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

Fork in the road

Wow.  I don’t even know where to begin. I really thought 2017 was going to be my year.  I was going to STRIVE for success. So far it has not we’re already four months in and I want a divorce from 2017.

I have tried to be optimistic

I have tried to be positive

I tried to STRIVE forward

BUT……

I’ve felt nothing but stagnant. School hasn’t gotten any easier since I started back in January. In fact it has not gotten any better. Last week I was slammed with news not once but twice. My instructor even came down on me pretty hard the week before that I cried the whole 45 minute drive on the way home.

My job has been stressful since the start of the New Year too, I’ve had to put in numerous days of OT when I’m not at school which has added to the stress load.

The gym has taken a backseat I haven’t been since maybe January? Meal planning has been a hit and a miss. I’ve cheated way more than I should have and I have put on 30 pounds. Clothes aren’t fitting again. I am not proud of that.

I think part of the problem is I don’t have any real goals set. I decided not to do Trek up the Tower this year because prior to that when I had planned to train, I had an rather painful injury where I had pulled my quad muscles severely so I took two weeks off in order to recover. I thought about 5K the Hardway again but I don’t know my schedule past May, so I can’t even schedule the Color Run either it’s been frustrating so I have been saying no to any commitments like them.

What’s a girl to do?

To be honest, I am not sure what the answer is. Usually I am so sure of myself but my confidence has taken a backseat as well.

Here’s the BUT again…..

Sunday morning, I cleaned out my cupboards and my fridge. I went grocery shopping Monday after work. I stuck to my list and only bought said items on there which I rarely do. I did add a few things that I had forgotten but I didn’t buy any sweets. I made myself a smoothie for breakfast then I drove out to Johnson Lake and walked around 1 time. I also did some upright push ups on the benches along the way (I need to figure out how many benches they are total so I could do the math on how many reps I do on each one) The wind was pretty strong (love Nebraska) is why I only made it around 1 time plus I can tell I am out of shape! I came home and cooked lunch:

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I got some pork chops but I cut it in half and bought some broccoli and cheese tater tots ( I had a coupon) they tasted really good! I did some meal prepping too this week. I have been back to drinking tons of water.

It’s a start. My birthday is this week. I may have a cheat day and I am going to try to make it to the gym this week as well since the weather looks ify the rest of the week so I may not be able to get out and walk.

I have my final today then I start back up with classes next week!

I’ll try to update when I can.

Mags

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly update

I wish I was writing a happier post but alas that’s not reality. I decided not to weigh in this month because it has been a horrible month.

Work has been very stressful we’re down to three original staff members the rest have retired or quit. I had to put in overtime last week so no gym at all. Which I didn’t go at all this entire month I am ashamed to admit I didn’t even make it to the Cross fit class like I mentioned. My eating has been poor I’ve stressed eaten way too much and drank pop pretty regularly.

Plus school on top of it which the last two weeks I’ve had a big assignment due that needed my attention more. Today is my last day of the 1st semester next semester (which starts next Monday) is nutrition!!! I am little anxious to start that because I know mine isn’t as great. *sighs*

But it can only get better from here! I am going to take charge again better my eating I even got some unflavored protein powder so I am going to try my first shake with some of it, I also got kale! (I found a great recipe for dressing that I will share after I try it). Plus back to no pop. It’s my downfall but I need to do better with it.

As for getting back into a workout routine, I just need to do it. Tomorrow I plan go back to the Y. I think I will start maybe with some walking at the track then maybe swim, I want to ease myself back into it. I am hoping by the end of the week I can go back to Jazzercise too. That is my goals for the week.

I will check back with you in a week!!

~Mags

 

 

 

Monthly check in

Starting weight: 188 (this was my starting weight for 2017)

Current Weight: 186.5

Lost 1.5 pounds

Hello! I am posting my check in a tad early. I weighed in I thought on the New Year last month but it was a few days after that. I had plans to weigh in February 1st but since that falls on a school day I decided I’d weigh in earlier just to see if I had made any progress and if I hadn’t I would keep working the additional two weeks and reschedule my weigh in for February 7th and if I had made progress I would record it and then see how things go towards the end of February since it’s a shorter month. As you can see I made some small progress! It isn’t much but I will take it!!

It has been a week since I last had a pop (or a soda depending on where you are from) so far the transition has been ok a few slight headaches (which is a given) so I have upped my water game a ton, and I have done fairly well with my meal prep/sticking to my plan. I had only two cheat meals this week. As you know, I like to shoot for 1-2 cheat meals a week.

The only thing that is not on point yet is my workouts. I am still not consistent but I am working towards improving that. School is going I am in week 4 already. I have been in the main building of campus instead of the Annex (the building across the street) which I can’t believe I am saying this I miss the other building because that’s where a chunk of my classes have been the past year.

I have to finish my review on Motivational Water Bottles so that should be up this week!

Have a great month!

~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

 

 

 

Strive 2017

After much debate, I have a word for 2017. If you remember last year, my word was Achieve and I felt like I haven’t achieved anything. Honestly I really wasn’t going to have a word this year because I felt like 2016 was a such let down for me because I only “achieved” four of my goals. I’ve openly have talked about my struggles as I entered into the New Year, a little rough too I might add, I kind of dismissed having a word altogether. But the more I thought about it, and I was in class the other day working on my “business plan” and the word that I have been thinking about using Strive came into my mind for a gym name. Granted it’s just part of my business class, I am not sure if I will go into my own business or not after I graduate. But I liked the idea so I went with it. Actually I had gotten up early before class and went to the Y. After I logged my workout, I wrote STRIVE on my marker board:

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I want to STRIVE at the gym again

I want to STRIVE in school

I want to STRIVE in my decisions

I want to STRIVE to be healthier

I want to STRIVE in my meal plans

I want to STRIVE in my goals

And so on. I guess it’s not so bad to have a word after all. Let’s STRIVE for an awesome 2017!

~Mags