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

 

 

An update!

Hello! Sorry I haven’t written in awhile but there hasn’t been a lot to say. I have had a really tough time with things. I just finished a really rough semester (seems to be the trend!) of school. It gave me a lot of emotions to deal with especially with being so foreign with the gym.

I was told numerous times that I don’t feel comfortable being in a gym setting which I felt was a personal insult to me! I have been a member of the YMCA since 2008 and even though I haven’t gone as much as I’ve liked lately, I agree and disagree with that. The gym my school uses is Prairie Life Fitness in Omaha which is just a few blocks from Campus. But for me it’s a good 45 minutes away, why would I drive 45 minutes to go workout when I have a gym not even 2 minutes away from me? Heck there’s even one across the street! I can understand being uncomfortable with PLF because I don’t go there enough to feel comfortable there I’ve only gone with class when it’s required. The Y I feel comfortable enough there because I do know most of the equipment and I’ve been a member for so long. The other uncomfortable part for me is knowing workouts. I spent last semester programing workouts for “clients” (the new students) and I had to DIG deep to find workouts that can be done in many, many different ways. But a lot of workouts I don’t know well enough because I don’t do them or know how to do them properly. That’s a stumbling block for me. I know it. I need to overcome it!

But I have been so tired, stressed, sick, and a little depressed that my workouts have taken a complete back seat. I haven’t Jazzercised in 2 months! I am on the fence about ending my membership for the time being and just solely focusing on the Y again and reacquainted with workouts and variations of them.  It’s tough because I ❤ Jazzercise so much it was there when I needed a change and I enjoyed my time there. In order to be a good trainer I need to have that knowledge of the gym which I admit I do lack a little. I have been an observer in the gym for quite sometime and I’ve learned by watching others. So I have to be well rounded when it comes to workouts and how to manipulate them.

My newest class is conditioning which is what athletes do.  Unfortunately I have zero experience in that field because I never was one so it might be a weak point to me. I am going to try my darnedest to succeed at this even if it is foreign to me.

In other news, my weight hasn’t changed for 3 months, my HS reunion came and went, I felt really good about myself then. Which again for me is something hard to come by. I still struggle a lot with confidence especially in the gym too. Menu planning didn’t go well past the third week. I learned it’s not for me and that’s okay. I gave it the old college try and I will keep doing what I have been. I do need to get back on prep which went wayside after vacation.

What else? Oh Trek up the Tower registration has opened so once payday happens Friday I am signing up all on my own. I really want to beat my time from last year. I am loosely planning to start training soon I am hoping by the end of this week/starting next week I can get started on it! I now have a better idea of how to approach it!

That’s it for now. I am hoping to be back with posts soon. Just keep me in your thoughts!

Mags

 

 

Weekly update

I am on the last leg of my 2nd summer semester of school so I have one week and day to go. I have a ton of homework to do and I’m a bit overwhelmed. Also the week didn’t go as planned either. I had another round of sinuses Thursday into Friday so that put me out of the game again. If you don’t know what it’s like to have sinuses they stink. The headaches are the worse. I didn’t do any new recipes I ate pretty lousy all week and made it to Jazzercise only twice no walking or Y trips either.

The only good news was that I got 75 Jazzercise classes Saturday. That puts me at only 75 more classes to reach 150 and 125 classes away from 200. I’m not sure if I am going to make 200 by the end of the year but I am trying to reach 150.

Also I weighed in Monday since it had been a month and I gained four pounds.  So my current weight is 183. I am really upset about it however I just have to keep moving forward which is a hard thing to do because I have struggled so much as it is. Monday was a day of self-care, I wrote some affirmations and stuck them around my full length mirror, I made some orange pops using just water and orange Crush water enhancer stuff:

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Also I washed the dishes, meal prepped for the week, I made myself a really good salad for lunch, and relaxed by watching the movie Fight Club.  I will be writing the importance of self care later on.

As for goals this week. I am not setting any since I have a huge final assignment due Friday plus regular school work too. But once I get everything done I will focus on getting back on track!

 

Have a great week!

Mags

Taking care of you

Before I start this post, I want to write a little disclaimer: I am not a NPC bikini competitor but I am a fit person soon to be personal trainer that is concerned with the health and well being of anyone who is involved in prep for competitions.

I follow a few bikini competitors on social media (mainly Instagram) because they are fit, they share great workout tips and video, new products (like Fit Crunch bars), and they have the most epic food porn (ha ha) but like anyone else they struggle.  They have their bad days too. It’s nice to know that we’re all in this together. One of my classmates, is a former competitor herself so it’s nice to know an actual one IRL as opposed to having numerous Insta crushes. Also my cousin competed once long time ago too.

So on Monday, I noticed a post from one of the fellow fit chicks that a competitor had died over the weekend before NPC USA happened. I couldn’t find much article wise just a bunch of  jumping to conclusion (*sighs*) YouTube videos.

