Friday Favorites January 11 2019

As usual for Fridays here on Get Fit Fiona, I'm sharing some of my favorite things from the past week.

How has everyone's week been? Mine flew by, but I guess that's to be expected once you get back into the regular routine after the holidays.

I'm looking forward to this weekend because it's my first weekend back after Christmas for yoga teacher training. I'm excited to be back at it even though I always end the weekends tired and hungry. I always learn so much and I leave so inspired and excited to be able to teach yoga soon. I'm done at the end of March so it's coming up quick!

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

I'd been hearing a lot of good things about this book on Instagram, so a few months ago I put it on hold at my library. I finally got it last week and I've since finished reading it.

I liked the short chapters. The book was made up of bite sized chunks that were easy to read, even if I only had a few minutes at a time to get in some reading throughout the day.

I also liked that it didn't feel too self help-y. Sometimes books in the personal development genre can get too woo woo and cheesy for me, but that wasn't the case with You Are a Badass (affiliate link).

Fitbit band

I bought this band for my Fitbit Charge 2 on Amazon over the holidays with some Christmas money. I was looking for a nicer looking band than the default one that came with my Fitbit.

The new band came with some extra links just in case the size wasn't right, and I'm glad that I did because I ended up adding one link. It came with a tool to add or take away links so it was super easy to do.

I'm really happy with the look of my Fitbit now. It's definitely a step up from the strap that it came with. The straps can be taken on and off pretty easily so I can quickly switch them out depending on if I'm working out or going out.

Sweet berry candles

I had bought some of these candles in a vanilla scent a year or two ago and really liked them. When I was at the store earlier this week and saw them I thought I would get another box of them because I was out of them.

I decided on the sweet berry scent this time instead and I'm so glad I did because they smell so good! I hate when the scent of candles are completely overpowering, so I love that these ones add just a hint of smell without being too over the top.

Share a comment below with something you've been loving this week.

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My Favorite Self Care Activities

I'm sharing some of my favorite ways to take care of myself.

Workout

It can be cardio, strength training, or yoga – no matter what it is that gets me sweaty, I almost always feel better afterwards. Getting out nervous or anxious energy into something that's productive instead helps so much.

Make a healthy meal

I know that not everyone likes to cook, but I'm one of those people for whom it's a lot of fun. I love getting all the ingredients together, peeling, chopping, pouring, sauteing, and boiling, and having it turn into something delicious that is both tasty and nourishing for my body.

Spend time outside

Whether it's a hike in the mountains or a walk by the river in the city, I always feel better when I re-connect with nature. It allows me the time and space I need to be present. I don't have anything to do for the next hour I'm outside other than just be and take in the natural beauty.

Read

I've always loved reading ever since I was a kid. I don't read as much as I used to (hello adult responsibilities), but I still enjoy it as much as when I was little. For the last few years I've been using the Libby app on my phone. I can borrow books from my library which means that I save a ton of money because I don't have to buy books.

For some book recommendations, check out my Favorite Books of 2018 post. I'm currently reading Pillars of the Earth (affiliate link) by Ken Follett and I'm loving it!

Meditation

Meditating regularly has been a game changer for me when it comes to self care. Committing to some time each day where I'm not on the go and just being has been so good for me. Some days I only meditate for a few minutes and other days it's 20 minutes. If you're new to meditation I highly recommend the Headspace app. I wrote a post about how I've been using it.

Spending time with my favorite people

For me, my favorite people are both family and friends, though that could be different for you. I know not everyone has a good relationship with family members, but that's okay – it doesn't matter who those people are that you like to spend time with. My favorite people are both those that I can be my truest, most honest self around. It's not work to be around them.

Most of the time it doesn't even matter what I'm doing with them, as long as I'm spending time with them. I could be watching a movie, playing a board game, or going for walk. As long as I'm spending time with them, I'm happy.

Take a social media break

While social media can be a lot of fun most days, sometimes it can be a bit of a downer. It can be tough to look at the highlights of other people's lives when I'm having a less than stellar day. It's easy to fall into the comparison trap on social media.

On those days I find that taking a break from social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest – is just what I need to help improve my mood.

