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October 2, 2013

WoW! Boot Camp for a Cause – 2013

My wish for WoW! is to give BIG in 2013!! Inspired by the series “How to Be Rich”, at Athens Church, WoW! will donate $5 from every 4-week registration fee to 1 of 3 charities designated each quarter. (You get to choose which one!) We’re excited about the opportunity to present some authentically impactful checks!!

Here are the 3 charities we have chosen for the 4th quarter of 2013:

  • Nuçi’s Space is a non-profit health and music resource center in Athens, GA. The aim of the organization is to prevent suicide by providing obstacle free treatment for musicians suffering from depression and other such disorders as well as to assist in the emotional, physical and professional well-being of musicians.
  • Books for Keeps started as an effort to help one little girl who loved to read but didn’t own a single book. It’s grown into a research-based program to end “summer slide“.
  • Athens Area Humane Society The Athens Area Humane Society is a donor supported no-kill 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to lowering area euthanasia rates through adoption, spay/neuter and pet retention programs.

We hope that being a part of “WoW!’s Boot Camp for a Cause – 2013!” will inspire you do something really BIG for yourself and your community!! We invite you to be a part of this AMAZING Fitness Boot Camp experience!

Next session starts September 30th. Simply register online at www.wowbootcamp.net!

-April

http://vimeo.com/55639055

December 20, 2012

WoW! Boot Camp for a Cause – 2013

My wish for WoW! is to give BIG in 2013!! Inspired by the series “How to Be Rich”, at Athens Church, WoW! will donate $5 from every 4-week registration fee to 1 of 3 charities designated each quarter. (You get to choose which one!) We’re excited about the opportunity to present some authentically impactful checks!!

Here are the 3 charities we have chosen for the 3rd quarter of 2013:

  • AIRS [Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports] (AIRS has a primary focus of building a strong foundation around fun for EVERYONE through sports and recreation activities. They make the impossible possible! Bishop Park WoW! girl, Cynthea Wilson, is on the board for this fantastic organization. For more info visit www.airs-ga.org and check out the attached flyer.)
  • PROJECT SAFE (Project Safe is a 501c3 non profit organization working to end domestic violence through prevention and educational programs, crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and advocacy/ systems change work in our community. For more info visit www.project-safe.org.)
  • OPEN HAND (Open Hand helps people prevent or better manage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care™, which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education as a means to reinforce the connection between informed food choices and improved quality of life. Open Hand seeks to eliminate disability and untimely death due to nutrition-sensitive chronic disease. WoW!’s partner is good nutrition, Good Measure Meals, donates 100% profits to Open Hand. In addition to the original Atlanta service area, Open Hands serves Athens and many in our area are benefitting from their nutrition care. To volunteer or for more info visit www.projectopenhand.org).

We hope that being a part of “WoW!’s Boot Camp for a Cause – 2013!” will inspire you do something really BIG for yourself and your community!! We invite you to be a part of this AMAZING Fitness Boot Camp experience!

Next session starts July 8. Simply register online at www.wowbootcamp.net!

-April

http://vimeo.com/55639055

October 27, 2011

Sabotaging Thoughts

I noticed some interesting sabotaging thoughts creeping up when I traveled to St Louis this past Thursday for a funeral. These thoughts used to absolutely rule me! I would give in with little thought to my actions and it led to steady weight gain OR negating a hard earned calorie burn! Never mind the lethargic, irritable & disappointed feelings afterwards. NOT exactly a vibrant life!

So I got to thinking about you – wondered if you can you relate? Are you letting these thoughts (which many of us have) turn into mindless action set off by instant gratification without considering the consequences?

Below are just a few of the thoughts I had over the span of 2 days. It was surprising how they would randomly show up!:

1st thought:
Travel (Airport vendors. From Ben & Jerry’s to candy & snacks at the Newsstand) = eat some treats.

2nd thought:
I’m alone (No one to hold me accountable) = eat some treats in secret.

3rd thought:
Special occasion (Funeral & being out of town) = Indulge. Abandon healthy and go for totally yummy.

4th thought:
Special food (Fancy country club dining x 2) = Indulge. I HAVE to eat this! I’ll never get another chance.

5th thought:
I’m traveling & tired = Skip my workout. It’s inconvenient, so why bother?!

