Dianne Nichols is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist.  She has been blogging and hosting online health/fitness challenge with her best friend, Valerie Hendricks, since 2009.  She's overcome insulin resistance using the principles of LWC and these days, when not building awesome challenges, you can find her explor...ing the nearby mountains with her familiy.  You can learn more about Dianne's personal journey at www.lifetimewellnesschallenge.org. More

How To Change Habits

I still remember how I felt when I participated in my first challenge.  Though I had already started making a few changes to my lifestyle, it wasn’t enough to make a dramatic impact on my insulin resistance.  Valerie had asked me to be a part of it because she knew that we were feeling similar levels of sluggishness and discord with how we were (or weren’t, more accurately) taking care of ourselves.  I felt nervous, unsure of what to expect, a little overwhelmed but also hopeful and excited to have a clear path. 

I will admit my first challenge point values were pretty sad.  I rarely got perfect points on any given week, I struggled to stay within reasonable boundaries when it came to sweets, and failed miserably in meeting my exercise goals.  Well, that’s inspiring....  But, here’s the thing, despite my imperfections I still did pretty well.  My team was supportive and as I kept working at incorporating exercise and good nutrition into my life, along with the other habits, I started to feel more energetic and I wanted to continue to move more and eat better.  My work on a few key areas started a domino effect in other areas of my life as well.  After consistently working to improve my healthy habits, I eventually DID see those dramatic changes to my insulin resistance diagnosis that I was looking for.  In fact, after a year or so of making these changes, I was insulin resistance free and continue to be so today.

 

Lifetime Wellness Challenge rules are pretty straightforward.  You earn designated points for the healthy habits you complete within a day.  The habits that are encouraged (through points) are common-sense based; personal growth, exercise, increasing consumption of fruits & vegetables, adequate hydration, not eating late, staying in contact with your support system, contributing to the Hot Topic discussion and participating in the fun weekly bonuses.  Even though the rules are straightforward in what needs to be completed, sometimes we can feel at a loss as to how to implement these changes into our lives daily without going crazy.  So, I’d like to share a few tips for how I got started. 

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Healthy Habits: Tips for Success

Healthy Habits:  Tips for Success
Last week I shared some tips regarding incorporating exercise, sweets, fruits, vegetables and water into my life without adding more any more crazy to it.  You can read that post here.   Now, I’d like to share a few tidbits I’ve learned along the way about personal growth, not eating after 9 p.m., why contact and hot topics are so important. Personal Growth Personal growth is well, personal, for me but it is rarely focused in one area alone.  Sometimes I use this time for reflection.  Sometimes I choose to research an area o...
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Starting a new journey

Starting a new journey
I am indeed starting on a journey.  This journey is different than any I ’ ve taken before.  My journey is about developing an acceptance, love and appreciation for my body through hard work that is not attached to appearance.  This is different than your typical “ eat well and exercise ” regimen.  While the work is physical, it's much more than that. It ’ s mental and emotional, and I ’ m finally ready to tackle it! In my last post  I talked about how much I was equating my self-worth with my appearance and was beginni...
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Separating Self Worth and Appearance

Separating Self Worth and Appearance
Everyday is a fight to recognize my own worth aside from how I look.  I can't tell you exactly what has caused me to feel this way, though I have my suspicions .  I remember being very young, like 7 or 8 yrs. old, when I first started worrying about how others saw me physically.  Did they think I was cute enough?  Was I strong enough to hang out with the boys?  Were my clothes "cool" enough that the girls would want to be my friend?  I remember wondering if I should "diet" in order to look more like the other 3rd a...
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Easily fill your meals with Fruits and Vegetables

Easily fill your meals with Fruits and Vegetables
Depending on your current eating habits, you may be wondering, "How on earth am I going to fit in 5 fruits and vegetables every day?!??  AND try to make 3 of them veggies?" .  Well, here are a few suggestions that might help you out. **A typical serving size of fruits/vegetables is 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup if it's dried or 1 cup if we're talking about leafy greens.    Breakfast   Try adding sliced fruits into your cold or hot cereal, make a homemade fruit &/or spinach smoothie (use plain fat free or Greek yogurt to make it ...
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Wow!! That is a good plan. I love juices, I can't go a day without it. How can I change this drinking habit?Helen Greene Resume Wr... Read More
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Do you struggle with your weight?

Do you struggle with your weight?
A good friend of mine, Cherish Saurey, recently wrote a blog post about how although her weight has fluctuated throughout her life, she has never actually "struggled with her weight."  She's discovered that struggles in other parts of her life have ultimately impacted her weight.   Read through her ...
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Feeling the LWC Difference

Feeling the LWC Difference
I absolutely love hearing how Lifetime Wellness Challenge is helping our participants grow in the pursuit of a happier, healthier lifestyle.  You are all so inspiring to me.  When these stories/personal triumphs were shared with us this past week, I just knew they needed to be shared with you, too!   Thi...
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There's Never a Perfect Time to Do a Difficult Thing

There's Never a Perfect Time to Do a Difficult Thing
I was thinking recently about all the people who are facing life's struggles right now.  Just in the New Year, New You Challenge there have been several who have lost loved ones, lost opportunities and/or just feel down.  They express feelings of frustration about life being too hard to make their health a priority and want to give up now insisting that they'll put themselves back on the priority list once things "settle down".       Oh, how familiar those words and sentiments are.  Please know that if you're feeli...
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Sarah your mindset is exactly why you WILL succeed! Thank you so much for sharing! When I began this challenge, I had about 75 pou... Read More
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How to Emotionally Survive a Weightloss Plateau

How to Emotionally Survive a Weightloss Plateau
There’s been a lot of talk the past few weeks on the solo support group page about how discouraging it can be when that darn scale gets stubborn and just will not move in the desired direction.  This is actually a common occurrence, especially if you had a big loss in the first couple of weeks.  Our bodies are great at adapting, so if you've been doing the same things for 4 - 6 weeks it may be time for a change.  Patience, consistency, and compliance with your plan are necessary and difficult when you want to see your efforts rew...
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Discover the Power of I CAN!

Discover the Power of I CAN!
At the end of the 2015 Healthy Holidays Challenge we received an email from Marci S. that made me smile from ear to ear!  In one short paragraph she described exactly the message that we here at Lifetime Wellness Challenge are attempting to convey.   Here's what she wrote... "I didn't lose as much weight as I was hoping but the challenge was still a success!  I realized that I CAN find ways to fit in exercise to my busy life.  I CAN limit how many treats I eat, even during Halloween and Thanksgiving!  I CAN drink more w...
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What is Balance Training & Why is it Important?

What is Balance Training & Why is it Important?
  What IS balance training and why should I be incorporating it into my regular exercise routine?  Balance training is an often ignored aspect of a fitness routine, but is so very important.   Balance training is a type of exercise that challenges an individual's ability to stabilize outside the normal base of support, which improves balance and proprioception.  Proprioception is the sensation of knowing where the body is in space, such as when walking on an unstable surface.  Balance training uses proprioceptively enri...
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What to do when you've made a mistake

What to do when you've made a mistake
Whether or not you made a New Year’s Resolution for 2016, this is something you’re going to want to read.  January is notorious for lots of hyped up motivation to make BIG goals to reach BIG dreams in your health and otherwise.  I mean, really, the New Year is a brand spankin’ new start!  The morning of January 1st is just brimming with possibilities, opportunities to explore, a healthy new perspective and HOPE that you can be a little better than last year.  All of these thoughts and feelings are good.  Great, even.&nb...
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Final Healthy Holiday Giveaway Entry

Final Healthy Holiday Giveaway Entry
I can hardly believe that we are approaching the end of this challenge!  It has really flown by for me.  It must have something to do with the busy nature of this time of year with so many fun things to prepare for!  One of those things has been the final weekly giveaway for the Healthy Holiday participants.  Here's how it works;  if you're a current participant of the Healthy Holiday Challenge then you will be entered into the Week 8 Giveaway by simply earning ALL of your weekly bonus points this week and reporting the...
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Gratitude & Attitude are Choices

Gratitude & Attitude are Choices
You make a lot of choices every day.  You choose to wake up to the alarm and prep for a workout or... hit snooze 5x and hope to be able to squeeze in a workout later in the day.  You choose whether you will incorporate nutrient dense foods in a balanced way or... sneak hoards of holiday candies and chow down excess portions of your favorite comfort foods.  You choose how you will act or react to the disappointments and frustrations that you may face.  You choose to meet challenges head on with grace, determination and a plan...
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3 Simple Tricks to a Healthier Halloween

