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10 Baby Steps to a Fitter Lifestyle

10 Ways to Get Into a Fitter Lifestyle by Coffee Brain Plans
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t have a clue about anything when it comes to fitness, gyms and working out and especially healthy eating. Not at all. I was always one of those smaller people who always hears comments about not needing to work out because “you’re so skinny!”


It’s as if I couldn’t want to have a fit, healthy body just because I wasn’t overweight.


I grew tired of it. Then my body grew about 40lbs over time and pregnancies. It was time to finally start living a more active lifestyle in hopes that I’d have a more energized and longer life. And wouldn’t keep adding on the pounds.


10 Ways to Get Into a Fitter Lifestyle by Coffee Brain Plans
I’m by no means an expert. I’m 100% a newbie here.


But if you’re thinking about getting into a more active lifestyle and are worried you might not be able to keep up with it, here are some tips to help keep you motivated.


It’s what’s been helping me!


1. Make a Motivation Board on Pinterest

We will start with something easy you can do without lifting more than a few fingers. Make a fitness motivation board on Pinterest, and pin what inspires you. Some ideas to pin:
  • Easy/beginner/at home workouts
  • Workout songs
  • Cute active wear
  • Healthy meal ideas
  • High-energy snacks
  • Photos of fit people to inspire you


2. Start Small

Create your own easy start up-routine. I used to do squats or sit-ups or dance around or run up and down the stairs.


3. Use Stickers!

If you’re a planner (like me!) and love planner stickers (like me!) these may come in handy! Etsy has a ton of options for workout stickers to use in a planner, calendar or anywhere you’d like! I especially love the ‘Walk Away Fatty’ stickers from Anxiety Aids Etsy shop.


4. Have Something to Wear

Make sure you have at least one workout outfit that you feel great in. If you don’t feel great in it, you won’t want to wear it. Start with one outfit and if you start getting more consistent and serious about working out, then expand your workout wardrobe. Moisture-wicking or quick-dry items are my favorite when I’m working up a sweat. I never realized what a difference it makes until my workout clothes are still in the laundry and I need to wear regular sweats or yoga pants.
Also – get dressed! Most often just putting on one of my workout outfits inspires me to work out.


5. A Kick-Ass Playlist

Nothing can get me more in the mood to move than a great upbeat playlist. YouTube has a lot of good workout playlists to get you started.


6. Find a Fitness Buddy

If you have a friend with an active lifestyle, ask them their tips. Find someone to join a gym or a class with. I myself could never get into a good routine of working out. I’d try to go to the gym for a few days but then would find myself not making time anymore. Once I found a friend who was looking to start working out more, we both started going to a fitness class together, and now she encourages me to go. It’s something we often do together. Now I even feel comfortable going on my own.


7. Find a Good Class

This goes with what I mentioned before – a friend and I found a workout class called ‘Fusion’ (Fusion is a combination of kickboxing, turbo, strength training, cardio and choreography). It makes me sweat, it works my muscles. Most importantly – it’s really fun. It really makes me want to workout.


8. There’s an App for That

Find an app to keep you challenged! Back in the day I really liked how My Fitness Pal app worked, although I’m not familiar with it now. Here’s a list of 49 Fitness Apps of 2015.


9. Challenge Yourself

Write down your goals and/or challenges somewhere you can see them. Fun challenges can be things like:
– Do 30 squats a day for a week
– Train yourself to run in a short marathon
– Be able to go from doing 0 pushups to 10!


10. Focus on the Why

When you feel yourself getting discouraged, remember why you’re doing this. Whether it’s for health reasons or weight loss or whatever reason, it takes a lot of time and effort before you’ll see results. So encourage yourself to keep trying.


10 Baby Steps to a Fitter Lifestyle
What are your best tips for anyone trying to get into a fitter lifestyle? Let us know in the comments!
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November New Releases and Coming Soon and An Exciting Announcement

Pastel full box sticker for the Happy Planner by Coffee Brain Plans

The Great Canadian Planner sale has come and gone and I would say it was a success. I could’ve done better but now I have plans for things to improve and have lowered some shipping costs and hiked up some shipping costs.

I made a shop announcement regarding it, but it was too costly shipping the thick washi (only within Canada – how sad for Canada Post) so I had to bump up that price a lot. If you’re ever interested in one of my thicker rolls of washi but don’t like the shipping price, there is also the option of getting it as a sample (just convo me!) or if you order a few rolls of washi, it will help offset the cost.

I’ve been hard at work (kinda) so I wanted to show a few things that are new to the shop as well as a few things I plan to add during the month of November.

New Releases:

I just added these Retro Cursing Planner stickers today.

Retro Cursing Bitch Fuck Planner Stickers by Coffee Brain Plans
These Bow Planner Clip planner stickers were added last weekend. They’re even cuter in person.
Pink bow planner clip planner stickers by Coffee Brain Plans
These Coil Planner with Tassel Planner stickers were also added about a week ago.
Coil Planner with Tassel planner stickers by coffee brain plans
These Pastel Stitched Full Box planner stickers are my favorite new release. The Half Boxes can be found under the same link.
Pastel full box sticker for the Happy Planner by Coffee Brain Plans Pastel half box planner stickers for Happy Planner or Erin Condren by Coffee Brain Plans

Coming Soon:

With the holidays fast approaching, I’m about to list a bunch of holiday washi. If certain rolls sell quickly, I may restock but most likely the stock listed will be the final numbers.

I am also going to be working on some Christmas mini kits. I’m more about white space planning. I do enjoy some no white space planning every now and then for my own planner but mostly prefer to keep it simple.

I sent out some Christmas samplers in recent sticker orders. I will be using this clip art set to create one of the mini Christmas kits. Stay tuned for that.

Christmas Sampler Planner Stickers by Coffee Brain Plans

I will also soon be looking to put together a small sticker PR team. With that you would get your own discount code, a discount code for your followers, shop credit for any order placed with your code and some free stickers! I will be making that announcement with details through my Facebook group so be sure to join so you don’t miss the details!

Thanks so much for your support and happy planning!