Friday Favorites July 13 2018

Just like most Fridays here on Get Fit Fiona, I'm sharing some of my favorite things from the past week.

Friday Favorites

 

Growers Clementine and Pineapple Cider

Clementine Pineapple Cider

If you follow me on Instagram (you can find me here @getfitfiona), you'll know that I discovered a new to me cider. Growers Clementine and Pineapple Cider is seriously delicious without being too sweet. If you're a cider fan like I am, buy a can of it if you happen to see it. My boyfriend isn't a huge fan of cider, but even he liked it. Speaking of alcohol, if you're not using Untapped to keep track of your favorite drinks, you need to get on there.

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder

I've had The Child Finder on hold at my library for awhile, and last week I was finally able to borrow it. I got an ebook copy of it with the Libby app, which I've really liked using. The Child Finder (affiliate link) was hard to put down every time I started reading. It's been awhile since I last read a mystery, and I forgot how much I enjoy them. I'm pretty sure someone recommended it to me, but I can't remember who.

Gym Membership

Elliptical

I've really been loving my gym more than usual lately. Back in January another location opened up close by, so now I can pick from the two locations that are within a 10 minute drive when I want to go workout. This week I've been changing it up between the two locations, and it's been kind of fun going more often to the newer one. It still has that new gym feeling to it (it doesn't smell like a gym yet!), and it's a treat to get to use the new equipment too.

I also realized that it's been a year since I joined. I was using the gym at my university right up until I graduated at the end of June 2017, and then on July 1st I joined at the YMCA. It's crazy how fast that year has gone. It really does feel like it's flown by.

Moleskin

Moleskin

While this might be kind of a strange thing to see on my list of Friday Favorites, it's been a lifesaver over the last few weeks.

I have a spot on the back of my ankle on my left leg that my shoes have been rubbing over the last little while. I'm not sure what it is that's changed, but something definitely has and I've been getting blisters there. I've tried wearing different shoes, but the hot spot just keep coming back. You don't realize how much such a little thing can hurt until you have a blister! I'm hoping that wearing moleskin for another week or so will help it go away for good.

When I went to the pharmacy to get some moleskin, I couldn't find it, so I asked an employee where I would find it. She had no idea what moleskin was. Am I weird for thinking that moleskin is a common thing? Do you know what it is?

What's a favorite of yours from the past week? Share it in the comments below. 

Full Body Circuit Workout

In today's post I'm sharing a full body circuit workout.

This full body circuit workout is perfect of those days when you don't want to focus on just one part of your body. You'll perform each exercise for 30 seconds before resting for 30 seconds and them moving onto the next exercise. I've included the side planks twice, so perform it on the left side the first time after the dumbbell squats, and on the right side after the donkey kicks. Once you reach the side plank at the end of the circuit, rest as much as you need before repeating the whole thing again. Complete the circuit for a total of 3 or 4 times for a complete workout. Below the graphic I've added descriptions of all the workouts just in case you're not sure of any of them. For more workouts check out my workouts page.

Because this workout is timed, a Gymboss Interval Timer (affiliate link) can be helpful. Once I set it I don't have to touch it again and I can just focus on my workout. If you're doing this workout at home, I also like these dumbbells (affiliate link) from Amazon.

Full Body Circuit Workout

Chest press

With a dumbbell in each hand, lay down on a bench or the floor. Your upper arm should be at a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly over your elbows. Move the dumbbells up while they come above your chest. With control move them back down to the starting position.

Dumbbell deadlift

With a dumbbell in each hand. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly bend forward at the hips, letting your arms hang down and keeping your back straight. Using your glutes, lift your torso back up to the starting standing position.

Crunches

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feel flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head. Slowly lift your shoulder blades off the floor. Make sure your neck stays in a neutral position. The upper back should be moving, not the neck. Slowly lay back down on the floor.

Overhead press

Stand with your feet hip width apart with a dumbbell in each hand. With your upper arms in a 90 degree angle to your torso and your hands directly above your elbows, lift your hands straight up so that your arms are straight above your head. Slowly lower your hands back down to the starting position.

