2018 is the year that I am determined to be healthy. I find that when I’m working out routinely, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep… I look and feel my best. I pride myself on being a structured and organized person but for some reason, when it has come to my personal well-being lately, I have let myself go. In my previous job as a flight attendant, I walked miles and miles every day. As a blogger, I tend to sit on the computer or my phone and as a result I have become a little sluggish. I made a pact with my husband and daughter to do as much as I can to break the bad habits this year and I am soooo excited! Check out all the changes I’m making below and see what tips and tricks I find are helping me along the way.
Workout Gear That I Use ~
I have specific gear that I use on an almost daily basis. These are things I think are staples for anyone who wants to get fit and workout –
- Yoga Mat – I bring one to the gym to use for my Pilates/Yoga classes as well as stretching in front of the mirror. I have a couple of different mats for different occasions. I keep one in the car at all times. Click here for my adorable Yoga Zeal mat and click here for a cute beginners mat.
- Workout Bag – Everyone needs a gym bag.. and there are so many cute options out there it’s hard to pick just one! Click here and here for some great options.
- Fitness Tracker – It’s so nice to track your heart rate/or to see how many calories you burned during your workout. Click here for the Fitbit that both Emma and I have and love. (It’s rose gold!!) or click here for a Fitbit that is 10% off.
- Headphones – I’m not a fan of the headphones that Apple gives with the iPhone for working out. Instead I like to use wireless sport headphones that don’t hurt/fall out of my ears when I’m doing cardio. Click here for a pair that I love (+ they are 10% 0ff!)
- Water Bottle/Tumbler – You need a good water bottle.. especially one that can handle the elements. I love using this one from Hydroflask because it’s so durable.
- Foam Roller – After you work out it is so important to stretch out, and using a foam roller to do it “hurts so good” ;). Click here for the one that I have.
- Skipping Rope/Jump Rope – I love when I do a circuit that has me jumping rope. You can find one on Amazon for around $7!
How am I going to tackle all my healthy goals?
I’m going to break it down into a few different sections with helpful tips.
To begin this healthy lifestyle, Emma and I hit Old Navy so that I can have new workout wear in my current size without breaking the bank. There is nothing like approaching the gym after a long break with cute yoga pants on. I’m always happiest when I wear something new vs. an ratty t-shirt. If you want to lose weight/go down in size then I would recommend buying inexpensive workout wear on sale. Even if you don’t look exactly like you want to yet, you should still treat yourself. We all deserve it just for starting this journey alone. At the end of this post, I’ll show you a few different items I bought (super casual photos by the way..I’m no model). It’s also really important to buy a good pair of running shoes/trainers that fit you correctly. Plus – getting a new pair always makes me happy. Click here to see the new Nike trainers I just bought. (Love the color!)
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Quick tips to get yourself started ~
- Buy new workout wear (On sale!)
- Call your doctor/dentist for your check ups for the year. Everyone should know their cholesterol level (I did my first test when I was 21), their blood pressure, and their weight. I always schedule all my Doctors appointments for the new year in January.
- Get your sleep schedule in check. When I’m getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, I am so much happier and productive at everything I do. To help myself sleep better I cut all caffeine after 3pm, eat dinner as early as possible, and try and get upstairs to my bedroom by 8pm so I can shower/read/relax before bed. Going upstairs and getting in bed helps me fall asleep so much earlier instead of being downstairs parked in front of the T.V.
- Try and get rid of as much junk food from the house that is going to deter you from your goal. Nothing against having a cheat from healthy eating every once in a while, however I don’t think it’s helpful when junk food is at your fingertips all the time. You should have to work for it and drive all the way to the store ;) Most of the time if I don’t have sweets I don’t crave them nearly as much.
- Get a planner devoted to your healthy lifestyle that you carry with you all the time. It can act as a food journal, fitness journal and more. I also download MyFitnessPal as an app that is similar, but I think it’s important to write it down physically to be accountable. Click here for Blogilates’ 12-week Fit Journal. It can fit in your purse and it’s so cute! Click here for one that you can purchase on Amazon (and isn’t as girly).
