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A Daily Blog Post Challenge For New Bloggers (Like Myself)

By on November 4, 2016

I’m a blogger who has yet to really start blogging.  I have been kicking around this idea of being a fitness blogger for well over a year now.  I have the bare bones pieces in place.  I have a domain name, I have a few posts here on my blog.  I’m definitely still living a life dedicated to fitness, I’m just not posting about it.

Last month I went to the Blog Elevated conference at the South Shore Harbor Resort and Conference center.  It was quite a positive experience for me.  I felt so inspired that whole weekend.  On the first evening of the conference I had a conversation with an interesting gentlemen by the name of William Leborgne from News Republic,

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Keep going forward.

that was actually about creating videos for youtube but I am going to apply that concept to this fledgling blog.  He told me about an acquaintance of his that had decided to create and post a video to youtube every day to “get all the bad videos out of her system”.  This sounded rather intriguing to me as I tend to have months between blog posts due to the fact that I am compelled to have a post be “perfect” before I am willing to work on and publish it.

So here is my first post on my daily blog post challenge.  How long will it last?  I am unsure.  Maybe I will commit to a 30 day challenge, although that seems a little much.  Lets just start with a nice attainable number such as 10 day challenge.  Hey, I’ve done a 10 day cleanse on more than one occasion, so I might as well do a 10 day blog post challenge.

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Losing to Win // How DietBet Competitions Helped Me Maintain My Weight Loss

By on August 12, 2016

Detailed Info on how DietBet helped me stay motivated to maintain my weight loss
Unless you have cutoff all network television from your life and you close your eyes as you cross through the magazine racks at the grocery store checkout, you probably have heard of the show The Biggest Loser.  The show revolves around contestants competing to lose the biggest percentage of their starting body weight through extreme workouts and intense diet change.  This show has inspired many individuals to participate similar contests on a much smaller scale, likely organized by someone at their place of employment.  I know I did.

For several consecutive years, someone at my job would organize a game of “The Biggest Loser” in which participants would pitch in $10-$30 to enter the contest.  One, maybe two, of the participants would “win it all” at the end if they had the biggest percentage of weight loss compared to their starting weight.  It was super motivating, until it wasn’t.  Let’s just say that I never won.  I would start out excited to “compete” and determined to win, but a few weeks into the competition I would be edgy and stressed out.  Feelings of resentment towards other people playing the game (especially those I perceived as “not needing to lose any weight anyway”) would surface and I would ultimately mentally check out half way through the contest.  Understandably, those who made it to the end and were the winners likely felt differently than me and this sort of game may have ignited a new passion for health and fitness within them.  If so, yahoo!

The last time I participated in such a contest I was about 30-40lbs into my 100 pound weight loss.  Over the course of 2 more years I was able to lose about 70 more pounds without the incentive of a “contest”.

One year ago I started noticing posts on instagram about “Diet Bets”.  I was intrigued.  At the time, I was nearly 10 pounds heavier than my usual weight due to stressing about work situations and dealing with that stress with poorer food choices than usual.  I thought this new Diet Bet setup may be just the activity to get me back on track.

How does it work?

When you participate in Diet Bet your are going to pay a fee (or bet) that you will lose a percentage of your starting body weight (4% for 28 day games, 10 % for 6 month games).  If you are successful, you will get your bet money back, plus a cut of the money of participants who were not successful.

Who is it for?

Diet Bets that are 28 days long are great for individuals who have weight to lose and are actively using a scale one tool to measure their profess/success.  If you have issues with monitoring your weight and attaching a great deal of importance to that number on the scale, this may not be the game for you.  There are many non-scale methods for monitoring your fitness journey progress such as clothing sizes, measurements, overall health and mental well being and many more.  You should also be in need of losing 4% or more of your body weight, since if you are very close to your healthy/ideal weight, the challenge of losing that last couple of pounds might not be probable with a Diet Bet.

Why is it motivational?

Most people do not wish to part with their hard earned money.  Many will find it worth sticking to their nutrition and exercise plan just to get back their money they invested into the game.  Plus there is always the chance that you will have some “winnings” which in turn can be seen as a “return on your initial investment”  See my example from a recent bet I participated in below:

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I’m the type of person who can be motivated by money.  I want to get more money, and most importantly I don’t want to lose my money.  From time to time I will spend money on a specific nutritional challenge, or expensive running shoes, and like I said since I do not want to lose my money, I make darn sure those materials get used!

