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Motivational Monday – Make it Yours!

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Motivational Monday!

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Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #15 – Start Your Day the Right Way!

Good morning and welcome to Week 3 of the the Healthy Lifestyle Challenge!

Are you ready to add another healthy habit to your daily routine? I sure hope so!

TODAY’S CHALLENGE, which is also our WEEKLY CHALLENGE is to:

Eat breakfast everyday within one hour of waking up.

Why?

Starting your day with a healthy breakfast gets your metabolism revving and can help you make healthier choices all day long.

According to The Huffington Post, when compared to non-breakfast eaters, people who eat a healthy breakfast:

– are 4.5 times less likely to become obese

– are more likely to have good blood sugar levels

– have a decreased risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease

– are less likely to be hungry later in the day

– feel more energized throughout the day

– have better cholesterol levels

– eat approximately 100 fewer calories each day than breakfast skippers

– have improved short term memory

consume less fat and more nutrients

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How?

Healthy breakfasts – like healthy lunches and dinners – consist of four things:
1. Protein – an egg, Greek yogurt, protein powder
2. Whole Grains – oatmeal, who,e grain cereal or toast
3. Fruits and/or Vegetables – berries, avocado, spinach, grapefruit
4. Healthy Fats – nut butters

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Here are links to some of my favourite healthy breakfast choices

Eat Clean Hash Brown, Sausage and Egg Muffins

Oatmeal Pancake

Eat Clean Cottage Cheese Pancakes (scroll down)

Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Overnight Oats

There are also a TON of smoothie ideas and recipes on my blog – just click on the green smoothie challenge tag on the left.

Let me know how you make out this week. And please share your favourite healthy breakfast ideas in the comments section below.

And don’t forget to continue to drink your water and get 30 minutes of exercise each day!

Three Things Thursday!

So far this week has been pretty awesome! Here are some highlights…

1. I’m back at the gym full force! I have been to two BodyAttack classes and will be going back again tonight! Although I’m totally out of shape (7+ weeks in a boot cast will do that to you) my cardio is improving every day – which is a good thing cause I’m going to start back team teaching on Tuesday. Super pumped!

2. Ryan is potty trained…Well, almost! She has not has an accident at home since Sunday, there were a few accidents at daycare on Tuesday and less on Wednesday. Every day is getting better!

On advice from my girlfriend Nikki, I put the potty in Ryan’s room overnight, and to my surprise, she used it by herself the first night…twice…once before she fell asleep (she called me in to empty it – and of course, do the potty dance) and again in the morning when she woke up! She also used it again last night…woke with a dry pull-up!

I’m super impressed with how well she is doing. Having only one in diapers is great for the budget!

3. I’m back on track with my clean eating! Yay! I realized I’ve been using some pretty lame excuses as to why I have not been eating well lately (too busy…too tired…its too much work…) and finally decided enough was enough. So, Tuesday I made a Clean Pesto Pasta dish (thanks Kimmy for the recipe) and yesterday I made Eat Clean Turkey and Spinach Pizza. Both were delicious and made enough for leftover for lunch the next day.

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My half of the pizza is on the right…less cheese and no sauce 🙂

This afternoon I am making two Clean treats – Cashew Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Backpack Kisses. Yummo!

Happy Thursday everyone!