The #nowthatimgrownup challenge is currently underway, and I would like to share 3 tools that I’m using to help me stay on track with my fitnesst January prompt.
It’s easy to talk about getting fit and back on track with health, especially when the new year drops, but carrying out the intention is where most of us struggle.
In order to increase chances of you achieving what you set in your mind to do, goals must:
- Be linked to a core desired feeling e.g I want to lose 10 kg so that I can feel good in my own skin and look good in the clothes I want to wear, or something like that.
- Be measurable e.g I want to lose 10kg by February 27th, 2018
- Be supported by projects e.g In order to lose 10kg by February 27th, I commit to working out X times a week for X hours. Followed by an X eating plan and finding an accountability partner.
- Be attainable, but challenging/scary at the same time.
But I’ve figured out that the more I can have fun, the more I can achieve and succeed. And gadgets are great for helping me stay focused and motivated.
- FIT BIT ALTA HR MONITOR
I got this as a Christmas present, I wasn’t sure initially how much I’d utilize the monitor. But like any curious person seeking validation, I went online to do some research.
And the first article I read about the Fitbit was about how it had saved a woman from a potentially deadly heart attack so I decided to keep it 🙂
I’ve been my Fitbit for about 3 weeks now and I absolutely LOVE it!
As people, it’s easy to overestimate our efforts. And the same goes for being fit/healthy. It’s easy to assume that you are active, you eat well and you drink lots of water. Until you track your numbers.
Ever since I put my Fitbit on, my physical activity has significantly increased, I try to drink more water and I’m much more aware of my food intake. And oh, I also can track how much sleep I’m getting.
You use the Fitbit in conjunction with the phone app, where you can log your food, sleep, water etc.
Overall, you can impact what you can measure, so for me seeing myself hit my goals weekly is a HUGE motivator.
2. NINJA BLENDER
One of the first household items that I knew that I wanted to get as soon as we settled after relocation was a blender. I love the taste and convenience of smoothies, and having a good blender makes this process smoother (pun not intended).
I make and have a smoothie at least 4 times a week, so the investment was worth it for me with the Ninja Kitchen System. It comes with:
- XL Total Crushing Blender
- 8-cup Food Processor Bowl
- (2) 16 oz. Nutri Ninja Cups
So most mornings I’m able to get some nutrients into my body without too much of a hassle.
Tip: Put your smoothie ingredients in ziplock bags and freeze them. This way, you just dump them into a blender and blend away.
3. KEISHA KA’IOR WAIST ERASER
With this one I could have totally fallen for Instagram marketing but oh well 🙂
In my culture, Setswana, after you give birth, you and the baby are separated from everyone else for a period of about 3 months.Basically, your Mom, grandma or Mom in law take care of you and your newborn, and every few people are allowed access to you. This practice is called botsetsi, and there are rules and norms around it.
One of the things that these older women will make you do is tie your tummy with a scarf or cloth in order to help you regain use of your tummy muscles.
And I’ve seen this work for some people, not so much for others, like myself (until I discovered I had a severe case of diastasis recti).
So for me, once I stop being active, my tummy muscles are the first to lose memory and turn me into looking like a 5-month preggie.
I’ve used a number of waist trainers and binders and tight underwear. And the thing with most of these is that they are uncomfortable, so the trick finding one that’s:
- Easy to put on by yourself
- Easy to clean
- Good quality that won’t fall apart on you
After researching around, I decided to go with the Ka’ior one. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now, especially during my workouts and I get a nice sweat going on, and it provides great back support during workouts.
It will be interesting to see results in a few weeks.
Now, tools are just that, tools. What matters more is the effort and consistency we apply when using them. But they become powerful when employed in helping us reach our goals and fulfil our intentions.
Have you found good tracking and cooking tools to help you stay on track? Share them in the comments below!