Review – Ozeri 4x3motion digital pedometer

My regular readers will know I recently started posting about my mission to lose weight and get healthy & fit again. It’s hard work (especially with me having PCOS) but one of my main forms of exercise – actually the only one at the minute – is walking. I don’t drive so when I want to go out when hubby is at work then I have to walk. I don’t mind though as it’s great to get some fresh air, and great for the boys too. The new pedometer which I have been testing out has encouraged me to walk a bit more than I have been doing. I still haven’t managed to reach the recommended 10,000 steps when wearing it out on walks, but alongside the rest of the little bits of walking I do daily then I might be about there – I must wear it around the house too as I’ve just been keeping it in my coat pocket.

The Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer has a whole range of features:
  • records daily steps, distance, speed, calories, and time with advanced Tri-Axis technology
  • recording modes of today, split & total
  • has a 3D sensor providing superior accuracy in any position
  • tracks 7 days of activity (up to 1 million steps)
  • clock, calendar, sports timer and auto sleep mode
  • slim design that fits in any pocket with a blue back light for night viewing
  • used by professional athletes.
Previously when I’ve had pedometers they have been of the chunkier oval variety, but this Ozeri one is very slim and rectangular with a black glossy finish with silver detail so it looks modern and up-to-date. It comes with a lanyard to wear around your neck, and also a screwdriver to remove the battery cover. Upon following the instructions, it was relatively easy to set up. The settings allow you to input your weight & stride, and then the date & time as well as a 12 or 24 hour setting. (The weight range is 40-350 lbs and the stride range is 10-50 in). There are a few modes on the pedometer including steps, calories, distance, average speed, and time exercised. You can then scroll through total steps (from the last 7 days), split steps and today’s steps. The last 7 days are easily scrolled through by pressing the up & down keys. Though there are a lot of settings and functions that you can use, after the first couple of times it is easy enough to remember how to get to the one you want. 
I have been using the pedometer in my coat pocket as I didn’t fancy wearing it around my neck and I find it’s the easiest place to get to, to check the amount of steps which is often quite surprising! It’s also extremely light and as it’s so slim you can barely tell it’s there. I have held the pedometer when walking a few times just to check its accuracy. On occasion I did find that it added one or two more steps on than I was actually doing at that time, so I think it’s a little bit too sensitive. I can’t be sure exactly how many it added on but if you do a lot of walking then even 100 extra steps that you haven’t actually done can be too many if you are after great accuracy. 
Aside from the over sensitivity, I have grown to like this pedometer rather a lot and love seeing how many steps I’ve done on a walk. One day soon I will reach 10,000 – I might just keep doing some unplanned walking until I do! If you do a lot of walking every day then I think it’s a great little investment, though if you’re a casual walker like me I’m not sure I could justify the cost of this at present even though it is a bargain right now.
The Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer retails at an RRP of £39.99 but is currently on sale on Amazon at £15.95.

My rating – 4/5

I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.
Family Fever

Project 365 – Week 40 (days 271 – 277)

Day 271 / September 28th
8.30pm and I’d finally finished hubby’s cake for his birthday tomorrow. There was something inside it…

Day 272 / September 29th
…a pinata cake! I wasn’t 100% pleased with this but everyone else seemed to like it!

Day 273 / September 30th
J decided to be a cat today and lie on the back of the sofa.

Day 274 / October 1st
N had malt loaf for the first time – I think he liked it!

Day 275 / October 2nd
I told J to bring one or two books to read, but he must have misheard me… (And then proceeded to throw them all over the floor).

Day 276 / October 3rd
N attempted to feed himself with a spoon for the first time today. Needless to say more cereal ended up on the floor than in his mouth!

Day 277 / October 4th
J has recently discovered that walking around in his tunnel whilst hunched over is quite a fun thing to do…

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Weight loss – week 7

I’m a bit late this week as I’ve had a lot on and only just remembered to write this post. I still weighed in on Monday though so I’m good to go with sharing my weigh in result. Last week wasn’t as bad as it could have been eating wise, but then it could have been better too. I’m still not back on track with logging my food which is the thing that’s really letting me down. I don’t think I so much ate the wrong things last week, just maybe a little too much of the good things. I seem to have lost my motivation a bit recently too. I think life is just getting to me a bit, and when it does that, I just eat and can’t be bothered to do anything. I didn’t do an awful lot of walking last week either – as above, I just couldn’t be bothered. As you can probably tell from the tone of this post, I’m just a little deflated with life in general at the minute.

