Tips for boosting motivation!

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We’ve all been at that point when we just want to skip our workouts. The reasons are many sometimes that sheer exhaustion, stress, too busy, zero motivation or just flat-out don’t want to. The fact of the matter is if we only worked out when we felt like it, totally awake, stress free and had plenty of time we’d probably rarely workout because life is busy and can be stressful.

Here are a few ways to help you get motivated and continue to work towards your goals on those days when you don’t want to get up, feel stressed out and busy.

Pump up the Jam:

It may sound simple and maybe a little dumb but making a killer playlist can really give you a motivation boost! I cannot they you have many times I’m ready for a workout and start my music app and then is bad song workout song I left feeling unmotivated, contrast that to times I used my own playlist and I have been at the end of my stamina on a run then an awesome song comes on and I suddenly have an energy boost and can keep going!

Here are a  few songs from one of my many workout playlist:

Macklemore – Brad Pitt’s Cousin

Lady Gaga – Poker Face

Pitbull – Hey Baby

Skillet – Feel Invincible 

Iggy Azalea – Black Widow

Look the part:

Wearing your favorite workout clothes can work wonders in motivating you to get up and do it. For me personally this is a big motivator. There is nothing like a new pair of of workout leggings to kick my butt into gear! Got shoes about tapped out on how many miles you put on them? Replace them! My all time favorite workout shoe are these awesome

Nike Free RN Flyknit:

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These shoes are like being barefoot and so comfy!

Plan it:

Nothing can stop motivation in its tracks more than getting your self all ready {whether it for a home gym workout or a gym workout} and realize you have no idea what you are doing…weights, zumba….ugh. One of the simplest ways I have found to thwart this motivation buster is by planning ahead. Whether you are using a printed out calendar, a dry erase board or your phone, by simply writing down what you want to do and how long you want to do it will really help keep you motivated and excited!

Check out this 10 Day Ab Challenge printable for yesterday!

Phone a Friend:

We all get in blah funks. That’s ok, we are human. Unfortunately for many that funk can turn into giving up…we don’t want that! I don’t want that! Simply calling up your bestie or sister or mom or husband…ect. can rejuvenate you! Feeling like you don’t want to do anything? Ask you sister if she want to go for a walk tonight and just talk! You’ll be surprised how much stress is lifted and how much physically better you feel! My husband and I do a lunch time and night time walk together every single day and let me tell you it does so much for daily stress and motivation.

Reevaluate:

Finally, sometimes we find ourselves feeling unmotivated because we have so many different workouts. Maybe you are doing Zumba, PiYo, weights, and….so on all in one day. Just like anything thing else you can easily get burned out by doing too much. Contrast that to only doing a small walk, then the next day weights for 20 minutes…Doing too little can take your motivation away very quickly. In my experience working out very lightly can be discouraging because you don’t see results. Reevaluation goes hand in hand with “Plan it” above.

I hope that these few tips that I use help you too! Don’t let yourself get lost in un-motivation.

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Friday Encouragement

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You know that moment when you feel defeated? I know I have been there more than once, in parenting, in homeschooling and for sure in my fitness…ugh it is the worst feeling ever isn’t it? About two years ago my fitness took a rough turn due to sickness that kept delivering a one two punch every few weeks…this resulted in weight gain and a broken motivation spirit, it sucked. I was in a slump and it didn’t feel great, then I heard this above quote “YOU WILL SUCCEED, Just Keep Going!” and it was a HUGE motivation during that difficult time. During my husbands final quarter of school it was a huge encouragement to him as well. I so deeply hope it encourages you no matter what you are going through, school, parenting, marriage {also separation or divorce}, personal, fitness, whatever…YOU WILL SUCCEED…JUST KEEP GOING!

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30 Day Challenge Pack {free download}

 

30 Day Challenge PackWhoa January is FLYING by! In anticipation for February I am posting my most ever view and downloaded post ever and the most requested “re-post” ever! So here is the 30 day Challenge pack in it entirety!!!

New to the challenge or seeing it for the first time? Each challenge starts at with minimal repetitions on day 1 and increases daily. For advanced more reps can be added to each day or do each challenge twice, once in the morning and once in the evening making each challenge more advanced.

