My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

My Tips for Keeping Semi Active and Healthy (ish)

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

photos by Jared Smith

I am by NO means a fitness guru. I even added the “semi” and “ish” to this post title to reiterate that I’m not one of those people that spends a lot of time each week slaving in the gym (clearly, ha!), or skipping out on dessert or brunch dates to stick to a die hard diet. That said, I also wasn’t blessed with a naturally fast metabolism either (it’s cool Mom and Dad, I’m totally not super, duper bitter…still), so to help keep things in moderation, I’m sharing my tips for keeping semi active and healthy.

Since I don’t have designated times or days for working out, I try to keep moving throughout the week with little measures here and there. I’m not sure how many of you use Jawbone or a fitness tracker, but since I spend A LOT of time on the computer writing posts and returning emails, it’s been a saving grace at keeping me motivated to get up and take walking breaks. If you do have a Jawbone, be sure to link up with me so we can be teammates!…

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

-Tip 1-

An Activity Tracker

I actually just switched to a Jawbone UP3 from a different fitness tracker because A) my new band is white and gold (so naturally I would need one!), and B) because most of my friends and family have Jawbone specifically and I wanted to be able to sync with them! It’s by FAR the cutest fitness band in my opinion, and you know anything with gold on it totally fits my style (and also happens to match the blog and studio, ha!).

You can find me under hello(at)sugarandcloth.com if you search by email! My goal is 70,000 steps a week, which is on average 10,000 a day, but some days make up for others. Since I just switched to Jawbone, it doesn’t show the history from my old band, so I’m starting new!

I also like that it tracks my sleep without me having to do any steps before bed for it to know to go into sleep mode, which my last one didn’t. Not to mention the battery life is about 1,000 TIMES better than my old one, which is worth it alone!

You can even setup reminders for it to nudge you when you it’s time to go on a walk break, go to sleep, or eat an afternoon snack to skip the lull, but I haven’t delved to much into those yet, so maybe you can give me tips there!

-Tip 2-

A Food Log

The second, thing I always do (even when it sucks to know!), is log what I eat into MyFitnessPal. I have it set to sync my steps from the Jawbone UP3 app, but I’ve been using it so long that I’m more used to it than I am to tracking calories directly from the Jawbone app, so I keep it around.

It’s awesome for being able to look things up on the go, since most restaurants and food items are already in the food bank, all you have to do is search to pull them up and log them. A lot of times I think I should be on track, but once I load everything in I realize that I’m actually cutting it WAY to close to daily calories! It’s perfect for keeping weight loss or weight management goals.

I’ve toyed with the idea of getting the Withings Smart Scale in order to sync all three together to automatically log my weight to stay on goal, but I’m a little nervous to, haha! Do any of you have this?! I’d love to know what you think! Part of me wants to know, but then part of me wants to just enjoy my cheat days without the guilt the next time I check it.

-Tip 3-

Plan Meals in Advance

If I don’t actively make sure that I’m keeping healthy foods around, or planning calories around days/events that I’ll be eating more calories, than I won’t stay on track. For instance, if we’re shooting a cake recipe for the blog, I know that I HAVE to cut some things out the rest of the day, which means bye, bye afternoon coffee or frozen yogurt after dinner.

This also means taking my lunch to the studio so we don’t eat in the cafe downstairs everyday (or hello, Chik-fil-a, haha). It’s more work at the grocery store and the evenings before, but it’s worth it for staying on track and feeling more confident.

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

-Tip 4-

A Cute Water Bottle

To be honest, I’m terrible at remembering to drink enough water. I don’t drink sodas, but I can put down some coconut soda water and iced coffee like no one’s business! You can set a reminder on your Jawbone to drink more water if you want, but I’ve found that if I keep a cute water bottle (with a straw, no idea why that makes such a difference!) around, then I’m twenty times more likely to consume more throughout the day.

