Change the plan, not the goal…#bestself

Lately I’ve had change on my mind, including evaluating plans & goals. I listened to a podcast by Chalene (#obsessed with her), and it really got me thinking….life is filled with SO many changes. We have family changes, and work and school and health changes. Change is inevitable. So instead of tossing your fitness goals to the wayside when life gets crazy, what do you do?? Change the PLAN….

Take a look at your end game. If you just had a baby or started working crazy hours (umm same thing right?), you won’t have as much time to dedicate to health/fitness/whatever your goal is. BUT, you can work with what you have. EASY meals (I’m talking toast and boiled eggs), going for a quick walk….think about what CAN be done, and start from there.

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I always encourage being your best self, but the truth is, sometimes that version of yourself changes!! My best self now at 25 will look so much different than in the future when im 35 or 55…that’s just reality! There are so many different phases of life. Sometimes we have more time than others, but no matter what, there’s a way to work toward your goals. Your health is SO important, and you owe it to yourself to do what you can, and not beat yourself up over the rest.

Likewise, if you’ve been doing the SAME thing foreverrr and aren’t seeing results, it’s time to make a change and reevaluate.

Here’s a little step-by-step action for when you decide your plan needs to change:

  1. Think about what caused the change…is it a change in your current life? you just aren’t pumped up about your goals anymore? You aren’t seeing results?
  2. Now decide what IS important…focus on that.
  3. Think about what you realistically have time for in your CURRENT life. (not your dream life, where everything goes perfectly and your bounce out of bed at 5am…we are talking REAL life.) Now is when you get real about the expectations you have for yourself. If it’s a tough time in life, go easy. If you are ready to go hard…hold yourself accountable. The most important thing is that your actions align with your goals.

ex: (this is fake) I just started working cray cray hours and I can’t devote 6 hours/wk to the gym anymore. My health is still important, but I need something quicker for now. I CAN make time for  30 minute workouts at home 4x per week + maybe a walk or jog on the weekend. Now…decide on your at home workout routine. There are DVDs, circuits, etc. Pick one, schedule it and DO IT.

****again the most important thing is that your GOALS align with your ACTIONS…you will never see a massive amount of weight loss or strength gain if you are casually going about your plan…

Don’t let change cause you to fall off the wagon for weeks/months/years. It happens, but it makes it SO much more difficult on yourself.

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My new obsession…

I don’t know about you, but I often find myself reminding myself how much stuff I have to do. Assignments, housework, blah blah blahhhhh.  But since I’ve started going for long walks around the lake with my pup, my mind feels so much clearer…I throw on my shoes and listen to a podcast and it is SO refreshing. I listen to different podcasts depending on my mood, and it’s such a great way to work on self-improvement/personal development or even just zone out and soak up some vitamin D.  Of course I love going hard in the gym, but I am LOVING getting some fresh air and clearing my head in the great outdoors….

And what’s not to love about this view…..


my guys ^^^ 🙂

And now a few podcasts I am loving:

The topics are kind of all over the place, but that means something for everyone 😉 I’m also interested in listening to TED talks this way, but haven’t yet…I’ve only recently gotten into podcasts (started with my Serial obsession a few months back), and I know there are SO many different types. I think it’s such a great way to spend a commute, or even just listen to while driving or walking around town.

Now tell me…what are YOU listening to??

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Back to Yoga I go…

I started going to yoga again over the past week, and I can’t believe I took such a long break! My mom is in town and she found a studio that is SO close to my apartment (I mean walking distance) that I had no idea existed. We’ve been going to classes together and I am loving it! The classes at my normal gym aren’t at very convenient times for my schedule, so it’s been nice to have a closer option with different times available.

I was shocked at how quickly the poses came back to me. I’m still getting used to finding my balance and of course improving my flexibility, but overall I’m happy with my muscle memory! One of the amazing benefits of yoga is how it promotes self-love. It’s the only form of exercise I’ve ever done where I’m not thinking to myself “this workout will make me stronger/better/fitter/thinner etc. Yoga is pure self-acceptance- loving and accepting where you are right NOW. Not how you want to be next week or next month, but right now. Such an important lesson!

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I think it’s important to have goals and a vision for the future, but never appreciating the present is a huge downfall! It can be hard to find a balance, but yoga has definitely reminded me how importance self-acceptance is…

Happy Hump Day! #namaste 😉

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Motivation Monday: Honesty is the best policy (especially with yourself)

I was listening to a fitness podcast this weekend and heard someone say that YOU are the easiest person you can fool. How often do we say to ourselves, “oh I’ll do xyz this weekend”, or “oh I totally eat 6 servings of fruits/veggies everyday!!!” We fool ourselves all the damn time!! Straight up LIES. This obviously applies to other areas of life too… (“He will totally change this time!!!” is pretty common…) Honesty is of course the best policy with others, but what about yourself? I think we owe it to ourselves to be honest!
Being honest with yourself comes down to accountability and taking a look at what’s really going on. Instead of saying “Why am I not seeing progress?!!!?!!”, maybe we can take a look at a the reality [aka…oh maybe because I ate 2 boxes of girl scout cookies and hamburger this weekend].

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This week make an effort to be honest with yourself. With health, fitness, or even your personal life…relationship..finances(!).whatever. Just be honest with yourself. You deserve it, and your life can only improve. Have a great week!

