Fitness Friday!

I wish I got a quarter for every time a busy mom tells me how tired she is, how she wants to feel good again, how she needs to lose the baby weight, but how she doesn’t have time. Time is so fleeting as a mom. There’s always house stuff and kids stuff and laundry and work (inside and outside of the house!)

I totally feel the time crunch. So I went on Beachbody On Demand and made a list of all the workouts around 20 minutes or less. Most kids will watch a half hour PBS show, so mom can sweat a little. I thought there would be a few but there was actually 100!  So many options!!

Winter Water Wednesday

The goal is to drink half your weight in oz of water. When it’s cold and the heat is on, the air is extra dry and can make you feel even more dehydrated. Getting it in during the winter can be challenging so here are my tips! 

  1. Carry a water bottle around as much as possible. The weight will encourage you to drink it. I love this one
  2. Go for hot water. If you’re cold, just change the tap to hot and drink it hot. It helps to have a warm inside when it’s cold outside.
  3. If you can’t stomach hot water, herbal (decaffienated) tea counts toward water counts. Black or green caffeinated tea counts for half the Oz. 
  4. Soup! Broth type soups also count. Skip the creamy ones with all the extra fat but go for a steaming cup of low salt broth.

What other ways do you stay hydrated in wintertime?

Tech Tuesday!

If you’re like me, your phone is always within reach. Why not use it to its max to help you with your health journey?

  1. Team Beachbody my challenge tracker app- check in with fit friends and share your workout selfies and tips off of Facebook! Email me if you want an invite. (coachtiffanybirkholz@gmail.com)
  2. Beachbody On Demand– $6,500 worth of workout programs of all kinds: cardio, weights, yoga, Pilates, MMA, dance, etc. I love saving workouts to the app to use when we travel so I don’t have to use hotel gyms. 
  3. Fitbit- I wear the flex at night to track sleep. It’s important to sleep if you want to build muscle and lose weight!
  4. Myfitnesspal- I love this app to track macros when eating out. It’s amazing how much sodium and carbs and fat hide in restaurant food. 
  5. Apple Watch- I don’t LOVE the heart rate monitor (HRM) but I do love the breathe reminders and how it makes me keep moving to close the rings every day. It’s also fun to share data with friends and send fun texts when they kill their workouts. 
  6. 21 Day Fix tracker- the Portion Fix container system is life changing and I love keeping track on my phone. The food lists are all there too so I can always figure out what I’m eating too. 

Motivating Metrics Monday!

I’m at 3.5 years of working out and decided I needed to review ways that I’m tracking my progress. 

  1. The scale is a daily friend. I’ve had the one pictured above for over a decade and it’s been with me through moving into my first apartment, second apartment, across the country, and into married life. I hang on to it because it’s consistent. I use the same one in the same place on the floor in our house and weigh first thing in the morning. Any increase used to bum me out but now it just tells me how I ate the day before. Too much salt? Too many bloating foods? Super clean and healthy? It also tells me fat % and even if it’s not perfect using the same scale keeps it consistent. 
  2. Sleep. I wear a Fitbit flex (more info tomorrow for Tech Tuesday!) to track my sleep. My goal is 6 hours but sometimes I’ll add a little more if the girls are sick, I’ve had hard workouts and need a little more rest, or if I just need it. 
  3. Measuring tape. I always measure before and after a new workout schedule. Sometimes the measurements change a lot, sometimes they barely move. It’s another thing I track to see how things are changing. 
  4. Labs are essential for me. I am doing this whole healthy lifestyle thing because I’m fighting full blown diabetes (right now I’m a recovered insulin-dependent gestational diabetic who is “glucose intolerant” or “prediabetic.”) I don’t test every morning but will periodically spot check my fasting levels. It helps me know how I’m doing with nutrition and also reminds me I don’t want to have to do this multiple times a day. 

Those are my top 4. Which things do you measure to track progress?