Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Getting off the couch

(picture credits are here)

Confession: over the last month or two I've become a bit of a couch potato (minus a few half-hearted sit ups and press ups here and there). In a way I blamed it on winter and it being too cold and rainy to get active and outdoors, but really that's no excuse.

But in the last couple of weeks I've been getting up and off the couch, and back into being active, eating healthy and making good decisions. Once you get going with it all, it's easy to make it routine. Sometimes it's the getting started that's the hardest part. So I thought I would share with you a few websites and apps that have helped me to get motivated and that encourage me along the health/ fitness journey. Let me know your favourites in the comments!

Calorie tracking: I've said it before and I'll say it again - I love My Fitness Pal. It's such an easy way to track your food and exercise and keep yourself accountable. You can add your friends and encourage each other to stick within your limits.

Exercise tracking: My other favourite app is the Nike+ running app, I strap it on as I run and use it to measure my distance/ speed/ calories burned. It's great because you can compare all your runs and it congratulates you every time you achieve a personal best.

Healthy cooking: I use Healthy Food Guide for most of my recipes. Every recipe gives you a full breakdown of the calories and nutritional value.

Reading blogs: My latest favourite healthy blog is Julia & Libby. They're sisters who blog about health and nutrition, and they have a lot of helpful knowledge to share.

Inspirational quotes: I'll be honest, I quite like a 'fitspiration meme'. And by that, I mean ones that promote motivation, health and fitness, not ones focused on unhealthy body image. Use your discretion, but I think this Facebook page is pretty good: Eat Clean, Train Mean.

Learn from others: Sometimes the best motivation is hearing the story of someone who's already been there before. Last year when I very first needed a push to get fit and healthy (when I had been off track for almost a year, not just a month or so like this time) I found Tieka from Selective Potential's story really helpful. You can read her journey here.

What motivates you?


  1. I'm just getting back into working out and eating right after a trip to NY. I find doing it with a friend much easier



  2. I know what you mean - over winter I think we all hibernate a little. I've kicked my a into g again today and feel great. I was eating horribly and started feeling better again once I kicked the bad stuff from my diet!

    x Olivia

  3. I've recognized this strange link between being busy and being healthy. I've found that the more time I have on my hands, the less healthy I tend to be. I start school here in less than a week and I must say--that free gym membership is looking quite appealing right now. Onward to healthier living!

  4. Wish I could say I don't understand but I do!
    I recently started a juicing fast and I'm already in the mindset to continue eating healthy once I'm finished.
    I feel better by the day. I'm blogging recipes and my progress here.


    xx Mickey

  5. Thank you for these links... - normally I don't like when blogs discuss dieting/fitness - but I really like how you have approached the subject in HCTS. Lately I suspect I have been comfort eating due to stress, and so have just signed up for MyFitnessPal, to see if I can keep track of where and why I'm going off track. Fingers crossed! Thanks again :)


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