Valerie Hendricks is a small-town Idaho farm girl who grew up driving tractors and playing sports.  She enjoys spending time with her family, training for triathlons and blogging.  She is passionate about helping others learn about and find success using the Lifetime Wellness Challnge program and shares her own personal struggles and t...riumphs with healthy living at www.lifetimewellnesschallenge.org. More

Share your GOALS!

Share your GOALS!
  Share your goals for this challenge! Have you set weight goals only...or do you have non-scale goals that you're working for as well??   The 2016 Holiday Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comme...
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Holiday Buddy
Since I have more weight than anything else to shed, my first goal is weight/scale. My favorite thing about the LWC is it gives me... Read More
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 17:40
Holiday Solo
I love goals. Mostly I love to challenge myself to do races - mostly triathlons or bike races. That usually keeps me motivated. ... Read More
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:47
Holiday Buddy
My goal is to get through the challenge without failing right now.-Courtney C
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 09:31
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How to Cook Perfectly Moist Chicken

How to Cook Perfectly Moist Chicken
This may be a no-brainer to the rest of you, but hopefully there's at least one other person out there that could use a tutorial on mastering the art of a fully-cooked-but-still-moist-and-delicious chicken breast.  Surely I'm not the only one who suffers with WAY-over-cooked-cause-you're-terrified-of-serving-raw-chicken-to-your-family-so-you-leave-it-in-the-oven-until-it's-dry-and-tough-and-no-one-will-eat-it-anyway chicken breast.  For your sake (and the sake of your families), I HOPE I'm the only person with this problem...BUT, I ha...
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How do YOU define success?

How do YOU define success?
  What is YOUR definition of SUCCESS? You can choose to be specific (success in life, relationships, this challenge, etc.) or general in your response.  The 2016 Holiday Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel...
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My success will be developing habits that stick, especially with strength training that stick. Strength training is where I am re... Read More
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 09:06
Holiday Solo
There are so many definitions of success. Mostly I think it is how you feel about yourself and your relationships( both earthly a... Read More
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:45
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There are so many definitions of success. Mostly I think it is how you feel about yourself and your relationships( both earthly a... Read More
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Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Casserole
  I love Mexican food...we eat tacos, taquitos, taco salad and burritos A LOT at our house.  When I happened upon this recipe, I knew it would be a risk with the fam since they always complain about anything I make with quinoa, but I was hoping that Mexican would trump quinoa...I was THRILLED when 3 of 4 kids LOVED it (and requested seconds) and the hubby ate it without complaint (not sure he loved it)!  I thought it was absolutely delicious and am so excited to share my version with you! (click image for a printable copy) P.S. Y...
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I made this & it was yummy! The recipe makes a large amount!
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I tried this and it is delicious. I made an extra as freezer meal.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:22
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Did you give your all?

Did you give your all?
      Are you satisfied with your effort in this challenge?  Did you reach your goals?  Do you have a plan for continuing your health journey once this challenge is over?   The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us t...
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-Merinda P. I would not say that I'm completely satisfied with my results this time around. I let stress get to me again. I didn... Read More
Monday, 26 September 2016 09:24
Fall Solo
I was hit and miss with giving my all. Definitely exercise wise I gave it my all. In most aspects I did give it my all. I shoul... Read More
Monday, 26 September 2016 08:58
Fall Solo
I really do like all the challenges and it reminds me to stay healthy and live a healthy life. I am defiantly going to keep it up... Read More
Monday, 26 September 2016 08:11
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Share a positive thought?

Share a positive thought?
Share one or more positive thoughts you've had in regards to your body during the past week??    The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or...
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Fall Solo
I can't help but think of a quote from Anne of Green Gables- "I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers". I am also... Read More
Monday, 19 September 2016 11:00
Fall Solo
I feel really healthy and my body has more stamina than it used to. I have a super busy life and I like my body to be able to keep... Read More
Monday, 19 September 2016 09:36
Fall Buddy
I use my clothes as a gauge for how well I'm doing at eating good, whole foods and exercising. This week I've noticed that I'm fit... Read More
Saturday, 17 September 2016 22:39
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Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe
My kids love pizza...from Papa Murphys or Pizza Hut.  I'm not sure if they love it so much because pizza usually means that Papa and Granny are coming over to babysit for the night and they will have free reign over the house for the next few hours OR if they are grateful that Mom didn't attempt to feed them another round of French Bread Pizza.  (To be honest, they eat that okay as well, but it's definitely not the same as "real" pizza with "real" crust).  Unfortunately, I've never been very good at making bread.  I've been ...
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Are you obsessed with the scale?

Are you obsessed with the scale?
Are you obsessed with the scale and/or the size of your pants?  Does it consume your thoughts more than it should?  Is this an obsession you want to overcome?   The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know. ...
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Fall Buddy
My focus is typically about how I feel in my clothes or how I feel in my own skin. For example, this round, I seem to be losing in... Read More
Monday, 12 September 2016 12:07
Fall Solo
I don't get to caught up in sizes because I find them to be inconsistent in different clothing. I don't like it when the clothes ... Read More
Monday, 12 September 2016 10:33
Fall Buddy
I weigh myself daily but wouldn't say I am obsessed. It's just a way for me to gauge how my week is going.
Monday, 12 September 2016 07:52
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How has KINDNESS changed you?