3 Simple Tricks to a Healthier Halloween
Being bombarded with candy and cute Halloween goodies all week long is hard, but we've got a few tricks to help you get through it without expanding your waistline or spiking your insulin levels. Buy cheap Halloween candy Pass out candy that you don’t like to the little ghosts that come to your door. You'll be far less tempted to sneak a few of those subpar candies than if you have the premium chocolates laying out in an open bowl all week long.  You do what you gotta do to set yourself up for success. Buy the BEST Candy I can hear you now...
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Finding Success Beyond the Scale

"For me, success did not come by way of the scale.  I wanted to lose 10 pounds on this challenge and only lost 1.  I was SO discouraged and depressed week after week about not losing any weight (and at times even gaining!) that I almost gave up.  Thank goodness I was on the same team as family members that wouldn't let me quit.  So, I don't consider that a success, BUT... and yes, my butt may have shrunk, there is still a big but here... I found success in so many other forms, even just being able to run up the stairs and not get winded was a success.  I used to eat treats all day long.  The first three weeks were VERY difficult for me to give up treats.  I used to drool over them, dream about them and be angry if I couldn't have them.  But now, I don't have ANY of those feelings anymore.  In fact, tonight I turned down a root beer float (which I LOVE) even though I still have two treats left for the week. I just didn't feel like one.  And that was a victory!  

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Healthy Holidays Week 2 Results

Healthy Holidays Week 2 Results
What a fantastic week!!  By the looks of the numbers this week, many of you had some eye opening experiences as you food journaled and calorie counted.  Just look at those results!  In just one week, as a whole, you've lost an additional 83 lbs!  And truthfully, I know there were a few who didn't make the deadline for submitting points, so I suspect that number is in actuality much higher!  Incredible work!  Keep it up those great habits and you'll be seeing your goal in sight in no time. It's been ...
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30 Minute Bodyweight Strength Workout

30 Minute Bodyweight Strength Workout
I was recently given the less than awesome news that my favorite cardio exercises would need to take a backseat for an extended time to allow a lumbar disc issue to resolve.  After an afternoon of self-pity, I decided to focus on the CANs of my situation rather than the CAN’Ts.  I found that I CAN strength train (minus exercises involving forward flexion of the spine i.e. deadlifts, etc.).  I CAN focus on building my foundation (back, abs, hips) with bodyweight exercises and weightlifting.  I CAN focus on becoming stronger t...
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Week 7 Fall Fit Results & Giveaway Winner

If you had a great start, but your resolve is faultering, know this... it's NOT too late to finish strong, even in an EPIC way!  Don't let a few small setbacks become BIG setbacks.  You're more capable than you know.  Keep going.  Keep moving forward in this FINAL STRETCH!  Complete your workbook and do all you can to finish STRONG!  Oh, and don't forget to gather your teams for the HEALTHY HOLIDAYS CHALLENGE and sign up before you run out of time.  The deadline is September 30th.

Okay, we have one more week of results and then we'll announce the OVERALL WINNERS and send out the prizes!!  I'm excited to see who took the top spots, aren't you?  Okay, before I get too far ahead of myself, let's review the lineup from week 7...

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Fall Fit Week 5 Results

 We made it through another week of making healthy habits a consistent part of life!  Give yourselves a great big pat on the back for all your efforts.  For those of you who participated in the Tiebreaker Bonus, we hope that you enjoyed it and that it lifted your spirits this past week.  I truly believe that gratitude is the key to a content, full and happy life.  So, even if you don't get "points" for doing so, I encourage you to continue looking for all the things you have to be grateful for and take a moment to express that gratitude to those who need to hear it! 

Many times we seem to tell ourselves that it's the BIG changes that are going to make the biggest difference in our health long-term and though that's not necessarily false, we've found that it is most often all the little things we do daily that makes the greatest impact for real, long-lasting changes to our overall health and well-being.  Okay, okay.... I'll get off my stool now and announce the Week 5 Winners.  

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Stay Healthy During the Holidays

  The seasons are now changing and we all know what that means... the holidays are coming!   It’s an exciting time of year.  We’ll watch young and old alike as their eyes light up in preparation for a spooky Halloween night, followed by the feasting of Thanksgiving and the delight of preparing for the magic of Christmas!  All this magical excitement can lead to some anxiety for those who have been working so diligently on developing a healthy lifestyle for the past year or so.  It raises questions such as; ‘How will I m...
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Fall Fit Week 3 RESULTS

There are three things I want everyone to keep in mind as you work through WEEK 4...

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Probably the best program post-baby...

Probably the best program post-baby...
Aww...thanks Leah M!  We absolutely LOVE hearing these kinds of comments.  Accountability really is an essential key to success.  Isn't it great that you don't have to be physically near your team in order to feel the benefits of their support?  I know, for me, just knowing that someone else is looking out for me and wants me to succeed makes me want to try a little harder.  I imagine that is true for many of you as well.  Maybe we should ask ourselves (whether on-challenge or off-challenge), 'What can ...
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There is so much more...

There is so much more...
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Fall FIT Challenge Weekly Results & Tips

Fall FIT Challenge Weekly Results & Tips
What a great start to the Fall FIT Challenge!  We’re excited to see how you’ve all caught the fire of commitment to your health goals.   You’re consistently exercising, hydrating, connecting with others who have similar goals (loving the solo FB group), filling your body with nutrient dense vegetable and fruits, expanding your mind through personal development, and of course the most difficult for the majority of people...limiting sweets.  These all seem like such basic things that you’ve likely heard...
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SUMMER WEEK 8 RESULTS & IMPORTANT FINAL RESULTS INFORMATION

SUMMER WEEK 8 RESULTS & IMPORTANT FINAL RESULTS INFORMATION
Summer Shape Up participants, you'll want to be sure to read this one carefully!  First, I want to announce the  totally awesome, highly dedicated,  Week 7 & 8 Sweets Giveaway winners. Congratulations are in order for  Jill B. and Erica S.  Well done, ladies!  Make sure you watch your emails for y our $20 Amazon gift card information.  It's important to note that the following line up is ONLY indicating this past week 8's results.  This is NOT an announcement of challenge winners.  Th...
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Week 6 Results & Sweet Giveaway

We have some fun things happening this week at Lifetime Wellness Challenge.  First, I get to announce our WEEK 6 SWEET POINTS WINNER!  Congratulations, Christina B., for a job well done.  Remember to all the Summer Shape Up Challenge participants, there's still 2 weeks left of this giveaway so make sure you keep earning all your sweet points to be included in the drawing.

Next, we have some awesome competitors who are taking charge of their health and working really hard to rise to the  top of the leaderboard.  We have many, many more who may not be at the the top this week are still dedicated to taking care of the body they have through developing and maintaining healthy habits.  Check out this week's results below.

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WEEK 5 FITNESS CHALLENGE RESULTS

WEEK 5 FITNESS CHALLENGE RESULTS
Another great week for our Summer Shape Up participants!  Summer schedules can get pretty hairy, but you are doing so well despite your circumstances.  Though the "habits" may not feel new or fresh and exciting anymore, remember consistency is what matters!  You may also be finding yourself hitting a plateau in your weight loss.  Know this... that is totally NORMAL!  Our bodies are incredibly efficient machines and they adapt very well to changes we make.  If you're still doing the same workouts that worked for...
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Making Unexpected Changes with LWC

"I can't tell you how helpful it's been to actually have a program that holds me accountable in such a supportive way.  I hit [a number on the scale this week] I haven't seen in probably 10 years.  I can't describe the impact that seeing that show up on the scale did for me, my motivation and self confidence.  Possibilities are opening up for me that physically were not possible two months ago.  Do you have any idea how amazing that feels?  I'm not just changing my weight.  I'm changing how I experience life.  That is much more of a change than I was expecting when I started what I initially thought was going to be my "next diet" program.  Having a supportive team who motivates each other is the key to this great program.  I definitely could not be doing this alone."  Brian S., The All Mighty Huff & Puffs


I have been so impressed with Brian’s dedication to improving his health during the Summer Shape Up Challenge!  Week after week he consistently works to build healthy habits through earning nearly all of his points each day.  He’s seeing some amazing results because of his hard work!

