November Healthy Living Challenge: Week 5

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Before I start in on the challenge details I just wanted to wish everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving last week a very happy one! I know it can get stressful with all the preparations and travel, but I hope you were able to take a few minutes to think of all the things that you’re grateful for. Even though I’ve had a tough couple weeks (read about it here and here), I know that I’m very lucky to have everything that I do as well as all the amazing people in my life. And now onto the challenge!
November Healthy Living Challenge

Congrats – you’ve made it to the last three days of the November Healthy Living Challenge! I’m so proud of guys (and myself) for completing the entire 30 days. It definitely hasn’t been easy some days, but at those times it’s all about perseverance and getting it done even when it’s not easy. I hope that you’ve managed to see some positive changes over the month, and have made some decisions on what habits you’d like to continue once the challenge is over.

Day 28 // Get a more restful night’s sleep by reading before bed instead of playing on your phone.

Day 29 // Make a meal today with lean protein. Chicken, turkey, tofu, and beans are all great options.

Day 30 // Reward yourself with something that’s not food for completing this challenge – a new piece of fitness equipment, new outfit, or a mani!

For those of you who participated in the challenge, thank you! It was a lot of fun putting it together and hearing how everyone was doing. I’m already planning on running another challenge in the new year (I’m thinking February or March) because this one was so fun to do. Make sure to check back often for details on that challenge.

What’s one thing you’d like to continue doing beyond the end of the month?

It’s Been One of those Weeks and Some Black Friday Deals

I usually try to keep things positive here on GFF, but I’ve had a tough week and I needed somewhere to vent.

Monday morning my laptop was stolen from my locker at school. Ironically I almost never leave it in my locker because I’m paranoid it’ll get stolen, so it was only the second or third time I’ve left it in there all semester. And it was only there for two hours while I was in class. Usually I have it in my backpack which is always with me.

As soon as I saw that the lock was gone from my locker I had a sinking feeling that my computer was gone. I was right. Apparently whoever stole it wasn’t interested in my stinky gym clothes, my stash of Cliff Bars, or my textbook.

I’ve reported it to campus security, filed a police report, and checked the lost and found in case whoever took it had second thoughts and decided to turn it in. I’ve even been checking Craig’s List and Kijiji, thinking it would turn up there, but so far no luck. I’ve done everything I can think of to get it back, but I doubt I’ll ever see it again.

It took me forever to save up for it. While it wasn’t the most expensive laptop out there, it was still a lot of money for me. I don’t even want to think about how many plants I had to plant or books I had to sell to save up for it. And of course I had a big assignment on my computer that I hadn’t saved to Dropbox yet. I lost hours and hours of work.

I started off being sad that it was gone, but not I’m angry about it. Whoever took it had to get past the lock and purposely take it. It’s not like it was left out in the open. The more I think about it, the more I think that whoever took it saw me put it in my locker. None of the other lockers around mine were touched, so they must have known there was something of value in mine. Apparently there’s been an increase in locker break in’s at school the last week or two. I just don’t get how you can steal something.

I guess the silver lining is that it happened this week, so I can hopefully get a good deal on another laptop. If I have to replace something expensive it might as well be during a weekend that’s known for it’s big sales, right?

 

Black Friday Deals 2016

Yoga Download // I recently bought a year long subscription to yogadownload.com and I’ve really been enjoying it. Having so much choice of what kind of yoga class to do at home has been awesome. Right now they’re offering all of their subscriptions 50% off (affiliate link)- which is an incredible deal.

Chapters // For my fellow Canadian readers, it looks like Chapters is having some great deals in store (including up to $40 off of Fitbits).

LL Bean Winter Boots

LL Bean // My winter boots started leaking a bit last winter, so I knew that I’d need to get a new pair this year. I decided to go with these ones from LL Bean. Super cute, right? Well it turns out that right now everything is 20% off if you spend $50 or more.

