Let the Pounds FALL Off!

In a few days the moment will happen.

September will arrive. I know. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Summer is coming to a close once again, and we’ll all find ourselves thrown back into the routine of September and the fall season.

Autumn (for us posh folks) is my favourite season, it’s still warm and sunny, but cooler than winter so it’s okay to dig out those warm sweaters and wear boots. And of course pumpkin spice everything – but I digress.

Another great thing about fall is we instinctively want to get back on track, or routine and for many of us that means cleaning up our diets and getting back to regular exercise routines after what often turns out being a bbq and snack/drink-a-thon all summer with no time for exercise (because obviously eating bbq ribs > exercise). We all get it.

So it’s with the thought of getting back on track that I present you with a September DietBet named, “Let The Pounds FALL Off!” <– see what I did there? I know, my wit never ceases to amaze.

If you are new to the DietBet world in a nut shell the deal is:

  1. You join the “game” and ante up $25 into the pot betting you will lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks
  2. You weigh-in at the beginning of the 4-week
  3. Spend the next 28 days losing your 4%
  4. At the end of the 4 weeks, those who have lost 4% or more body weight will have to submit a second weigh-in (or weigh-out if you will)
  5. All the winners will split the money in the pot

Lose 4% of your body weight – win money. Yup it’s true! I’ve been hosting games on and off for 1 1/2 years and over that time I’ve hosted 6 games which helped 807 people lose a total of 5004 pounds. It’s crazy to see it written out like that! What’ more, my players have on average a 49% win rate – meaning nearly 50% of the people who join my games meet their goal and win cashola!

Ar you ready to add your pounds lost to the total? Then why not join “Let The Pounds Fall Off” ? The game starts a week from today (Friday, September 5th) and will be over and done before Canadian Thanksgiving.

If you have been meaning to make a change in your life, of need a little extra push to keep you on your journey why not join? The next 4 weeks are going to go by one way or the other, wouldn’t it be great to kick off October 4% lighter than you are right now? To feel healthier and stronger? To know you have made a positive difference in your life?

Then what are you waiting for? Join today and start reshaping your health NOW!

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Getting Organized

I touched on this last week on Facebook, but thought it was a topic worthy of writing a post about – organization.

Things you may not know about me:

Over the past couple years I’ve gone from being super organized, to a bit of a mess organizationally speaking. Where I once had everything perfectly organized at all times I became a bit of a disaster. I use that term lightly because I was/am still fairly organized, I just was not up to my OCD organizational standards.

This summer I’ve been actively trying to regain my previous organizational awesomeness, but as a full-time self employed fitness instructor and blogger that can be a daunting task. Especially since I’m also trying to find a way to get more work done while actually working less (which I absolutely think sounds like an oxymoron) which I think is something that many of you could be struggling with too. You might not have the same job(s) as I do, but everyone has the want and need to get more done in less time – am I right?

So today I’m sharing a few tools that I’ve been using that I have found to be extremely helpful in trying to achieve that lucrative “do more but work less” scenario.

Looking back at my list at the top of this post, to-do lists really do drive me a bit mad. Paper to-do lists especially so. It really irks me when something is on my to-do list and for whatever reason I can’t get it done that day so I’m left with either leaving it uncrossed (shudder), or knowingly cross it off even though it’s not done (double shudder) and put it on another day’s list. I just don’t like it. So when I was trying to think of a solution, I thought back to my days as an insurance agent. If you are new around here, prior to my reincarnation as a fitness instructor/blogger I worked in an insurance agency for 5 1/2 years. Anyway, we had (and they probably still do) software called TAM (The Agency Manager) where each client had their own set of screens and you could enter “activities” and set follow-ups for a certain day, add notes, etc. and decided what I needed was a program that acted like TAM. One where I could enter the things I needed to get done, add notes, set follow-up dates all without using a piece of paper.

I went looking in the app store and found ToDoIst which was a free download to my iMac and also has an online component and iPhone app (I’m not sure if it’s available for other devices, or solely Mac) and I love it! I’ve seen upgraded to the paid version so I can add notes and some other upgrades but even the free version is great. I can easily change “due dates” and when I’m working away and something pops into my head that I need to do, instead of dropping what I’m doing to go get that done I can quickly add it to my to-do list for another day and then keep on working. It has honestly increased my productively immensely, and I think a large part of that is because I am only focusing on that day’s tasks and can re-distribute things as needed (without marking up my day planner) and I don’t have to remember to remember things. I can even set reminders to be sent to my phone if I need to remember to do something while I’m out. I love it!

Next up on my wish-list was finding a way to get more done while working less. The oxymoron section of my list. ToDoIst already has helped me tremendously in that regard but I still needed something more to get me organized. I’d read a lot about bloggers using CoSchedule ( <–head’s up, that’s a referral link) and decided to give it a try with their 2 week free trial. Oh my word. If ToDoIst is a dream, then I don’t know what CoSchedule is, perhaps a fantasy come to life? Haha, that might be a bit extreme but you get what I’m saying. It’s the bomb. I’ve never been one who worked well with a editorial calendar. Again, it ended up being something that kept getting marked up in my day planner as post ideas moved from one day to the next and so on. With CoSchedule you can start draft posts, put the date you want to publish it and leave it sitting as a draft until you write it.

If you have more than one contributor on your site you can assign authors and best of all – if you want to change your schedule you drag and drop it to a different day! But that’s far from all you can do, you can schedule all of your social media posts directly from WordPress with CoSchedule! So once you have a post written and posted or scheduled, you can immediately enter all the social media posts you want and even schedule pins! I know Ahaology allows you to schedule pins too but if I can work with one less program (and pay for one less program) I’m all for it.

I am 100% smitten with Co-Schedule and you can be sure that when my free trial is up I will be moving to the paid version. It’s worth the cost 100x over! And the girl who has never worked with an editorial calendar is totally converted. If you are a blogger and haven’t yet trying the CoSchedule koolaid, do yourself a favour and at least try the 2 week free trial (you can extend the trial a few more weeks by sharing on social media as well). Maybe you won’t adore it like I do, but I think it’s worth trying fo’ sure!

Finally, let’s hit on that last bullet point – labels. One year after Christmas while all my friends were rushing to the stores to get deals on clothes, I was rushing to Staples to buy a label maker. And that’s a fact. Few things excite me more than a good label (sad but true) so it should come as no surprise that personalized labels are right up my alley!

I’ve recently become an affiliate with Mabel’s Labels a company I’ve purchased labels from in the past on a few different occasions. I love the durability of all of their labels, and continue to get compliments on my bag tag anytime I travel so wanted to share a company I honestly love with all of you. As an affiliate they sent me a set of customized skinny mini labels. I asked Facebook to help me choose and this is the set you helped me pick (and happily it matches my new day planner fabulously!)

Right now is a great time to get organized, no matter what you do for a living. If you have kids going back to school – or perhaps to school for the first time you should check out Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-to-School Combo to help you get your kids ready and organized! Or maybe you are looking to get yourself and your house organized, in which case they have loads of options including hockey packs, label sets for seniors in retirement homes, household labels, wash-off labels, everything!

And with canning/pickling season coming into full swing, I’m giving away one set of Wash Away dissolvable labels!

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US. To enter leave a comment below with your #1 organizational tip. The giveaway will end on Wednesday, Sept 3rd at 12:01amEST.

Good Luck!