Even though I was going out of town for a funeral – a familiar “travel” feeling kicked in. It was mixed with a little stress (sad family members, time crunched schedule & busy weekend coming up for kids and WoW!) and a little excitement. In the past, it has been easy to associate travel with “treats” and a desire to abandon the “stricter” diet regimen. This was coupled with the feeling that I’m ALONE and no one will see me if I do eat treats! That’s because I was on a DIET! I took the approach that I was either ON or OFF.

What stopped me from giving into all these sabotaging thoughts? I have goals!:

  1. A burning desire to live a healthy lifestyle. What will my body do if I choose mostly “real” food?! Not just eat something because it fits into my calorie count or point system. Minimize packaged food!! I like living in a healthy VIBRANT & alert body! I like feeling confident!
  2. I will run a 3:42 marathon on March 3, 2012. This will qualify me for Boston!!
  3. I desire to feel great in my clothes – on or off! This is defined by anyone but me! I am honest with myself and strive to not be overly critical or justify slacking. I have found that the healthier I eat the healthier I feel! (and look)

So when temptation comes knocking, I remind myself of what’s really important to me & I basically ask myself if the craving or temptation moves me towards my goal or away from it!

It’s the burning desire for something that helps you dig deep when temptation comes knocking on your door. Ask yourself – what is it I REALLY want? Watch this [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja9BFx5Mhqo] for a little inspiration. Now believe in yourself & YOUR ability to do the work to reach YOUR goal(s)!

I believe in YOU!
April

September 17, 2010

At Your Own Pace

The Tortoise and the Hare
The Daily Om

People take life at different speeds and one way is not necessarily superior to another.

The classic tale of the tortoise and the hare reminds us that different people take life at different speeds and that one way is not necessarily superior to another. In fact, in the story it is the slower animal that ends up arriving at the destination first. In the same way, some of us seem to move very quickly through the issues and obstacles we all face in our lives. Others need long periods of time to process their feelings and move into new states of awareness. For those of us who perceive ourselves as moving quickly, it can be painful and exasperating to deal with someone else’s slower pace. Yet, just like the tortoise and the hare, we all arrive at the same destination, together, eventually.

People who take their time with things are probably in the minority in most of the world today. We live in a time when speed and productivity are valued above almost anything else. Therefore, people who flow at a slower pace are out of sync with the world and are often pestered and prodded to go faster and do more. This can be not only frustrating but also counterproductive because the stress of being pushed to move faster than one is able to move actually slows progress. On the other hand, if a person’s style is honored and supported, they will find their way in their own time and, just like the tortoise, they might just beat the speedier, more easily distracted person to the finish line.

It’s important to remember that we are not actually in a race to get somewhere ahead of someone else, and it is difficult to judge by appearances whether one person has made more progress than another. Whether you count yourself among the fast movers or as one of the slower folks, we can all benefit from respecting the pace that those around us choose for themselves. This way, we can keep our eyes on our own journey, knowing that we will all end up together in the end.

Take 6pm Bishop Park WoW! Boot Camper, Jennifer Givan’s story as a case in point.

Jennifer - 2 years ago

Jennifer - 2 years ago

She started out slow & we mean S.L.O.W!! Everybody worries they are the slowest – you can stop worrying. Karen and I agree that Jennifer will probably always hold that record. (There was definitely a lesson there for us tortoises!). Jennifer could barely make it around the “big loop”. EVERYTHING hurt her (especially her shins), but she was told to just show up and move to the best of her ability. And that she did – (usually) with a smile! One workout at a time. It seemed for every 10 pounds she lost she picked up a friend! She kept showing up even when it was cold and windy, or hot and sticky or her heart was breaking because her Dad received a scary diagnosis and her cat had to be put to sleep. She also hung in there when her weight loss hit a long lasting plateau & even when she gained back several pounds. AND she keeps coming after she attend her 25 yr class reunion and she was over the top with pride when “Everyone (and I mean EVERYONE)” kept talking about how great she looked.

Jennifer – in her “Goal Weight outfit”

Jennifer – in her “Goal Weight outfit”

You go girl!

Congrats to all the Tortoises and Hares for showing up day after day. It takes what it takes for our goals to be realized. Sometimes are patience is tested & we have to dig deep – especially if there’s a setback. Showing up isn’t always the “easy” choice & sometimes it’s really hard not to compare ourselves to others! But one thing is for certain though…if you give up – it won’t ever happen! So hang in there.