What I also find encouraging about joining a Diet Bet fitness challenge is the group dynamic and support.  It can be nice to have a challenge in common, knowing someone you know and are friends with is focusing on the same thing you are and that you can share your success and/or vent your frustrations with them.

Who might want to avoid a Diet Bet?

We are all unique and respond to situations in our own way.  Anyone who is struggling with an eating disorder would not be an ideal player in this game.  If the thought scales and your weight stresses you out and makes you treat yourself not so nicely, I would not recommend this challenge for you.  You would probably do better focusing on non-scale related goals in your fitness journey.  This game requires a scale to measure success, so you must be okay with weighing yourself regularly.  Admittedly, I don’t love getting on the scale to often, so when I participate in these challenges I weigh in at the beginning and then don’t weigh again for 2 weeks, then weigh in every other day during the end of the challenge.  If weighing yourself is not something you are into but you do want to join a fitness challenge, the WayBetter company has also recently introduced “StepBet“.

What should I do next?

Well, if you read through this post and you can see how a DietBet might be a fun challenge for you to try, you can join my current game by following this link:

www.dietbet.com/igfitmoms

Have you participated in a DieBet or any type of weight loss challenge?  Comment below with your experience, I’d love to hear from you!

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Fear, Doubt, and Failure: Running is a Metaphor for Life

By on August 8, 2016

Facing a fear of failure in the context of running. How you will be more successful if you embrace the risk of failure.

I’ve run so many miles, just check my Nike+ Running stats!  But ever so often right before  I head out on a run I’ll get strange feeling and think to myself, “What if I can’t do it?  What if I can handle running anymore?  What if I can’t make it through my run?!”  It happened to me tonight.  My mind raced through these thoughts while tapped on the GPS in my running watch and shoved my phone into my arm band.  Nonetheless, I pushed play on my running playlist and slowly began to run.

The first few minutes I began to gain my confidence in my running-self again.  “Hey, I can do this!  I’m not dying!” I thought.  I made it through the first mile and those thoughts of “I don’t think I can” began to fade.  5 miles was my distance goal, by the time I reached my halfway point I was starting to feel those endorphins, aka, “runner’s high” and I knew then my distance goal was probably in the bag.  Success!  If I had let my fear of failure stop me from running at all, I would have missed out on the wonderful feelings and benefits the completed from brought me.

It doesn’t always turn out like that though.  Sometimes, not very often, the run really doesn’t go well.  There have been times where everything that could go wrong did go wrong and  had to just call it quits and go home.  I find this to be an example of how sometimes failure is necessary to learn and grow.  When I analyze the context surrounding a failed run, I am then able to apply  my learning to ensure future successes with running.

Can you see how this could apply to almost any experience?  Running truly is a metaphor for life!

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Avocado Toast : Caprese Style

By on July 15, 2016

Raise your hand if you love avocados….. Raise your hand if you love toast…..  If you have two hands up then you mostly likely enjoy avocado toast.  Nom!  Well how about an avocado toast “upgrade” by making Caprese avocado toast?!  Are you in?  That’s what I thought, lets go!

Sprouted grain bread, avocado, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil
Sprouted grain bread, avocado, grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil

This will make two slices of toast, of which I ate both to make one “late lunch” meal for myself.  Increase all quantities as need.   

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How One Comment Can Cost a Lot : 4 Ways to Raise Children with a Positive Body Image

By on July 10, 2016
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We can choose to talk to ourselves and our children in a way that builds their self esteem and helps them have a positive body image

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.”  We’ve all heard that one.  But what if you have something seemingly nice to say?  What if you think what you’re saying is “not mean” so you go ahead and say it?  Well that comment can cost a lot.  And those types of comments can add up to some serious damage.  Specifically, when we make comments on our bodies and physical appearance, as well as choosing to comment (negatively or even positively) on the bodies of others we are choosing to teach our children to be defined by their body and physical appearance.  

