March Goals and February Wrap-Up

March Fitness Goals

I’ve missed a couple weekly reviews – the one from this week I wanted to wait and do today since I knew I was going to write a February wrap-up and set some new goals for March. I can’t even believe we are at March 1st already!

Overall, things are going okay. Not losing weight as fast as I want, but I suppose it will take some time to repair my metabolism and get things going. I have been going out to eat a little too much and despite staying within points, I know I can get better food for my PointsPlus values eating at home.

I’ve been strength training 3x a week and trying to get my steps in daily. Some days I don’t try too hard to get my steps in, so I want to go back to making that a priority. Another thing I want to incorporate into my workouts throughout the week is some HIIT.

You know how they say losing weight is as easy as calories in, calories out? Umm…losing weight is freaking HARD. There is so much that goes into every move you make, from what to eat, how often to eat it, how to properly strength train and incorporating cardio (but not too much) into your routine. I feel lost sometimes with what I need to be doing so if anyone has any resources for beginners please leave the information down in the comments below!

Fitness – This month I just want to focus on getting in my HIIT training, which I will use from Dashing Dish. I plan on continuing with my 3x a week strength training, but will be increasing weights this week since last week felt a bit lighter.

Also, I’m going to refocus on my Good Health Guidelines on Weight Watchers. Keeping it simple and just focusing on filling those requirements as much as I can each day. Between that and tracking I should be getting better with food choices.

Fashion/Beauty – I’ve done a great job this month with staying on top of hydrating my skin. My face is so hydrated and smooth now so that makes me happy. I’ve also been trying to hydrate my body especially now that I am working out so I can keep my skin as supple as possible. For my face routine, I use the L’Oreal Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil followed by the Garnier Ulta-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer and in the morning I wipe my skin clean with some toner, then hydrate with Garnier Moisture Rescue Gel Cream Dry Skin and the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream. All of this I found at Ulta.

What I’m Cooking

Later today I will be going through my Skinnytaste Cookbook and making a menu using my Erin Condren Wellness Journal. I’m excited for the weather to warm up so I can get outside and start grilling!

What I’ve Favorited

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Weekly Review — February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today’s a special day in my house, the husband and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary — can’t believe that many years have gone by already. Hope everyone has a nice day with loved ones, pets and/or friends!

This week was much like the last few weeks — tracking on eTools and hitting my goals on Fitbit. I spent most of the week going beyond my daily step goal and continuing on with my Dashing Dish strength training plan! Seeing lots of difference in the way my body looks, which is bizarre considering I hadn’t seen much difference any change on the scale.

Fitness: I’ve been sticking to my weights three days a week following the guide I got off of Dashing Dish and actually enjoying it. I’ve started out with 15-45 pounds depending on my body part and doing about 15-20 reps in each of my three sets. I wanted to establish a baseline in order to see my progress as I go. I earned 33 APs and stuck with tracking each meal.

Yesterday there was a surprise for me on the scale.

Bikini Body Countdown

FINALLY. After going to the gym for almost 1.5 months straight (I’ve only missed five days of going to the gym since New Year’s Day — actually since my birthday on January 31st) and seeing my weight go up or stay the same, I saw a drop yesterday of -4.8 pounds. That’s awesome and I know next week could be weird since it was such a big loss, but I plan to keep going no matter what. I have goals this summer!

Fashion/Beauty: I’ve been really trying to make an effort with hydrating my skin daily, especially as I am trying to lose weight. My facial skin is really smooth and I picked up this stuff from Ulta, C. Booth Egyptian Argan Oil Body Butter — I like the subtle scent and it does not feel greasy at all, though it really seems to hydrate my body. I’ve also been making an effort to get in my daily multivitamin and skin vitamin.

What I’m Cooking

In my post about Meal Planning Tips, I mentioned trying to use themes for different nights of the week. I tried it this week and it worked okay, though I really need to go shopping and get some more groceries. I’ve been getting reacquainted with my old love Pinterest — that site was a never-ending source of good ideas when I lived in Colorado. Now I just want to make food, portion it out and track.

This week I made chicken and vegetables, spaghetti and meatballs, and some leftovers. I downloaded the newest issues of Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Food Network Magazine on my iPad, so I have plenty of recipes to look through this weekend.

What I’ve Favorited 

Overall, it’s been a great week! Ready to keep going and hit my goals.

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Weekly Review — February 7th

It’s been a pretty uneventful week, so this review might be on the shorter side! Been tracking points, trying to stay active and drinking water — it’s definitely keeping me occupied.

bikini body countdown

The scale hasn’t moved AT. ALL, but I can tell my body is looking different.

bikini body countdown progress

Fitness: I’ve had a successful week meeting my goals on Fitbit and staying on track with my Dashing Dish strength training schedule. I took a rest day on Thursday, but actually felt guilty about it…so this week I want to make it a goal to get my steps in every day. I like seeing all those green stars on my dashboard!

Speaking of Fitbit — I have currently burned enough calories to provide five meals to those in need. Hoping to earn a lot more this week with my cardio sessions. As of now, I’m earning one meal a day with my activity. Check out my post about #FitForFood and sign up!

