Friday, January 1, 2016

Fitness Friday

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016. I hope it's wonderful year for you. 

I wanted to share my workouts for this holiday week.



Monday:
This day was hard! Being very lazy over the week of Christmas was a big mistake. I had a rough time getting my workout done today. 
I started with a video that just wouldn't load so I went to my trusty Jillian Michaels video.



This kicked my butt. I did later in the day get and hour walk on the treadmill. 


Tuesday
 We got snow so I needed to get the driveway cleared. That was about 45 mins of heavy snow removal. Then I was already sweaty so I figured I'd do this video. I will regret this in the morning haha.


Wednesday:
I was in so much pain when I got up I was only able to walk for a half hour on the treadmill, and that was slower than usual. This gave me the chance to work on what I will be posting for January. 
I am going to be doing more workouts but still sharing foods and random stuff I'm doing. 


Thursday:
Up @ 5 to do my workout for the day.



I didn't get the whole workout in cause of stomach issues but I got enough to get my heart rate up.


Friday:
Today I am going to #Optoutside, It's snowy and cold here but I don't care. It's a new year so I'm going to find a place to hike. At least 5 miles.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Throwback Thursday

I should probably just stick with the theme of the week and talk about what was big in 2015. I'm going to stick with the upbeat stuff. We all know that the world as a whole was pretty depressing in 2015. To much war and negativity to last a lifetime.



Diet and Health
2015 was a year to focus on eliminating GMO's and sugar. I personally became aware of the Whole30 lifestyle which is all about getting rid of processed food. This article talks more about the other trends.


Star Trek
Trekies lose an Idol. Leonard Nimoy passed away. Mr. Spock was a beloved character for many who watched the show.


Late Night TV
David Letterman had his last show. After being on the air for 33 years! That's a long time to be in front of the camera entertaining america. I personally loved watching him...when I could stay awake.


Amazon
I personally was shocked by this one. Apparently Amazon was found to be paying people for good reviews. I always check the reviews before buying something and now I feel like I can't trust anyone, let alone Amazon.


Patriots
I have to add this one because my hubby is a Patriots fan. Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder. What a crazy story. Then of course you have deflate gate with the winning of a game due to under inflated footballs. It's been a tough year to be a Patriots fan.


Movies
The 2 big ones I think were the book adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey. The uproar about those was big and of course the new Star Wars movie was a must see this Christmas season. I don't go to see many movies. I like to wait till it's on DVD so if it's horrible I can just shut it off instead of walking out after paying 12$ 


Netflix
2015 saw the rise of the streaming service called Netflix. Why pay an outrageous cable or satellite bill when you can binge watch all your favorite shows. I personally had my hubby shut off our Dish service and tried just having Netflix and antenna TV. Yea it didn't work because we couldn't pull in a signal and the hubby wasn't about to go without his football.  


There are so many wonderful things that happened in 2015 that I can't even begin to list. I found this fun article that goes over many more. 

I hope 2015 was a great year for you and it something you look back on fondly.








Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Trending Tuesday

I thought that with the coming New Year I would touch on what is some of the new trends you might see.


Bullet Journaling

Now this has been around for a long time but has started to really catch on. You can find the tutorial video here. It is a quick walk through of the basics. I had to watch this video many times to understand it, even then I wasn't sure that it would be something I would like. 
There are many groups on FB and lots of boards on Pinterest where you can see how others have adapted this basic layout and changed it.
That is what got me to take it on for the new year. I am an organized person by nature so a way to be creative and organized is a win win for  me.
I suggest that you check out theses boards to get an idea on how to customize. gentwenty, tinyrayofsunshine and bohoberry. I follow them so when they post fun new stuff I can check it out.


Hand Lettering

I have always thought that penmanship was another way to put your best you forward. I try to have pretty handwriting, even if nobody sees it. So when I came across hand lettering I was hooked! It is so neat to think that I could write like the words you see in professional pictures.
Chalk Ink markers  is what started me on my way with wanting to hand letter EVERYTHING!
This is also something that is blowing up, search it on Instagram and Youtube and you will be taken to wonderful tutorials of how you to can write pretty. I have always loved cursive so it has kind of been easier to pick up for me. I of course think it looks ugly but oh well. 
Check out any of these blogs and try not to want to write like this. madevibrantoneartsymama and alisaburke. all very talented people!



Wearable fitness trackers

I have a love hate relationship with my Fitbit! I have heard that wearable fitness trackers will be a big thing in 2016. In my search for something to replace my Fitbit, I believe that to be true.
Back a few years you had a limited choice of ways to track your fitness. Now every company out there is trying to cash in on new technology. I found this article that helps explain things way better than I can. consumer search.com/fitness-trackers is a good starting point if you know nothing about a fitness tracker. I have fallen for a few of those Groupon deals and tried other trackers, to no avail. I will keep my Fitbit until I find something else I like. 

Those are a few things I found to be upcoming trends for 2016. I think and hope that Happiness is also a trend! What trend do you think you will follow?




Monday, December 28, 2015

Motivation Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas time. Now it's on to New years resolutions. Goals or habits I think is what I'm going to call them instead.
 I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what I want to accomplish most and making a plan to do it.

I want to get fit! How will I go about reaching that goal?
I am going to change up my workout routine for one. I was getting up @ 4:15am and trying to get it all in before 6am.
Not going to work anymore. So I am getting up @5am and spending an hr doing weights, then when Abby leaves @4:15pm I will do my cardio. I need to start with a minimum of 5 miles a day.
I am doing this because the hubby and I are planning a hike up Pikes Peak in May!!

My workout today was: Skinnymom weight loss


I want to read the Harry Potter series.
I have heard this is a good read. When my daughter had the books it wasn't something that I would've thought, but I have seen a lot of adults who say it should be done. I went to Half-Price Books and picked up the first 2.
I will be reading other stuff also.



I want to do Keto/Atkins.
I was going to do another round of Whole30 but I didn't really see any results the last round. I did Atkins years ago and loved my results. I want to try a new recipe each week. I'm sure I will be sticking to the basics until I get use to it.






That's it for now. I didn't want to take on to many so as not to fail. I have other little hobbies I want to take up but not sure that that will happen right away. What kind of resolutions do you have?