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Well, I'm still on vacation but I'm doing really good as far as eating goes. The key is preparation. I brought a bag of foods I know I can eat and went to the store when I arrived to get fresh fruits and veggies. When we go out to eat, I look on My Fitness Pal for nutrition information before I even order. The same holds true for when I'm at home. I need to think ahead for what I might need. A snack, a lunch? What about if I get stuck in traffic, will I be starving? Having food for those situati . . . [View Full]
Easter has come and gone.  The baskets are still staring me in the face on the counter in the kitchen.  The boys have eaten most of it already, thank goodness!!  Their favorite items, right behind the giant Reese's Egg, were their Swiftwick socks from Mountain High Outfitters.  Ok, the frisbee from there to throw indoors was a huge hit too.  I love that both of these companies are our leading sponsors and they have the best products for us to showcase!! Well, now that Easter is behind me . . . [View Full]
The Be Healthy Challenge is a 12-week health competition involving 25 Williamson County residents under the watchful eye of trainers at Maryland Farms YMCA, Quest Performance, Chadwick's Fitness and Performance Training and Prairie Life Fitness. Participants of the Be Healthy Challenge work out three times a week with their team and trainer at a designated gym.  Nutrition education is provided by Medical Director Ashley Woods, MD and Dietician Rachel Pilkinton, RD. Corporate sp . . . [View Full]
            Amy shared Goggle Fitness Sayings photo. One of the most important things I've learned through my multiple journeys with the Brentwood Home Page, "Be Healthy Challenge" is to EAT TO LIVE, NOT LIVE TO EAT! YOU CAN START BY CHOOSING ANDI FOODS! Keeping my food selections colorful has been an easier way to assure I'm getting nutrient dense foods as well... Without my Sponsor Dennis Wyatt, Gateway Mortgage Group I would not have had this priceless opportunity once agai . . . [View Full]
One of the many things that I have learned through The Challenge and my journey is the understanding that food is fuel. Sure food is yummy and there are lot of temptations, indulgences, those food items that will make us act completely irrational, but at the end of the day, food is fuel. The more and more I do with regards to fitness, whether it be a workout with the great people at Quest Performance or if I am training for a long distance cycling event, is that the quantity AND quality of my fu . . . [View Full]
Hello Folks,     In week  #8, my goal was to learn about about the food that I should be eating more and more that are nutrient rich foods a.k.a. 'super foods' and how do I make it part of my daily food. By now, I know how to make the distinction between foods that can help me meet my calorie goal but may not help me with the nutrient my body needs.   So this week, with our registered dietician Rachel Pilkinton, my wife Leena joined me in visiting local Publix on Moores lane. It was re . . . [View Full]
A wonderful Easter celebration with friends and family.  The easter baskets are a favorite of mine to gather and give.  Can I just say Mountain High Outfitters was a hit for dresses and shirts.  Four children ages ranging from 14-21 it is a one stop shop!!  It is so easy to buy something that I would like myself - I debate applying for a job every time I am in the store - love it!  Mountain High Outfitters Facebook: http://www.mountainhighoutfit . . . [View Full]
I am sorry to say this was me. I could have been the poster child for someone who was self-medicating with food.   I ate to cope with all life’s issues’ that I had been dealt with. I ate to numb the pain. Any emotion was an excuse to eat.. sad, happy, nervous, you name it, it gave me the green light to eat. And eat I did. I also did not exercise. Oh, I would think of it each day, but that was as far as I got. I kept telling myself that I was too busy, that all I needed to do was to eat  . . . [View Full]
If I have to choose between eating less tasty comfort food in a calorie counting exercise, or eating healthy food, that choice is an easy one. During the Be Healthy Challenge, sponsored by Swiftwick and Mountain High Outfitters we have used an APP called My Fitness Pal.  It's helpful.  More of a pain than an asset, but it does remind you to measure consumption.   More important to me than calories, are the ingredients in the food I eat.  I choose something packaged by God, and if I'm l . . . [View Full]
    Week 8 and I almost didn't make it. Thanks to my awesome team at Prairie Life Fitness and the Brentwood Home Page's Be Healthy Challenge, they helped me get "back" on track. Pun intended! This week, not only did I get back to working out, but we got to take a fabulous tour at Publix with Be Healthy Challenge's Registered Dietician, Rachel Pilkinton to see what was really going on with some of the choices and I couldn't believe that not all yogurt contains live cultures!  You have  . . . [View Full]

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