Connect the Dots Ginger | Becky Allen: February 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Staying On Track With Health and Fitness Goals While Traveling | Simplified Packing Tips

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I'm on an impromptu 10 day mommy-cation right now and it's been amazing. It originally was intended to help my parents, post an intense surgery for my dad, but surgery got bumped and my flight could not so, now I'm helping out with pre surgery stuff. But, regardless of what I was going to be doing, I was determined to stay on track with my health and fitness goals, and how I packed all my stuff in just 1 medium suitcase.

1) Plan to do laundry. Pack half of what you need and plan to do laundry midway through. I packed 5 days of clothing, and 5 days of workout clothing. It's laundry day for me today, right on schedule.
2) Keep to your routine as much as you can. Pack your supplements, pre workout and post workout drink mixes just like you would use at home. You can pre portion out what you have, or to avoid getting a pat down in the airport if you carry them on with you so they don't open in your luggage, stock up on the pre-packaged versions that are sealed. I didn't have enough time to plan ahead and order our single serve packs so, I got to know the TSA agent really well. Oh and new for me, flying is dehydrating and since I'm already "dehydrated" per my FitTrack Dara Smart Scale at 36% I'm trying to stay on top of it by adding Liquid IV to my water post flight.
3) Be in charge of your health by packing healthier snacks and going to the grocery store when you arrive. You can travel with veggies. I carried on apples, mini bell peppers, carrots and my take and go trail mix (1T pumpkin seeds, 1T cranberries, 12 almonds and 1T chocolate chips (totally optional but I love me some chocolate). When you arrive GO TO THE STORE, multiple times if you have to. If you have a mini fridge just get smaller items, and plan to go to the store every couple days. I even only got the basics and plan to go to the store 1 more time to keep me stocked with a salad kit for easy lunches, snack-able veggies and fruits. My favorite snackable fruits and veggies, mini bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, southwestern salad kit from Trader Joes, apples, strawberries and I also bought a pack of spinach to eat with my breakfast and add to the salad kit to make it go further.
4) Only bring what you truly need. It's so easy as women to pack your entire bathroom but there just isn't room for that. I'm sticking with the basics of what I need to look and feel like me even when out of town. I packed a medium curing iron, my flat iron, cause my hair can get all sorts of crazy, and just the essential in make up. My small pallet from Bobby Brown Makeup, my eyebrow color and brush, mascara, and of course something to remove all your make up like the new Neutrogena Naturals Purifying MakeupRemover Wipes. Plus my leave in moisturizer by Cibu that I use after a shower and in between showers, and my cariPRO electric toothbrush. Toothbrushes have come a long way to carry long lasting charges and this one will hold a 30 day charge when fully charged and won't lose any of its speed or power when not charged frequently. (GIVEAWAY TO WIN A FREE $120 VALUE ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH CLOSING SOON CLICK HERE TO ENTER!)

5) Pre-Plan out your workouts just as you would at home. Benefit of my online streaming fitness library is that it goes everywhere with me, plus I can pre-download workouts incase I don't have access to good Wifi or cell service. That means I don't have to miss a beat in my workout program and neither do you! Use the gym at your hotel, make space in your room move the furniture around, take your workout outside, get a day pass at the local gym just make it an effort to just get it done!

In the end, it takes a little extra effort to stay on track while out of town. But it isn't impossible. You are worth the effort. You are worth your goals to stay on track. And if anything, by sticking with your health and fitness, most of the time while away, and you still indulge on dinners or have an extra dessert or 2, you won't come home in a bigger hole but at least right where you were when you left of progress!

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Post Super Bowl Hangover | 5 Tips to Recover FASTER

Who else enjoyed that amazing game last night?!? Some of us probably more than others, I'm sure. Even me, guys I went in to yesterday knowing it was not going to be a weight loss day and I'm okay with that. Because we had all the fixin's for the game, pizza, ice cream, candy, Doritos, and more! I didn't eat all of what we had, I stuck with pizza and ice cream but those 2 things together, my body didn't like. And I was right, this morning, I was up in my weight from where I was yesterday.

And I'm not beating myself up about it either! That is the first tip!