Say no

If you're anything like me, it can be tough to say no when someone asks me to do something. But when it's something that I don't want to do, I always dread it until the day comes, and then I don't do it with the right intentions because I just want it over and done with. If I say no right from the get go then I'm able to avoid all that stress.

Gratitude Journal

Journal

I'm a huge fan of journaling. Getting my thoughts down on paper ends up helping me figure things out. There's also something therapeutic about writing down my thoughts and feelings. It's like getting things out of my head and therefore unburdening myself. It helps every single time.

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Most Popular Workouts on GFF in 2018

Today I'm sharing the most popular workouts that I've shared here on Get Fit Fiona.

It's that time of year again when everyone is making healthy goals and resolutions. Although that means that the gym is busier than usual, I'm so glad to see more people there.

I thought I'd share some of the most popular workouts that I've shared over the years. I know I'm always on the look out for workouts ideas. It's easy to get stuck in a rut with workouts, going back to your favorite exercises or pieces of equipment. Sometimes getting some inspiration from someone else is just the motivation I need to get myself to the gym in the morning.

As always, you can find all of my workouts on the workouts page. I also have a break down of all my workouts into cardio, upper body, gym, and at home workouts, etc. as well. No matter what you have in mind you'll be able to find it over there!

I generally share workouts every week on Wednesdays, so be sure to check back here every week for a new workout or add Get Fit Fiona to Feedly or favorite blog reader.

30 Minute Elliptical Workout

30 Minute Elliptical Workout

The elliptical is my cardio of choice (it's low impact with is good for my plantar fasciitis). If you need a workout that's low impact too, be sure to give this one a try.

Full Body Deck of Cards Workout

Deck of Cards Workout

This is one of those workouts that's fun to do when you're feeling blah about working out. It gets me going and I don't have to think about what I'm doing because it's already laid out for me. Plus it's kind of fun to not know what's coming next.

Full Body Strength Training and Core Workout

Full Body Strength Training and Core Workout

I love combining strength training and core workouts. There's just something about both of them that makes me feel strong.

Full Body Christmas Strength Training Workout

Full Body Christmas Strength Training Workout

Although this workout is Christmas themed, it's a great workout to do at any time of year if you're looking for a full body workout.

Lower Body Circuit Workout

Lower Body Circuit Workout

Lower body workouts are probably my very favorite workouts to do, even if I have a hard time going up stairs the next day because I'm sore.

Full Body Circuit Workout

Full Body Circuit Workout

Circuits are fun for me because I don't get too cored doing 3 or 4 sets of the same exercise all in a row. Constantly switching it up makes it more exciting.

Upper Body and Cardio Workout

Upper Body and Cardio Workout

Unlike most people, I like cardio workouts better than strength training ones. As a result, I'm more likely to incorporate strength training if there's cardio included.

Full Body Beginner Workout

Full Body Beginner Workout

Because it's January and people are getting back into the gym, I'm including this workout. Walking into the gym for the first time in a few years (or ever) can be intimidating. This workout has some pretty basic exercises along with modifications if they're needed.

As always, talk to your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify these workouts as needed.

How to Set Fitness Goals

Today I'm sharing some tips and tricks on how to set fitness goals.

With all of the New Year's resolutions and 2019 goal setting going on right now, I thought that I would share how I set my own fitness goals. It can be tough enough to actually achieve them, but making clear, specific goals that are actually attainable can make all the difference.

Don't go overboard.

I know that it can be tempting to want to change all of the things right now, – go to the gym 5 times a week, overhaul you diet, and sleep 3 additional hours each night. Trying to tackle all those things at once can be really overwhelming though, and as a result, you'll be setting yourself up for failure.

If you currently don't go to the gym at all, aim for 2 workouts per week and then increase from there once you've been able to do that for a few weeks. Add veggies to every meal instead of completely changing everything that you eat. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier at night, and as you make that a consistent thing after 3 or 4 weeks, make bed time another 30 minutes earlier.

Be specific.

Setting a goal of “getting in shape” doesn't mean much and doesn't give you very much accountability. It's open to interpretation. However, a goal of “3 45 minute cardio workouts and 2 strength training workouts – 1 upper body and 1 lower body per week” is much more specific and it's very clear whether you achieved it or not.

