Recently I have been trying to get really organized, and I’m going to tell you all about what I’ve been doing and hopefully it will help you too!
I have been writing down all my homework assignments into the daily slots. Then I take a sticky note and write down what needs to be done by that day. This really helps to see what my priorities are. Sometimes it is so hard to keep track of what actually needs to be done that day.
I printed these calendars (link:http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/free-calendar#_a5y_p=3105389) and write my workouts for each day. I was putting off the gym for a week or two because I was sick and then was slammed with homework and I always said I’d work out tomorrow so that I can get more homework done but that just starts a cycle where I never end up working out. So by having this calendar among other lists/calendars I am able to find time for all of my workouts.
Weekly Food Calendar
Okay, so I tried to plan all my meals for the week but that is so hard. So now, I wrote down guidelines of what I should eat every day in general. So right now I have “1. No vending machine food. 2. One cheat day a week. 3. Eat two fruits and veggies per day (which is harder than you think when you’re eating mostly from a dining hall).”
White Board Schedule
I have been writing my schedule for each day down on a free white board my college gave out. On the board, I write each hour that I am awake down the side. Then next to each time, I write the activity that needs to be done. Throughout the day, I cross out what I accomplish. This allows me to see what I’ve accomplished and keeps my priorities straight.
In addition to these bigger changes, I have also been finding one time every week to do laundry so that it is done and so that I can know that a washer is available at that time. By having one day set aside to get something done, you don’t have to stress all week about when you’ll find time to do it. Then, I pick one day (usually the same day as laundry day) to take all the sticky notes with notes on them and write all the notes down into my planner. This helps me to keep organized and it saves time since you sit down once and are in the swing of things. I may try to keep my schedules in both my planner and in my phone so that I always know what is going on no matter where I am, but the phone will never replace my planner. There is something calming about keeping everything in one place and writing it down.
I hope you found these random changes that I’ve made to my lifestyle helpful! What do you do to stay organized?
Here’s a quick post on what I did for a workout yesterday:
30 minutes on the elliptical
3 sets of 15 of bicep curls, overhead press, bench press, plank dumbbell row
2 sets of 10 pushups
What are they?
Dictionary.com defines calisthenics as
(used with a plural verb) gymnastic exercises designed to develop physical health and vigor, usually performed with little or no special apparatus.
(used with a singular verb) the art, practice, or a session of such exercises.
What do they do for you?
Calisthenics help to tone and to build muscle by doing exercises that use body weight to help lower body fat. Usually it involves more strength than a cardio workout. Calisthenics can be used to tone and build muscle in almost every part of the body. Coordination and flexibility can also be developed through doing the exercises. Calisthenics are convenient because no equipment is needed and you can do them essentially anywhere.
How much should you do?
You should never do more than you can handle of course, but you can look at different exercises and workouts to help determine if its too easy or too hard for your skill level. That’s how I figured it out. I would find a workout someone already made and would try it out and alter it according to what you felt you needed. Trial and error seemed to work best for me.
How are they working for me?
I have always loved doing calisthenics. I am a firm believer that they work and are beneficial to add into any workout. Sometimes I like to do them before a cardio workout to warm up some and it can also make your cardio workout a little more difficult since you’re already somewhat tired.
One workout that I do involving cardio and calisthenics is alternating the two. I do as follows—Run 1:00 minute on the treadmill. 20 squats. Run 1:00 minute on the treadmill. 10 pushups. Etc. I really love to do this workout. It definitely pushes you to work hard and to keep going. I love to do this workout to shake up my usual routine.
Where can I find some workouts?
I use Pinterest all the time and made my own Pinterest board of all my favorite workouts. I have always loved to do the Blogilates Victorias Secret Abs Workout on youtube as well; I have done it for years. I will probably end up posting a “Workout of the Day” at some point as well.
I hope this helps shake up your usual workout. Have fun!
I am no expert on the subject, everything I know on this subject is from sports, online or from experience. I thought I would post it anyway to get you started!
Breakfast: A chocolate cookie waffle(which sounds bad for you but it is healthier than I initially thought also and it contains flax seeds) mixed with normal waffle mix to cut the flavor of the chocolate mix somewhat with about realistically 5 tbs of syrup.
Lunch: A sandwich on wheat bread with pesto, tomato, provalone cheese and shredded lettuce.
Dinner: I wasn’t all that hungry, but I picked at some cheese ravioli. and I had probably about 3/4 cups of edamame(for those of you who have never had it, it’s so good!). I also had an ice cream sundae(yay).
