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3 Tips To Walk More Throughout Your Day

Raise your hand if you have a Fitbit or pedometer of some sort! I have recently switched over to a Garmin that tracks my daily steps but I was an OG Fitbit user. I had many of the models and I LOVED them. As someone who has had sedentary jobs all their life, it’s a huge eye opener to realize we don’t walk enough on a daily basis.

As weird as it sounds, my love obsession with running started with walking. Jordan and I both had Fitbit and we saw how little we walked. It was super embarrassing. We began to walk for miles around our neighborhood. Not only was it nice to catch up and spend time together but we realized that it made us feel better. After doing this for a few weeks, both of us began to notice some weight loss.

Whenever people ask me about starting a workout regimen, I always suggest walking. It’s super easy, beneficial, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. Even if you already have a fitness regiment, walking throughout your day is a huge benefit.

Walking Tip #1: Park Far Away/Window Shop

If you have to go to the store, park a bit away from the entrance. I really don’t mind the extra steps because I know that it’s good for me. Obviously this won’t be THAT big of a change but it will change your mindset.

Sometimes Jordan and I will head to the mall and park at one end and walk to the other. Our closet mall is massive so if we do the complete mall, it’s about a mile or so. During those hot Texas summers, walking indoors is perfect. Seriously mall walkers are on to something. It’s a great way to walk around and not get bored.

Walking Tip #2: Walk Your Pooch!

Having a dog is a great reminder for a walk. Even though we have a big enough yard for Snowflake to run around in, I still like to take her around the neighborhood. We go for about three or four walks weekly with her. Depending on your dog, you may opt for a morning and afternoon walk. This way you both get your exercise and you have an accountability partner!

Walking Tip #3: Walk and Talk

Are you on the phone a lot for work? Do you call your family to catch up? Why not go for a walk at the same time?! I know that answering emails can take some time so sometimes I’ll go for a walk while I check in. You can still get your job done while getting some extra steps in. My husband calls his family while walking around the house. It doesn’t seem like much but it all adds up!

What are some of your tips to get some extra steps?

Finding Your Morning Routine

Last week, I shared a bit about how to work your way into becoming a morning person. It’s small, intentional steps that will eventually get you there. Now that you’re up early, what do you do? I touched upon it a bit but I truly believe that setting a morning routine will make you much more productive throughout the day!

My morning routine changes a bit depending on what day of the week it is. However, I make sure that it’s consistent and that works for me. My biggest tip is to have a plan! You don’t want to wake up in the morning trying to figure out what to do. Having structure helps to get you moving in the right direction.

Since my morning routine involves working out, I make sure to have everything ready the night before. If I’m driving somewhere, I make sure everything is set so I just have to head out the door. Be specific about your morning and plan ahead!

What makes you happy? Is there something you wish you could do every day? This could simply be five minutes of quiet time for yourself before you get started with your busy day. Include this into your morning routine. Brew a cup of coffee and just enjoy it in a cozy chair. Bonus points if you do it without a phone or tablet!

It seems like everything is connected to the internet now a days. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but I do believe that starting the day off without instantly picking up your phone is best. You wake up peacefully and enjoy yourself before catching up on emails and social media. This puts you in a better place mentally and you will begin to see a shift in your attitude.

Another great thing to add to your morning routine is meditation or prayer time. Starting my day on a positive note and with a heart full of gratitude has really changed my outlook. Having time to wake up and really be thankful for what I have helps me be mindful of others throughout the day. It might feel weird at first but start small and you’ll soon find that you can’t start your day without it.

My most important tip is to make your morning routine fulfilling. Carve this time out just for you. Do whatever you need to do so you can have a success day. Focus on what brings you joy. Whenever we fill our own cup, we are able to give to others.

What is part of your morning routine?

The Weekend In Pictures!

Happy Monday! This weekend was pretty calm although I did get a chance to see a few friends. It’s been a rough couple of days lately so seeing some familiar faces was definitely uplifting!

Nothing like waking up on Saturday morning to the sounds of Snowflake throwing up in the living room. Y’all, there’s never a dull moment in our house. I used my boot to cover the baking soda I used to clean it up, lol.

After our lovely wake up call, we started off our morning with some breakfast! I couldn’t agree more with this coffee cup.

I planned to go to a mid-morning yoga class but I had a few minutes to spare. I stopped by my gym to pick up a shirt and it was so nice to see my friend! My membership is on hold while my back gets better so I was so happy to catch up.

My friends have an organization called Fitness In The Loop which is an information hub for all free fitness events around the city of Houston. They sponsored an event for an up and coming yoga studio. Yoga at a bar was a first for me but it was awesome!

After yoga, I picked up this awesome book to read. Shut Up and Run is a great book written by Peloton instructor Robin Arzon. There’s something about her that’s just so inspiring and this book definitely gets me motivated to get out and run!

This is one of the passages that just got me fired up and ready to hit the pavement.

After some time reading, Jordan and I played Battleship! We have a small collection of board games and we love to bring them out during rainy days.

