Big News!!

Hello all!

I haven’t felt like updating because really there hasn’t been anything exciting to share until as of yesterday.  Let me back track first:

As some of you know, I am studying to be a personal trainer which has not been an easy feat for me let me tell you a 34 year old that is a 2nd time college student, while juggling a full time job overnights I might add. I have experienced so many hiccups, that I have almost wanted to throw in the towel several times. The last few semesters have been straight up rough too especially  with the last summer semester.

Anyways one of the set backs was my completion date originally it was slotted for December 2017, then it was pushed back to next April 2018, well I found out yesterday that I will be indeed done by December 2017 as per my original plans.  My school sadly will be closing it’s doors at the end of 2017. Which means the personal training program will be no longer be around either (the school itself Herzing University will be just non existent in Omaha). My plan was to get my associates degree in Exercise Science but now it has been reduced down to a diploma. Which I am 100% okay with but that means all students who are supposed to finish in December graduate NEXT Friday (September 15th)!! So yes yours truly will walk at graduation!

At first when my graduation date had changed I was told I would not be allowed to walk at all (with the school closing and all) so I filed it in the back of my mind and just continued to move forward. But it did bother me that I wouldn’t get the chance to walk across the stage, wear the ridiculous cap and gown, and get my diploma. Corny I know but even this is my 3rd graduation and my 2nd as a college student to me it’s a big deal!!! Some people don’t think so and not even show up to the ceremony but hello you paid for that!! So to be able to walk next week is a huge deal for me in fact, I wasn’t planning on even going at all but this changes everything!!

Just goes to show you that you must never ever give up!!

Have a great weekend!

~Mags

 

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August Bullet Journal

I can’t believe it’s August already!!  Where did July go?

As you know, I’ve been doing somewhat of a bullet journal which I incorporated with my regular journal. I used to be a big journaling but now with everything online I’ve shied away from it. I still write in it but not as often as I should be.  So what I have been doing is drawing out a calendar/tracker to monitor certain things that I’ve chosen and also my monthly goals. This is way I open my journal more and re-read my goals etc so I don’t forget them.

I do have a regular planner too but I use that for everything else including keeping track of my homework.

I have been bullet journaling since April and I shared June’s but not July’s only because I got busy with vacation, the start of the new semester, etc.  It wasn’t that great of a month anyways so it’s a new month a clean slate and new goals!

Here’s August’s bullet journal (I think my best one yet!)

August

 

I had for July’s jumped ahead a few pages in my journal and drew it out but I didn’t use all those pages for my thoughts (I have almost caught up) so I did August’s page after July’s it took me a while to it get just right. I did black sharpie over my boxes this time so it’s stands out a bit more

For my tracker I did it a bit different: I am going to track my water instead of how often I drink a pop (which I had before) I think I got discouraged with that so I figured to get rid of it altogether and just highlight the good which is drinking more water. I will still track my workouts like before and when I weigh in (Which I have yet to do but plan to after work).

August goals:

One of things I want to do is enter a pin up pageant happening in September! I missed my chance last year so I am going early to register! I want to get out of my comfort zone and meet more people in the pinup community

Loose 5 pounds. Yes I’ve written this before and I have been half assed about it. But I really need to get back on track!

Do well in school. This is my last semester on campus before my internship, and before I go online for Gen Ed’s for the next year. So it is important that I still work hard and be the best me I can be.

More water less pop. July was not a good month for me. I am really going to try this month!

Workout 3x’s a week/walk more. I need to get back into my routine. With me having to take a group exercise class each week has given a bit of a push to go to the gym again I just need to make the commitment again and the Y will be closing coming up for the week (for cleaning) so that means going to the other gym that I go to for school (Prairie Life in Omaha) to attend classes and actually workout there for reals on my own. That’s a big step for me. Also that the weather is starting to cool down a bit (well sort of) I need to start walking again too.

Be more positive. This is hard one for me. I tend to be dwell on certain things but I need to move forward and I’ve done more self talk as well that I can give myself that “push” I need to keep moving forward.

