Misfit Shine Review + Giveaway

misfit shine

Over the years, my interest in fitness trackers has been minimal to say the least. While I have reviewed one on this blog previously, I’ve never become one of those people that links it to an app and uses it each day to track my steps or activity. I partially blame this on the fact that our move abroad coincided with when trackers became popular in the US. But, at the root of it, I know that there is one primary reason I’ve never been interested in them. These days, I always get enough activity. In fact, if you were to ask Bo or my friends, they’d say I need a tracker that reminds me to chill out and relax.

Therefore, when my friends at Spright invited me to try out and host a giveaway for the Misfit Shine activity tracker, I was a bit hesitant. But, after going to the website and reading more about the fitness tracker, I quickly realized that this little, sleek device seemed perfect for my interests.

misfit box

As soon as the Misfit Shine arrived, it was love at first sight. While I know you’re not supposed something based on looks alone, the lightweight, sleek, black activity tracker looks more like a watch or bracelet than band that screams “I’m trying to log my 10,000 steps.” In fact, at least once a day someone asks me what type watch I’m wearing.  Unlike other activity trackers on the market, this piece of arm candy is also water resistant up to 50 meters, meaning that I don’t have to worry about taking it off in the shower or while washing dishes. If I was currently swimming, it would also allow me to easily track my pool activity as well as other common workouts.

Aside from looks, there are five key things that made me fall in love with the Shine versus other fitness trackers on the market.

  • Battery
    • Do you find yourself constantly losing or misplacing chargers? I certainly do! Luckily, the Misfit Shine is battery powered which means I don’t have to think or worry about the charge or the tangled mess of cords. Since the average battery life is six months, I only have to replace that bad boy two times a year which is a far improvement from charging multiple times a week.
  • iPhone Application
    • I really appreciate that I can see all the information I need inside the app versus having something beep and alert me on my wrist. The app, which is very simple to use and straightforward, syncs to your tracker multiple times per day as long as your Bluetooth is on. In addition to the app which shows sleep duration and patterns, movement and goals there are also additional inputs you can use such as food tracking and food photo storage.

misfit screen 2

  • Sleep
    • Remember I said that I need something that reminds me to relax more versus move more? Well, the sleep tracker portion of Misfit has been doing just that these past few weeks. The Shine automatically tracks your sleep, without requiring any extra attachments, and breaks your sleep duration down into awake time, light time and restful time. Since wearing it, I’ve noticed an increase in the length of time I sleep as well as better understanding restful versus light sleep. I’ve seen the number 8 in front of the little h more than the 6 as seeing 6h 30 on the screen made me realize how little sleep that really is. There is something to be said for the power of numbers on a screen to help something become real.  I’ve been carefully monitoring this, trying to understand things that lead to more restless or restful nights such as screen time, reading, alcohol or stress. In addition, there is a great alarm feature which can be set to wake you up at the perfect time during your sleep cycle. I’ve only used this once but really liked it and felt the difference.
    • misfit screen
  • Design
    • The Shine is designed to flex with you. If you’re not bothered by a wrist accessory then you can easily wear it on your wrist similar to the way you’d wear a watch. But, want something a bit less visible? You can easily remove it and use the included clasp to slide it into your jean pocket or hook it on your yoga pants. For spin class, I transferred it from my wrist to my spin shoe so it would more accurately measure my movements.
  • Price
    • As someone who is a self-proclaimed beauty and fitness junky, the last thing I want is to invest in a product that I may only use for a few months before discovering a newer version or model. At just $69 this is a fitness tool that everyone can enjoy and even gift to others during the upcoming holiday season.

What do I wish I could improve? 

  • I wish it was easier to track activities like Bar Method. While I know that you can adjust the activity to reflect specific sports like swimming, cycling or running, there isn’t currently a barre option so this is rarely reflected in my daily score.

Now comes the fun part. Want to try the Misfit Shine for yourself or give it as a gift this holiday? Just enter the giveaway made possible by my friends at Spright!  It is open until next Friday, November 20th! Good luck!



Happy Tuesday gang!

I’m just lacing up my shoes for a 6 mile run but wanted to stop in quickly to share a great giveaway and race discount with you guys. Once again the team at Women’s Health is hosting a gorgeous 10k in New York City as part of their Run10 Feed10 race series.


RUN 10 FEED 10 started in 2012 with the hope of raising money and awareness for the dire hunger problem in America. The concept was a simple one. RUN a 10K and FEED 10 hungry people in your hometown.  Now, going into our fourth year, they need your help once again to reach their goal of providing 5 million meals.  When you register, you automatically provide 10 meals to those in need! 

If you’re in the tri-state area this weekend this is a great race to use as a training run or way to break up a long training run. Located along the Hudson River this timed race will include gorgeous views and is always very well organized.


WHEN:  Sunday, September 20, 2015
WHERE:  Pier 84 at Hudson River Park Run
down the West Side Highway
REGISTRATION FEE: $55  (Discount code for readers: R10F10PR)

WEBSITE / INFO:  www.run10feed10.com

The money from the registration and fundraising efforts will go to the nearest NYC metropolitan areas. The registration fees include a 2015 limited-edition FEED bag and FEED bracelet as well as pre and post-race activities such as warm-ups, yoga and music.


