Staying on track with your fitness/diet routine?

Hey guys!

So lately I have been doing excellent (if I do say so myself…) with staying on track when it comes to working out and eating clean so I thought I’d share some of the things I have been utilizing to do that!

Eating clean doesn’t mean you can’t eat good food. When eating clean, I eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. I also eat oatmeal, healthy grains, walnuts, etc. However if I do feel like I want something sweet, I’ll have some walnuts and chocolate chips or chocolate Cheerios with peanut butter. Usually when I indulge I try to keep some nutritional value (such as protein) in the mix.

You don’t have to work out as much as you think you do. I work out for about forty minutes to an hour about 3 times a week. In addition to that, I try to do two planks every day. Planks do wonders. I’m sure you’ve heard that before but you should try planking everyday and you’ll notice the difference! Overworking yourself can actually do more damage than good.

Time to yourself can do amazing things. You’re probably wondering why I’m including this into a fitness related post. Well, it has made the difference for me so I thought I’d share! I go to sleep at eleven or twelve every night and wake up at eight or eight-thirty every morning. From eight to nine in the morning is my time to sit and write, plan or read. I don’t use technology during this time. This time is used to help sort my thoughts and establish my “happy place” before my day starts. By making this time in the morning, nothing can get into the way. If you set time aside later you may push it off to complete other things.

I really recommend trying these ideas. I know some of them are somewhat common knowledge  but I never really set my mind to doing these things. Ever since setting my mind to be on a sleeping schedule, set time aside for myself, work out and eat clean, I have felt so much better physically and mentally. I have felt so much better since I have eaten cleaner, slept more and had time to myself. I want you guys to feel that improvement in yourselves!

What do you do to stay on track?

-inspireafeeling

 

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Eating Clean Challenge

Starting today I am going to eat as clean as possible. I’m writing this two seconds after I randomly decided to do this. I’m actually really excited! (It has now been two months since I originally wrote this, and I’m still eating clean for the most part.)

I generally eat clean anyway, but I want to clean up my diet even more. Along with this, I’m still going to continue my workout routine but with cleaner eating to find out the results.

My rules:

  1. Stick to a plant based diet.
  2. If you feel like you want carbs…chances are your body probably wants them. That’s okay, just make sure it’s within reason.
  3. Drink lots of water.
  4. Eat slowly. If you eat slowly you will be less likely to over-eat.
  5. No processed foods.
  6. You can have small treats a day. It helps to get you started on eating better. Then, slowly start removing the sweets.
  7. Try eating more veggies and fruit than non fruits and veggies. Think of your classic portion sizes.
  8. If you end up cheating, don’t beat yourself up. Just pick up where you left off.

You got this!


 

I have now been trying to eat exceptionally clean for the past two months, and yes I have had a cheat meal or even a few cheat days in a row. However, I am still making progress with every decision to eat cleanly. The way I eat is based off of what has been working for me and on research I’ve done. I just thought I would share my eating clean journey with you guys, in hopes that something I’ve been trying might work for you. It’s a process to eat clean, just take baby steps.

How did you start eating clean? 

-inspireafeeling

What I Eat in a Day! 4/6/2016

Breakfast:

  • Organic Quakers Maple Oatmeal
  • Orange Juice

Lunch: 

  • vegan chicken sticks
  • quinoa, rice and grain bowl
  • banana

Dinner:

  • steamed asparagus
  • seasoned, steamed zucchini
  • half a baked potato with only salt as a topping
  • some of an ice cream sundae (It was Wednesday at school, meaning it was ICE CREAM NIGHT!)

Snack:

  • apple
  • walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

 

Grocery Shopping Damage.

Hey guys!

I love reading or watching blog posts about what people are buying. So I thought I’d show you what I bought on my recent shopping trip! To give you an idea of my shopping habits, I’ll explain a little bit about why I bought certain items. I hope you enjoy!

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I am a big fan of Goldfish and Cheese-Nibs but I can’t read most of the ingredients. The Annie’s cheddar bunnies are awesome and taste just as good but I can actually read the ingredients!
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I almost never buy these items, but my boyfriend was coming out for the weekend so I thought I’d get some good movie snacks!
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These are some refills of my usual toiletry purchases.
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These smoothies are my new favorite! They are so good, and easy to make. All you do is add a juice of your choice, shake and then you have a smoothie. I prefer to make my own with fresh fruit but since I am currently in the middle of my Spring semester, thats not going to work. I could bring a blender to college with me, but I don’t want to disrupt others so these smoothies are a good replacement for now.
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These are always on my shopping list. They are easy for on the go, and they satisfy my sweet tooth without going overboard.
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I’m not a big yogurt fan, but I thought I’d try this kind. The containers are small so I know I’ll be able to finish them. I don’t like big containers of yogurt because honestly it grosses me out but I eat it because its good to have yogurt in your diet.
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I love these Momma Chia drinks, they are so good. I love these to satisfy a sweet tooth or if I need a drink to bring somewhere. They’re a nice treat but are better than soda and other drinks like that.                                                                                                                                                     I was so excited to try this creamer! I prefer to eat foods where I can read the ingredients. I used to always use the Coffee-Mate creamers such as Peppermint Mocha, but I couldn’t even pronounce half the ingredients. This creamer is a solution to my problem! I can still drink the creamer I like, but I can do it in a healthier way!
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Lets be honest… I went to the store hungry.

