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Sweating For The Dress…


I love it when a new motivational tool falls in my lap…

One of my best friends, Jessica, stopped over last night to ask me if I would be a bridesmaid in her wedding… 🙂

I am so excited to share this wonderful day with her…  and now, we can SWEAT FOR THE DRESS together!!!!

(I am going to get matching tank tops for us, one saying November Bride and the other saying November Bridesmaid…  lol)


Dying To Be Thin…

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, in the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.  Millions more are struggling with binge eating disorders.  Due to the stigma associated with these disorders, many more go unreported.

In the 1960s and 1970s, when most of the research on eating disorders began, experts felt that young girls were the primary group affected and branded the disorders as a “teenage disease”.  Disturbingly, the number of young women diagnosed with eating disorders has not waned at any time since then.

Additionally, other groups are showing alarming rises in diagnoses:

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Review – Bikram Yoga

I have been telling myself that I need to start building up my workouts in preparation for my races this summer, but I haven’t really added anything challenging up to this point.  This weekend, I decided that it was time and I took my first Bikram Yoga class.


Bikram Choudhury began studying Hatha yoga at the age of four.  His guru was Bishnu Ghosh.  At age 12, Bikram was the youngest national yoga champion of India, holding the title three consecutive years.  After his 3rd title, Bishnu encouraged Bikram to move on competitively.  Bikram went on to pursue an athletic career as a marathon runner and an Olympic style weight lifter.

At age of 20, a weight lifting accident crushed his knee, leaving Bikram severely crippled.  With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26-posture series, which restored his health.  He quickly established himself as an expert yoga teacher around the globe, opening schools throughout the East.  Combining all that he learned from both Eastern and Western doctors and scientists at Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram perfected his comprehensive yoga system.

Bikram then tailored his technique for the Western person, specifically for the cultural problems of occupational stress, chronic overeating, poor posture, and a high stress lifestyle.

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Versatile Blogger Award!!!

Imagine my surprise, when I saw that lil ol’ me was nominated for a BLOGGING award…  And on the EXACT day that I post my 100th blog post!!!

(Click here for more information on the Versatile Blogger Award)

I started this blog with the desire to create a space for people to share healthy living ideas and support each other in making healthy living choices.  Along the way, I have found great blogs and websites, made new friends and found a new way to help keep me accountable to me.  I look forward to the comments and feedback I receive and it amazes me every day when I log in and see how many people  I have reached.  I truly enjoy working on my blog and my goal is to find a way to turn all my “healthy living” interest into a profession.

I want to congratulate Andreea at The Windy Kitchen for her Versatile Blogger Award and thank her for nominating me.  You should click on the link and check out her blog, her recipes are fantastic.  🙂

As a part of the rules for the award, I have to tell you 7 new things about me:

  • I didn’t start liking chocolate until I turned 30
  • My signature “thing” is that I always choose orange for my toenail polish
  • Even though I have more than 30 pairs of shoes, I prefer to go barefoot
  • I recently joined “Foodie Penpals“, you should check it out
  • I love every season and even though winter can get long, I can’t imagine not having it
  • It is a personal requirement that I live near water, preferably a large body of water (I drive past Lake Michigan every day on my way to work, even though that route is longer)

Now comes the fun part…  I am nominating the following FANTASTIC bloggers (with a wide variety of interests and in no particular order) for the Versatile Blogger Award:

The REAListic Challenge…



Thanks to Pinterest, I came across a great blog this morning, {all that i have sown}.  I am committing to this challenge and I hope that you will too…  (The only thing I would change is that I feel that it should apply to both men and women):




The REAListic Beauty and Fitness Challenge

  • I will embrace a REAListic view of womanly beauty
  • I will not speak negatively about my body
  • I will not speak negatively about another woman’s body
  • I will restrict media containing unrealistic or unhealthy portrayals of the female body
  • I will strive to be a good example of REAListic beauty (inside and out) to my daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter, friend, etc.
  • I will commit to a REAListic fitness goal
  • I will share my commitment with others and allow them to keep me accountable
  • I will encourage my sisters in their fitness goals
  • I will exercise for health and wellness
  • I will eat a healthy amount of food (this is NOT about dieting)
If you join me you are NOT committing to walk or run a 10K. You are not committing to a diet plan. You are not committing to buy up the Nike store and run your butt off every morning. You are simply 1) committing to a goal, 2) refusing to think or speak negatively about your body, and 3) trying to be a good role model.

