We Have a Winner!

Ladies and ladies of the Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge – we have a winner.

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She has boasted a 5 pound weight loss.

She has blogged steadily, logging 18 posts for the FiF Challenge.

She has redefined what it means to exercise, clocking in 44 hours of exercise in 30 days.

With a total of 67 points, our winner is Veronica from “Girl Meets Road“!

Veronica is first and foremost a runner who knows no better feeling than the high gained from a long run. She is looking to inspire others and wants to do so through her blog and daily decisions. Over the course of this challenge Veronica has loved learning from other bloggers and has enjoyed the feeling of accountability that this challenge has provided. That accountability will be a great asset as she plans on partaking in a workout challenge with her work, and if these results are any indication, she will rock it!

But that’s not all, for our second place contender did just as equally marvelous a job.

She does so much in her daily and blog life that it’s amazing she could commit to this challenge at all, and it is darn inconceivable that she could accumulate 57 points. But that’s just how unbelievably amazing Abbi from “Where the Wild Things Are” is! Recipes, movies, fashion, writing Abbi does it all, and with the great head start that she’s gained from this challenge, she is in quite a good place to round out the year and continue on with her rockin’ lifestyle.

Though Veronica will receive a wonderful and mysterious prize pack from me, and Abbi will be getting Tori’s surprise – as cheesy as it sounds…you’re all winners! An honorable mention goes out to every single person who decided to participate in this challenge, you are a marvel.

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While I don’t know if I’ll regulate another challenge in the future, I know that this Fall into Fitness challenge was a definite success and I thank you from the bottom of my heart all for participating.

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Fall into Fitness 30 Day Challenge Reflection

Never have 30 days appeared to pass so slowly or move so quickly. But certainly, never have 30 days been so full of happiness and progress.

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This Fall into Fitness challenge was designed to get everyone up and moving with a good healthy start heading into the holiday season, and I really believe it’s done just that. I am so grateful for everything that I have gained from participating in this challenge, and the way that I have reexamined how I approach living a fit and healthy lifestyle will continue to spur me on for quite some time to come.

But most importantly, I am appreciative of the Fall into Fitness support system and those core bloggers who have really made an effort to not just improve themselves, but to also share their experiences with others in an attempt to continuously support.

Thank you so much everyone, it truly meant the world to see your participation and outstanding progress.

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Please respond to my email regarding point tallies, and two days from now I’ll announce the winner of the grand prize and send an email to Tori about our second place contender.

As for now, I plan on taking a nice break from blogging and use that time to hit up the elliptical.

What’re your plans moving forward?

An App a Day Keeps the Weight Away

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My phone goes with me everywhere. I don’t use it for much more than listening to music and receiving pictures of my cat from my mom, but I always have it by my side.

And since it buddies around with me each day, why not put it to good use and add some apps that can help me stay on track and help shake off some pounds.

Here are some of the apps that I’m already using:

And here are some apps that seem promising:

Are there any specific apps that you use to stay in shape?

Pie Rhyme Time

pumpkin pie

Yesterday was Thanksgiving

And it was a success.

Because I stayed away from the pie

At my own behest.

Yes that pumpkin looked good

In a crust oh so yummy

But I thought about all I’d ate

and looked to my bulging tummy.

I was done for the night

The pie would have to wait

I successfully enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner

With a moderate amount of food on my plate.

Mantras for Thanksgiving Moderation

Thanksgiving. It’s go time.

If you’re struggling with the idea of having that beautiful bird and succulent sweet potatoes placed in front of you all night (and the left overs placed in front of you for the following week after), all you need to do is repeat these mantras:

  • It’s only one day
  • I will not eat until I am stuffed
  • I will drink lots of water
  • I recognize that “seconds” doesn’t have to be a bad word
  • I will focus on enjoying the day and the company of those I love
  • I understand that a whole can of cranberry sauce is not a portion
  • I will savor each bite
  • I will look for happiness outside of my plate

Don’t forget that you’re allowed one day to splurge within some limits. You’re going to do amazing for 30 days, and if one of those days is merely great, that’ll be an alright trade off for a scoop of stuffing.

snoopy thanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving!

The Spark I Need

You know all of those silly online sites that promise community, the ability to log exercise and food, tips and tricks to lose the weight for good, and let you create whatever ridiculous fitness inspired status update you like? Yeah, I love them.

Mostly, I love SparkPeople.

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The first time I joined Spark was about 2 yeas ago and it really helped me eat better and stay accountable. The community aspect was especially helpful, because for the first time in my life I wasn’t trying to get healthy alone. I actually had friends who wouldn’t get sick of me rambling on and on about how lonely my life was without peanut butter.

However, I ended up leaving because I felt that it was all too time consuming, and other areas of my life (relationships, work, school) were suffering because I was willingly spending too much time on Spark.

But now I’m ready for some more me time. I’m ready to say that everything else can just take a little break while I focus on getting harder, better, faster, stronger. Not that I’m looking to completely immerse myself in the Spark community again (though I know that is an option), but I’m just realizing that I was at my best when I was really relying upon that site to help me out. This blog has been a huge help as I seek support in my weight loss efforts, but I suddenly find myself craving the opportunity to recommit myself to a bigger community and admit that I ate three slices of pizza at the soccer tailgate yesterday with a food tracker that doesn’t judge.

In fact, I’ve already signed up once more and I’m feeling the spark so far and the encouragement that comes along with starting something new!

Are there any online sites that you rely upon to help with your fitness journey?

Ideas for Breakfast

All I need for breakfast is a bowl of Cheerios and some skim milk. But on weekends when I have a teensy bit more time and a clean kitchen, I like to mix up the most important meal of the day with omelets and fresh squeezed OJ.

But I’ve recently found a few other interesting recipes that I’ll just have to give a try, so see if any strike your fancy or feel free to share something you just can’t start your day without:

veggie quicheGarden Vegetable Crustless Quiche

Sunrise Sandwich

Hashbrown Casserole

Power Granola

Greek Yogurt Parfait

breakfast tacoBreakfast Taco

Pumpkin Pancakes

Carrot Cake Muffin

Banana Roll

Banana Bagel

Banana-Cinnamon Waffles