As the first month of 2015 is coming to a close, it’s time to check in on our promises to ourselves. It’s time to assess our path toward our goals and changes. Our resolutions should not live and die on New Year’s Eve.
I’ve been a gym-goer for seven years. While I do have many stints of progress stagnancy, I have decided to kick things up in 2015. This means changing my workout routines, changing my supplements, taking in more calories and protein. I’ll be sharing my journey to a “better me” throughout the year with hopes of inspiring you all to join me. I’m going to push things a little harder. I’m going to run a little farther. I’m going to lift a little heavier. I’m going to focus and move and breathe and try.
If you read my recent review of the UP24 by Jawbone, you’ll know I’m all about accountability. And if you read my post before that, you’ll know I’ve been OBSESSING over my planner. So I figured, what better way to combine the two than to make an insert for my Filofax?!
I made it in an A5 size, which can be reduced to the personal size. From top to bottom, here’s how I’ve been using the tracker:
First– I started with the Monday-Sunday setup because I feel like many people start their workout routines on Mondays. Am I the only one? (Side note: My husband refused to start his “clean eating diet” on the 1st of January because it wasn’t a Monday. Instead, he waited until the 5th.)
Water– I like to tack off each water drop after every 20-ounce bottle I drink. You can choose to start small by ticking them off after every cup.
Workout: I like to keep track of the main muscle group I work on for the day. I know some dedicated gym rats keep track of every workout, every set and every rep, to include weight, but I’m good with just an overall muscle group.
Cardio: This is absolutely important to maintaining a lean figure. I like to switch things up every single day, so keeping track of the time and type of cardio I do is crucial. I only do 15 minutes of intense cardio so as to not have it be counterproductive to my workouts. Keeping track of the time and type of cardio helps me keep my gains, but keep off the bad weight.
Intensity: I use a red marker to color in the intensity level on the lady icon. I start with the bottom for least intense and work my way up. If I feel like I hit muscle failure and am nearly crawling to get out of the gym, I’ll color the entire icon red. If I felt more “bleh… just going through the motions”, I’ll just keep the color toward the feet. This is something I’ve borrowed from the UP24. I like tracking my energy level to see if there are any trends and what I could do to keep my energy at its peak.
Notes: I added this section for any other thing I would want to remember about my workout. Did I foam roll? Did I do abs? Did I take a pre-workout? These are just a few examples of ways I have been using this little block.
Feel free to snag the printable insert and let me know how it works for you!