Howdy everyone! I’m overdue for a new blog. Life has been so hectic (for all of us I’m sure), that I’ve not been putting too much thought into food. Making good choices most of the time, but way too many bad meals and not enough motivation! So my employer has started a new program through our fitness center called “The Biggest Winner”, a take on the popular TV show ” The Biggest Loser”. Basically it’s a team challenge where the goal is to lose the largest percentage of weight over an 8-week period. We’re 3-weeks in and I’m only down 1 pound. 5-weeks to go with some pretty aggressive catching up to do!
Lacking motivation yourself? Get a team together and challenge each other in some way! Or even better, bond together and join a local challenge! There are all sorts of interesting ideas online. This is such a great time of year to get outside and burn some extra calories doing things you enjoy - whether walking, biking, organized sports, whatever floats – or paddles - your boat. What other ideas do you guys have to boost motivation?
The other great thing about Summer – awesome, fresh produce! A while back, I promised to post some information about SuperFoods, many of which can be found at your local farmers market. Below is a cool article I clipped a couple of years ago and have had it posted on my refrigerator ever since. I try to incorporate these into as many meals as possible!
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Hello blog world! I want to tell you about my new adventure as a Stylist for Stella & Dot! I love their jewelry, handbags, and other accessories, so I finally decided, why not sell it? I’m not quitting my day job anytime soon, but am super excited about my new part-time opportunity!
Don’t worry, I am not going to start daily jewelry blogs, but I might post a few sales here and there! What better way to celebrate all our hard work towards healthy diets and workouts than with stunning jewelry?
Check it out. The summer line is truly gorgeous. Check it out…
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Congratulations to everyone that participated and helped inspire all of us to achieve our goals. We’re all winners! But you know how it goes, there’s only 1 overall winner, and that is…
(click for link to StellaDot.com)
A M Y A N D E R S O N!
- Beginning weight: 168
- Current weight: 159
- Total loss: 9 pounds, 5%
Great job, Amy. But no need to stop now. You’re within sight of your overall goal, so keep going now that you’re motivated and on the right track! I will e-mail you to arrange your prize!
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I laughed out loud when I saw this picture while searching Google for my daily diet cartoon. And it fits well with today’s theme – getting in a happier healthy mood! There is an extremely strong correlation between my overall mood and my healthy habits; at least there is for me and I’m guessing for most of you too! Ever since ramping up my workouts at our new company gym, I’ve been eating healthier again and my mood has been through the roof. Hooray! I even had a business dinner function Saturday night and choosing the healthy options was amazingly easy, especially since a nice 5-mile run got me off to a good start that morning. I’m excited to hopefully start seeing the scale move in the right direction again. It suddenly occurred to me last week that I’ve only got 5-weeks before my self-induced April 1 deadline, and have several big events starting in May (weddings, vacations, etc), and I want to reach my goal weight and transition to maintenance mode before then!
Do you have any other mood-boosting tips?
Thanks for those that commented on my Structure post. I too think I do best when my life is a little more structured, but leaving some wiggle room for spontaneous moments and the occasional treat! My husband and I bought 2 big boxes of Godiva truffles at a Valentine’s clearance sale, and we’ve really enjoyed picking out 2 each evening, then sharing them. About 100 calories total and satisfies my sweet tooth!
Has anyone ever combined avocado and fruit? YUM! It’s the perfect combo of produce and healthy fats. I’m sure there are lots of interesting recipes out there, but here are a few super-simple ones I like:
1) Fruit Salad: chop up a 1/2 avocado and a cup of strawberries, mix with a little lime juice, and enjoy! The recipe that inspired this (shown below) actually includes olive oil, honey, and pepper, but I modified it and didn’t think I needed 2 doses of fat – albeit, both the healthy variety.
2) BerryCado Smoothie: blend those same ingredients with a little skim, almond, or coconut milk for a creamy smoothie.
3) AvoShake: mix all of the ingredients below.
Have a great, healthy week everyone!
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