Zoe from The Zeitgeist of Zoe is here to show us her fit-o-fax juiciness! Let’s get in shape, peeps! 😀
Rememberwhen I was in that pink Filofax buying frenzy and I bought both the Personal and A5 Deep Pink Domino’s with the intent to use one of them as a fitness planner? Well, the dog has been called, the day has come and the Fit-ofax is finally up and running!
However, I was recently looking through some old photos and realized that the fittest I have ever been was when I was on Body for Life (BfL) back in 2001, so I decided to switch to that program instead.
(I won’t go into the details of the program; if you want to check it out further you can go to www.bodyforlife.com for more information)
Thing is, BfL involves tracking a LOT more than just one’s daily points, and there is no “app for that”, so it’s pretty much all pen to paper. They do sell a “BfL Success Journal” for that very purpose, but we are Filofax people…we don’t need no stinkin’ Success Journals!
BfL is much more workout intensive and just more specific all around than Weight Watchers. There are a total of 4 daily log sheets; one for eating, one for your upper body workout, one for cardio, and the last for your lower body workout. And the items tracked for each respective daily eating plan & workout would never in a zillion years fit, in a visible/usable manner, on a Filofax personal size page.
The A5, however, proved to be an ideal size : )
I set about using MS Excel templates for each log sheet and customizing them for A5 paper. I then printed out one month’s worth, trimmed & hole punched them and placed them in my A5 Fit-ofax, along with some tabs to keep everything…say it with me...organized.
Only say it like RenHoek. Say it, “Orrrrrrrrganized”, as if you were a Chihuahua who speaks like Peter Lorre.
I’ll probably sticker this baby up more as we go along, but for now I think this one says it all ; )
In the bin, I had plain old, boring Filofax blank tabs, but I had used them before and they had writing on them. This tweaked my OCD big time, so I cut up some colorful tabs I had bought for that Studio C notebook I scored for free at Staples a couple weeks ago (which sadly were too narrow to use on their own) and glued them to the FF tabs. Not ideal, but enough to quiet the Type A twitching for now.
Body for Life has two key elements; Eating for Life (EfL) and Training for Life (TfL). Behind my first tab, “efl info” (eating for life info) are a couple key pages from the book pertaining to how to carry out the eating program. Any recipes or other informational food related items I decide to add later will ultimately go here as well.
|behind the 1st tab, “efl info” are copies of sheets from the Body for Life book on the eating program|
|as you can see, on the left you PLAN what you are going to eat & when and on the right you record your actual food intake|
At this point, I am thinking I will track general things here, like any supplements I take, my mood, the weather…and best of all STICKERS!!!!!
I love it Zoe! You are rocking all around and I need to get going on my fitness as well!
Thanks for such an inspiring post on my blog! 🙂
Today I got ANOTHER “I-love-your-blog” email”!!!! YAAAAY!!!!
This is too much fun people! Too much fun! Very happy! 🙂
As she likes my Filofax posts, I decide to at least show off the beauty I have been experimenting with these days:
You had probably seen it if you are on Twitter.
I am not doing a full set-up post because that is actually no set up yet.
Just tucked in all I could.
This weekend I am hoping to work on it a bit more.
And here it is a different shot!
I had to hide that gorgeousness inside the file cabinet today so I could focus on work 😀 Haha
That will be it for today, way too exhausted to go beyond that 🙂
Have a great Friday everyone!
I JUST CAN NOT BELIIIIIEEEEVVEEE IT!
Me. lovesiz. Leonie. Dawson
Who doesn’t know that? HA!
And what happens today as I am catching up with my feeds?
She mentions my sweet-darling post about the Goddess Workbook!
Aaaaawwww go check it out!
Click up there or here, scroll straight to number 8! Right there! See? My Filofax, a bit of my laptop and my cell phone hanging there, haha
Oh, such an excitement! I couldn’t be happier! 🙂
I thought I could show it off here a little bit.