Trust that you will find your way in your own time if you: “NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!”. – Winston Churchill

-April

Check out more WoW! Boot Camper Testimonials

June 11, 2010

Free Triathlon Skills Clinic 6.13.10

If a Triathlon is in your future – YOU are invited to attend – this Sunday!

ALL the participants from last year’s WoW! Tri Clinic were very well prepared for their first Triathlon. I hope you’ll make plans to attend!!  Feel free to forward.  (The more the merrier for our practice mass swim start.)

Hope to see you there!

April

Swim, Bike, Run, & FUN!
Triathlon Skills Clinic

Sunday June 13, 2010
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Sandy Creek Park

(We will meet in parking lot at beach/swim area)

Clinic will focus on:

  • Open Water Swimming
  • Transitions
  • Skills and Tips for the Bike
  • Skills and Tips for the Run
  • Race Day Nutrition
  • Race Day Strategies

What to Bring:

  • This is a hands-on clinic so come ready to swim, bike and run. Come packed and ready for a triathlon.
  • No charge for clinic but there is a $2.00 Park Entrance Fee

RSVP to workoutwarriors@bellsouth.net

Presented by:       Michael Williams

Michael Williams
WoW! Fitness Group
USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach
Ironman Finisher, Louisville Ironman 2009
Co-Active Life Coach, CTI
706-338-4221

 

May 11, 2010

Barberitos and WoW! Boot Camp Announce the Winner of the Rolling Lean Contest

After four weeks and many entries, Barberitos and WoW! Boot Camp selected Chris Conley, an Athens area resident, to win the “Rolling Lean” contest. Chris has recently lost over 100 pounds and plans to keep losing weight and take his fitness regimen to the next level with WoW! Boot Camp. As the winner, he will receive three months of WoW! Boot Camp membership, including pre and post assessment, nutritional coaching, 25 Gift Certificates for 7 Under 7 entrees at Barberitos, and a gift basket with all the gear he needs to begin WoW! Boot Camp on May 4th.

In August 2008, weighing over 300 pounds, Chris pledged to make a serious effort to get healthy in order to spend as many years as possible with his beloved wife and son. By August 26th 2011, which will mark his 45th birthday, he plans to reach his wellness goals and target weight. Since August of 2008, he has lost over 100 pounds and plans to continue his progress. Most recently, Chris set a new goal; to run a 5k within the next year. When he entered the “Rolling Lean” contest, he had been incorporating exercise into his routine for just three weeks and felt that, if he won, WoW! Boot Camp and Barberitos would certainly help him reach his newest goal.
“In some ways, I think this contest may have been specially designed for me”, remarked Chris of the Rolling Lean Contest. “I haven’t been able to find many ‘fast’ food options that I enjoy eating but which mesh with my goal range of 1,500-1,880 calories per day. Barberitos’ healthy salad is a big exception to that rule – I love it, and feel good about eating it”, and concerning his fitness goals, Chris said, “From what I have heard, even with my current state of ‘fitness’, WoW! Boot Camp is just the type of program I need to help me meet this next goal along my path to fitness”.

Barberitos is committed to providing fresh, healthy food to its customers and will never compromise this philosophy. Many customers choose to select items from the “7 Under 7 Menu”, which is comprised of seven meals under seven grams of fat. These menu items include the Mini Chicken Burrito, Bare Burrito, Regular Salad, Char-grilled Chicken Salad, Guacamole Salad, Soft Tacos, and Fish tacos which are available on Fridays.

April Williams, an Athens resident, began WoW! Boot Camp in order to encourage individuals to change their behavior patterns and choose a healthier lifestyle. WoW! Fitness programs provide an energetic team atmosphere that helps participants lose weight and gain strength, endurance, and self-confidence. “Helping people reach their fitness goals and feel great is what we do. We can’t wait to make Chris and official WoW! Boot Camper so that he can experience the joy of the WoW! lifestyle!” said April Williams.

Chris Conley begins the Men’s WoW! Boot Camp Class on Tuesday, May 4th. Pepe, the Barberitos mascot, will be there to present him with his gift certificates, warm up with him, and cheer him on as he begins his journey of “Rolling Lean”. Together, Barberitos and WoW! Boot Camp are thrilled to help Chris Conley reach his goals of losing weight and feeling healthy. For more info on WoW! Boot Camp contact www.wowbootcamp.net.

