Monday, May 4, 2015

Day 2 Of The 2015 Clean Eating Challenge

This is part of a two-week healthy meal plan that will make you feel like your very best self. Don’t jump into the middle — start at the beginning here.

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BuzzFeed Life's Clean Eating Challenge is a two-week plan that's all about eating real food in order to feel great and have more energy. The food is low-carb and gluten-free with an emphasis on lean protein, healthy fats, and lots of fresh produce. There's no processed food allowed; every meal is homemade.

It's important that you follow the meal plan in order starting with Day 1 since most of the recipes call for leftover ingredients from previous days. But you can start any time and find full instructions here. Aim to eat every 3-4 hours and try not to eat within two hours of bedtime.

LINK: Click here for a printable version of all the Clean Eating Challenge recipes.


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Stay motivated once you’ve reached your goal

Once the luster has worn off your new goal of getting fit or eating better, how do you keep going? How do you stay on track with all your good habits once you’ve crossed the finish line?

You’ve run the race.
You’ve lost the weight.
You’ve hiked that mountain, surfed the wave, played with your kids…

Whatever it might be there is a moment where you’ve finally achieved the goal and the tendency is to feel like “FINALLY I can take a break”. But…you can’t.
How to Stay Motivated Once You've Reached Your GoalWhen I started making lifestyle changes in college, I didn’t have the slightest concept that they were in fact LIFESTYLE changes. I just knew I needed to eat less high calorie foods and I needed to move more because the Tae Bo guy said burning calories was key.

Don’t laugh, I totally did lots of VHS workouts!

Now you might notice that I don’t so much do workouts like that anymore, so why did some things stick and others fade away? Mostly because I learned a few key lessons over the years.

Don’t Deprive.
David knows better than anyone that I don’t deprive myself. I may have certain things that I don’t eat like ice cream because it makes me feel bad, but if I am jonesing for a cookie and the craving just won’t pass I have the cookie. And I don’t mean I just eat it, I mean I savor that thing like it’s the last one I will ever have. No guilt, no stress and no more worrying about it.

Find the Joy.
I’ve long said that running is not for everyone, which is the short way of saying find what you love!! If you don’t like any aspect of working out, then find something that doesn’t feel like a workout: a dance class, a walk with friends, power shopping.
Find a sport you love to stay motivatedLittle bits.
It all adds up. Not every workout needs to be an hour, what if you just found 5 minutes here and there to stretch or do abs or bounce around to a great song.

Traveling? Can you walk in the airport instead of sitting?
At an office all day? Can you rig some sort of standing desk?
Exhausted? Enjoy some relaxing yoga or stretching while watching mindless tv.

Easy.
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Plan ahead.
When I travel I know the opportunities for not so great food will be endless. So I plan ahead by always bringing along my Vega for pre or post workout and then I do a little scouting to find a nearby grocery store to pick up apples or if I’m super lucky green juice!How to maintain healthy habitsMaybe your day involves a lot of scheduling or hustling people from place to place, so you never get a real meal…plan ahead! Be known as the “always prepared” person.

Habit.
Oh yes you know this is my favorite word EVER when it comes to getting things done. In fact I just shared an entire post on how to figure out your personality and create habits that serve you so you can stop relying on willpower.

Be Open.
I think one of the most helpful things for me has been to keep learning. My diet and my workouts are vastly different now than when I started my weight loss journey, but it didn’t happen overnight. It happened from picking up little ideas here and there by reading other blogs and testing new recipes and being open to different ideas.

Personality.
Instead of trying what works for others take a second to recognize what has worked for you in other areas! Do you love variety or consistency? Do you like to sweat buckets or prefer to feel more relaxed?

There is no ONE right way, there is just the right way for you. Live healthy tips from @runtothefinish

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Refreshing Weekend

Friday night I made dinner, we all went to Ryan’s soccer game, went out for ice cream and then I fell asleep watching a movie with The Husband.

It was a great wait to kick off the weekend.

Saturday I competed in a Team SuperFit Competition at CrossFit Bel Air. I was on a Male/Female Novice team and we did ok, finishing 12th our of 19 I think. We were smack dab in the middle of the pack in all workouts except the one with pull-ups. That one locked us down the rankings.

Those darn pull-ups!

I have another competition coming up next Saturday. This one a scaled woman’s event at my own gym. I’m looking forward to it.

Saturday night we had a few friends over the watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight and had a blast.

This morning the boys and I went for a run and played at the park. It was gorgeous out! We were all about the hide and seek.

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I love that they have no fear of nature, hiding and playing in the bushes, looking for bugs, and rolling around in the grass.

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It’s nice.

Ryan was introduced to a video special effects app by one of my friends and we had a blast recording little clips.

Both kids are fun and fearless. They are so energizing to be around!

We headed back home and I made some bacon and a big batch of scrambled eggs. Then we were off to see The Avengers but first, a little town fair…

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The movie was good, not great but the kids really loved it.

Afterwards we went for snowballs. The boys waited patiently.

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They are so stinkin’ cute!

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And affectionate.

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I love watching them grow up and interact.

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I don’t have a food journal today and I didn’t post this whole weekend. I decided it was time to take a break and now I feel totally refreshed and ready to start the week.

There’s still two more days to join the Thunderclap for What You Can When You Can. The book is out and hitting store shelves. I can’t wait to see it myself. It’s going to be SO weird!