You Healthiest Year Ever, Day 18: Butt Out


Bonjour mes amies! Comment ca-va? I 'm doing well, sipping and enjoying all of the antioxidant benefits of my green tea. I had a fantastic almost 9k run today although it's very cold out! Up here in the Great White North (aka Canada), it's National Non-Smoking Week! National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) has been observed here for more than 30 years. It is one of the longest running and most important events in Canada's ongoing public health education efforts. Established in 1977 by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control (CCTC), its continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 17: Drink Green Tea


Hey guys! How did you do with the handstand push up challenge and the plank challenge the other day? I've been having a lot of fun with the kiddos trying to improve and I say that Erin and Cathy also posted videos of their attempts - great job ladies!! Today's challenge in the 31 Days to a Healthier You series is nutritional: Drink GREEN tea! Why green tea? It tastes great and... Green tea has a high content of flavonoids †" plant-derived compounds that are antioxidants. Green tea is the best food continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 16: Plank it Out!


Hey guys! We're half way through January already - how are you doing? Today is Day 16 of the 31 Days to a Healthier You challenge! Your challenge today is to start out lying on your stomach. Then prop yourself up on your toes and forearms, with your arms facing in front of you, and your hands together. Keep your body in a straight line. If your stomach slips toward the floor, you're too tired. (Basically it looks like the gal in the picture). Do this three times today as LONG as you can. Why is the plank exercise good for you? The continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 15: Do a Handstand Pushup


Hola my Amigos (and Amigas)! How are you this lovely (COLD) January day? Did you end your day with a dance party yesterday, and start with one today? I'm feeling PUMPED from our parties! Today's challenge has been inspired by my fellow FitFluential ambassadors - last year we all attempted to handstand pushups, vlogged ourselves trying, and then tagged others to try them too. So today I'm tagging all three of you who read my blog to give a handstand push up a try! Here's my vlog of my really sad attempt at it (and yes, II'm totally ok continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 14: Start & End Your Day With a Dance Party


Hey guys! Today is day 14 of the 31 day challenge - how are you doing so far? I was quite surprised how easily I adjusted to drinking my coffee black from Saturday's challenge. At first I was hesitant to try it, but I found that after having a few cups over the past couple of days that I don't even miss the cream and sugar. Small changes like drinking black coffee can really make a difference long term. By avoiding empty calories you can fill up on more nutrient rich foods and thus take in more fuel for your body. Today's continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 12: Skip the Cream and Sugar


Hey guys! How are you doing with the one day challenges so far? How much water did you drink in the challenge two days ago? . Today's challenge has been inspired by my dear friend Denise at work. Everyday I drink TWO double double coffees: One at home as soon as I get up, and another one as soon as I get to work. Which I thought was ok... Until she showed me this sticky note: Yeah! There's a whopping 230 calories in a double double coffee! (or 115 calories in a regular coffee). Now that doesn't seem like much at first, but when you continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 10: Drink More Water


Hey guys! Did you enjoy your dance walking, and meal planning yesterday? Are you enjoying the lunch that you packed last night? My lunch was YUMMY today - left over beef and broccoli stir fry! Last night I decided to do something different for day 10 of the 31 Days to a Healthier You challenge... I decided to record a VLOG!!!! It's been AGES since I shared a video of myself, so please excuse the "umms", "ahhhhhs" and the fact that I never remember to look right at the camera. Here's the video: Links: Water continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever Days 7, 8 and 9: Dance Walk, Pack Your Lunch and Plan Your Meals

Ok - so I totally dropped the bomb on you, please accept my sincerest apologies.  I meant to type up ALL of the challenge posts ahead of time, but then I figured nah, I'll just write them as I go.  Unfortunately my uncle passed away on Monday, so instead of writing up challenge posts, over the past few days I've treasured how precious and short our lives are, and cuddled with my beautiful daughters who are growing up way too fast.  Can we make time stop? Today I'm combining three challenges into one. Because these are all one continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 6: Eat a Rainbow #31DAYS


Ouch! I am SORE from yesterday's challenge! Don't you just love that burn? It reminds me that I'm pushing my body to improve - no pain, no gain!  Today's challenge is a nutritional challenge: Day 6: Eat a Rainbow When was the last time you ate a rainbow of fruits and veggies? Blueberries, strawberries, oranges, spinach, carrots etc.... Yum! Eating a rainbow of foods is great way to ensure you're getting a variety of vitamins and minerals †" different antioxidants create the different colors in fruits and veggies. continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 5: Let’s Flex Those Muscles!

Let's Flex those MUSCLES! Saturday Workout

*Yawn* *Stretch* Boy do I feel rested from yesterday's challenge! Were you able to catch some extra zzzz's last night too? I hope so 'cause you're going to need it for today's challenge: Day 5: Do a strength workout   Did you know that strength training: Increases Your Metabolic Rate We always want to discover the secrets to weight loss… well here is the first secret! Strength training increases your metabolic rate by increasing the calories you burn on a daily basis. The more calories you burn, the more chance continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 4: Get More Sleep!


Hey guys! Can you believe that we're already into Day 4 of 2013? Yesterday I challenged you to 30 min of exercise. Were you able to find time to fit it in? I gotta say I had some difficulty with that challenge because it was RIDICULOUSLY cold here: But, as I showed you yesterday, I bundled up and got out there anyways, and I'm so glad that I did - I felt so much better afterwards!  There was another girl running that caught up to me in the park, so I ran as fast I could just to keep her from passing me (I hate getting continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 3: Move Your Body


Hi guys! Welcome to Day 3 of your healthiest year ever! Now that we've gotten the goal setting and planning business taken care of we can move into the fun stuff... The "just for today" challenges!   As you already know, exercise has many health benefits such as increasing your fitness level and helping you lose weight. One benefit of exercise that is often overlooked, however, is that exercise can improve your mood and give you a general feeling of well-being. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a kind of depression affects 4-6% continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 2: Let’s Plan for Success!

Reach your goals with a plan - here are 5 tips for creating a good plan

Hi guys! Welcome to Day 2 of your healthiest year ever! Today we're planning…planning…planning! An important first step to being healthy is to plan. Whether you are talking about eating healthy, starting an exercise routine or running your fastest half marathon, you will not succeed without making a plan and sticking to it! We all know that if you write something down and schedule it, the likelihood of it happening increases dramatically. Day 2 Challenge: Create a plan for the SMART goals we set continue reading →

Your Healthiest Year Ever, Day 1: Set Your SMART Goals


Happy New Year and welcome to Day 1 of 31 Days to a Healthier You! Today we're starting off by setting goals. Let's unleash the power of goal setting! Did you know that only 3% of people in the US set goals, and that they are among the wealthiest folks in the nation?! If you want to accomplish something, you can do it! But you must know where you want to go, have a plan to get there, and monitor your progress along the way. It's time to think about our goals, and to write them down. What are your goals? Pick up a pen and a piece of continue reading →

31 Days to Your Healthiest Year Ever!


Everyone can stick with a change for one day.  So what if I challenged you to stick with a different healthy change every day for 31 days? Could you do it? Could you: Give up soda for one day? Drink more water for one day? Do 30min of Cardio for one day? Say "no" to sugar for one day? Do 30 min of strengthening exercises for one day? Go to bed 30 min earlier for one day? (These are just a few examples) Starting January 1st I'll post a new change EVERY DAY for 31 days. And this year there are.... (Though continue reading →