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My favorite lifestyle apps

Hello friends!  Happy Wednesday 🙂
I am slowly getting back into my workouts after a few weeks off due to back issues and getting a nasty summer cold/flu. Last week I managed to make it to the gym a few times and I also went to a self defense class which was pretty interesting and intense and I learned a lot.  I wish I had taken some pics or videos of the night.  The next time I attend a session I will for sure take some!
img_4544I wanted to share with you all a few things that help me stay on track with my fitness goals.  Many years ago I hardly forgot anything.  Then I had a brain injury and my memory does not behave the same.  So I am really thankful I have some tools I can rely on to help me stay focused and on the right path for me.  I pretty much use these apps everyday. Between logging meals, water, sleep and my fitness, I can get a sense of what I need to focus on.  Some weeks I notice my hydration is down so I pick up the intensity and set some alarms on my phone to remind me to drink more water!  I hope I am not alone in the area of needing some friendly reminders once in a while!  I also actually make money living healthy! Say what? Yep, it is true!  See below for more info 🙂
In no particular order, here are my fav healthy living apps! {I was not asked to talk about any of these apps, nor am I being compensated in anyway, I am just sharing from my experiences!}

1. Runkeeper- This is an app where I can log just what type of workout I do.  It used to just be a running/walking app, but it is so much more now! You can pretty much log any type of workout.  I really like that I can play my music through the app and I shares with my my stats when I am running outside.  I also enjoy connecting with other friends who have RunKeeper- {Let me know if you want to connect here}

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2. My-24- This is an app for my gym, 24 hour fitness.  Previously I only used the app to look at the class schedule.  They recently re-did the app, and I like it even better.  I still used it for the class schedules, but I also use it to look at my own personal data.  The app is also aligned with a rewards program, and I get points for checking in, working out, connecting on social media, and reading valuable articles.

3. MyFitnessPal- Man, I have had this app for YEARS! My first log in was actually over 6 years ago!  I think that may be the app I have used the longest since apps became a thing! Ha.  I have seen the app improve so much over the past few years, and I really like that they have partnered with Under Armor.  I am not always super strict about my food logging, but it does help me know how on track I am.  Some days I feel like I did really well, just to see that I am short on a certain macro or nutrient.  I use that information to help myself stay balanced.  I also like that I can encourage my friends who are also on the app, and stay accountable if I am in a season where I feel I need it.  {If you want to connect with here, I am Chocolaterunnergirl 🙂 }

4. Connect- This is a Garmin app that I use with my VivoFit2.  I had it with my first VivoFit and I have again, seen changes and improvements over the past 2+ years.  Although the Garmin may not be as popular as the fit bit, I still love mine.  I love that I don’t have to sync it everyday (although I normally do to check my sleep), no charging needed, and it is waterpoof, so I don’t have to worry about taking it off to shower or swim.  I like that the app gives me different step challenges each week and that it tracks my sleep pretty well.
{I am also Chocolaterunnergirl on this app if you want to connect}

5. ithlete- I received the ithlete monitoring system for my birthday last year, and I really enjoyed using it.  It gives me information about how my body is doing and how I should handle the training for the day.  I def need to be using the data I collect more to work smarter, not harder.

6. Waterlogged- Like I mentioned above, I have times when I struggle to get all my water in during the day.  Depending on the water bottle I have with me each day, I know how many times I need to fill it up to reach my quota.  I like this app because you can personalize it with pictures of your own beverage containers, and it also gives you rewards for simply logging in.  I like to see where I am during the day and how many more ounces I need.