As part of the fun, the team at Women’s Health has given me one Fit Kit bag to giveaway to a lucky reader.


The RUN10 “Fit Kit” Giveaway Bag includes

· Batiste Dry Shampoo
· Crème of Nature Straight from Eden Oil-Infused Hydrating Shampoo
· Nubian Heritage Mango Butter Hand Cream
· Aveeno Mini Daily Moisturizing Lotion
· Out of Africa Shea Butter Hand Cream
· Crème of Nature Straight from Eden Plant-Derived Repairing Oil
· Geri G Cheek/Eye Duo
· Geri G Ultra Plush Mascara
· Purell Travel Hand Sanitizer
· Goody Slideproof Headband
· Fat Water Berry Concentrate
· Go Raw Zesty Pizza Sprouted Flax Snack
· Go Raw Lemon Pie Sprouted Cookies
· Eden Wild Berry Mix
· Stoneridge Orchards Dark Chocolate Dipped Fruits
· Go Organic Apple Hard Candies
· FIT Mushroom Matrix
· Dave’s Homemade Sweet & Sassy Smokehouse Rub
· Owl’s Brew Tea Crafted Cocktail
· PaperChef Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags
· Koala Bottle Opener
· Blender Bottle Sport Mixer
· Natalie Jill Total Bodyweight Workout DVD
· Domino Magazine Summer 2015 issue
· Mandy Ingber’s Yogalosophy book
· $500 Golden Door Gift Certificate

Want to win? Leave a comment sharing with readers your absolute favorite piece of running gear that you can’t live without whether it’s that Lululemon Tata tamer sports bra or those old school Nike Tempo shorts.

The contest is open to residents in the United States and ends on September 16th at 11:59pm and I will pick a winner using random.org and contact them via email.

Thank you to Women’s Health magazine for providing this great prize! While I was not compensated for this post I love the magazine and believe the race supports a great cause. 


Timex IRONMAN GPS+ Giveaway

As you guys know, I have more than a few miles to run between now and the end of the year. I’m currently signed up for seven races and eyeing a few more. I love Fall running and the energy that races, regardless their size, provide.


Part of me thought that coming back to the United States I would need numerous races to keep me motivated and on track. But, as Jess and my other friends know, these days I am always staying busy whether running, going to yoga, or cross training with Fhitting Room and The Bar Method.  If I want to succeed during these races and finish the year strong and healthy, I have to make sure that each run is the strongest possible.

After a Summer of running for fun, I’ve started tracking each run, ensuring that I hit the paces Jess prescribes for each weeks’ workouts. However, since moving back to the US, my GPS watch has had constant issues finding satellites and holding a charge. After one too many frustrating runs, I swapped to using an activity tracker app on my iPhone. Trying to fumble around and take screen shots of your paces after each 800 repeat is laughable. While it seemed to work well for other types of runs, it drained my phone and forced me to hold my phone during the run which was cumbersome and not good for the phone. As my post workout pictures show, I sweat a lot. The last thing I want to do is ruin an iPhone due to excess moisture and sweat during the dog days of summer runs.

Luckily, my friends at Fitfluential and Timex have helped ensure that my past eight runs were near perfect.  After just a few weeks using the Timex IRONMAN GPS+ I’m already in love and doubt I’ll ever go back to my old methods. I’ve been able to precisely track my paces for each run without having to stress or fumble around. In fact, dare I say, that the Timex IRONMAN GPS+ has made me enjoy running just a bit more?

What makes it so helpful?

  • It’s easy to read, even in the direct sunlight! 
  • The instafix GPS picked up signal within seconds of leaving my house in Brooklyn and even exiting the subway in NYC! 
  • Activation took just a few minutes and once that is done, the portal and system will allow you to do everything from interact with others to email you reminders when your watch battery is low.
  • The texting capability and SOS support allows me to leave my phone at home without running worried. I can text Bo or friends in case of emergency while still enjoying a lightweight run.  
  • When paired with your favorite Bluetooth headphones, it can hold and play over 1000 of your favorite songs due to the 4 GB of storage and bluetooth capabilities. 
  • The easy to read summary screen shows your current pace, average pace and total time all on one screen which makes hitting those paces even easier. 
  • Valued at $399, the watch is currently retailing for $199 which makes it a great deal within the GPS watch arena.


What don’t I love?

  • The screen, though easy to read, isn’t necessarily always easy to use when running due to the touch screen capabilities. 
  • It’s a bit larger than I’m accustomed to wearing but due to the light nature, the size didn’t bother me during the run. 

But, instead of making you take my word for it, I want one of you to have the chance to try this watch for yourself! Thanks to the team at Timex and Fitfluential, I’m able to give one lucky reader a Timex IRONMAN GPS+ of their own, just in time for Fall running season!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will announce a winner on September 14th within Monday’s post. If I do not hear from the winner with contact information within 48 hours I will be forced to draw another name. In addition, unfortunately this contest is only open to residents within the United States.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Timex.