Friday, October 30, 2009

Shake it up

Have you been stuck in a food or workout rut? Are you stuck right now?

If so, it can be difficult to get yourself back on track. You may find some inspiration for a few days, but relaxed behavior can easily return if you are bored with your food, tired of your workout routine or both! And, you know what this leads to...

I've recently tried to shake things up to solve this problem for myself:

1) Write out your goals and post them. Remind yourself why you want to be healthy.

2) Find new foods. Try a new vegetable, buy a new cookbook or revamp an old recipe with healthier foods. For me, since I'm always short on time, I searched for some new and easy crockpot recipes like beef stroganoff with wheat noodles and white chicken chili.

3) Try a new type of exercise. I'd been going to the same gym for four years and I recently switched. The change in scenery alone helped a lot! I also tried a spinning class for the first time and found that it was a great cardio workout that I loved!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Spice without the sugar!

I just made one of my favorite treats to eat during this time of year. Forget the high-calorie, high-sugar pumpkin pie and Halloween candy. Try this is a low-calorie, yet satisfying dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Bars

Mix together:

1 package spice cake mix (unprepared)
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Bake in 9x13 pan for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees.

Cut into 36 squares for 50 calories each (or 1 Point if you are following Weight Watchers.)

Serve - guilt-free!

Monday, October 12, 2009

What Motivates You?

We had our first snow today. Yes, it's only Oct. 12, but it snowed...ALL.DAY.LONG. I value my outdoor workouts a lot since you can't do many of them in Minnesota. I was trying to tough it out last week and ran outside when it was 40 degrees, windy and drizzling. I made it three miles and I was pretty surprised with myself. I prefer to run in sun and 80 degrees even though some would say that is too warm - I love it!

But, back to the 40 degrees - I had to find the motivation to accomplish that run. As you know, some days it's much easier to find incentives to work on your goals than others. For those days that you need to dig deep, make sure you have a written list of your goals handy for inspiration!
Answer these questions to help you get started:

-Why do you want to be healthy?
-What have you already accomplished?
-What is your next short-term goal?
-What is your reward for reaching that goal?

Let me know - What motivates you?