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Spring Challenge 2013: Staying motivated!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

For the spring challenge this week, we were asked to create a collage of things that motivate us. I've been using my pinterest board for this:


Here are my three favorites from it:

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NAIRAHMAN 4/30/2013 8:17PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. That last picture is especially inspiring for me because at one time (when I was still in shape) I was a national gymnast and could do things like that... I know that was my prime and I will never be THAT fit again because of age - but I do know I can still get close! Thanks for the pick me up. That was exactly what I needed today!

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ZRIE014 4/27/2013 12:42AM

  stay positive and on your plan

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Spring Challenge 2013 Progress

Saturday, April 20, 2013

My main focus for this challenge was going to be getting back into my healthy habits and being healthier overall. If I lost weight, then that would be great but my health was most important.

This challenge has helped me meet those goals. I'm no longer drinking soda. We're in week 6 of the challenge and I've only had two sodas (which I didn't even finish). Before the challenge, I was drink 1-3 cans of soda each day because I was stressed. I've started sleeping on schedule and getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Before, my sleeping schedule was all over the place and I felt run down. emoticon

Most importantly, I'm eating out less and exercising more. I'm focusing on making healthy lunches. I've also started running regularly. emoticon

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Spring Challenge 2013: Healthy Recipes!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Here are four recipes I tried out this week as part of the spring 2013 challenge:

Ingredients: Eggplant, zucchini, romaine lettuce or spinach, hummus, muenster cheese, sprouted grain bread, olive oil (optional)

1. Slice eggplant and zucchini lengthwise. I very lightly brushed the slices with olive oil.
2. Grill eggplant and zucchini in oven. I did 425F, leaving the eggplant for about 15 mins and the zucchini for 25mins.
3. Toast sprouted grain bread.
4. Slightly melt muenster cheese on veggies or bread. Add lettuce and hummus to the sandwich.

1/2 cup of quinoa
1/2 cup of couscous
1 medium summer squash
1 medium winter squash
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tsp of dried thyme
1 tsp of dried basil
1 tbsp of pine nuts
1 vegetable bouillon cube
1 1/4 cup of water
dash of salt

1. Preheat oven to 425F
2. Boil 1 1/4 cup of water with vegetable bouillon cube and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add thyme and basil.
2. While water is boiling, slice winter and summer squash.
3. Put 1tbsp on cookie sheet. Toss squash on sheet to cover. Sprinkle with a dash of salt.
4. Place squash in oven and roast for 10-15 minutes.
5. Once water is boiling, add couscous and quinoa. Remove pot from heat and cover with lid. Keep covered for 15-20 minutes.
6. Add squash and pine nuts.

2 jalapeno peppers
1 poblano or anaheim pepper
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped
salt & pepper
lemon juice (optional)

1. Roast peppers in oven. I usually do 425F for 20mins.
2. Chop onion and mince garlic while waiting.
3. After peppers are done, let them cool down. Then, cut and remove seeds from peppers.
4. Blend all the ingredients together.

4 medium sized potatoes
3 poblano peppers
1/2 chopped onion
1/2 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 425F.
2. Boil potatoes with a dash of salt in water.
3. Place poblano peppers in oven & roast for 15-20 mins. Turn over once.
4. Cut onions, dice potatoes, and chop peppers into strips.
5. Put 1/2 tbsp of olive oil in pan & heat up. Then, add onions and cook for about 1 minute.
6. Add potatoes and cook until ready.
7. Add peppers & cook for another 3-5 minutes.
Optional: I like to serve this in either corn or flour tortillas for tacos.

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Spring Challenge 2013: Showering Lillies

Friday, March 29, 2013

I decided to join a spark challenge for spring and became a team captain for the showering lillies. It's been a good experience and I love being back on track. My goals for this challenge:
1. Running
-run 2x a week for at least 30 min
-run 3.1 miles 1x a week
-keep increasing my pace every week
2. Stop drinking so many calories
-drink 8 glasses of water each day
-no soda
3. Stop eating out as much
-make lunch for work everyday
-only eat out 1x week with friends

I know I can do this! emoticon

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AJMASTEL 3/29/2013 7:08PM

    It really helped me to make all of my meals for the week on the same day. That way I never run into the problem of "what do I eat?" which usually results in eating at a fast-food joint.

Best of luck to you with your goals!

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SLEDENS 3/29/2013 5:29PM

    Awesome goals best of luck emoticon

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Spark Coach & Motivation

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I'm trying out SparkCoach to see if it helps motivate me. Today, it gave me a prompt to write about in my blog:

"Spend a few minutes writing about the reasons behind your fitness and weight-loss goals. What is your true motivation? What do you hope to achieve or experience after reaching your goal?"

The main reasons for my fitness goals are to be healthy, have energy, and wear clothes that I like. I have relatives who have not been very good at taking care of themselves and I see the price they are paying now. I don't want to end up with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, or lupus. I know I can't completely get rid of my risk of getting those diseases, but taking care of my health will greatly reduce the likelihood I'll get them.

Secondly, I want to have more energy. I don't want to huff and puff when I'm out doing fun with my friends. My last reason does seem kind of shallow, but I would like to wear whatever I want without feeling self-conscious. emoticon


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