Laying the Foundation for a Healthy Life in 12 Months

In almost exactly one year I will be walking down the isle to merry my best friend. On that day it is very important for me to be in my very best physical and mental state not only for him but for myself as well. So for the next year I am taking a pledge to better my self physically and mentally.

I recently had a major wake up call and it helped me to realize that I am not properly fueling my body. In high school I was active and I ate pretty healthy on an athletes diet. When I started college I felt freedom and my diet and exercise regimen dramatically changed. I was not as active and basically lived off of fast food and microwave meals.

Now that I have graduated college, own a home, and work a full time job, it has gotten even worse. I find myself sitting the majority of my day and have absolutely no motivation to work out. I keep telling myself I’ll go tomorrow but then I never do.

With my wedding only a year away I know it is time to make a change. What exactly those changes are I am not sure yet but I do know this. I am going to change what I eat and exercise more. Notice I did not say I am going on a diet. I truly want this to be a life changing experience. What I am going to learn over the next year is going to set the foundation for the rest of my life.

I recently stumbled on the blog 100 Days of Real Food  and was immediately intrigued. I starting looking around and exploring the site and I knew it was exactly what I needed. I have been looking for a diet for my fiancé and I to follow but I wanted it to be something we could continue for a long time. With all of these fad diets going on now I was having trouble finding what I was looking for. This website met all my requirements.

She talks about whole foods and thats is what I love. I love cooking knowing that what I am putting into my body is going to give me exactly what I need. The food without all the extra chemicals and fillers that a lot of food now contain.

I am going to document my journey on my blog and I encourage you to follow along. I do not know exactly what I will be doing as far as food and exercise or my posting schedule but as I continue this journey I will let you know.

May Favorites

I haven’t done a post like this before so if you like it please let me know. I thought I would try something new. I also have been working a super secret project for you guys so stay tuned for more details.

Here of some of my favorite products I have been using lately. I try to incorporate a product from different categories of life. I also try to link everything.

1. Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Moisturizing Mousse

I wanted to try a self tanner but I didn’t want to pay a huge price so I tried this. I think it works great! Its easy to apply, you don’t have to wait for it to develop, and it doesn’t turn orange. When it starts to fade it looks natural. One thing I like is that if I want it to be darker I’ll take a shower in the morning and apply it right after then that night I will apply a second coat. I also apply this with a mitt I bought separately, I think it makes a huge difference. 

2. Resistance Bands

I don’t always have time to go to the gym so I got these resistance bands. They took my home workout to the next level. I like these because they act as if I am using weight but with out taking up the space of weights. They came with a little carrying bag to keep them all together and I store them in my living room end table. I think if someone wanted to add a small piece of equipment to their workout these would be what I recommend. Their good for total body use and take up very little space, plus their cheep but good quality. 

3. My platform bed frame

I had a platform bed that I had for three years. I like it but it was very high so I could store stuff under it. Since I didn’t need the storage any more I decided to get a lower bed. I wanted something cheep, sturdy, easy to put together, and minimal in appearance. After some much digging this is what I got. I had my doubts at first but after using it for a few months now it had held up great. It is very sturdy, easy to put together, doesn’t squeak, and still has enough space under it for some storage. I am very happy with this purchase. 

4. The Knot Wedding Binder

I like to keep things organized and write everything down so when I started planning my wedding I quickly learned I needed something. I researched and researched some more and this is what I purchased. I love it! There is pre made pages, and schedules, and tabs. This is truly an organizers dream binder. I could not have made a binder this organized myself. This is also my first wedding and the first wedding of my siblings so the tips and information this binder provides is amazing. There is even a plastic page where you can put the business cards of all your venders. Down to every last detail is in this book. Then I also like that there is still space in the rings so I can add my own pages. They also have an app and website that all align with the binder. This would be awesome for yourself or even an engagement gift to someone you know is getting married. If you want to read my engagement story  here it is.

5. The Wireless remote control for Cannon DSLR cameras

I never thought I needed one of these but I do, You do. If you like taking photographs I would highly recommend this little tool. It was cheep but effective. When I have my camera on a tripod and I ma trying to take some self portraits this helps but it can be used for so many other occasions. Like when taking photos that you don’t want to have any shake in this is great or with kids or animals you need to get their attention. I recommend any one to add this to their camera gear. I was easy to connect and start using right away. It is small and come with a little bag. It light weight and doesn’t bulk up your camera bag at all. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and please leave a comment if you want me to make this a monthly thing. I hope you enjoy these products. Also I am thinking about making a post about my camera gear to blogging equipment, let me know if that is something your interested in. I really appreciate your feedback.





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