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Wednesday, June 06, 2012


This week we BUST another Healthy Lifestyle myth with our 5 STAR LIFE ON A 1 STAR BUDGET CHALLENGE!

Healthy food too expensive? Think again!

Tap water vs soda - want to guess which is both cheaper and better for you? Switching ONE can of soda to water every day would lead to over $500 a year in your pocket or over $2190 for a family of four. This money could be used to buy food that has some nutritional value!

Buy fruits and veggies on sale when in season. When they're not in season, frozen is picked and frozen during the season which preserves its nutrients.

Bring your lunch instead of hitting the fast food restaurants - you'll save in the long run AND feel better!

Make your designer coffee at home - it's cheaper and you have more control over the ingredients.

My weekend challenge is a BINGO style card that helps me make better nutrition and fitness decisions that won't break the bank. A very good thing for someone who is trying to save money for a trip back home to Halifax in July.

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GAYEMC 6/8/2012 5:25PM

    I liked the last Bingo challenge, this one looks a little tougher, a mani/pedi every day? Heck, I'm lucky if I get one a year, lol! Have a great weekend!

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LYNNANN43 6/7/2012 10:05PM

    Got my BINGO card printed too, Penny:D

Happy BINGOing!!! emoticon

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KAT573 6/7/2012 3:10PM

    Not sure if it is still there but there have been sections on spark for saving money, threift, etc. Hope you meet your goals; I am very very familiar with this; it is at the core of how I live, actually! Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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MGJARVI 6/7/2012 12:17PM

    Awww, thanks Penny :-)

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RUNNINGWILD 6/7/2012 12:23AM

    To be fair, these were not my idea(s). I have to give credit to the Admins of BLC19. They're super awesome!!!

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CASSIOEPIA 6/6/2012 9:40PM


Woohoo for tap water, my favorite drink!

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MIAMIA7 6/6/2012 7:55PM

    Great suggestions Penny!

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JENNNY135 6/6/2012 6:23PM

    Excellent blog! I totally agree, water over pop or juice. A lot of vegies are inexpensive and are good for you like: spinach, kale, swiss chard. Fruits are more tricky but if you buy in bulk they can be inexpensive. We hardly eat out, and its more healthy for you.

Bingo card is very creative. Have fun in Halifax.

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CHRISTINA791 6/6/2012 5:31PM

    I love the idea of a bingo card!

"It's too expensive" was always one of my favourite excuses. At the same time, I was eating out at least once a day, and half my 'groceries' were overpriced garbage from the corner store. What I like is with the money I'm saving on not eating out all the time, we can occasionally choose some higher priced healthy items. I'd rather spend five bucks on really good bakery bread than on McDonald's.

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My weekend challenge

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Weekend Challenge - PLAN B

P - Pick your exercise. ST or cardio - or a combo. 5 pts. per 10 min. NO MAXIMUM!

L - Laugh! Lighten up and find the funny. Come on, we can all find something to laugh about! 20 pts/day

A - Avoid your trigger food! 20 pts/day

N - Nibble wisely. Record food 10 pts/day, stay in range 10 pts/day

B - Be accountable. Post at least once a day. 10 pts/day

Week 6 LCW: (Theme) Dance Party

Are you ready to PARTY?? You can earn points “dancing” for this week’s LCW!

D = Dance for 10 minutes (1 point for each 10 minutes)

A = Augment your 5 minute cardio workout by using weights (1 point for each 5 minutes)

N = Neutralize those trouble areas with 10 minutes of strength training (1 point for each 10

C = Complete 10 minutes of cardio (1 point for each 10 minutes)

E = Earn a bonus point for every 5 points

The team with the most points wins!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/31/2012 9:11PM

    Now that sounds like a fun challenge!

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BLC19 Challenges - Prepare cont'd

Monday, May 28, 2012

Friday's blog had my plan to "prepare" for the weekend. Here it is again for my record:

Week 5: Prepare - Technically, I don't have any social events or gatherings this weekend. I do, however, have a HM to run. The obstacle I'll face this weekend will be getting enough to eat so that I don't "bonk" during my race WITHOUT going outside my calorie range.

The result?
Well, I succeeded. In fact, I more than succeeded because, despite forgetting to eat my PB&J that I so carefully made and packed so that I would have it to eat an hour before I ran, I ran a better-than-expected race. READ: NO BONKING!!

The good news is, I set a goal to run in 2:22:30 (two minutes less than my last HM) and I ran it in 2:20:53

The bad news is, I ran 14.6 kms feeling like a hypocrite. As an instructor, I preach "fuel before you run" and all I had that morning was a banana and a coffee. I also had 3 Gu along the way. Having said that, I also preach "do what works for you." so I'm going to let myself off the hook.

After the race, a few of us went to Fatburger and I made up for lost calories. Totally not Spark-friendly but oh so good.

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CHRISTINA791 5/30/2012 4:04PM

    I love that we both went for the post-run burger emoticon

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CARILOUIE 5/28/2012 9:11PM

    Last week I "fueled up" with two donuts and a cup of coffee. No water, no fruit, just donuts. Bleh...

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KAT573 5/28/2012 8:47PM

    It sounds like YOU know what BALANCE is and have a realistic idea of how to compensate for changes, differences, etc. I admire that immensely. Keep on keeping ON emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/28/2012 8:44PM

    Great time!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/28/2012 7:52PM

    Always wondered what was in a "Fatburger" meal. There's a location in Prince Albert, and I've heard people talk about eating there. Word on the street is that it's very good!

Congratulations on the HM, and on blasting your goal time!

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GOEGIRL 5/28/2012 6:59PM

    Yippee on beating your time goal - what works for you is what matters. I'd love to run another HM JUST so I can eat a meal like that one. Wow!

Anyhoo, way to go!

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JESUS.SAVED.ME 5/28/2012 6:42PM

    Awesome time Penny! I'm sure you burned enough calories that the Fatburger didn't do much damage. And even if it did, I have little doubt there's another HM soon.

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ANDIRUNS 5/28/2012 6:34PM

    Woohoo on beating your time!!!!

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BLC19 Challenges - so far, so good.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Week 5:

Week 4:

Week 3:

Week 2:

Week 1:

Week 5: Prepare - Tecnically, I don't have any social events or gatherings this weekend. I do, however, have a HM to run. The obstacle I'll face this weekend will be getting enough to eat so that I don't "bonk" during my race WITHOUT going outside my calorie range.


Retweaking the plan....

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yesterday, after my weigh-in, I was feeling particularly sorry for myself. I've been at 136.5 since April 25th. That's four weeks. I can't break it. So I took at look at the amount of calories that I've been burning and, based on the average of the last six weeks, I reset my consumption calories.
Today, although I didn't exercise, was a success. I met all of my nutritional goals except calcium and iron. I take supplements for both of these. I went over on cholesterol. I have to make that a focus for me because it seems like I'm almost always over. Not by much but I imagine it adds up over time.
ANYWAY! I've got a great challenge for the weekend. It'll hit all the necessary stuff: nutrition, hydration and exercise but it'll be fun trying to get all the points that I can. Hopefully, I can smash this plateau I'm on.
Oh, and on a fun note... there was one of those email coupon deals for a kick-boxing bootcamp: $1/session for up to 20 sessions. I now have 20 classes to attend. I think I'll make the first one AFTER my Half on the 29th. Then it's game on. emoticon

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ANDIRUNS 5/24/2012 11:46AM

    I love kickboxing - it's great when you're super frustrated! ;)

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BOBBYD31 5/20/2012 8:12PM

    i guess i better not cross you next time we meet! give roo a hug from me

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BILLALEX70 5/19/2012 10:52PM

    I'm with Suezette; missing baby Roo (and you too).

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SAFARIBABE 5/18/2012 8:35PM

    You CAN do it!! Hang in there!!

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CASSIOEPIA 5/18/2012 8:09AM

    Have a great long weekend!

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/18/2012 6:00AM

    Stay Strong and you will have success!!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 5/18/2012 5:57AM

    .......I like this plan........especially changing up the exercise a bit to "surprise" your muscles!! Please be careful that you haven't set your calories too low.....not sure what that part of the plan is, but our bodies are programmed to survive.

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ETTEZEUS 5/18/2012 12:10AM

    I miss Roo!!

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