Prepping My Life for the Best Me

Have you ever thought about what would make you the best you?  I have, I spend a lot of time thinking about how I can improve myself because I am never satisfied with what I have accomplished, sad but true.  Along with getting my body in shape and getting healthy I need to focus on getting my mind healthy as well.  I struggle with anxiety (different types) and other mental health conditions that have always affected my health, mentally and physically.  So I had to take some time, do some soul searching, and think… what makes the best me?

Here’s what I came up with and will be focusing on.  My best physical me will be in shape (this does not mean super skinny, ripped, or anything else society has deemed “in shape”).  For me, in shape means being able to do a 5k without thinking about it, going for a hike with friends without worrying about how hard it will be and if I can do it, and doing any other nonextreme physical activity without having to worry about being too heavy or out of shape.  I just want to be healthy and in shape.  Of course, I may change my focus every now and then and try to get more muscles or lean out but for now I just want to be healthy and in shape, both of which I am NOT right now.

My best mental me will be nicer to myself.  I can be my own worst enemy and that needs to stop.  I need to be my #1 fan, my cheerleader.  I am lucky enough to have wonderful people around me who are great cheerleaders but I need to be one for myself.  I need to change the way I talk to myself.  This is the hardest part for me because having anxiety means that I over think, over criticize, and tell myself that everyone doesn’t like me or I said something stupid.  I’m hoping that with working out and eating right my anxiety is less active.  It has been proven that working out is great for your mental health.

The last and final thing I will focus on goes along with being the best mental me. I need to remind myself I am worth it.  Whatever “it” is for the moment I am worth it.  I work hard, I try to be a great friend, sister, daughter but for some reason I don’t think I’m worth anything special.  I always tell myself I didn’t work hard enough, I wasn’t nice enough, etc… I want to remind myself I am worth it!

Now, if you have made it this far you may be wondering why I am writing all of this stuff down about being the best me when I recently said that I was going to be writing about my fitness journey and whole 30 and that is what I am going to focus on for my blog but can one actually get physically healthy and stay that way if you don’t focus on how to be the best you?  I don’t believe so.  I wanted to give a little idea of what I was focusing on while on this journey to being the best physical me.  I like to read about what other people are struggling with because it helps me understand where their writing comes from.  If that’s not your thing, no worries, I won’t be doing it alot 😉

Today is the day, I am prepping all my Whole 30 food for the next week and cleaning out my fridge of anything that may tempt me.  I am great at staying on task, most the time, if there is nothing tempting me, and I have no energy to run to the store.  lol  I am going to do a post probably tomorrow about what I prepped for the week, how I set up my planner now that it’s not blank, and all about my first weigh in for the Tons of Fun challenge (eek).

Until next time, tell me:

What do you need to focus on to be the best you?

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I’m Obsessed with My Fitness Planner

Yes I know it’s Christmas Eve… So why am I blogging? Because I already celebrated Christmas last week when my mom was in town.  I didn’t go home this year and surprisingly I’m totally ok with being alone.  My plans are to sit on the couch with my dogs and watch Christmas movies.

So now for the real reason for this post.  I got the Happy Planner Fitness Planner from Me&My Big Ideas.  This is the exact planner kit I got from Michael’s.  As you can see it is sold out online but I have found some on ebay and I’m sure you can still find it at Michael’s but you better hurry because mine was pretty picked over this morning.  However, if you can find it at Michael’s they have their planners on sale for 60% off!  I usually only buy things from Michael’s if they have sales or I have coupons because I’m a craft-a-holic and would go broke if I shopped regular price.  Here is what I picked up in two different trips except for the pens, those you can get here.

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Here is the monthly layout I put together for January.  I have a list of my whole 30 recipes that I have pinned so if I get bored or want to choose something different to eat I can look at the list easily and go to pinterest straight to the pin I want instead of getting distracted for hours lol!  I marked my first and last days of my whole 30 plan and two rest days (those are going to be every Tuesday once school/teaching starts back up).  The Tons of Fun weigh-ins you see are for a group I joined through Fleet Feet Roanoke.  I am going to add Jess’ @ PT contender plank challenge once I get all the information on it :).  50430269168__bcdb4e61-a29d-4c8b-b267-2ac2ce2fb762

Here is a look at the week spread.  I made new lines because one of my goals is to not snack so I crossed out snack and gave myself more room to write my meals.  I focused on three goals for each week and wrote those on the side bar.  I have a feeling once I get used to this planner my weeks will look cuter and (obviously) more filled in.

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I just wanted to share what I had done with the planner to make it work better for me.  Of course, everyone has to find their own way of doing things but I know I like to see other examples and take stuff from all the examples I see to make a planner I like.  I bought the extra stickers because the four pages of stickers weren’t enough for me so some of these stickers are from the additional stickers and did not come with the planner kit.  I also bought the washi tape and the borders at the top of the paper are from the Deco Pens shown at the beginning of this post.

Questions:

  1.  Does you have one particular thing that helps you keep up with your planner?
  2.  Are you keeping a fitness planner for 2017?
  3. What else should I add to my planner?

Wow! It’s been awhile guys…

Hey all, it’s me, the “blogger” who doesn’t blog.  Can I even call myself a blogger if I haven’t blogged in months? My guess is probably not.  I’m on Christmas break from school so I have time again to focus on writing posts.  I don’t have a ton of fun exciting things planned for this break because I’m a broke college student and because I just want to rest.  Blocking (a type of student teaching) wore me out this last semester.  I had a wonderful CT (cooperating teacher), class, and placement but I wanted to take on so much more than I had to that I got overwhelmed and super sick!  With no insurance I didn’t go see a doctor, until a few days ago (over a month of being sick)…. Turns out I have bronchitis.  Advice to everyone… go to the doctor sooner than a month after being sick!

So anyways… my main reason for trying, once again, to keep up with my blog is that I need to keep myself on track with my health and wellness goals.  I don’t want to be unoriginal but it’s time to get myself healthy again and 2017 is going to be that year.  However, because I NEVER start anything on January 1st I will be starting the process of becoming healthy again on December 31st.  I am going to start with Whole 30 and will try to keep up with posting the recipes I use on here.  I used to be super healthy and in shape and I am frustrated that I let myself completely go.  I am hoping that by blogging about my process of getting healthy and back in shape will keep me accountable.  I would love to have supporters and fellow health seekers follow my blog and communicate with me.

My workouts are going to be different then ever before.  I used to run all the time and I have been trying to focus on running again but with my weight and some on going injuries running is not possible right now.  I am going to focus on getting in shape to hike the AT ( disclaimer I have wanted to do this way before the book Wild came out).  I will be doing a lot of cardio but I am going to incorporate weights into my workouts as well.

To keep me accountable offline I am using the Fitness planner from me & my BIG ideas.  I think they maybe sold out online but I was lucky to find mine at Michaels for 30% off about a week ago!  I am going to try to do a post before I start this journey and show you all my planner and my plans.

Questions:

  1.  Is anyone else making a life changing decision soon?
  2. What do you think of me changing to focus on my fitness goals instead of my random life?
  3. What would you like to see me blog about?