Recommendations

I use the following and will regularly update this page. Please let me and the Flock know about anything you find helpful or exceptionally valuable and I might include after trying.

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Updated September 6, 2018

 

Gear

 
 

TRX Suspension Trainer

I love, which is why I got TRX certified and offer the Flock this option. Simple, effective, portable, butt-kicker uses your weight and resistance for a total body workout.

First developed in the field, NAVY SEAL Squadron Commander, Randy Hetrick began selling his original product, Travel X out of the truck of his car in San Francisco in 2004, the following year he began instructing trainers in the renamed TRX, and in 2007 the U.S. Marine Corps adopted a military training version of the program.

While it might seem intimidating and will definitely challenge, you don’t have to kill yourself and can gradually increase the difficulty as you acclimate. TRX is a full gym in a box with mobile app (iOS and Android), and the perfect, no-excuses workout solution for those who travel frequently.   

 

 

Fitbit

I wear everywhere, and you can even coordinate with outfits because the bands come in multiple colors and can be replaced. Fitbit pairs with a free app (iOS and Android) and also links with MyFitnessPal to compare food intake to energy burn.

I like to track how active I’m being and monitor my heart rate, which also helps me manage my anxiety.

 

 

Anker SoundBuds Slim+ Wireless Headphones

Generally I hesitate recommending headphones because everyone’s ears are different, both physically and judging sound quality. In other words, people are super picky about things they stick into their ears.

However, I think Anker is a great buy for the price, also offered in an over-the-ear style. Read carefully the reviews and questions before buying. Even among those complaining, Anker’s custom service is praised.

 

 

Apparel

 

Lululemon Power Y Tank

I love me some Lulu, especially this tank because it feels as good as it looks and doesn’t ride up when I’m in Downward Facing Dog.

 

Lululemon Scuba Hoodie

Ever wear anything that just works perfectly for the activity or occasion? (Work with me here-ha.) This light cotton fleece zip-up is soft, stylish and comfortable, and I feel like a million bucks whenever I wear, especially after a workout.

 

Apps

 
 

My fitness pal

Download and connect with me at “musselgirllori”. Well done app uses gamification elements to motivate you. Tracks diet and exercise to determine caloric intake based on your goals. Free, iOS and Android.

 

Productive

Aligns perfectly with our cause ingraining new habits, keeps you focused and organized. Reminds me to take my medicine and get in my workouts. I love getting the stars for building good habits. Free with in-app purchases, iOS and Android.

 

Food

 
 

Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale with Removable Bowl

Works like a champ, sturdy, easy to use and clean. Also switches between ounces and grams.

 

RXBAR

Not eating breakfast as you should? Grab one of these and a piece of fruit. Tastes good and most importantly, REAL food, no added sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives or fillers. The “No B.S.” ingredients number fewer than ten and are also dairy-, gluten- and soy-free. Most so-called protein bars amount to candy. We like these because there’s no chemical junk, a dozen flavors and easy to pop into a gym bag.

And a homegrown business success story too, the founders, Peter Rahal and his childhood friend, Jared Smith, crafted their product in Rahal’s parent’s basement kitchen before peddling to Chicago area gyms, eventually selling to Kellogg for $600 million in 2017.

 

 

Reading

While many don’t like to read, knowledge is power and transformation begins with recognizing and understanding your Why.

 

 
 

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

If you read only one thing about habits, get this New York Times Bestseller, which is both entertaining and thoroughly researched. This book awoke me to why I backslid after reaching my competition goals, I relied on the footnotes to dig deeper into the research. I’ve never met the author, but indirectly he has improved my life.

 

Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover

Eyal describes the research and psychology about how and why we get addicted to applications like Facebook and even email. His model and further research into his references informed parts of our MusselFIT system.

 

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel

Meticulously researched, as you might expect from someone with admitted obsessive compulsive tendencies. Stossel’s storytelling had me laughing and crying. I felt better about myself learning about his hellish daily struggles. His section on medications is worth the price alone.

A side note about anxiety disorders: Our Flock has access to a regularly updated page dedicated to informing about and dealing with anxiety, but I also want to share with the public something else that’s helped me in addition to Stossel’s book.

I first learned my issue has a technical name, High Functioning Anxiety (For non-readers, watch the 1:28 video) from The Mighty. I highly recommend both their main community page and YouTube channel and thank them for helping me cope. Now you know why exercise, sleep and eating properly are so critical to my mental wellbeing.

Two more for those who might be struggling:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America brochures (ADAA)—downloadable PDFs

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—Daily 24/7 phone, text, chat, multilingual and hearing impaired). Talking saves lives.

 

Sleep

Here’s the catalyst habit I’m attempting to engrain, I don’t get nearly enough and you likely don’t either. We dedicate a section of our Flock’s portal to sleep info and resources but I’m sharing two here.

Georgia Frances King’s June 2018 interview of Penn State sleep scientist Daniel Gartenberg should be your first stop learning more about why 8.5 hours is the “new 8 hours”. Did you realize sleep has only been studied for 70 years? This well written and organized post dispels some myths and gives guidance, including the benefits of napping!

 
 

YnM Weighted Blanket

As an anxiety sufferer, I was skeptical until I tried. Flat out works, feels like you’re being swaddled but not suffocated.

There are multiple brands but YnM’s are 100% cotton with glass beads, multiple sizes/weights, a 3-year warranty, and over 1,200 reviews for this 4.5 Stars Amazon bestseller.

I always wondered how people select a weight. Do you just guess? YnM provides guidance within their product details for each option, “Choose the blanket that weighs about 10% of your body weight plus one pound.” For example, the 22 lbs weight is intended for individuals weighing around 210 lbs according to them, so there you have it, and I learned something new.