New Year New You List

Happy New Years to you!! I hope you had a great time, I unfortunately got food poisoning but I am doing much better! Did you check out the new store?! 

So of course now is the time to make some new years goals, and resolutions, hopefully change some of out bad habits and replace them with healthy ones! I will be sharing my resolutions later on this week, but I wanted to make a list of things that I think will help you out this year! So you can hit the ground running (for some literally).

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1 - A water bottle. These swell water bottles are everywhere any they are so cute.  It is so important to drink a lot of water for your appetite, flushing toxins, skin, etc.

2. - A fitness journal. I think it is very valuable to hold yourself accountable and write down all the things you eat, and your exercising habits.  Its very helpful! Apps like MyFitnessPal tell you about how your food breaks down with fats, protein and carbs and what your goals should be! Here is another one I really like.

3. - Wireless headphones.  I find these super helpful to work out, I was constantly trying to put my headphone back in while running or pulling them out while lifting.  I also like wireless headphones for cleaning and during chores.  I listen to music, podcast or audiobooks.  

4. - Mason Jars.  There are some many healthy recipes for mason jars, wether its salad, snacks or yummy water.  I think its a cute way to be healthy and that motivates me.

New Year New You List Roundup of things you need for the new year

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5. A Yoga Mat. I love my yoga mat for any time I work out even when its not yoga.  I stretch on it all the time and its just a soft space to do work outs.  So don't think you HAVE to do yoga to own a yoga mat.

6. Crystals. If crystals are your thing I found a really awesome bundle on Amazon.  I like the idea of energy and having something tangible to hold. 

I also really liked  this cookbook  as well! 

I also really liked this cookbook as well! 

 

7. Vitamins. Lastly but very importantly vitamins.  I know vitamins can just really help you over all in any problems you're having wether its something internal, skin or stress these guys can help.  I don't take my regularly enough but I hope to! 

I hope this new year brings you happiness and peace! I look forward to continuing this journey with you!

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My February Goals

Hi Guys! I apologize for being MIA the past week, but I am ready to bring you lots of new things this month! I hope you enjoyed the most recent releases of wallpapers! I have already been sketching ideas for next month and I'm already excited!

So I was thinking about my New Years goals for the year, and when I think about lofty goals I automatically get really overwhelmed.  Sometimes I give up before I even start because I make these huge goals that sorta set myself up for failure.  I have learned that for me if I make smaller, achievable but challenging goals I am much more likely to succeed.  Little milestones if you will. So each month I was going to write down my goals, to hold myself accountable to continually work towards the bigger end goal. I also know that it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I figure if I set a few smaller goals each month they will become habits that will continue on to the next month.  I hope that viewing goals this way will help you take small steps that turn into larger steps to accomplish what you want!

  1. Drink More Water - I have read and heard all the wonderful things water can do for your health, weight and skin.  This is a really simple task that I can do to help my overall health and feel better flushing toxins out.
  2. Blog 2-3x a week - I have been slacking recently even though every day Im scribbling ideas down.  I just need to sit down and write even when I feel like I can't, at least Im starting and trying. 
  3. Replace my snack food with healthy snacks - My down fall with eating healthy is definitely my snacking. So instead of cutting down on my snacking completely (which is like cold turkey for me)  I want to replace the bad junk food I eat with fruits and veggies.  I think its a small change that can make a big impact.
  4. Take a few hours for myself every week -  Im really bad at saying no when someone needs something, and its for sure wearing on me.  So I know that for my mental and physical health I have put myself first a little more so I can give my full attention to loved ones.  And honestly be a less grumpy person.

I wanted to start with 4 goals that seemed attainable and not feel too overwhelmed.  I am proud of these goals, and getting excited to see how attacking my goals this month will affect my over all results.  What are your goals?  How do you set them?

Advice for getting back into fitness

So the holidays have come and gone, our fitness goals have been made although there has been little to no progress on actually getting started.  I wish that I were able to give you an update on how I'm eating healthy and feeling better than ever but unfortunately I can't.  So I reached out to two friends who have two very different focuses in the fitness world and I asked them for some insight.  Hopefully this can help you feel encouraged and ready to start your own fitness journey for 2016!