Dumbbell squats

With feet hip width apart and dumbbells in your hands at your sides, use the glutes to lower your hips back and down while bending at the knees and ankles. Once you’ve reached the lowest position you can without leaning forward too much or letting the knees collapse in, return to a standing position, again using your glutes to propel yourself.

Side plank

To perform a side plank, lay on your side with your elbow beneath your shoulder and your forearm on the ground. With your top foot stacked on top of your bottom foot, lift your hips off the floor so that your shoulders, hips, knees, and feet are in a straight line. Hold and then repeat on the other side.

Bicep curls

Start with the feet hip width apart, and back in a neutral position. With a dumbbell in each hand, keep your elbows in close to your side and raise the dumbbell upwards. Movement should be at the elbow, not the wrist. Lower the dumbbell with a controlled movement, not allowing gravity to take over.

Donkey kicks

Get on all fours with your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Keeping your knee bent, lift your left leg so that your knee is parallel to the floor and the bottom of your foot is parallel to the ceiling. Lower you leg back down and repeat with the right leg.

If you try out this workout, let me know how you like it!

As always, check with your doctor before beginning to workout. Honor your body and modify this workout as needed for you. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting my blog, I appreciate it!

My 2018 Goals So Far

Today I'm sharing how my goals for 2018 are going so far. I like to check in on my goals a few times to make sure that I'm staying on track. 

My 2018 Goals So Far

 

If you want to check out my original post from back in January, you can find it here. It's hard to believe that 2018 is already half over – it's flying by. I had 8 goals that I wanted to achieve this year, which I categorized into personal, fitness, and professional.

Personal

Read 24 books

I'm well on my way to surpassing this goal! I'm currently at 17 books read – I only have to read 7 more this year, which will be super easy to do. I'm willing to bet that I'll exceed this goal by at least a few books.

Be in bed by 9:30 4 nights per week

So far in 2018 I've been pretty good at this goal. It's easy to go to bed early when my alarm goes off at 5 am so that I can be at the gym at 5:30 am when they open. Plus I'm tired earlier because I'm up so early. I'd say that I average 4 nights per week – some nights it's 5 and others it's only 3. I'd like to make this a more consistent thing though for the rest of the year.

Save money

I have to admit that I've been pretty good at putting a percentage of every single paycheck into my savings. I do it right away once I've deposited it into my bank account. If I don't see it in my checking then I won't be tempted to spend it. It starts to add up and it actually feels pretty good to see my savings grow. It also gives me piece of mind to know that I have some extra cash if I need it. It makes a big difference in my stress levels.

Fitness

Run a 5K race

For the moment this goal is on hold. I've been struggling with plantar fasciitis the first half of the year, and I'm finally at a place where I can workout 4 or 5 times per week doing low impact cardio (it's why I use the elliptical so much). I'm rolling my feet out several times per day to keep the plantar fasciitis at bay. I know that if I start running it'll get worse and I won't be able to workout at all – even low impact workouts on the elliptical. It's just not worth being hurt and hobbling around. Maybe in a few months I'll give it another go.

Meal prep 3 meals per week

I'm doing really good with the meal planning and prepping this year. Saturday mornings I plan what I'm going to make for the week, make a shopping list after I've checked the fridge and pantry to see what I already have, and then head to the grocery store. I find that I only put what I really need on my shopping list when I know what meals I'll be making. And if I have a list I'm much more likely to stick to healthy choices instead of getting tempted by things that aren't good choices for me. I'm hoping that I'll be able to carry this momentum through to the end of the year.

At least 2 strength training workouts per week

I definitely haven't been very good at this goal so far in 2018. I've probably averaged a couple strength training workouts each month, and that's it. I really need to kick my strength training up a notch. I've really been into cardio, but I need to push myself to do the workouts that I know are good for me, but I don't necessarily enjoy as much. I know that there's a Body Pump class on Saturday mornings that I've been to before and really enjoy. Maybe I need to make that a weekly thing and then do another strength workout on my own once a week.