I received an awesome makeup sample from Influencer. I’m a HUGE highlighter fan so this primer is perfect for me. It provides a subtle glow for everyday wear!

After making sure it fit in our budget, I went ahead and reserved my Peloton Tread! I was floored when they announced this and I’m so excited to be able to get one!

Sunday morning was pretty normal. After church, Jordan and I went back home and caught up on shows. We’re fasting one meal a day for six weeks along with our church. We try to stay busy during lunch time and we don’t really notice it anymore.

We took Snowflake for a walk around the neighborhood. The weather was in the teens earlier this week and it was in the 70s on Sunday! Gotta love Texas, y’all!

Jordan and I went for a drive and stopped at Buc-ee’s. I found these Sour Sloth Gummies and I had to have them. I’m not a HUGE fan of sweets but I get the urge once in a while.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

Tips To Become A Morning Person!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “The early bird gets the worm.” My mom is a HUGE believer of this saying. She’s a natural morning person and her internal clock always wakes her up before the sun is even up! Me? Not so much, haha! It’s true. I am NOT a morning person.

Tips To Become A Morning Person

However, if you follow me on Instagram you can see from my stories that I’m usually up pretty early. I found that early morning workouts make me feel so much better. When I first started getting into a routine, it was like pulling teeth. I HATED getting up early and it took so much effort to get anything done. Getting out of bed before the sun comes up is rough but totally doable.

Morning Tip #1: Start Slow

If you normally start your day around eight or nine, don’t set an alarm for 4AM! Your body will have a hard time adjusting and you’re morning likely to give it up quicker. Start waking up a half hour early a few days a week. Your sleep schedule will gradually adjust and you may find that you start getting up a bit easier. When you are first starting out, stick to a few days a week.

Morning Tip #2: Have A Game Plan

What do you want to do with your mornings? Do you want to hit the gym? Do you want to meditate and read? Whatever you want to do, make sure you have your plan set out and everything ready to go. I tend to lay out all my workout clothes and anything I need for my workout that particular day. I find that it keeps me from getting stressed out early in the morning and it also gives me less excuses to sleep in. Get everything ready the night before so you are ready to go in the morning!

Related: How I Stay Productive Daily

Morning Tip #3: Head to Bed Earlier

I feel like this is a given but I’m still putting it on the list. You will have an easier time getting out of bed the next day if you go to sleep at a reasonable time! You don’t have to be in bed by 8PM (unless you want to!) If you want to get up 30 minutes earlier, then head to bed 30 minutes earlier. I’ll say it again, small incremental changes will make it much easier to adapt.

Morning Tip #4: Unplug

We have a “No Phone Rule” in the evenings in my household. It gives us time to connect but it also lets our brains know it’s time to slow down. I would recommend removing all electronics from your bedroom to remove any temptation. If you use your phone as an alarm, set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” so you don’t have notifications tempting you. In the morning, I challenge you to stay off your phone. Get out of bed when the alarm goes off and start on your plan for the day. By getting on your phone right as you wake up, you’re sending your brain into overload and not giving yourself enough time to start your day off right.

Start small and incorporate a few of these tips. While you may never be a super jolly morning person (guilty!), it may be easier to get out of bed earlier and have a more productive day. Let me know which tips you try out and what works for you!

Do you have any tips that have helped you conquer the mornings?

The Weekend In Pictures!

Well, the chilly weather didn’t last too long in Houston. The sun came out over the weekend and we are back to highs in the 60s this week. As someone who LOVES the cold, I’m a bit sad. However, I’m glad those up in the north are thawing out!

I started Saturday off with a run. It was still cool enough for pants so I was pretty happy.

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My Goals For 2018!

It’s officially the last Friday of the year! 2017 has been such a good year to me. It wasn’t without some difficulties but I’ve made so many friends and have grown in ways I wouldn’t have expected. I’ve already signed up for some races in the next couple months and I’m ready to get started in this season of training. Here are a few goals I have for the new year:

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How To Choose A Training Plan

As we look forward to the next year, you may be in the process of choosing the races you want to participate in. Whether you are in the beginning stages of running or you’re a veteran, you will always need to have a training plan going into these races. However, not all plans are equal and you’ll need to consider a few items before choosing a training plan.

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My Experience With Counting Macros

We are half way through the week! I hope you’re week is going well and I know that you will finish this week on a good note. That being said, let’s jump into today’s topic. Changes are you’ve heard about counting macros if you follow certain people on Instagram or you’re REALLY into nutrition. Like most things, I was clueless until I saw some hashtags. Once I found out what it meant to “count macros”, I began to do some more research.

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Three Signs You Need A Rest Day

If you have a set training plan, chances are that you may have a rest day scheduled each week. When you’re aiming for a running or workout streak, a rest day is certainty not high up on the list. If you’re doing your own programming and picking your workouts, you may not think you need a rest day. As we strive to reach our goals, it’s easy to believe that more is better. However, to continue to grow stronger our bodies need rest. Here are my three signs that your body needs a rest day.

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