How has KINDNESS changed you?
  Share an experience where you have either been the giver or the receiver of a random act of kindness?  How did it change your day and/or your outlook on life?   The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know...
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There's a song I learned as a child that says, "A special gift is kindness, such happiness it brings. When I am kind to others, my... Read More
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My favorite time to see kindness in action is when my kids are kind to each other. Whether big or small their kindness makes me so... Read More
Sunday, 04 September 2016 19:59
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What are the benefits of exercise?

What are the benefits of exercise?
     In your experience, what are the benefits of regular exercise?   The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.  We al...
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Fall Buddy
Flexibility, stamina, endurance, strength and SANITY!!!
Sunday, 28 August 2016 18:46
Fall Buddy
Besides feeling and being healthier, I have found that exercise is a mood booster. When I am upset or feeling stresses out, I have... Read More
Sunday, 28 August 2016 14:40
Fall Buddy
I heard once that exercise done regularly has the same long term effect as taking an anti-depressant! It works!!! My mom always ... Read More
Saturday, 27 August 2016 22:58
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What is your passion?

What is your passion?
   What in your life are you truly passionate about?  Do you focus your time and attention on those things? The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing i...
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Keep an eye on your passion, be ready to effort hard and detriment, and, above all, and don’t let anybody limit your visions.
Thursday, 18 August 2016 01:39
Fall Buddy
I would say my passion is my family right now. I have 5 kids under the age of 11 so that consumes all my time and thoughts every ... Read More
Thursday, 18 August 2016 00:17
Fall Solo
It is really hard to determine what I am truly passionate about. I have things in my past I was passionate about. I am truly pas... Read More
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:49
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What is your FOOD struggle?

What is your FOOD struggle?
  When it comes to FOOD, what is your struggle?   Are you an emotional eater?  Do you hate vegetables?  Is portion control an issue? etc...   What are you doing to overcome those struggles? The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you...
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Fall Buddy
I eat when I'm happy, sad, stressed, bored... Working to eat more for fuel less for emotion.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 22:38
Fall Buddy
Baked goods! Doing a wellness challenge.
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 22:37
Fall Buddy
My food struggle is emotional eating and portion control. I tend to turn to food when frustrated, stressed or upset. I'm trying ... Read More
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 19:44
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Do you love your body?

Do you love your body?
  Can you honestly say that you love your body?  Why or why not?  What can you do NOW to improve your perception? The 2016 Fall Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're compe...
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Luckily I have learned to be grateful for and love my body no matter what. That does not mean I always love how my body looks or w... Read More
Thursday, 04 August 2016 13:54
Fall Solo
I can say that I don't love my body, but It is, what it is. I know that I'm doing what I can with health and exercises to have he... Read More
Thursday, 04 August 2016 12:26
Fall Solo
There has been a time in my life where I was confident in my body. I could go do anything I wanted. Now 10 years I'm struggling w... Read More
Thursday, 04 August 2016 11:58
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How have you grown?

How have you grown?
  How have you grown during the past eight weeks?  What have you learned about yourself that may have surprised you?  The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're...
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Share your Motivation?

Share your Motivation?
  Share your favorite motivational quote?  The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.  We always love to hear what you have to ...
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"Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction."
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Who is your Inspiration?

Who is your Inspiration?
  Who or what inspires you to continue your journey to healthy living...especially when it gets hard?  The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a chal...
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How do you get your Personal Growth each day?

How do you get your Personal Growth each day?
What do you do during your PERSONAL GROWTH time each day?  Do you feel like this time is effective in helping you create a healthy lifestyle?  The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to co...
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Stop the Body Wars

Stop the Body Wars
What would it mean to you to be able to STOP being at war with your own body?  Watch THIS VIDEO * and share your thoughts in the comments below.   *DISCLAIMER: image(s) in the video contain some nudity that viewers may find offensive. As an alternative to watching the video, you may read and share your thoughts regarding THIS ARTICLE The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of ...
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I feel like there is a big difference between hating my body and just not liking the way my shape might be. I have been lucky to h... Read More
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 19:29
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6 Steps to EASIER Meal Prepping

6 Steps to EASIER Meal Prepping
One of the most effective ways to successfully adopt a healthy lifestyle is to learn how to MEAL PREP.  Unfortunately, this is not always an easy undertaking, and is something I've struggled with. I'm still not perfect at it, but I have made great progress, so I thought I'd share my tips for making meal prepping a little easier. Get organized : This part is hard, but you just have to decide to do it. You must make a plan for what you're going to eat. I have 2 lists. The first is a list of our most common breakfasts and lunches. I...
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How do you manage carb cravings?

How do you manage carb cravings?
  Do you struggle with wanting to eat carbs when you're hungry or stressed?  How do you manage those cravings?  What do you do to make sure you eat healthy snacks when you're starving and just want to eat the entire pantry?   The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, s...
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What is your favorite vegetable?

What is your favorite vegetable?
What is your favorite vegetable and how do you prepare it?   The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.  We always love to hear what...
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What is your end goal?

What is your end goal?
  Having an end goal in mind is vital to success in any endeavor.  How do you see your life changing in the next 8 weeks?  What goals have you set for yourself?     The 2016 Summer Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, plea...
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Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal
Mother's Day is approaching on Sunday, and I've found myself thinking about my mom this week and how grateful I am for all she has done for me throughout my life...the sacrifices she's made, the lessons she's taught, the love she's given...and I realized there is just no way to express in words how much she means to me.  Some of my favorite memories from growing up include the crazy antics of my siblings and our mutual disgust for oatmeal.  It was never official, but we were all very active members of the Oatmeal Hater's Club and whil...
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Share your TRIUMPH

Share your TRIUMPH
  Share a triumph you've had over the past 8 weeks.  Even if you didn't reach your goal, it's important to acknowledge the progress you did make.  We want to hear how your life has changed because you were making better choices daily.     The 2016 Spring Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness...
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What is your biggest struggle?