Professional

Grow my blog

I'm pretty excited to say that I have seen growth over the last 6 months – both in terms of traffic and in my writing. I'm still working hard at this though because I haven't grown my blog as much as I would like yet. I've been working on some things behind the scenes in 2018 so I'm hoping to have a few products for sale in the next few months. I'm really excited about this and I”ll be sure to share when I make them available!

Attend 2 fitness industry conferences

I love to learn, and part of that for me is continuing to learn about fitness. I was planning on going to 2 fitness conferences this year. One was back in May, and unfortunately it conflicted with an event I'd already committed to, so I wasn't able to go. The other one I had my eye on is in Kananaskis, just an hour west of Calgary in the mountains in October. I checked out the registration page and it's out of my budget for me right out. I just can't swing it financially this year, so I'm hoping to be able to save up some money to put towards it for 2019 instead. I'm a bit bummed out that I won't be able to make this goal a reality in 2018, but I'm even more motivated to make sure I do it in 2019 instead.

Now that you know how my goals are going, how are your 2018 goals coming along? Share in the comments below. 

Weekly Workouts July 1 to 7 2018

Today I'm sharing my workouts and recipes from last week.

Weekly Workouts and Recipes July 1 to 7 2018

Sunday

Rest day.

Monday

My first workout of the week started on the elliptical, moved to the treadmill, and ended on the track. I did 5 minutes on the elliptical for my warm up. I then got on a treadmill and did some speed walking for 30 minutes. I wanted to make sure to get my heart rate up. I'm pretty sure that this was my first time on the treadmill since I started going to this gym a year ago. I was thinking about it while I was on the treadmill and I was pretty surprised. Clearly my favorite form of cardio is the elliptical if it's taken me a year to get on a treadmill. I spent 5 minutes cooling down on the track to end my workout.

Tuesday

I warmed up on the elliptical and then stayed on it until my cool down 35 minutes later. My workout on Tuesday was steady state cardio. I then did a cool down on the track for 7 minutes. I recently re-downloaded Pokemon Go (I played it a few years ago) and my gym actually has a bunch of Pokemon related stuff at it, so I'll play it while I'm walking the track during my cool downs.

Wednesday

For my workout on Wednesday, I started out doing my warm up on the elliptical. I then cranked up the intensity and went at it for 30 minutes. I'm not sure what it was exactly, but I was in the zone and ready to work hard. It was probably my toughest workout in awhile, but it definitely didn't feel like it while I was in the middle of the workout. I then spent 10 minutes cooling down on the track to bring my heart rate back down.

Thursday

Once again on Thursday, I did my warm up and main part of my workout on the elliptical. I warmed up for 5 minutes and then did some steady state cardio for 35 minutes. I then headed over to the track to walk for 10 minutes for my cool down.

Friday

My last workout of the week was once again on the elliptical. I warmed up for 5 minutes before doing some intervals. I did my cool down on the track again (while playing Pokemon Go) for 5 minutes.

Saturday

I took my second rest day of the week on Saturday. Recently I've been on a 10,000 step streak, and I wanted to make sure that I continued it, even if I wasn't going to be at the gym. Luckily I managed to hit just over 10,000 steps.

Recipes

This week I made two main recipes for lunches and dinners. The first was Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles that I had made a couple weeks before. It was so good that I wanted to make it again. I still had some of the ingredients from making it before like the peanuts and noodles, so it was a great recipe to include this week because it was easy on the budget. It turned out delicious again and I have a feeling that it'll become a staple in my recipe rotation.

Stir Fry Beef Noodles

The second recipe I made last week was Stir Fry Beef Noodles. I switched up this recipe a bit and used fettuccine instead of the rice noodles because that's what I had in my pantry. I think it still turned out pretty good, and the flavor was spot on. This is another one that I think I'll be making on a regular basis.

What was your favorite workout of the past week? Best meal?

July 2018 Goals

Today I'm sharing how my June goals went and what I want to accomplish in July.

