Back in February, I began my fitness plan. You can read the full post here.
This page is where you can see my progress and my handbag budget grow!
Pounds lost so far: 0*
As I mentioned in my June Monthly Recap, I had a big setback due to some life “stuff” and my depression. Basically, I let my stress get to me and let my stress eating get out of control, along without maintaining my self control. I ended up gaining back all the 10 pounds I’d lost. But July will be different.
Since getting fit is more of a mental hurdle for me, I knew I had to make it interesting. I am the type of person that needs incentive and needs a goal to go after. I often can get discouraged or talk myself out of good intentions if there’s not something there to keep me going. So in addition to my plan, I came up with an incentive. I’ve always wanted a designer handbag, but have never been able to afford or justify spending money on one within our budget. So, as a way to motivate myself and save money for one, I plan to put aside $5 for every pound I lose. By the end of the year (or sooner) I should be able to afford the one I have my eye on. I’ve made a chart to track my progress and I’ll include periodic posts showing how close I am to achieving my goal. So here’s to getting fit and fashionable! 😉
Here’s a little breakdown of my current exercises, nutrition, and helpful app tools.
I try to do a minimum of 30 minutes of activity by cycling on my stationary bike, using my elliptical, or going on walks with Pepper around the neighborhood. I also monitor my activity on my Fitbit and try to get as close to 10,000 steps as possible. For strength training, I’ll do a circuit (or more) with my Seven app and then add in free weights for my arms.
I am monitoring and logging my meals with MyFitnessPal. I am trying to focus on eating more fresh foods and limiting my sugar intake. I don’t plan on finding a diet plan as I feel like that would be unrealistic to stick to and incorporate into a lifestyle habit. I need to be more aware of what I’m eating, so making choices in the moment makes the most sense at this point. I’ve also been trying to drink a gallon of water a day. I’ve only consumed a gallon once or twice so far, but it’s better than not drinking hardly any water in my day, which had been my habit. I’ve been infusing my water with lemon and cucumber to help with staving off cravings and cleansing out toxins as well as jump starting my metabolism. Plus, it just tastes better. 🙂
I got a Fitbit and LOVE it! I love that it not only tracks your exercise, but also monitors how much sleep you get each night. It can also be synced to other fitness apps, like MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and GymPact, which I also have been using.
MyFitnessPal is an online food and exercise diary that gives you the option of connecting with a community of other people in the same boat.
MapMyFitness is a GPS based app to track activities like walking, running, biking, etc. I use it to track the miles that Pepper and I walk around our neighborhood.
GymPact has been the app that has kept me most accountable and has contributed the most to my purse fund. GymPact rewards you with cash fro completing your fitness goals for the week, but it also will charge you for missing a workout. You can set your own goals and set breaks if you need to, but having an app pay me for working out has been a great motivator! I’ve already earned over $20!
I use Seven for my full-body circuit training. It gives you several different short exercises that are mostly strength training with a little bit of cardio. Seven mixes up the sequence of the exercises so it doesn’t get old or predictable and times you for each one until you complete the circuit.