Bluehost // If you’re a fellow blogger or have your own website make sure you take advantage of some of the great deals that Bluehost (affiliate link) has going on right now. I use Bluehost to host this blog and I’ve been pretty happy over the years with their service.

Sephora // You can also snag some great deals on gift sets on Sephora right now.

Etsy // Lastly, don’t forget to support small businesses – both online and locally. Etsy has a whole page just of Black Friday deals. The Christmas gifts that I got for my dad and boyfriend were both from Etsy.

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Have you ever had something stolen? Doing any Black Friday shopping? 

November Healthy Living Challenge: Week 4

You might have noticed that it was quiet here on Get Fit Fiona last week. That’s because I had a family member be admitted to the hospital. While this isn’t the first time we’ve had a medical emergency in the immediate family, it never gets easier. I’m very grateful that the hospital staff were so awesome. They made sure he was as comfortable as possible, and were so patient answering all of our questions. Thankfully he’s back home now and feeling so much better. That also means that I’m getting more sleep (I was going on 4 days with only 8 or 10 hours of sleep) and eating better (hospital food, even if it’s from the cafeteria isn’t very good).

 Calgary Chicago Hockey Game

With all the stress of the last week I knew I wanted to take some time this weekend to relax. A friend’s dad invited me to go to the Calgary/Chicago hockey game with him on Friday night. It was a really fun game to watch because both teams were playing well and the score was close the entire time. Unfortunately Chicago managed to score with only a few minutes left in the game and the Flames weren’t able to tie it up in time to go to overtime.

On Saturday I met my boyfriend downtown and we headed to the Calgary Expo Holiday Market. I’m not really into superheroes or fantasy stuff, but he talked me into it by telling me that there would probably be Harry Potter stuff. There was some amazing artwork along with lots of other merchandise from TV shows, books, and movies. There were also a bunch of people dressed up in costumes which was cool to see (there were quite a few Harry Potter’s and Hermione’s too). For dinner we ended up ordering Korean chicken from Ogam. This was our second time getting food from them and it was delicious.

Sunday was spent preparing for a presentation I’m giving today in my strength training class. I definitely know more about the anatomy of muscle cells now than I did before I started working on this presentation. I’ll be very glad when it’s done – talking in front of groups of people isn’t my strong suit. Sunday afternoon I also prepped some food for lunches for the week. One of the things I made was a tofu and veggie stir fry. I’m hoping it ends up tasting good because i have yet to make tofu delicious – up until now it’s just been kind of blah.

And now onto the details for week 4 of the November Healthy Living Challenge!

November Healthy Living Challenge

Day 21 // Try a vegetarian meal today. Swap out the meat in a recipe for tofu or beans.

Day 22 // Try one new piece of equipment at the gym today that you’ve never used before.

Day 23 // Do yoga today. Go to a class, practice on your own, or find a video online.

Day 24 // Instead of buying your lunch at work or school today, pack a healthy lunch to take with you.

Day 25 // Unplug from social media today.

Day 26 // Stop by the farmer’s market and buy some food that’s locally grown or made.

Day 27 // Stock up your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks. Make it easy to make good decisions.

Do anything fun this weekend? Any tips on cooking tofu? 

November Healthy Living Challenge: Week 3

November Healthy Living Challenge

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, I know I did. I started off the weekend on Friday night spending some time with a friend from out of town. It had been awhile since we’d seen each other last, so it was a lot of fun catching up. Saturday was pretty low key with homework. Sunday morning I ended up going out for brunch with some friends from Twitter. Sunday night I had a birthday dinner with my family. Since I love Indian food I ordered some from my favorite takeout place and brought it to my parent’s place. It was delicious. I made out pretty good on the birthday present front, so I have some shopping to do this week.

And now onto the challenge:

This is now week 3 of the November Healthy Living Challenge. Congrats on making it this far! I hope that you’re starting to get the hang of the daily challenges.