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Chelsea Reviews: Lemon Pound Cake by Eat Me Guilt Free

By on May 16, 2016

 

I’m a big fan of dessert, better choices, and protein.  When all of those things come together into a beautiful harmony, well it makes for one happy chica.  While perusing Instagram as part of my nightly bedtime routine, I came across some images of delicious protein brownies and cakes by Eat Me Guilt Free.  I just had to get my hands on some and it wasn’t long before I was tearing open a package I received that had several flavors to choose from.  Today I will focus on the Lemon Pound Cake.

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High protein and low carb. Gluten free with 22 grams of protein per cake.

 

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6 Positive Thoughts to Guide Your Fitness Journey: Mindfulness and Fitness

By on April 6, 2016

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Positive self talk is a big deal.  It’s a game changer.  Of all the things I have done to get me where I am today in terms of health and fitness, the positive self talk is probably the most crucial.

1. “Just do better”

2.   ” I can do it”

3.  “Each step is getting me closer”

I was overweight for many years.  So, understandably, there had been many, many, MANY times where I had resolved to “lose the weight”.  And I failed many, many, MANY times.  I can remember once in high school saying, “I’m going on a fast.  It’s a religious one.  Because when I’m skinny, I will thank God!!”.  Yep, I really said that.  One common thread among all of my attempts to lose was that I always had some lofty weight loss goal in terms of pounds and boy did I want instant gratification.  “I’m going to lose 50lbs!”  Three (or less) days later, half a pound (less) lost, and cue binge fest!

4. “I am enough”

5.  “I am worth it”

6.  “I can and I will”

So, something that seemed to work for me this time around was not setting a goal.  Well, I guess I did set a goal, but it was not in terms of pounds/sizes/fat percentages or any such thing.  My goal was simply “Do Better”.  I would tell myself, “just do better”, “you can do better”, “you’ve done better!” and many variations of this simple goal.

I didn’t tell anyone my goal.  Sure, people noticed that I was going to the gym.  I would talk about exercising.  But I would never talk about weight loss goals with my close friends and family.  I didn’t want them rooting for me at that time.  And I have some fabulous friends and family who are an amazing cheering section.  But I needed to be my own cheering section.  I cheered myself on in my head for the first several months of my journey.  Was I always positive?  No.  Did I still have negative thoughts about myself and my progress?  Sure.  But I had an exponential increase in the amount of  positive thoughts flying around in my over-analytical mind compared to my past.  That positive self talk ignited the fire and everything else fueled the flames.

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Chelsea Reviews: Paleo Protein Bar (Glazed Donut) by Julian Bakery

By on February 24, 2016

I first came across an ad for this protein bar a few months ago on Facebook.  Living a busy working mom fit life, I choose to keep such products on hand for convenience and to help me avoid other forms of fast food when life gets tricky.  Let me say that no “bar” is a substitute for whole healthy foods.

I was able to get some of the Glazed Donut bars (Thank you Julian Bakery!!) and as a girl who likes donuts, but doesn’t eat them regularly (anymore!), I was excited to try one.

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Cleanses: A Beginners Guide

By on February 10, 2016
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What you want to know if you are thinking about starting a cleanse.

 

“Oh, no thanks, I’m on a cleanse” I said as I passed on a slice or 4 of pizza and birthday cake the very first day of the first time in my life I would declare to be “on a cleanse”.  This was the summer of 2012, I had decided to pay for and commit to the Advocare 10 day cleanse.  At this point I had already lost a good deal of weight.  I was coming to the cleanse with the perspective that I was finally ready to “clean up” my diet.  I had already done a major overhaul, lessening the amount of food I was eating, doing away with the fast food as much as possible, avoiding my arch-nemesis coca-cola.

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4 Reasons Why Joining a Gym Can Jumpstart Your Weight Loss

By on February 3, 2016

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I love the gym.  I mean I really LOVE the gym.  Joining my gym was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life!  Right before I enrolled, I had been attending an exercise class for moms called “Strollerfit”.  It was a good little setup, but it was entirely too hot here in Texas at 9:00am in June.  Fortunately for me, they opened an LA Fitness a few miles from my house.

One Non-Fitness Reason to Join a Gym.  

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