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

 

 

Rewiring yourself

In school, we watch A LOT of motivational videos. I kid you not. They are to kind help shape us into the personal trainer we desire to be and also might be the kick in the pants we need.

I admitted in my last post, that I have been struggling with everything including my gym routine which has taken a major back seat. Endless excuses and lack of motivation (funny we’ve talking about that this week in class!) has left me feeling down and out.

It happens. More often than you think.

While I don’t have all the answers of how or why but I do know you can get back on track. I’ve said it posts before on what to do if you feel that way. But sometimes you need more than just an inspirational post to get you back in the game.

Watch this video it’s a bit long but worth it! I really liked what Jenny had to say and because she’s a girl after my own heart! Because she is loud like me 😉 but her message is important I really liked the the I AM statements.

I decided to start out small with mine I did two which are:

I AM okay

I AM going to workout

As time goes on, I will add more as I see fit 🙂

Small steps leading to bigger ones!

Have a great day!

~Mags

 

 

Trek up the Tower

Hello! I am back to recap Trek up the tower! This is my first official run of 2016.

Having not done any real prep prior to this (I did a bit lifting mid December) I have been more focused on Jazzercise challenge as of late (25 classes in 30 days).  I was a bit worried that it may effect my performance but I tried not to let it get to me. I had been feeling off all week as well so I only made it to Jazzercise 3 times this week. (More on that later).

Anyways First National Bank Tower is the tallest building in the Omaha area. With 4o floors=870 steps. I had read some info about it and studied a You Tube video to give me an idea of what I was in for.

I had a good high carb breakfast:

food
Ego chocolate waffle sans syrup, banana and of course bacon with milk 390 calories altogether.

 

My intention was to just do my best and not worry weather or not I got a good time or not.  When I started, I was got pretty winded early around the tenth floor. I took breathers in between some of the floors I was grateful for the water stops and chairs along the way. Since the event was indoors it was very dry in the building. I felt the effects on the way home and stopped for more water. I listened to my body and I took enough time to recover when the breaks provided. Before I knew it I made it:

medal

Here is a break down of my results:

Time: 24:20

Overall place 1650 out of 1730

Place in Gender: 1650 of 1730

Place in Age Division: 142 of 151

I think my best time is around 22 minutes. But given that this was my first time doing the event, I am happy with that. Given the fact that I used to get winded climbing three flights of stairs to my apartment! I say that’s amazing progress! I am not 100% sure I will do this again next year, since it was pretty tough. I will see when that times comes.

Onto the next!!

 

Reaching your goals-a break down

Today I thought I’d share a break down on how I am reaching one of my goals for 2016  which is 200 Jazzercise classes:

Go to Jazzercise!

Duh that’s a no brainier of course! I want to go at least 3 times a week. If I go more great, double classes even better. I’m still easing back into a routine with Jazz because I didn’t go much last week, plus I also want to alternate 1-2 days a week for the Y to focus more on my lifting since Tuesday I will be a month out from Trek up the Tower. And I need to start focusing on training.

Keep track!

Again it’s an obvious that I need to stay on top of keeping track of when I go. Yes they do keep track at Jazzercise of course but for my benefit I want to know how many more classes to go until I reach my goal so I can focus on going when I don’t feel like it (a HUGE problem last year) so yes it’s motivation. I keep track two ways one is in my day runner (I’m old school) with a star for each time I go to class.  The other way is a marker board on my fridge. I decided for each month I would to a tally mark for each day I attend class then have a total for the month:

board

Soon it will be fuller 🙂

The cool part is some of my classmates have mentioned keeping track themselves too so it’s nice to know I’ve rubbed off 🙂

I will be doing a weekly check in later this week!

~Mags

 

 

2016 Goals and word of the year

Happy New Year!

Well here we are 2016. I am really hoping this year will be great! I have set a lot of fit/healthy goals along with personal ones. But I am sharing the fit ones on here.  I also have a word for 2016 too:

 

word

My word is Achieve. I have a friend who is a keep collective  rep and she made this mock up pretty cool huh?

Why I chose Achieve. Simple. If I can believe it, I can achieve it!

Now onto those goals:

  1. 200 Jazzercise classes. This might be a bit tough once I’m back in school but there’s another goal that will help me reach this! (see #10) One down 199 to go!
  2. Trek up Tower 2/20/16 Training starts now!
  3. Loose additional weight (plus extra) to reach 60 pound loss. I have been struggling to loose the additional weight plus anything I’ve gained since then I have to do the numbers but I’m hoping I can do it!
  4. Take a new fit class (kick boxing or spin) I haven’t done any new classes in awhile as much as I love Jazzercise I need to expand my horizons a bit and try some new stuff!
  5. Continue to work upper strength = going up a weight in Jazzercise. Last year my goal was to do a pull up. Well I sort of did some with the help of the machine but not free style. I want to continue with that and in Jazzercise we use free weights I went a size last year (6 pounds) my goal is 7 or maybe 8?
  6. Learn how to bench press. I think this will help with upper body strength
  7. Do at least two other 5K’s. I’d like to do the insane inflate 5K again even though it was hot it was a lot of fun. Possibly another color one as well.
  8. No pop. This one is tough! I think in 2013 I went two solid months without it? If anything I am about a once a week pop person but I want to scale it back and cut it out completely. I stop buying it at home for a while so that helps.
  9. Learn to do a side plank no knees. These are super hard! We do them often in Jazzercise and I have to use one knee to help me stay up. I want to be able to do them without knees!
  10.  Try to go to two Jazzercise classes or the gym in one day. It can be done! I’ve done doubles recently and it’s not so bad as I thought. Since I will be doing the Trek, I need to do some serious leg training and plus stair climbing, I need to go to the regular gym at least once a week along with Jazzercise for good balance.

Here’s my vision board all neon and ready to go!

goals

Weekly Check In

I decided that I would attempt a weekly check in. I probably should have started this on my weigh in days. For awhile I was weighing in on Fridays. In previous events (3 years ago) it’s been Mondays. I go back and fourth. So for now whenever I weigh in I will update.

My starting weight was 179.

Current weight is 176. I am down three pounds (as of Monday 11/30/15).

I started keeping track back in October and I’ve only been recording my losses. If I’ve gained or stayed the same I wouldn’t document. I know I have a weird process but as I’ve done this game before I thought I’d try something different.

It’s only Wednesday and I already cheated yesterday. I’m trying not to beat myself up over too much over it.

I finally meal prepped Monday morning after an almost two-week hiatus. And so far I have stayed on task with that. More on that soon! I promise!

With the holiday, I was proud of staying on task in my eating. I did leftovers for lunch Friday and Saturday for lunches but did alternatives for work meals, and before work supper. But as luck would have it I had only enough leftovers for 2 days. I didn’t workout Thursday as planned because the weather was iffy. However on Black Friday I got up really early, and made it to the Y then after (with an hour rest in between) I went to Jazzercise at 8:30am. I also made it to class Saturday.

I am at 138 Jazzercise classes and this morning will be my 139th. Friday, I will I have 140 so that means only 10 to go till I reach 150! I am hoping to do a double class Saturday since it’s my weekend off. I wanted to do a double Monday, but since I had to meal prep and again the weather was iffy. Darn Nebraska weather!

I also plan to try a pre-workout supplement and I have created an workout that I can do at the Y to help me prepare for The Trek Up the Tower so I will also be sharing that once I do it again!

See you next week!

~Mags