Healthy Goals for 2019

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx and Planet Fitness. All opinions are my own.

Here we are, two weeks into a new year, and I am just now getting time to think about my health and fitness goals for the year. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know it started out as a running blog, and then morphed into a lifestyle blog. However, health and fitness is still a huge part of my life (and blog), and I wanted to share some of my top goals for the year in hopes to encourage you to make some goals of your own. I have paired each goal with a “tip” on how you can easily make this goal a reality. Ready? Read on!

1.) Drink more water: I seem to have this on my “list” of things to do every year. I will get in a good groove and do well with it for a little while, but then I slowly forget and know I am dehydrated. I particularly have a hard time in the winter when it’s cold and I don’t feel like drinking lots of cold water.

Tip: Get a really cute water bottle or cup with a fun straw to prompt you to drink more water. Or, set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour reminding you to go drink a glass. Cheers!

2.) Be more mindful of what food I eat: I have been learning a lot lately about macros, which has made me take a good hard look at the amount of carbs, fat, and protein in the foods I eat. I realized I don’t eat enough protein, and I eat a lot more fat than I should be. Just tracking my food intake for a few days was really eye opening!

Tip: Look at all the food labels for a week just to be mindful of what you put in your mouth. There are apps that can help you track macros and keep yourself in check.

3.) Be a good healthy example for Emma Kate: Having a child has most definitely made me more mindful of my habits, good and bad. She mimics everything I do, and I want her to grow up to be healthy and strong. I try my best to let her see me working out, eating healthy foods and snacks, and getting the proper amount of rest.

Tip: Include your kids in grown up activities like cooking a healthy dinner, going for a walk, or grocery shopping for healthy choices.

Show those muscles!

4.) Get to the gym in an affordable way: Gyms can be expensive, but for someone like me who loves strength training, it’s important that I have access to one. I not only love free weights and top of the line machines for lifting, but I love having a treadmill or bike for rainy days (or super hot/cold ones!)

Tip: That’s why I was really excited when I heard about the Planet Fitness “Get Down with Your Judgement Free Self” celebrations to start 2019 off in the best way possible. They have a sale going on right now through January 15th, where new members can join any location for just $1 down (enrollment fee) and $10 a month thereafter, no commitment. Guys, that’s huge! They have so much equipment, you will have everything you need to be fit in 2019. Not to mention, they have a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which they call the Judgement Free Zone®.

They even have Free fitness training is included in all memberships, and cater to everyday people looking to become their best selves. Yes please! They also have fully equipped locker rooms, (they are nice!) flat screen televisions, unlimited small group fitness instruction by a certified trainer through the pe @ pf® program, and much more.

Lastly, Planet Fitness also provides members with a way to connect and support each other with “Planet of Triumphs,” an online community that celebrates accomplishments and inspirational stories of Planet Fitness members. It is a great way to share your story and encourage others, reinforcing the Company’s belief that ‘everyone belongs.’ The sale is only going on for a few more days so act now and find the location nearest you.

Also be sure to check out this video where you can hear more about the awesome sale:

Weekend Laziness and the Judgment Zone


Hello everyone! We have been so lazy this weekend! Yesterday we got to meet our TNT coaches and some of the team members for brunch, and had a great time, everyone seems really nice! I am hoping to get my letter finished this week so hopefully we can get some donations in the mail.

After that, we went and joined Planet Fitness. Our reasons for joining this gym are purely location and economics. It’s 10 bucks a month and 10 minutes from home. Now, some of you are probably going “Planet Fitness, oh boy.” Some of you have NO idea what I am talking about. Lucky you. Ha.

If you are not familiar with Planet Fitness, it is franchised gym, very large, lots of equipment, very purple and yellow, and as stated earlier, ten dollars a month. The common phrase here is “the no judgment zone.” Let me explain. The focus of this gym is to be comfortable and not intimidating for anyone wanting a safe environment to workout. In theory, this is awesome, but they take it to the extreme, and I must say, it’s rather annoying. For instance….

-no stringed tank tops (I broke this rule my first day without knowing. oops.)

-no grunting or dropping weights (there is a “lunk alarm” that will go off if you make to much noise. I so with I was kidding.

-no hats other than baseball caps

-no “gallon jugs of water”

Other common phrases are “leave your ego at the door” etc. etc.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like when muscle heads grunt loudly or drop weights, but Bobby dropped a weight BY ACCIDENT one time and the dumb alarm went off. How embarrassing. For someone claiming to have “no judgment” I think that was pretty judgmental and embarrassing.  It’s like you have to walk on egg shells so you don’t “offend” anyone. Heaven forbid my string tank top make someone feel inferior.


I am all for everyone having a safe place to workout and not feel judged, anything to get someone motivated and inspired…. but putting SOME of these rules out there seemed a little silly and childish in my opinion.

But, they have a good price point and product, so we will grin and bear it, leaving all doo rags, gallons of water, string tank tops and the like at home, so we can get in a decent workout in the hot summer months.

Alright, I will get off my soapbox for now and move onto how lazy and wonderful our weekend has been! Oh, and by the way, we did bi’s, back, legs, and 20 minutes elliptical at the gym.  yesterday after the workout at the judgment zone (haha) we came home, took naps, and lounged around reading, etc. for most of the afternoon and evening. It got so hot out, we had a nice rain shower in the afternoon, too.

Today, we went to church and lunch, then ran a couple errands before coming home and doing the exact same thing, and what do you, know, it’s about to rain again. Smile

QOTD: What are your thoughts on gyms like this? too extreme or just right?