze.
Next, I noticed that several other ladies were also using the Mobityze brand to hold there smart phones. So I asked them a few questions. It turns out that a well constructed, non-slip sport armband is as essential as a decent fitting underwear. Anyway, everyone enthusiastically recommended the Mobityze Sport Armband. Why?
Anyway, it turns out that the owner of the company is a professional fitness instructor that teaches Pure Barre, Cross Fit, Aerobics, Yoga, and is a former professional dancer. She explained that she designed the Mobityze Sport Armband for the professional athlete and professional fitness instructor. The design of the armband came from many years of using various other bands, and she wanted a product that she could be proud of. And to share with her various colleagues and many students.
Mobityze is a small company. Each armband is double stitched and made with high quality materials. And yet its soft and extremely comfortable. I wanted to write this because the market for armbands is extremely confusing and filled with all sorts of junk. Hopefully, this artcile will shorten your learning curve, and help you purchase a product that simply works very well.
You wont find Mobityze Sport Armbands at Kmart or other crappy big box, junk retailers. These armbands are manufactured to order, and can only be purchased through Amazon.
Obviously, I use this armband daily. And I simply love it. So I wanted to write a post and let all of my friends know about this excellent product. You can find it here.
If for some reason its sold out on Amazon, which is quite often is, please email me directly. I will forward your contact information to the company owner. Oh, and here is a little video on the armband...
2016: The year of the salad.
I have to tell you the truth. Eating right is difficult for me. Beginning in 2016, I my weight had ballooned to an unhealthy 165 pounds. I know, the picture on this blog is very friendly. In fact, the picture was taken when I was only 120 pounds. And 5 years younger! But what the heck, I like the picture.
Anyway, 2016 was a really tough year for my dieting. The weight had ballooned because I was working too hard, and simply not finding any time to exercise and eat right. So in January of 2016 I decided to make the entire year...the year of the salad. Lets talk about what happened during the year.
On January 15, I cleaned out my refrigerator and pantry. Everything processed went into the trash can. I felt sort of guilty for being wasteful, but I simply needed to make a change.
Next, I began shopping DAILY at a local grocery store that specialized in organic vegetables and fruits. Thank god for the many websites on the internet that specialize in salad recipes and salad dressings.
I discovered that after 3 weeks of eating mainly salads, that my revulsion for bottled salad dressing was more than what this woman could handle. So, I learned to become an expert at making dressings. Thank goodness for my dear old (young) friend, Katy Meyers. She sent over some of her favorite salad recipes and homemade recipes for salad dressings. The next two months were much easier.
So how did I do with my weight loss? Lets go over the numbers...
Thanks for reading. I plan on journaling about my ongoing weight battles for 2017. Thanks for the words of encouragement.
The Mobityze Premium Portable Charger
Did you read the title of this blog post? A pretty healthy statement. Some might say its hyperbole, over-dramatization, the wailing's of mad woman. But let me tell you something...a portable little power supply, quite literally saved my life. Let me explain.
This past summer, my employer gave me the plumb assignment of attending the 2016 Burning Man Event. If you are unaware of exactly what burning man is, then you are probably living in a retirement community in South Florida. Essentially, the annual burning man is a several days festival that is solely focused on the 'avant garde' art scene.
Thousand of people congregate in the middle of Nevada's Black Rock Desert, during the hottest month of August and September. For several days, its a festival of hedonism. Some might say that its all drugs and sex, (which I cannot comment) some might say its a voyeuristic venture spiked with LSD, others might proclaim it to be bunch of pots heads and techno junkies crowded together in a mish-mash of oddball entertainment. All would be correct!
The following are few pictures that I took during the event. And these pictures do absolutely no justice to the scope and scale of this event. If you run a Google search, you will find a visual cornucopia of stimuli.
As you can see, the Burning Man event is not for lowly imaginative bible thumping crowd that preaches moral purity. In fact, Burning Man is pretty much the opposite of what many would consider to be a evangelical paradise. But I digress... (I love to use the word digress)
Absolutely No Power Supply
Anyway, after I arrived at the Burning Man event. I checked myself into what can only be described as a canvas cabana. Imagine myself, rolling my computer bag and my rolling suitcase across the desert floor. I enter my 'teepee' or 'canvas cabana' or whatever you call it...and I start desperately searching for a power outlet. My phone is nearly dead. Everyone back at the office has been calling me non-stop, asking for pictures and a play-by-play of the visual insanity. As you can imagine, my iPhone 6 battery meter begins to shrivel and disappear, like my last pathetic boyfriend.
In a flurry of anguish, dismay, and downright fear, I needed to find a power supply. And I needed it now! Sort of like when you have to pee really, really bad. And your entire body anguishes for release. OK, that was too much information. Anyway, luck would have it, my dear old Dad. The only man I could ever truly rely upon, gave me a gift before I left for the trip. Inside my bag he stuffed a portable charger for electronic devices.
In a million years, I never would of thought about bringing a portable power supply. In fact, my dad stuffed several of these inexpensive devices into my purse. He said, "Honey, you might need these." Of course, I disagreed and told him not to worry. Everyone knows that power outlets are easy to find in the middle of the Nevada desert.
Anyway, I have to tell you something. These handy little portable power supplies absolutely saved my bacon. If you are not aware of what I am talking about, then let me explain. Each of these little power supplies are like miniature nuclear power plants that serve only one purpose...to keep your electronic devices running and happy. It does matter if its a iPhone 5, 6, or 7. Or a laptop computer. Or a camera. You simply plug in the power though a USB port and bolt of precious electricity immediatly adjusts itselt to device, charging the battery to a full charge. Allowing you to get on with your life. In fact, I found my portable chargers to be so exciting, that I thought I would include a few pictures.
Mobityze Portable Charger System
Part of this blog is not only my adventures. Its also products that I highly recommend. And I have to tell you something, these little Mobityze portable power chargers absolutely saved my life. Can you imagine, I am on a job assignment and had traveled half way across the US to write about, and take photos of the Burning Man. Without these little power packs, the entire trip would of been ruined.
Further, there is a saying that I like to quote, "The one eyed woman is a queen in the land of the blind." Why is this quote so prescient? Because at the Burning Man event, thousands of people were left with cameras, cell phones, and laptop computers that quickly lost their battery power. When people witnessed me plugging in Mobityze portable chargers into my electronic gear, they stared at me in amazement and envy. As if I were some sort of mystical soothsayer, that had forlorn the future of every starving electronic device within a 25 mile radius.
If you dont have one of the portable power chargers, I wholeheartedly recommend the Mobityze Power Bank Pro. It could quite literally save your life.