5 Ways To Stay Consistent With Fitness

I was thinking about my fitness routine the other day and how it has been such a huge part of my life since college. I have definitely grown in my mindset around exercise through the different seasons and stages of adulthood and life, and continue to learn. I feel like I am always evolving and changing, which is a good thing! Today I wanted to share how I have been able to stay so consistent for 10+ years with exercise. I recently wrote a post about consistency and how that it is truly the secret sauce to most things. You can check it out here: The Secret Sauce.

How do you stay motivated or consistent with your exercise routine? I would love to know!

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1.Find Something You Enjoy

Working out does not have to be something you absolutely dread. There are SO many ways to move and use your body that can also be enjoyable. Try different things and see what you like or respond best to. Try yoga, take a dance class, cycle, go on a walk and call a friend, swim, hike, take studio classes. There isn’t a “right” way to workout or a one size fits all!

2.Follow A Program Or Schedule 

Having structure helps so much with keeping yourself accountable and staying consistent. This can look different for everyone. It could be an actual program followed, days you attend classes or go to a studio, or a routine you have written out for yourself. When there is no “plan” it is so easy to push it aside and not do anything at all. Plan and create success for yourself!

3.Same Time Of Day

Implementing a “time of day” for exercise will create habits that will lead to your daily routine. It will become part of your “norm” and just a regular part of your day. Find a time that works best for you. Not everyone is a morning person or wants to exercise first thing. Do what works for your life and daily schedule!

4.Create Personal Goals

Creating goals for yourself will continuously add motivation and something to work towards. Losing weight or looking a certain way does not have to always be a goal. It could be something like moving your body four times in a week or trying something new. Think of what you genuinely want/desire and go from there. Also make sure to be realistic with your goals! You can check out more with setting goals here: Goal Setting Tips.

5.Accountability 

Create a system where you can have some type of accountability. Once again this looks different for everyone. For me personally I write down the days and workouts I am doing for the week on my desk calendar. It is something I see every day and feels like a “meeting” or “appointment” I scheduled for myself that day. For others it can be classes with friends, workout buddy, or spouse. Think of a way you can stay accountable for your goals!

Hope you are finding ways to move your body!

Blessings,

Jac

Amazon Health Finds

I was recently placing an Amazon order (shocker) and started thinking about everything I have been ordering online with the current situation. I try to stay home as much as possible, so I have definitely been taking advantage of Amazon for basically anything and everything. I thought it would be fun share some of my favorite health items that we purchase online!

I would love to know your favorite things to order off Amazon or any recommendations!

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1.Smart Sweets
These are so good if you like a sweet treat but don’t want to feel guilty. Each bag has only 3 grams of sugar, which is awesome! My favorite are the peach rings.
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2.Supplements
I have shared a few of our favorite supplements on Instagram, but wanted to share some that we can easily purchase online. I like to add the collagen powder and greens powder to my morning smoothie and we both love the LiquidIV to stay hydrated during the summer!
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Amazon: Collagen        Amazon: Greens                    Amazon: IV

3. Juicer

I recently started juicing a few months ago to try and get additional nutrients/foods I don’t typically consume on a regular basis. I also like to juice when produce is beginning to go bad so we aren’t being wasteful. This is the one I have and it works great! I wanted something smaller and cheaper since it isn’t something I do everyday.

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Amazon: Juicer

4.Four Sigmatic 

This is great if you enjoy different drinks aside from water, and want additional health benefits. There are many different kinds to try that are all different mushroom blends and are just a nice change!

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Amazon: Four Sigmatic

5.Lenny & Larry

These are my husband’s favorite treat and he basically has one every night. They are now plant based which is great, and also have different versions (keto, crunchy). He loves buying them in bulk as well!

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Amazon: Lenny & Larry

Stay tuned for lifestyle, toddler, and hubby favorites!

Blessings,

Jac

5 Things Teachers Do Outside Of Teaching

With the new school year approaching I have been thinking about all of the changes and special circumstances education is facing and dealing with. I have such empathy and compassion for all of the educators who are doing everything they can to make things feel as “normal” as possible with the current situation/challenge at hand. I truly wish every parent could see what goes on behind the scenes of education and the true passion and love teachers have for their jobs and children. It really is remarkable and many times goes unnoticed.

Today I wanted to give some insight to some things teachers do outside of teaching. A teacher’s work day is spent teaching the content, however there is SO much more that goes on outside of the “work” hours that I wanted to point out. Of course there are a million more things, but below are five to think about! Now is the time to encourage, appreciate, and love on those who are educating our children!

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1.Plan & Create Instruction

Plan each subject, guided group instruction, extensions for students who grasp concept quickly, ways to re-teach a concept, and additional content to fill in any gaps. Understand what standard you are teaching along with vertical alignment of what was taught in previous year, and where they are going the following. Plan critical thinking questions and accommodations for specific students. Create anything needed for each lesson, small group, or activity (purchase, create, copy, cut, laminate, etc). Plan out grades for a 6 or 9 week period for each subject and differentiated assignments (ex: formative grades/summative grades). Create additional grade opportunities for students who need additional support/reteaching.

2.Student Data 

Track and keep student data up to date. Understand and know individual education plans or accommodations (academic, speech, behavior, etc) and tailor instruction for specific needs. Collect and be knowledgeable of student performance and goals for each subject. Provide paper work and data needed for any student and keep current documentation.  Know every child and individual need from academic to health to overall well-being to provide the best instruction, opportunities, and experience. Provide oral and written feedback to students and parents to track growth. Meet with parents and other support staff to reflect on data and create any new systems, goals, or accommodations. Work collaboratively with any instructional teachers that work with or share specific students.

3.Professional Development

Attend meetings and training to stay up to date and tailor instruction to provide the highest quality instruction. Observe other teachers and allow teachers to observe you. Attend summer workshops and conferences. Learn and implement new resources, curriculum, or technology needs.  Collaborate on collected data and create strategies to move forward. Mentor teachers, present to staff members or other district educators, organize and lead clubs, get involved in district initiatives (ex: curriculum writing). Be a life longer learner, flexible, and ready to implement change.

4.Purchase Materials

Purchase anything needed for classroom outside of district/school resources. Create a library, literacy stations/activities, math games, science experiments, and hands on learning/discovery opportunities. Purchase any supplies needed throughout the year or anything additional for the classroom such as treasure box items, specific student rewards, party materials, etc. Create a space that students want to learn in and are excited to be in every day.

5.Connection

Take the time to get to know every student. Learn their likes, dislikes, hobbies, interests, and learn what they respond best to. Listen and give advice, ask questions, dry tears, wipe up the snot or blood, stay calm in all situations, give hugs, encourage, be positive, smile, and remain a light. Build relationships where school becomes a safe space to learn, grow, and fail forward.

 

Big thanks to all the amazing teachers out there! Praying for wonderful school years with whatever that may look like!

 

Blessings,

Jac