Paying Yourself To Workout

Hi Guys!

If you are anything like me than you can’t go to a gym to workout. Whether it’s because of kids, your schedule, or money, you just can’t make it to the gym.

Before i really started my health journey, last month, i had a thought… “Since i’m not paying for a gym membership, why don’t i pay myself a little something every time i workout”.

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This is how it looks like for me…

Every time single time i workout, i pay myself $5. I put that money into an envelope and save it away.

Once I’ve reached my goal weight, i will then give myself all that money that I’ve been saving away. Which i will then use to probably buy myself some new clothes. Because at that point i will definitely need new clothes.

It’s just nice to have a little extra motivator to workout.

If you want to do this too, but $5 seems a lot or not enough, you can totally customize your amount. $1, $2, $10, $15. etc.. It will all add up in the end. And you will have a very nice little gift for yourself for all your hard work. Which you can then spend on anything you want.

I hope you have enjoyed this little “tip”, and if you end up doing it let me know, i’d love to hear about your experience!

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Current Health Journey *Update*

Last month i shared my health journey, and today i figured it was time to give an update on how everything is going…

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As of today (2/25/19) i am down 19 pounds from the beginning of the year!!

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In my previous post i shared how i’ve been doing it (i.e. my workouts, diet, etc.), so i thought i would share those things again because some of it has changed since then.

First for my workout schedule.

I’m currently working out 5-6 times a week. I tried to do Bikini Body Mommy again, because i really liked it the last time i did it, but i only made it like 9 days before giving up. Here is why it just doesn’t work for me… I don’t sweat enough/burn enough calories for it to make an impact on my weight loss. I do love how it works out your entire body, seriously i can’t walk right for days after starting that program, but in the end it just doesn’t fit me.

So i’m still running on the treadmill, which i absolutely love! I’ve been working on getting stronger and faster at running 1 mile, and i’m super happy to report that my newest fastest time is 9 minutes and 38 seconds. That is a HUGE improvement from 14+ minutes when i first started running back in January!

I would really love to be able to run more than 1 mile, but i’m pretty wiped out after 1 mile, so that’s all i’m doing right now.

Besides working out 5-6 times a week, i’m also getting over 15,000 steps every single day (workout day or not!). Most days i average 18,000 steps, and on a really good day i can get 25,000 steps.

Now for my diet.

I’m still trying to stay away from: chocolate, candy, soda, bread, pasta, rice, and ice cream.

I shared a beachbody meal plan in my last post that i was using, and it was pretty good. I also discovered another beachbody meal plan that i ended up liking even more.

Here is the meal plan:

Breakfast M/W/F: Sautéed Kale and Red Bell Pepper Egg Cups (based on the Sautéed Kale with Poached Eggs recipe on page 32 of the Eating Plan)

Breakfast T/Th: Greek Yogurt Bowl

Lunch M/W/F: Seasoned Turkey and Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Lunch T/Th: Spinach and Roast Beef Salad

Snack M/W/F: Herbed Yogurt Dip with Raw Veggies

Snack T/Th: Hard-Boiled Egg and Baby Carrots

Dinner M/W/F: Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce and Parmesan Cheese

Dinner T/Th: Jalapeño and Cheese Turkey Burgers

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Seriously i loved all the foods on this meal plan!! So good!!

That’s it, that’s how i’m losing the weight and getting healthier. Are you on your own health journey? I’d love to hear what you are doing, and how it is going?

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Healthy Super Bowl Foods

The Super Bowl is coming up this Sunday, which means if you are trying to eat healthy and lose weight, all your hard work can be destroyed in one afternoon!!  This year i’m looking into trying out some new healthy recipes i can make for Super Bowl Sunday, that won’t leave me feeling sad, discouraged, and just plain yucky come Monday!

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Here’s some recipes i have found that look really and that i can’t wait to try…

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili – This recipe from Half Baked Harvest looks really yummy. If chili is your go to meal for Super Bowl Sunday, why not give this healthy recipe a try!

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Healthy Queso (Skinny Cheese Dip) – It’s really not the Super Bowl without chips and dip, and with this skinny cheese dip you won’t have all the regrets the next day.

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Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites – The flavor of buffalo wings, without all the calories!! Yes Please!!

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Skinny Bell Pepper Nacho Boats – I love bell peppers and nachos, so i am so excited for this recipe!!

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Zucchini Pizza Bites – Another classic Super Bowl food, Pizza! However, this recipe is super simple and healthier for you!!