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Take Your Workouts "On the Road"

Summer is the time of year that’s known for increased activity levels.  There are trails to hike, lakes to swim, games to play and roads to be biked, but unfortunately it can also include hours of sitting on your backside.  These days we just don’t tend to live close to all the summer activities we plan.  The city or suburban dweller may have to travel 20 – 45 minutes before hitting a recreation area to enjoy or we may find that all the summer vacationing, road tripping, family reunion(ing) can include several days of “travel” before getting to the fun spot where we get to MOVE!  So, what can we do to stay on track with our health goals and avoid losing momentum while hitting the open road?  My answer?


Take Your Workouts “On the Road”

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Week 2 Results: Sweets, Support & Success

Remember the days of youth when summers felt long and full of free hours to fill with whatever kind of free spirited adventures you could think up before Mom called you in when it became dark?  Yes, it's a distant memory for me, too.  These days it feels like summer is just as busy as the holidays can be!  What happened?!?  Oh, that's right adulthood.  All the responsibilities of work, church, children, appointments and then add in all the planning required for summer fun activities like lake visits, hiking, racing, vacations, sports, reunions, barbecues and it can get downright hectic.  

You know what else can be surprisingly difficult during the summer?  Earning all those sweets points each week.  Let's be honest.  Summer can be HARD when it comes to sweets!  Maybe not as bad as say... the holidays, but pretty darn close!  It seems like every activity, every barbecue, every gathering of any kind has sugary treats as the main event or at least a highlight to the shindig.  I mean, really, when people think of summer, what images tend to come to mind other than sunshine and water?  Ice cream and popsicles, of course!!  Walking away from it all can become pretty difficult with a persistent host, but it IS possible.  Something that I've found that helps me to navigate sticky situations to be vocal about my goals in casual conversation.  That can make it much easier to make a good decision later when temptation is presented.  These days most people can be pretty understanding and you'll find they may actually want to help you make good choices.  Valerie wrote a post recently and highlighted how changing your personal dialogue from "I can't have that" to "I don't want to eat that" (or something similar) can really help overcome some of those tempting moments.  If you're looking for good suggestions or a pep talk for making better choices you may find this posts helpful.

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Little Things Make a Big Difference in a Fitness Challenge

Do you sometimes wonder if those “little things” you’re doing every day such as eating 5+ fruits and vegetables, getting 30+ minutes of exercise, limiting (not forbidding) sweets, reaching out to others and all those other habits you’re working to develop, really make a difference? Let me tell you, THEY DO!  The BEST part of my job is getting to hear all the wonderful successes that our participants experience and seeing those "little things" in action.  

Brian S. wrote to us last week saying, “Feeling motivated and so excited that this is working and we're able to do this together with my team. It makes a huge difference. I buttoned the top button on my shirt this week and it fit.  A small thing over all, but it was huge to me.” – Brian S. (The All Mighty Huff & Puffs)

He isn’t alone.  There are many of you striving each week to do the “little things” and those little things are adding up and will pay off in a big way as you stay consistent.

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2015 Summer Shape Up: Let's Get Started!

2015 Summer Shape Up:  Let's Get Started!
Hey Everyone!  Today is Day 1 of the 2015 Summer Shape Up Challenge.  Be sure to check out the video below for this week's tips. Here's a quick summary of the suggestions from the video. 1.  No points to submit today just be sure to weigh, measure and record in your spreadsheets. 2.  We encourage you to download the workbook and start filling it out.  It may not earn you points but is an excellent resource for making a plan and setting goals for the next 8 weeks.  You do NOT want to miss out on this.  ...
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Finding Success

Finding Success
Last week we received an email from Margaret T. of Fit Sisters.  She shared what she considers her “biggest success”. “My biggest success!  I feel in control.  I can say, ‘Yes’.  I can say ‘No’.  Food doesn’t control me, I control it.  I can decide to eat moderate portions and stick to that decision.  Treats no longer call my name and drive me crazy.  I love it.  I love this feeling.  And it comes form being focused and vigilant.  Thank you fo...
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We Are Here to Answer Your Questions

We Are Here to Answer Your Questions
When trying to make big (or small) changes to lifestyle and overall health, there can come lots of questions about where to start with nutrition, what kinds of exercises to perform, how to change thinking patterns, bust through a plateau, get involved in races and all kinds of questions in between.  Valerie and I certainly try our best to bring a variety of things to the blog that we know have been helpful to us and want to share with you, but we also know you may have different goals and questions that we may not have thought of.  We...
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Summer Shape Up & Week 6 Results

Summer Shape Up & Week 6 Results
The Spring for Fitness Challenge is quickly coming to a close.  Can you believe we only have just under 2 weeks left?!?  Now is NOT the time to say, "Oh, I'll just float the final two weeks and try again next time".  Don't let yourself go there!  If you fell off the wagon last week or even 3 weeks ago.  Start again NOW!  Don't wait until next challenge, don't even wait until tomorrow.  Decide now that your health is important enough to take a stand for today.  Whew...sorry.  I just had to get that ou...
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Losing Weight and Feeling Great!

Losing Weight and Feeling Great!
"Since January 2014 I have lost over 22 pounds!!  I didn't realize that until I looked this morning!!!  I am VERY HAPPY about that and I know that when I eat healthy I not only feel better physically but mentally.  This program helps me to think about what I am putting into my mouth and why I think I need to eat some of the stuff I do.  Am I perfect at eating only healthy things?  GOSH NO!!  But it certainly helps me think about it and quite often, I don't eat it!!!  THANK YOU for this program!!!  ...
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Marcia is a true inspiration to our team! Love her to pieces. Plus she looks fabulous! Linda B
Monday, 27 April 2015 16:18
Guest — SpringTeam 2015
Thanks Linda, and Love you Too!, and DIanne for posting this, it helped me to refocus this week!!! I needed that! Marcia
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Your Goals Are Worth the Effort.. KEEP GOING!

Your Goals Are Worth the Effort.. KEEP GOING!
There are many times when we will faces various obstacles in the midst of working towards worthy goals.  Don't let discouragement get you down, let determination lift you up and move you forward.  One foot in front of the other, one day at a time.  Look for solutions, not excuses or shortcuts and you WILL reach your dreams! If you are interested in having Lifetime Wellness Challenge’s blog posts delivered directly to your email, subscribe to our  DAILY MOTIVATION  newsletter.  If you want to know about ou...
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SWEET TIPS & WEEKLY RESULTS

SWEET TIPS & WEEKLY RESULTS
Who's been anxiously awaiting to see how the other competitions are doing?!?  I apologize for the late posting.  We're getting ready for our annual SLC adventure for the Marathon and Bike Tour and well... that's all I got.  We'll be back to regularly scheduled programming next week :)  Let's see those results already!   I've noticed a trend over the last few weeks with points submissions.  Many of you seem to really be struggling with getting all those sweets points.  Maybe Easter got y...
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How to Train Smarter and Avoid Injury

Do you ever wonder if all those exercise memes, quotes, and motivational posters about pushing through pain, leaving all excuses behind and giving it all you’ve got could be harmful?  We’ve all seen them; we even share some here on our blog and other social media accounts at times. Most of these memes can be inspirational and uplifting when we’re ready to throw in the towel, give into flimsy excuses and let our goals go.  Yet, are there memes that can set us up for disaster?  Could those “encouraging” words sometimes encourage us to go a little too far in our training? 

Maybe it just takes a certain type of personality to read those quotes andhear, ‘It’s not supposed to be easy, so keep going even if it hurts... a lot.’ ‘I’m a quitter if I stop before I finish this run or follow my training plan perfectly.’ ‘My small gains don’t matter if I don’t reach my goal in time.’  ‘You’re injured?  Bear down, grit your teeth and push forward because pain is temporary.’  Well that is until... it isn’t.

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I think it's great that you are giving yourself a break and trying something different. I have had leg pain that I have ignored fo... Read More
Thursday, 16 April 2015 02:45
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Greatness Comes From the Inside

Greatness Comes From the Inside
Real, lasting change always comes from the inside.  It doesn't come from wanting to please others.  It doesn't come from comparing yourself to those around you.  It doesn't come from someone pushing you to make changes you're not committed to making.  Real change, as well as "great things", will begin to happen when you decide to look inside yourself and decide you're ready for that change.  When you decided you WANT it and you're ready to WORK for it.  That choice, that decision, won't ...
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Week 2 Results & Healthy Weight Loss

I’m so very proud of all our participants this week.  I lost count of how many pushed hard to earn perfect points this week!  You are all such dedicated ROCK STARS and I love it!!   

