This week on our 8 Week Challenge I challenged the participants to include some Superfoods into their weekly eats. I sent out a list including foods found here
. This article also explains exactly what Superfoods are and what makes each food "Super". In keeping with the challenge here are some of my eats this week:
Spinach, quinoa, avocado and blueberries
Greek yogurt, blueberries, and pecans
Two eggs with sauteed spinach in whole wheat tortilla
Roasted peppers, spinach, black beans, fish taco with salsa and avocado
Lots of berries!
Vanilla protein shake made with banana and almond milk and added berries. Perfect for a sweet tooth!
Doing some of my cleaning out this week, I ran across the Husband's step-father's laptop. A couple of years ago, we had to move him into a nursing home and clean and move his things. We still have tons of his things! Anyway, I happened to see a card taped on the back of his laptop. I turned the card over and found the following quote. And, boy, did he follow it!
Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, throroughly used up, totallly worn out and loudly proclaiming --- WOW-WHAT A RIDE
Next, here is my Inspiration for this week! I ran across an article on a friends face book page that made my day. Check out this photo of Janis Dengler of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
She is an aerobics and dance teacher at the Shepherd's Center at First Presbyterian Church who, this week, celebrated 80th birthday! Her class surprised her by wearing t-shirts saying, “80? Dang” — Dengler's age and a play on her name. She just smiled and went right back to leading the class. You can read the entire article here.
How great is she? I would love to follow in her footsteps and continue what I am doing for years to come, and even into my 80's!
And, I'll leave you with one more little find that made me chuckle:
Okay, that's it for today! Hope you have a Fabulous Friday!
Are you eating your Superfoods? Would you rather be rocking in your chair when you are 80 or up dancing? Know any inspirational 80 year olds?
I just love it when I'm asked to do things. I get all giddy and fired up and excited. That's exactly how my outdoor Fit in 50 (minutes!) Bootcamp began 9 years ago. (yes, I said 9 years. Whew!) I was just asked by a group of women to lead them through a work out at a local park. Who knew we would still be going?
So, I was recently asked to do something so the participants could be held accountable. A program to get them through to the end of school. Just so happens that is 8 weeks. So, I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS! This is what I've come up with. Feel free to join in! Any of you!
FIT IN 50 CHALLENGE!
What is it? An 8 week program designed to help keep you accountable, moving, motivated, fit and fueled. You set your own goals!
Who can join? Anyone! If you are looking for fresh workouts, meals, snacks, incentives, prizes and motivation. Workouts and check ins will be via email and facebook. No, you don’t have to be a Fit in 50 Participant to join!
What do I expect? Weekly healthy meal & snack options, weekly food journals - if you eat it, write it! Weekly tips and motivation. Weekly workouts - twice a week to do at home or the gym to get you started or add to your routine. Weekly challenges and winners. The more participants the better Prizes!
What is the cost? $25
When do we start? Monday, March 25
How do I get started? Email me back to join, (email@example.com), Pay thru PayPal on the sidebar on this site, or go to the Fit in 50 Challenge Page on this site, and Use PayPal button. You will get an email confirmation from me.
Next, Check your Inbox on Monday! That's it!
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU AND ABOUT YOU!
The Biggest Loser Finale was on last night. I will admit I do not watch this show weekly, but do catch some of it now and then. I like watching what the trainers do, seeing the participants learn about their diets and watch the amazing transformations that take place, both physically and emotionally. I am a huge sucker. Last night I will admit I was brought to tears by some of the participants. I was just so happy for them and how they must feel now in their skins. How easy it must be to walk around, to dress, to simpy be. I am amazed at the hard work, dedication, and commitment to themselves.
Last night, after a final dramatic weigh-in, 26-year-old Danni Allen was named the winner of season 14 of "The Biggest Loser" . As you can see from the photo above she did an amazing job of losing Lots of weight. She began at 258 pounds and ended at a slim 137 pounds. She lost 46.9 percent of her body weight and won the $250,000 grand prize.
I admit that I was brought to tears by the awesome job these folks did, the awesome accomplishments. It was so amazing to see what some of these folks could do at home - after they left the structured environment of the Ranch. It was so inspirational! I felt personally proud for all of them!
After Dani, came 24-year-old Jeff Nichols -- who lost 46.65 percent of his body weight, followed in third by, Jackson Carter, 21, with 42.07 percent.
The teens who tackled the job at home were awesome and amazing!
Although not my favorite during the year, Gwen nailed it! She seems so much happier now.
This is Jackson. What a new person he is!
I was sure Jeff won it all! He looks so much younger and vibrant! AND his twin brother lost equal amounts of weight at home! So very cool!
Here's to Inspiration!
Have a great day!
Do you watch reality shows? Inspired by the Biggest Loser? Looking for a new challenge?
What's on tap for your Saturday or your weekend? Are you getting a workout in? Challenging yourself one day? Trying something new?
Whatever it is I know and you know it will be worth it! Go ahead and go for it.
I say this because it's all hard work. I have always believed there is no such thing as luck = it's all about hard work!
I've done a lot this week, really pushed myself and I'm really sore. I'm hoping you find a way to push yourself, too. Getting out of your comfort zone is how we grow - and that's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual! Just know it WILL be worth it!
Have fun this weekend!
And, by the way, my oldest son turns 16 tomorrow. How did that happen? I might get a little sad thinking about it. . .
What challenges you? What's out there you want to try?
What keeps you going when things are trying to slow you down? What inspires you? Do you have a mantra?
I was thinking about this today on my run. According to my running schedule I only needed a short run. I really didn't want to follow a "plan" today. I knew when I set out to follow a running schedule in preparation for a half marathon it would be a problem. I don't do well following a plan so even this part of the half marathon training has been good for me; I guess.
I let all sorts of things try to keep me from my schedule today. When you really don't want to do something, it's pretty easy to let any thing slow you down.
This is true whether it's a deadly hill on a run, a long day at work ahead of you, issues with your children (and if they are teenagers this can be daily!) or anything difficult ahead of you What do you do to get out of bed and tackle the "not fun" stuff ?
About a half mile from my house there is an incredibly nasty hill that I have to run. It never gets easier. Ever. I knew I wasn't going to give in and walk. At the top of the hill is a beautiful Presbyterian Church. That's a picture of it here. It isn't my church, but they are generous to allow me to use their gym for my bootcamp classes and even without that connection I would think it was a beautiful! As I was hoofing it up that gosh awful hill I saw this church and had an incredible burst of energy soar through me. It was such an inspiring picture. It symbolized strength, beauty, peace and energy to me. It is just what I needed to inspire me up the hill. It made me say, "go, go, go" and I could. That's my mantra. It's simple, but I can just "go".
Sometimes we all need something to inspire us, to gig us. We need a mantra. It might be a song, or a beat of a song, a slogan. I often tell my classes, "don't think about it, just do it" when we are doing triple digits of squats. Nike had it right on their "Just Do It" slogan. It makes you "do it". Tim Tebow has a mantra, and how inspiring that he will share it with any and everyone! Who can argue with the power of Philipians 4:13?
Just hoping we can all find a good mantra to get through everything life throws at us!
What is your mantra? What inspires you?
Also, did you see the push-up contest between First Lady Michele Obama and Ellen Degeneres? Technically, Mrs. Obama did more push-ups but I liked Ellen's form! She did go further down on her push-ups!
This is your new blog post. Click here and start typing, or drag in elements from the top bar.