Snacks: Skinny Pop Cheddar Popcorn
So you’re probably thinking that some of the foods I ate today aren’t that healthy. Well maybe they’re not, but I never said that they would be. I may try to live a healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t mean that I have to restrict my happiness. I love to work out and eat healthy, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t eat a piece of cake or have an ice cream cone. By letting myself indulge, thats my way of satisfying that mentality that says I shouldn’t. You ARE allowed to treat yourself. I have tried to never indulge in foods when I was on a workout kick before, but that workout kick soon ended. Now, I allow myself to indulge and I much more easily stick to my workout and stick to eating relatively healthy. It makes me happier this way. Healthiest isn’t necessarily happiest.
Someone who has really helped me with maintaining this mentality is my very supportive boyfriend and Cambria(breelovesbeauty or breelovesvlogs) on Youtube. Since I don’t really want you checking out my boyfriend(haha) check out Cambria. She is really supportive and thoughtful in every one of her videos. She has some great fitness tips and motivation as well as some other fun videos. Check her out!
A happy mentality is a good mentality.
So I’ve been really into going to the gym the past few weeks. I have always wanted to live a very active lifestyle but always had trouble implementing that since it is sometimes hard to do that without getting down on yourself. Now with being in college I have a lot more access to different activities such as fitness classes, using the workout machines, intermural sports, the works. I can finally go and get myself to work out. I can already feel the difference in how I feel. I love working out for the enjoyment and for the pride I feel when I start to see differences not only physically but mentally.
I really didn’t feel like working out today. But I told my boyfriend to encourage me to go to the gym until I went. He told me to just go for a fifteen minute workout and that all I needed to do was get my muscles going. I went to the gym. I did the elliptical for fifteen minutes; and by that time I felt pretty darn good so I kept on going. I am so happy I ended up going to the gym today, it really made me feel so much better. I want to remember how happy I was that I did my work out anyways.
I used to do cross-country but I more enjoyed the people that participated and the trips, than the actual running part. However, I did take with me different skills that you need to carry in order to be active in a positive and healthy way. Some of these include stretching, having a carb night before a big workout or race, work up to a goal not just jump right to it, be positive, etc. The most important thing that I learned was to be active for fun and to be healthy. I may have loved the people on the team and the trips with my friends but it meant more to me to be able to actively be doing something for my well being than for the sake of winning(it was too much of a competitive environment for me).
Winning has never been a huge goal for me. Sure winning is great, but its more about the journey to get there and the fun. There’s nothing wrong with that even though some people don’t understand why I don’t like to compete. Well my reasons are (1) that I don’t like competitive environments and (2) I am just not someone who is competitive in competitions but am competitive in the sense that I strive for different goals based on what I would like to accomplish. Trust me though, I give props to those who can be competitive in everything they do.
This “belief” I have towards competing and athleticism has followed through from eighth grade until my freshman year of college. I am so unbelievably proud of how I learned what I want from working out, sports…or life. This is one of the things I am most proud of. You don’t have to be proud only about winning, but the little mile stones too. My ability to keep on plugging even if I want to stop, and the ability to know that I don’t have to compete is important for me. Knowing that difference makes all the difference to me.
What are you proud of?
Many people have essential things they like to have when they work out. By having my essentials, I am more motivated and more willing to work out.
- a water bottle: I try to put Chia seeds in my water and drink it throughout the day, it helps to keep me hydrated longer since the seeds absorb the water and sit in your stomach for a while.
- my phone for music: Music helps to keep me motivated. Sometimes I even watch Netflix while working out. It helps pass the time.
- headphones: Headphones help to not disturb other people in the gym, but if you’re outside or in the gym by yourself, I would feel free to blare that music as loud as it can go.
- deodorant: It’s pretty obvious as to why this is an essential so no, I’m not going to explain that to you.
- hair tie: I find it distracting and annoying when my hair is in my face so I like to keep it in a bun. A bun is better for me than a ponytail because I don’t like how a ponytail sways while running or using the elliptical.
- sneakers: I use Nike free run 4.0’s for working out in the gym and Brooks running sneakers for running or working out outside. The Brooks sneakers provide more support and stability for running outdoors.
- SHORTS (I despise working out in pants.): I usually wear spandex or spandex with shorts over them so that no matter what I’m doing, nothing is showing. Even if I plan on something like running, I may end up doing ab workout so I want to make sure everything is covered.
Some things that I do to make sure I work out that day, is by setting out my athletic clothes somewhere I will see them multiple times throughout the day so then I’m more likely to plan ahead and make time for it. I also like having a workout buddy(this has been especially utilized while I’ve been in college); my roommate and I go to the gym and different classes together. Usually at least one of us is hesitant to go to the gym that day, but the more motivated person usually encourages the other to come. I also joined a fitness club at my school where you get free training. I haven’t yet been trained but I am super excited to start!
These are just some of the things that I do, and maybe you’ll find something helpful. Even if none of these things work for you, you just have to find ways that makes working out 10x more exciting.
What are your fitness essentials and tips?