What is your biggest struggle?
    Click to watch this video and answer the questions below in the comments.   What is your biggest hurdle when it comes to healthy living? What excuses are you using to keep it right in front of you? What plan do you have to get past that hurdle?     The 2016 Spring Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate heal...
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Get That Swimsuit On And ENJOY YOURSELF!

Get That Swimsuit On And ENJOY YOURSELF!
Far too often in the course of my life, I have passed on opportunities and/or experiences that would have brought me joy and happy memories because I was uncomfortable with how I looked.  I often felt the pressure that I HAD to look a certain way in order to be accepted by those around me or to be taken seriously by those who participate in our challenges.  It was an overwhelming feeling and frequently lead me down a depressing road of self-loathing and self-sabotage and was absolutely counterproductive to a happy, fulfilling life. &n...
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What could you "Let Go" of?

What could you "Let Go" of?
  Click to watch this video and answer the questions below in the comments.     What could you change or #LetGo of THIS WEEK that would make your future self proud?      The 2016 Spring Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to...
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Are you sabotaging yourself with food?

Are you sabotaging yourself with food?
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.  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 C...
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Have you "Surrendered to the Process?"

Have you "Surrendered to the Process?"
  Click to watch this video and answer the questions below in the comments.     What is your overall health goal?  Do you feel that you are (or were in the past) "skipping" a portion of the process that might slow your journey now, but could ultimately help you be successful if you "surrendered" to it?  What is it you are skipping? The 2016 Spring Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  Th...
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Strong is the New Pretty

Strong is the New Pretty
Click to watch this video and answer the questions below in the comments.   Do you think YOU are beautiful?   How does media influence your definition of "true beauty" and what are you doing to combat those messages in your own life and/or in the lives of others?  The 2016  Spring Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorpor...
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Exercise is my secret "Mood Enhancer"

Exercise is my secret "Mood Enhancer"
  I spend a LOT of time in front of a computer.  And when I'm not staring at a computer praying for some motivating inspiration to pass on to you, I'm frantically trying to do dishes, clean my house, fold laundry, help with homework, make meals and run kids to soccer games.  I'm guessing that many of you live a similar reality.  Do you ever feel like you are about to either lose your mind, go completely crazy and stand in the middle of your disaster of a house and scream or give up entirely, sit on a pile of laundry that nee...
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Make your Easter HEALTHY...recipes, games, activities and more...

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.

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Share your WHY

Share your WHY
  Watch the video below and share your WHY in the comments.     The 2016  Spring Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.  We alway...
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What is on your To-Be List?

What is on your To-Be List?
Watch the video below and share the items you will add to your "To-Be List" in the comments.     The 2016  Spring Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a chal...
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Share Your Expert Advice

Share Your Expert Advice
The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.  We always love to hear what you have to say, so don't be shy!     -COMMENT BEL...
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New Year Week 7 Hot topic

New Year Week 7 Hot topic
"Do you prefer to workout alone or with a buddy/group?  Why?" The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  Feel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.  We always love to hea...
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I very much prefer to workout with a buddy. A buddy helps keep me moving when I'd rather be laying on the ground dying instead. ... Read More
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 14:10
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Are you the tortoise or the hare?

Are you the tortoise or the hare?
We all remember the story of the tortoise and the hare...the tortoise is the hero of the story because he wins the race through slow and steady progress.  He doesn't rush out of the starting gate and try to win the race with speed.  He knows he's slow.  He knows the course is long and it will be hard, so he works with his strengths...consistency and determination.  The hare on the other hand is all about speed.  He doesn't think ahead about the consequences of bursting off the line and giving it every bit of...
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I'm so grateful for the hot topic this last week. I would consider myself a turtle in a lot of ways. I've been losing weight but I... Read More
Monday, 15 February 2016 11:10
Guest — Leslie
I like colorful foods like berries. I don't worry so much about organic, because I am not sure it's sold where I live! I would lik... Read More
Monday, 15 February 2016 11:14
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New Year Week 6 Hot Topic

New Year Week 6 Hot Topic
"What is most important to you when it comes to improving your nutrition?  Organic?  Whole Foods?  Colorful?  Vegan, etc?" **NOTICE:  COMMENTS ARE WORKING!!** The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to as...
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Whole foods are most important to me when it comes to improving my nutrition. I know that having foods with the least amount of p... Read More
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When it comes to improving my nutrition, I try to eat more whole foods, as well as organic. Not all foods make a difference if org... Read More
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I have heard that when it comes to food being good for you, the more colorful it is the better an indicator that it is good for yo... Read More
Friday, 12 February 2016 12:57
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Super Bowl Snacks - Cleaned Up

Super Bowl Snacks - Cleaned Up
So much yumminess in this post!!  With the upcoming big game in mind (you know, the one that most of us watch just to see the commercials...right??), I decided to see if I could come up with a meal that was a little healthier than our normal spread...and I gotta say, it turned out even better than I anticipated.  My family LOVES nachos...so much so that my kids come home from school and put chips on a plate, sprinkle cheese on top and melt it in the microwave for a snack with salsa...they REALLY like them, so of course, that was the n...
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New Year Week 5 HOT TOPIC

