A new pair of shoes is sometimes all you need.

I often find that my motivation can be up and down. Some days I am super motivated and ready to take on the world and other days I just want to sit on the couch and do nothing. It can be the simplest thing that motivates me again. This time it was shoes!

My birthday just passed on Thursday and as a gift from my parents I got a new pair of running shoes. Now I am not normally the type of girl to go crazy over a new pair of shoes but I love these runners! They are Adidas ClimaCool in black and pink. They’re extremely comfortable and I love the look of them. As soon as I put them on I wanted to go and flaunt them at the gym. Now even though this was semi-vain motivation, it was still motivation! It got my butt in gear and got me to the gym to do a much needed workout.

So whether you find your motivation in a pair of shoes, a magazine, video, or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter. As long as you stay motivated and constantly strive for self improvement.

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My Fitness Pal

Since February I have dropped 30 pounds which I am extremely proud of! One of the best tools I have utilized throughout this journey is My Fitness Pal. It is honestly the easiest way to count calories. I downloaded the app for my iPhone and use is everyday without fail. Being able to scan the┬ábar code of an item you’re consuming makes it really easy to keep track of everything. It is also a great way to hold yourself accountable for what you are eating. I haven’t really taken advantage of the online components since I always use it through my phone, but the online community seems great! If you would like to add me to your My Fitness Pal account please feel free to do so: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/jaelle4

*I started using My Fitness Pal after I had already lost 6lbs so the counter will always be off.