The two lovely ladies are Caroline, who is working towards her second bodybuilder figure show and Jessie, a seasoned fitness class instructor. You can find Caroline's blog here, and Jessie's website here! I asked them both the same questions and here is what they said!

1.  What is your biggest piece of advice for someone taking the first steps towards a healthy lifestyle?

Caroline pointed out that this is a lifestyle, you can do small things but overall its a lifestyle change and thats how you have to approach it to have long-term results.

Jessie said her biggest thing is to figure out WHY you're changing your lifestyle.  And your WHY shouldn't be to lose 5 pounds it should be to have more energy for example.  These types of goals make it harder to give up when you keep the WHY in mind.

2. For me sometimes its easy to start but really hard for me to keep going, how do you stay motivated, especially when you don't feel like you're seeing results?

Caroline knows the power of social media and uses it to post photos and compare herself to see physical results, and she follows other health enthusiasts to stay motivated. She also says, "I am not always motivated. Trust me. That is human nature. But, even with one bad day, you can advance tomorrow to a new, great day!"

Jessie says this goes back to remembering the WHY, and remembering that this will not happen overnight.  But it is important to record the small wins where you're able to push yourself just a little bit more. Jessie points out, "These small wins can keep you motivated even when you don’t feel like you see major results right away!"

3. If someone was overwhelmed by the idea of working out and eating healthy, is there one piece of advice that you would tell them to prioritize first? 

Caroline's view is that working out and eating healthy both go hand in hand. She points out that eating healthy and working out is like a printer and ink, both useful when together but not so much when apart. She struggled more with understanding nutrition but eating right makes you feel good and leads to better sweat sessions.

Jessie talked about how results are really 80% nutrition based and how she felt pretty immediate results with eating better. She pointed out though which ever you are more motivated to start with is where you should start since the two compliment each other.   

(both of these girls said they love the way working out makes them feel, hopefully the rest of us will get there one day!)

4.  How long did it take for you to feel and then see results?

Caroline said it took her about 10 weeks to see changes in her overall health and physique, she has a show coming up and that is what keeps her motivated to keep going.

Jessie pointed out how everyone is different but it usually takes 3 weeks or more to see a difference for people she knows. But with cleaning up her diet she felt it immediately.

5. How often and for how long would you recommend working out for when starting (for example, should they be 30 minutes long, and 4 times a week?)?

Caroline said, "I spend about one hour in the gym, five to six days a week. I make sure my sessions are intense. Starting out, I usually recommend 30-45 minutes, 4-6 days a week to begin the habit and work up from there." Thats some serious fat crying (aka sweating).

Jessie recommended at least 30 minutes per day, and 5 days is ideal but if 3 or 4 is all you can get to then thats better than nothing!

6. Any other advice you would give?

Caroline said that her advice would be to set a goal, do your research, gather information from different resources and follow through on your goal. 

Jessie's advice was to take the pressure off yourself. and I love that she says, "We are all worth so much more than the number on the scale or the size of our jeans. No one needs a “perfect” body to have an amazing life." She continues to say focusing on a better version of yourself will keep you energized. 

I hope that something in this article helped inspire you in some way! And be sure to check out these amazing ladies sites for more of their thoughts and advice! 

Comment below if you have any tips for beginners! 

Fitness Goals & Getting back on Track

HAY 2016, nice to meet ya.  It's 4 days into the new year and I feel like I still have a food baby from Christmas and New Years.  Not really but sorta.  My family goes all out for Christmas even more so than Thanksgiving, we have a plethora or seafood one night, prime rib and we are still finding Christmas cookies. (mmm cookies) 

Anyways, I have a few things in mind for how I will get back on track and I wanted to share it with all of you! For me I am a planner, so starting with a plan has always really helped me.  One of the resources I have really enjoyed recently is the group Tone It Up.  They currently have a winter challenge that started on January 4th (not too late to start with me) and they give weekly schedules and recipes for FREE.  They do this each week wether or not there is a challenge going on. Also just a warning I remember when I first went to their site I was like these schedules are ridiculous they are way too hard. But each day I try to do them to the best of my ability and each time it gets a little easier. Tone It Up also has an app (which cost a few dollars I believe) but they have an amazing community that interacts with you and supports you.

