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Join Me in the Pound For Pound Challenge

I was watching the Biggest Loser Finale the other night . Anyone else? Were you as impressed and inspired as I was at what these fearless contestants were able to accomplish in just 7 short months?

I know that I still have another 80 lbs to lose (give or take) to reach a healthy happy weight. How about you? are you still carting around the remaining 5-10 lbs that you are finally ready to do something about or is your journey like mine?

Something else that lit a fire was the Biggest Loser’s Pound for Pound Challenge:

For every pound you pledge to lose through May 31, 2011, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 11¢ to Feeding America® — enough to secure one pound of groceries on behalf of local food banks. $1,040,000 maximum donation.

I think that was just the inspiration I needed to kick myself back into gear! Doing something to help myself while helping others. I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a way to give back – either time, talent or treasure – but sometimes it’s easier said than done. NBC and the Biggest Loser have answered the question on my heart and I’ve responded.

I pledged. Have you? There are a number of groups you can join to take part in the challenge. Maybe there is one in your own back yard. If not, join my group – Slightly Off Kilter – and pledge to lose so that we can not only get healthier together, but can also help to fight hunger in our own back yard!

Who’s with me? Please share this with your friends and family so that together we can make a difference!

***edit- the link above to join my group takes you to the main teams page. Unfortunately, you have to search for the team you want to join. You can search by city, state or team name. In order to join a team, you must first pledge the amount of weight you will lose by May 31, 2011.  More info about the challenge can be found here in the FAQ page***

************Thanks Jessica – try scrolling through the pages instead of searching and the option to Join should be available! I found the group on page 10 – the more members we have, the closer to the top of the list we will be*****

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Is the EAS Active 2 Personal Trainer on your Christmas list?

Join me over at Bookieboo.com today for a quick overview of why I think it should be!

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May your days be Healthy and Bright

The holiday season is definitely in full force at my house.  The tree is decorated, the lights carefully line the rooftop, stockings are lovingly hung on the mantle, and the baking has already begun.  As magical as this time might be, it can also be a stressful time. 

I like to think back to my childhood to remember the joy of the season as seen through a child’s eyes.  This helps me to stay sane during a crazy time.  Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years for how to stay healthy and sane through the holidays:

  • K.I.S.S – While kissing your loved one can help make your holidays bright, I’m referring to the saying I hear a lot – Keep It Simple Silly (I know I’ve heard a different ‘S’ word used here, but I don’t like that one).  This can apply to everything from the decorations to the gifts to the food you prepare and/ or eat.  Keep it simple.  You don’t have to compete with your neighbors for the most decorated yard or prepare a lavish spread for every holiday gathering you host. 
  • Family focus – I don’t remember every present I’ve ever unwrapped from birth to now, but I do recall the memories of my childhood.  Time spent with family.  Those are the things that your children will remember (and so will you).  So whether you build gingerbread houses (like my friend Rachel) or take walks throughout the neighborhood to admire the christmas lights, do it as a family.  Added benefit – If you are wearing Earth Footwear, an evening stroll can also work off some of the holiday treats you’ve enjoyed
  • While we are on the subject of treats, Be Reasonable – You will be faced with an extrodinary about of temptations with cakes, pies, cookies, fudge, candy, brittle, brownies, truffles… (I could go on but I think I just gained 5 lbs thinking of those confectionary concoctions) Deprevation isn’t the answer – at least not if you are like me.  I don’t know about you, but when I deprive myself, I’m more tempted to eat everything in site.  If you want a cookie (or other treat) really think about it.  Do you really want it or are you mindless eating?  Have healthy snacks readily available, but if you really want something you are faced with – have 1 cookie – not the whole plate.  Have a few bites of cake/pie instead of a large piece.  Have a plan ready to deal with the situation and be gentle with yourself.
  • Fitness – Fitness can be anything that gets you moving.  Schedule some time at least a few days a week when you dedicate a few minutes to being active – with or without the family.  Why is this important?  I have to quote one of my favorite movie lines for this –

    “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” ~ Legally Blond 

    I used to think I didn’t have the time or energy to exercise – Now I don’t know how to function without it.  I have more energy, get a better night’s sleep, and am an all around happier person because I schedule fitness into my day.  I honestly don’t know how my family survived before. 

  • And finally, Take some YOU time – This is the hardest for me because I work so hard to ensure that everyone has the happiest of holidays, that I sometimes forget what my family really needs is a happy mommy.  Take a time out – Hey – it works for the kids! Remember to breath – deeply and fully.  Meditate, pray, do yoga – whatever relaxation method works for you. And don’t lose site of what’s really important this holiday season.

So those are my top 5 – Now it is your turn.  What do you do to stay healthy and sane during the holiday seasons?  I’d love to know!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Bookieboo and Earth Footwear “All’s Well That Ends Well” blogging program, making me eligible to win a pair of Earth Footwear boots. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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