Benefits of A Food Journal…


Keeping a food diary can benefit you in many ways because tracking what you eat and drink can keep you focused on your goals.  There are many advantages to journaling food and/or exercise:

  • Accountability
  • Balanced Diet
  • Tracking Progress
  • Connecting Food to Feelings
  • Recognizing Patterns and Plateaus
  • Motivation
  • Increasing Self-Control
  • Planning Your “Cheats”


I have posted links to many online and/or printed journals.   Many are free or have free trial periods.  You can also set up your own journal using excel or even a notebook.  Start simple, write down everything you put in your mouth (one skittle, a bite of chocolate, a handful of popcorn, etc.).  No judgments or guilt, just write it down.  Then after a week or so, look at your patterns.  Use that to help set yourself up for success.  Then start tracking calories, points, or whatever system you choose.  You’re on the right track, be proud!!!

Get Motivated…

I saw this on Shape‘s website and thought it was definitely worth sharing…  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did…

Get Motivated! Top 8 Sites for Fitness Inspiration

Nicole Jurick

Sometimes, you need a little extra inspiration to get motivated. Fortunately, these 8 websites feel your pain. Beyond inspirational stories and motivating tools, these sites each have special insights, points of view, or sharing features that help you follow through on an “I’m going to do it” impulse. Hire a life coach if you want, or use these sites to get (and keep) the change ball rolling.

1. Get Motivated Online:The Happiness Project

What is it? The Happiness Project is an online toolkit (literally) for success. Not only does it help you create specific goals (not just the “do what it takes” pseudoplan!), but the Happiness Project Toolbox lets you track your progress and document how fantastic it feels to stick with it. One entry: “Woke up for 7am yoga, and felt so energetic for the rest of the day!”.

Why we love it: Making a resolution or setting up “personal commandments” to live by in public (you can set it to private if you want) definitely inspires you to keep them. Plus, seeing other people’s ideas is endlessly inspiring (“Write one positive thing about my day, every day”) and amusing (“Tell my husband I love him every day and mean it”).

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Review – Jillian Michaels – Ripped in 30

I have started Jillian Michaels “Ripped in 30”.  It’s definitely a step up from “30 Day Shred”.  The video is about 10 minutes longer and the exercises are more complex.  She also incorporates both light and heavier weights in the routine, which is based on her 3-2-1 method.  Three minutes of strength, followed by 2 minutes of cardio and one minute of ab work.  At one point in the workout, she says “When you finish these 30 days, you are going to be in the best shape of your life”.  For me at least, she is NOT kidding.

T-30 days until I am on Island Time, and I need to go bathing suit shopping before I leave.  DREAD…  I am thinking that I’ll be putting that off for as long as possible…

#OperationRockinIslandBody is in full force.

What Track Are You On???

I was talking to a friend this morning who was upset about being “off track”.  My response was that she could get back “on track” at any time, like right now.  She had the saddest look on her face and said that she had already had a terrible breakfast…

We can’t do anything to change what has happened in the past, but at any moment we can make choices to change what happens in the future.  Our best method to affect the future is to make a plan.

I smiled and said WHO CARES!!!  It’s not important what you had this morning, tell me what you’re going to have for the rest of the day.  She said that she had some fruit and veggies in the fridge and that she had some frozen meals that she could have for lunch and dinner.  I said that it sounds like the right track to me and suggested that she make a plan for tomorrow too…

Feeling that you are “off track” can be such a heavy weight to carry and that stress can keep you stuck.  Getting back on track doesn’t require a grand gesture, just switch trains.  Your itinerary can be modified at anytime.

Open Challenge For February!!!

I am challenging myself (and all of you) to give up Fast Food and Fried Food for the month of February!!!


  • You cannot eat anything from a restaurant with a drive-thru or in a food court (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc.)
  • No gas station/convenience store food (anything under a heat lamp or prepared and in a cooler)
  • Nothing deep-fried (regardless of where it is from)
  • If you have any doubts about whether or not something is “fast food”, then it probably isn’t something you should eat.

I’ll be checking in all month regarding my progress, I would love to hear from you too!!!

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