Here’s the thing. We don’t know how she died. It could be a numerous different reasons. You’ve heard time and time again, that people have mysterious diseases or out of the blue heart attacks-etc then suddenly die it happens more often than we think. Our bodies can be a mystery. So it’s hard to say what exactly happen to her. But that doesn’t mean we can “assume” anything that isn’t fair.

When I started my weight loss journey, 3 and half years ago, I was accused of starving myself. Which was far from the truth. It was very hurtful that some people would actually think that. I was angry because they didn’t know what I was eating and making assumptions that I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was losing the right amount of weight which is about 1-2 pounds a week safely. I wasn’t pushing myself at the gym. I listened to my body. If something was not right my body would say “hey this hurts or hey this doesn’t feel right, let’s take it easy” I would stop. If I was hungry I would eat just made healthier choices and I did not over eat that’s just as bad. I have a bum knee, so a lot of times I go easy on myself, especially at Jazzercise. The instructors all encourage not go intense unless you know it’s okay to do so. It’s why they limit us to two classes a day especially when there is attendance games because we had people overdoing it. That isn’t safe.

As a future personal trainer, first and foremost the most important thing for my future clients is SAFETY. It is why we do ICC (Initial Client Consultations) because we need to know about your medical history any injuries, heart troubles, diabetes, etc because we don’t want you passing out on the gym floor or making a past injury worse. Also that is why sometimes you might need a doctor’s okay to workout. I’ve been down that road before as I always say “Better safe than sorry”.

So what does this all mean? (my instructors favorite question!) Well, bodybuilding is not entirely healthy sport (my cousin says it all the time) it can be dangerous to the point where it could leave negative effects on your body and overall health.  In fact, the fit chick I follow who did the write up about the other competitor dying, admitted that when she first prepped that she “took it too far” that she pushed her body beyond it limits but she realized it and promised herself never to do it again. She said “Listen to your body treat it well”.  Not trophy or plastic is worth it. Does that mean you shouldn’t become a competitor or continues to compete? No. You know yourself better than anyone

With that said, my deepest condolences to the family who is mourning a loss of a mother, daughter, wife, sister and friend.

 

You got to know your limits. Once is enough but you got to learn. A little caution never hurt anyone. A good woodsman has only one scar on him. No more, no less. ~Haruki Murkami

Take care!

~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

 

 

College Life: Snack Prep

I am back on campus the semester after being on-line during the winter months so I would not have to commute in the snow.  It’s an adjustment like everything else!

Once of the things I started doing since starting school this fall is a snack prep. I am at school for about four hours twice a week, so I’m not getting home until late afternoon. That’s a long time between breakfast and lunch!

As always meal prep is important so is snack prep. Because it keeps me going until I get home, and also I don’t have to run to the vending machine for unhealthy snacks. Yes the machine does provide some healthy snacks, but you’re saving money by prepping your own snacks (with items you already have at home) and it’s better for you too!

I try to bring simple yet filling items with me here is an example of what I took Monday to class:

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  1. Baked Goldfish crackers only 150 calories. It says a serving is 55 but I just poured to fill my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles container so approximately about a 1/4 of a cup.
  2. Colby jack cheese pieces. I LOVE cheese and it is my snack go to (I love string cheese too)
  3. Of course a cutie

I carry them in my thermal from Thirty-One, and I use ice packs that I got with another container:

Thermal

My backpack also contains a thermal part too which is awesome so if stuff doesn’t fit in my mini sized one I can just throw my food in, the ice packs and I’m good to go.

School does have a fridge too, since I have a long drive in the mornings I want to keep my food nice and cold!

~Mags

 

 

How much exercise should you get?

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Ah the age old topic!

As I’ve mentioned before, in Jazzercise we do challenges throughout the year besides the 150 challenge. We just did 20 classes by December 24th. I barely made that one!

In February, we are doing our annual “35 classes in 30 days challenge” this one you get a sweet tank top. During class Friday, the instructor mentioned that there was a limit on how many classes you can attend each day. Some were doing 3 classes a day!! That’s a little much if you ask me for a silly little cosmetic bag? Or a tank top? Come on.

It got me thinking however just how exercise is enough? This is 100% my opinion and being a future personal trainer this is advice I’d give my future potential clients.

Typically on average you should at least workout for 3o minutes 3 times a week. Jazzercise is an hour which is fine as well but for beginners 30 is good. Once a day is good too. IF you do twice a day space it out so you’re not overwhelming yourself. I like to do double Jazzercise classes once in awhile I haven’t yet in 2016 but my plan is soon at least once a week if possible.  But don’t go overboard! I hear these stories of body builders going so many times a day and I’m like why?? It is not necessary. I can be competitive at times and with my crazy schedule, I’m happy if I get to Jazzercise 3 times a week it’s a good week if I get 4 in.  I could NEVER

You’re at the risk of injury for starters, plus you’re not giving your body time to recover and recuperate from exercise because you’re working muscles they get tired too.

Here is a good article if you want a little more information on it.

Remember to enjoy your workout, don’t go bat shit crazy with it.

~Mags