Tech and Tools for Weight Loss

Ok, so I know I’ve posted about my vision board, but I wanted to share a few other tech items and non-tech items that I’m using to help me achieve my fitness goals.

All of these things together help me make sense of the jumbled mess in my head – “what am I eating today?”; “what do I want to accomplish in 21 days; in 2 months?”; “what are my resting stats and how am I performing during exercise?”; “how’s my sleep?”; “how do I ‘feel’ about these lifestyle changes?”; “what can I do better to feel better?”

  • Vision board – This one is pretty self explanatory, you create a board where you post inspirational quotes, images and your goals. The board helps you visualize your goals, how you can accomplish them and serves as a great reminder of why you started in the first place! Here’s mine, where’s yours?
  • FitBit Charge HR – This was a “splurge purchase” that I decided to do. It has literally changed my life! I love it! It helps me not only track my daily steps and heart rate, but I wear it at night to track my sleep habits! <<This has been one of the most useful benefits because I can “see” why I feel so tired! 😉
  • FitBook Lite – This book was a gift from my coach; a welcome to the team gift! Yay! I just browsed through it today – it’s a 6-week planner/journal that helps keep you organized and focused on your goals too! You also get access to a free e-book which goes into more detail about how to use the journal, as well as some pretty tasty recipes! After the 6 weeks are over, I know I’m going to want another!
  • Meal planning – Ok, so this is probably the most helpful and critical tool I use! Without this I know I would fall back into old habits and wouldn’t have a clear picture on my nutrition…I’m still bad at eating enough fruits and veggies, but I know planning ahead helps!

4 Week Check-in

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Here’s me at work! YAY! I use my shaker bottle to track my daily water.

Each year, my company hosts a “Get Fit” event and for 3 years, I have participated in the event. >>Not really “fit” yet, if you know what I mean! 😉

Tomorrow is our mid-way point and weigh in. I am not looking forward to it! I have learned that you don’t always see the scale go down – sometimes your measurements change first! Which is more important?

Well, at least for me, I think it’s the inches coupled with HOW I FEEL. Am I less tired and more energetic? Do my pants fit a little bit better? Can I wear those old jeans again?

^^^Those things are what mean the most to me. I don’t need a scale to tell me how I should feel. I only need me.

#ExpediteLife

I Hate Cardio

I hate cardio and maybe that’s why I push myself to do it – ok, it is. Because I know if I don’t, I’d gladly skip it and move on to something else…like relay donut eating. !!! Ok, not really – but I’m not going to say that it hasn’t crossed my mind…

Today was the official kickoff of my #21DayFix workout and meal plan – I set up a workout station, planned the next few weeks’ meals and put up a vision board to help keep me focused on my goals!

Of course, it all began with a total body cardio workout – at 5:15 a.m., because I know that if I don’t get up and fit it in first thing, I won’t do it later. I’ve tried and it just doesn’t happen. I’ll go strong for a few days, maybe a week or so; and then, by the time I realize what I’ve done, I’ve missed 3, 4, 5 workouts and feel like a complete failure.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I’m tired of being disappointed in myself. I’m tired of quitting. I’m tired of on again, off again fitness plan.

I’m ready to take control. I’m ready to change. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

Quick Update: Weight Loss!

Just a quick update for you all (and a way to keep myself accountable) – I’ve lost 4 lbs so far! I’m currently eating gluten free, while limiting my sugar and carb intake!

I’m not starting to “see” changes yet, but I know they’re just around the corner!

By next month, I’ll be working out again and I KNOW I’ll get to see so many more awesome results once that happens.

Cheers!

Social Media Strategy

I’ve been giving some thought lately to how active I am on social media and how active I should be.

Overall, I think I’m less active online that I should be – especially if I ever expect to get a job managing social media accounts. There’s a fine line between posting enough and too much and sometimes I’m not sure where that line really is.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get a new job, so why not start today by improving my social media presence?

Crazy week!

Hi!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me, so here’s a quick update:

  • I’m wrapping up week two of my gluten free adventure! Yay, me! I can’t say it’s been easy and there have DEFINITELY been withdrawal symptoms (mostly from sugar detox) but it’s worth it. And everyday I feel stronger. 🙂
  • Work is STRESSING ME OUT! I think these past few weeks have made me really appreciate down time, deep breathing and walking away from my work email, just to catch my breath!
  • Continuing from the last comment…I found this really cool de-stressing tool online – it’s called Pixel Thoughts – check it out here.

    Basically, you type in something you’re concerned about into the bubble; the website then walks you through a de-stress exercise as you watch your concern get smaller and smaller, until it finally disappears! How cool is that?

That’s it for now! TTYL

I Miss Organic Photography

Take a look at your newsfeed on any social media platform and you’ll notice a couple of things:

  • People really like to share funny and/or inspirational viral videos, recipes and inspirational quotes.
  • They also share the happy moments in their live; and, while there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes they’re ONLY sharing the happy moments.

Now I know, there are two (or more) sides to every story, and some people really do live extraordinarily happy and fulfilling lives and others choose just not to share their dirty laundry (<<<this is me!)

Social media has done wonders for people the world over, helping people connect in ways that weren’t possible before and keeping families in touch with what’s going on in each other’s lives.

There are also downsides to letting social media and the things we post (or don’t) dictate the face we show to the world. The biggest one for me is the lack of organic interaction and candid moments.

People just don’t share photos anymore, they share selfies. They take dozens of photos of themselves and/or others and/or their food, just to share one…usually with the hashtag #MyLife. When, in reality, it’s not their life. It’s a glorified picture shoot – staring themselves and using their surroundings as a stereotypical backdrop.

I miss organic photography. Here’s a quick look at 40 historic photos and these taken during the Great Depression and these taken by the late Vivian Maier, a woman who captured the essence of everyday life.

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Here are a few I took on a rainy day, with my new 50mm lens!

There are thousands upon thousands of photographs just like these – all taking a look into the depth of what it means to be human, what it means to be alive – and they’re all unique, at the same time.

It’s just something that I miss and wish we would see more of.