Here are the daily challenges for this week:

Day 14 // Check out a new to you park in your area and go for a walk or run.
Day 15 // Workout with a friend today.
Day 16 // Avoid sugar sweetened beverages today (this includes everything from pop and soda to juices).
Day 17 // Go to bed 30 minutes earlier tonight. See if the extra sleep makes a difference tomorrow.
Day 18 // Be aware of your portions today. Check the package labels to see if what you put on your plate is in line with the label.
Day 19 // Spend 15 minutes on yourself day – meditating, praying, or journaling.
Day 20 // Grab a friend or family member today and be physically active with them outside.

What’s been your favorite challenge so far? The hardest? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

As always, if you have any questions about the challenge, feel free to email or connect with me on social media.

At Home Bodyweight Workout

It’s time for another new workout here on GFF. This time I thought I’d create one that’s perfect for days when you can’t get away to the gym. The only equipment you need is a chair to do the triceps dips on. The rest of the moves are bodyweight. I even added in a bit of jump training with the jump squats and jump lunges. As always, if high impact exercises don’t work for you, be sure to modify and do regular squats and lunges instead – you’re still going to get a great workout in.

At Home Bodyweight Workout

In case you’re unsure of any of the exercises I’ve included in this workout, you can find the details on each one below.

Forward lunges // Stand with feet hip width apart. Step forward with one foot so that the forward leg’s thigh is parallel to the ground, and the back leg’s shin is parallel to the ground. The back knee shouldn’t touch the floor. Use your quads and glutes to step the front foot back towards your back foot and end by standing straight up with feet hip width apart again. For the second lunge step forward with the other foot. Continue alternating legs for the entire 60 seconds.

Pushups // Starting on your toes and hands, make sure your body is a straight line from your heels to your knees, hips, shoulders, and neck. Your hands should be a bit wider than your shoulders. Slowly bend at the elbows, lowering yourself to the ground. Try to get at low as possible, and then push yourself back up, all the while maintaining that straight line. An easier modification is instead of being on your toes, lower to your knees.

Jump squats // Similar to a bodyweight squat, the downward squatting motion is the same. As you come up move quickly and then jump up, landing as gently as possible and going straight into another squat.

Plank // The plank is very similar to the starting position of a pushup. Your hands are slightly wider than shoulder width, and your body is a straight line from your head, through your shoulders, hips, and knees, to your heels. Just like with the pushup, if you need an easier modification, use your knees instead of your toes.

Glute bridge // Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and your feet close to your butt. Raise your hips up off the floor by contracting your glutes, leaving only your feet, shoulders, and head on the floor. Relax your glutes and return your hips to the floor. To do a single leg glute bridge, raise one foot up so the knee is straight. Use your remaining foot on the ground to push off the floor and raise your hips while contracting your glute.

Jumping jacks // Stand with feet together and arms at your sides. Jump both feet apart from each other while raising your hands above your head with straight arms. Jump your feet back together and lower your arms to the starting position.

Triceps dips // Using a chair, place hands on the edge with fingers pointing towards the back while stepping out your feet so that they’re hip width apart and your hips are above the floor. Slowly bend at the elbows to lower yourself and then use your triceps to move yourself back up to the starting position. Your knees can be bent (easier) or left straight (harder).

High Knees // Starting in a standing position, quickly bring your left knee up in front of you as high as you can. Step back down and repeat with your right leg. Repeat.

Bicycle crunches // Lay on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. With your hands behind your head and elbows out to the side, bring your feet off the floor so that your shins are parallel to the floor and your knees are bent at a 90 degree angle. Bring your shoulder blades off the floor and alternate bringing your left elbow towards your right knee, and your right elbow towards your left knee. Your feet should look like they’re pedaling a bike.

Jump lunges // The only difference between regular lunges and jump lunges are the transition between legs. Instead of stepping, jump.

Mountain climbers // Start in a plank position. Jump one foot up as close to the hips as possible while bending at the knee and hip. Then jump that foot back while bringing the other foot up.  An easier modification is to use a chair to put your hands on.

Remember to check with a doctor before beginning to workout. As always, honor your body and modify this workout as needed. 

What’s your favorite bodyweight exercise?