100 Day Challenge

My friend (and trainer/Zumba instructor!) created a private Facebook group called the 100 Day Challenge: 100 Days to a Healthier Me. We’re encouraged to post recipes, workouts of the day, photos of us in workout gear, motivational phrases, etc. It’s a great idea and I’m 100% behind it. It’s essentially a three-month-commitment to health and wellness.

And the timing is perfect. As you know, I’ve recently recommitted myself to moving a little more and eating a little better. Nothing earth-shattering or monumental: no over-exercising, no restricting … just awareness and and accountability. Continue reading “100 Day Challenge”

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Coming off that last post … or perhaps because of it … (I like that better), I want to challenge all of us — myself included — to be kind to ourselves today.

I don’t mean to sound hokey, but really, how often do we give our bodies some love?

We might talk about our insides — like our big hearts, our compassion, our determination, our smarts, our perseverance … and those things are certainly important!

But I’m looking at the whole package today: mind, body and soul.

So how often do we look at ourselves in the mirror and say, “Damn. I look good now. Not ten pounds from now, not in a new pair of designer jeans, but now, at this moment, in these pj pants and ratty T.”?

My guess: not often. Continue reading “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”

And the Results Are…

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So besides Olympics mania this weekend, we had a pretty big challenge upon us and I am so happy so many of you jumped to the task!!

How did everyone fare in their attempt to “slow it down”?

I am proud to say I didn’t over-eat due to stress, or a complete lack of sleep driving to and from O’Hare in the middle of the night to pick up my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. (The 6 hour round-trip ride was exhausting, but not an excuse to eat.)

I was flexible and still managed to fit in exercise, just at the end of the day vs. the beginning. Peach-picking and a long walk complemented a gym workout Sunday.

Unfortunately, I didn’t do as amazing as I’d have liked, in that 1) I grazed a little on Saturday at home that I compensated for with a healthy dinner out, and 2) I had a couple chew-and-spit incidents with brownies (I baked them for my husband’s family because they’re a food I don’t even like much but when anxiety hit, I chewed and spit).

But otherwise, I did remember to slow it down for the most part. Continue reading “And the Results Are…”

Who’s Up for a Weekend Challenge?

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I love a good challenge… especially one where everyone’s a winner.

You know, like a BINGO round where you play til everyone wins a prize. My kind of game.

Since I really feel like we’re building a community here, I figured I’d offer up a challenge to us, where we’ll report back on Monday the results.

So who’s in?

The challenge will be simple: For one weekend, we will make a concerted effort to focus on slowing it down.

The beauty of it? You can interpret it as you wish. If eating issues aren’t plaguing you anymore, translate it to another aspect of your life.

For me, “slowing it down” means eating with dignity; living in the moment and not ten steps (or bites) ahead.

During stressful times, it helps to have a mantra to fall back on, to rely on. “Slow it down” will be mine.

How about you? Are you up for the challenge?