90 Day Zeal for Life Challenge

Week 2

Tips of the Week

We are in to week #2 and I hope that you are staying focused on your New Years goals! This is such a great time to develop new habits and make changes in our lives. And this challenge is for sure changing things for the better!

This week I am giving you 3 tips to help keep you going strong with your Zeal for Life Challenge. Have you felt some changes happening? Maybe realizing that you are not feeling totally drained by the time the afternoon rolls around? These things will help you get even greater results in the upcoming weeks!

1.) Chug, Chug, Chug. - That's right. Chug it down! Water, that is. Many times, we mistake our body's need for fluids with hunger. Making sure that you are well hydrated is a great way to help curb some of that appetite! It also helps prevent you from retaining water in unwanted places. Crazy how that works!

2.) Work it! - Although many reading this are keeping up with a workout program during the week, if you are not I encourage you to make sure you get in some physical activity every day! Take your kids or dog on an extra long walk. A great way to get your heart rate up is to rotate between running short distances and walking. Just get your body moving. It isn't always realistic to be able to get GREAT workout in every single day. (Like when your daughter wakes up early during your normal workout time!) When you cant, just take 10-15 minutes to do what you can. It will make a dramatic difference over time. And it's good for your body as well as helps to increase your energy level as well!

3.) Meal/Snack Prep- This tip is somewhere along the lines of your meal planning. I meal plan and make sure that I have a selection of yummy fruits and veggies for my snacks and meal extras, but I am also notorious for letting much of them go to waste. Why? Because I don't take about 30 minutes to prep them. In just about 30 minutes (or less) I can cut up my strawberries, broccoli, carrots, cheese cubes, etc. AND put them in individual containers or baggies, making is EASY PEASY for me to grab them on the go. When I get busy during the day, the likeliness of me taking the time to cut stuff up is pretty slim. This quick tip saves me during the week and helps me stay away from unnecessary foods that are full of unneeded carbs, sugars and fats. It's the little things that REALLY change your life when it comes to eating/ and living just a little healthier!

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Get your move on!

I mentioned above that no matter how short of time you might have for a workout, just get moving and go hard with the time you DO have! For those days that you are shorter on time, check out this quick cardio blasting workout (that I found at Trimmed & Toned) that you can easily do at home or the office!

Do multiple circuits depending on the amount of time you have.

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Eat it up, drink it down!

Two Ingredient Pancakes

I don't know about you, but breakfast is a weakness for me. I could eat breakfast food for every meal of the day. Unfortunately, many of those breakfast staples are not the best food options and can also take too much time to make (during the week!) This recipe is not only much healthier, considering it is mostly made of fruit, but also packs a punch with protein to get your day started! Not exactly the fluffy ole' buttermilk pancakes we know and love, but perfect for a healthier 'everyday' meal! Tip from me: Add in a pinch of cinnamon for extra flavor!

Serves: 2 (but you can double or triple it)


Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 banana
1 pinch (approx. 1/8 t.) baking powder (*optional, but recommended)

Instructions:
1. Get a skillet nice and hot. Peel the banana and place in a bowl — mash well with a fork.** Add the eggs and baking powder (if using) and mix well.

2. Grease your skillet with either butter, non-stick cooking spray, or coconut oil. Ladle the batter (I used about 2-3 T. per pancake) into the skillet and cook till the underside is golden brown. Flip the pancakes and do the same on the other side. Transfer to a serving plate and repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately.


I found this yummy recipe from Sheri Silver at Babble.com!


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Always remember your 'why'. Whether it is for yourself, your kids, husband, friends or faith; write it down and never forget it!

I hope that your week #2 is going fantastic! Keep up your hard work! Changes are not always easy but they are so worth it!

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