Wellness Tips

Mini Recipe Cards

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Mini Recipe Cards with Printacular

Good morning friends!

Today I'm sharing a healthy hack with you!

One of my favorite aspects "healthy" living is trying new recipes. I'm always amazed at how delicious healthy tastes and I love exploring new breakfast, lunch and dinner swaps that will allow me to "crowd out" the bad stuff.

There's also a slew of easy-to-access recipes online!

One of my favorite sources for inspiration is Instagram because there's so many amazing accounts chock-full of good eats and they're easy to access from the grocery store or from within my kitchen. The only problem is the sheer number of awesome recipes I see and screenshot all the time. Finally, I instituted a new system for saving my favorite new ones to try and old favorites.

Enter Awesome Photo-Printing App, Printacular!

I used this app when I made a fun Instagram display in my old office and I've always loved how cute and compact the printable squares are! Here's a quick tutorial for using this same app to snap, print and save your favorite IG recipes:

Step 1:

Screenshot a few photos of the recipes, to include a picture, the ingredients and instructions. Sometimes it's hard to fit all this into one or two shots, which is fine.  I will use up to three photos for each recipe.

Step 2:

Using the app, Layout, compile the photos for each recipe, depending on how many photos you took. You might use 1, 2 or 4 photo layouts to fit in everything; doesn't matter as long as you have the info you'll need later to try the recipe!

Step 3:

Upload your Layouts to Printacular to print your squares at the nearest Walgreens. Make sure you designate that you want the square photos! You'll also need to choose when you want to pick-up the photos -- I love that within the hour is one of the options!

Volia, that's it friends! Find a place to store and easily reference your recipe cards and you're good to go! No more hours of surfing Pinterest or wasted time stumbling through your phone in the kitchen.

Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
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Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards
Easy Recipe Cards

I'm totally addicted to saving recipes this way! We have a small kichen so it saves on space as well!

What's your go-to method for saving, storing and referencing favorite recipes?

Do you search Instagram for new recipes? What are your favorite accounts?

My New FitBit Flex & 5 Ways to Walk More Throughout the Day

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Hey guys! Today I'm going to talk about the FitBit Flex. I just got one last week and already, I'm loving it! This little gadget is easy, fun to use and it's really doing the trick to make me move more!

When I setup the Fitbit, it automatically set my daily target to 10,000 steps, which is recommended by the American Heart Association. Can you believe I thought getting 10,000 steps a day would be easy? I've since learned it's not! And if I'm going to do it, I've got to vehemently resist society's sedentary lifestyle--driving to work and sitting at a desk all day-- and get moving!

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The FitBit is a great motivator, though! Just the other night I was waiting for Aaron to finish looking around REI (his favorite store, my least favorite) and when I double tapped my FitBit and saw that I was still several bars from reaching my daily goal, I decided I'd walk around the store to wait, not sit! I started walking laps around the store aisles and even though I might have looked a little crazy, I got an instant burst of energy and it wasn't long before I achieved another bar closer to my goal (which is an awesome feeling, btw)!

The flashing LED lights are probably my favorite feature (it makes checking my progress so easy!), but I'm also incredibly impressed with the battery life on this little guy-- it's amazing! I only charged it 60% the day I got it and it's been going strong for four days! (That's more than I can say for my cell phone!) Here are a few other things I love:

// It's waterproof: I can wear it in the shower or if I go swimming! I love that I don't have to think about it at all! I can hardly feel it on my wrist and I can wear it anywhere!

// There's two bands: Right now I'm wearing the smaller of the two bands around my wrist but it came with another band that is slightly bigger that can be worn around the ankle. I'm just so glad I don't have to wrap anything around my body and be uncomfortable. I can totally handle an anklet or wristlet!

// It syncs with my smartphone: It syncs with my computer and my smartphone! I can open the app anytime and see my friend's activity and my own stats: how many calories I've burned, steps I've taken, even sleep patterns! The app even has a really clean interface, too, which I love, and did I mention it has the ability to with MyFitnessPal too?

// There's a silent alarm: The wristband vibrates to alert me of alarms I've set, whether it's to wake up in the morning or remind me to make a call! I love having an alarm that's not connected to my phone, but still close by at all times!

// It's like a game: Have you heard the phrase Gameify? It's a word used to describe a unique way to get people intrigued. The idea is that if you gameify something, i.e., make it fun and like a game, people are more likely to use it. Well, there's definitely a gaming element to the FitBit (an easy one - I just double tap my wrist - that's it!) and I LOVE IT!

Alright, so, as much as I love this device and think that it makes moving a lot more fun, it still takes dedication do get going! Here are some things I'm doing to walk more throughout the day and make the most of my FitBit!

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When you have to go to the bathroom, walk to the furthest one.

I used to think working in a big building was annoying because the bathroom isn't right outside my office. But, since getting the FitBit, I'm now walking to an even further bathroom! I take the elevator down to the first floor, walk the length of the building to the bathroom and then back! It really helps add a few steps throughout the day!

