Friday Wrap: Work It

I’m in major workout mode these days. I think it’s a combination of the sun rising earlier, making it much easier to get up and go, and the fact that it’s full on swim suit season. Yikes.

Unfortunately, the many weeks (okay, probably months) of not working out have made their mark in the shape of a donut around my waist. Instead of being bummed or frustrated, I decided to lace up my shoes and get moving.

Here are five things I’ve started doing on my recent health kick. I’d love to know your workout secrets, too. Help a momma out.

{ONE} Taking Notes

workout journal

My goal was to start a food journal so I could see everything I was eating and spot any red flags. Well, that lasted for about two days. It was so time consuming! At this point in my life, I pretty much know my weaknesses: sugar, beer and not enough water to wash it all down. So I vowed to make some adjustments in the food department. Check.

When it came to working out, though, I thought it would be interesting to write down what I was doing and how it made me feel. It’s way more reasonable in terms of a time commitment, and it’s helping me realize how much I like exercising. I don’t have to sweat it out at the gym every day. A hike around the lake counts, too.

Tip: I use the notes section in my Day Designer for this.

Here are the things I jot down each day:

  • Type of exercise
  • Duration/distance
  • Weather conditions
  • Scale of 1-5 (5 being awesome) how do I feel

{TWO} 7-Minute Workout

7 min workout app

These are screen shots from the app on my phone.

My biggest excuse for not working out is time. I never seem to have enough of it. I honestly think I have a leak in my schedule where minutes and hours slowly spill out as I cruise through the day. The next thing I know, it’s time to make dinner, and I really don’t want to workout on a full stomach.

Enter the 7 Minute Workout Challenge. As the name implies, this app gives you a full body workout in just 7 minutes. It’s genius. According to the website, “It’s backed by actual research. The app can transform your body for a mere 7 minutes a day.” I’m totally doing this. How hard can it be to find 7 stinkin’ minutes, right?

{THREE} Listening to Podcasts

podcast

On the rare days I do find time to jump on the elliptical or jog through the neighborhood, I love listening to audiobooks and podcasts. Brandon got me started on this kick.

If you haven’t listened to Serial, which is completely captivating, you should definitely give it a go. Brandon and I listened to Season One on our drive to the beach over spring break. We missed two exits because we were so engrossed in the story.

For more ideas, I found this jackpot of podcasts that really do make your workouts fly. I’m always looking for more ideas, though. So let me know what you’d add to the list!

{FOUR} Drinking Sassy Water

sassy water

I love treating myself to a big glass of sass right when I wake up and also after a good, sweaty workout. Here’s the original recipe…

Sassy Water Recipe

This classic recipe is featured in the Flat Belly Diet book. For more variations, check out this list of 25 different recipes!

{FIVE} Morning Motivation

alarm motivation

This last idea was actually inspired by my son. He showed me how to add messages to the alarm on my phone. Now when I wake up, the first thing I see is a happy message.

I discovered that when I wake up with the right mindset, I’m more likely to make healthy choices during the day. Simple, yet powerful stuff.

That’s a wrap for this post, now I feel like I should lace up!

sweat, smile and repeat artwork

If you want to hang this motivational mantra in your home, you can get it here.

Happy friday and I’ll see you next week!

-Kate

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10 comments on “Friday Wrap: Work It

  1. I’ve never heard of the 7 minute workout app, but it seems like something I would love. Even though I frequent the gym, sometimes I find myself wanting to do a little extra, or having a few spare minutes at the gym that I’m not sure how to best utilize.

    Also, I have no idea how to add notes to my alarm, but I’m off to figure out how!

    Happy Friday! #H54F

  2. I love Podcasts when I’m working out too. It is like it takes my focus so my body involuntarily keeps my work out up (generally a run) and my mind is interacting in stimulating thought – love it!

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