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Motivation Monday: Consistency

Happy Monday! We had a nice laid back weekend with the pup….worked out, ate Chipotle, and froyo… aka all my favorite things 😉

I saw this quote on good old Pinterest and wanted to share….Consistency is KEY with health/fitness/diet/exercise. Give yourself a chance to be successful. It’s rough at first (I KNOW…trust me), but set short term goals…1 or 2 weeks at a time even. Yo-yo-ing for the rest of your life will NOT bring results. I didn’t start seeing consistent progress, until I regularly worked out, and was making sure I was eating enough [slash not too much;)]….and of course this applies to all areas of life.

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Trust yourself. Give yourself a chance to succeed. Have a great week!

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Workout Playlist

My blogging schedule (and life in general) has been cray recently, but hopefully that will be a little more back to normal now!! I wanted to share my workout playlist because there is nothing that pumps me up more than some good music when I’m working out. I used Pandora foreverrr (David guetta radio mixed with Justin Timberlake is amaze), but recently switched to Spotify, which has been a game-changer.

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Everyone has different workout music taste (my husband likes rock, I like hip hop/pop), but here are some songs that get me pumped when I’m lifting! I’ve also found it’s best to have a longer playlist, so if a song I’m not feeling comes on, I can skip it (vs having a playlist that’s exactly an hour).

And my cardio playlist is much more pop-y.

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An Awesome App…

I’ve been looking for a reminder/goal app for a while (not the typical check list or calendar reminder) to keep me on track during the day. I finally came across Balanced in the app store, and I love it! The design is clean looking, you can have multiple goals with different time frames (i.e. once per day, 3 times per wk, etc.) And bonus..it’s free!  It’s so satisfying for me to cross things off a list, and I love having the reminder to focus on the important things!

2015/02/img_5875.jpgDo you have any favorite time management/goal/fitness apps? Let me know!!

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Time Management

[FYI this is coming from a place of “note to self” rather than “do as I say”…] A few years ago (aka college) I never would have imagined myself writing a post like this. I stayed up late and procrastinated like my life depended on it. Now I prefer to get to bed early, wake up early, and I try to get shit done. The last couple days though I’ve found myself getting up super early to take my dog out, then I end up snuggling him on the couch for way too long…and then I am unnecessarily rushing in the a.m. Not fun.

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Suffice it to say…budgeting my time has been a big lesson this past year or 2. It’s funny to me that when I have the most time available (and think, wow I have 3 hours to get x and y done) and then 2 hours pass I’m freaking out…But there are some days I surprise myself so I’d thought I’d share a few time management tips I’ve learned that help me have more good days 😉

  • Plan Ahead. Duh. Prioritize anything time sensitive and fill in the rest. (aka bills, deadlines, due dates, post office, Rx, etc. take top priority). By looking at the week ahead, you won’t be caught off guard (aka rushed) when one of these pops up in your calendar. I also like to look at my school assignments for the month ahead as well…
  • It’s all about the list. Having a specific list of things I need to get done during the week helps me fill time gaps. (aka an extra 30 minutes to scrub the bathroom, but doesn’t necessarily need to be done on a certain day). That way you aren’t twiddling your thumbs or checking facebook or instagram when that extra little chunk of time does arrive.
  • Timing. Don’t just think about the to-do item. Lists are great, but estimate how long each task will take. There’s a big difference between a 45 minute workout and a 45 minute workout + 20 minutes of travel time + 1 hour of showering/getting ready.
  • The day before…Get your clothes ready or lunch ready if you need to leave early. Take a few minutes to actually think/visualize how the day will go. This is beneficial for 2 reasons. 1) science says we are more likely to get things done (aka workout) if we imagine ourselves doing it before hand. 2. it will help you remember if you are forgetting anything important.
  • Those extra minutes add up. You might be saying “What extra minutes?”, but think about the amount of time in the last week you spent on social media, waiting for your kids in the car, riding the train, watching TV/netflix, reading blogs (guilty)….it adds up!! I have a pretty lengthy commute on the train to school, and sometimes after class I do need to let my brain veg [and listen to serial. again.], but a lot of the time, I could/should be doing reading for class (or even pleasure), writing, homework, planning, whatever.

The point is, we only have so many hours in a day. I don’t think we should be going crazy keeping every minute busy, but by prioritizing and using the time we have efficiently, we can make time for work and play without feeling like a hot mess 24/7.

Do you have any time management tips?? DO TELL!

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Thinking Pink for Vday

I’m all about the pink and sparkly goodies this time of year…and always haha.  My husband isn’t really a fan of vday, but I don’t think anything tastes better than chocolate wrapped in shiny pink foil 🙂 There’s also nothing better than pink workout gear. Here are a few finds I wouldn’t mind….

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 [um how cute is that water bottle?!]
Happy Monday! I hope your week is filled with lots of pink and great workouts of course 😉

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Motivation Monday: Beating the Winter Blues

February is here! I actually think January is my least favorite month… Something about coming off of the holiday high and back to real like…real freaking cold life. But we survived. February brings my birthday (25…sob) and valentines day, so I have some fun stuff to look forward to. This winter in Utah has been super mild, plus with the puppy, and my second semester of grad school I’m keeping busy. I wrote a post last year (here) about surviving the winter blues, but I just wanted to add a few things 🙂

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  • exercise as much as possible. those endorphins are SO great, not to mention help with working off the holiday lbs
  • freshen up your home. fresh flowers and candles have been game-changers for me. I hate the empty feeling after taking down the Christmas decorations, so organizing and changing things around really helps.
  • stock up on fresh food. I got back into meal planning in January and it helped me re-focus on eating fresh and healthy meals
  • remind yourself that we are just 7 weeks away from the first day of spring! Day dreaming about pool days and bikinis always gets me excited….

and like this post says..put something fun on the calendar! And taking a hot bath always helps too 🙂 How do you make it through the gloomy months?

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