7. Pact App- This is literally one of my favorite apps!  It is so simple, and so rewarding.  Since I joined almost 3 years ago, I have earned several hundred dollars, and never had to pay a single cent.  The app began as a motivational app with exercise.  Log your workouts, earn cash.  Miss your pre-set workouts and pay.  They then added in fruit/veggie logs and food logging.  The beauty of the app is that you can change each week what you want to do. You can change how many workout days you want to do (up to 7), how many days you want to log food (also up to 7) and how many fruits/veggies (up to 5 per day, and 35 overall). Some weeks I know will be crazy and I might only commit to logging 3-4 workouts, and other weeks I know I need to push myself and log a workout of some sort each day.  You can log workouts at the gym, outside, through other apps (runkeeper, mapmyrun, jawbone, moves & fitbit) or even at home.  They are pretty versatile about it.
When it comes to logging meals, you do have to have myfitnesspal to get credit for the logs.  You have to log at least 3 meals for the day and be over 1200 calories.  Not very hard.  And there are times I forget to sync it before midnight, and I just sync it the next day and it counts 🙂
The veggie (fruits and veggies count) part is the most interesting. The community has to vote on the pictures you submit and sometimes they vote no! People used to vote ‘no’ to my smoothies and it was so annoying.  Then I realized that if I post each ingredient in my blender, they usually say yes!  You also get to vote and decide someones fate for their pic.  One thing I do like about the app is when you vote you can see the other pics they have submitted, and you can tell if someone just took 5 pics of the same thing and tried to say they reached their quota for the day.  When you deny a pic you tell why (from per-determined options).
The app does have glitches from time to time, but they always fix it, and they don’t charge you if they are having issues.
If you want to try Pact App, let me know and I can send you a code that will set you up with $5 to start 🙂

So those are my basic healthy living apps.  I have used others over time, but these are the ones I have stuck to over time.

Do you have any health apps that you love?  Tell me about them!
And don’t forget to connect on any apps we have in common 🙂

I am linking up with Annemarie, Nicole, Michelle and Jen for #WildWorkoutWednesday
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Michelle at Fruition Fitness // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Google+
Jen at Pretty Little Grub // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pin

Be filled with health and joy!

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16 in 16 & a training update

Hello friends!  If you are here from the blog hop and/or her for the first time, welcome!  I am so glad to have you!  I am honored to once again be a part of the blog hop that Kristy from Runaway Bridal Planner put together.  Three cheers for Kristy! Hip, Hip, Hooray!
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If you missed my post from the last hop, you can check it out and learn a few more facts about me.

I have really enjoyed getting to meet new bloggers and see some familiar faces on this hop!

It has been a crazy few weeks in my real life.  If you missed some of the news, you can see it here & here.

We are only in month 2 of 2016, but I feel I have already learned a lot.  My goal the rest of the year is to take what I have learned and make changes, accept the facts, and continue to be the best me I can be.

So 16 things I have learned (or rediscovered) in 2016 (so far)…

  1. My need for things to be organized.  I have always been more of a neat person, but when life happens, my organization seems to be put on the back burner.  I was invited by some friends to participate in a 30 day cleaning/organizing challenge.  Even though I have not been able to participate each day, I have made some major headway on several areas of my life/home!  My heart feels happy when things are clean and organized! Plus I discovered a bunch of clothes I forgot about 😉
  2. I feel I am reminded of this each year…but really hits home during challenging times, who my true friends are. Friends who don’t care what I look like, but who care about and for my heart!  I am forever grateful for these friends, and it is my goal to be this kind of friend too!
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  3. A greater appreciation for my husband and how he loves & cares for me.
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  4. I left part of my heart in Costa Rica. {This is not a new discovery, but just a reminder to myself that I can be 2 places at once…at least in my heart}
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  5. I am learning to love yoga…and to not be so scared to try new moves!  {But I am still trying to find a REALLY good mat that won’t fall apart after a few weeks and also won’t cost a ton! Any tips appreciated!!}
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  6.  Pinterest hair designs for little kiddos…I really don’t know why I am late to the party on this one, but I have been having fun with all the little girl hair designs I get to do!
  7. After struggling with insomnia for YEARS, I finally found something that works for me!  A friend suggested this recipe to me! I was missing one ingredient, and I added one of my own, but this little gem is AMAZING!  I literally can be asleep in 5 min after putting this on! img_7684
  8. I have really been enjoying eating some all fruit/veggie meals lately, especially when it is go-go-go!
  9.  I might have put all the Christmas decorations away on Dec 26th in 2015 (to make room for a new couch), but this message just has to stay up year round! {And props to my hubby who thought I made it…I wish.}
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  10. I have never been a fan of plastic bags at the grocery store.  My sweet friend Candace introduced me to THESE, and they are a lifesaver! Plus they look really cute 😉
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  11. Trying new recipes from other awesome bloggers after I pin them…It has been turning out rather deliciously!
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  12. My elephant collection keeps growing…thanks to my husband!
  13.  I still am not that great with grief.  I am working on facing that better this year as I remember several sweet friends I lost in 2015.
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  14. Lifting weights and working on my form has caused me to get stronger {logical, yet I was missing the beat before}
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  15. As this is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I feel it is my opportunity to share!  I am a survivor! I have been in solid recovery for the past 8 years(!!) after battling for more than 20! If you have any concerns or are struggling, or know someone who struggles, please reach out. You are WORTH fighting for, and for getting any help needed! NEDA has a great website with tools, and although I am not an expert, I am willing to share with you what I have learned from my experience!
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  16. One wonderful point that I have rediscovered yet again is the amazing blogging community!  I am so thankful to be a part of such a wonderful group of people! You all make my heart smile and I love reading about your life adventures!  Thank you for including me on your journeys!

