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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Free Planner Printable!

I've been making my own planner for awhile now because I can never seem to find exactly what I want. I'm pretty picky with the planners. For me, I need a monthly calendar to write down my workouts (and earn my stickers!), and important events. I also need a weekly calendar to add more detail, and I love having it split into categories so I can keep things separate. I use my planner to keep me in check, so I need to be able to log things like runs and measurements as well. I use myfitnesspal to track my food, so I find I don't log every bite into my planner. The store-bought fitness planners I have found in the past tend to focus on the food logs and the workouts only take up a small section. I wanted the opposite. While I do use runkeeper to log my runs, I like to see my mileage in writing because it helps me see how I improve.

And most importantly, it has to be pretty!

I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out, so I posted a picture a few weeks ago on instagram and several people wanted to know more. This prompted me to put it on the blog as a printable to share with all of you! I went to Staples and bought one of their new Arc system planners to use as my cover, and gutted it of the generic planner inside. To make my pages fit, I bought the special hole punch that they sell as well. This system may not be for everyone since the hole punch is pretty pricey. You can use a regular binder and 3-hole punch to make your own. Another option is to have Staples bind it for you. i hear it's pretty inexpensive, and it looks professional! You can also do like I have in the past and buy a cute notebook, and glue the planner pages inside. That's what I typically do for my planners.

Click this first image to download the planner PDF. The green chevron cover page is a separate download and can be found HERE.







These two were the only ones I didn't design myself, but I had to include them as well. I use the weekly mom planner from Barely Mommy as a "week at a glance" page where I jot down the highlights of the upcoming week. Color-coded, of course. :) On the right is a weekly meal plan printable I found at Kissen Studio. It's perfect! I love the section for groceries on the side.


My weekly sheet. I separated it into categories, with a daily weight and steps spot in the Fitness section, and I added a spot to log miles and weight changes at the end.




I've decided to cut these pages out of my own planner because it's getting way too bulky already, but I left them in the download for you in case you wanted to use them. The left is my daily sheet, and I also have a plain lined sheet included that I print to go to the right of this one. I like having a spot to write down how my day went and stuff, and you can also use it to write down your food if you'd like.

I found these fantastic cardstock sets at Michaels and had to use them! I made tabbed pages to separate my months with them, and I plan on using the scraps for iphone covers.



Some quick notes:

1. I bought the 6.75x8.75" pink leather binder from Staples' ARC system because I'm planning on reusing it year after year. They have several different sizes if you want something bigger. Or, you can always use a regular 3-ring binder to hold your planner pages. Another idea is to glue them into a cute notebook.

2. Staples will also bind it for you for just a few dollars. I don't know details on that, so can't say what sizes they do or anything, but they look great. I've seen it done on other blogs, and their planners look professional.

3. This is the hole punch I bought to fit my planner pages in the ARC binder. I love how easy it is to take pages in and out!

4. I found 5.5x7.5" cardstock at Michaels, and printed all my planner pages on that. It took some figuring to get it to print to the right size because it's not a standard paper size listed. It was the perfect size for the ARC binder. I can walk you through it if you decide to do this as well. If not, it'll automatically print as a standard 8.5x11" sheet.

5. I can design a dedicated food journal page as well if there is interest in that.


Once again, click this image to download the planner PDF. The green chevron cover page is a separate download and can be found HERE.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tone em up Tuesday





I'm sick this week, so I've got nothing for Tone em up Tuesday since I'm laying around all lazy-like. Instead, go visit my partner-in-crime Karri and see what killer leg workout she has for you! I'll be back as soon as I can breathe clearly through my nose.



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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tone 'em up Tuesday




Man, I suck at blogging these days! I have a lot to blog about, but just don't seem to get to it. Last week, I said I was going to a Les Mills Body Combat class at my Y. I loved it! I felt all kinds of badass after that class, and the timing was perfect for my schedule, so I think I'm going to make it a regular thing.

The Body Combat routine was a little confusing, but much easier to follow than the step class I've tried a few times. There was a lot of kicking and punching. I was really surprised at how much of an ab workout it was! My legs were pretty sore after too. My whole body had a good site. An "I worked hard" sore without being an "I can't move" sore. I'm gearing up for the class again this morning!

In addition to the class, I've been running, but not nearly as much as I should be. I ran 3 races the past 3 weekends, so I'm already up to 4 races in the books for 2013! I'm so happy with how that resolution is shaping up! I've also already signed up for my second half in May, so it's time to get serious about training! Last weekend's race was a 5-miler, and that's been my longest run in awhile. Time to step it up!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tone 'em up Tuesday




Welcome to our first Tone 'em up Tuesday! Karri and I are hosting this weekly link-up because we want to ROCK the short shorts this summer. Link up with us and share your fitness posts! How are you gettting ready for summer? Do you have a goal outfit you want to wear? Share your stories with us! Copy and paste the code above to add the button to your posts as well.

I'm changing it up today, and I'm very excited about it. Between sick kids, busy schedules, and just plain laziness, I haven't been in the gym in a couple weeks and I'm noticing it in my body. I'm already losing some of the muscle I've worked hard for in the weight room, and I feel like shit. Today, a friend and I are going to the YMCA that's a little closer to me to try a class called Body Combat. We don't go to this Y often because it's a lot farther for my friends, and the weight room is pretty small for me to go on my own. But they have the best classes! I'm thrilled my friend agreed to make the trek to this one with me because I'm way too chicken to go on my own.

I'd been trying to talk Damon into switching to Lifetime Fitness recently because of their classes. This one class, in particular. It made my day to see it on the Y schedule!! Hopefully we love it, and I can talk my friend into doing it regularly with me. I've always wanted to try martial arts classes. I know it would make me feel all badass to do it! Does your gym offer Body Combat? What should I expect? Here's the description:

Body Combat
This Les Mills program is inspired by martial arts and provides an empowering cardiovascular workout. Disciplines such as Karate, boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Muay Thai are woven through the exciting choreography.


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