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That’s it, 5 healthy delicious recipes to keep you on track during this Super Bowl Sunday. Which one looks the tastiest to you?

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Current Health Journey

Hi Guys!

At the beginning of the month, I shared my goal of losing 10 pounds this month with you all. Well, today I thought I would share how i’m going about doing that, in case you are also interested in losing weight/getting healthy/etc…

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First i’ll start with my workout schedule.

I’m currently working out 5 times a week, with my two off days being Wednesday and Sunday. For my work outs this month, I am running on the treadmill for 1 mile. My goal is to slowly work my way up to 2 miles, however that probably won’t happen until next month. I’m just not there yet.

I’m also getting over 10,000 steps every day, workout day or not.

Now for my diet.

I’m trying to stay away from: Chocolate, Candy, Soda, Bread, Rice, Pasta, and Ice Cream.

For the first part of the month I’ve been just doing my own thing, no real diet plan other than avoid those foods i just previously mentioned.

Starting today i’m going to be doing the Beachbody meal plan for a 1,200 calorie diet.

I used that meal plan last time I was focused on losing weight and I believe it really did the trick. I just adjust the meal plan to my liking for example; I don’t do the Beachbody shake they recommend, and I also don’t use the portion fix containers.

Here is the meal plan:

Breakfast (M/W/F): Veggie Egg Muffins on Whole Grain English Muffin with Orange Slices

Breakfast (T/Th): Sweet Potato Veggie Hash with Turkey Sausage with Red Grapes

Shakeology Snack (DAILY): Vanilla Chia Shakeology Smoothie **I don’t do this**

PM Snack (DAILY): Apple with Peanut Butter

Lunch (M/W/F): Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken with Black Eyed Pea Salad

Lunch (T/Th): Avocado Chicken Salad on Toasted Whole Grain Bread

Dinner (M/W/F): Roasted Pepper Tuna Melt

Dinner (T/Th): Roasted Chicken over Wilted Spinach Salad

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The meal plan covers Monday-Friday, so on the weekends I just do meals that are similar to these meals. If you are interested in this meal plan, the recipes/shopping list are on their website.

That’s how i’m going about getting healthier/losing weight/getting fit/etc. Now for my results so far, I’ve lost 7 pounds!!! With my total goal being 10 pounds this month, i feel like 7 pounds so far is a great start!!

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Are you on your own health journey? I’d love to hear what you are doing, and how it is going.

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DIY Peppermint Bath Salt

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with another fun DIY project, bath salt.

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Peppermint bath salt, to be exact. This project just screams Christmas time to me, and if you have ever smelt peppermint essential you know why. This project is super easy, only requires 4 products (5 if you want to add in the coloring), and smells amazing!

Ingredients:

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Directions:

In a large mixing bowl add the first 3 ingredients and mix well. Then, add the essential oil and stir well to combine. If adding in the red colorant, like I did, divide mixture into half and add colorant to one half. Finally, layer the bath salts into whatever container you are using.

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How to use:

Pour 1/2 a cup to 1 cup of bath salt into running bath water, and enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed this DIY project!

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How To Drink More Water

I’ve never been much of a water drinker, in fact growing up i never really even drank water. I know that’s totally bad!!

Anyways, lately i have really been trying hard to get enough water. Like at least 64 fl oz. of water each day. And I’ve come up with a few different ways that help me reach that goal.

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Here are the things i do, to help me drink more water each day…

  • I drink 2 bottles of water (or 32 fl oz.) before 10 AM. If i’m able to do that, the rest of the day i find it’s easier to drink the remaining amount needed.
  • The water has to be at the perfect temperature. If it’s too warm, i can’t drink it. Same as if it’s too cold, i can’t drink it. The temperature has to be just right.
  • I add lemon. On the days i’m just struggling to get it down, i add some lemon to help.
  • I drink from a straw. Somehow drinking from a straw makes me drink more and faster.
  • I keep track. I use my Fitbit app (which has my goal of how much water to drink each day) and i log how much water i drink each day. Seeing that really helps motivate me to reach those goals.

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If you are struggling to drink enough water each day, i hope my tips have been encouraging for you.

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Last Chance {Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018}

Hi Guys!

There are only a few more hours left to get your hands on the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018 and then it’s gone..

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I love this bundle and it couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. If you read my blog post on Saturday, i was just diagnosed with a thyroid problem and to my wonderful surprise this amazing bundle has an incredible Thyroid cookbook packed with over 390 pages of super helpful information and over 100 delicious recipes.

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In less than 2 hours this bundle goes bye bye, so don’t wait, grab your copy now.

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