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Just a bit of a training update real quick as I join up for the Wild Workout Wednesday link-up with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another workout recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!
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My next race is in 10 days!  Eek! I officially changed from the half marathon to the 5k.  I know that pushing myself would have only done harm to my hip and now foot, and it would not have been the PR I am seeking this year! So even though I am still somewhat disappointed, I am thankful that I can still race! And my dr is happy with my choice, so I guess there is that 😉
I had a REALLY great workout week last week! I would say it was probably the best week of workouts I have had in a long time.
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Monday- Piyo and Zumba
Tuesday- Zumba and 6 mile bike recovery
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga
Thursday- Body pump
Friday- Piyo
Saturday- Full REST! I even got a 2 hour nap!
Sunday- 3.5 elliptical recovery miles

I have been able to do Body Pump 2-3 times a week as well as a yoga class 2-3 times a week and I have been able to see a difference in my strength, confidence and stamina!

Thank you for taking time to read so much today!  Can’t wait to see you all on Friday for Foodie Friday!  It is national pancake week so stay tuned for some awesome pancakes!

QOTD: What is something that 2016 has taught you?

Be filled with joy and health!
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Change in plans…

Happy Wednesday friends!  I hope you are doing well and enjoying your week!  I feel like I am still recovering from our little trip to San Antonio over the weekend.  I love to travel, but I am not a fan of the unpacking and recovery time.

I am linking up again today with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus for another Wild Workout Wednesday recap!  Feel free to add to the link up and join in the fun!

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Thank you for all the kind words last week about changing up my distance for my upcoming race.  I talked to the race director and I am pretty sure that is what I will be doing.  My hip has just not been really happy with me plus running has just not happened the way I have planned.  I have been discovering that I kind of stink at following a training plan…I really don’t know why.  So I will be dropping from the half marathon to the 5k, and then working on getting this hip back in shape before I pick another half to run.  I am disappointed in myself a bit, and in my body, but I am trying to stay focused on the positives.

My plan from last week:
Thursday- Body pump and hopefully 2-3 miles.
Friday- Piyo and a run outside
Saturday- Walk/jog outside- 5-6 miles
Sunday- Walk/rest day
Monday- Body Pump & maybe piyo and zumba.  Depends how I am feeling
Tuesday- 2-3 miles and Zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga

What went down:
Thursday- Body pump
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Friday- A walk with the kiddos.  A dr appt threw the plans a little, but that happens sometimes.
Saturday- Pretty much a rest day. I was worn out from traveling.  I did walk some before we watched the Spurs play, so I did get some steps in.
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Sunday- Short walk and more rest
Monday- Body Pump! When I arrived at Zumba the gym lost power so they closed and there was not class 😦
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Tuesday- Biked 6.45 miles and Zumba.
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Wednesday- Body pump and yoga (This was all for you Andrea!!)
img_7259Overall it was not a terrible week.  I def feel like my glutes, shoulders and triceps are getting stronger.  I was able to up my weights a bit in body pump for a few muscle groups, and the ones where I stayed the same I felt challenged but not like I was going to pass out!
I joined a little 5 day healthy heart challenge this week and getting points for workouts, sweaty selfies and eating fruits and veggies….so pretty much what I already do 😉