I first print out her workbook to go on my “Me” Filofax.
That didn’t work out well as it was too small and her drawings way to beautiful to be squished like that.
|Baroque in action! Always 🙂|
I use it anyway, trying to write in between the tiny blank spaces.
NOW looks amazing! Big pages and room to write!
I re-wrote everything I had from the smaller size and added a few more.
One of the things that the workbook offers is a worksheet of to-dos for your current year. It has 100 slots but I barely filled in 70.
I wrote down even things that just had a very remote possibility of happening.
And look how EXCITING! Guess which one was one of them???
Hehehehehe and the THIRD MeetUp is about to happen this year! oh happiness! Hehhehhehehe
Side note —> a while back I read someone’s post that highlighting a done task of your to-do list will give you an energy boost as you can read everything you accomplished. And well, it’s highlighted so it’s pretty clear of how far you have been so far. Totally agree with that! I want to pet myself on the back every time I read one of the highlights!
She has many beautiful drawings all around and what I like the most are the motivational reminders spread throughout the book. Like those ones:
The highlighted part of the picture below reads:
“[…]the sweet joy of reuniting with yourself after a long, heart sick separation[…]“
And inside the box:
“That’s the blessing of life – to take you where you need to be. Everything is taking us home“
And there it is the rest of the to-do list. A work in progress:
The following juicy page tells you how to get things done. How to break down in steps huge plans and projects. Note that she mentions a “To-do List” Notebook, to be used to write down those huge tasks’ steps.
HA! That was a cry to get a Slimline! hehehehe
I got an Amazona from Susanna but ended up not using it for that purpose thou.
More “breaking down” strategies:
And the Medicine Bag! For when you are not that excited, a quick fix to uplift your mood.
Now, the calendar.
I had not used it at all, because I don’t carry an A5 with me, it stays home. All date planning goes on my Personal sized ones. And shrinking down the pages to Personal would make it too small to write.
But it can be useful if an A5 is your main planner.
On the left side there are her motivational writings and a box of goal and another one for to-dos for the month:
I behaved this time and brought just three.
I am DYING to talk about the Presidential Suite upgrade we got but I won’t.
For two reasons:
2- I promise I will kep this post just about the Meet-Up, NYC will come on a later one.
|Mini Spring Green Chameleon, Personal Black Baroque and Pocket Turquoise Baroque|
I was soooo excited! Giggly all evening – NY & a new Baroque! Couldn’t get any better!
I really timed myself to be there earlier, but getting lost and all didn’t help.
I finally knew I was in the right place! The beauties of being able to recognize celebrities! 😉
Saffy and husband showed up, fresh from UK!
How fun is that? Very “Philofaxy-like”
|Look at those happy faces! Filos getting set!
In this pic: Juan, Josh, Saffy, Kendal, Cavendish and Windsor
Her set up really got me inspired to maybe adventure into one? I hadn’t used my Slimline yet, maybe now, maybe now….
|The “closest” close up I got of her Slimline|
|Look at that style!|
|Personal Rose Classic|
|A5 Finsbury (Acqua? Turquoise? Plain Blue? not sure)|
|A gold Kate Spade binder!|
|Side ways! Look at the minis size difference!|
|All them chit-chatting and having fun!|
That Lamy was a lovely gift from DH 🙂
Many smooches for you all,
On my last post about sweet Chamomile, I mentioned my struggle with vertical card slots.
I am happy to say I found my way around it! Yay!
So that’s what I will go over on this post.
First, a little history on why I dislike vertical card slots.
See, I was very lucky to really love an impulse purchase I did back in the days.
Sometimes I still want to bang my head on the wall because “it was working, it was working! Why did I have to go out and *experiment*? Darn, darn, darn”
Anyway, as I am already out and about trying new styles I know will keep experimenting, but I believe one of these days Mr. Fins will have to pop out of the shelf again.