1) GUILT FREE ZONE! Turn off the guilt because holding onto guilt is the last thing that your mindset needs to deal with. No matter what happened last night, it happened. Time to just move past it. Because it's a new day today. You can't change what happened you can only change what you do from here on out.

2) GET BACK ON TRACK! Get your ass up and get your workout done! NOW! By the end of TODAY! Just do it. Don't think about it or how you are feeling sluggish or blah. Just go get it done and do the best that you can do. Because a little work is better than no work. And it's Monday! #nevermissamonday

3) DITCH THE LEFTOVERS! Do you have leftovers in your house from last night, just toss them. Get back to eating on track with the foods you know you should be eating, or check out my favorite list of foods that I choose from HERE. I know it's boring but opt for a salad today for lunch and pile on the extra veggies on your plate at dinner. The best thing your body needs right now is vitamins and minerals.

4) HYDRATE! Drink plenty of water today to help flush out the foods you ate yesterday. Extra points if you add a slice of lemon to help your body detoxify.

5) GET TO BED EARLY TONIGHT! Make it a point to go to sleep earlier than normal and catch up on some sleep. Granted the game didn't last too long last night but still, if you were like me I struggled getting to sleep at a good time. My plan, in my room around 8:30, curl up with my Outlander book (cause i'm in major "Drylander" mode right now hurry up season 5 premiere!) And aiming to be asleep by 9:30 tonight.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

February Fit Club In Our Virtual Gym | Weight Loss Support and Accountability

It's all things focused on being our most fit in February! From tracking foods to completing our workouts that are pre planned and scheduled for the week. Because it's that kind of focus and support that's needed for change to happen. It's all about taking things to the next level! LEVEL UP!

So if you have been struggling staying on track with your New Year Resolution for weight loss and better health, it's time to join my ladies who have all Leveled UP their commitment because they are ready for bigger changes in this new decade! And when you decide to work with me you also get access to my exclusive virtual gym community with daily accountability, motivation and support from other women just like you to stay committed! 

Get my ultimate pick bundle kit! This kit includes AN ENTIRE YEAR access to our online fitness library (It's like the Netflix of fitness!) plus my favorite pre workout drink to give you energy to get started (JITTERS FREE- y'all I took this while pregnant and nursing!) and endurance during your workout, and then a post workout drink to keep you from feeling sore so you can do it again the next day. PLUS, access to the nutrition program I'm doing right now that focuses on mindset with your nutrition! And best news yet, you save over $115 with this kit!

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Struggling To Stay On Track With Your Weight loss? Track Your Progress Regularly

It's the beginning of the month and in our Virtual Gym that means, IT'S TIME TO TRACK OUR PROGRESS! Most people fall off track because they see a lack of progress but, most people track from day to day or week to week, but let's say, you track monthly, over the course of 6 months, that's how you can see more progress.

First of all, mindset. You have to remember that this journey is a marathon not a sprint. For most of us, this journey is going to take way longer than 2 weeks. Most of us expect to see progress in just 2 weeks. But ladies, it can take up to 4 weeks for your body to realize you are making changes and start to change. It can take up to 8 weeks for you to start seeing change and 12 weeks for other's around you to see change. But why is it then, that most people stop or get hung up within the first 21 days of the journey? Just think on that for a moment. What has gotten in your way in the past? What can you do to change that from happening. YOUR MINDSET! Allow yourself to allow things to take time to change.

What to track:
Progress pictures of your front, side and back
Body Fat %
Commit to tracking monthly for the next 6 months

Tips for pictures: Pick a spot where you can see your entire body. Use the timer function on your camera or phone if taking the pictures by yourself or have a friend do them. Set the height to be straight on and not pointing up or down as that can alter the look of your pictures. I use a tripod for my camera, set the timer and run into position!

Tripod I use! 

I personally have been using the Fittrack Dara Smart Scale which tracks more than just you weight. You can set it for athletic mode and track your BMI, Body Fat %, body water%, Muscle Mass, Lean mass, and more! Get yours below!

In the end, Change will happen, with time! But first you have to start tracking. Most people don't want to take that first progress picture, but I promise you, DO IT! Not for now but for later so you can compare!

Want more daily motivation and inspiration? Click here get free advice, support and encouragement + a free copy of my Clean Eating guide to help you get started on your health and fitness journey! Don't forget to follow me on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK
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