I am out of town again for a few days so we shall see how that works out with my training.  I hope I will stick to it better than last weekend.  Hehe

Thursday- 2-3 miles
Friday- 2-3 miles and 30 min of stretching
Saturday- Elliptical recovery 45 min
Sunday- 3-4 miles
Monday- Body Pump & maybe piyo and zumba- Gonna try this again!
Tuesday- Elliptical or bike recovery and Zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga (maybe

How have your workouts been going?  Do you use a training plan?

Don’t forget to join the link up 😉

Ps, I am getting back to my comments soon…we had a water heater flood our house on Tuesday night and my SIL is in the hospital in critical condition so I have not been on my computer as much to reply!

Have a joy filled and healthy day!

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Wild Workout & Training Update!

Hello friends!  It has been a little crazy and exhausting getting back into my workout routine!  I was still active on and off the last few weeks of 2015, but didn’t really get to the gym very much.  It felt SO good to be back last week!  I also got back into my training for the next half marathon that is on the books (March 5th)!
I am joining the Wild Workout link up with link up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness  and Nicole from Fitful Focus and Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama

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A little recap since last Monday

Monday- 2.75 elliptical miles
Tuesday- 3.83 elliptical miles and half a zumba class- I left a little early for date night with the Hubs
Wednesday- Body pump (hello muscles!!!), first 5k of 2016 (47:15 min….I have a LOT of work to do)
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Thursday- Walking
Friday- Rest and enjoying my new running coloring book by a fellow Sweat Pink ambassador, Sarah, and book by one of my favorite and inspiration runners, Danica.
Seriously, if you love to run, want to run, or just want to learn more about running, go get these books! (I am just putting them out there because I have really enjoyed them…not benefiting in any way other than sharing the awesomeness!)

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Saturday- Walking
Sunday- 4.31 miles- Wog 3.85 miles and a .46 mile cool down
Monday- Body pump (muscles are getting back into it!) plus 2 recovery elliptical miles
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Tuesday- 3 miles of elliptical sprints and zumba class!  Felt good to be back!
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Wednesday- Body pump, sprint workout

I have been a little sore, but really loving getting back to my training and routine!
I started using a supplement from Young Living called Ningxia Nitro, and I can totally tell a difference in my workouts!  So awesome!
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Coming up:
Thursday- Zumba and 2-3 recovery miles
Friday- Piyo and 3 miles
Saturday- Body pump
Sunday- 5 miles
Monday- Body pump and 2-3 recovery miles
Tuesday- 3 miles and zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and sprint drills

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Another Wild Workout Wednesday!

Is it just me or do the weeks seem to fly by even faster at the end of the year?  I can not believe it is already creeping into the middle of November!  I was just telling a friend today that this weekend is my last full weekend at my house till January!  (Hmmm…I might need to break out the Christmas tree!!)
Between work, pet sitting, travel for weddings, seeing friends and Costa Rica, and the holidays, it is going to be a packed end of the year!  Even still, I am determined to keep up on my workouts! I am feeling pretty strong overall and have seen improvements in my flexibility!  I am working on pinpointing the next half marathon training plan I am going to go with since that will begin on Dec 1! Eek!  I normally go into races just aiming to finish and have fun, but I feel that 2016 will be a year of PRs! Even if I can cut a few seconds off my times I will know the effort was worth it.  Between now and Jan 1 I need to find all my previous PRs and get some goals in place!

So last week this is what I planned to work on:
Thursday- Zumba & boot camp
Friday- Either piyo or elliptical
Saturday- Body pump & piyo
Sunday- Bike
Monday- Body pump & Grit then volleyball if the sand is dry enough
Tuesday- Walk or elliptical then zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga

Here is what happened:
Thursday- Walking, elliptical and body pump.
Friday- Walking due to last min work changes
Saturday- Ended up with pretty much a rest day
Sunday- Walking plus moving LOTS of furniture!
Monday- Body Pump and 2 hours of volleyball
Tuesday- Bike 4 miles and zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and walking

As you can probably tell by now, my weekly schedule does shift around some.  I have learned to be much more flexible with my workouts the past few years.  Before I was in recovery, I would FREAK if I could not work out exactly as I planned and it was usually for 4-6 hours of a 24-hour period!
I still love to workout, but finding a way for it to enhance my life and not see it as a punishment has been so freeing!

