January Fitness Haul

Hopefully you all are sticking to your new years resolutions so far! The end of 2017 was crazy for us with all the traveling so I knew that as soon as January came around I would want to hit the ground running with my fitness regimen.  Of course I want to get in shape for the wedding but I also just want to feel good in my skin and healthy. So I used Digit, and set a goal of saving $500 by the end of the year to buy all my fitness needs!

REMEMBER WHEN SHOPPING: Use Ebates for cash back and coupons! Honey is a great back up when Ebates doesn't work on the site.

So today I'm sharing with you what worked and what didn't so you could check it out! PS I bought some of Tone It Up's new line so you can see the review here! 

Yoga Mat *Returned* - this mat was 3mm and even though it was cute that is way too thin for what I was looking for.  But it's good to know because now I know that Im looking for either a 5mm or 6mm mat.  This is the back up that I purchased! 

Sports Bra  - These are my favorite bras from Target, I love the style of them, they fit really well and keep everything in place.  Im not a big fan of padding in my sports bra (I dont need it) so these are perfect!

Lulu- Lemon Pants - This was one of my big splurges.  I loved the color and I knew these pants would be worth it because tehy would hold up for a long time. Although I thought the 7/8 would fit me nicely with being petite and they are far too long. To be honest the tag ripped off when I was trying them on so Im just going to keep them! 

Nikes *Returned* - I just didnt really like the color when it came in, thats all haha.

Still deciding on these Nikes - http://shopstyle.it/l/t67Y

Tone it Up Review

Guys I tried out some of the products from the Tone it Up line, and Im sad to report, I didn't like the products.  Their line is very inexpensive but it shows and I was suppose bummed out about it. 

Jump Rope *Returned* - This jump was the worst, it broke several times while I was trying to use it.  And I kept screwing the piece back on but I knew it would never fully stay so I returned it.

Dumbbells- I kept the dumbbells but you can see the seam and it seems like they may easily split.  But I liked the color and the texture of it so I thought it would be worth it.

2nd Jump Rope - This is the back up I purchased, not as pretty but it works and I guess thats all that really matters

Shoe wise I got these asics because I get shin splits very easily and I know this brand is great for support.  but I have been so hesitant because I hated the colors usually.  So when I saw these colors I grabbed them as quick as I could! They are so comfy! Originally I was thinking about getting a running shoe and another shoe for more cross training and doing weights so I am still deciding on these Nikes.  What so you think!?

TOPS

I was thinking about going to althetica or Lulu Lemon for some shirts but they just seemed so overpriced and I like some of my items from Old Navy so I just looked there I loved what I saw.  I love the Long sleeves, especially with the open back for some breathing.  These Plain Tanks are super cute and I love the material they are made from.  Also they have the cutest Graphic Tank, for a reasonable price. 

More Returns

I tried out these long sleeves from Target, but they had too much of a boat neck and showed my bra straps and not in a flattering way I thought so I returned them.  I also tried tried out these sports bras but they are more like cloth material and don't give enough support I think. 

PS HAS ANYONE TRIED THE HIDRATE SPARK BOTTLE? Im VERY interested in this bottle and if it actually helps you drink more water or if it is annoying and not worth the money.  Just need a review some one help a girl out ha!

You'll never believe it but I haven't hit my $500 limit yet.  So is there something you'd recommend? I'd love to know!!

Some of the products:

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Exercising at Home: Youtube

Hey guys, so I haven't been doing as great as I would like to on the working out front.  But I have been making time for it and I think that is something that should be rewarded! I love working out in my apartment because then I don't feel judged, and I can take my time.  Be sure to check out my post too about the equipment I use. So usually I follow Youtube videos on my computer and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you and why I love them.

Tone it Up:

I follow their program the most and these girls are awesome.  They really know how to work you out but are positive and keep you motivated.  I would highly recommend them! Especially following their daily/weekly program, here.

Yoga with Adrienne 

I love Adriene, I find her so soothing and she really helps me to move through the poses and feel like I'm apart of something.  She can be a silly and that makes the practice nicer.  Her voice is the perfect yoga teacher voice.  Her videos are AMAZING and you can find anything that you're looking for.

Bad Yogi

This is my back up if for some reason Im not feeling Adriene and again there are a ton of videos whatever you're looking for, she's got it! 

Blogilates

I love Blogilates because so many of them are cardio/super upbeat.  She also has videos that say for your apartment or no jumping which is my problem with some of the Tone it up videos. 

Fitness Blender

Okay Fitness Blender is great because of their timer, and telling you how many calories you burn.  I find their videos very informative and thats something I really like.  They have targeted videos as well as longer ones like these! 

Zumba videos

Zumba is a great workout, I couldn't find an exact youtube channel but I found a good work out.  I wish they were able to put a little bit more pop in but either way its a great workout and you burn so many calories!

Please share with me your favorite videos, I'd love to check them out! Isn't Youtube great?!

Workout gear for a small apartment

So if you have read any of my recent post about goals, you will know that a healthy lifestyle is one of my main focuses this year. Sometimes that can be hard with living in a small apartment and not having some things easily available.  I am lucky to have a small gym in my complex with a few treadmills, weights and a bike but it can be crowded often.  So I put a list together of all the things I use in the apartment that really seem to get the job done! 

work out gear for a small apartment review and advice

Must Haves:                                  *Remember to use Ebates when shopping to get cash back!

  • Yoga Mat - No matter what exercise Im doing its nice to lay on or having that extra cushion.  It also give me a grip and no carpet burn.  It also rolls up nicely to not take up a lot of space.  I've had my eye on this one recently.
  • Your Phone - There are so many apps out now to help you exercise.  I am doing the Tone It Up program and I really enjoy it.  Especially because it has easy access to the daily work out. 
  • Wireless Headphones - These were pretty inexpensive and get the job done.  I love it because I can sync it to my phone play music, lift weights, go for a run outside or do yoga and they rarely ever budge. This also helps to keep the noise down since I am in an apartment. 
  • Bands -  Bands are small and easy to store, I got one that have different resistants so that I could move up and challenge myself.  I love these so far they are strong and haven't broke.  the resistance really elevates my work outs. They can be pricey in store, so of course Amazon is the way to go.
  • Weights - Again I bought these on Amazon, way cheaper.  But I feel like weights are a must to really challenge yourself, and get a variety of work outs in.  I don't think that you need a kettle ball or a weighted ball.  Just free weights should work! I like the vinyl too they are easier on my hands.

Extras:

Fitbit- I just recently got the Fit Charge 2 and I really like it because it tells me heart rate and that is something Im working on lowering.  It is just also a really good motivator.

Comfy Tank tops - I have been loving these by Target, they make me want to work out! 

Swell water bottle - Because it keeps things cold for 24 hours (thats no joke), I find myself drinking a lot more water.  And they come in really pretty colors :)

Exercise ball - This has come in handy a few times but really its so large and takes up a lot of room.  It's nice because some of the exercises I do need them but you can always find alternatives. 

What are some of your must haves?! An update on my goals: Im 3 pounds down on my 10 pound goal, I've been eating better, moving around a lot more ad drinking water.  Just have to keep it up!

 

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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!