Before we move onto results, I would like to address a concern of mine.  I saw a lot of food logs this week and among them were quite a few very low calorie logs.  Now, I’m not talking about the ones where you may have fasted for religious reasons or had an “off” day, but the logs where the calories were consistently under 1200 calories and the exercise nearly equalled the amount of calories consumed.  Now, there could be a few reasons for the low calorie consumption;  maybe you were really striving for a big loss this week, maybe you saw someone else post a really low calorie day and thought that maybe you would look like you were eating way too much if you posted a 1400 or 1600 calorie day or GASP! an 1800 calorie day, maybe you just aren’t sure how much you should be eating so ate as little as possible.  Whatever the reason, the reality is, that we all have different nutritional needs.  If you are 6’ 0” and actively training for an event or working out hard you cannot eat like a 5’ 1” person doing pilates a few times a week.  You have got to fuel your workouts, whatever they may be.  Even if you’re not in training, not eating enough is still not eating enough and it will affect you and is most likely killing your fat loss.  Check out this article.

I know on the surface it seems backwards to say that eating a little more might help you lose weight but it can be true!  I remember a few years ago when my sister called me frustrated that her weight loss had stalled.  She said, “I don’t understand!  I’m exercising like crazy and I hardly eat anything and the darn scale won’t budge!  What am I doing wrong?!?”  I asked what her intake was and she was trying to fuel 2 hour workouts on around 1200 calories a day!  I told her, “You have to EAT!!”  She reluctanly bumped her calories back up to 1400-1500 and she found she was losing weight again within a couple of weeks.  This is not a lone example.  We’ve worked with more participants who have put themselves in similar situations and were amazed at how eating a little more actually helped their metabolism kick back into gear.  

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I'm so glad you posted this. I know I am one of the guilty party and had started noticing, towards the end of the week, that I was... Read More
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I am so glad you have addressed this. I noticed the ultra low calorie intake people logged last week and it made me extremely worr... Read More
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Steve S is Running Again and Feeling Great with LWC Healthy Habits!

Steve S is Running Again and Feeling Great with LWC Healthy Habits!
When Tammy S. left this comment in her point submission form during the New Year Challenge it made my day!  “THANKS so much for this contest!  I have my healthy, happy husband (Steve S.) back!!!  He’s running again and looking and feeling great!  (I’m just trying to keep up with him...)  My kids also thank you –they prefer eating healthier foods and having a healthy mom and dad, too!” We, of course, love hearing how Lifetime Wellness Challenge is blessing your lives but mostly we love heari...
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Hard work pays off

As I went through some of the comments and success stories this weekend, there were a few I just HAD to share with you!  These are from a couple of gals who have been with us on and off the last couple of years.  Valerie and I, though we've met few of you in person, we feel a connection to you and truly do cheer for your success.  Your names and little profile pictures are recognized and your stories inpsire us.  We hope that these will inspire all of you as well.

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The Pursuit of Knowledge is Never-Ending

The Pursuit of Knowledge is Never-Ending
Just a little reminder today that whether you are participating in a challenge or not, make it a priority to keep up with you daily personal growth time.  There is so much to be learned from other's experiences.  When you seek to learn and understand what other's have discovered about this world and this life that we're living, then YOU will grow, too! Don't forget that registration is OPEN NOW for the  Spring For Fitness  challenge which begins March 17th.  We will have team (4 person), buddy (2 person)...
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I like it.
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WEEK 7 FITNESS CHALLENGE RESULTS

The New Year, New You Challenge participants had another week of success.  Whether the success was weight loss (a few had some SERIOUS losses this week), being able to maintain a goal weight for another week (this can really be hard sometimes) or the ability to overcome the difficulties of a challenging week and continue to keep their health a priority, we saw success!

We also had a first at LWC this week.  We saw a three-way tie for the biggest loser this week in the Team competition.  Andrew S, Angela A and Wayne W all had a weight loss percentage of 1.6%!  Kristy M from the Individual competition was just behind that with 1.4% and we were amazed with Susanne H.’s loss of 2.4%.  Congratulations to all our “losers” this week!

 

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Good Things Are Happening

This weekend one of our Individual Challengers posted on the Facebook Individual Support Page some of the positive things she has been experiencing since having started the New Year, New You Challenge.  It certainly made my day and want to share her successes with you as well.

I was thinking about all the good things that have happened since I started this challenge and I would like to share a few. 

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Try Something New and Overcome Fears

Have you ever had a desire to try something different but the fear of the obstacles you may face or the fear of failure made you feel that maybe it wasn’t worth trying?  Last year, I felt like I really needed to start expanding my knowledge about fitness and nutrition.  Sure, I research information all the time, but other than the few courses I took in college (Body For Life, Weight Lifting, etc.) I haven’t had much “formal training”.  I decided it was time to change that, but I was nervous.  I did some asking around in different forums and decided on the NASM [National Academy of Sports Medicine] Certified Personal Trainer [CPT] program.  Making that decision was exciting and scary at the same time. 

Taking on this course required hours and hours of study, quizzes, tests and assignments. There were definitely times that I questioned my decision and wondered, “Have I lost too many brain cells as a Mom of three to retain all this information?  Have I been out of school too long?  Will I be good enough?”   But, I kept at it.  I poured over the fundamentals of human movement science (muscular skeletal, cardiorespiratory and nervous systems.  I practiced assessments, training concepts and program design.  I learned about flexibility training, nutrition, lifestyle modification and behavioral coaching. 

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Rise Up and See the Possibility

Rise Up and See the Possibility
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WEEK 5 WELLNESS CHALLENGE RESULTS

The 6th week of a challenge can be an interesting time of motivation or the lack of...  In Week 1 and 2, everything is new, exciting and there are a lot of physical changes happening.  You still feel the “fire” of your decision to live healthier.  Since week 4 is a measure week, the extra indicator of success can offset any waning motivation and reviewing goals can help put things back into perspective.  Week 6, however, is just past that point and can feel a little more difficult to sustain that “fire”.  The habits you’ve been developing are become easier but it may not be as “exciting” as it once was.  So, how do we keep going?  How do we continue to exercise, eat our veggies and not eat our weight in cookies when the “fire” seems missing?

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Guest — NewYearTeams
Thank you! This was a great article!!
Monday, 16 February 2015 03:22
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Jan A Turkey Trot

It is so fun to share Turkey Trot stories.  Who cares if it's months past Thanksgiving, right?  I think Jan A.'s story is one of love for her family and the spirit of determination for herself.   Which makes this completely fitting this week.  With that in mind, I'd like to share Jan A.'s experience.

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Suffering Can Be Oh, So Good

Do you know what I love?  Options.  I love that getting and staying healthy doesn't have to be confined to the same exercises day after day after day.  There are SO many ways to add activity to life.  Who says that walking/jogging on the treadmill or a specific workout video is the ONLY way to get fit?  People who don't mind being bored, that's who.  I like to mix things up to avoid boredom at all costs because for me, boredom is shortly followed by inactivity.  Trying new things helps me to stay motivated and have fun!

Training for triathlons has given me the opportunity to mix things up and rediscover my love of biking.  I love getting outside, feeling the wind across my face, pedaling hard and going fast!  Well, fast in relation to my running speed anyway.  When biking, I feel like I'm really "getting somewhere".  My favorite part of riding is getting outside of the city on my sweet ride and enjoying the views of the mountains and farmland.  With the beautiful views, the crisp clean air and lack of stop lights, it just plain feels good.  The only downside?  I live in Idaho and outside is not always an option.  The darn snow, ice and crazy wind for 4 - 6 months of the year tends to damper my training spirits a bit. 

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When You Feel Like Quitting

When You Feel Like Quitting
When feeling overwhelmed, it can be so tempting to just say "to heck with it" and want to walk away but resist that feeling!  You started this journey to better health for a reason.  That reason hasn't gone away.  The trials and stumbling blocks of life aren't going away either, so set yourself up for success by sticking to the path you're on.  You may need to reassess your goals or try a slightly different approach, but don't quit!  Imagine how good you'll feel in another month when you know you'...
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Thank you for this motivation. I'm so grateful for this challenge, especially this time of year. I suffer from the winter blues,... Read More
Sunday, 01 February 2015 15:47
Guest — NewYearTeams
Love this !!!!! Thanks
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:25
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WEEK 3 NEW YEAR CHALLENGE RESULTS

It was another great week for our New Year "New You" Challengers!  So many of you are facing tough circumstances and yet, here you are making your HEALTH a priority.  You make us so proud and you should be proud of yourself, too!  Wherever you may be in your journey to improved health, don't wait to give kudos where kudos are due.  Each effort, each mistake, each time you pick yourself up and make another attempt show's that you are TRYING and it should be recognized.  