New Year Week 5 HOT TOPIC
"What are your favorite winter exercise activities?  Do you take it outside (no matter the weather) and run, ski, snowboard, cross-country ski or do you stick to the gym or at-home videos?  If videos, which are your f avorite." **NOTICE:  We are currently having issues with comments.  We are working on getting them back up as soon as possible!  Thank you for your patience!** The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question dire...
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Embrace the Rain and be Awesome Today

Embrace the Rain and be Awesome Today
I've been trying some new workouts this past week, and can I just say, "ouch!"?  Seriously...I forgot how much it hurts to mix things up and move away from the routine, but I gotta say...as painful as it is to sit and stand right now, it's a good hurt...the kind that constantly reminds that I did something hard...I pushed myself and got outside my comfort zone, and I have to admit, it makes me kind of proud and is very motivating.  I know that the pain is temporary, and more importantly, I know that it's making me stronger - which is ...
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Thursday, 18 August 2016 23:55
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New Year Week 4 HOT TOPIC

New Year Week 4 HOT TOPIC
"What is your go-to healthier option for eating out?  Do you choose based on restaurant-type, healthy menu choices or because you know you can custom order a favorite dish with a healthy twist?" The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'...
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Chicken Avocado Tortilla Soup

Chicken Avocado Tortilla Soup
Who doesn't love avocados?  Okay, lots of people (my kids included), but I REALLY love them.  When I've got them, I go crazy and add them to EVERYTHING: sandwiches, salads, tacos, casseroles, pancakes (hehe, just kidding on that last one, but you get the point).  I was super excited when I saw this tasty looking soup on Pinterest and couldn't wait to try it.  I'm pleased to say that it was as good as I imagined AND bonus - my kids ate it...even though it was green.  I made a few substitutions to the recipe below.  ...
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New Year Week 3 HOT TOPIC

New Year Week 3 HOT TOPIC
"What motivates you?  Who do you hope to inspire with your success?" The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.   We always lo...
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It's all in your head (and Week 1 results)

It's all in your head (and Week 1 results)
The results are in for Week 1 of the New Year New You Challenge and I'm excited to announce that for the most part, everyone had a great week!!!  There were a few who struggled, but you know what, change is hard and no one masters anything in one week's time.  It is a process and I would be willing to bet that every single person who has ever started a weight loss/healthy living journey has had at least one bad week.  Been there...done that...(far more often than I'd like to admit).  The important thing to rememb...
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New Year New You Week 2 HOT TOPIC

New Year New You Week 2 HOT TOPIC
"Which LWC habit is your favorite and ends up being easy to do?  Which habit do you love to hate and is hardest for you to accomplish each day?  What are you doing to ensure you get your daily points despite any difficulties you face?" The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our...
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Share your New Year's Resolutions

Share your New Year's Resolutions
"Do you make New Year's Resolutions?  Share your goals for the New Year (and feel free to include resolutions that aren't weight loss related)." The New Year New You Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to...
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Find YOUR Fight Song

Find YOUR Fight Song
My kids and I have a couple of favorite songs…you know the songs that when they come on the radio in the car, all conversation/fighting stops and everyone sings/screams at the top of their lungs.  Sometimes if we’re almost home and one of those songs comes on, the kids beg me to drive around the block until its over…and I generally oblige (so if you live in my neighborhood and see me driving around rocking out with a gaggle of kids, that’s what’s going on).  One of our favorites is Rachel Platten’...
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Thanks for this inspiring post. it does have a powerful, personal message.
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Thanks!! It's so important to love who you are, but I know it's not always easy. I'll be happy if sharing my struggles helps even... Read More
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Why I made an "Exercise Motivations" List

Why I made an "Exercise Motivations" List
I've been pondering on what to share here on this week's post, and I decided that since this is the beginning of a new challenge, some of you may be struggling with putting together an exercise plan.  You may even be wondering how in the world you can fit 45 minutes of exercise into your already over-scheduled and busy day.  I want you to know that you are not alone.  Making the time for exercise is hard - and sometimes it's much easier to say "there isn't time," "I'm too tired" or "it's selfish to take that time for myself." &nb...
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One Must Eat to Live...not Live to Eat

One Must Eat to Live...not Live to Eat
"What is your food vice?  Is there a particular food, food group or behavior that is more difficult to walk away from than another?"   The Motivate Me MINI Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free...
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SWEET! It really hard to say no to them because they arent something that is around all the time
Monday, 04 January 2016 11:06
2015 Motivate Me Mini
For me, it's chocolate. Once I get started, I just keep eating until the bag is gone. I agree with what others said that it's bett... Read More
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2015 Motivate Me Mini
I don't have one particular vice - I just eat too much of what is good for me. Maybe it would be sweets. With the challenge I ke... Read More
Friday, 01 January 2016 02:35
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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions
"What is your favorite Christmas tradition?" The Motivate Me MINI Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.   We always love to hear what y...
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Playing games as a family
Monday, 28 December 2015 15:02
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My family always goes caroling. Singing is just such a great way of getting people together!
Monday, 28 December 2015 13:17
2015 Motivate Me Mini
The music, the decorations, bright lights, time spent with loved ones... I guess I love it all!
Monday, 28 December 2015 12:43
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What does "healthy living" mean to you??

