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Bikini Series 2017

Hi there! I wanted to share my latest journey in fitness and nutrition! I recently signed up to do the Tone It Up 2017 Bikini Series.

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(Full disclosure, I’ve signed up for some of their previous challenges in the past and didn’t complete them).

Looking back, I know that I stopped the challenges in the past because the amount of time required to exercise wasn’t realistic for me.

This year’s challenge has been perfect though. The workouts vary in length, but they average around 35 minutes. This is totally doable with my schedule. Today marks the start of Week 2 and I’m feeling amazing! I’m not following the Tone It Up meal plan though because I find it way too restrictive for the amount of activity I do each day. I’ve been following the Fitness Blender’s meal plan (mostly for dinner ideas), and I really like it. It focuses on whole foods, healthy fats, lean protein, vegetables, and fruit. It’s a very realistic plan to follow and I definitely don’t feel deprived. In fact, I’ve actually increased my calorie-intake. I was so surprised to see that I’ve lost 3 pounds after the first week and I’m always feeling comfortably full.

These are some of the meals I’ve been enjoying this week:

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One of the things that has really helped me with this challenge is planning. On Sunday, I write out my meals & workouts for the week. So far this has helped me stay on track. I am looking forward to completing this challenge. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the journey!  If you’re looking to start a weight-loss program, or just trying to live a healthier lifestyle, you might find this article,  “How To Lose Weight Fast: 5 Evidence Based Steps Anyone Can Follow” to be a great resource. It lists 5 easy-to-follow steps that will help you reach your health goals.

Are you doing the 2017 Bikini Series? I’d love to hear how things are going for you!

Who Keeps You Healthy?

Hey there! A couple of weeks ago, I was asked by the American Recall Center if I would be interested in participating in their “Who Keeps You Healthy” campaign. The main focus of the American Recall Center is to provide straight forward health and wellness news. This was right up my alley, so I was honored that I was asked to write about who keeps me healthy.

Honestly, there isn’t just one person that inspires me to be healthy. In fact, everyone in my family inspires me to be as healthy. I developed a love for fitness at a very young age. I was either playing sports, dancing, or exercising at the local YMCA. I simply loved fitness because it was fun to me. I am forever grateful that my parents encouraged my love for being active.

Throughout the years, my passion for fitness and nutrition continued to grow. As I began studying the benefits of healthy eating and an active lifestyle, I was amazed to learn how healthy eating is truly one of the best medicines for our bodies. I continued reading and learning about how people fought many health ailments like diabetes and cancer by following a lifestyle that included nutritious foods and exercise. I was fascinated to learn that there are so many foods that can lower your cancer risk and even prevent cancer cells from forming.

For me, I think it’s very important to stay active. During a regular work week, I do this by incorporating strength training, Zumba, running, cycling, or walking.

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Walking with this little one fills my heart (especially seeing how excited she gets when we go for a walk). She loves exercise too! Smile

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Healthy foods are delicious:

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Now more than ever, I’m more inspired to eat nutritious foods and exercise daily for long-term health benefits. My family is everything to me so I want to enjoy a long life with them. I inspire to live a long life of happiness, health, and wonderful experiences with the people I love.

I’d love to hear from you:

Who keeps you healthy?

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