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Lori T completes a 5K with a twist

I have been so impressed with Lori T and her positive attitude since she started competing in the 2014 Holiday Challenge.  One of the weekly bonuses during that Challenge was to complete a 5K Turkey Trot (3.1 miles) over the week of Thanksgiving.  It was not a requirement to participate in a local event, but to get out there and finish the distance however you could at your level of fitness.  Lori chose to use a DVD to complete it.  I hadn’t thought of that!  Way to get creative, Lori!


“Thanksgiving morning, Jesse and I completed Leslie Sansone's Walk at home 5K with a twist, which produced a real good sweat. Jesse is my 13-year-old son. I felt a little stressed about it but Jesse set it all up for us, which relieved some of my stress. Jesse was happy to join me since he got to play a few of his favorite workout tunes while we did the 5K together. I enjoyed sharing the experience with him and hope to help my son learn to be physically active and have healthy eating habits for a lifetime. Thank you for the holiday challenge.”

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Lori, Way to go! Doing a 5k would be daunting for me. Way to be creative! I've enjoyed finding creative ways to exercise from h... Read More
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 01:42
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When We Forget

When We Forget
There’s this funny thing about being human; we can be awfully forgetful.  We forget where we left our keys, where we placed our homework, when we scheduled doctor’s appointments and when it’s time to pick up our kids at orchestra.  We forget that humans make mistakes.  We forget that life isn’t meant to be easy.  We forget that no matter our dire circumstance we have things to be thankful for.  We forget that we have special talents.  We forget to be patient with ourselves.  We forget t...
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Thank you for sharing this. I've been feeling those winter blues and it's frustrating that the bag of chips didn't make me feel a... Read More
Friday, 30 January 2015 18:31
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Why making the decision to change can be difficult

Why making the decision to change can be difficult
Change is not easy.  If it was, we would all be able to do it and we wouldn't need the support of others or additional accountibility to make it happen.  I believe it's best to approach any change with realistic, but hopeful expectations of what you're up against as you work to acheive your goals.  It won't be easy, but it's not impossible either.  Take any obstacles you face in stride, with a positive outlook and see what unfolds for you.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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Guest — NewYearTeams
I always appreciate everything you post! Change is VERY hard and I thank you for the motivation and support!
Sunday, 18 January 2015 16:02
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NEW YEAR "NEW YOU" WEEK 1 FITNESS CHALLENGE RESULTS

I was blown away by all of the New Year Challenge participants this week!  You are on FIRE!!!  You are not just losing weight, which many are doing in a big way,  but you are developing habits that will serve you well throughout your life.  THAT, my friends, is worth applauding!!  Now, let's look at the lineups for WEEK 1...  Be sure to check out our biggest losers AND our combined weight loss, 220 lbs, in just the first week.  That' is amazing.  Absolutely amazing.

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Wow! Well done everyone. It's great to see such a strong start from everyone. It really motivates me to stick to it in a week when... Read More
Thursday, 15 January 2015 07:10
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Don't Let Excuses Get in the Way

Camille D. shared this success with us recently and I just LOVED it!  Her story shows her dedication to improving her health and her ability to make that process more important than what others may think.  

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Guest — NewYearIndividuals
Thanks for the motivation. I need to stop excuses also. I do find if I get up early before my body realizes what is happening I'... Read More
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 16:55
Guest — NewYearTeams
I'm so glad we were able to meet up. I still have such a long way to go, but I have been so inspired by dedicated teammates so of... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2015 17:55
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Create Healthy Habits

Create Healthy Habits
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This is so true. I only get motivated to do healthy things once in a great while. I need to cease those moments and make healthy... Read More
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 17:13
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Week 3 Wellness Challenge Winners

It's so fun announcing the line-ups every week and getting the chance to give shout outs to those who continue to work hard day after day.  We've got people here working to lose weight, maintain their weight as well as those who are just trying to develop healthy habits that help them live longer, healthier, happier lives.  All of those goals are worthwhile and inspiring.

 

For those of you just tuning in, I have to tell you how incredible these MINI participants are!  They may not have perfect points every week, but they have been putting in their best as they face holiday festivity temptations, busy schedules that make fitting in workouts even more difficult than usual, some have been traveling, moving households, struggling with lingering sicknesses of their own and/or their family members.  All the while, they have NOT forgotten themselves!!   And you know what?  It’s paying off!  I want to share a few of the comments we’ve received over the last few of days. 

“I am so happy that I joined this holiday mini challenge.  The fact that I have lost a few pounds over the past 3 weeks and maintained it is amazing. I don't think I have ever maintained over Christmas let alone lost weight in the month of December.  Usually the binge starts at Thanksgiving and continues well into the New Year.   This challenge has really kept me in check and I have really enjoyed the Facebook page.   It is nice to chat with others going through the same struggles.  Thank You!”  - Holly M.

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Benefits of Joining LWC Fitness Challenge

Benefits of Joining LWC Fitness Challenge
Valerie and I have been hosting these challenges for years now and honestly, hearing these stories of success just never gets old.  Each one of you is on a journey to better health and has a story to tell.  Each one of you writes a little more each day through your actions.  Sure, Lifetime Wellness Challenge gives you the blueprint for creating common sense healthy habits but you make the choice to LIVE it everyday.  Thank you for inspiring US to be a little better and thank you for sharing your moments of success so that ot...
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Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:50
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Allow Yourself to See Your True Worth

All too often women (and men) can get sucked into the false belief that their worth is determined by the size of their pants, a number on the scale, the size of their muscles or how fast they can run.  Media bombards us with images that perpetuate that lie.

 

Here's the reality, my friends.  You are of worth no matter what.  You are of worth if you are overweight, underweight, tall, short, shaped like an apple, pear or whatever strange comparison is out there.  You are of worth because you are YOU!  And your level of worth isn't changed by the mistakes you've made or the wonderful things you've done in your life.  You are of worth because you are!  So, let's all stop waiting for "skinny" to make us happy, content and at peace with ourselves.  Let's focus on loving ourselves for who we are, the good, the bad and the ever striving nature we possess.   

 

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Guest — MINI 2014
Thank You !!!!! I love this thought.
Monday, 22 December 2014 15:07
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WEEK 1 WELLNESS CHALLENGE RESULTS

I'm am ridiculously PROUD of this group of individuals!  I don't think we've ever had quite a group like you.  I don't know if the Facebook page is what is making the difference or if you're just a unique group of participants but I think I'm in LOVE with this MINI and all of YOU!!!  You are eating healthy, trying so hard (even if not perfect) and losing weight in the HOLIDAY SEASON!!  AMAZING!!!  Want to know the BEST part?  You are building each other up!  You're not just competitors, but cheerleaders.  It's that mentality that has always drawn me to the running and triathlon communities and I'm just so pleased to see and feel that same excitement and encouragement here as well.  Thank you all for being so wonderful!  We'd love to see you ALL make it through these 4 weeks strong or at very least hanging on!  Let's all make it a personal goal to submit our points every single week, even if we're on the bottom of the leaderboard.  I know we can!!

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Guest — Camille
I agree! I was shocked at how many people ranked higher than me and I had a decent amount of points! Way to go everyone!
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:34
Guest — MINI 2014
This mini challenge has been a huge motivater for me to eat healthy during the holidays!
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 16:06
Guest — MINI 2014
It defiantly makes me think more about the food I eat.
Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:58
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You Never Know Until You Try!

I can't help but get excited when I read the successes we hear from participants!  Sure, it's fun to hear about someone losing X amount of pounds, but it's REALLY amazing to read the little differences a few changes can make.

"This challenge taught me to work through sicknesses and keep myself helathy in the process.  If I was not feeling well I would make it an excuse to not exercise.  I did the excersises anyway and I felt better afterwards.  I worked through the food challenge part of trying a new vegetable and now I like broccoli.  Who knew?!" - David H., 2014 Holiday Participant

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Finding Healthy Solutions to Problems

Finding healthy ways of dealing with lifes challenges and problems.   I recently gave a lesson to the youth in my area about how we can find solutions to life's challenges and problems and the more I pondered the topic in preparation for the lesson the more I realized that this is something we ALL could use reminding of.   Common Problems Fear Grief Discouragement Strained relationships (marriages, friendships, family) Pain (physical/emotional) Abuse Hopeless Pressure to perform Healthy vs Unhealthy Solutions Unhealthy Solutions D...
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The Benefits of Using a Stability Ball

We've all seen those big, fun looking, bouncy balls at the gym, right?  If you're like me you may have seen them but were too intimidated to actually DO anything with them or maybe you just thought they were a hoaky idea and didn't see the benefits of using them.  Well....let me tell you, there are some definite benefits to using a stability ball in your workouts, particularly when just getting started, and I want to share a few with you!
 