- Follow motivational instagrammers. As soon as you open up IG in the morning and see women and men looking and feeling great, it motivates you for the rest of the day. I just started following: Blogilates, ToneItUp, Kayla Itsines, and more! Whoever you love and can relate to is who you should follow..
Food Tips ~
I’ll go more detail on what I eat for each meal in the near future but for now I’ll just add some helpful tips with food that I find useful.
- Eat breakfast every day. Not only does eating breakfast make me feel more energized, but it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Beginning my morning with a healthy breakfast is key. I eat less throughout the day because of it. For breakfast one of my favorite things to eat is a greek yogurt (make sure it’s low in sugar) with almonds and fresh fruit on top. Another is a 1-2 scrambled eggs with avocado, sliced tomatoes and a little pepper on top. I like quick and easy for the morning because I’m tired. I also like to keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge for the mornings that I don’t want to cook anything at all.
- Drink coffee or tea each morning. It kick starts you day, and researchers have found that your workouts are more productive when you’ve had caffeine beforehand. Click here to learn more about that. It also suppresses my appetite so I don’t binge on snacks throughout the day.
- Keep almonds/cashews/protein bars in your purse. The protein helps keep you going after breakfast and when I’m out and about this helps me stave off binging on something unhealthy when I’m starving.
- Cut out unhealthy breads as much as possible. I don’t think you have to cut bread out entirely, but you will probably notice a difference in your weight/figure if you get your carbs a healthier way. To keep up with your carb intake you can eat more non-fat beans or eat steel-cut oatmeal.
- Keep fresh veggies pre-cut in your fridge and bags of fruit in the freezer. On-the go snacks or for lunch/dinner!
- If you go out for lunch or dinner, share a meal with your partner to eat less. If you are eating alone, make sure to take home half if you order a full meal (or just order a half-size meal).
Workout Tips ~
- Take the stairs. If you can, try to utilize the stairs wherever you are. Live in an apartment building? Try to always walk up to your floor. At the mall? Try to avoid the elevator/escalator and go out of your way to use the stairs.
- Hit the gym as much as possible. You don’t have to get crazed.. but at least 3-4x a week. The weekend is a good time for this. 30 minutes is better than nothing!
- If you don’t belong to a gym, don’t make that your excuse. There are great workouts on YouTube and even on your cable channels. Click here and here for some great videos to start.
- Get a good mix of cardio/weights. Yes, even women should lift weights. I know it can be intimidating walking into the weight room at the gym but everyone has to start sometime. If you don’t know how to use the machines, just ask a trainer/anyone around you. Believe me, everyone has been there where they don’t know how to work a machine. Getting a good mix of cardio is important for weight loss and getting your heart rate up.
- Workout with a buddy. If you can, meet someone at the gym. In January, it will probably be easier getting someone to head to the gym with you because so many are back on the fitness bandwagon. Having a partner helps keep you accountable. I like to workout alone a lot, but I always send a pic to Emma/Jeff of me at the gym to check in! ;)
- Mix up your routine. If your gym offers classes – take advantage and try something new. If you’ve never taken a dance class before, why not try it? I’m planning on trying a new Barre class at my gym soon.
- Ask your gym if they have a special for training sessions. Often times in January/February/March when people begin working out again, the gyms take advantage and offer discounts to get people to sign up. Also ask specific trainers that you enjoy if they have any home programs or workout sessions outside of your gym. It’s usually cheaper.
Below are just a few of the pieces (both workout wear & jeans) that I purchased from Old Navy to help motivate me..
Click here to see everything we bought for our new healthy lifestyle (plus cute items on sale!!)
I’m looking forward to seeing the results of all the changes that I’m making to my daily routine. One thing I do know? It’s going to feel incredible getting back to the healthier me… I can’t wait to feel stronger. What about you? Are you changing any of your health habits for 2018? Let me know in the comment section here what you’re tackling… The best part about this time of year is knowing that everyone is working on something. :)