February 17, 2010

My Tight Jeans vs. Wine, cheese biscuits & German Chocolate Brownies…

German Chocolate Brownies & friends!

German Chocolate Brownies & friends!

So Friday night I tried on a pair of jeans I hadn’t put on in a while.  OMG!  They were tighter than “Oh! These got put in the dryer” tight.  A mini-closet rage/fit ensued – I pulled myself together then vowed to get my butt back in those jeans.  They’re my smallest pair (I know I’m not huge by any means), but I definitely feel my best when things are smoother & taunt (and can wear those jeans comfortably)…so here we go.  1st opportunity:

ME (and my tight jeans) vs Cheese biscuits, wine & Homemade German Chocolate BROWNIEs

It’s a party!  What’s at the center of attention (besides our sweet friend, Kirsteen, who’s moving to New Zealand) but an entire island of the best food in Athens and a little mini bar of really cool wines.  (The brownies I find later!)  So here’s my mental dialog and how I dealt with this particular evening.

 Me:  Oh!  Kirsteen looks fantastic.  Everybody looks great!  What a nice crowd.  A lot of folks I don’t know.  What if they think the cute dog on my dress placed right in the middle of my ass looks big?  (how did I not see that before I got the dress home?)  Anyway, gotta get back in the jeans.  Feeling nervous.  I see some folks I know.  Good.
Wine:  Come drink me!  Look at all the really cool labels.  You know it’s tasty.  Loosen up a bit!

Me:  No thank you.  We (me and my butt that wants to fit into a particular pair of jeans) are running 8 miles tomorrow.  Plus, once we have 1 glass, we might want 2.  We don’t need those kind of calories tonight, thank you anyway.  Don’t want to get dehydrated.  Running with a group.  We want to do our best.

Wine:  But EVERYONE’S drinking.  You only live once.  You shouldn’t deprive yourself.  1 glass won’t hurt.  Don’t be so square.  How will 1 glass of wine matter tonight.  You’ll be more relaxed. Lord knows you could use a little of that.

Me:  I’m pouring myself some Pellegrino!  I want to wear those jeans more than I want you – go away wine!

Wine:  Ok

Me:  Sipping, chatting.  Enjoying all the unique personalities.

THE BUFFET:  Neutral.  It’s 7:30pm and I haven’t had dinner yet.  We don’t need to delay eating because we don’t have any kind of buzz to maintain from the wine.  Ok – taking a look.  EVERYTHING looks GREAT! 

Me:  I grab a plate.  I start with some yummy looking cabbage salad. (I was later told it was in last month’s Bon Appetite, which I found:  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/PURPLE-CABBAGE-SALAD-50028771 – but “they” left out the oranges & I hope the vegetable oil too!).  Next, asparagus spear wrapped with a very thin slice of cheese and prosciutto ham (wish I had of picked up 2!)  A mini flour tortilla with pulled pork w/ avocado & spicy onion/salsa and baby arugula salad-pretty plain.  Protein-yeah!  Marti’s tenderloin.  I get about 2 oz.  I’m stopped dead in my tracks.  Immobilized, gazing at the cheese biscuits.  Eric interrupts my trance.  “I’m watching you!”  No doubt he’s not the only one!!  So a dialog with the biscuit ensues.

Biscuit:  You should eat me.  Prove to everyone you can be “normal”.  You can be ok with eating whatever you want.  When will you have the chance to eat like this again.  You don’t make biscuits.  Enjoy me now – while I’m around.  I may never come again.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Me:  No thanks.  I know you look good.  I know you’ll taste divine.  I’m going to pass.  I don’t have to prove anything to anybody but myself.  I want to fit into those jeans more than I want to eat you right now. 

Biscuit:  Here I am, on Michael’s plate.  Not YOUR plate.  Just one small bite!  Doesn’t count if it’s not on your plate.

Me:  Yes it does too count.  Ok, one small bite.  Yum!  Divine.  Stopping here.

Seconds at the Buffet:  Come on!  You need to fuel up for your run tomorrow.  There’s healthy choices.  You’re not feeling stuffed.  You know you like that really full feeling.  It’ll give you something to do.  Help with that little anxious feeling you have because you’re around a lot of folks you don’t know.

Me:  No, I’m going to give my plate to Michael and go get more water.  Walk around.  See who else I can chat with.  Cool.  Met a girl at the wine/water table who likes to talk about marathons.  Found out she quit her big NYC job and moved with her husband to Berlin for 1 year.  REALLY cool!  Fascinating.  Into her more than I’m into wine & food.  We walk into another room.  There they are – center stage.