ENGAGES CORE

You won't just engage a few of the core muscles, you'll engage lots of them.  You'll be using the rectus abdominis (think 6-pack muscles), transversus abdominis (deep muscles essential for good posture) and the obliques (twisting/bending) as you perform those ball crunches as well as when performing other exercises such as ball bridge, ball cobra, ball push-ups, ball squats and more.

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Guest — MINI 2014
Great for ab workouts.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 15:15
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I've used one after recovering from several surgeries, trying to get some ab stregnth back, they do work and help alot!!
Sunday, 14 December 2014 12:08
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Ah...the sweet smell of possibility...

Ah...the sweet smell of possibility...
Today is a new day.  Get up.  Stand tall and be your best self!  This is your life.  Live it to the fullest without regret.
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
What a great saying. Everyday holds so much potential. It's a fresh slate.
Monday, 08 December 2014 03:21
Guest — Holiday Individuals
Mornigns are the BEST!! Such true statement!! Thanks
Monday, 08 December 2014 16:21
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WEEK 7 FITNESS CHALLENGE WINNERS

WEEK 7 FITNESS CHALLENGE WINNERS
Can you believe that there's really only ONE WEEK left of this competition?!?  I can hardly believe it myself.  I had to keep looking at the dates to be sure it was really true, and true it is.  Let's review how this week went.  I have to say that you've all done pretty darn well considering many of you were traveling, subject to others for sustenance and that Thanksgiving can be the most gluttonous holidays of the year!  There were many of you who still earned all or most of your daily healthy habit points and/or maint...
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
I agree that it is nice to take a moment to just relax and let your mind wander without worry.
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:54
Guest — Holiday Individuals
It is a VERY busy time of year, but also a VERY special time of year!! I do agree that it is so very important to take time to BRE... Read More
Thursday, 04 December 2014 17:52
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Overcoming nerves and completing a 5-mile Turkey Trot!

When you read Holly's Turkey Trot experience you'll understand just how dedicated she was to finishing her first 5-mile race!  Read on, friends, read on..."

I ran the 5-mile Turkey Trot this year in Marshfield, WI.  I was very nervous to say the least.  I have run several 5K races before and also run/walked a 10k a few years ago, but this was my first attempt at running a 5-mile race.  I made my husband come with me, because I had only run that distance one other time before and was a little light headed afterwards and the drive home was a half hour. 

The race started at 8am and the temperature was in the single digits with below zero wind chills.  The sun was actually shining and I actually stayed warm…with the exception of my toes.  I have tried every combination of socks and cannot seem to keep my feet warm.  I think I am going to have to buy some winter running shoes.  Anyway, the race went really well.  The first mile always drags, the second flew by.  There was a water station at the half way mark.  To my surprise when I tossed back my cup of water was a huge chunk of ice.  It was so cold the cups of water were freezing.  I am so used to the lukewarm water of the summer I almost choked on a chunk of ice!  Mile 3 is always the longest for me.  I think it is because my body/mind is used to stopping at the 5k mark and is trying to figure out why we are still moving.  By the time I hit the 4-mile mark I was ready to go again.  I took of my cowl at that point because I was overheating and kicked it into high gear and headed for the end.  Actually pacing fast mile of all 5.  My goal was to run it in an hour and I completed it in just over 58 minutes.  So I was extremely happy.  Especially when I look back at when I first started my first challenge in May and my first fitness test I was pacing over a 15-minute mile.  The cold temps didn’t set in until we go to the car and my body started cooling down.  I spent the rest of the day trying to warm up.

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Guest — Holiday Individuals
That is amazing! I wouldn't be brave enough to race in such cold weather. Holly's dedication is admirable. Alicia
Monday, 01 December 2014 09:55
Guest — Holiday Individuals
Awesome! Way to go, Holly! -Kirsti D.
Monday, 01 December 2014 13:10
Guest — Linda B.
Holly is amazing in so many ways! She has been a true inspiration to our team! So proud of you, Holly!
Monday, 01 December 2014 15:24
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Let's Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Together!

Let's Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Together!
Anyone else have a REALLY difficult time making it through the December calendar of work parties, family feasting festivities and Christmas break leftovers without losing momentum in your health goals?  When I let myself flounder I finish up the year feeling defeated.   Well, I feel that way UNLESS ... I participate in a LWC Challenge.  Which is why I'm so excited.  I took this last challenge off and it's been bad news!  It's so easy to just slip into old habits without the accountability and support of...
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
Thanks for all the help during these holidays. JAN
Friday, 28 November 2014 17:18
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I know I should probably do the mini challenge like I did last year, but I kind of want a little more freedom to eat a few more sw... Read More
Saturday, 29 November 2014 07:54
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I think this sounds like a great idea!! especially if it's going to be just the basics, so it is not so time consuming as some of ... Read More
Sunday, 30 November 2014 05:36
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WEEK 6 FITNESS CHALLENGE WINNERS

 

 

I noticed that many of you are struggling to balance the upcoming holiday and your health goals.  Believe me, I understand!!  I'm having a hard time, too.  All the holiday prep can feel overwhelming.  The travel, the shopping, the CLEANING, the baking, getting caught up at work, the recitals and the list just keeps getting longer...everyday!

 

Here's the thing though, you will be so much better prepared to take on all of those tasks if you put YOU on the priority list.  Just think of the possibilities if you were to take 30 -45 min. each morning to exercise and plan out your day.  It could literally be the difference of feeling "on top of it all" and getting near the bottom of that "To Do" list and feeling like you're "chasing the bus" all day, leaving you in frustration and STRESS.  We all know what stress leads to, right?  For many of us.... stress eating, stress weight gain, stress sluggishness, stress frustration and more.  Let's decide NOW to evaluate our PRIORITIES and make sure that we are ON THE TOP OF THE LIST!

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Guest — Holiday Individuals
It is REALLY true, if you don't take a little time for YOU, then your frustrated, unhappy, and not in a good mood to really be th... Read More
Sunday, 30 November 2014 05:46
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I think the thing that helps me the most is having only three desserts a week it really makes it so I think about everything that ... Read More
Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:16
Guest — Holiday Individuals
Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 15:21
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Thankful People are Happy People

Thankful People are Happy People
This saying really resonated with me when I came across it at  Overstuffed Life.  I think many times we can find ourselves waiting for happiness to happen before we express gratitude.  Funny thing is, it generally just doesn't work that way.  Happiness will typically follow contentment and contentment occurs when we start appreciating what and who we have now rather than always waiting for "something" in the future. What do you think?   PS.  You can get this image in a printable over at Overstuffed Life for fre...
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
I think I need to work on this even more. JAN
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 07:54
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I love Thanksgiving time. It is a great time to refocus on remembering to be grateful for everything we have.
Friday, 28 November 2014 07:49
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I have noticed that a good way for me to get over feeling sad or depressed is to start listing all the many blessings I have. When... Read More
Monday, 24 November 2014 05:41
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Fitness Challenge Helped Kristy Improve Her Physical & Emotional Health

This is what this fitness challenge is all about people!  Is it great to lose weight?  Of course!  But let's not forget how very important it is to improve your overall health.  That includes your emotional health as well.  In fact, I believe that our emotional health is directly related to our physical health.  The two work hand in hand.  If you don't take care of yourself physically, your emotional health will suffer.  If you don't take care of yourself emotionally, your physical health suffers.  Thank you, Kristy, for reminding us what is truly important!

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Guest — Chloe
Great motivation for those who have the problem like Kristy congratulation Kristy you can best dissertation one again maintain phy... Read More
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Guest — Ian15
ncie one yara awsome artical
Thursday, 26 May 2016 11:00
Guest — Holiday Individuals
Amen! I've been a little discouraged that the weight isn't coming off for me as easily/quickly this time, but I can definitely say... Read More
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 07:29
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Become a Dreamer: Using Imagery to Improve Your Health

Every one is a dreamer.  We dream about all kinds of things night and day.  We may dream at night but we can also "dream" or imagine what we will make for dinner, how we will deal with our cranky toddler during a meltdown (or co-worker...you fill in the blank), what we’ll do for exercise that day or even what we want for our future. 

