In addition to working towards a healthier me physically, I’m also working on maintaining a healthier attitude and perspective. I don’t have too much to report on actual weight-loss this month, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite health-related things right now that are helping me achieve my goals… even if the going is slow… really slow.
1. FitBit, MyFitnessPal and Water Daily
I have an old-school, clipon FitBit that I’ve recently revived and started wearing again during the day. It helps me keep track of how active I am at work and helps motivate me to move around. I really want to get one of the new wristbands though because I take my clipon off when I ride… since I lost one once when it fell into the arena dirt while I was jumping a course. Plus, FitBit syncs with the free calorie counter app I use MyFitnessPal. I love this app for its ease of use and simple design, yet it’s still got all the bells and whistles I could want.
Finally, I’ve been working on drinking more water. I know, it sounds silly but at work I get so engrossed in projects I forget to go fill up my water bottle. Sometimes, I’ll go an entire 8 hour work day and only drink 1 glass of water. Not good! So I downloaded Water Daily to help me track my water intake, as well as help remind me to hydrate!
2. Jillian Michaels and PiYO
Working out is hard. It’s hard to find the time, hard to be motivated to follow through and then it’s hard during the workout too. But I found if I break it up into different types of exercises and tell myself all I need is 20-30 minutes, it doesn’t seem like such an impossible task. So I’ve been working out at home with the help of some Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and PiYO DVDs. They’re quick, not ridiculously difficult and best of all you don’t need any equipment. Any reason I can remove for not working out is a win in my book!
3. Champion Capri’s and Saucony Ride 7’s
The only clothes I like to shop for are breeches, but a girl’s got to have options! So I ‘splurged’ on a pair of capri yoga pants and new tennis shoes (since mine bit the dust after 5 years). Surprisingly, these small items help motivate me to workout because I love them so much. The C9 Champion Capri’s are ridiculously comfortable and not skin-tight, and my electric blue Saucony Ride 7 tennis shoes are pretty, fun and super supportive. Maybe there’s more truthin the saying ‘dress for success’ than I ever really thought?
4. Baked Chicken Parmesan and Grilled Asparagus
Part of my quest to live a healthier lifestyle includes changing what I eat. I’m not good at dieting (especially diets where you can’t eat specific foods), so instead of limiting myself, I’m trying to make my favorite dishes with a twist, as well as include vegetables with every meal. So far my favorite has been this Baked Chicken Parmesan recipe from Skinny Taste, paired with grilled Asparagus and Feta from Once Upon a Chef. Both websites have some great, healthy recipes that I absolutely love!
5. Teal & Lime Lifestyle Blog
Okay, so this one might be a little bit out there, but bear with me. I’ve been reading more blogs lately and branching out of my typical equestrian genre. I stumbled across Teal & Lime while browsing Pintrest for home decor ideas. She recently blogged about “What To Do When Everything Seems Impossibly Hard” and her story, and her tips, really resonated with me. I need to remember her 4th tip for sure: just do something stupid easy so you feel like you’ve at least accomplished something.
What are some of your favorite health and fitness things?
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