All in all in really makes a huge difference with water weight for me, so I’ve now started making sure this is at the top of my to-do list.

-Tip 5-

Don’t Skimp Out on Good Vitamins

My Mom and Dad are really into holistic health, and I always kind of disregarded a lot of it until the last few years. I don’t know if it’s getting older, or the stress of work/life, but I tend to get sick easier now than I ever have, so I splurge on a good multi-vitamin, probiotic, and fish oil flavored liquids that I take routinely every day.

It makes a huge difference on my overall mood and energy level, which helps put everything else in sync, too.

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

Do any of you do the Seven Minute Workout, by chance? I’ve been doing that a lot lately too, which makes me feel like I’m targeting muscles and not just walking, but it doesn’t require a trip to the gym either!

I’d love to hear some of your tips and tricks too, and be sure to sync up your Jawbone with mine so we can be teammates!

This post is made possible by Jawbone. Thank you for supporting the brands we love that keep bigger and better DIY’s, and even sweeter sweets coming straight to your inbox!

 

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

My Tips for Keeping Semi Active and Healthy (ish)

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

photos by Jared Smith

I am by NO means a fitness guru. I even added the “semi” and “ish” to this post title to reiterate that I’m not one of those people that spends a lot of time each week slaving in the gym (clearly, ha!), or skipping out on dessert or brunch dates to stick to a die hard diet. That said, I also wasn’t blessed with a naturally fast metabolism either (it’s cool Mom and Dad, I’m totally not super, duper bitter…still), so to help keep things in moderation, I’m sharing my tips for keeping semi active and healthy.

Since I don’t have designated times or days for working out, I try to keep moving throughout the week with little measures here and there. I’m not sure how many of you use Jawbone or a fitness tracker, but since I spend A LOT of time on the computer writing posts and returning emails, it’s been a saving grace at keeping me motivated to get up and take walking breaks. If you do have a Jawbone, be sure to link up with me so we can be teammates!…

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

-Tip 1-

An Activity Tracker

I actually just switched to a Jawbone UP3 from a different fitness tracker because A) my new band is white and gold (so naturally I would need one!), and B) because most of my friends and family have Jawbone specifically and I wanted to be able to sync with them! It’s by FAR the cutest fitness band in my opinion, and you know anything with gold on it totally fits my style (and also happens to match the blog and studio, ha!).

You can find me under hello(at)sugarandcloth.com if you search by email! My goal is 70,000 steps a week, which is on average 10,000 a day, but some days make up for others. Since I just switched to Jawbone, it doesn’t show the history from my old band, so I’m starting new!

I also like that it tracks my sleep without me having to do any steps before bed for it to know to go into sleep mode, which my last one didn’t. Not to mention the battery life is about 1,000 TIMES better than my old one, which is worth it alone!

You can even setup reminders for it to nudge you when you it’s time to go on a walk break, go to sleep, or eat an afternoon snack to skip the lull, but I haven’t delved to much into those yet, so maybe you can give me tips there!

-Tip 2-

A Food Log

The second, thing I always do (even when it sucks to know!), is log what I eat into MyFitnessPal. I have it set to sync my steps from the Jawbone UP3 app, but I’ve been using it so long that I’m more used to it than I am to tracking calories directly from the Jawbone app, so I keep it around.

It’s awesome for being able to look things up on the go, since most restaurants and food items are already in the food bank, all you have to do is search to pull them up and log them. A lot of times I think I should be on track, but once I load everything in I realize that I’m actually cutting it WAY to close to daily calories! It’s perfect for keeping weight loss or weight management goals.

I’ve toyed with the idea of getting the Withings Smart Scale in order to sync all three together to automatically log my weight to stay on goal, but I’m a little nervous to, haha! Do any of you have this?! I’d love to know what you think! Part of me wants to know, but then part of me wants to just enjoy my cheat days without the guilt the next time I check it.

