I wasn't really sure what I wanted to share on the blog today. I knew it should be something Easter-related and I thought about finding a yummy, healthy Easter recipe to share, but then, I decided that focusing on JUST food seemed too small...I needed to go bigger. So I enlisted the help of my good friend, Google, and started searching around online for healthy Easter ideas. I found so many great ones, and I decided that for my post today, I would share my favorites with you!!
I'll go ahead and start with food...cause I love food and I found a couple of articles with LOTS of healthy holiday food ideas.
We received this success story from one of our Spring participants. Julianne worked so hard and we loved hearing that she was so close to reaching her goal, but more importantly, she felt great and was ready to take on a challenge like Trek.
School is OUT and summer has officially begun! While I'm really enjoying not having a schedule and letting my kids stay up and sleep in a little later each day, I'm NOT loving how often they want to SNACK. Good grief! My youngest boy is a constant grazer and if I don't have something readily available that is healthy, he's just as happy to pull out the chips, squeeze cheese or popsicles (I will admit that I don't feed my kids ONLY healthy foods - especially if their father has recently been sent to the store for a few "essential" groceries). That being said, I do try to keep healthy snacks in the rotation and easy to access at all times. I was a little caught off guard last week though as I guess I just didn't realize how much the kids really ate during the day. This sent me scrambling to Pinterest for some healthy, EASY snacks that I could prepare ahead of time because although they LOVE my Energy Bites, I just can't keep them happy with those all summer long. I've found a LOT of really yummy options and wanted to share 2 of them with you today! Both of these recipes were inspired by recipes found on ChocolateCoveredKatie's website. If you love sweets and haven't checked out her recipes, I would HIGHLY recommend it. She's got soooo many delicious-looking, healthy desserts that I can't wait to try!
We just posted the FINAL RESULTS for the Holiday challenge and are thrilled to announce that as a group, you lost 306 pounds and 214 inches over the past 8 weeks! That is incredible and we are so proud of the results of your hard work. This is NOT something that can be accomplished by Dianne and I. We merely provide the platform, but YOU do all the WORK. So, kudos to those of you who sincerely made an effort to earn your daily habits points and saw results...and now the REALLY hard work begins.
I am a PANSY when it comes to planks...and I REALLY wish I were exaggerating. I am literally intimidated by them and always cringe when I see them listed as part of a workout I'm trying. Why are they so incredibly hard? And why does it feel like time practically stands still the second I push "start" at the beginning of a 1 minute plank?? I'm aware that it's not "normal" to fear and loathe all things related to planking, but they hurt! And I don't particularly care to hurt...can you relate?
All this being said, I decided that with the end of a challenge fast approaching, I needed to combat my propensity to slack off during the break by not only facing my PLANK fear, but destroying it! I am starting a 30 Day Plank Challenge and would LOVE to have you join (and encourage) me. I'm going to need all the help I can get...AND to make it just a little bit more "FUN," I thought I'd throw in a 30 Day Squat Challenge as well. I mean, if you're going to go to the effort to put your workout clothes on, you might as well get sweaty, right? I guess you could probably plank in any clothes, but during a challenge break, I'm always on the lookout for a reason to put on my workout clothes and get to the gym. Hopefully, this will be just the inspiration I (and you) need. You know you don't want to undo all the hard work you've just put into these last 8 weeks, so print out the calendar and let's do this together!!!
When I first decided to start exercising, one of the reasons I wanted to get fit was…I wanted to be able to eat anything (and everything) I wanted. Sounds like a really effective weight loss plan doesn't it? I mean, once you are exercising regularly, you can eat cake every day, right? (And monster cookies...and LemonHeads...and Raspberry Fritters and...well, you see where I'm headed here). Needless to say, that has not worked out so well for me. Apparently, that's not really how this whole "get fit" thing works. Sadly, it has become quite clear to me that the saying..."YOU CAN'T OUT EXERCISE A BAD DIET" really is a true statement. This is disheartening to me because it is easier to find the determination to make myself exercise 45 minutes a day than to force myself to eat well 24 hours a day (okay, more like 16-17 hours if I'm getting a decent amount of sleep).
So, let's think about this logically...I could easily figure out how to consume 800-1500 calories in 15 minutes or less by getting a large popcorn with butter and a gigantic Coke at the movies...or by picking up fast food at Wendy's at the end of a long and frustrating day instead of taking the time to prepare a home-cooked meal...or by relaxing with a good book and a couple of KitKat's, Butterfingers and the above mentioned (and all-time favorite of mine) LemonHeads!! There is, however, NO WAY I could burn the same amount of calories in 15 minutes or less. That would take me 1 or 2 hours.