Last but not least I have a pin up shoot at the end of August. This will be my 3rd shoot and I am really excited for it. I haven’t been feeling like myself lately so I think getting glammed up and feeling pretty might help.

And I wrote my goals on a different page instead of my calendar since sharpies bleed through thinner paper. I like this set up I think. Still a work in progress!

Have a great month! I’ll be back soon with some more meal prep ideas!

~Mags

 

Bullet Journal

Hello!

I discovered how to bullet journal from You Tuber named Sarah Hawkinson I thought it was a very novel idea and I thought I should give it a go.

I am no stranger to journaling in fact I have been journaling since I was a teenager but lately it has been less due to a lot of things, which is sad because I lived in my journals. I actually didn’t finish my journal that I started I think in 2015 and carried it over to 2016. But I decided with it being a New Year (6 months in by the way!!) back in January that I would start over with a new journal. Like a fresh start. Although I am trying to better at journaling, I found some great ideas like the bullet journal from Sarah and a recent idea from my friend Crystal over at MyBlissfulSpace

I will show you the set up I do for my own bullet journal and then share my fit goals for the month of June. I have been keeping my bullet Journal since April.

I don’t have a blank journal like Sarah uses. I need lines to keep them straight!!

June

This month my squares are a tad bigger than May’s but is still neater. It has been trial and error. I did not do days of the week I just kept those blank. This is basically a tracker on if I cheat and drink a pop (purple), when I don’t drink a pop (lt. blue), and then when I workout (neon green). Keeping it simple. I added washi tape to fancy it up and to keep my pages separate.

The next page, I added my monthly goals. Last month when I drew my boxes, I had some room for my goals and a small to do list. But it was all tight so I think adding them on the other page was a good idea. I did monthly goals both fit and non fit, also a long term goal to complete in a few months. Then my weigh in will be at the end of the month.

I do have a regular planner that I was doing tracking in but I wasn’t consistent. I noticed I have been more consistent in my journal.  Which I am trying to be more of.

June Fit Goals:

*Loose 5 Pounds

*NO Pop

*Workout 3x’s a week or go for a walk

*Sign up for color run

Long term goal: Lose 20 pounds by September

I need to write more positive stuff in my journal, besides the bad stuff. Then I read my friend Crystal’s blog on My Blissful Space and she had this idea of journaling which was really neat so I decided to try it for today (Wednesday) which was really good for me. It gave me time to focus, so I am hoping to continue that on the days ahead.

Overall, this helps with my self-care a bit, keeps me positive which has been tough! It’s been helpful so far 🙂

I will recap at the end of the month on how things went overall and then I will share July’s bullet journal!

~Mags

 

 

Monthly Update

May is almost over and I know there is 4 days left of the month but I decided to still share an update. The rockiness of life I think is starting to fade so I am slowly trying to get back into a routine of some kind.

I’ve only gotten in four workouts in this month (I plan to walk this morning) but I am hoping to finish the month out with two more workouts/walks.

I’ve had pop 4 times this month which was the same as April which isn’t terrible

I weighed in early because I had read an article about Wednesday is the best day to weigh in so I think I will hold off weighing in until June 1st (a Wednesday) I had lost four pounds at that time and my goal for May was 5 so I will see if I made it.

I started bullet journaling in my regular journal where I draw out a calendar for the month, then I keep track of my workouts, not drinking pop, etc. Then I write out my goals for the month. I’ve been doing it for 2 months now and I will share a post on how I do it.

School is going ok, I am trying to find a place to go for my internship which starts at the end of June. It’s been a process. The place I really wanted to go which would be right in my neighborhood turned me down which bummed me out.

I am planning on doing the Color Run in July which will be my first and only run this year. I am okay with that and my goal for next year will be to do Trek up the Tower and 5K the Hard Way.

Last but not least I signed up to do a Pin Up photo shoot at the end of August which will help motivate me back into working out 🙂

I will be back with my June goals!!

