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The Grateful Challenge

When was the last time you stopped to think about what you are grateful for?

My family has a tradition around Thanksgiving and Christmas to go around the table and say what we are thankful for. This always makes me appreciate my family so much more, but it  also makes me wonder why we limit ourselves to just the holiday seasons to tell each other.

The challenge this week is to write down something you are thankful for each day. Write it down in a journal, on a piece of paper, or on your computer. Just thinking about these and writing them down will help lift your mood.

I will share one of mine with you now. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to write these posts and share my thoughts my with. Kind of cheesy I know, but to me the small things make all the difference.

If you feel up to it, share something you are grateful for, and see how it lifts your mood!

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Tailgate Recipe Challenge

Football season has arrived, which means all those great tailgating foods are here too!

The only downside is that I have been trying to be more conscious of what I eat. At first I thought this would mean that I would not get to eat the chicken wings and potato skins, but I have came to realize that this could be a great challenge opportunity!

So the challenge is to create recipes that are healthier options of those tailgate favorites. I found some great ideas on Pinterest, that you can check out too, if you feel like you are up for the task.

Let me know what recipes worked for you so I can try them out  for the next game!

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Couch Potato Challenge – can you move it?

I have decided that from now on, I will post a weekly challenge. It will be anything from fitness to arts and crafts, to trying something new. For me, a challenge is a great motivator and gets me to try new things.

As much as I hate to admit, I watch too much TV when I should be getting active. So this week I have decided to challenge myself, and all of you, to try doing a workout during TV commercials.

Your short workout can be anything from sit-ups, burpees, push-ups, or jumping jacks. Choose whatever seems the most fun to you!  I will be doing a combination of sit-ups and squats. I have also decided to count how many I do throughout the next week so I can challenge myself to do more the following week.

Get the family involved and whoever does the most sit-ups, push-ups, or your choice of exercise, will get to pick the next workout!

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How your transportation could be transforming your waistline

September is coming which means we are gearing up for the Bike Commute Challenge. This event  challenges employees to stop driving and start biking to work. Many different companies in the area are competing against each other to see who bikes the most.

Not only does biking to work save you from car expenses, but a recent study shows that people who walk, bike, or even take the bus to work have lower levels of fat than those who drive! The average weight difference was about 6 pounds for men and about 5 pounds for women.

Try biking, walking, or riding the bus to work to cut your car costs and lower your risks of complications from obesity. Let us know how you get to work!

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The Water Challenge – Do you have what it takes?

Today I am challenging you to drink more water. We all know water is important to keep us healthy. The thing is  most of us do not get enough of it. With this in mind, I am challenging you to simply drink more water.

If you are anything like me water it is not your go-to beverage of choice. There a few ways I have learned to sneak more water into my daily routine. Here are few:

  • Add your favorite fruits for flavor (I like strawberries and kiwis the best)
  • Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up
  • Have a fun color or printed reusable water bottle
  • Have a glass of water with every meal

The amount of water we need varies person to person. The stand by  of 64 ounces (8 cups) is a good goal to strive for.

So drink up! Challenge yourself over the next few days to drink more water.  If you take the challenge, report back here with your tips on adding more water to your day.

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The 95210 Holiday Challenge!

Many people throughout the blogosphere, twitter, and even on YouTube have been talking about the same thing this week. Your holiday meal this year may have as many as 4,500 calories! And you might have also heard that the average person gains 5-7 pounds over the holidays, each year! With this in mind, I want to challenge my readers to The 95210 Challenge! Read on for details. Read More