Life by Cynthia: July 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

10,000 Steps

My newest fitness challenge is simple: 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. I am on a mission. I was inspired when a brand that produces fitness tracking devices put out a call for fifteen bloggers to walk 10,000 steps for 30 days to test out one of their products. The bloggers selected serve as brand ambassadors. Bloggers would receive a free device, compensation, and support.  In return, they will share their experiences via blog posts.

I took a chance. I applied.  I didn't make the cut.  I wasn't going to let that stop me from doing the challenge anyway: On my own. I believe that over 700 bloggers applied. So minus the fortunate fifteen - there are still quite a number of us that are sad that we didn't get to be a part of it.

Personally, I LOVE organized fitness challenges.  The support and encouragement from your fellow challengers is awesome. I also enjoy a little friendly competition.  In the case of partnered challenges, I am even MORE motivated to meet and/or exceed the goal of the challenge. The added accountability a powerful motivator!

I successfully completed a challenge last month and will be blogging about that journey in upcoming posts! I have done in studio challenges at my local Bikram Yoga Studio and at The Dailey Method here in San Diego, CA. I have yet to participate in an online challenge. This is my FIRST solo challenge so once I complete this I will pat myself on the back even harder! Please wish me luck. Once I hit my 10K steps each day I will be posting it on my Instagram profile.

Pictured is my Fitbit One™ Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker that I received as a gift from my husband some time ago. It is NOT the tracking device being used in the campaign that I mentioned above but will be my constant companion for (at least) the next 30 days!  I'd love to connect if you have a Fitbit profile!  Here is mine: Cynthia's Fitbit Profile

What's your opinion of 10,000 steps a day?  To be honest, it's been tough to hit that number.  I work 8 hours a day in an office. For the most part, my work day is spent sitting at a desk.  I have changed my usual habit of taking my breaks in my office. Instead, this challenge is getting me outside so that I can reach my daily goal.  In addition to getting the steps completed, I have been enjoying the sunshine, blue skies, and fresh air.  Too bad my allergies have been flaring up.  As a result I am having sinus issues and headaches. Oh well, it's a trade-off.  I'm trying not to medicate so if you have any awesome homeopathic suggestions with dealing with allergies - please share!  I would also LOVE to know if you use a pedometer, or other fitness tracking device, online app, etc.

Be healthy friends!

Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

On The Road In San Francisco With Disney Social Media Moms

I was among several very lucky women invited by Disney Social Media Moms to meet in San Francisco for the Disney On The Road Celebration.  I had my Cinderella moment!  I was thrilled to receive an invite to the ball!  I could not pass up the opportunity.  Soon after receiving the invitation in May, I began planning my trip.  It would be my first one since marriage and motherhood. I was full of excitement and worry.  I was giddy and guilt ridden all at once. It would be a short flight and I would only be away from home overnight. It was a really was a big deal for me!

I've been married for nearly five years and a mommy for three of those years.  In my former career, I was an Internal Auditor for a national wireless company.  I worked for the corporate office and would travel across the states every other week or so to conduct week long audits. I'm not a stranger to travel and life on the road. As a single woman I thrived with this lifestyle. As a wife and mommy - I had to come to terms with going solo. I'm glad that I did!  After listening to very inspirational women speak about their journey in paving their path to success - I came away feeling empowered,  encouraged, validated, and so very excited for the future!

I left my comfort zone on so many levels and am proud of myself!  I made new friends, found inspiration in the success stories of the conference speakers, AND had my mom guilt eased away!  I cannot possibly fit all of the awesome of the day into one blog post!  There was SO MUCH packed into a half day conference! I am truly grateful for the experience.

Pictured below are my breakfast buddies! I'm so glad that I got to meet Sabrina and Dawn IRL! Thanks to these ladies - I'm getting less and less shy when it comes to networking!  I have a long way to go but it does become more and more natural the more that I get the opportunity to do it.

 Sabz -The Eclectic Grab Bag & Dawn - From the Kitchen of Mama Harris
I was so happy to see a familiar face at the conference!  Kate is also from San Diego and blogs at San Diego Deals and Steals.

With Kate - San Diego Deals and Steals

The half day conference was led by Maria Bailey of Mom Talk Radio.  Right off the bat she took the sting out of my mommy guilt in sharing a story about her daughter. Maria is on the road a lot and does a lot of  public speaking.  Her daughter had a public speaking engagement and afterwards told her mom that she felt like her Mom up there.  Wow for validation!  Her daughter was PROUD of her mom and all that she does.  She set an example for her daughter to follow. There is no guilt in THAT!  Maria encouraged us to follow our passion.  Our children will see us doing so and in turn follow their own passion.

Here are my favorite quotes from the conference:

"You inspire me Mom" - as told by Maria Bailey.

"Don't let what you don't know how to do stop you from what you want to do. You can LEARN." - Erin Kelly, MD and inventor of the Hulabye Baby Changer.

"Motherhood didn't get easier. I got better!" - Mindee Doney, Boogie Wipes creator.

"STOP talking once you have shared your message." -  Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director for Disney Parks Blog.

Maria Bailey Mom Talk Radio

I must admit that I was a bit insecure about the event.  Not only am I on the shy/awkward side (overcoming that little by little), I don't have a Disney specific blog like many do.  Through a great facebook group for attendees, I have found SO MANY amazing ones out there (and the WONDERFUL women that write these blogs).  As far as planning for our FIRST Disney family trip, I feel like I have so many resources for advice! We have a three year old who is SUPER ready for a Disney adventure!  We thought about taking him sooner but wanted him to be more comfortable with life-sized costumed characters first.  We want this special moment to be filled with magical memories instead of calming a traumatized preschooler.  Seeing life sized versions of your favorite characters up close and personal for the first time can be a bit overwhelming for a little one. But now I think that we are ready!

After the Disney Social Media Moms event I realized just how "Disney" our family is.  I smiled because it isn't only our celebrations that are touched by the magic of Disney... so is our everyday life.  All that I had to do was take a quick look around our home (toys & movies GALORE), peek at birthday party photos, and reflect on gifts that we have given to our seven nephews and four nieces --- each has their favorite characters! I had to share some of our family memories!

Our son in Winnie The Pooh Onesie 2010

2nd Birthday Cars Cookie Cake 2012

Buzz Lightyear! Halloween 2012

 Turning Three with a Monster's University Birthday Cake 2013

Disclosure: I was invited by BSM Media and Disney Social Media Moms to attend the conference.  I received complimentary registration, breakfast, and a Disney gift bag.  Through a random drawing, I also won an American Tourister Colora Spinner.  All opinions contained in this post are my own.

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