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Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #23 – Save Yourself Some Time!

Sunday. For me, it’s a love/hate kind of day – I love the fact that it’s still the weekend and we get to spend time doing fun stuff as a family, but I hate the fact that tomorrow is the beginning of another busy work week…Ugh!

So, I CHALLENGE you to:

Do 1 thing today that will help you get ready for tomorrow.


Studies have shown that when things run smoothly in your morning it lifts your mood for the rest of the day, while stress and anxiety can not only ruin your mood, but your immune system as well. By taking a few minutes to ready something for tomorrow, you’ll have one less thing to have to decide on and make time for in the morning.


Choose one thing that will help  make your tomorrow easier, and do it before you go to bed tonight. Here are some ideas:

  • lay out your clothes and the kids too!
  • plan tomorrow’s dinner
  • make lunches
  • pack your bag
  • put gas in the car


Enjoy your day! And here’s to a great start to the week!

Three Things Thursday!

1. I’m running again! And loving it!

Since running the Niagara Falls Half Marathon in late October, I haven’t done much any running. This seems to be the way things go for me after training for a big run – I’m not exactly sure why – but for some reason, I always end up taking a few months off before running again.

To keep me motivated this winter, I joined the Winter 100 Challenge hosted by Kristen at The Running Mom. The challenge is to run (or walk) 100 miles between December 1st and February 28th. I also signed up for The Resolution Run, a 5k Run hosted by The Running Room on New Year’s Eve.

Unfortunately I’ve been sick since returning to work in late December and have not logged many miles to date. So I was super excited to for The Resolution Run as a way to get me back on track and start the new year running!

I ran the Resolution Run with my sister Cathy and my friend Jo. None of us had done any prep for the run so we didn’t have a time goal, basically, we just wanted to finish in one piece! I’m glad we didn’t have a goal time, cause the route was ridiculously crowed and we ended up walking most of the first kilometer. We ended up finishing in 39:29.

Here’s a picture of us after the run.


As far as the 100 Winter Challenge goes, I’ve only run 3 times:




Which works out to…


11% done! Not bad for only 3 runs! Looking forward to tomorrow’s 5Ker!

2. I’ve joined Fitness Cheerleader’s 31 Days to a Healthier You. We are 3 days in and I have completed all of the challenges so far – I’ve set my goals for 2013, devised a plan, and today I moved for 30 minutes – actually I did a 55 minute RPM class at the gym – which I totally struggled through, but it was great to get back on the bike again! Hopefully by next week I will be breathing better and able to push myself more 🙂 . I love RPM!

3. I went to the spa yesterday for a little ME time! It was Ah-mazing! I had a facial and a pedicure! It was so nice to be pampered! Hopefully it won’t be another year before I get to go back! What’s also amazing is that I have a massage booked for tomorrow! What a great way to end my holiday!

Do you have 3 things to share this week?

What are you doing to help keep you on track this year?

How often do you go to the spa?

My Action Plan

Yesterday I wrote about my goals for 2013, now I need to take it one step further and devise a plan of action. So, here we go:

1. Spend less, save more – For this to happen, we need to create a family budget. Since my husband is self employed, our family income is constantly fluctuating, which makes budgeting for our family a little more difficult. I will be doing some research over the next few weeks on creating a budget with a fluctuating income and will have our budget hashed out by the end of January.

Right off the bat, I can think of a few small changes we can make to save more money.
– Meal plan and grocery shop only once a week.
– Get rid of our home phone (which we actually did today).
– Borrow books from the library rather than buy them.
– Shop at Costco for items we use/eat frequently.
– Eat out less.

2. Run a 1:58 half marathon – I plan on running two half marathons this year, one in the spring (May) and one in the fall (October). I have training programs that I’ve used in the past, and will be starting my official 12 week training program for my spring race in February.

