My husband's gift to me was a Fitbit for Christmas.

Getting A FitBit For Christmas Changed My Life

A few years ago, my husband bought me a Fitbit for Christmas. At first, I was a little irritated because I hadn’t asked for a Fitbit. I assumed that my husband was making some kind of snide commentary on my recent weight gain. I wasn’t too happy about gaining weight, either, but it wasn’t too much of a priority for me. That’s because I was busy teaching my classes and doing a cell phone lookup to contact my students outside of class. My husband’s gift was in a small box, so I was half-expecting some nice jewelry, but instead I got a Fitbit for Christmas.

Why I Changed My Mind

Once I started reading about all the different metrics that a Fitbit tracks, I was kind of excited to try it. I put it on and started tracking. At first, I was stunned to discover that I wasn’t nearly as active as I thought I was. I thought that running around doing errands, teaching my yoga classes, getting a hold of my students with a cell phone lookup service, and doing other chores meant I racked up some pretty good mileage each day. But actually, I was about half as active as I thought.

I took every opportunity to increase my steps.
My Fitbit encouraged me to do more walking whenever I could.

So I started setting goals to increase my steps each day. My Fitbit gave me instant feedback, so I was motivated to be more active. Instead of lying down on the couch for an hour when I got home, I started walking around the house. I walked in place while I was cooking dinner to get my steps up, too. Eventually, I went for walks around the neighborhood after my husband got home.

My Progress

By the end of the first month after getting a Fitbit for Christmas, I had increased my daily activity by almost half. Seeing how much better I looked and knowing how much better I felt because I was more active, I tried to double that for the next month.

Another thing I discovered was that nearly everyone I knew also had a Fitbit. After finding out each others’ numbers with a cell phone lookup service, we started a challenge to do more steps. I began setting an alarm to remind me to walk if I sat for more than half an hour. I decided I wanted to try a 5K, so I put that goal into my Fibit. Within six months, I had doubled my exercise activity each day and walked 5K’s regularly. I lost that extra weight and started gaining more muscle.

Even though I was disappointed at first that my husband gave me a Fitbit for Christmas, it changed my life in so many ways. Now I’m the same weight I was when my husband and I got married ten years ago. Plus, my whole family now likes to go for walks and participate in charity 5Ks with me. Not only do I love the way I look, but I love that I feel fit and healthy.

David Crowder Band's released many amazing albums.

The Best David Crowder Band Albums

David Crowder Band, a 6-piece Christian Rock band from Waco, Texas, has been one the biggest influences on contemporary Christian music. With 9 studio records and dozens of world tours, it was truly one of the best Christian acts the world will ever see. Here’s a brief overview of the best David Crowder Band albums.

All I Can Say

This album is often assumed to be their first record, but it’s actually their second. It was much more successful than their first release, “Pour Over Me.” Hitting the scene in 1998, this album completely changed Christian music. It sounds very different from most of their later albums, but it still has the band’s DNA. With songs full of joy, honest words, and great imagery, it’s a stunning followup to their first album. It’s also arguably their most laid back, stripped down, and acoustic work. The best songs include “I Will Not Be Silent,” “All I Can Say,” and “I Lift My Eyes.”

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Contemporary Christian music was influenced by David Crowder Band.
David Crowder Band had a huge impact on Christian music.

This is David Crowder Band’s 4th studio album and it’s absolutely stunning, from beginning to end. Exploring themes of life after death, life before death, and Jesus being who he said he was, it’s up there with the group’s best work. It has simple songs with deep meanings, like “Come and Listen” and “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die.” Plus, “The Lark Ascending” interviews Crowder on an old orchestral piece of the same title that’s written by Ralph Vaughn Williams OM. The album also has some classic David Crowder Band upbeat jams such as “Here is Our King,” “I Saw the Light,” and “You are My Joy.”

Give Us Rest

For their 6th and final studio album, David Crowder Band pulled all the stops. With 2 discs and 14 tracks, it’s a polished record from beginning to end. It also gives fans of all generations exactly what they want. “Give Us Rest” includes upbeat dance tracks, worship songs, and even some hoedown numbers. It’s a big and flashy album that’s still authentic, through and through. Some would argue the best part of the album is the last three songs, which are live recordings of old, classic gospel hymns.

 

Undoubtedly, David Crowder Band will go down in history as one of the biggest and best acts in Christian music. They definitely deserve that title. If you’re interested in listening to them, check out these three albums! You can find them all on Spotify.

Smart home decorations can be controlled with an app, like an Android spy app.

New High Tech Holiday Decorations To Make Getting Festive Easier

Do you love holiday decorations but hate the thought of spending hours detangling lights? If so, today’s technology-based Christmas decorations have you covered. Just like how fitness and Android spy apps can make your life easier, so do these smart decorations. You’ll be able to easily decorate your home inside and out for the holiday season, without having to spend a lot of money or waste time.

Smart Decorations

One of the best ways to get festive fast is to set up smart home decorations. Smart plug-enabled Christmas trees, lighted wreaths and other decorations can be turned on by voice command. Or, you can set them on a smart timer so that you don’t have to turn them on and off yourself. With a gadget like the Amazon Echo, you can even add holiday music to your decorations. It’ll play your favorite holiday music on demand or according to a set schedule. Don’t forget a smart projector so you can project pictures on your home or property.

Wireless Christmas Tree

Save yourself time by buying a wireless Christmas tree.
Say goodbye to detangling these for hours.

Gone are the days of having to unravel strings of lights, figure out how to plug in 20 different strands, or crawl under the Christmas tree every time you want to turn them on. Instead, get a wireless Christmas tree with LED lights that can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. You can use an app to turn on the tree, change the pattern and color of the lights, and modify the tree’s appearance with the flick of your finger. In addition, when you’re not home, you can use an Android spy program to see if your family members have activated any of these features. Wireless Christmas trees are also very easy to put up and take down. They’re perfect for anyone who loves the look of holiday decorations without the time commitment.

App Controlled Light Shows

Do you really want to wow your neighbors with your holiday decorations this year? How about creating a stunning light show that will get you noticed on social media and YouTube? All you need to do is set up an app controlled light show. These professional quality light shows, just like Android spy apps, are now available to everyday folks thanks to smartphones and tablets. Instead of programming a complex sequence into your home computer to run your light show, you can just pull up an app to change the music, timing, color of the lights and more. It’s possible to make all kinds of unique, festive light shows with the right electronics. Just make sure that you turn off the lights before it gets too late so you don’t annoy your neighbors.

Brite Star Magic Touch Christmas Lights

These are nifty outdoor LED lights that you can control with an app. After you set them up, it’s easy to change the color, speed, light pattern, and more from the comfort of your couch, just by using the app. You’ll be amazed at how much fun these lights are.