Fitness apps to keep you on track

Now that I am past my holiday fitness rut, I’m more than ready to get back into my fitness zone. I was never into a hardcore workout routine, my goal was never to lose weight but rather to simply be fit and healthy, but I was doing piyo (combo of pilates and yoga, from the Beachbody company)  4-5 days a week and I was also going on hikes or runs once a week. It’s been about 2 months since I’ve had a consistent workout routine and my recent 5 mile hiking trip to Devil’s punchbowl more than showed me that I need to get back out there.

Having the proper help and motivation are must haves in order to stay on track and a lot of that help is closer than you think, it’s right in the palm of your hands. There are so many apps that help you log info and keep track of your progress.

These are a few of my favorite apps that have helped me a great deal:

1. Apple’s Health app:
This isn’t most people’s favorite app but I do like to use it since it is already integrated in my iOS. It tracks a lot of info and it can be easily connected with your other favorite apps so that all of your information is stored in one place together. I also love the medical history section. I don’t rely too heavily on this, I mostly like to check it for steps while I’m at work or walking around Disneyland. Other apps track steps but are huge battery drainers so for the simple things, I prefer to use Apple’s health app.
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2. The Fitness Games app:
I was able to check out The Fitness Games app as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I really loved this app because there are so many workout videos to choose from so that you can exercise absolutely anywhere. You get to pick from their existing workouts or create your own. Post photos and videos, connect with friends and challenge them, as well as challenge other users.
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3. Map My Run
I’ve tried many running apps and Map My Run is by far my favorite. What I like the most is that you can map out your course before you even begin to get an idea of where you are going and how long of a run it’s going to be. You can log food and even buy gear. Another cool feature is that you can add what type of shoes you wear during your workouts and it lets you know when would be a good time to replace them, wearing proper shoes is extremely important! Map My Run connects to most devices to keep records and even has a “coaching” feature. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this app.
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4. My Fitness Pal
If you are looking to keep a close record of food and calorie intake, My Fitness Pal is the app for you. You can also log in workouts to help calculate how many calories you’re burning and how many you should or shouldn’t be burning. You can connect with friends to help keep each other accountable and share your progress. It’s so easy to use as it already has a large database of food saved including portion sizes and calories, even for foods from your favorite restaurants. I’m not into calorie counting but I like to use it to keep track of what I eat so I can stay on track with not overindulging on snacks since I can just go in and see a record of what I’ve been
stuffing myself with.
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2015, here we go!

Moving on up!

That is my motto for 2015.

Another year has passed us and a new one has arrived. 2014 was such a great year; so much was accomplished and everyone in the House of Golds is realizing many dreams and goals.

Much like everyone else, I have pondered my goals for this year and they range from the typical eat healthier, work out more consistently (I’ve been a bit lazy the past couple months) to spending more time blogging. It’s fun to get all hyped up with the coming of a new year and joining friends and family in making changes. The not so easy part is sticking to it. I used to make resolutions every year and never stuck to them. This year I decided to take some of the pressure off by picking a few goals to see through. And! A change to this blog.

I have 3 main goals for this year, the first being getting back to school to get started on my way to becoming a nurse practicioner. I know that this is going to be a long journey and I need to get started it on it asap. I’m itching to get back into school and learn. Being in the medical field is exactly what I was meant to do and it brings me much happiness. Working as a medical assistant is fun, I’ve learned a lot from it and I now know in which direction I want to go so I need to keep moving forward.

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My second goal is to better manage my time. I was blessed with more hours at work, which is great financially, but that leaves little time at home. I’m gone from 8am to 6:30pm. By the time I get home, I’m tired and have to hurry to with dinner, homework checks, bath time for the boys, and bedtime. Usually, all I want to do is nothing and by nothing I mean Netflix binge or read. I want to learn to manage my time and be certain that I am being productive with it.

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 10.31.46 PMLastly, focus more on my blog. With increasing work hours, I haven’t been able to post as often as I’d like to. I can make many other excuses but this goes back to my managing my time properly. I’m changing the focus of my blog as well, I finally decided that I want to bring more focus to fashion. I wasn’t so keen on starting a fashion only blog because I feel that my life is much more than just fashion, as much as I do love it. There are also so many fashion bloggers out there already; mine can so easily just become another notch on the the fashion bloggers belt. While there are many, many fashion and style bloggers that I admire and love to follow, a lot of them are trendy and that is so not me. My style cannot be described as crazy or bold but I steer very clear of season trends. I’m going to also change the way I shop and focus my finds to clothes under $40. I’ve had too many conversations with friends and fellow bloggers about how they wish there were more blogs for those on a budget. I’ve been told by countless that they “can’t afford” to be a fashionista or be involved in the fashion scene. And well, that’s completely ridiculous. I won’t be adding a how to section but after hearing those absurd comments, I thought, challenge accepted! I’ll sharing my favorite looks at the best possible prices I can find and prove that you needn’t spend a fortune to look amazing!

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So stay tuned, I think this is going to be a lot of fun!

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