We are strong, independent women, ready to conquer our health and fitness. We lead. We set goals. We accomplish our goals and we work hard. Part of what makes us so strong and independent is NOT demanding that we conquer solo.
We are strong and independent because we know how to leverage our resources and work together. We’re efficient and we absolutely do NOT believe in re-inventing the wheel. Instead, we look at the wheel and say “how can we make it roll faster?”
You and I are here because we’re ready to dominate our health and fitness and we’re ready to leverage the resources we have - we can be healthy and fit while still having time for friends, family and other priorities we have.
I’m all about efficiency, which is why I’ve created a MASSIVE resource for you -- all my favorite go-to’s for conquering the kitchen, being a boss at the gym and in general dominating your health and fitness. All in one central location. No download needed, with direct links to everything you need. What’s even better? I’ve created it as a page on my website which means that whenever I find a new food, tool or gadget, I’ll add it to the page so you always have the most updated list of faves. Click here to see the resource list, or you can click “resources” at the top of the website anytime to see the most updated list.
The right resources help you dominate your health and fitness without going crazy or consuming an unreasonable amount of time. Since the list is looong (because this is real life and nobody eats only food a day…) I wanted to give you my absolute top faves from the list.
Here are my top 4 favorite resources that I pretty much use on a daily basis:
Have we all heard of bose headphones? Bose has been a big audio company for a long time now, so when I was deciding which high quality headphones to go for, I decided I trusted Bose the most, and I’ve never looked back. (I just realized this kind of sounds like an endorsement - it’s not a paid ad or anything. I just really like their headphones).
- Since I purchased my headphones, Bose has come out with a wireless version, but since they cost a pretty penny, I haven’t upgraded yet. What I love most about my bose:
- Noise canceling. Seriously, this is pretty much the number one reason why I bought and LOVE my headphones. You put on these babies and you’re in your own world. The noise cancelling works with or without the wire, so if you’re traveling and just want to tune out the crying baby on your plane, the noise cancelling is wireless. However, if you want to listen to music, the older model requires the chord. I love, love love these headphones when I’m traveling! They’ll become your best friend for trips.
- The noise cancelling also comes in handy at the gym. I prefer to workout in the gym rather than working out at home. I find that I push myself harder and it’s just easier to get “in the zone” when I’m at the gym. That being said, I like to be in my own world when I’m working out. I don’t want a bunch of people talking to me (sorry, not sorry). I want to get in the gym, pump out a good, hard workout and get out. My bose help me ignore everything else that’s going on in the gym and just focus on my workout.
- Crisp sound. How can I talk about headphones without addressing the sound quality? Some headphones are known for having really deep bass. The best description I have for the Bose headphones is that the sound is extremely clear and crisp - and even more clear and crisp when you add the noise cancelling element. That’s probably the most accurate description I can give without having you try them out yourself.
- If you want the newer, wireless model, you can get it here. The wire doesn’t bother me because I always have my phone on me when I’m working out anyway. I write my workouts down ahead of time, reference them as I’m at the gym, update them when needed and use the timer - all from my phone.
I just mentioned I write down my workouts ahead of time. I do that in Evernote. Evernote is pretty easy to use and it’s free. I mean, can you get much better than that? I know they have paid plans, but I’ve been using the free plan for years and it’s worked great for me.
Here's a detailed look into how I use Evernote for my workouts:
I usually plan and write down my workouts from my computer (because I type faster with 10 fingers than 2 thumbs). Then, when I get to the gym, I open the Evernote app (also free). I reference my workout continuously as I’m at the gym. If I change the number of reps or amount of weight on the fly, I make the quick change through my app. This lets me create a huge workout list (because I save my workouts every time I workout). Writing down your workouts also gives you a good, quick way to gauge your improvement. Plus, with Evernote, you can do searches. If I’m feeling too lazy to create a workout one day, I’ll just search for “full body” or “hamstring” or whatever muscle I’m working out that day and I’ll see all my previous workouts that include those muscles. Writing down my workouts is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Evernote is also great for miscellaneous notes. I use it all the time to jot down notes or create to-do lists or shopping lists. It’s great because you can use boxes as the bullet points in a list and check off the items as you go.
The magic bullet is ALL about convenience! You can make, eat and wash only 1 single container. It’s pretty awesome. I use it every day when I get home from the gym. It’s nice to have a quick way to make protein shakes without all of the mess. Plus, I always have a hard time eye-balling a single serving when I use a blender. With the bullet, you’re basically making your protein shake in your cup so whatever fits in that one cup is your single serving. When you’re done drinking it, just rinse out the cup and stick it in the dishwasher. Boom.
My SUPER SIMPLE protein shake recipe:
I like to keep it simple. I always buy vanilla protein powder because it’s easiest to mix up the flavor. If you have chocolate protein powder (which I used to buy all the time), it can be hard to come up with different recipes because not everything goes well with chocolate. Vanilla is just a more general base. So here’s my simple recipe: vanilla protein powder (whatever the serving size suggests), frozen blueberries (they’re a great anti-oxidant and then you don’t have to add ice), and water. That’s it. Super simple.
Yelp is another free app and I use it ALL THE TIME!! Whether I’m traveling or just in my hometown, I always use Yelp to help me figure out where to eat. We all know the question that never gets an answer: “where do you want to eat?” Instead of listening to crickets, check out Yelp. This is the easiest way to find new restaurants and browse what sounds good.
Tips for choosing the right place: Obviously don’t eat Indian food if you hate Indian food, no matter how good the reviews are.
- Ratings: If you’re down to try something new, look for restaurants that have both a high number of reviews AND high ratings. A restaurant has 5 stars - cool. But only 2 ratings? Trusting that only 2 people love it is not a good way to make your choice. “High number of ratings” is going to mean something different depending on the size of the city you’re in. If you’re in a small town, you might notice that none of the restaurants have over 100 reviews. Which ones have 70 or 80? If you’re in a large city like LA, restaurants are likely to have thousands of reviews. My general rule of thumb (unless I’m in a super tiny town), is to pick a place that has at least a few hundred reviews and 4 stars or higher. You can almost never go wrong.
- READ THE REVIEWS!! You don’t have to read every single review, but some restaurants are only known for breakfast. If you look at the reviews and don’t see any pictures or comments about dinner, it might not be the best place for dinner.
- Dollar signs: There are small dollar signs next to the restaurant info. Usually restaurants will have anywhere from 1 to 3 dollar signs. More dollar signs = more expensive. So 3,000 reviews, 4.5 stars and $$$ might be fantastic, but it’s good to know that might be best saved for a special occasion rather than a casual dinner.
- It’s also good to know that there are usually pictures or links to menus, hours, websites and phone numbers when you click on the restaurant info. If you’re doubtful, browse the menu or choose another option for the evening.
I already know you dominate at your workplace, now it’s time for us lady bosses to dominate our health and fitness. If you haven’t yet, check out the full resource page here. Let me know what you think and if you have questions about any of the items.
These are my top 4 go-to’s for health and fitness, but I want to know yours. What are the gadgets, food and tools you can’t go without? Let me know in the comments.