3. Try one new clean eating recipe a week – I have a ton of Clean Eating magazines and cookbooks with recipes I want to try already flagged. Each Saturday I will choose what I will be making for the week so I can pick up everything I need on my Sunday grocery shop.

I’ve already selected my January recipes:
– This week: Hash Brown, Sausage and Egg Muffins – Clean Eating, Nov/Dec 2012, p. 40
– Week of Jan 6 – Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Pears and Parmesan – Clean Eating, Nov/Dec 2012, p. 75
– Week of Jan 13 – Kung Pao Chicken – Clean Eating Classic Comfort Foods, p. 96
– Week of Jan 20 – Dark Fudgy Brownies – Clean Eating, Jan/Feb 2013, p. 56
– Week of Jan 27 – Leek, Potato and Cheddar Soup – Clean Eating Classic Comfort Foods, p. 26.

4. Become a certified RPM instructor – I am planning to attend the March 30/31 training weekend and will submit my Certification Assessment video before the end of June.

5. Do 10 chin-ups – I am very fortunate to teach two fitness classes this semester, and next semester too, and found this 3x/week 8 week training program so I’m all set to go!

6. Build Strength – I am committing to 3 strength workouts per week. I’m not yet sure whether I’m going to follow a specific program or do a variety of workouts, but will get that sorted before I head back to work on Monday.

7. Go to bed earlier – For me to be in bed by 9:30, I need to get the kids to bed by 7:30, make my lunch and give myself a bit of time to relax and unwind.

8. Blog more – My goal is to blog 5 days a week.

9. Run 3x a week – My plan is to run at work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I will run on my prep or my lunch and if the weather is too bad and I can’t run outside, I will stop at the gym on my way home for a treadmill run. To be successful I need to run before picking up the kids because there is very little chance of getting a run in after that.

10. Drink more water – I will carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go.

11. Read 52 books – Read one book a week (on average).

12. Take at least 2 family trips – Our trips will most likely occur during the summer, so we have a bit of time to choose where we will go and what we will do.

13. Date night once a month – In preparation for monthly date night, we need to choose a date, secure a babysitter and choose an activity.

For more information on how to Plan For Success, check out Fitness Cheerleader’s 31 Days to a Healthier You.

Well, it’s 9:40, I’m off to bed!

Have you written out your goals for 2013?
Have you devised an action plan?

I’d love to hear what it is you want to accomplish in 2013, let me know in the comments section below!

Motivational Monday – Preparation!


I find that planning is the key to reaching my goals of eating clean and exercising regularly.

Step 1: Plan a weekly menu. Here’s my plan for the week.

  • Monday – Grilled Chicken, Asparagus and Peppers
  • Tuesday – Eat Clean Spinach and Turkey Sausage Pizza
  • Wednesday – Pork Kabobs with Cucumber and Tomato Salad
  • Thursday – Greek Feta Burgers and Summer Pasta Salad
  • Friday – Pesto Pasta with Seasonal Veggies
  • Saturday – Chicken Tacos with Guacamole and Tostitos

Step 2: Make a grocery list and go shopping. Make sure you have everything you need to make all your meals for the week. Make sure you pick up fruits and veggies for healthy snacks. Avoid picking up unhealthy foods and snacks – if they aren’t in the house, you won’t be tempted to eat them!

Step 3: Plan your workouts for the week. Here’s my exercise plan for the week. I also think its important to actually schedule them into your day.

  • Monday – rest day 🙂
  • Tuesday – BodyAttack – 8:30 – 9:30 am
  • Wednesday – 5K run – after Tanner’s doctors appt – around 10:30am
  • Thursday – CXWorx and BodyAttack 5:15 – 6:45 pm
  • Friday – Walking…lots of walking, we are going to the zoo!
  • Saturday – Long Run – either 14k or 10k – 8 – 10 am
  • Sunday – BodyAttack – 8:15 – 9:15 am

Do you plan your menus and workouts?

How do you stay on track with healthy eating and exercise?