So one of the “BESTEST”features of Mr. Fins was this:
He would sit pretty – not laying down – inside my purse and I would have access to my debit card WITHOUT taking him out of the bag. The card would slide in and out just like that (snap fingers here).
From an outsider point-of-view it would seem like I was carelessly tossing the card inside my purse rather then placing it securely into the card slot.
After I left Mr. Fins I could never get that practicality again.
Not even with a mini. The organizer is so small that the it doesn’t “sit” inside my purse. It doesn’t even lay. It does a lap inside my purse.
Well, there I am loving, caring and sighting at the pretty little hearts of Chamomile thinking “if it would only have horizontal card slots” .
**Then an a-ha moment!**
I had my idea, went after it and got this:
|See that gray stripe? So, it’s my debit card.|
Pretty close, huh? I got so excited with the end result that I did a little dance with Chamomile in hands. Haha.
So, how did I get the card to stick up like that?
A very sophisticated solution I must say.
Here it is:
Ta-daaaaaaa ***drum rolls***
Get it? Get it?
I added pocket size card holders!
pretty good, huh? *leaning back to proudly enjoy*
If you decide to do this at home, I must admit you need to have nerves! Nerves to be ruthless to the point of doing this:
CHOPPING UP THE CARD HOLDER’S CORNER!
That is because obviously, the ring gets in the way.
If this is too brutal for you – which I totally understand – you could also place the the entire card holder one whole down. That will prevent any cutting off but the debit card will not be easily accessible. You would still have to open the organizer to pull it out.
Going back to the first solution, you really can’t be too careless when sliding the card in and out. As it is secured by only three wholes instead of all six, it gets very wobbly:
If you read Chamomile’s review, we now have one more “con” to add to her list: resistance to
The result is good but just kind-of-sorta.
But, you know….. it is Chamomile….. all her flaws are irrelevant considering her amazingly practical rings, right?
I already moved out of her!
My darn, darn, darn “experimenting bug”, bit me again!
I am in serious planner fail!
I wasn’t kidding when I said that “A Solid Attempt!” with Filofax Swap 4 is on its way!
Keep tuned dear readers, keep tuned!
And THIS SATURDAY ——————————–> Mini Filofax MeetUp in NY! Yay! See you there! 🙂
|Gorgeous Color and Texture!|
Ok, And I am waaaaay ahead of myself here. Let me back up.
My previous plan didn’t work out well because the A5 Filofax is not as portable (obviously, huh?).
Plus I wanted to separate work life from personal life.
The latter was easily fixable, right? Just get a different Filofax for personal stuff. Great! Cross that out as “problem solved”.
The first condition thou was harder.
I have three other personal sized Filofaxes and although very portable, I knew that wasn’t what I wanted. The rings! Always on my way! I am totally fine writing on the right page, but on the left one, I can barely pass the middle of the page and my handwriting gets awful as the pen gets out of control because my hand is sitting on top of the rings. Yeah, silly, but I really struggle to write on that left side. I knew that if I stuffed up with sheets, it would get more “leveled” and the rings wouldn’t be so prominent, but the WEIGHT! oh boy.
So off I went to browse some options.
Reading posts here and there l I found this jewel —-> Insight!
After drooling over her series about the Compact Chameleon I quickly went to check colors available on Filofaxusa.com.
And there it was! Pink! Red!
“That’s it!” I thought. I rushed over to Pens&Leather and the deal was closed! Not only one, but two! (I got the red one as well, HA!)
Yep, yep, if you have been following Filofax world you will know that very recently that was what I called the “cham-craze”. All Chams half-price on the UK website and shortly there after it reached US!
Oh, pain! I have to say that again: OH, PAIN!
If I only knew that a month later I could had gotten both of them for the price of one and maybe a pocket size as well! hehehe 🙂
Let’s get started with that review, shall we?
First a comparison of thickness with a Personal size:
Rolling to the inside, I will make a list of pros and cons of this gorgeous Compact Chameleon.
