This post was sponsored by Withings and received the Withings Activite Watch to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
Bump. Set. Spike. We watched as the volleyball got passed around. My brother hit it with such accuracy that it seemed like the whole play was timed. The screeches from their sneakers were so methodical that it almost put me in a trance. Instead of my brother, I pictures my mom as a teenager in the same position. She was a volleyball player- a really intense one. She practiced for hours and can still remember the drills they did. I’m sure she hoped I’d pick up volleyball but I’m not super gifted in athleticism.
Interesting that this is a memory of a memory. I remember sitting on that bench and having this memory of something I’d never even seen but could picture quite vividly from my mother’s descriptions. My mom actually had a life before we were born. She had interests and was incredibly talented. Growing up you don’t really think of your parents as real people, they are just Mom and Dad, or in my case Mami and Papi. You thought of them as just your parents who catered to your immature needs- haha! Now I get it, I am a mom that does this stuff for my kids, too. You can really get lost in motherhood. And because my mom was (and continues to be) so involved in our lives that we have an incredible relationship. Our interests have now intertwined and when we get together we try to do as much of it as we can. One thing we always get to do is chase after our kids! When we aren’t together I miss her. Like, I get so homesick my husband tries to get me to fly home (see? I still call it home even when I have a house of my own already!!) for the weekend but with 4 kids and schedules and oh yes…money (!!) it becomes almost impossible to fly out East more than twice a year.
With facetime, facebook and texting so widely available it is so nice we can communicate as often as possible. With this Withings Activite watch, we can also stay connected and make fitness a family affair. This is an activity tracker that doubles as a sleek minimalist’s dream watch. I don’t have to press any buttons to track my activities- it automatically does it for me. I mean, I really can’t keep track of one more thing so this just does it for me. From neutrals to pops of color, the bands can match any style. And I have to wash my hands so many times because, you know, we have germ fests with kids around, I love that I can actually get this watch wet…or messy and it will wipe right off. Once you download the Health Mate app you can see hours slept (which also makes me want to cry- when will I ever get my 8 hrs?!), calories burned, and connect with others.
I can check in on my mom and see how she is doing on her challenges and she can check on my dashboard (if I choose to share that with her) ….and probably text or call me telling me I should be more active and to go play volleyball or something. I’m pretty sure if she called and asked me without checking my stats first I may fib a little….maybe. Just kidding, Mom. I’d never do that. Having my mom serve as another person to hold me accountable actually makes me determined to be more intentionally active.
So while we may not share that interest of being super physically active, we do share our concern for each other’s health and we can continue to stay connected with each other even when we go months without seeing each other. How do you keep motivated to stay active and be actively connected with your loved ones?