Today marks 365 days of consistent logging on MFP (myfitnesspal.com). I’ve had good days, bad days, off days, and on days. It’s been a blast, and I’ve made a lot of friends from the experience. What is important to me is that for a whole year straight, I’ve logged into a fitness and wellness site and done at least one thing to dedicate myself to a better me. I don’t always hit my calorie goals, and I don’t always burn 500 calories. I am in a place where I receive support and support others. I like to think of MFP as a sometimes more productive version of Facebook. You can add friends, update your status, add photos, encourage others, and even respond to comments and questions on forums.
Lately I’ve been reflecting on the “what now?” question. I hit my weight goal a while ago, but I still want to get stronger and commit myself to more consistency. I think it’s time to change things up. I am human and naturally, I am motivated by a rewards system. I’ll be putting a little money jar in my workout area and donating $1 to a little savings fund just for me. I don’t know what I’ll buy yet– a new jacket from Lululemon, a massage, or maybe a pair of Tieks (cutest flats ever)! It really doesn’t matter, so long as my reward isn’t something that cancels out all the progress I’ve made. My reward will NOT be a plate of nachos, for instance!
My goals are:
Work out 4 days per week
Deep stretch twice per week
To not be scale-obsessed
To get stronger!
What are your goals? Will you be joining me with a fitness money jar??
Staying fit and keeping active for many is no easy feat. With work, children, travel, and catching up with friends and loved ones– it is sometimes hard to lock down a set schedule to head to the gym or get outdoors and be active. An active lifestyle helps relieve stress and maintain weight, but it works best in conjunction with a nutritious diet and plenty of rest. When I think of all the reasons I have skipped physical fitness, it mostly comes back to being tired or being too hungry. To remedy this, I have learned to snack. Snacking between meals should not be out of boredom, but out of purpose. It should hold a person over till their next meal, and it can also fuel a person before a tough workout. In these summer months, I will periodically blog about easy snack ideas so that we can all stay on track with our fitness goals. Here are a few things that consistently keep me feeling energized and light and ready to tackle a tough workout:
1.Smoothies and shakes:Add protein powder, fruit and any green and you instantly have a high protein, low calorie drink that helps you stay on track with your daily fruit and vegetable intake. Click here for a great shake recipe.
2. Nuts: You need only a small handful to provide you with fuel from protein and fat. These are very easy to store in the office or in your gym bag for emergencies.Does anyone else get cranky when they are hungry??
3. Water: spend a little money on a good refillable water container. It’s worth it. If you are feeling thirsty, you are probably already a little dehydrated!
4. Greek yogurt: Low calorie, high protein, and delicious.
5. Berries: These are full of antioxidants and they are brain food. If you are sharp and alert, you will have the mental power to PUSH during your workout!
Here is a link to my video pertaining to fitness and food tips: