Tuesday Challenge – Go for a Walk!

I know that tomorrow is Christmas Day.  Which means today is Christmas Eve.  And I know that you are busy, so busy. Guess what, that’s all the more reason to go for a walk today.  A 15 to 30 minute walk will energize you, clear your mind and get you ready for the rest of the day. Today I challenge you to take a walk! Don’t think about it, don’t think about how you don’t have time.  Just go do it.  Then come back and let me know how you feel. Happy Holidays!  I’ll be back Friday, so no recipe tomorrow – after all, it IS Christmas! Just a few days left to sign up for the Healthy Eating Made Easy program – I’m so excited about it – I think it’ll be a terrific way for you to easily learn the basics around healthy eating – you’ll feel GREAT once you’ve completed...
Tuesday Challenge – Drink More Water!

Tuesday Challenge – Drink More Water!

This week I’m actually repeating a challenge, but I think it’s super important this time of the year! I challenge you to drink more water. It’s cold outside, and for me, I prefer warm drinks like coffee right now.  But, just because it’s cold doesn’t mean my body doesn’t need it’s water.  In fact, the cold weather can really dry you out and drinking plenty of water is like moisturizing yourself from the inside – it definitely helps. So, I challenge you to drink at least half your body weight in water everyday this week.   Coffee doesn’t count (bummer), diet coke definitely doesn’t count – just water! If you want to bump up the flavor, add a drop of Lemon, Lime, Orange, Citrus Fresh or Peppermint oil to your water.  Just be sure you use an oil that is safe to consume (I prefer Young Living), and you use glass versus plastic as the oil can react dangerously with the plastic. My plan is to get out my trusty glass water bottle (pictured above) and fill it up twice a day.  If I add that to my morning warm water with lemon and cayenne I’ll hit my goal. Interested in more info as to why (and how) to drink water?  Check out this post:  Why you should drink more...
Tuesday Challenge – Make the Season Special

Tuesday Challenge – Make the Season Special

This week I challenge you to begin to make this month of holidays special for your family and friends. You can begin small, but I’d love to see you do something that could even become an annual tradition, so I encourage you to think long-term – after all you still have several weeks before Christmas! Some ideas: 1.  Bring a friend a coffee and muffin to work or some healthy treats for an evening snack. 2.  Begin a family tradition (here are a few ideas). 3.  Focus on family versus commercialism – encourage your kids to do the same. 4.  Help someone else – preferably as a family. 5.  Host a Christmas party – dinner too much?  How about brunch or drinks and appetizers? What are you going to do to make this a special month?  Please share in the comments – it’ll spark ideas for all of us! Just a few more days until the New Year is upon us – make this year the year you create a happier, healthier life!  Shared on Friendship...
Tuesday Challenge – What are YOU thankful for?

Tuesday Challenge – What are YOU thankful for?

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought I’d tie our weekly challenge into the holiday. This week I challenge you to consider what YOU are thankful for? Don’t just think about it, but take a few moments and write it down.  Go ahead.  Right now.  Doesn’t that give you a little warm and fuzzy feeling inside? Want to take it a step further? If you are thankful for someone in particular, tell them.  If it is a “thing” or event, share it with someone else if you can. Taking a few moments each day to consider what we are thankful for is a great way to create a happier life – giving thanks conjures up good feelings which can spill on over into the rest of your actions for the day. If you want to make this a regular practice (and I recommend it highly), check out this post on an easy way to create a gratitude “journal.” Get ready to learn how to be a healthy eater!  Enrollment opens next week for my newsletter subscribers, so if you haven’t gotten on the list, sign up HERE! Shared on Inspire Me...
Tuesday Challenge – fit in little bits of extra exercise!

Tuesday Challenge – fit in little bits of extra exercise!

Now that the busy holiday season is beginning (with several November Birthdays it starts with Halloween for us!), time to exercise gets more and more valuable.  Not to mention all the extra holiday calories you are consuming. Did you know that the average American gains 3 to 6 pounds from October 31st until January 1st?  Crazy right? So how can you combat that weight gain while still enjoying yourself? This week I challenge you to fit in extra bits of exercise this holiday season. Now this isn’t an excuse to quit your regular exercise sessions, but it IS a way to help you fight the extra calories from holiday cookies and meals. How to go about it?  Simple – just find ANY excuse to burn a few extra calories a day.  For example: Park far away from the mall or office entrance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator – both up and down Have five minutes until your next meeting?  Walk the hallways – or even out to your mailbox and around the house and back. Use commercial breaks to march in place or jog up and down your stairs. You get the idea – basically try to add extra activity to your day EVERY day. What are you going to do this week to burn some extra calories?  Share in the comments – I’d love to hear some more creative ideas! Need to start your day off on the right foot?  It’s a sure-fire way to have extra time to burn those calories!  Check out my FREE 3-day Refresh and enjoy your mornings instead of stressing through them!...

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