Park further away.

I used to love getting the closest spot to wherever I'm going, but now I realize the value in a few extra steps. Again, I work in a big building with a big parking lot and it's not such a bad thing to have to walk further!

Treat your pup and go for a longer walk.

Now that it's nicer outside, I don't mind taking a long walk with my pup, which is great for him and me! I can get so many more steps just taking a longer walk in the morning or evening with him, when I'm already walking him anyway!

Setup walking dates.

My hubby doesn't love this idea but going for a walk (sans cell phones) is a great way to connect and catch-up! Especially during the spring, it's nice to get out in nature and enjoy each other's company.

When you're idle, walk (or squat!), don't sit.

I often find myself waiting, whether it's to go into a meeting, for my coffee to brew, or for my husband to finish shopping at REI... I've decided to pace, walk in circles, or squat! (Squatting through the day is good for you!) You'd be surprised how many extra steps you can get in when you'd otherwise just be standing around. So, now, even if I'm in a store, I'll walk around in circles or up and down the aisles. I might look crazy but I'm burning calories. :)

Do you have a FitBit or FitBit Flex?

What are your favorite features?

How do you get in extra movement throughout the day?

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How to Make Working Out Part of Your Routine

"To workout or not to workout. That is a dumb question!"

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If you know me, you know I workout fairly regularly. I've gotten into the habit of going to gym at least 3-4 times a week and I'm proud of that - especially not having any sort of fitness background, and being a generally lazy person (just being honest here - I love the vegging out on the couch as much as the next girl!).

Of course, going to the gym isn't always easy, and in fact, often times I don't feel like going. But, it always holds true that when I do go, I'm always so glad that I did.

I put together a small list of ideas to help those of you trying to get (back) into a routine. These things have helped me TREMENDOUSLY and I know they'll help you.

1. Get a buddy.

Funny story - when I first started getting into the gym, I got on Craigslist (yes - Craigslist - it's actually kind of creepy) to find a workout buddy, and guess what? I did! My first workout partner was a girl named Claire and let me tell ya, we were dedicated! Sometimes we met TWICE a day at the gym (morning and after work). Claire got me running - for the first time ever, and let me work out with her and her trainer. Claire and I eventually parted ways (weddings, jobs, babies, you know how it goes) but it wasn't long after that I started working out with coworkers. I started off going running with one guy, and then, two girls joined the same gym and three of us eventually all chipped in to get a personal trainer!

2. Get a Personal Trainer.

That same personal trainer was the one who got me in tip-top shape for my wedding day! (Personal trainers are a great resource if you DON'T have a gym buddy.) Below is a picture of the personal trainer I have at my work gym. His name is Larry but we call him Scary Larry because of his crazy workouts!

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I think the convenience of a work gym makes a huge difference, but to be honest, I wouldn't go as often as I do if it wasn't for this girl, Karlye! She keeps me dedicated! We try to go at least twice a week to workout with Scary Larry.

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There's also my hubby who keeps me going to crossfit. There are so many nights after work, when I just want to go home, but I know he's pumped and ready for Crossfit, so I go! (Again, it's the buddy system. Refer to #1)

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I swear gym buddies make the biggest difference!

3. Do workouts that make you happy!

I've gotten to a point where I don't particularily enjoy traditional weight lifting or using weight machines in the gym. I've never really enjoyed weight lifting (until I started CrossFit and began doing Olympic lifts), so if I'm going to the gym after work, it's more than likely going to be to go to a class, do some running, or come up with a routine using my workout sticks. I'm not going to force myself to do something I don't enjoy. If I did force myself, chances are I'd half-ass it or quit really early on. Hate running? (Or, like most people, cardio in general?) Then try weight lifting at the gym - everyone's different. I really like this beginner's guide for weight lifting.

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4. Change at work for an after-work sweat fest, or sleep in your clothes to workout first thing.

It sounds silly but it's so true! Once you're dressed, you're practically out the door. Of course this isn't a sure thing (what is?), but you're one step closer. This has really worked for me lately. I used to workout at lunch and going after work has been HARD. Around 4 or 4:30, I'm thinking of ways to bail out. But then, I get dressed and voila, suddenly, I feel like going. Suddenly, I AM GOING.

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5. Challenge yourself.

I love a good challenge, especially one that helps me get into a habit bootcamp style. If you're trying to get into the habit of getting to the gym, challenge yourself to go 4 days a week next week. But like REALLY challenge yourself, don't just say it and then not do it. Declare it and then actually follow through.

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This is me challenging myself to do a pull-up. Even with a band they're hard!

6. Track your progress.

I love Streaks for tracking my progress sticking to an everyday goal. I've been using it to hold myself accoubtable for practicing handstands and eating paleo. If you've set a challenge to go to the gym 3 times a week throughout January (read above), find someway to track your progress. I'm a huge fan of visual motivators - try making a calendar out of sticky notes like I did, or any of these tactics to stay inspired.

What tactics do you use to get to the gym?

Is going to the gym part of your routine?