How to Flip the Bird to the Halloween Candy Binge! (and other events that test your resolve)

We’re nearing the end of my first 5-Week ‘Change You’ Challenge (it’s going fantastic! Squee!) and at the end of last week’s meet-up, as we were talking about the importance of staying the path before next week’s fit test and measurements, someone gasped, “Oh no! Halloween is this week! I always binge on my kids’ candy!” Then another person chimed in, “And I’ll be drinking! So my guard will be down!” Halloween isn’t the only challenge we’ll face. We will be faced with opportunities that challenge our resolve often. So how do we handle them? Do we stand our ground and resist all temptation? (And say no to every party invitation until the end of time.) Or do we chalk it up as “it’s just one night” and binge away? Here are several tips for dealing with Halloween and other such temptations (including some no-nonsense, tough love advice for those who respond best to a verbal smackdown): 1. Get Full If you’re worried you won’t be able to stop grazing the buffet table once you arrive at a party, eat before you go. Eat a LOT. A lot of high-fiber, nutritious foods. Think protein + veggies + healthy fats. That will ensure you don’t hit the buffet table first thing upon arrival, cutting down on the sheer number of hours you’ll want to stuff your face, and arriving full makes it easier to make sane choices. When you’re starving, everything sounds good. When you’re full, you might still want some of your favorite foods but you’re more able to skip over other options. Get full before you Trick or...

Wake Me UP, So I Can Go-Go – Vega Sport Energizer Review

Disclosure: I received Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer in exchange for my honest review as part of the Fuel Your Better campaign by Vega Sport and Fit Approach. All opinions are my own. As part of the Vega Sport Fuel Your Better campaign, I was given the opportunity to try out a sugar-free energizer from Vega Sport, a pre-workout dietary supplement designed to help me “get in the zone” to work out. I know, right? Who’d ever guess that I, Spazzy McHyperPants, might need a little help getting my mojo on? See here’s the thing. I’m a natural night owl. I come alive late afternoon and no matter how busy I’ve been, I’m simply not tired in the evenings.  But mornings? I will bark and I might bite, is all I’m saying. You’ve been warned. I can get 9 solid hours of sleep, and it’s still difficult for me to wake up and feel energized for a workout. My job being what it is, that’s a problem. Enter Vega Sport Energizer. Vega Sport is running a new campaign called #FuelYourBetter, in which they ask “What’s holding you back from better?” Overtraining? Muscle Soreness? Motivation? :::ding ding ding::: I had my choice of products so I chose Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer. The Vega Sport SFE contains ten synergistic ingredients to help you focus and boost energy so you can power through your yoga class or lower intensity exercise, all with only 5 calories. Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer is designed to: Enhance mental focus Increase energy Boost endurance But, it’s formulated to provide just enough energy for short workouts, workouts lasting less than an hour. Did someone say short workouts?...

Get Up. Try Again. You Want This. Keep Going.

Sometimes, I let a setback derail me completely from pursuing a goal.  There are bad days. (There always will be.) Low-energy days. (They come and go.) Cloudy days. (Appreciate the sunny ones.) It’s harder than I thought. (Adjust.) It’s taking longer than I expected. (Adapt.) I don’t feel like it. (Reevaluate.) Why can’t I just…. (You can, just not yet. Keep going.) Why can’t I be like…. (Unhelpful thinking.) It’s not fair. (Accept it.) No one understands. (Reach out for support.) We all have low days, days when we feel defeated, maybe even hopeless. I do too. (Yes, I do.) Just the other night, I had a conflict that sent me directly to CrazyTown. I went to alllll kinds of bad places in my head. I jumped to extreme conclusions, I over-reacted, my heart was pounding, the whole nine yards. I was alone, dealing with this by myself, with nothing to stop me from going all-the-way crazy. What calmed me down?  First, I reminded myself of my principles. What I believe in. What I want. Who I want to be. And decided I wouldn’t do anything until I could act from a place of principle. Then, I asked myself what I’d say to a friend if she was in this predicament, not me. If it was someone else struggling? Oh I’d be all kinds of insightful and wise and calm. I’d have suggestions! And I’d be gentle! And I’d be supportive! So I gave that to myself. Wouldn’t it be boring if the journey threw no curves? (Boring sometimes sounds nice, doesn’t it?) Get up. Try Again. You want this. Keep going....