Friday Find: Fitsugar’s Fit Fix App

Image c/o @popsugarhome

Image c/o @popsugarhome

It was as if the fitness gods saw my plight and decided to be merciful. Just yesterday after posting about looking for a different workout every morning, whilst cruising through my Instagram feed, I came upon a pic from @popsugarhome about a new app called Fit Fix. Just as the description says, there’s an entire library of videos and workouts. You can target certain areas or workout your whole body. The user interface is simple and clean paired alongside the bold lifestyle photos. Did I mention it’s free? Whee!

Here are some of the screenshots I took while taking my first tour through:

Images c/o Fit Fix

Images c/o Fit Fix

Images c/o Fit Fix

Images c/o Fit Fix

I’ll give it a first real try on Wednesday when I’m back from vacation (heading out to Las Vegas with some gal pals for some much-needed relaxation). I think I will enjoy the strength training exercises the most.

Have a safe (and moderately healthy) weekend!

Don’t Be Lazy

Image c/o American Apparel

Image c/o American Apparel

My personal mantra. I have a high tendency to laze about versus being active when given the choice, but with all the food and calorie tracking I do I have realized that I have to workout to eat. I don’t skip meals or deprive myself of a lot of specific food items so I must, must, must workout with regularity.

Over the last two years I have become very conscious of my fitness. And 25 lbs. later (crazy, right?!) I must say I am a bit of an addict. I’m lucky enough to live within four blocks of my gym and get a pretty amazing pricing deal through work. This has helped me considerably in transitioning into a morning workout person. But I’m not the perky kind – I know, those people are the worst. I roll out of bed, throw on an outfit, and go.

Becoming a regular-workouty-person I think is the hardest part. I have a specific routine that allows me to be able to exercise like I do. The most important part is twofold: having my lunch packed the night before and deciding my outfit before I get home from the gym. Without those two things, I end up being late and stressed and rushed. All not good ways to start the day. It’s all about making it work for you.

For me, at 6:15AM on my walk to the gym, I look for an elliptical and/or strength workout for the day. I like variation and never do the same one twice in one week. I carry a little notebook in my Lululemon festival bag with workouts I find online. My “Don’t Be Lazy” Pinterest board is also helpful to find ways to keep things spicy.

But by far, my favorite sporty accessory is my UP band.

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It tracks my calorie burn and sleep in a mobile app and I’ve synced it to my Gym Pact and My Fitness Pal accounts. It has made me uber-aware of my activity (or lack thereof) during the day and I love knowing what I’m burning off. The handy vibration alert when I’ve been inactive for an hour is beyond. You can really cruise through the day without thinking about how long you’re sitting around. I’m sure that I could suck a lot more insights from it’s data output, but I really enjoy how I’m using it so far.

Whatever fitness goal you may have, it can be overwhelming to not be achieving as fast as you would like. I just try to remember there’s always going to be someone out there “doing it better” than me. It’s the same with work, fashion, just life. Do what works for you and what makes you happy. With that being said, I’m going to get happy and have my two birthday cake Oreos now.

A Frugal Woman’s Juice Cleanse

Screen Shot 2013-07-02 at 3.15.16 PM{Suja Juices from Whole Foods}

Happy 4th weekend! I may be posting about healthy stuff but you can be sure that I’m eating a hot dog later tonight.

Last week I made a quick trek to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a family reunion on my dad’s side. We had a reunion there some 20 years ago, which is weird to say. “20 years” is a lot and usually only permissibly used by old people. Not me, who is still young and hip and fresh.

Alas, if you have never been to Gatlinburg, well, I’m just not sure that I would recommend you change that. Or rather, go and avoid the downtown area. The tiny city and it’s neighbor, Pigeon Forge, are colloquially referred to as “a toddler’s Las Vegas.” To give you a hint of what that means, I had my first taste of a deep fried Oreo when there was not any type of fair going on. I swear that after I ate it my heart slowed down.

The nature though – wow. I must have commented ten times during the late night  car ride from the Knoxville airport that “the stars are SO BRIGHT.” I really did like the mountains and wish that we had more time to hike various trails.

Being on vacation and feasting heartily on my favorite cookies my mom brought me, I returned to normalcy feeling gastronomically lethargic. Surfing around, I found a post from The Skinny Confidential about a Suja juice cleanse. Said cleanses are usually expensive, but I stopped by my local Whole Foods and found they were on sale and there’s a 10% discount if you buy six. Now, I didn’t purchase all six as I’ve never tried this brand, but I am convinced I will now having had one.

Today for breakfast I chose Fuel and I was in heaven. The taste ratio of fruit to vegetable is spot on. One juice per day, or even half of it per day for calorie counters, doesn’t feel as overwhelming on my tummy or on my wallet. I’m looking forward to trying all the flavors (a tad nervous about Purify since it has beet in it and I do not like the taste of earth) and feeling a little better after supremely lazy days. Will most likely have to purchase more after this weekend’s celebratory trip back home.