What I want to talk about today is imagery.  You may hear it called by different names, visualization, dreaming, meditation, positive thinking, etc., but the idea is the same.  Imagery allows us to create an experience before actually “experiencing” it.  We can actually “see” ourselves performing a workout before we even change into our running shoes.  What an incredible ability we possess!!  The most amazing thing about this ability is that when we “dream” or “imagine” we can actually have an impact on our ability to physically carry out whatever we imagine.  This type of visualization has been shown to help in managing pain and discomfort, improving positive outcomes for situations and even relieving stress through relaxation.

Ready to learn how to use this skill to your benefit? 

For today’s purposes, I’m going to use exercise as the example, but honestly you can use this same principle and practice for ANY situation you might be facing.  (Avoiding sweets, making healthy food choices, career goals, social situations and more!)

First, get out your pen and paper. 

I know, you’re supposed to be imagining, right?  Work with me here, I promise it will help in a minute.  Okay, all set?  Now you can think.  Ask yourself if there was ever a time in your past that you had a positive experience with exercise.  Maybe you ran a really fast mile and felt really proud or just felt great after a hard workout or...something along those lines. 

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Guest — Holiday Individuals
I have often heard that we do not realize how powerful the human mind can be. I think following this idea could have an amazing im... Read More
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 03:44
Dianne Nichols
Let us know how it goes!
Monday, 17 November 2014 05:46
Dianne Nichols
I think that's a terrific idea! Try it out and let us know if it helped.
Monday, 17 November 2014 05:45
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Get back on the wagon!

Get back on the wagon!
We've all been there.  We decide to indulge a bit then feel awful so what do we do?  Eat more bad stuff and wallow in our self-pity!  This is all so counterproductive, but you're not alone.  We've all had those meals (days) that don't go as planned and we end up not making the best nutrition choices.  The BEST course of action is to get back on track NOW!  Don't let guilt and shame turn a bad meal into a bad week.  You have everything you need to reach your goals.  YOU just need to dec...
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Dianne Nichols
Wouldn't that be AMAZING!?! I guess until that's invented we'll have to rely on our own "reset" through changing our thoughts. s... Read More
Monday, 17 November 2014 05:48
Dianne Nichols
Keep trying! You'll get there.
Monday, 17 November 2014 05:47
Dianne Nichols
Hold onto that positivity!! You CAN do this!
Monday, 17 November 2014 05:46
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Announcing Winners!!

This is an exciting week because Monday marked the end of the September Challenge.  Which means.... I get to announce the WINNERS!!  YAY!!  

I'm really proud of all of our September competitors!  Many of you had struggles along the way and you just kept plugging along doing your best despite your circumstances.  That's the true test of your commitment to a healthy YOU!  Thank you for being such amazing examples to us and to others!!

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Guest — Holiday Individuals
I need to think of a way to up my game to burn more fat. I CAN DO THIS. (insert motivating yell here)
Thursday, 06 November 2014 05:18
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Why Not Me? Why Not YOU?

I'm so excited to share today's Motivate Me story!  Linda B has participated with us many times and we've watched as she's progressed each and every challenge.  She made my day when she agreed to share her story with all of you!  So, without further ado...a snipet from her journey in her own words...

“When I first started this particular challenge,  I doubted myself about reaching a weight I haven't seen on the scale in many years.  I'm a 56-year-old grandma and have had life struggles just like everyone else. 

I had heard the NFL commercial a few times regarding their success and making it to the Super Bowl. The players were saying "Why not me?!"‎  One day the slogan really resonated with me and I started to remind myself frequently "Why not me?"‎  There's no reason why I couldn't reach the milestone of seeing the scale tip below 150#s.  It's been many years since that has happened and now I'm very close to reaching the weight listed on my driver's license which I don't know if that has EVER occurred! :)

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Guest — Holiday Teams
That's our LInda!!! Keep inspiring!!!Great Story and love the pictures also!!!Marcia
Monday, 10 November 2014 03:58
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I love hearing people's stories.
Saturday, 08 November 2014 03:26
Guest — Holiday Individuals
Very motivational. Thanks for sharing.
Friday, 07 November 2014 03:33
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Don't Let Static Stretching Scare You

Don't Let Static Stretching Scare You
A few weeks ago I talked about the importance of flexibility training and gave some examples of foam rolling that can be used.  I’ve been much better, though not perfect, at making foam rolling a part of my daily routine and I’m already noticing a difference in my lower back and hip pain. Rolling on th e torture device doesn’t even  feel as cruel these days for some parts of my body.   Aside from the foam rolling, static stretching is another option for increasing flexibility.   This is what most would cons...
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
Wow! I know I'm old. but I've never heard of these before, very interesting.
Sunday, 02 November 2014 15:44
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I like to stretch or do yoga before bed. I think the breathing calms me and makes me sleepy.
Saturday, 01 November 2014 17:28
Dianne Nichols
Haha! I've never tried Hot Yoga, but the Hatha Yoga videos I've tried have been great.
Saturday, 01 November 2014 13:17
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Reasons Why People Change

Reasons Why People Change
 Can you think of others reasons why people might choose to change?       
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
I think those are both good thoughts.
Monday, 03 November 2014 00:44
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I think part of it is, as we get older our bodies need to be healthier for us to be able to continue to enjoy our lives, and do th... Read More
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 10:45
Guest — Dianne Nichols
It might go with the others, but I really like that thought! Thanks for sharing.
Monday, 27 October 2014 06:12
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Best Fitness Challenge Weekly WINNERS!

September Buddies & Individuals are getting close to the end, so NOW is the time that you might be tempted to slack off and say...'Well. I'll just try again next time', but DON'T let yourself go there!!  Now is the time that you really learn what you're made of.  Are you going to let your ranking get in the way of your personal goal?!?  Heck No!  Finish this out STRONG and know that whether or not you win this round of LWC, you will be able to take pride in the fact that you did NOT give up!  

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Finding Yourself

Finding Yourself
   "I have had high and low days.  I have put on the pounds over the years and it's sooooo very humiliating!  I used to be athletic, competitive, I even ran on the ambulance for 5 years with lots of mountain runs! I was even bigger than I'd like but I was energetic at that time and I still could move!  Life has thrown our family lots of curve balls, as life throws many trials to many families.  I think stress and taking care of everyone else...somewhere I LOST ME! Thank you friends and {Lifetime Wellness] C...
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
Thank you Lifetime wellness challenge for a practical way to lose weight and to keep it off. JAN
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:57
Camile K
Thanks for sharing your success. You are awesome!
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:02
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I am happy for your amazing effort. Keep it up!!JAN
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:59
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The Importance of Flexibility Training

The Importance of Flexibility Training
Did you know that in today’s society, nearly everyone is affected by some type of muscle imbalance and/or poor posture?  This is in large part due to the advancements in technology.  The conveniences of our day have lead to more sedentary lifestyles and the use of more repetitive movements.  With long hours in front of computers at office jobs, tedious, specialized work of factories and even the repetitive motions associated with recreational “gamers” can lead to injury, such as low-back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and ...
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
Did the yoga as an extra this week - that was fun too JAN
Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:31
Guest — Holiday Individuals
I will have to try this.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 16:51
Dianne Nichols
I'm so glad to hear that foam rolling is helping you to heal. It really is a wonderful corrective option, but it's not necessaril... Read More
Saturday, 18 October 2014 13:13
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See Your Strength Through Your Struggle

See Your Strength Through Your Struggle
 
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Guest — Valerie
It would be nice if we only had to fight the battle once...not every, single day!-Valerie, LWC
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:22
Guest — Valerie
SO true!!
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:20
Guest — Valerie
I agree 100%. I wish this was not a battle that I had to fight; however, how awesome is it that our bodies are ABLE to fight and ... Read More
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:20
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Run For the Cure 2014

Run For the Cure 2014
Valerie and I were so excited to form a team for a local benefit race organized by Personal Best Performance this past weekend.  We were thrilled to be a part of this, as we knew that all the proceeds from the race would be donated locally to raise breast cancer awareness and fund research for finding a cure to this terrible disease.  Though not personally affected by breast cancer, we’ve had friends who are, so we wanted to show our support for their continued courage by gathering our local friends and family together to do our...
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Guest — Holiday Individuals
That is pretty amazing. What a wonderful event. Alicia
Thursday, 16 October 2014 16:01
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I CAN do hard things!