So, the very first con – you can clearly see, it doesn’t lie flat out of the box.
I believe with training it will. I don’t think it is it’s nature thou. Like a Domino that may come out of the box not totally flat but easily adaptable to it.
Then, comes the second big con – that insanely crazy pen loop!
Look at that!
It falls right on top of everything! It doesn’t “naturally” stay on the side of it – “out-of-the-way” per say.
That pen loop can’t possibly hold a pen without squeezing everything else.
Nope. If you just close the organizer without thinking, the pen sits on top of the tabs.
I used a Bic 4 colors for this pic but got the same result using a single color, skinnier regular Bic:
So to be able to close the organizer without fighting the pen, I just hang it like this:
It makes easier to move out of the way when needed but it is not very secure and moves around a lot.
Anyways, moving on.
Since I got my Baroque (that I love with all my sweet heart regardless) I knew that those vertical card slots wouldn’t work for me.
Note that my excitement with Snarlings’ video AND the fact that for a brief moment I owned a Chameleon Personal (ended up returning because it was defective) made me not even bother thinking about the card slots.
The personal Chameleon has horizontal card slots.
The A5 Chameleon has horizontal slots.
Why would a compact of the same style have them vertical?
(Because it is compact, duh!)
Yep, yep, as a Compact “first-time buyer” it didn’t even cross my mind!
(or my eyes! Note that part one of Snarlings’ video there is a VERY clear shot of the vertical slots! Geeez.)
Now, can you follow all the excuses my brain is finding for new Filofax purchases? Or better saying the reasons to NOT buy any more Filofaxes that my brain keeps ignoring?
Although the vertical slots ARE a big deal for me (more about it here), I deliberately denied seeing those vertical slots.
Ok, ok, so far what do we have?
1- Doesn’t lie flat out of the box= CON
2- Nonsense penloop= CON
3-Vertical card slots= CON
Do I still have her? YES!
**Why on earth, you ask, did I stick with her and did not return her right away if I found so many cons?**
Because of this, my dear readers, THIS:
This evening I unexpectedly decided to have some “me” time.
I had a pretty long list of things to do but because of a little post-office surprise – to be shown in a later post – I just decided to ignore my list and work on fun stuff.
And that includes Filofaxing, of course!
I have been craving a cash pocket on my compact Filofax for a while.
Because it is a compact AND because I am already using a plastic envelope for some random papers AND because I didn’t want to spend money to order online on a new envelope I just let it go.
But last week, the light bulb went on! YAY! I had that very extremely complex idea and here it is:
On my last post I talked about the art goodies I recently bought, including a watercolor set.
That set came with a “freebie” brush set.
I hadn’t used the brushes yet but wanted to put them into my brush cups so I took them out of the bag.
AHA! Then I realized the bag could make a very good cash envelope for my Filofax!
And here we go, my super-complex and intricate process:
|But totally perfect!|
|Last one, just because 🙂|
Thanks again for reading and have a great week!
How can it be so hard to get back on track after ONE WEEKEND out-of-town vacation inside the same country you leave? Geesh! Still so much to catch-up online and offline.
Online IS more fun so here we go: Chicago Meet-up! Yay!
I was planning on bringing all the Filofaxes I have, but then really, it is not that I was driving down there, right? I had to get into a plane, fit all the A5s in one single-carry-on, plus shoes, clothes, other filofaxes and leave room to bring back goodies?
So just a selected number of portable ones were supposed to come with me.
I was still at the hotel room, sorting out my babies, getting ready and then I realized.
I forgot my Amazona! Argh!
One of the lighter ones to carry (it’s a slimline) I left home. Bummer.
Oh, and when I got back home, while unpacking I realized my pink mini Finsbury was still safe-and-sound wrapped around some shirts. Never made it to the MeetUp! That’s what happen when you are too small, you just get lost inside a suitcase.