Anyway – my week 7 stats:

  • start weight – 203.6 lbs
  • target weight – 132 lbs
  • previous weight – 183.6 lbs
  • current weight – 185.2 lbs
  • weight loss this week – 1.6 lbs GAIN
  • weight loss to date – 18.4 lbs
  • weight to go – 53.2 lbs
So, a gain. It could have been worse I suppose. Though on Sunday evening I made hubby’s birthday cake and I couldn’t resist licking the bowl from the cake mix and the butter cream a little so I’m blaming that, obviously…
I may be a little late with next week’s update too as it’s my skydive on Monday!

Little man J at 2 years 6 months old

I can’t quite believe that J is now 2 and a half years old – I will have a 3 year old in less than 6 months! (And also a one year old!). He is continuing to thrive & develop so much, I’ve probably said it before but as much as he is testing, he amazes me every single day.

His independence is continuing to grow and he now tries to put his shoes on and take them off. If he’s wearing velcro shoes then he can just about unfasten them, though he hasn’t mastered pulling them off yet – though he does with everyone else’s! Speaking of shoes, he loves wearing Mummy & Daddy’s which is rather funny…

Now N is moving about a bit more, J is enjoying him so much more too. He loves that he can now (attempt) to play with him – though he does get a little rough sometimes as he doesn’t realise N is still a bit fragile! He fetches toys for N to play with, and he even shares his toys with him. One of the cutest things he does with N is read to him and show him his books. It makes my heart melt every time. He’s also getting better at playing and sharing with other children too. When we go to stay & play or the like, he often brings toys for the other babies and goes around kissing them. I think becoming a big brother has mellowed him a little!

His vocabulary is amazing for his age, he comes out with something new every day – and like I mentioned in his last update, some that I’ve never heard anyone say to him! I think he gets a lot of them from nursery nowadays, and they said he’s talking so much more now as well. He copies nearly everything you say, which is sometimes cheeky when he’s being told off and then I can’t help but laugh at him, little monkey! We’ve finally managed to get him to say his full name (all four of them), which is unbelievably cute. The first time he said it, I said to him afterwards “Yay, clever boy” and now he says it every time he says his name; I’m sure he thinks that’s part of his name too!

He took a while to really get into his books and nursery rhymes but he loves them now. His favourite book at the minute is his number picture book. He loves to do “This little piggy” and “Round and round the garden like a teddy bear” too, he will do it to anyone who is willing. His favourite song at the minute is “The wheels on the bus” and Mummy & Daddy have to repeatedly sing it on every car journey… (At which point I feel like singing “Are we nearly there yet?…”).

He’s still as much of a fussy eater as he was two months ago, though he is eating some things again that I haven’t given him for a while. This also works if we tell him that a food is something else that he likes in disguise. The things we do to get them to eat! His favourite foods at the minute are Kinder eggs (bad Mummy alert), raisins, apples (see, that counteracts it), sausages (still), “big cheese”/cheese sticks, and jelly & yoghurt.

He recently had a routine EYFS observation at nursery. He is hitting the majority of his developmental ‘targets’, and the only thing we really need to do at both nursery and at home is to encourage him to say simple sentences. He can say 4 or 5 word sentences at the minute, but they are often quite random with words missing.

I’m so proud of my special little guy.

Family Friday

Rocky road chocolate pizza | Recipe

I have previously bought a chocolate pizza a couple of times for my husband, for birthday and Christmas, but they are brilliant to give as a gift to a chocoholic for any celebration really. Instead of buying yet another one, I decided to make one myself and it turned out really great!

They are so easy to make as it just involves melting some chocolate and sticking other chocolate or sweets onto it. With no cooking required (other than the melting of the chocolate) it is something that is fab to get the children involved with too – especially for Father’s Day coming up!

The great thing about a chocolate pizza is that they are so versatile so you can cater to your recipient’s taste. I went for rocky road for this version but of course you can experiment! Read more