Have a great weekend!

Mags

Trying new things

Hi!

A fellow vintage/fashion lover I follow on Instagram Hayley Angell has done a series on YouTube called Look Fabulous Feel Fabulous  where she has done various different workouts in the UK she’s done everything from Hula Hooping, pole dancing, belly dancing, curling (the last video) and even Roller Fitsco! (Why can’t that be a thing here??). I love her motivation to try new fun fit things it’s motivated me to to STRIVE (my word for 2017 remember?) to try some new workouts!

If I am going to be a personal trainer in 10 months I need to be well rounded in fitness. Unfortunately my down fall lately has been lack of workouts. My stress level and anxiety have hit an all time high and I find myself wanting to retreat to the comforts of my home instead of the gym. I need to break out of my comfort shell (which has been hard AF) so I thought it would take on Hayley’s challenge myself and learn something new! I’ve been scouring the inter-webs and I will be doing Cross Fit!  Which is next Saturday February 18th!

I wanted to do Barre 3 free class but it was already full (I am hoping to attempt this one later!) so I am hoping at least once a month along with my check ins, I will be sharing a post from a new workout class! I am really excited to be expanding my knowledge!

Stay tuned!!

~Mags

Checking In

I will be doing monthly check ins as opposed to weekly since I opted to only weigh in once a month instead of weekly because I don’t want to rely on the scale as much as I have before. But I still I wanted to do a quick check in to let you know how things are going.

This week we had an ice storm for three days (Sun, Mon & Tues). Monday was a holiday for me anyways but the gym was closed and Tuesday there was no school but the gym was open but I fell on the ice and opted to stay home to rest since I was feeling sore. Which meant no gym for three days (since I did have class on Wednesday) and I should have done an at home workout with my new resistance bands but I gave into my old habits.

However, I don’t feel at my best when I don’t get enough sleep especially trying to readjust back into my school schedule. So I tend to listen to my tired body a bit more than I am used and that’s okay. I am trying to find balance for both. I’ve only worked out 1-2 days a week and I need to go for 3. I learned last week that if I write in my schedule I wind up not going as opposed to recording it later if that makes any sense. I feel like if I plan it I set myself up for failure. But if I go when I don’t plan it I am more consistent. Trail and error friends!

Eating has been so/so I had more cheat meals a week ago than I liked. At the most I allow myself two a week but I had four. Although my meal prep for work is getting better. I found some new recipes too that I am eager to try. I am less tempted to stop for drive thru on the way home from school which I am proud of myself for!

Last but not least school. I’ve only had 3 classes so far it’s been an adjustment because I am with massage students again (there are four trainers in the class) so it’s a larger class, plus it really doesn’t apply to me being as a personal trainer. Some of it does and some of it doesn’t which is really hard to focus. I am trying though! I have 6 weeks left.

Have a great weekend!

~Mags

 

 

 

2017!

Happy New Year!!

While I didn’t get to ring the New Year exactly how I wanted, it’s time to start it off right. I am back to meal prep, and I am going back into the gym Monday. I am testing out a workout that I have planned for my brother. Last week, my mom had to be hospitalized for off the chart blood sugar levels and ironically enough my dad got a call from the doctors (while visiting mom) that my brother also had high blood sugar as well so he is being put on meds for it. Now there isn’t much record of diabetes in my family. My dad had a case of it 5 years ago (low blood sugar) and has meds to regulate it. Needless to say I want to take better care of myself along with my family!

I did a weigh in of the New Year but I will only be doing monthly weigh ins as opposed to weekly. I also took progress pictures to keep track. Weight wise I don’t have a specific goal but I ordered a skirt smaller than what my size is currently and my goal is February to fit into that. Which is about month but I am determined to do it!

Plus drinking more water! I have been doing okay with it but I want to step it up! I just ordered a water bottle from Motivational Bottle along with some resistance bands stay tuned for that products review!!

Let’s make 2017 the best year ever!!

What are your goals?

Mags