March Love Hate Exercise Challenge

Join us for the March Love Hate Exercise challenge

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All of us have 1 or 2 exercises that we have a love hate relationship with.  I know I do. (burpees and planks to name a few)  They are great for me but I struggle with them.  So for the month of March lets get better at the exercises that we struggle the most with.

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Join in on the Challenge
-Pick a few exercises you have a love hate relationship with
-Make an improvement plan (increase plank time)
-Make an IG vid of your now March 1
-Through out the month show how you are practicing and improving your love hate relationship. Post a vid or pics and tag us  #lhe  , #ffm
-March 31 post your results vid and show us whatcha got
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Check out our older post Workout Wednesday: Love Hate Relationship with Some Exercises

Travel Expert Kendra Thornton: Simple Tips for a Healthy and Fun Family Vacation

Simple Tips for a Healthy and Fun Family Vacation

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If you are anything like me, your playful children keep you active year-round. I strongly believe that when you look good, you feel even better, which pushes me to stay fit wherever I am. Fitness is easy to incorporate into your lifestyle with some planning ahead. An approaching vacation does not mean your health has to suffer! In honor of this month’s Fit Family Lifestyles, here are a few ways to incorporate healthy living into a great family vacation.

Plan Ahead:

During vacation, everyone likes to splurge on some great food. While it is fine to indulge a little while taking a break from your routine, to avoid stressing about calories, use the weeks before your vacation to exercise harder and eat more healthfully.

Snack Smart:

Snacking is the fastest way to rack up empty calories. Having wholesome, convenient snacks around when hunger strikes is key to avoiding those extra calories. String cheese, trail mix, and fruit are some great alternatives to the notorious chips and candy.

Pack Sneakers:

Active outings are tough without the right equipment. Good shoes are bulky in your suitcase but entirely worth it. Take a long walk with the whole family or go for a heart-pumping run during your vacation. Either way, you get to see more of your destination and your body gets the exercise it craves.

Get Rested:

The exciting itinerary of vacation encourages less sleep, but rest is essential to good health – and a good vacation. Bring the children’s favorite items from home, like books or stuffed animals, to keep them occupied in the car and comfortable at bedtime. Good rest multiplies the fun during the daytime.

Plan It:

Whether for an hour or a day, including active entertainment in your vacation maximizes the fitness and fun for your family. Make a quick stop at a park to enjoy the outdoors, explore a famous landmark, or hike up to a scenic view; your family and your fitness will thank you.

Vacation does not have to be reason to put your health aside. Fitness is a feasible goal even during family vacation if you add a little pre-planning and some imagination. I hope these tips are helpful to you on your fitness journey. Please share your tips for staying fit with your family!

Meet Kendra Thornton

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KENDRA THORNTON
Travel Industry Publicist and Spokeswoman
Kendra Thornton has been packing her bags and traveling the world since she visited the Bahamas at 3 months old. She comes from a family of travel agents and founded Thornton Public Relations LLC in April 2005 in an effort to bring strategic and low cost public relations to start-up and established travel, consumer and technology companies. Ms. Thornton also appears regularly as a travel expert on ABC, CBS, NBC and CW affiliates across the country to share travel trends, tips and deals with millions of viewers every year.
@KendraThornton

Daniel Fast Recap

So, today is day 21 and the last day of my Daniel Fast. I have to admit there where times I didn’t think I was going make it. Going from eating meat with almost every meal to eating no meat at all was tough. It was harder than I thought to limit the processed foods and sugars but I survived and it feels so great.

I finally started and finished a devotional and was more diligent in my prayers than I had been last year. I’m so grateful for the Daniel Fast. It has strengthen my relationship with God and changed my relationship with food forever. It has forced me to incorporate more veggies into my diet and step outside my limited food box. And when I say step out, I mean waaaay outside the box.

Here is a peak at the foods I ate – I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought.

Breakfast:

1/4 cup grits w/ fruit

Lunch: Spinach salad w/ veggie burger & sliced tomatoes

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Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger

Dinner: Teriyaki Twist Bowl minus the Teriyaki sauce

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from Freshii

Snacks:

Homemade trail mix (sliced almonds, raisins, chopped walnuts)

Fruit

Almond milk smoothie w/ frozen fruit

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Strawberry mango smoothie

Here are some of my other new fave dishes I tried.

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Taco salad made w/ red quinoa, black beans, & corn

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Whole grain pasta w/ sautéed spinach & sun-dried tomatoes

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Curry lentil & quinoa soup w/ red peppers & sweet potatoes

I would definitely do the Daniel Fast again. It was great for my body and overall health and giving me the will power I needed again to say no to bad foods and embrace the goodness of foods that I didn’t normally eat.

Have you ever tied the Daniel Fast? How did you feel, what did you learn about yourself during those 21 days? Let me know @FitFlyMamasNWR