What does "healthy living" mean to you??
What does "healthy living" mean to you?  We define healthy living as eating clean, exercising regularly, drinking water, limiting sugar and sweets, having mental focus and clarity and achieving an overall sense of happiness and wellness.  This is what Lifetime Wellness Challenge can do for you.  We provide the framework, the support and the accountability to help you create common sense health habits that can be maintained throughout your life.  We focus on the physical, mental and emotional aspects of weight loss and wellne...
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A Healthy Outside Starts From the Inside

A Healthy Outside Starts From the Inside
"Share a favorite guilt-free holiday recipe or food find." The Motivate Me MINI Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.   We always love ...
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a bowl of raspberries is my go to for something yummy..
Monday, 21 December 2015 14:03
2015 Motivate Me Mini
Honestly, my kiddos and I LOVE the Cutie oranges this time of year. We can clear a bag in a day or two. It's an easy snack that sa... Read More
Monday, 21 December 2015 13:56
2015 Motivate Me Mini
This isn't really seasonal but really just handful of almonds really satisfies my cravings!
Monday, 21 December 2015 13:31
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What are YOUR Health Goals?

What are YOUR Health Goals?
"Share your health goals.  What do you hope to accomplish in the next 4 weeks?" The Motivate Me MINI Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge o...
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I need that extra push to do the prep work and have more veggies/fruits on hand for snacks...... And keep it to 3 treats or less e... Read More
Thursday, 10 December 2015 11:21
2015 Motivate Me Mini
My goal is to stick with it for the whole 4 weeks. 'I've don't these challenges in the past and I always to well for the first 3 w... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 19:58
Guest — Vanessa
I am trying to get back on track with working out. I am hoping this will force me to fit working out somewhere in my schedule. I h... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:50
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
I LOVE Thanksgiving.  It is my favorite holiday of the year.  My reasons are as follows...There are no presents to give.  I don't have to dress myself or my children in costumes.  It is expected that there will be plenty of delicious foods to indulge in and it is an entire day devoted to acknowledging and giving thanks for all the MANY blessings I've been given in this life.  I LOVE IT!!!  There are so many things that I am personally thankful for family, friends, faith, good health, etc; but for this particular po...
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Week 8 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic

Week 8 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic
"Share something you are thankful for that isn't a 'thing'?" The Healthy Holidays Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.   We always love to hear...
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I am grateful for my health. I can walk and run and move. I am grateful for hard work. I am grateful for love and warmth. kris... Read More
Sunday, 29 November 2015 11:43
Guest — 2015 Holiday Teams
I am thankful for my wonderful family and my health.
Sunday, 29 November 2015 02:59
Guest — 2015 Holiday Teams
I am thankful for my husband. He bears the burdens of world for us, and keeps working long days and long hours to provide a home a... Read More
Saturday, 28 November 2015 16:16
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Week 7 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic

Week 7 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic
"How do you handle 'food-pushers'?" The Healthy Holidays Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or not.   We always love to hear what...
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Guest — 2015 Holiday Solo
If it is someone close to me like my husband, I get upset. I feel like he doesn't care or isn't being sensitive. I am always the o... Read More
Sunday, 22 November 2015 07:19
Guest — 2015 Holiday Teams
ugh. Food Pushers. I am the worst at saying no. And unfortunately, the food pushers are members of my family. In my family, I tr... Read More
Saturday, 21 November 2015 14:15
Guest — 2015 Holiday Teams
I don't find it very hard, people who don't know you won't usually push you and people that do respect you enough to stop bugging ... Read More
Saturday, 21 November 2015 05:44
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Good health is a BIG THING!

Good health is a BIG THING!
The little things you do every single day to create a healthy life are adding up and make a BIG DIFFERENCE in the overall quality of your life.  Don't put your health on the back burner thinking, "I'll get to that someday."  There are a million reasons to postpone making the changes you know you should make...don't let those reasons rob you of living a big, full, joyful, incredible life NOW!  In 3 months you will regret that you didn't start today...so do the little things today that will make a big difference tomorrow...next wee...
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Week 6 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic

Week 6 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic
"Take a moment and imagine that you've already reached your ultimate health/fitness goal.  What do you see yourself doing now?  What life experiences are you 'waiting' to enjoy?" The Healthy Holidays Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you...
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Guest — 2015 Holiday Teams
I am dancing and playing with my son in the park. I can try on clothes without needing a good cry afterwards.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 03:05
Guest — 2015 Holiday Solo
The thing I look forward to most is being comfortable and confident - right now I feel anxious and self conscious all the time. I'... Read More
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:42
Guest — 2015 Holiday Buddy
Hi, I just wanted to encourage you by saying that 'runners' come in all shapes and sizes and with a variety of goals. When I did m... Read More
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:02
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A Little Exercise Motivation

A Little Exercise Motivation
I know I'm not the only person with a thousand excuses for why I don't have time or energy to get my workouts in.  It's tough...like really tough sometimes.  I had a really busy day on Tuesday and just didn't get a chance to workout and then on Wednesday, I gave in to my excuses and convinced myself that I was too tired and decided to take a nap instead of workout.  I felt like crap after the nap and throughout the evening.  I didn't have the energy I needed to clean up and make dinner.  I kind of just slogged my way th...
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Week 5 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic

Week 5 Healthy Holidays Hot Topic
"What is your #1 excuse for skipping a workout?  How do you resist giving in?" The Healthy Holidays Challenge HOT TOPICS are open to EVERYONE.  Please share your thoughts and wisdom.  You can answer the question directly or reply to someone else's comment.  The purpose of the Hot Topic is to start a discussion about how to incorporate health and fitness into our lives, so if you have a question that you'd like us to ask, please let us know.  F eel free to comment whether you're competing in a challenge or...
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My biggest excuse is I have a baby and am in school full time. Between homework, baby, and trying to keep on housework it's hard t... Read More
Thursday, 05 November 2015 05:36
Guest — 2015 Holiday Buddy
A recent excuse of mine has been, "I've been really active today so that's pretty close to a workout" when in reality, it was nice... Read More
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 16:53
Guest — 2015 Holiday Buddy
My best excuse is that I have to be somewhere early and don't have time to exercise and shower and get ready. In reality, I could... Read More
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 15:58
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It's GIVEAWAY time!

It's GIVEAWAY time!
IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!  We love the opportunity to give back to our amazing challengers and are excited to announce the first of FOUR weekly giveaways for the current Healthy Holidays Challenge participants.  You are all working so hard and we want to provide some EXTRA incentive to push just a little harder during the second half.  Each week, we will announce the requirements for how to get your name entered into our weekly drawing.  We decide these requirements on a weekly basis as we see which habits you might be strugg...
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Guest — 2015 Holiday Teams
Let's DO this!! With all the candy on sale this is the perfect challenge to not bring it home
Monday, 02 November 2015 11:39
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Healthy Habits Become Second Nature

Healthy Habits Become Second Nature
As you all know, losing weight is GREAT (no-brainer, right??), but Lifetime Wellness Challenge is not JUST about weight loss.  Our number one goal is to help participants live healthier lives whether the scale is involved or not, so when we receive " Share Your Success " emails like this one from Janette, Fall Fit Challenger, it makes us REALLY happy and so proud that she has discovered there are rewards and successes that are bigger and more exciting than just losing weight! "I have been doing the wellness challenge off and on for a coupl...
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I could never have imagined how different I would be

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.

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Healthy Snack Attack Options

  

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!

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I'm not perfect..and that's okay!

I'm not perfect..and that's okay!
I have a confession to make...a couple, really.  I'm not perfect.  In fact, I'm far from it. (gasp!)  And I'm tired of wishing I was.  Ever since Dianne and I decided to make Lifetime Wellness Challenge a business, I've put too much pressure on myself to look perfect...and for the last year and a half, the stress has slowly destroyed me.  I've felt like I needed to be the picture perfect model of healthy living, but as the scale not only refused to cooperate with what I felt I had to be, it's tak...
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Valerie Hendricks
I will definitely let you know how the scale removal goes. I'm already experiencing withdrawals...but I will be strong! I also ... Read More
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 13:02
Valerie Hendricks
The internal struggles continue to plague me as well. I'm hoping I can change my focus and find what makes me appreciate and love... Read More
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:45
Valerie Hendricks
I love the healthy living track as well. It really helps to take the focus off the scale if that's not something you're intereste... Read More
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:40
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Personal Growth: What is the Point?

Personal Growth:  What is the Point?
"Personal development is a much used and much maligned term.  It is about taking the time and making the commitment to invest in your greatest resource –you.  When you put the effort in to developing yourself, the rewards are amazing.  Many people are put off by personal development because the results are not always measurable.  However, the greatest achievers in life know that the key to success is the ability to manage yourself in a variety of situations.  That ability comes through personal development." -  Car...
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Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs

Sweet Potato Hash and Eggs
I know there are a lot of people who believe in detoxing occasionally to rid their body's of toxins or cleanse their insides.  They may have some valid arguments as to why this is "healthy" (although there is very little scientific proof to back those arguments); however, I just can't do it.  I enjoy chewing my food which means that drinking smoothies or juicing for 3-5 days straight is out of the question.  And I enjoy variety, so eating cabbage soup for a week to drop a few pounds and dump some toxins isn't super tempting eithe...
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Banana Applesauce Whole Wheat Muffins

Banana Applesauce Whole Wheat Muffins
I found myself with a couple of VERY brown bananas on my counter the other day.  This happens A LOT at my house since I'm very picky about eating bananas plain.  They have to be the exact right amount of ripe-enough but not-mushy, and that period in a banana's life lasts exactly 11 seconds!  Since I'm not great at eating a bunch of 6 bananas in 11 seconds, I often have a number of too-ripe bananas on my counter waiting to be mashed to bits and added to a baked good or frozen for smoothies.  This week's culpri...
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Chicken Taco Soup

Chicken Taco Soup
I am about to change your life...okay that may be a little dramatic, but this recipe is amazing.  Not only does it taste DELICIOUS and is good for you, but it is the easiest, most simple recipe EVER...like unbelievably simple.  This Chicken Taco Soup takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and is my go-to recipe for those days when I look at the clock at 5 pm and realize I haven't even begun to think about what's for dinner.  I almost always have the ingredients on hand and my kids devour it...win-win!! (Click to PRINT) ...
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Guest — MINI 2014
YUM!
Monday, 22 December 2014 13:39
Guest — MINI 2014
I like to use low sodium chicken broth and shredded chicken cooked in the crock pot! I have never thought to use rice sounds yummy... Read More
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:30
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Holiday FINAL RESULTS

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.

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Guest — MINI 2014
very impressive and inspirational
Friday, 12 December 2014 04:50
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How are you WINNING?