Oh, and don’t forget – USA!

Friday Find: Run Like the Fancy Wind

Image c/o Old Navy

Image c/o Old Navy

{GoDRY Tank in Neon Alarm Clock, Old Navy, On Sale}

In my last post I mentioned my affinity for workout clothes. This part of my wardrobe has been neglected for quite some time, which creates a particular dilemma for me each time I open my dresser drawer: if you supposedly work out so much, why don’t you have enough (clean) clothes to wear?

In my pursuit of acquiring affordable pieces, (sorry, Lululemon, I desperately love you but I cannot buy you as often as I would like) I came across two fancy pants styles in the latest issue of Women’s Health. Then I did something I almost never do, I looked in the back of the magazine to actually see where the clothes could be purchased. Sure, I always note this factoid when it’s listed on the page in which it is featured, but having to scan to the back has been too laborious in my past life. Let me tell you, it’s worth it to look.

Taking a colorful top (which is all the rage right now) from Old Navy, I paired it with the pairs of leggings satisfying rule number uno of buying clothes: only buy pieces that go with others in your closet.

Images c/o Nux and Londo Mondo

Images c/o Nux and Londo Mondo

{Left: Focus Capri in Hydrangea, Right: Hardtail Lowrise Capri in Dark Python}

They’re pretty wild, but I’m willing to go for a run on that side (too much/complicated for a Friday?).

Have a great weekend!

Run 10 Feed 10

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I have seen advertisements for the Run 10 Feed 10 10K in my Women’s Health magazine for a couple issues now and today I actually registered for it.

The idea is simple enough: run a 10K, feed 10 people. The beauty of this particular race is that, if there isn’t a formal race happening in your city (New York, Chicago, or San Francisco), you can run your own 10K at any time, anywhere in the world. You still get the FEED swag bag and you are still helping local people eat a good meal. I’ve enlisted my gal pal to run, too (she’s in Michigan!).

As the weather starts to get more predictably sunny and less rainy, I’m looking forward to enjoying more than just this one 10K. I’ve been super in to workout clothes ever since they went from drab to fab.

Run happy!

Lose It! or Lose It

Image c/o New York Daily News

BUT FIRST! Did you watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night? Omgeezie. Taylor (far left, duh). Trainwreck. Adult women yelling. Witnessing the mental breakdown of a human being. Me: wide-eyed, in shock, staring at the TV. I hate it. I love it. Read this if you are unfamiliar and have nothing that’s immediately due and you don’t mind spoilers. That’s all.

Images c/o Pinterest

There are a bajillion (spelling?) pictures of fit women floating through Pinterest. Heck, there’s even a section devoted to it. They have a double effect on me. I’m motivated and yet I’m depressed. I’ve always been active, but one always forgets how much effort one must put in to achieve certain results. Sure, it’s a great idea to pin them to your board. The question (and ultimate challenge) is, are you going to actually do these things?

Side note: I actually do like the “Someone who is busier…” quote. I’ve used that on occasion.

My problem has always been tracking food and exercise. I’ve tried journals both online (lasts about 2 weeks) and on paper (lasts about 2 days). I would run into problems with portions and calories consumed/burned and end up fed up. Over the weekend my roommate introduced me to Lose It! It’s a free app (for Android too!) with an online component. Whether you track on the app or online, you can sync them and use together. Ja-ma-zing.

Let me tell you, it will change you. To create an account simply type in a username, password, weight/height, and your goal. My favorite feature has to be the bar code scan on the app. Just scan and it will automatically plug in the information. Plus, you can look up supermarket and restaurant foods, like Starbucks and Subway! You’ll find yourself choosing not to eat certain things because you don’t want to go over your budget. Or there will be certain days where you decide you need to run that extra 10 minutes so you can have that extra peanut butter cookie calling to you from inside Chunk, your holiday-themed penguin cookie jar.

Here is a little sneak peek at the website version.

Image c/o Lose It!

Click to add food or exercise. Thankfully the food tab breaks it out by meals and snacks.

Image c/o Lose It!

Say I want to add the apple I just had with my bagel. I’ll select Breakfast. Since I’ve already entered my apple on a previous day, I just have to select it out of the My Foods tab.

Image c/o Lose It!

Once I click the right food, I just select the size of the serving. This will automatically count the calories and add it to my day.

Image c/o Lose It!

The cals will also automatically be tracked on my homepage so I can stay within my daily budget to meet my goal.

Image c/o Lose It!

Invite your friends and lose it (winky face) together! Now don’t you get weight loss crazy. I’m not a licensed anything so this is an at-your-own-risk-type-thing. Pace yourself and have fun keeping yourself on track during the holidays. Then maybe one day you can start posting pics of your own abs. Dare to dream.

Now if you’ll please excuse me, I have to go enter my lunch.