Anyways, there they were, the ones that actually made it:
|Natural Snake Domino in the purple box, Compact Raspberry Chameleon in the black box, Compact Red Chameleon, Mini Spring Green Chameleon and my dearest Baroque.|
And there we were, on our way, waiting for the subway:
|Isn’t it pretty? I LOVE subways! Makes me feel back home 🙂|
I got a little lost walking around the area even with my GPS/IPhone in hand but it wasn’t bad at all. Very pretty place! The name of that neighborhood explained it all:
So, of course, as I was lost and
wondering walking around I was the last one to get there at the Mancini’s restaurant.
As I walked towards the Filofax table and saw the “is it her?” smiley faces looking at me I suddenly realized that no one knew how I looked like!
or even worse, no one knew MY NAME! LOL
yes, that is very obvious to anyone that reads my blog, but I never thought of that!
When I started this blog I was concurrently (ui, a big word for me) looking for a job. I really didn’t want any HR personnel finding my first post where I put out there how messy my last year was – school & work – and that I had to find a way, as a new years’ resolution, to put myself together.
Well, anyway, I guess I did a VERY good job hiding behind LimeTreeFruits! 😀
So, introductions made, clarification of names and all there I was sitting around all the stars I follow and their celebrities Filofaxes.
It really felt like a celebrity show for me!
I recognized all the faces and the organizers. Like watching a TV show or something and getting to meet all them in person afterwards. Very different experience. I had never met celebrities before!
Didn’t take long, even before we order, to have some understanding souls pulling out their organizers to fulfill my biggest craving ever: TO SEE A MALDEN!
I SAW IT AND TOUCH IT! Not just one actually, three at the same time!
They are really amazing. Feel very good to the touch and HOW FLEXIBLE! They can carry literally everything; Jordan’s is humongous! Really, it really fits it all!
I was pretty sure I took a pic of the three Malden’s thickness but I can’t find it. I guess I didn’t.
Well, moving on.
I just could not hold myself from bringing up questions and Filofaxes to the table. Here it is the first group shot with just few of them:
How great they look? and the little goodie bag that Jill gave to all of us:
Very nice! I always get stickers with a purpose, like reminding me of appointments or things I need to do, never just for fun. I love it! I may get into a new habit now! 😉
My perfect combo even materialized that day! I didn’t expect that.
When I was hunting for an Almond Amazona, it was “to-go with” my baby spring green. I couldn’t find a personal size, got the slimeline and ended up not using them together at all.
But here it is the dream combo I had in mind:
|They worked hard on it! Ain’t that easy to balance so many.|
|Ta-da! How gorgeous.|
I loved seen the bronze Domino in person. I even checked right there at the restaurant if filofax.de still had it on sale.
Yep, still there.
Will see how long I will wait.
Another pic that I could swear I took was a side-by-side comparison with the Raspberry Chameleon Personal & Compact. Can’t find anywhere so obviously I didn’t take it.
But you can have a slight idea of the thickness size. Third from the bottom is Sandra’s Personal and third from top is my Compact. Can you see the difference?
Also note Jordan’s Malden which is as thick as the A5s at the bottom! A more “regular” sized one is Jill’s Malden, fifth from the bottom.
After that ginormous amount of pasta & sweets we needed to burn off the calories.
So we walked as far as we could – right next door to Paper Source:
There I was very surprised to find a HAIRY “Domino”! HA! Look at that!
|Even the way the rubber band is attached to the side was similar!|
I was holding off but the ladies did some real shopping there:
|Shop ’till you drop|
Next, we went to another store VERY FAR AWAY – right across the street.
Aha! A Filofax counter full of organizers!
I have never seen that many. Really! I can’t imagine how dazzling a real Filofax store would be. I was impressed to see so many “celebrities”:
I always wanted to see a Raspberry Metropol in person and there it was.
But I didn’t like it much. I guess after handling so many leather ones, it felt very “plasticky”.
