Erin Hamlin and USA Luge Slider Search

This post was created in partnership with Citi®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I honestly didn’t think I would get so into watching the Olympics. I think the last time I watched the Winter Olympics was back in 2002 and that was probably mostly because I still lived with my parents and it was always on TV. So this year I surprised myself when I turned the TV on most nights to watch the Olympics (side note NBC is one of the four channels we get via rabbit ears) instead of a show on Netflix.

One sport I really got wrapped up in was the luge. I mean seriously how insane is the luge? Oh and don’t get me started on skeleton. I found myself stuck to the TV watching Erin Hamlin and her fellow lugers speed down the track. I honestly am semi petrified of sledding after an icy crash when I was 10 or 11 so I can’t even imagine going 80+ mph down an ice track on a thin board; maybe that’s why I got so into it?

Well as you all probably know by now Erin Hamlin won the bronze medal in the Luge Women’s Single competition and became the first American female luger to win a medal at any Winter Olympics and the first American to win an Olympic medal in singles luge of either gender. Pretty amazing right?

Erin Hamlin actually started her luge journey by reluctantly attending a USA Luge Slider Search event back in 1999. Although at first the luge didn’t come naturally to Erin with hard work and dedication she mastered the sport. Now she is a U.S. Olympian and is taking the time to give back and inspire kids around the country. Erin is teaming up with USA Luge Slider Search to introduce kids around the country to luge and find candidates who have what it takes to become the best in the country.

So wants to become an Olympic luger? Or maybe you know a kid who would be interested in learning to luge or another Olympic sport? You can help support their dream by heading on over to the Citi® Every Step of the Way® site and clicking on the Award $5 of Citi’s Donation (it’s FREE to do this!) to USA Slider Search or any other program that interests you pick the one that speaks to you! Don’t forget to come back and let me know which one you picked! To learn more about how you can help check out this short Citi® Every Step of the Way® Welcome Video 

Meatless Monday: Brown Rice Tortillas

I haven’t really had any major pregnancy cravings but one thing I have been loving lately are brown rice tortillas. I had this same craving when I was pregnant with Edith and most days you could find me making some sort of wrap after work. Well the tradition continues on and currently my favorite way to eat them is topped with lots of refried black beans.

brown rice tortilla Lunch (and breakfast) yesterday was a toasted up brown rice tortilla topped with a big slathering of black beans, tofu scramble that had onions, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, chili powder and salt and pepper. It was topped with chopped tomatoes (who else is excited that tomatoes are slowly coming back into season?) and 1/4 of a creamy avocado.

Now that I write all this I think I know what I am going to have for breakfast this morning! YUM!

What do you like up top your tortilla or wrapped inside?

#rethinkyourday with Polar Loop

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar. As always all opinions are my own!

When I first received the Polar Loop I was excited but a little skeptical about whether or not I would actually find it useful. Since I started wearing the Polar Loop a few weeks ago I have really become more aware of how much I move (or don’t move) during the day. As a stay-at-home-mom it is easy to get in the habit of sitting around and since it is winter in the Pacific Northwest it is pretty easy to find yourself not leaving the house some days simply because you don’t want to get decked out in rain gear.

Polar Loop After the first day of wearing the Polar Loop I was a little embarrassed at just how much I sat down that day. My only redeeming note is that I didn’t sit for long periods of time all at once (this is one of the cool features of the Polar Loop tracking). Nevertheless I still sat more than I know I should and since then have been making an effort to get off my butt and move more. While some days we still don’t leave the house, like during our recent snowstorm, I am still finding ways to move at home and at the gym.

So after three weeks of wearing the Polar Loop I find myself still not moving as much as I’d like. According to my stats I am active about 25% of the day and honestly that just isn’t good enough for me. I would like to bump this up to 40-60% of the day.

What an ideal day looks like - 53% activity

What an ideal day looks like – 53% activity

This is an average day- 27%

This is an average day- 27% activity

Ways I plan to increase my activity over the next month:

  • Take a post dinner walk with my family.
  • Walk up and down the stairs (our main living area is on the second floor) once per hour.
  • Commit to three gym days and two at home workouts per week.
  • Get out once per day (weather permitting) with Edith and go for a walk to the park, to the market, to the community center, ect.
  • Have more dance parties with Edith.

The best part by increasing my activity level I will also be increasing our outdoor time! I will also be relieving stress, increasing my energy and preparing my body for labor and birth. So all I can say is wearing the Polar Loop has been eye opening and has helped me to make the changes that I have known I needed to make for months now.

Final Thoughts:


  • It tracks five different levels of activity <– love this.
  • It’s waterproof and you can even wear it swimming.
  • Provides tips to help you reach your daily activity and it updates throughout the day. Basically it tells you how long you would need to run, walk or just be up on your feet moving around.
  • Syncs with phone and will even send inactivity alerts to your phone if you’ve been sitting too long.
  • Low battery alerts.
  • Compatible with Polar H6 and H7 heart rate sensor.
  • Customizable size.


  • It’s a bit bulky for me but not too bulky for me not to wear it.
  • While the size is customizable you have to cut it and well that just made me a bit nervous that I was going to cut it too small so it took me a few tries before I got it (almost) perfect.

Do you track your activity? How has it changed your days/life/workout?


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