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The Ups and Downs of My Wireless Headphones

Earlier this year, I wrote a post on whether or not you should run with music. There’s so many different opinions on this topic and depending on the type of workout, I can be in either category.

Ups and Downs of Wireless Headphones

For a good chunk of the year, I’ve been running with the wireless earbuds I was given for Christmas. I was given the Samsung Gear IconX which are cord free and track all sorts of metrics during your workout. Honestly I have a love/hate relationship with these things. Although, lately it’s been hate than love.

Right off the bat, I fell in love with this style of headphone. It was completely cord free and the earbuds fit snugly in your ear. The earbuds operate on touch controls to play your music and start your workout. It connects to your phone via Bluetooth but also has the option to store music on the earbuds themselves. That’s pretty cool right?

Problem #1 – What if you use a streaming service?

I don’t buy and download music on my phone. I haven’t purchased individual songs in YEARS. I’ve always used a streaming service whether that’s been Microsoft’s Groove Music or Spotify. That problem with that is, the battery life on these isn’t so great with streaming. Even if I have playlists downloaded to my phone, it still operates as “streaming” and kill the battery. If you like going on runs longer than 45 minutes, these headphones aren’t for you. By the end of my long runs, I end up playing music straight from my phone. Imagine me running through the neighborhood with music coming from my waist. Awesome, right?

Problem #2 – Touch Controls don’t work with Spotify

I know a lot of people who like to listen to playlists curated by Spotify. Well unless you don’t ever want to skip a song, these headphones don’t like Spotify. I gave these a listen with Spotify and when I tried to use ANY of the music controls, it didn’t work. Not fun.

Problem #3 – The charging case doesn’t hold a charge for long

Maybe it’s just me but when I was given these earbuds, I didn’t think I’d have to charge them multiple times a week. I charge my Fitbit and Garmin once a week. Most smartwatches are pretty similar and hold a charge for a good chunk of time. These earbuds? You can forget about that. I have to charge them every night before I play to go on a run. Say I ran on Tuesday for 30 minutes. You would think I would have enough battery for my run on Wednesday. Especially since the chase doubles as a charger! In this case, I would get 10 minutes into my run and the earbuds shut off. This is extremely frustrating and many other earbud owners have the same issue. There may be a fix but this is my number one frustration.

Overall, I’d have to give these a thumbs down. Unfortunately I REALLY hate corded headphones and I carry my phone in my Flipbelt at my waist so it would be a headache to figure that out. There’s other earbuds out there that are specifically made for runners. However they are a pretty penny so I won’t be running out the door to get those anytime soon. Until then, I’ll be trying to find a work around to get through my runs with these headphones!

Do you have wireless headphones?

Eat Healthy, Eat Enlightened!

I received the following product free of charge in order to facilitate my post. All opinions are my own.

Eat Enlightened

If you don’t know me in person, you may not know that I have a MAJOR sweet tooth. It’s a wonder all my teeth aren’t rotten, haha! However, I do strive to eat well so I’ll limit my consumption of sweets and only have some if I really, REALLY want it. When I found out about Enlightened ice cream bars, I was ecstatic!

In our grocery store, you have to pass the ice cream treats to get to the milk. This is pure TORTURE! I’ll admit, I’ll find myself slowing down to look at them and drool a bit. In this case, Enlightened ice cream bars caught my eye. I had to find out what was so different about them.

Eat Enlightened

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that each bar is under 100 calories. Even though it’s low calorie, it’s still a good sized bar so you have plenty of ice cream to be satisfied. Another great thing I noticed was that each bar had a good amount of protein! As someone who is tracking macros, this is awesome because you can enjoy this treat.

Eat Enlightened

I decided to give these ice cream bars a shot so I picked up a box of the Frozen Hot Cocoa and the Fudge bars. Each box has four ice cream bars and like I mentioned before, they are a pretty good size. I tried out the Frozen Hot Cocoa one first and I loved that it had little marshmallow bits mixed in. Each bar was rich and creamy without being too sweet. Enlightened sweetens their bars with monk fruit so it’s not loaded with sugar.

The fudge bar is a great alternative to your traditional fudge bars. I will definitely pick up more boxes of these. It didn’t leave me with a weird aftertaste that the traditional fudge bars do. I enjoyed a bar after dinner and even my hubby said they looked delicious.

Eat Enlightened

Overall, I have to say I’m a HUGE fan of Enlightened Ice Cream Bars. There’s so many different flavors to try and they have ice cream pints and snacks too! If you’re looking for a healthier option of your favorites, give them a try!

Check out their website and see which store carries them near you!

Eating Pure with Purely Elizabeth Granola!

In keeping with the healthy eating theme lately, I’ve decided to share one of my new favorites! I tend to eat the same thing for lunch every day but after a while that gets boring. I like to look at other blogs and shop the aisles for inspiration. That’s where I came across Purely Elizabeth granola!

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Juice From The Raw Cleanse Review!

Have you ever done a juice cleanse? I’ve always wondered what they were about and if someone could truly live on just juice alone. I mean, in a way it’s a form of an elimination diet and it’s honestly just a bunch of fruit and veggies right? Either way, I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it! It was also helpful that there was a Groupon for this particular cleanse too.

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My 21 Day Fix Review!

As we begin a new year, I’m sure many people are still feeling out their New Year’s Resolutions. After all, this is when the gym is usually packed and memberships are on sale. What if you don’t want to deal with packed gyms and are totally new to all the equipment. What if you just don’t have time for it and would like to do something in the convenience of your own living room? The 21 Day Fix is absolutely convenient and super simple! I just finished my first round of it and I LOVED it!

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