Friday, January 9, 2015

Fitness Friday!

(For the record, all photos in this post were not taken by me except the cupcake I baked!)
My new plan is to do a "healthy living and fitness" check in on Fridays this year.
Maybe help keep me accountable?

Here are some goals I am continuing to work on for 2015:

1. Exercise 5-6 days per week:
This is the workout I am doing right now. TurboFire
I am following the schedule to the letter and sticking with it.
I bought it over a year ago and just do whatever workouts I feel like doing whenever, but I want to try the schedule they provide now.
There is a rest day included and I find that I need that rest day so I don't get burned out.
When the weather gets warmer, I will probably go back outdoors to walk and jog a few days a week though.
And I am definitely incorporating more strength training in my weekly workouts to raise my metabolism.

2. Drink Mostly Water:

Ummm...yeah I like Dr. Pepper a lot. And I try not to drink more than one a week. I know it has no health benefits and is actually terrible for me, but it's so good!
Over the holidays I found myself drinking it a few times a week.
So I am back to one Dr. Pepper a week as a treat if I even feel like it at all, and my main drink being water.
I don't drink a lot of juice or other sugary drinks except the occasional orange juice.

3. No Fast Food:

Truthfully, this will not be hard for me. I never feel good after eating it and none of it appeals to me right now. Both times I had fast food recently, I felt pretty sick afterwards. And Erin has discovered that she really doesn't like McDonald's food. She was just in it for the toys. So we will not be going there anymore.

4. Only One Sweet per Day (and don't really need everyday)

When I was doing the green smoothie cleanse, I basically did not have any refined sugar for ten days, and I survived! This is coming from a bit of a sugar addict who likes chocolate. Ultimately I try not to eat it but occasionally just want a piece of chocolate.
And I read *this amazing post* by Katherine and totally agree. It's ok to have the occasional piece of apple pie at Thanksgiving dinner. Too much emphasis is placed on what is wrong with food and I think that causes a downward spiral which can lead to failure.
I find when I tell myself I "can" have something, I ultimately realize I don't really "need" it. :)
Along with reducing sugar, I plan on trying to eat at least two fruits or vegetables with each meal.

5. Get More Sleep!:

Everything I read on sleep only confirms that lack of sleep creates a lot of health problems and issues. So I try to be in bed by 11pm every night. I don't always make it, but it's my goal and I make it more often than not. Plus, I am trying to eliminate screens at bedtime.

6. Vitamins:

My kids actually take the vitamins in that photo and occasionally I will pop one or two.
But I am trying to get the right amount through foods, but I take a daily vitamin C and Vitamin D supplement. The D was recommended by my doctor because I was slightly low on it my last check up. I've noticed that when I keep up on vitamin C by taking the pill form and drinking a little oj or eating oranges, that I tend to feel better for sure.
Overall, I am trying to eat cleaner and want to have one green smoothie a day still and that helps me feel better as well.

So there you have it!
Healthy Living Goals for 2015!


  1. Good for you!! I have fallen off the h2o bandwagon a little bit -- during the summer, I was drinking 10 bottles of h2o a day ... but the winter when I am COLD all the time, I am only at 5 a day :( Gotta get back on the wagon!!!

    1. It really is not easy to drink all the water they recommend!

  2. What great healthy goals for 2015!! I've been off pop for over four years now, it's a tough habit to break. I have a ard time drinking much of anything in the winter though because it's so dang cold!!

  3. These are fantastic goals! You can do it!!!!!
    I am trying to cut down my sweets...that is the hardest one for me.
    I'm proud of you, let's do this!

  4. Awesome goals! And I love Fitness Friday!! :) I drink so much water - all day, every day - that I usually want something a little different with dinner. I also love Dr Pepper, and usually have half a glass 2-3 times a week. Maybe a full glass if we watch a movie. I consider it a treat for having made better choices previously, LOL. Terrible, I know. ;) Speaking of treats ... I found an EXCELLENT gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough by Pillsbury - already ready to bake! They taste just like regular cookies! Even my husband said if he didn't know they were gluten free, he wouldn't have guessed! YAY! :)

    1. I say if we don't treat ourselves once in awhile it just makes it harder! I buy one bottle of Dr. P and drink one third of it for three days throughout week. It keeps me happy :)

  5. Good for you! I hear you on the sleep issue. I have a terrible habit of staying up too late and I pay dearly. Also think vitamin D is important. Especially in winter.

  6. Sounds like you are doing great. Honestly, last year I got the exercise thing down - but the food is ALWAYS a struggle for me. I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Friday and my healthy eating Wednesday and I am feeling so much better. I know what you mean about the soft drinks, but my poison was Diet Coke which is so much worse than just a regular coke...I have gone without since March of is still a struggle. Keep up the great work!

  7. Great goals, Mary Jo! I relate to bedtime goal, love the quote! I am trying to get in bed by 10:30 and it hard. I am turning off all the house lights by 9:30 just to start my sleep cycle. Best wishes with your goals!

  8. Great idea for a scheduled check-in post and all the best with reaching your goals, Mary Jo!