Homemade brownies covered with homemade German Chocolate icing:  Woooo!  Hooooo!  Don’t I look good!!

Me:  Holy f’n moly, yes you do!!

Homemade brownies covered with homemade German Chocolate icing:   Once in a lifetime opportunity here!  When are you going to get the chance to eat me again.  Your mamma use to make German chocolate cake for you every birthday.  You haven’t had me in sooooooooo long.  Just a little taste of childhood.  What will 1 brownie hurt?  Prove your normal.   If you don’t give into your cravings – they say it will haunt you.  You have to give into your cravings they say or it will haunt you with a binge.  You’re setting yourself up for a binge.

Me:  Whatever.  I wasn’t craving you before I saw you.  You’re a temptation.  No doubt you will taste good.  OMG you will taste good.  But no thank you.

Hostess:  Yes, they’re soooo good!  I’ll give you 2 to take home to Janie & Sam.

Me:  Oh good!  I can sneak 2 out of here in the name of Sam & Janie.  Eat it in private.  No one will know.

Me:  No!  What you eat in private shows up in public.  We want to fit into those jeans more than we want that brownie.

Conversations with several folks takes place right beside the brownies for about 20 min. 

Me: Engaged in conversation.  Not eating brownies.  I see someone I know eat 2.  I quickly judge them…”you shouldn’t be eating that!”

Me:  What someone else eats is NOT your business.  It could have been you yesterday.  It could be you tomorrow.  You’re judging because it shines a light on that place in you that loses control sometimes & that scares you.  Don’t judge.  Don’t be harsh.  Focus on yourself.

We leave the party.

Michael:  I’m stopping for a cup of coffee.

Me:  Oh my God!!!!!!!  I wanted a brownie soooooo bad.  I’m glad I didn’t eat it.  Thank goodness she (hostess) didn’t give us the brownies for Sam & Janie!

Michael:  I know.  They probably wouldn’t have survived the ride home to “Sam & Janie”.

Safely at home. 

Me:  Let’s eat a Kashi (2 pt) cookie to get that sweet tooth out of your system.  Ok, better choice.  Not perfect (cause you don’t need it), but better.

 Sunday morning and all is well.  I survived the temptations & cravings.  I’m not looking back on last night wishing I had of given into them – so obviously I made the right choices for me.

 I realize I’m not going to fit into those jeans after one night of “saying no to high calorie indulgences” but more nights (and days) like that strung together will get me where I want to be.  One meal at a time!

February 17, 2010

My Tight Jeans vs. Wine, cheese biscuits&German Chocolate Brownies…

German Chocolate Brownies & friends!

German Chocolate Brownies & friends!

So Friday night I tried on a pair of jeans I hadn’t put on in a while.  OMG!  They were tighter than “Oh! These got put in the dryer” tight.  A mini-closet rage/fit ensued – I pulled myself together then vowed to get my butt back in those jeans.  They’re my smallest pair (I know I’m not huge by any means), but I definitely feel my best when things are smoother & taunt (and can wear those jeans comfortably)…so here we go.  1st opportunity:

ME (and my tight jeans) vs Cheese biscuits, wine & Homemade German Chocolate BROWNIEs

It’s a party!  What’s at the center of attention (besides our sweet friend, Kirsteen, who’s moving to New Zealand) but an entire island of the best food in Athens and a little mini bar of really cool wines.  (The brownies I find later!)  So here’s my mental dialog and how I dealt with this particular evening.

 Me:  Oh!  Kirsteen looks fantastic.  Everybody looks great!  What a nice crowd.  A lot of folks I don’t know.  What if they think the cute dog on my dress placed right in the middle of my ass looks big?  (how did I not see that before I got the dress home?)  Anyway, gotta get back in the jeans.  Feeling nervous.  I see some folks I know.  Good.
Wine:  Come drink me!  Look at all the really cool labels.  You know it’s tasty.  Loosen up a bit!

Me:  No thank you.  We (me and my butt that wants to fit into a particular pair of jeans) are running 8 miles tomorrow.  Plus, once we have 1 glass, we might want 2.  We don’t need those kind of calories tonight, thank you anyway.  Don’t want to get dehydrated.  Running with a group.  We want to do our best.