-Tip 3-

Plan Meals in Advance

If I don’t actively make sure that I’m keeping healthy foods around, or planning calories around days/events that I’ll be eating more calories, than I won’t stay on track. For instance, if we’re shooting a cake recipe for the blog, I know that I HAVE to cut some things out the rest of the day, which means bye, bye afternoon coffee or frozen yogurt after dinner.

This also means taking my lunch to the studio so we don’t eat in the cafe downstairs everyday (or hello, Chik-fil-a, haha). It’s more work at the grocery store and the evenings before, but it’s worth it for staying on track and feeling more confident.

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

-Tip 4-

A Cute Water Bottle

To be honest, I’m terrible at remembering to drink enough water. I don’t drink sodas, but I can put down some coconut soda water and iced coffee like no one’s business! You can set a reminder on your Jawbone to drink more water if you want, but I’ve found that if I keep a cute water bottle (with a straw, no idea why that makes such a difference!) around, then I’m twenty times more likely to consume more throughout the day.

All in all in really makes a huge difference with water weight for me, so I’ve now started making sure this is at the top of my to-do list.

-Tip 5-

Don’t Skimp Out on Good Vitamins

My Mom and Dad are really into holistic health, and I always kind of disregarded a lot of it until the last few years. I don’t know if it’s getting older, or the stress of work/life, but I tend to get sick easier now than I ever have, so I splurge on a good multi-vitamin, probiotic, and fish oil flavored liquids that I take routinely every day.

It makes a huge difference on my overall mood and energy level, which helps put everything else in sync, too.

My tips for staying semi active and healthy (ish) - Sugar and Cloth

Do any of you do the Seven Minute Workout, by chance? I’ve been doing that a lot lately too, which makes me feel like I’m targeting muscles and not just walking, but it doesn’t require a trip to the gym either!

I’d love to hear some of your tips and tricks too, and be sure to sync up your Jawbone with mine so we can be teammates!

This post is made possible by Jawbone. Thank you for supporting the brands we love that keep bigger and better DIY’s, and even sweeter sweets coming straight to your inbox!

 

Comments

  • Heather

    10.13.15

    These are good tips! I’ve done the 7 minute workout in the past, and I’ve been thinking lately that I should make it more of a habit so I can work out different muscle groups.

  • Liz

    10.13.15

    Would you mind sharing the brand(s) of vitamins you take? I have yet to find one that I absolutely love…

    • Ashley said:

      I take the Melaleuca multi-vitamin. I really love it!

      • minda said:

        any chance that i am able to purchase these vitamins through you?

  • I didn’t know they had a white and gold band… now it’s a whole new game! I got their very first edition one and it was big and black and I ended up returning it because it stood out so much for my typical style that I just never wore it. Love your tips and your semi and ish, sounds like me in a nut shell!

    • Ashley said:

      Yes! It is so much easier to wear when it’s cute ;)

    • Ashley said:

      So cute, right?!

  • Samantha

    10.13.15

    We have a Withings Smart Scale and both LOVE it. I mostly like it because it syncs directly to the app on my phone and also tracks my steps through my phone each day. I haven’t tried logging food into it (I don’t really do that) but if it’s as easy as the rest of their tracking tools I’m sure it would be great!

    • Ashley said:

      I’ll have to look into that one!

  • Doris

    10.16.15

    Where can I get the bottle ?

  • Dana

    10.18.15

    I’ve been using the tracker on my iPhone to track my steps (knowing it’s a bit off since I don’t carry my phone everywhere), but I love checking it to see if I moved around enough each day. I’ve also started keep a tumbler of water in my apartment and at my desk at work, it’s helped a lot with making sure tha I drink enough water.

    Xo
    Dana
    http://www.somethinggoodblog.com

  • Heidi Kokborg

    01.20.16

    Great tips! A cute water bottle is a must so you actually want to drink a ton of water every day! & vitamins are such a good idea – I know i can’t live without my supplements!

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