"If anybody would have asked me at anytime in my life if I would become a runner, or at least someone who chooses to run, I would've laughed and told them not a chance. But that has changed now and I just completed my first 5k. I'm still slightly shocked that I did it. But more than that, I'm proud. I'm proud of this small accomplishment that, to me, has become a huge turning point in my life.

This is my story.

Five years ago, I was about 6-7 months pregnant with my first son. I have since had two more. Yep, three boys in less than five years. Heaven help me! And while I have loved my journey of becoming a mom and raising my boys, there have been plenty of bumps along the way. The two biggest (for me personally) have been my battle with depression and my physical appearance, meaning weight gain. Those two put together make for not a very happy mom/wife. Don't get me wrong; I've had many happy moments and so many great memories being made with my children and husband. Just deep down inside, there's always been a hollow feeling that I know I'm not completely happy with my seemingly happy life. Through so many blessings, I've still found myself upset. When my last baby was born (in June of this year), I finally accepted the realization that I NEEDED to do something about my weight. Through being pregnant and giving birth three times so close together, I had gained over 50lbs from where I used to be. I knew that was part of the main reason my depression had been worse as well. Not only did I have very low self-esteem, I was tired and exhausted all the time. I just didn’t feel good. I knew that in order to take care of my kids, my husband, the house, and myself, I could not continue living the way I was. Something big had to change. After an emotional heart to heart conversation with my husband (who has been SO loving and SO supportive of me through everything), I decided to get a gym membership.

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Guest — Holiday Individuals
Emily, you are amazing. I hope you don't lose that awesome motivation. Alicia
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 08:56
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Don't Give Up

Don't Give Up
The journey of health is long.  It can be difficult.  It can be discouraging, but there's hope!  It will get better!  You WILL be stronger mentally and physically.  Don't let a setback stop you from picking up and trying again!   You are capable of FAR more than you know.  Get out there and find your greatness!
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Ditch the Quick Fix Fad and Reach Your Health Goals

Ditch the Quick Fix Fad and Reach Your Health Goals
WOW!  Look at those results!  She lost 75 lbs in 2 weeks!  That's amazing!  Unbelievable!  Oh wait...something seems a little "too unbelievable" here... maybe it's so unbelievable because it is  not true ...  The image below is a before/after photo that is completely photoshopped. Photo Credit:  Gym Free Fitness Some companies (not all) in the health and fitness industry will use glossy photoshopped images and fancy marketing phrases to attempt to convince you not only that you can but that you&nb...
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Make Time For the Life You Want

Make Time For the Life You Want
This is absolutely true!  We have to create the life we want or our life will be created for us and I'm pretty sure we're not going to love the outcome.  Let's be proactive and make it great!  
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Tabata Supersets Workout

Tabata Supersets Workout
I found this tabata workout via Pinterest over at fitfabcities.com last spring when I was looking for something to mix up my routine.  I tell you what...consider my routine thoroughly mixed!  This is a challenging workout for sure.   I don't think I could have completed this routine more than 2 times through!  What's nice about this workout is that all of these exercises can be adapted to your fitness level.  If jumping jacks are too much for your right now, go ahead and do steps to the side while bringing your arms abo...
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Getting the Weight Off and Keeping It Off

Have we mentioned lately just how much we LOVE hearing about how well you have done!?!  It's not just exciting for you, it's incredibly exciting for us as well!!  When Greg let us know last week that he'd been able to stay at least 20 lbs below his initial weight since beginning, we were reminded again why we continue to host these challenges.  YOU INSPIRE US!

You may think it is the other way around sometimes, but not so!  As you know, Valerie and I still have our own struggles that we continue to work through every single day.  

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Mary B. has gained Strength, Endurance & Energy!

Mary B. has gained Strength, Endurance & Energy!
"I never thought I would be able to have a "before" and "now" picture showing a 100 pound weight loss. Nor did I think I would ever show it to any one, much less send it to be "put out there" for others to see. I have always been very private in my weight loss/gain struggles and successes. I was not comfortable talking about my journey with anyone other than my closest family and friends. Obviously that did not work so well for me! I am not one who can say I lost this in a year, or two, or even three. I was at my heaviest weight ten years ago t...
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You Can Conquer Your Body

 

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5 Things I Love About Sweat

by Thad Peterson, founder of You Can’t Fake Sweat

I'm 43 years old, so 1st grade was a long time ago for me. But I distinctly remember the most obscure scene from 1st grade. I was at Cabot School in Newton, Massachusetts. We had just come in from recess. It was a hot day. And a big bead of sweat was trickling down Greg LeBlanc’s temple. At that tender age, I didn’t sweat a whole lot, and I remember being envious that Greg sweated that way. There was something cool about it. Something tough about it. Something rugged about it.

Flash forward 36 years. I no longer have to envy Greg LeBlanc. I sweat like a pig these days. And I’m glad I do. I still think there’s something cool, something tough, something rugged about sweat.

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Victory is Far Sweeter Than....

(shared in winter of 2013)

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5 Tips for Increasing Daily Fruits & Vegetables

1.  Power Pack your Breakfast

Plan to have at least one serving of vegetables each morning.  Throw spinach, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, onions or tomatoes (or all of the above) into your omelets.  It's delicious! Well, except those mushroom things, blech! ;)   Try sneaking kale, spinach, carrots, fennel or cucumber into your smoothie for a quick veg option.  Fruits are super easy to add to oatmeal, yogurt, whole-grain cereal, Cream of Wheat or my favorite pre-workout breakfast, wheat toast with natural peanut butter and banana slices on top.  mmm....  Just be careful to avoid the canned varieties of fruit.  They are often packed in heavy syrups and the calories/sugars add up fast.  Whole fruit is the ideal, but frozen is a good option, too.

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Guest — August Individuals
Pureed veggies and fruits can be added to lots of things. I add pureed pumpkin to lots of things like pancakes, spaghetti sauce a... Read More
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 08:39
Dianne Nichols
That's awesome! These are some really great ideas. I'll definitely be trying out a few. My youngest is my pickiest and passes o... Read More
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 16:44
Guest — August Individuals
Sometimes I'll serve the salad or veggie ten minutes before the rest of dinner. We also put a lot of finely chopped veggies in sau... Read More
Saturday, 13 September 2014 03:03
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Feeling and Fitting Better

It's funny how easy it can be to get sucked into the "scale zone".  It's that zone where nothing matters but what the scale tells you and then you get all depressed because it didn't tell you exactly what you wanted to hear, when you wanted to hear it.

I'm a big advocate of monitoring weight in order to keep us honest and give us a general idea of what's happening with our health, but overall, the scale just can't tell you how many inches you've lost, how energetic you feel or the comfort level of your pants!  I'm always happy when our participants recognize these things!!  Here's what Kristy M. shared a couple of weeks ago.

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Dianne Nichols
YAY!!!
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:11
Guest — August Individuals
Paula GI needed that today. Thanks.
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 08:31
Guest — August 1
I agree, that what really matters is how your clothes feel. However, with points tied to weight loss, it is hard to smile when the... Read More
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 02:20
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Do It Now.

Do It Now.
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Weight Is Just a Number

Last week I received a message that gave me a smile and made my heart leap for joy.  I  do tend to get a little giddy when someone has an "AHA" moment and starts to see the real progress they're making.  I just have to share what she sent...

"I have struggled with this challenge because I haven't lost any weight.  After I saw my pictures, I realized weight is just a number.  I have been lifting weights and there is a definite difference in my body.  I love lifting and feeling stronger and from now on I am just going to focus on getting in my workouts and making good choices - not the scale".

To my delight, Carrie sent her before and after pictures to show what she meant.  She wasn't sure I'd be able to see the changes but I see a definite change in body shape!  Don't you?!?  There's no doubt in my mind that she has been putting in the "work" these past 8 weeks despite having only lost 1.6 lbs.  For her, the scale isn't going to move down much but who cares?  Her clothing fits better and she's building muscle that will keep her strong.  

carrie t before after

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My LWT has been talking about how hard it is to lose "the last few pounds" and one thing we notice is that it isn't really the wei... Read More
Sunday, 07 September 2014 06:37
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Starve the Negative in Your Life

Starve the Negative in Your Life
Choose a mantra for the difficult times and repeat it over and over until you just can't help but believe that you are capable of accomplishing ALL that you set out to do!  We believe in you and it's time that YOU believe in you, too.
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Guest — August Individuals
I so believe in this. No negative thoughts!
Monday, 01 September 2014 17:14
Guest — August Individuals
Go ++++
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