Know your why.

Achieving your goals can be hard when your willpower is waning. Knowing your why behind why your goals can make all the difference. Are you training for a 10K? Keep you race day in mind when your alarm goes off at 6 am and you want to stay in bed rather than go for a run.

Recruit help.

Swapping unhealthy habits for healthy ones can be tough when you're not sure where to start. Get help instead of trying to do it all on your own. Want to improve your diet? Hire a registered dietitian to give you advice. Hire a personal trainer to meet your deadlift goals. Getting advice from someone who knows what they're talking about can make all the difference.

Join a running group if you're training for a half marathon. Plan weekly gym dates with a friend to ensure that you get to the gym. Knowing that someone is waiting for you at the gym or with your running group can be just the motivation that you need to get out the door.

Be realistic.

If you haven't strayed far from the couch in the last 5 years, you're probably not going to be running a half marathon in a month. In fact, if you tried I'd be willing to bet that you'd injure yourself and you'd be turned off from exercise.

It's good to have goals that push you out of your comfort zone, but they also have to be realistic and doable. It never feels good to fail at achieving a goal, even if it's an unrealistic one. Make sure that the goals that you're working towards are realistic.

Break your goals down into smaller steps.

Big goals can be intimidating. Breaking them down into smaller steps make them seem less scary and big. You'll gain momentum with each mini goal that you achieve. Setting deadlines for each of these smaller goals also ensures that you'll achieve your goal in time. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, setting a weight loss goal of 1 pound per week makes it much more manageable.

Have you set any healthy living goals for 2019? Share them in the comments below.

Weekend Recap January 7 2019

Today I'm sharing some highlights of my weekend which included some quality family time and date night.

Another weekend is over and it's time to dive into a new week. How was your weekend? I hope you were able to find some time to relax and have some fun.

Quality time with the family.

On Friday afternoon my dad, brother and I got together for lunch and a movie. My brother was craving East Side Mario's, so that's where we went.

We started off our meal with warm bread and salad. It's always a challenge for me to remember not to fill up on those because I know my meal is on the way. I ordered the sausage and pepper penne. I Was hoping for a bit more bell pepper, but it was still pretty good. The sausage had some heat to them which was kind of nice.

I'm a huge Will Ferrell fan, so I was really looking forward to seeing Holmes and Watson. Unfortunately it was absolutely terrible. It felt like they were trying way too hard to make jokes and as a result it just fell flat. Even though the movie wasn't very good, it was still fun to spend a few hours with my dad and brother.

The theater we went to had reclining seats. It was the first time I'd ever experienced them, which my brother thought was pretty funny. Apparently he only goes to theaters now with recliners and couldn't believe that I had never been to one. I have to agree, the seats were way more comfortable that the ones I was used to before.

Date night at Vagabond.

Saturday afternoon I headed over to my boyfriend's place. We took his bulldog puppy over to the pet store to get him a new collar and harness because he had outgrown the harness already and was close to doing the same with the collar. It's amazing how fast that little guy is growing.

He was quite the popular guy at the pet store, with both people and other dogs wanting to meet him and give him a get. There's just something about a puppy that's hard to resist.

For dinner that night we walked over to Vagabond. Neither of us had been there before so we decided to check it out. I'm surprised it took us so long to try it out because just a few blocks from where my boyfriend lives.

My boyfriend got the beef dip while I went with the reuben sandwich. The Russian dressing on my sandwich was so good! When I mentioned to the server about how good it was, she said that sometimes she just eats the dressing with french fries – which I would imagine would be seriously delicious.

If you're in Calgary and going to a Flames game or a concert at the Saddledome, be sure to check out Vagabond before. It's within walking distance and the food is delicious. The only caveat is that my boyfriend and I both thought that the alcohol was pricey.

We walked back over to my boyfriend's place (pretty quickly because it was cold with the wind blowing) and we watched Unbreakable on Netflix. I had never seen it before and I liked it more than I thought I would when my boyfriend told me that it was a superhero movie. Both Bruce Willis and Samuel L Jackson look so young in it.

What was one highlight of your weekend? Share it in the comments below.