The orange Domino is beautiful thou! My first Filofax was a Personal Domino and I remember debating a lot if I should order orange or pink. Maybe one of these days I will find a lame excuse to get the orange. hehe
Than! Another unexpected thing happened there: I touched a Holborn!
oh, boy! Have you seen/ touched one?
It’s amazing! I played with it a lot – opened, closed, opened again, checked every slot, checked every pocket, tucked my
whole hand fingers into one of them to see how deep it was, tucked two of my cards on the cc slots just to “feel it” and almost put the whole organizer inside my purse “to try it out”. I realized the shop owner could confuse my last move as an attempt to sneak out of the store with an unpaid item so I didn’t.
But it really got to me!
I couldn’t help but notice that there is a wine compact one coming up at Pens&Leather!
I came back home to investigate the Compact Holborn further and found out the card slots are different then the personal size. I guess all compacts have them vertically.
My recent love for compacts should be a subject for another post. I won’t extended this post any longer, I promise! 🙂
And didn’t I behave on my Filofax purchases? My only item – a FlyLeaf! hehe
I have never seen one – in person – with the “f” tab on the side.
(I just noticed how many “I have never seen this before” came up on this post. I really don’t live inside a cave with internet connection as it may seem like)
To summarize: I had a GREAT TIME on my first Filofax MeetUp! I am so happy to have found such a great, warm and welcoming community!
I can’t wait for the next one! Really.
I already posted it on Philofaxy but just to make sure you don’t miss it, I will re-post it:
***If anyone is up to a tiny-meetup in August 4th or 5th in NY, please give me a shout!***
A coffee in the afternoon to talk Filofax will work just fine, nothing super-big.
To finalize, cheers to amazing Filofax MeetUps!
Thanks again for reading and hope to see you in New York! ;D
Happy birthday to ME! Yay!
Very wonderful b-day celebration. Celebration for the last entire year. Reaaaaallly!!!!
Very very happy this days – I already said that a gazillion times in other posts, I know – but truly I am!
Tonight, my favorite restaurant, DH and me, myself and I taking care of me, myself and I.
This past year has been a very introspective, clarifying and revealing year. I learned so much and am finally acting on “taking care” of myself.
I was going to give me as a b-day gift a membership to Leonie’s Goddess Circle.
The excitement of the decision OF COURSE didn’t hold me from purchasing it waaaay back in May (my b-day is really today June 14th).
“Ok, ok”, I thought to myself, “it’s ok, I can certainly enjoy it a little earlier, nothing wrong with it, I can even get ready for one of the courses before June”.
SO WORTH IT!
I found so many wonderful women to connect, so many “super-hero” stories hidden around and feel so much more inspired to take care of myself!
All the courses printed out, I needed, I really NEEDED somewhere to store it, flip thru pages and take notes.
Hhhmmmmmm……..Let’s think together…..what.could.it.be? A place to store all the pages? A place to have all the lessons and take notes………..what…..could…..it……be…..?
HA! YOU SO GUESSED RIGHT!
And it is a GORGEOUS one! My iPhone is not making justice to that beauty’s color.
Look how perfect now on a Domino A5 size:
And look how much stuff I printed out already (and there are more courses to print still!):
One more pic just because I really love Leonie’s stuff and the shinny rings on my Filofax 😀
I also gave myself another gift, that it was very unexpected.
Actually, painted letters. How cool is that?
And I receive mine TODAY! on My B-day!
ooooohhhhh joy! I was so thrilled to see it sitting there on the mail box! There was just something to it. Receiving an actual letter!
I just loved it!
Look how cute and cozy:
It came with a tiny envelope with a magnet inside and a page from Hemingway where he talks about Paris – where the letter came from.
Oh, gosh! really so happy!
To top it all off DH gave me the best gift ever!……I was about to take a pic of it at the restaurant (Instagram! HA!) but he didn’t let me. So I am just manifesting here that I am very happy with it.
I am really thankful for this past personal year.
And I am SO looking forward to this shinny and glittery brand new one!
Many blessings, love & joy