I have done one of their challenges before and something that really helped me was journaling. I haven't journaled my food yet which I know I should but I journey more the fitness side of things with my time of the work out and how I felt.  It was amazing to see in one week how my times had gotten faster and my journaling became more and more positive. 

There are of course many places to find plans online like Pinterest or Bodybuilder.com but Tone It Up has worked for me with their consistent posting of plans and their bodies are my dream (insert heart eye emojis).

Meal planning! Yum food. Again Im a planner. But I have found that cooking healthy meals on the weekend is something that really helps me.  It helps time wise during the week so Im less likely to make bad choices, its cheaper and I also am sort of forced to eat the food so it doesn't go bad.  Another helpful tip is make a variety of food, one week I made meals with chicken the main focus and lets just say I wont do that again. 

Also another thing I have found helpful is to view each meal/day as a choice, to make a healthy one.  If you eat something crappy at breakfast it doesn't mean that lunch and dinner have to be bad as well. View each meal as a single decision.  That said though having desserts all day but salads for lunch and dinner don't counteract each other.

I am going to try to really intake my water consumption this month since I have read articles about how it does nothing but good things like rid toxins, clear your skin and keep you full.

What are some of your tips to get and stay on track?

Staying on track during the Holidays

So last month I wrote about the start of my fitness journey.  And I have to be honest with moving soon, family visiting and holiday parties it isn't going any where near where I would like it to be.  I am sure that I along with many other people will have a New Years resolution but for now I have come up with a few tips and tricks that help you enjoy the holidays but not going overboard.

1. Drink Water - Drinking water is always important for flushing toxins, keeping your skin clear and over all health, but I have found that around the holidays I am usually eating unhealthy and water just helps me feel less bloated and sluggish. Also there can be a lot of calories in drinks so whenever you can substitute it with a water you're better off!

2. Limit the Holiday cookies - This one is super tough for me.  My family has an amazing buckeye recipe, and a chocolate ball with chocolate chips and powered sugar cookie.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  I find myself often snacking on cookies through out the week, but recently I stopped snacking and limited the cookies to just after a meal (one or two) and it really cut my intake back.  Not to mention it was just better for me and I was usually full from my meal and ate less. 

3. Be Smart when Eating Out - Whenever I go out to eat I usually pick a meal that is something I wouldn't regularly make myself, wether its a salad or something with a lot of veggies.  Since the main reason I don't make those meals sometimes is preparation. I always try to get them at restaurants and find the healthier options. 

4. Pick wine or a low calorie drink - Like I said above, drinks can really pack an unexpected amount of calories.  Its fun to try new cocktails but limit it to just a few and if you're going to have more than a few either take a break with water or have just a vodka and tonic.  Cocktails with sugary mixers add a lot.  This is just an easy area where some easy calories can be cut.

5. Try to cook ahead - When traveling or visiting family it is really easy to go out for connivence but its hard to control portions and ingredients.  Packing food ahead of time or prepping food so you don't have to go out can really help you control the situation. Another trick I've learned is never go to a party hungry, always eat before hand so you aren't aimlessly inhaling appetizers.

6. Wake up 30 minutes early or go on walks - It is always nice to catch up with family while going for a walk, it gets you out of the house and it still helps you get some exercise in.  This way you're not missing family time but you're still getting your work out in. If weather doesn't allow you to do that then wake up 30 minutes early to squeeze in a quick work out.  It will start off your day right and not interfere with all your plans.

I hope these tips help you and make sure you don't stress too much! Its only a few days and you'll back on track in no time.  Happy Holidays!!