All posts tagged: accountability

No Weakness Weekend

How to keep the weekend from getting in the way of your health and fitness goals. It IS possible!!

Doubling the Penny

Weekends, especially around the holidays, tend to take me off my routine which makes it harder to have the will power that I might have in  my “normal” weekday life. Even though I’m a finance person by trade, I was first introduced to the concept of “doubling the penny” as an application I could use in my every day life in one of the first challenge groups I participated in with my coach, Jillian. The key question is: would you rather take the the sum of a penny doubled over 30 days or $1M? Of course the million dollars right? How can a penny possibly add up to anything significant in 30 days?! Check out this Bloomberg Video for the mathematical explanation, but the “answer” is that a penny doubled every day for 30 days becomes $10.7M on the 31st day. The overall idea is the fact that small incremental activities add up to big progress — even more so than the instant gratification of a one-time windfall. Mathematics aside, the big takeaway here is …

21 Days to Healthy Habits – a sneak peek into a challenge group

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I write a lot about challenge groups both from the perspective of organizing and leading and also my experiences participant. As I’ve mentioned in my prior posts, participating in challenge groups for almost a year was a truly transformational experience. In that time, I developed healthy habits including: 6-day a week workout schedule, increased water intake, clean eating nutrition plan, breaking a late night snacking habit, breaking a stress-eating cycle that included the chocolate drawer at my office, switched my coffee to green tea (at work, still have 2 cups at home before I start my day), creating a healthy bed-time and night-time routine, making healthier choices while dining out, and healthier choices/preparing for weekend temptations.  These huge lifestyle changes didn’t happen over night –  but each month when I participated in a 21-day challenge group, I chose a new area of …

The inside scoop on the 3-Day Refresh

I have never done a cleanse before. The idea of not eating, losing weight only to bust up my metabolism and gain it right back seemed like a certain way to mess up the healthy fitness and eating habits I’ve worked so hard to adopt.  When I heard about Beachbody’s 3- Day Refresh and how it was specifically designed to keep your metabolism stable while cleansing your body of toxins and giving a fresh start /regular tune up  – it seemed like this could be the cleanse for me. I can’t describe the overall premise any better than Beachbody: The 3-Day Refresh is a scientifically designed program that helps you fast-track your weight loss, kick-start healthy eating, and get a clean break from bad nutrition habits. 3-Day Refresh is a simple, straightforward program that will help cleanse your body and improve the way you feel— without starving yourself. Unlike juice cleanses or liquid fasts which tend to be high in sugar and low in protein (leaving you feeling weak, hungry, and sluggish), this easy-to-follow program …

Bone Broth is the New Wine

Recently I completed the The Three Day Refresh, a cleanse designed by Beachbody to help get one’s nutrition on track. This particular cleanse is sustainable for me in that it allows solid food (whole fruits, veggies, and good fats). The program came with dinner recipes and suggested a cup of warm broth to accompany dinner. That eventually became the highlight of the cleanse for me, and my favorite new habit that learned while on the cleanse. As I prepped my meals for the three days, I made some homemade veggie broth to accompany dinner as suggested by the plan.  I made my usual “leftover end” chicken stock but added some extra veggies and left out the chicken bones. I use a meal planning website, No More To Go, where I get my weekly variety of healthy whole meal recipes. These recipes often make use of chicken broth, so I like to keep some on hand in the freezer for any given meal so I don’t need to buy the jar, box, or condensed stuff. I …

The Fit Mom’s Thanksgiving Approach

Planning ahead this holiday season is going to be the key to my success.  Thinking about potential pitfalls, I’ve developed a framework to insure minimal setbacks this holiday season. I’ve seen a lot of holiday survival posts for people who get stressed out over the holidays about spending time with annoying family members. I’m the opposite: I love my family, I love spending a few days together over a holiday weekend… That said, we have too much fun: about drinking and eating in particular. I guess I get so relaxed and feel like I’m “at home” I tend to let it all hang out (literally and figuratively). Not this year!! Thanksgiving food is not my jam. Luckily, I’ve never been a huge fan of the heavy rich + sweet flavors accompanied by days and days of thanksgiving leftovers. This usually surprises my friends who know that I love to cook (so how could I not love a holiday centered around cooking?), I love Autumn (so why don’t I get all excited about candied yams and …

Fit Data (for math nerds, and non-math nerds)

At work, I strongly believe in using data to validate hypotheses,  measure success, and provide foundation for future assumptions.  I’m not sure why it took so long for me to recognize that principle and use good data and/or evidence to measure success with my fitness goals. All those years, I had it wrong.  I relied on the scale no realizing that the scale is a terrible measurement tool.   I love weight watchers and lost a lot of weight on it – so I’m not knocking the principle that you need to regularly check in against your goals with DATA, but I am knocking the method of measurement that the scale provides.  On weight watchers, there were weeks where I didn’t eat breakfast or keep up with my usual water intake – for the sake of wanting a “good weigh in.”  A good friend turned me on to “smooth move” tea, which helped me, um, clear things out before weigh in.  I recognize these are ridiculous little rituals, sort of like football players who don’t shave …