It's hard believe that 2018 is already half over! Before I get into my July goals, I want to recap my June ones and share how they went.

July 2018 Goals

June Goals

Be more social and connect with more friends

I'm going to say that this goal was a huge success for me this month. I attended a WordPress hack night to learn about all things WordPress (WordPress is the blogging platform that I use) and got to meet some great people. I also went to a Ladies Learning Code event where I got some work done on the back end of my blog and got to talk to a few people who are more technically minded than I am and were willing to share their knowledge.

In addition to attending those events, I also got together with a really good friend and spent a few hours together. We ended up meeting at a mall and walking around before getting drinks and just catching up for awhile. It was so good to spend time with her – proof that I need to make the time to spend with friends more often.

Being the introvert than I am, I thought this goal was going to be tough for me, but it surprisingly wasn't. I'll typically pick staying home over going out, but getting out more than I usually would this month felt pretty good. Maybe things are beginning to change for me?

10,000 Steps

 

25 days of 10,000 steps in June

I only got 14 days of 10,000 steps or more in June, but the strap on my Fitbit broke, so I wasn't able to wear it for those 10 days that I was waiting for the replacement strap to arrive. Although I still wouldn't have hit 25 days if I'd gotten in 10,000 steps each of those days that I wasn't able to wear my Fitbit. Although I still wouldn't have hit 25 days, I would have been a lot closer than the 14 days that I did achieve.

I think going forward I'll be able to get in more steps on a daily basis. I'm more likely to take a break from working at the computer and take a few minutes to get up and do something else. It's so easy to get so zoned in on work that I don't even stand up for an hour or two. I'm much more likely now to take a quick break and get some steps in.

Since I've been able to get in 10,000 steps so often this month, it feels like something that's more doable and that I can accomplish on a daily basis, so I'm more likely to put in the extra effort to actually do it. I know that sounds kind of funny, but when it feels like a goal is within reach, I'm more likely to put in the time to make sure that it gets done.

Daily stretching or yoga

Just like with my first goal with the steps, while I didn't stretch daily, I definitely did it more often than I would have otherwise. I usually did it after workouts or at the end of the day before getting into bed if it was a rest day. I struggle with tight hips, so I spent most of my time stretching focusing on that. Thankfully it did make a difference and it's surprising to think of what a difference just a few minutes of stretching will make most days of the week.

Stretching daily is definitely something that I want to continue doing. I honestly didn't realize how little it takes to make a big difference, which is so worth it for me. It doesn't take a lot of effort or time, and it works perfectly with my bedtime routine.

July Goals

My Fitness Pal

Track food in My Fitness Pal every day in July

I've been tracking my food more and more in My Fitness Pal recently and I've noticed that I've been making better choices when I know that I'll be putting my food into it. I'd like to continue with that. Not only do I feel better when I'm making healthy food choices, but my workouts also feel better too. I'm also able to keep a better eye on my macros when I use My Fitness Pal. It's a lot easier to calculate my carbs, fats, and protein when I put my food into My Fitness Pal too.

Make 4 new recipes this month

Speaking of food, I feel like I've been in a bit of a cooking rut lately. I keep going back to the same recipes for what seems like forever – and while I do like them, I haven't felt inspired. I'm committing to making one new recipe each week in July. I'll probably be checking out blogs (my favorite for finding new recipes is Budget Bytes) and Pinterest. There's lots of options out there, I just need to take the initiative and find them. I'll be sure to share the recipes that I try out and how I like them.

Spend less

While I'm generally not a big spender, I'm wanting to save more money, both to build up my savings (you can never have too much put away for a rainy day) and to put some money towards a trip that I'm tentatively planning to take next year. I'm going to be consciously  taking a second look at the things that I spend money on that are “wants”. While there's not much I can do about those things that are fixed expenses, I can definitely make some adjustments with my variable expenses. It's so easy for me to spend money on those little things that I don't need but I end up getting anyways, so that's what I'll be focusing on in July.

What are one of your goals for June? What's your favorite blog to find recipes on?