Fashion/Beauty: Drinking water is hard! I’ve been working on getting in my 64 ounces in…something I want to continue doing this week. Also trying to remember to take my multivitamin and Hair & Skin supplement.

What I’m Cooking

It’s been a week of not cooking much in my kitchen. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to some new schedules here, but that changes this week. I’m not failing to plan — going through my Skinnytaste cookbook with my Erin Condren Wellness Journal and making a plan of action! If you use my referral link, you get $10 off your next purchase — making the planner free. I love free!

Erin Condren Wellness Journal

What I’ve Favorited 

7 Workout Mistakes That Keep You From Losing Belly Fat

Wash Your Face With … Oil?

Out-of-This-World Oatmeal Recipes

That’s it for this week, hope it’s a good one!

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Fitbit FitForFood

I love my Fitbit Flex — it’s helped get me more active ever since I bought it back in October.

Fitbit FitForFood

Aside from doing myself good, I can now use my Fitbit to do good for others, too. Fitbit has created a new campaign called FitForFood — the premise of the challenge is very simple: burn calories and give them to someone else. I’ve often wished I could just transfer my calories to someone else, and now it’s possible — in a unique way!

Fitbit is teaming up with Feeding America in this awesome campaign — all we need to do is burn a collective 1 billion calories! Once the 1 billion calorie milestone is reached, Fitbit will give a donation to Feeding America that will help provide 1.5 million meals.

See FitForFood in action and sign up here — it officially kicks off February 3rd!

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Bikini Countdown Challenge — Walking

New Year’s Day is just around the corner — it’s time to get ready to kick some butt and start 2015 off right!

bikini countdown challenge

I have created the #bikinicountdownchallenge on Instagram (follow me: BikiniCountdown) and it will kick off January 1st and end on January 31st! My birthday is the last day of January, so what better way to gift myself than by completing a challenge and feeling healthier?

I want to make it challenging, but attainable, for everyone so I have created two options to suit your fitness goals/needs. First, you can do 100 miles total throughout the month — that means racking up miles on the treadmill, hiking trails, bikes or even elliptical machines — it’s your call!

The second option is to commit to exercising for an hour a day — a yoga class at the gym, walking with friends throughout the neighborhood, or throwing on some Spotify and hitting the gym solo. Whatever activity you want to do for an hour counts toward the #bikinicountdownchallenge!

Use the hashtag on Instagram to follow along and let the rest of us see your progress!

So, who’s going to join me in creating some healthier habits in January? I hope you’ll join me — I need the motivation and support as much as the next person!

Fitbit Flex Review

Do you wear an activity monitor to track steps, calories burned or distance? I’ve tried the ActiveLink (original 1.0 version) from Weight Watchers and there were a few things I did not like (though the ActiveLink 2.0 has some definite improvements!). After asking around on Twitter for suggestions, I decided on purchasing a Fitbit at Costco and thought a little Fitbit Flex review might be great to share with you now that I have used it for almost two months.

Fitbit Flex Review bands

My first reasons for switching from ActiveLink 1.0 to Fitbit is that I was highly interested in the various tracking components Fitbit offered:

  • Steps
  • Distance
  • Calories burned
  • Active minutes
  • Sleep quality

For me, meeting various goals throughout the day was something I wanted to take into consideration. ActiveLink 1.0 simply tracked activity and translated it to points I could eat (there were many things I didn’t care for with the ActiveLink, which also lead me to making the switch).

Fitbit flex

I created a starting goal of getting in at least 5,000 steps (that 19k steps is my current record!) — I wanted to start low and see how I did before boosting it up. My other initial goals were to walk a distance of at least two miles a day, get 30 active minutes and a calorie burn of 2,184 each day.

Fitbit Flex Review

After getting the Fibit App on my phone, the Bluetooth capabilities allow my data to automatically sync as I am going — so I’m not going to lie, there have been times when I’ve had phone in hand walking around the couch getting in my last 50 steps to goal before sitting down to an episode of Vanderpump Rules. I love that convenience of always knowing where I’m at in terms of my goals and I can compare them to any of my previous days with the in-depth chart (shown above).

There are also some motivating features of the Fitbit — earning badges, competing with friends or additional challenges to engage in with people on your friend list. The sleeping feature on Fitbit Flex is another thing that highly interested me — I love seeing how much I am sleeping (quality or not), which counts restless and awake time as well.

In terms of my Fitbit Flex review, I really don’t have anything I don’t like about it at the moment. It motivates me to get those extra steps in when I normally wouldn’t have done anything out of my way to get activity — such as parking across the shopping center and walking to the other side, turning the television off and getting 3,000 steps in at the gym to meet my goal or just giving me the satisfaction to know I am striving to improve my stamina for the next 5k I do. It is so motivating, that hubby decided to go out and get himself the Fitbit Zip!

The bands are fairly stylish and chic, so I don’t mind wearing it on my wrist at all times. A certain someone has said he’s going to buy me the Tory Burch Fitbit Flex band, so that will make me happy — but in the meantime I am loving the different colors to wear with the traditional band design.

So, there you have it! Thanks for reading my Fitbit Flex review — do you have one? What are your thoughts on it?

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