How are you WINNING?
We all have opportunities in life to win…and for most of us, those opportunities rarely involve an actual finish line.  In fact, your personal victories may go completely unnoticed by everyone around you.  Some of these are small and can be “won” daily, like earning all your habit points (fruits and veggies, exercise, water, etc.) and some have to be earned with much work and dedication, like being able to bench press your own body weight, do an unassisted pull up, run a 5K without walking or reaching and maintaining your goal weight....
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
I love to win but now I am slow - so everything I do exercise wise is a persona; victory. I am grateful for a body which will wo... Read More
Sunday, 30 November 2014 03:00
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I LOVE the motivational thoughts and pictures you post!! Please keep them coming, they really help!!
Sunday, 30 November 2014 06:06
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I really love the idea that we need to celebrate and make a big deal out of any victories, be they small or large. I think that he... Read More
Sunday, 30 November 2014 17:48
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Grapes and Greek Yogurt

Grapes and Greek Yogurt
One of the ladies that I follow on Instragram (fitnessrocksrosie) is constantly posting the yummiest looking food.  Besides looking delicious, her food is always healthy and REAL...nothing processed...she eats clean.  I saw this super simple snack idea and decided to give it a try since I had everything I needed on hand and it was TASTY!!  If you're looking for a healthy, fresh, quick snack, give this one a try!   GRAPES and GREEK YOGURT (click for printable download) 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 1/2 cup chopped grapes 1 Tbsp ch...
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You're beautiful!

You're beautiful!
Enough said!!  Have a beautiful Sunday!
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Has this fitness challenge made you stronger?

Has this fitness challenge made you stronger?
There are times when I get really down on myself because my body's not quite where I want it to be yet, but then I think about how far I have come since beginning my first fitness challenge.  I am so much stronger than I was four years ago...or one year ago...or even 6 months ago.  I used to be content running a 12 minute mile.  And then a consistent 10 minute mile was a goal of mine.  Two weeks ago, I ran 13.1 miles at a 9:34 pace (I almost puked at the end, but I did it)!  That was a huge eye opener for me that my...
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Find your peace

Find your peace
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Love your body

Love your body
It's sad how much pressure that we put on ourselves to be perfect, when perfection is literally unattainable.  This is a hard one for me.  I know in my head that I am good enough just exactly as I am...and I'm doing everything I can to believe it in my heart.  Do you have this mastered?
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Write your own Fitness Challenge ending!

Write your own Fitness Challenge ending!
  I would guess that every single one of our fitness challenge participants have experienced moments of doubt, discouragement and defeat in their weight loss journeys.  We've all reached plateaus and struggled with motivation and given up because it seemed too hard or too overwhelming or too inconvenient...and that's okay.  What's not okay is fully giving in to those feelings and allowing yourself to believe that you do not have control over how your story ends.  That's just not true.  YOU are the one wh...
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Fat is NOT the worst thing you can be

Fat is NOT the worst thing you can be
This is a very wise statement.  NO, fat is NOT the worst thing you can be.  Some of the most caring, selfless, generous, kind, intelligent, motivated, honest, hard working people that I know are not fit, but they are amazing!  And they inspire me every day in ways that go beyond their physical shape.  Not to be cheesy, but they make me what to be a better person...in my heart and soul...deep down underneath all the squishiness on the outside!  
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Stop comparing weight loss journeys...

Stop comparing weight loss journeys...
Comparing your weight loss journey to someone else's will always leave you disappointed.  No two paths are the same.  You may just be starting out and are envious of someone else's ending.  Don't forget the hard work, dedication and struggle they experienced to get where they are now.  That is the road you are headed down and there are lessons you need to learn along the way.  Focus on your own journey...your own dedication...your own determination...and especially your own small successes.   Each little step in th...
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Be Happy WHILE Losing Weight

Be Happy WHILE Losing Weight
It's so easy to tell yourself that you will be happy WHEN....When you lose weight.  When you get a better job.  When your kids stop screaming.  When you have more money...etc.  The problem is...you will always have problems!  Once you lose the weight, you will find something else to replace that "WHEN" and the happiness never comes.  Instead of wishing your time away being miserable...be happy NOW!  Be "in the moment."  Be present in your own life and find the joy that is there despite the weight, the...
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Energy Bites

Energy Bites
Lately I have found myself "on the go" A LOT with my kids right after school.  Our gym offers a Kid Fit class every week day, and my kiddos LOVE it.  While it's sometimes very stressful for me to get them there when I have a million other things I need to be doing, I just don't feel like I should squelch their enthusiasm for exercise.  So, I've been sucking it up and making it happen! One of the problems that we are facing with this class is that it literally starts 5 minutes after my kids get out of school.  So I pick them ...
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I tried them tonight and they were delicious! I even put the coconut in. I know...SHOCK! I used Adam's chunky pb and it added a... Read More
Monday, 14 April 2014 20:13
Guest — Stacy Chandler
Alright, dumb question I read the recipe for these really quick while at the store, but when I got home, I realized it says " a ha... Read More
Sunday, 31 August 2014 18:55
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Take risks...lose weight

Take risks...lose weight
Losing weight is scary...it's hard.  It's emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting.  It requires effort and work and persistance.  Sometimes it's easier to stay in your comfort zone, hold onto the weight and avoid the risk of failing and being disappointed in yourself.  The problem with that is...you have no HOPE of achieving your goals.  You have to decide that the risk is worth the reward.  Because, you never know, this time...( with Lifetime Wellness Challenge! )...you just might SUCCEED!!
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Today is your day!

