Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bring it on, July!

Happy July 1st everyone! It's the start of a new month, so you know what that that means? Time to set a goal! 

I thought I'd try something new on my blog for this month to encourage you (and myself) to get a few steps closer to your fitness goals. I want you to pick something you want to change in your eating habits and/or in your physical habits, grab a small notebook, and get ready to see results! 

Before I tell you MY goals for the month, I want to ask you this:
can you do it? ....um DUH! But that's only if you know to believe in yourself, and you definitely should! Only you are in charge of what you choose to achieve. You were born to be capable of achieving your goals! And know this: God always believes in you, others believe in you, and I believe in you! 

Okay! So now for what I'm going to aim for, and please! If you want to join me, then please do! I would LOVE for someone to go in on this with me. 

Here are my goals for the month:
-drink at least 10 glasses of water each day (read my post, "Confessions of a Waterholic", if you want more info on water)
-walk/jog at least 12 miles per week
-lift weights at least 3 times per week
-eat a veggie or fruit with every meal

(A little about me: I don't eat a lot of bread, if I do then it's whole wheat. I also don't eat a lot of red meats. I don't like fish, but I like shrimp. I like white meat chicken. I don't eat fried foods like I used to, and I know I won't during this challenge so I didn't need to set it as a goal)

Also, I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm pretty satisfied with my weight now which is awesome to say, but now I want to gain muscle (I'm kinda weak) and exercise more! So with that being said, your goals might look different than mine which is perfectly fine! 

***if you need help setting up your notebook! Please send me a pic of it, or tell me what your goals are. I will give you some help and advice to get you going! Just email me at funandsunwithoutthebuns@gmail.com.

Here's what the layout of my notebook will look like just about everyday:

It's obviously going to be filled out throughout the day. I will circle the cups of water I drink, record what I eat, write down my workouts, and write down how I felt throughout the day at the end of the day.

IMPORTANT: try not to skip meals! It slows down your metabolism. I eat breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, and dinner. 

I know my notebook layout looks pretty basic, but that's what I'm going for! This will be my first time documenting my goals and consumptions in a notebook. I don't want to get too crazy or have too farfetched goals at first. I'm a one step at a time kind of person!

Since your goals might be different than mine please tweak whatever you need to! Also, if you are trying to lose weight, I know you might not want to, but go ahead and write down your current weight at the top of your page. Only weigh yourself today and don't do it again until the last day of the month. Another helpful thing to do if you are wanting to lose weight or trying to eat better is write down what you eat throughout the day. I know it might sound obnoxious to do so, but studies show that people who track what they eat have a better chance of reaching their goals.

So believe in yourself! You are in charge of your results! You are the one who consumes what you do physically and mentally. I know you can do it and you should too. 

To make this challenge an even more fun challenge, tell me your goal(s)you are doing! Send me a pic of your notebook or comment below what your goals are. I made an Instagram account for my blog: funandsunwithoutthebuns, so follow if you would like, and tag your goal/update pics using #funandsunwithoutthebuns. 

I will keep you posted daily with a picture of my notebook (I will post my completed one from today either tonight or tomorrow) and of course other random stuff I want to tell you about. I hope this is helpful to you and gets you motivated for the month of July! You can do it! And I will be right by your side the whole way!