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Waist Management Challenge Accepted


In her blog on Waist Management, my friend Megan is documenting her goals of improving fitness and losing weight and her progress towards them. She challenged readers to set some goals and together we could build accountability into our plan. As an extrovert, I find the extrinsic motivation to be very helpful.

I know what I have to do to get fit and lose weight.  It’s the accountability that I need.  Challenge accepted!

So my goal for the first week was to exercise twice, drink 2L of water per day, and eat a high protein, low carb diet (and stay away from refined sugar!).  I was able to go snowshoeing twice with my daughter and use the treadmill once.  I have lost 4 lbs so far.  My overall goal is to lose 15 lbs by the end of April. Feel free to ask me how it’s going.

Today was a tough one.  Didn’t get on the treadmill first thing and then dental appointments and work brought me home late for lunch.  I confess that I was fondly eyeing up the all-natural cheddar cheese heart-shaped doggy treats that I keep in the van for the dogs of my delivery clients. Must… be… strong. Was it going to be lethargy 1 treadmill zero?

We all have different lifestyles and challenges to being in shape.  I am a wife and mother of four who homeschools and runs a business, in addition to a bit of volunteering and speaking that I do “on the side”. My discretionary time is limited.  I love getting up at 7 am but not before, if you know what I mean!  Perhaps your work takes you outside the home full-time, or you are able to work part-time from home while your children are at school.

Let’s encourage one another to set realistic goals for our life and our season of life. Our goals are our own and we don’t have to compare them to the goals of others. I decided to start blogging about this because maybe you’d like some encouragement or a healthy recipe to try that I use when I’m trying to get a handle on my waist management (read: 2 handles OFF!”).

Challenge Accepted. Today turned out to be Treadmill 1, lethargy ZERO! And spinach salad with tuna won over doggy treats, I am happy to say.

In the first few days of avoiding sweets and starches, it’s normal for cravings to be really strong.  Here is a recipe that is very nutritious for you to try:

 No Cook Chocolate Pudding (100% nutritious ingredients)

2 ripe avacodoes, 3 bananas, handful of dates (or 4 tbsp agave nectar or honey), pinch of sea salt, 1/3 cup cocoa or carob powder, water as needed to thin

Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor (bananas and avocadoes first) until smooth and creamy

Chill.  Enjoy in a half cup serving. This is great for the evening when you are craving sweets or a snack.  I gave it to my kids and husband and they didn’t guess it had avocadoes!


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