What is on the docket for this next week:
Thursday- Zumba (and a massage!!)
Friday- Piyo and walk/run to test out the hip and my knee
Saturday- Up in the air
Sunday- Kickball and hopefully a walk/run
Monday- Body pump & Grit (if time allows) then volleyball
Tuesday- Walk/run or elliptical then Zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga
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I am joining Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness and  Nicole from Fitful Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday!
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See you soon for another workout Wednesday!

Have a healthy and joyful day!

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Wild Workout Wednesday!

Here we are at Wednesday again!  It has been another week filled with fun workouts!  Oh, and keep having to remind myself that going to the grocery store after the gym is really not the best idea!! Stick to the list Esther, just stick to the list!  Haha I am sure some of you can relate to the RUNGRY feeling!
Anyways, here was what was planned from last week:
Thursday- Try to walk/jog 3-4 miles
Friday- Piyo and 2 miles
Saturday- Body Pump or rest & LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Sunday- Race- was supposed to do the 10 miles, but I am sticking with the 5 for now.  If some miracle happens and I am up for it, I will do the 10. Plus LOTS of stretching and foam rolling!
Monday- Body Pump and volleyball
Tuesday- Zumba

And here is what actually went down:
Thursday- Body pump and biking for 21 min (6 miles)
Friday- Ended up more of a rest day due to a sick kiddo and working late.  I did manage a small walking workout.
Saturday- I managed to get up booty up and I went to piyo.  It felt great to get some good stretching in since my hip was a bit of a mess.
Sunday- The Texas 10 series race- 5 miles.  You can read my recap here if you so desire!
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Monday- Body pump and biking for 22 min
Tuesday- Elliptical for a little 5k, zumba and 20 min of walking
I am participating in a workout challenge with the focus of raising awareness for Batten Disease.

Batten disease is a rare, genetic, neurodegenerative disorder. Batten attacks an otherwise
healthy child beginning with vision loss, declined cognitive skills, and seizures.  Progressively, children suffer loss of memory and speech until they are mentally and physically incapacitated, eventually leaving them wheel-chair bound, then bedridden. With no current treatment or cure, Batten disease is always fatal, often by the late teens or early twenties.

There is a young boy in my community who was diagnosed a few years ago and his family has been challenging us to DO SOMETHING!  So these workouts are for Will!

IMG_2036Wednesday- Today was a great combo of body pump followed by an hour of yoga!  It was perfect for stretching out my super tight muscles and it really felt great on my hip!  I even attempted a new move today.  I almost fell on my face but I managed to hold the position/stretch!

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I have not been to just a yoga class in a LONG time!  I kept trying to make it but it hadn’t worked out till today!  I am always nervous about trying new classes.  I feel like I am going to be singled out or stared at since I usually don’t have a clue what the heck I might be doing!  Thankfully those thoughts are usually proven wrong and I am welcomed with open arms!

For the next week I am really trying to add in even more stretching and foam rolling!  I NEED to get this hip back to running more!  If anyone wants to be a stretching accountability buddy, let me know 🙂

On the agenda:
Thursday- Zumba & boot camp
Friday- Either piyo or elliptical
Saturday- Body pump & piyo
Sunday- Bike
Monday- Body pump & Grit then volleyball if the sand is dry enough
Tuesday- Walk or elliptical then zumba
Wednesday- Body pump and yoga

I am joining Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Michelle at Fruition Fitness and  Nicole from Fitful Focus for Wild Workout Wednesday!
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Any plans for some new classes? How do you overcome your fears of trying something new? Have you been motivated to workout to help raise awareness for something?  Tell me about it!

See you soon for another workout Wednesday!

Have a healthy and joyful day!
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