What do you buy when you go to the grocery store? What’s your opinion on being able to read ingredients in different products?

The New Year 2016

Happy 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣6️⃣ 💫 a fresh start to do better, be better, try harder, & work towards our goals! …and a fresh dose of grace when we fall short. New Years Resolutions can be exciting & motivating! but also sometimes daunting. We start off in a sprint & we are READY TO WIN!!!! but….then you trip. You miss a day at the gym, you didn’t read your devotional, you eat what you said you weren’t going to eat, and the discouragement hits you fast and hard. This year does not have to be one of failures. Learn to accept your mistakes this year. Learn to embrace them and thank them and rejoice in them! In our weaknesses we are made strong. When you get up again and again, fall after fall – character is built. You learn to treat yourself with compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. So this year as you endeavor to climb mountains, don’t forget to appreciate the bumps along the way because you wouldn’t get to the top without them.

-breelovesbeauty(Youtube)

My resolutions:

  • get a short story or poem published
  • inspire more people using my blog
  • start writing a book
  • get photos printed and organized
  • take 8,000 photos on my camera
  • hike at least half the peaks of a mountain range in my area
  • get a position in a club at school
  • get a writing and an art piece published in the art magazine at my college
  • improve my photography abilities and expand my knowledge on using my camera
  • volunteer more at elementary schools

In years past I have made resolutions but haven’t achieved or kept up with any of them. This year I did a few things to change that. I picked realistic and fun goals. My resolutions are ones I know I can complete but a conscious effort still needs to be made. I didn’t include fitness or mentality improvement as a resolution. I feel that by completing the goals I have already set that a better mentality and a higher fitness level will follow.

I am so excited for the New Year and for what is to come. So many things have happened this past year, good and bad. I’m sure this year will be an even better ride! To help you guys keep up with your resolutions I will be posting on Saturdays with posts that are based on a journal I bought. It is intended to keep you inspired and to remind you of what really matters. I hope you like them! I wish you the best of luck in 2016!

 

 

 

Ways to stay motivated to complete your list of resolutions in the New Year

Do you have trouble keeping up with your resolutions every year? Here are some ideas that may help!

  1. Create monthly  or daily goals goals. This way, your goals seem more within reach. It makes it seem as if you have less goals since you spread them out month by month or day by day.
  2. Post a list of your resolutions on a list somewhere you will see it every day. By seeing your resolutions every day you’ll remember you have things to accomplish!
  3. Don’t create unrealistic goals. If you do have a big goal, make smaller resolutions that will eventually lead up to the bigger goal. It will make you feel like you achieved more and will help to keep you on track since the tasks are smaller.
  4. Set reminders on your phone. By putting your resolutions in your reminders or on your calendar you will remember what you need to accomplish. You could set a reminder every few days or weeks so you are constantly reminded you have things you want to accomplish.
  5. Make fun resolutions. Who said resolutions had to be obnoxious to achieve? Often people put tasks that they’ve wanted to get done for years on their list of resolutions. If it hasn’t gotten done in the past, theres a good chance it won’t get done. Take it off your resolutions list and keep your resolutions list for things that you really can and want to achieve. The list of tasks will still be there. Just put the two lists somewhere you will see them. That way, you are more likely to achieve your resolutions like you want but still have that task on a list somewhere.
  6. Make a list with someone. If you live with someone who is making resolutions as well, combine your lists. That way the two of you can help to conquer each other’s goals and more efficiently complete the list.
  7. Limit yourself to only a few resolutions. That way you can more easily cross off everything on your list and not feel discouraged. If you complete the small list early, make another small list and keep making new lists as you complete the old ones.
  8. Use your children to complete resolutions. If your resolution list seems to be made up of different home improvement projects or chores and you have kids, give them a list they have to complete so it splits up the work load.

I hope that these suggestions are helpful! I absolutely love the idea of resolutions, it seems to be the one time of year when everyone is simultaneously inspired to complete something they have been wanting to do whether it be chores or for fun. All people need to stay on track is a little support and inspiration!

What ideas do you have for staying on track with your resolutions throughout the whole year?

 

Motivation Board

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Needing a little motivation? Create a motivation board/vision board! A motivation board is board that includes items that inspire you in general and a vision board is almost the same thing except you can use it more as a plan for what you want to accomplish. All you need is to cut out words or pictures of things that inspire you or of goals you would like to accomplish. You can find these in magazines, online, the newspaper, etc.

For my board, I used it as a motivation board. It’s intention is to help remind me of what is important and what I should keep in mind. Some additional things you could add to your board are frames, stickers, photographs of you or from different events, etc. You could also theme your board around where you would like to travel, fitness, motivation, things that make you happy, a five year plan or you could even have students in your class (if you’re a teacher) make a board for their goals for the school year and have them make one at the end of the year and see how they changed, or you could make one to use as holiday decor. Now that you have some ideas…

Get cutting and gluing!