Ok, y’all….when I got my 6 lb bar as part of a partnership between Fit Approach and ActivMotion Bar, I expected a few things…
I expected it to be challenging. After all, it was one of the workouts during the circuit at IdeaWorld that really stuck out with me as being really hard.
I expected it to be a change. I didn’t do much workout with any form of a bar and have been mostly sticking to Pound workouts since getting certified.
What I didn’t expect? Just how much I would love it! Not only is it challenging and different from many other workouts I’ve tried, but it’s FUN! There are just so many options for the type of workout you can do with it – slower, balance based movements all the way to powerful dynamic ones. And while my favorite workouts so far have been mostly dynamic, I’m pretty sure that is just because my balance sucks! Thankfully, that is something that will hopefully improve as I use it more.
Another thing I’m really enjoying about working out with the bar is that while I can do a long, intense workout, there are plenty of ways to get a really good quick workout in too! I’ve found myself pulling it out at home to do a 15-min workout on days where I can’t make it to the gym! I don’t honestly like doing at-home workouts much anymore, so the fact that I really enjoy it when I’m using my ActivMotion Bar says a lot! (I still prefer gym workouts though…then I just take my bar with me!)
All in all, I can’t get over just how much I am in love with mine. I even ended up buying two more during their holiday sale! And if you want to try one for yourself, you can! Just go to ActivMotion Bar and use the code ‘fitapproach25’ at checkout to get 25% off your purchase, good through Jan 7!
I was given my bar from ActivMotion Bar through a partnership with FitApproach for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Do you love planners? I do! There is something about the physical reality of a paper planner…being able to lay everything out with pen or pencil, add designs, take notes, and so much more. I have always preferred using an actual planner instead of one on the computer or online (though those do have their uses).
The one thing that I have searched high and low for is the perfect planner layout. I can be super-picky about my weekly layouts, any extra pages, the thickness of the cover…I know it’s a little crazy, but a great planner can make things so much easier!
The last couple years I have started using them again and have spent hours looking at different stores online, reading reviews, noting my favorites and just generally agonizing over the decision (told you I’m a little crazy). This time I think my searching has paid off! Enter Plum Paper!
I have actually been using this new planner for a little over a month and have been anxiously awaiting the time to share it with all of you! With the new year a couple weeks old and now that I’ve had some time to try out the new planner, it’s time!
I love how easy this was to customize! The cover image and words and 13 months instead of 12 so I could start in Dec’ 15 (plus much more you will see below). Isn’t it pretty?!
I love everything about the pages that make up each month! The 7 labels for the weekly categories were ones that I wrote myself. Just imagine what you could do with 7 categories for each day of your week! It took me a bit to determine the best way to use them, as some things fit in multiple categories, but I’m getting use to it now and loving it.
I added on extras, one sheet of To Do Lists and another for Bill Recording. I’ve been mostly using the To Do Lists to track my weekly menus, which is really helpful. The other thing I really love is the monthly highlights page at the front! 3 goals, important dates, things to remember, plus extra spaces for notes!
Now on to one of the other features that sold me on this planner…
the Blog Section!
They have a ton of different sections you can add on, but the one that I loved was the blog planning section! I am trying to improve how I plan the blog and I hope this will be a helpful tool in that goal. I’ll admit, I still am learning how to utilize this section and some of the pages aren’t currently relevant, but I have high hopes!
Overall, I am so glad that I purchased this planner. This is the best one I have found thus far and incredibly reasonably priced. I would predict that I will be making another purchase from them next year!
The only complaint I’ve had so far is that I wish the cover was thicker or plastic. I put my planner in my purse on a regular basis and I worry about it being bent up.
My Top 5 Tips for Planning in 2016
Start off the week laying out the priorities for the week. I use this time to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything (a meeting, outing, etc) and set time aside to work in my studio and to write.
Make sure you keep it with you! This is regardless of how you plan, be it a physical planner, cell phone or computer. It is so easy to think of something you need to get done and forget it by the time you get home. I take mine with me to work and almost always write things down in my first break. Also, if I remember something when I can’t write it in there, I put it in the notes section of my phone and write it down as soon as I can.
Actually check your planner throughout the day! It doesn’t help you to lay things out early in the week and then leave it alone the rest of the day. Our memories are fallible, that’s why we use planners 🙂 I have had multiple times I have thought I was done when I got home, not checked my planner and then realized the next day I forgot to do something.
Don’t overschedule! It’s demoralizing to constantly not finish what you have set out to do. Now, this is something I’m guilty of on a regular basis, so this is definitely a “do as I say, not as I do” situation. I really am trying to work on this, but it’s rough! I have a tendency to overestimate how many things I can get done and underestimate how long each thing with take me.
Reward yourself by checking things off as you go! Each time you do it gives your brain a little hit of dopamine, which is always nice. Not only does it make you feel rewards, it provides motivation to keep productivity high so you can keep checking more things off!
How do you plan? Do you like physical planners or are you more tech-based methods? What’s your favorite? Any tips for planning? I would love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below!
Have you ever acted like a tourist in your own community? Or at least not like a local? Sometimes there are some amazing places right in your own backyard! Places that you may have overlooked or even forgotten about, because they have always been there.
For many years, this was how Ledges State Park was for me. I knew it was there, and even had been out there a couple times. But for the most part, I forgot about it. I had lived less than 10 miles away for over 6 years before I started going there regularly! Read More