Included in each 30 day challenge printable packet:

  • Squat Challenge
  • Torso Twist Challenge
  • Crunch Challenge
  • Plank Challenge
  • Bicep Curl Challenge
  • Donkey Kick Challenge
  • Jumping Jack Challenge
  • Burpee Challenge
  • Kettlebell Swing Challenge
  • Mountain Climber Challenge
  • Tricep Kickback Challenge
  • Push-up Challenge
  • Hydration Challenge
  • 10,000 Steps Challenge
  • Weight Loss Tracker

One of the things that I really love about this packet is that it is so easy to customize! Print the whole pack or just a few pages! Each page is colorful and easy to read! The pages can be printed and put on a bulletin board or in a binder OR since it is in pdf format you can just keep it on your desktop, tablet or phone and open it when needed {ibooks is great!}

Subscribe now to The Life in Bloom and DOWNLOAD the 30 Day Challenge packet for FREE for the month of March 

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Reader Questions:

Rhonda: Q: “So where did the idea for this packet come from?”

Brit: A: “I created this printable pack for my self because I felt like I was so busy all the time and I just wanted something that was fairly hardcore {meaning cover all or as many muscle groups as possible!} Plus get cardio, steps and water consumption!”

Sandy: Q: “Was this created for a particular age or fitness level?

Brit:: A: “No! This is for all ages and fitness levels. So far this pack it has been a hit college students and busy moms {and dads} on the go! It’s also perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the office or traveling, just print out the entire packet {or the workout you want to do} put it in a folder and take it everywhere you go! Each exercise is extremely easy to do on the go with minimal equipment!”

Danielle: Q: “What size of Dumbbells should I use?”

Brit: A: “Great question! You need to use what you are comfortable with! If you use 5 lb dumbbells stick to those {or the weight you use} and increase when you feel comfortable. Don’t increase until you are ready to prevent injury”

Carly: Q: “I’ve never used a Kettlebell before, what weight would you recommend?”

Brit: A: “If you have never used a kettlebell I personally recommend starting with a lighter one. The weight in Kettlebells is distributed quite a bit different then how it is in  dumbbells. So to prevent injury I would suggest starting with a 5lb or 10lb and work your way up to a heavier one. I recommend the Tone Fitnessset this is a GREAT starter set and includes 3 kettlebells {5lb, 10lb, 15lb}”
I really hope you all enjoy this principle packed so much and if you have any suggestions for workouts to be added to this pack please let me know either comment or email me! I’d love to hear from you!

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Cave Tools Silicone Burger Press!

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Yesterday we used our brand new burger press from Cave Tools and I’m excited to tell you all about it!

My oldest sons favorite food is hamburgers and since it was his 13th birthday it was the perfect opportunity to try out this fun new kitchen gadget!

cave1About: The silicone burger press makes six square patties, it has a build in dimple so the burgers cook evenly, can be put freezer and is dishwasher safe…and…its $9.99!!!!!

The burger press is quite easy to use. I just popped some ground beef in the mold, put the lid on and pressed then placed in the freezer until it was time to cook.

These burger cooked great from frozen, cooked evenly and tasted great! I wish I would have gotten some pictures of the burgers after they cooked but with the excitement of a birthday party and lots of guests it didn’t happen.

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Need more than 6 patties? It’s super easy. Make the first initial six patties and freeze them for about an hour, remove the patties and place parchment paper between them and store in the freezer safe container, then the burger press is ready to use again. This will be perfect for summer entertaining.

So we have tried ground beef, ground turkey and ground chicken. I will be trying out barley burgers too!

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The burger press would be an awesome addition to anyone who loves to grill or who camps a lot, we will defiantly be taking this in camping trips. This will make a great Father’s Day gift for Dad or Grandpa!

Interested in getting one? Grab yours here! Visit Cave Tools and check out all their great products use code BURGER15 for a 15% off your order! Happy grilling!

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New year, new items & a new name!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I hope 2018 its proving to be a great year already! Last year was a not so great year for our family personally and it all started within the first few days of 2017 so the fact that things are going awesome so far is very encouraging!

There are currently some awesome new items in my etsy shop {The Apple Blossom Shop}

including these amazingly gorgeous triangle scarves or shawls {its all in how you want to wear it!}

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My new instagram name. I decided to start off 2018 with some changes towards a more simplified life!

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