Wine:  But EVERYONE’S drinking.  You only live once.  You shouldn’t deprive yourself.  1 glass won’t hurt.  Don’t be so square.  How will 1 glass of wine matter tonight.  You’ll be more relaxed. Lord knows you could use a little of that.

Me:  I’m pouring myself some Pellegrino!  I want to wear those jeans more than I want you – go away wine!

Wine:  Ok

Me:  Sipping, chatting.  Enjoying all the unique personalities.

THE BUFFET:  Neutral.  It’s 7:30pm and I haven’t had dinner yet.  We don’t need to delay eating because we don’t have any kind of buzz to maintain from the wine.  Ok – taking a look.  EVERYTHING looks GREAT! 

Me:  I grab a plate.  I start with some yummy looking cabbage salad. (I was later told it was in last month’s Bon Appetite, which I found:  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/PURPLE-CABBAGE-SALAD-50028771 – but “they” left out the oranges & I hope the vegetable oil too!).  Next, asparagus spear wrapped with a very thin slice of cheese and prosciutto ham (wish I had of picked up 2!)  A mini flour tortilla with pulled pork w/ avocado & spicy onion/salsa and baby arugula salad-pretty plain.  Protein-yeah!  Marti’s tenderloin.  I get about 2 oz.  I’m stopped dead in my tracks.  Immobilized, gazing at the cheese biscuits.  Eric interrupts my trance.  “I’m watching you!”  No doubt he’s not the only one!!  So a dialog with the biscuit ensues.

Biscuit:  You should eat me.  Prove to everyone you can be “normal”.  You can be ok with eating whatever you want.  When will you have the chance to eat like this again.  You don’t make biscuits.  Enjoy me now – while I’m around.  I may never come again.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Me:  No thanks.  I know you look good.  I know you’ll taste divine.  I’m going to pass.  I don’t have to prove anything to anybody but myself.  I want to fit into those jeans more than I want to eat you right now. 

Biscuit:  Here I am, on Michael’s plate.  Not YOUR plate.  Just one small bite!  Doesn’t count if it’s not on your plate.

Me:  Yes it does too count.  Ok, one small bite.  Yum!  Divine.  Stopping here.

Seconds at the Buffet:  Come on!  You need to fuel up for your run tomorrow.  There’s healthy choices.  You’re not feeling stuffed.  You know you like that really full feeling.  It’ll give you something to do.  Help with that little anxious feeling you have because you’re around a lot of folks you don’t know.

Me:  No, I’m going to give my plate to Michael and go get more water.  Walk around.  See who else I can chat with.  Cool.  Met a girl at the wine/water table who likes to talk about marathons.  Found out she quit her big NYC job and moved with her husband to Berlin for 1 year.  REALLY cool!  Fascinating.  Into her more than I’m into wine & food.  We walk into another room.  There they are – center stage.

Homemade brownies covered with homemade German Chocolate icing:  Woooo!  Hooooo!  Don’t I look good!!

Me:  Holy f’n moly, yes you do!!

Homemade brownies covered with homemade German Chocolate icing:   Once in a lifetime opportunity here!  When are you going to get the chance to eat me again.  Your mamma use to make German chocolate cake for you every birthday.  You haven’t had me in sooooooooo long.  Just a little taste of childhood.  What will 1 brownie hurt?  Prove your normal.   If you don’t give into your cravings – they say it will haunt you.  You have to give into your cravings they say or it will haunt you with a binge.  You’re setting yourself up for a binge.

Me:  Whatever.  I wasn’t craving you before I saw you.  You’re a temptation.  No doubt you will taste good.  OMG you will taste good.  But no thank you.

Hostess:  Yes, they’re soooo good!  I’ll give you 2 to take home to Janie & Sam.

Me:  Oh good!  I can sneak 2 out of here in the name of Sam & Janie.  Eat it in private.  No one will know.

Me:  No!  What you eat in private shows up in public.  We want to fit into those jeans more than we want that brownie.

Conversations with several folks takes place right beside the brownies for about 20 min. 

Me: Engaged in conversation.  Not eating brownies.  I see someone I know eat 2.  I quickly judge them…”you shouldn’t be eating that!”

Me:  What someone else eats is NOT your business.  It could have been you yesterday.  It could be you tomorrow.  You’re judging because it shines a light on that place in you that loses control sometimes & that scares you.  Don’t judge.  Don’t be harsh.  Focus on yourself.

