Bullet Journaling – How I’m Motivating Myself in 2017

Bullet Journaling

I’m a planner junkie. I freely admit it. I love to plan. There’s just something relaxing/zen about writing down everything I need to do and getting the random ideas that just pop into my brain down on paper. I don’t use a digital planner. I’ve tried on numerous occasions and I just can’t stick with it. Probably because I thoroughly enjoy the tactile sensation of writing.

I used to use a three ring binder style notebook with lots of different printable planner pages. I absolutely LOVE that notebook and still have it all put together in case I need to go back to it. But that notebook had several problems.

About four months ago, I stumbled upon a new style of planning while browsing Pinterest. It’s called the bullet journal. (more…)

Microsoft Band 2 Review

Microsoft Band 2 Review

One of my goals for 2016 was to purchase either a Microsoft Band 2 or the Fitbit Charge HR. I went with the Microsoft Band, and I was really excited because I have a Windows Phone, which means I could use the full functionality of the band including Cortana. But I ended up sending it back within two days.

The Microsoft Band 2 was a huge disappointment for me, for a few different reasons.

  1. Not easy to set up out of the box.
  2. It didn’t count my steps worth crap.
  3. It only tracks your heart rate every 10 minutes, not continuously (unless it’s in exercise mode).
  4. The information the app provides is pretty useless and not very in depth.
  5. For $250, there are a lot of “features” that are useless.
  6. It’s extremely uncomfortable, especially if you’re on a computer all day like I am.
  7. It has a lot of frivolous sensory information that you can’t even access.

Let’s look at each of these individually because I’ve got a few things to say… (more…)

Fitness Goals for 2016!

Fitnes Goals 2016

It’s that time of year again! Time to re-evaluate your life’s direction and set new goals and dream new dreams. I love this time of year. Who doesn’t love a fresh start?

This year, I’m being much more specific with my goals. I’m setting specific and detailed goals and including steps to reach those goals. So without further ado, here are my goals for 2016!

Fitness Goals

Work on getting more workouts in per week (be more consistent).

Instead of three to four times a week, try for five or six times. I also need to get back on schedule. so the plan is:

  • Go to bed at 9pm, which means starting my bedtime routine at 8pm so that I’m in bed with my eyes closed by 9pm.
  • Get up everyday at 04:45 am so that I have plenty of time for long workouts. If I’m doing a shorter workout that day (because of fatigue from a previous workout or bad night’s sleep) I’ll use the extra time to read.
  • No rest days on days I go into work. This will give me at least four workouts a week and then I can rest on Friday, workout on Saturday and rest on Sunday.

Although I do admit that I did better in December than I have all year. I actually burned over 7,000 calories. (more…)

How to Lose Weight During the Holidays

Holidays

 

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight during the holiday season, you know how hard it is to avoid overeating and splurging at the dessert table. I, personally, load up on carbs. I LOVE mashed potatoes, stuffing and red velvet cake, which is really bad for someone who is pre-diabetic!

So, is it even possible to lose weight during the holidays?

Yes, and here are a few tips to help you to lose weight this upcoming holiday season… or at least help you avoid gaining weight!

1. Don’t Combine Alcohol and Dessert

As much as you want to, don’t drink your alcohol with your pumpkin pie. Try to have one or the other, but if you feel you have to have both, space out alcohol and cake by a couple of hours. Eating both together will cause your body to go straight into fat storing mode.

2. Eat Slowly

Savor each bite. Really enjoy your meal. Studies have shown that people who are mindful while they are eating, not only eat less, but are also more satiated after a meal.

3. Start Your Day with Caffeine

AM Caffeine

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5 Reasons You Need to Start Exercising Today

Everyone knows that exercise does a body good, and that regular exercise should be a part of your daily routine. But for many people, it’s difficult to get started, let alone stay motivated.

If you are one of these people, you may be putting off starting an exercise program. Maybe because you want to start it on a Monday or maybe you want to exercise when the kids are in bed or before you go to work. No matter what reason you give yourself for not getting started, it’s just an excuse.

In the back of your mind you know this. We all make excuses, myself included.

Sometimes willpower alone isn’t enough to get you off the couch. You need a bit of motivation to kick you in the ass and get you moving. Well, I’ve got some motivation for you.

Here are 5 reasons you need to start exercising TODAY! (more…)

Let’s Do a 30 Day Ab Challenge!

30 Day Ab Challenge

I hate ab workouts!!

I really do.

I’ll do cardio all day long, hand me some weights we’ll do some fusion weight training, I’ll even happily work those trapezius muscles that give me migraines.

But don’t make me do ab exercises… please….

I have no idea why I have such an aversion to planks and crunches considering I so desperately want that beautiful flat stomach. But damn it, I avoid them like the plague. (more…)

Why Most People Don’t Reach Their Fitness Goals

Why most people don't reach their fitness goals

The past few weeks, I haven’t been able to get up and workout more than once during the week, twice if I was lucky.  Unfortunately, I’m not really sure why. My stress levels are much lower than they were back in August, although finances are tight. So I can’t blame stress.

But I also haven’t been able to stick to my diet. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen exactly what I mean. I’ve been eating Oreo cookies (which are full of high fructose corn syrup), 3 Musketeers bars and potato chips, despite me packing my lunches with snacks. Plus, there were those donuts that a coworker brought in…

The Donuts

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My 2015 Fitness Plan – Getting Back on Track

During the last part of 2014, I got a wee bit off track. I wasn’t sticking to my diet like I should’ve; I was eating all kinds of junk like birthday cake and tons of other sweets. I even stopped logging my food in My Fitness Pal.

But I didn’t stop wearing my Fitbit!

Fitbit

I’ve lost a total of 51lbs, and I really don’t want to put all that weight back on, so I’ve decided I need to get back on track.

One of my goals this year is to lose the last 30lbs for a total weight loss of 81lbs. To do that, I need to stop screwing around.

So this is what I’m planning to do to reach my goal weight. (more…)

Getting Ready for 2015

I can’t believe it’s almost 2015. Wow, how time flies!

Since the New Year is just a few days away, it’s time to make New Years resolutions. WOOHOO!!

I actually love New Years resolutions. I always think of it as a clean slate, a chance to make a fresh start. The problem is, I always have a laundry list of resolutions.

This year will be no different. I still have a laundry list of resolutions, but this time, I’m going to take it one resolution at at time.

So let me share my resolutions with you (some of which are not weight loss related, but I thought I’d share them anyway for accountability), and then I’ll tell you want I’m going to do to make sure I don’t fail this time. (more…)

The Benefit of Fitness Trackers

The Benefit of Fitness TrackersI’m a huge fan of anything that motivates someone (especially me) to be more active and get fit. Fitness trackers like the Fitbit Charge HR, or Jawbone Up are excellent at motivating the wearer to get up off the couch and get moving.

I started with a Fitbit Force, which is no longer made by Fitbit. In fact, they recalled it in February of 2014. I have yet to send mine back. (more…)