Today is your day!
Today is the day.  Do NOT wait until tomorrow.  Do NOT wait until Monday.  Do not wait one more minute.  NOW is your time and today is YOUR day.  Take it and make it great!!!
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Weight Loss Success: Why you should make a MENU PLAN!

Weight Loss Success:  Why you should make a MENU PLAN!
Menu planning...I know, you're cringing just thinking about it!  There are so many excuses and they all boil down to the fact that it's hard to find the  time  and  energy  to do it.  So we don't...BUT, h aving a plan and executing your plan is SO important to weight loss success and achieving your healthy living goals.  We think it's so important that we require it at least one week during every one of our challenges.   So, why do we think menu planning is a good idea??   There are so many benefits ...
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Rethink your approach to losing weight

Rethink your approach to losing weight
I've spent too many years obsessing about my size and what I need to do to lose weight.  Lifetime Wellness Challenge has helped me realize that even if I'm not a size 2, I can feel better and be stronger just by making healthy habits a part of my everyday life.  You don't have to go to extremes and you don't have to be at your goal weight to feel good.  Don't focus on the end goal alone.  Rethink your idea of what makes you happy and find joy in the journey!
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Love it!!!!!
Monday, 17 March 2014 15:34
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Lose Weight by Stepping Forward

Lose Weight by Stepping Forward
If you have spent your life trying to lose weight quick, you are familiar with the emotional toll that yo-yo dieting can take on your mind and body.  Lifetime Wellness Challenge is NOT about quick fixes.  We want to help you lose the weight once and for all using healthy habits, common sense, support and consistency.  If you never change your approach, you will never change your results.
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LWC Fitness Challenge: Just Do It!

LWC Fitness Challenge:  Just Do It!
With one fitness challenge ending and another set to begin shortly, it's a great time to contemplate on the progress you have made.  Hopefully you met your goals, but even if you didn't, you are most likely healthier now than you were before you joined an LWC fitness challenge.  Be proud of the things you DID...and then keep doing them! And don't forget to REGISTER for our March challenge if you haven't already!  Let us help you stay on track to reaching all of your health and fitness goals!
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To-Do

To-Do
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Make peace with your body

Make peace with your body
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30 Day Plank and Squat Fitness Challenge

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!!!

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Fitness Challenge Inspiration: Get Back Up!

Fitness Challenge Inspiration:  Get Back Up!
Life is full of ups and downs.  For each fitness challenge you participate in, you will experience success as well as moments of defeat or stalled progression.  The overall victory is achieved when you get back up every single time you fall.
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Fitness is very important for every person. I can take Fitness Challenge at any time because i go to gym and do workout. I buy pap... Read More
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LWC Fitness Challenge: Do It for YOU!

LWC Fitness Challenge:  Do It for YOU!
Participating in a Lifetime Wellness fitness challenge is a great way to help you reach your goals and lead a healthier life.  These accomplishments are so much sweeter and life is so much more enjoyable when your reason for making these changes is so you can feel good about and be proud of YOURSELF! Achieving your fitness challenge goals IS possible...and YOU are worth the effort!  So, get out there and Do It For YOU! 
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Bad NUTRITION will sabotage every effective weight loss plan

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.

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Let this Fitness Challenge Help Free You!

Let this Fitness Challenge Help Free You!
Participating in this fitness challenge is a perfect opportunity to begin the journey towards loving yourself!  It is not easy, and it won't happen overnight; but changing your unhealthy habits will free you and allow you to see the beauty in your commitment to good health.  
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Best weight loss plan: Forget the plan, and LOVE YOUR BODY

Best weight loss plan:  Forget the plan, and LOVE YOUR BODY
How have I never realized that "I" am the beholder?  So simple and so true.  I really think that the best weight loss plan for me is to forget the plan and learn to love my body now...as is.  The rest will take care of itself.  
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Fitness Challenge MOTIVATION

Fitness Challenge MOTIVATION
  You may have started this fitness challenge with some doubts or fears, but hopefully you have put in the hard work and have seen the results that prove that you CAN do hard things.  You CAN take control of your health and you CAN make a difference in your life and the lives of those you love.  Keep working hard...and keep surprising yourself!  
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COMMIT to your fitness challenge team

COMMIT to your fitness challenge team
Being on a fitness challenge team means giving and receiving support, encouragement,  and motivation.   Your commitment includes giving this fitness challenge your very best effort... for the length of the challenge.  Don't give up now.  Be loyal and committed and do what you said you were going to do when you started - make a difference in your own life and be an inspiration for the rest of your team!
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Reach your fitness challenge goals

Reach your fitness challenge goals
You have already set your "fitness challenge" goals, but that doesn't mean you can't adjust them.  Have you already accomplished what you set out to do?  Set a new goal!
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Effective Weight Loss Plans Include Strength Training...(Even for Women)

Effective Weight Loss Plans Include Strength Training...(Even for Women)
 
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Transform your lifestyle by creating common-sense healthy habits. Earn points daily for making choices that ultimately improve your health.

Our 8-week challenges provide the friendly competition and accountability you need to make your weight loss journey fun AND effective

We provide the tools and training that you’ll need to succeed - no diet, no fads. Overall wellness is the NUMBER ONE goal at LWC.