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 ūüôā

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

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

 

 

 

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:

strive

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

 

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

 

Monthly Update!

Wow. It’s already December! I have two full weeks left of school then my last day is December 20th. Then I will have another year to go!

November was a stressful month. I ended up losing my previous car and getting a new one all in about week apart from each other. Also I suffered a very serious muscle strain that took about two weeks to full recover from. I’m still not fully back on a routine gym wise yet. Mainly because I have to do some observations for my current class as a project so I want to get my schedule worked out with that. But I am hoping to squeeze in some time soon! Until then my school work is priority. Also there has been some news about school that I can’t share just yet but once I get more details I’ll make it public

Tomorrow is my weight loss anniversary 5 years already. Which in itself is hard to believe! I will be writing a full post about that in a few days.

Other than that there is nothing new to report. I am hoping to still register for Trek Up the Tower after Christmas and start my training in the New Year.

Have a great Holiday Season!

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

 

 

To cheat or not to cheat? That is the question

I’ve been trying to decide how to write a post about cheat days or cheat meals since it’s an interesting topic to write about. I’m no expert or guru.¬† But I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Some people may not agree with me on this and that’s fine.¬† Here is an article on Fit sugar¬†(aka Pop Sugar) that talks¬†about it¬†

Yes I have cheat days I save it for the weekends.¬† But mind you I don’t go overboard I still make smart choices in what I eat.¬†When I first started to get healthy I gave up everything cold turkey. Not smart. It left me very cranky irritable one of my friends noticed it. They called me out on it. In fact the next day or so they offered me a steak sandwich on *gasp* white bread.¬† Usually if I eat a sandwich I’d cut it down to one slice of bread cut into triangles. Anyways I’m not a rude person and I didn’t want to hurt their feelings. So I had the sandwich. I know, I could have thrown it away when I got home (I was at work), but I was hungry and I still had my fruit I brought as well.¬† The sandwhich was good (protein!) and my friend said later “You can still eat what you want just in moderation”.

That made me think. Because I tossed out all my junk foods even my Oreos (I love Oreos). I have a major sweet tooth. One of the hardest things is skipping desserts. But one thing about myself is I ate my emotions hence why I piled on the weight, plus I inhaled the food and I’d go back for seconds. I was straight up terrified to eat anything “bad” even going out to eat was a nightmare.

Here’s the but…..

 

What I learned is was to keep track of your food. I thought it was nuts but I started using My Fitness Pal to log my food and it helps (more on that later). Plus I became a label reader, I used severing sizes to my advantage.¬†I learned I could eat Oreos but I limit myself to two and I used to down four. For the most part they sit untouched in cupboard (out of site out of mind) I like a cheeseburger every now and again so I have the cheeseburger and I don’t feel guilty about it because usually I’ve worked out before or I will the next day. If I do have a big meal like that, I will have a light snack after.¬†

I love pizza too so I still have my usual two slices and no breadsticks (again tough to quit). I still eat at Buffets but I stick to salads, and fruit.¬† But mind you I don’t do this all the time. Like I said I choose when treat myself.¬† I don’t use treats as a reward for loosing weight or anything like that.¬†

Am I perfect? Nope. I’ve overdid it before but you know what? It happens we’re human. Just forgive yourself and start over. Beating yourself up doesn’t make the situation any better.¬† I did once have a major sugar crash once where there was nothing but sodas, cakes, and chips of course I indulged then after I felt awful.¬† It taught me a very¬†valuable lesson.¬†

Just remember do what feels right. If you don’t want to do a cheat meal or day that’s fine. Some people said they don’t trust themselves when I posted the article in a Facebook group I belong to which I totally get it’s all about what works for you and what doesn’t.

Have a great week!

 

~M