We leave the party.

Michael:  I’m stopping for a cup of coffee.

Me:  Oh my God!!!!!!!  I wanted a brownie soooooo bad.  I’m glad I didn’t eat it.  Thank goodness she (hostess) didn’t give us the brownies for Sam & Janie!

Michael:  I know.  They probably wouldn’t have survived the ride home to “Sam & Janie”.

Safely at home. 

Me:  Let’s eat a Kashi (2 pt) cookie to get that sweet tooth out of your system.  Ok, better choice.  Not perfect (cause you don’t need it), but better.

 Sunday morning and all is well.  I survived the temptations & cravings.  I’m not looking back on last night wishing I had of given into them – so obviously I made the right choices for me.

 I realize I’m not going to fit into those jeans after one night of “saying no to high calorie indulgences” but more nights (and days) like that strung together will get me where I want to be.  One meal at a time!

February 17, 2010

WoW! Grocery Shopping – a Field Trip

Healthy made Simple! 

KROGER
1720 Epps Bridge Pkwy
Athens GA 30606
Store Phone: (706) 583-8900

February 22 (Monday) at 10 a.m.

or

February 23 (Tuesday) at 6:15 p.m.

RSVP:  to April at workoutwarriors@bellsouth.net

Cost?:  Free to currently enrolled WoW! Boot Camp Participants (or if you sign up for March!)

 I will be your personal guide through the store – pointing out where to find our favorite “healthy” staples.  We’ll also give you a sample menu for the week.

Why Kroger?  Simple. That’s mostly where I shop and I know where everything is located.

 Here’s What to Include on Your Healthy Grocery List

  • Fresh vegetables and fruits should make up the largest part of your healthy foods grocery list. Vegetables and fruits have vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and they are usually low in calories. We all need at least five or more servings of vegetables and fruits every day. Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables that everyone in your family will enjoy.
  • Most of your grain and cereal products should be made from whole grains, not from refined flours. This part of your list includes whole grain breads, whole grain pastas, and whole grain breakfast cereals. Whole grains are important for vitamins, minerals, and for fiber, which is often lacking in modern diets. Read labels to look for 100% whole-grain or 100% whole-wheat to be sure you are getting whole grain products.
  • Your protein and meat choices should consist mostly of fish, poultry and lean meats. Eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes are also good protein choices. Choose fresh and frozen unbreaded meats and fish. Avoid breaded, deep-fried convenience foods that you put in the oven. They are high in fats and sodium.
  • Beverages – keep it simple. Water, low-fat milk, juices and herbal teas are all good choices. If you opt for soft drinks, choose diet sodas and soft drinks to avoid extra sugar.
  • Dairy products should include low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. If you do not want cows’ milk, choose soy and rice beverages, calcium-fortified orange juice, or goats’ milks and cheese.
  • Be careful with dressings, cooking oils and condiments. They are sneaky sources of refined sugar and poor quality oils. Read labels to choose dressings made with olive oil, canola oil or walnut oil. Choose low-fat mayonnaise for your sandwiches and choose canola oil and olive oil for cooking.
  • Frozen foods are a convenient way to keep vegetables & fruit on hand. There are also prepared meals that you can pop into the microwave or oven. These can be convenient and healthy if you choose low fat versions with good portion sizes. Read labels and chose frozen foods wisely. Avoid frozen pizzas, pocket-sandwiches, deep-fried appetizers, and breaded foods.
  • Foods in cans and jars are also very convenient. Look for low-sodium soups, vegetables and sauces. Avoid high-fat gravies and high-calorie foods like canned spaghetti and ravioli products.
  • For sandwiches, choose peanut butter or other nut butters, low-fat turkey slices or sliced roast beef. Avoid processed lunch meats, sausages and hot dogs.
  • Avoid high calorie treats and desserts. Choose fresh fruits, healthy nuts, seeds and whole grain crackers for snacks.



January 24, 2010

You go girls!

Allison completes her first 5K with some encouragment from fellow
WoW! Boot Campers Jennifer & Jackie!

1st 5K for Allyson!

“This was taken at the Jaguar Caper yesterday….Allison did an amazing job!  I was so proud of her since this was her first “official” 5K.  When we had the field trip on Monday at boot camp she asked me how many miles she did and when I told her 3 I could see the wheels in her head turning that she COULD do a 5K and not die.” – Jennifer G

 
 
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