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Are you an “athlete in training”?

August 8, 2012

Bucket lists … that catchy little term that became enormously popular a few years ago thanks to a movie of the same name which inevitably made audiences do a double-take on their life goals.

Sometimes life gets ahead of us and before we know it, we’ve reached the point where “kicking the bucket” is very near. We all have personal goals; some daily, weekly or yearly. Some which pertain to our careers or social life. But a bucket list is much bigger, much more fun and something that can really inspire you to get a move on life!

With the 2012 Summer Olympics upon us and quickly coming to an end, I started thinking about bucket lists. I’m sure for some athletes, making it to the Olympics and accomplishing that HUGE dream was definitely on their bucket list.

While we may never see a shiny gold medal hanging around our necks, we should all take a cue from this historic event and start thinking like Olympians. Look at your own fitness bucket lists! Do you have one?

Everyone can be an athlete. Some of us are in training and some of us are not. If you think of yourself as an athlete, will that change how you feel about yourself and your personal fitness journey? Perhaps!

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What’s on your fitness bucket list?

It’s time to start taking your fitness level to a bigger and better place. Now is the time to create some life goals pertaining to your athleticism. Be your own Olympian and create a fitness bucket list with some dreams you want to fulfill before you die. Dream big!

These aren’t little goals of eating healthy and staying active. I want you to pick something that you can work towards. Maybe a 10 year plan, maybe something you want to accomplish later in life but start training now.

Maybe you want to…

  • Run a marathon
  • Learn how to surf
  • Swim a long-distance in open water
  • Learn to stand up paddle board
  • Scuba Diving somewhere tropical
  • Play rugby
  • Compete in a Strongman competition
  • Cycle a long distance somewhere
  • Climb a mountain

Now create that list with some specific dreams and goals pertaining to you as an “athlete in training”.

  • Write it down and revisit it often.
  • Make a plan – pick something off the list to accomplish each year. Maybe break down your ultimate goals into smaller ones
  • Start small and make some goals that are easily obtainable at first. Put them in order of easiest to hardest. Once you accomplish something cross it off. It will feel amazing!
  • Don’t be afraid to add new goals all the time. Nothing is too outrageous. Have fun! Think outside the box.
  • Target a bucket list specifically to different areas of your life. This one is fitness
  • Include something you can do today!

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Sound Off!

Are you an athlete “in training?” How do you define an athlete? What’s on your fitness bucket list? Love to hear your thoughts!

Comment below….

Say Yes to Healthy Summer Treats

August 2, 2012

Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day everyone! 

Say whaaaat?! Yes, it’s true my friends. The dessert gods have looked down upon us and dedicated a whole day to celebrate one of my favourite indulgences. Ice cream! August 2nd may be the day to devour this classic summer treat but you don’t have to send your diet into a tailspin over this national day to still enjoy the sweet delights of this season.You can still indulge your sweet tooth this summer without veering so far off your healthy living journey. With a couple of nutritional swaps, a few cheats and embracing summer’s bounty of fresh harvest, you’ll be able to stay on track and guilt-free!

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But first…

Be aware of what to stay away from this summer. A lot of summer treats we think are healthy are actually caloric pitfalls in disguise! Sugar is the main culprit ladies!
Don’t be fooled by…
Frozen yogurt – which can be loaded with over 20 grams of processed sugar in just ½ a cup! And all those beneficial live active cultures found in regular yogurt is null and void here because processed sugars disrupt your digestive system so much.
Iced and frozen coffee drinks – are packed with sugar. Add the caffeine to that and it creates an imbalance between insulin/glucose levels. Try making your own blend with coconut milk and ice with no sugar added.
Cocktails – those colourful margaritas, daiquiris and mixed drinks by the poolside should be limited since most summer cocktails are, again, loaded with sugar. Try diluting your cocktails with more club soda and stick to a few rather than a whole pitcher!
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Try these!
Perhaps save National Ice Cream Sandwich Day for your cheat day. And for all those other times you’re basking in the sun, craving something sweet to eat and drink, try making these…
Banana “Ice Cream”
When blended, a frozen banana gets very creamy and like a custard ice cream.
Choose however many bananas you want, cut into small pieces and freeze on a plate for a couple hours. Then blend away! It’s that easy.If you have a couple extra whole bananas, dip those in some dark chocolate and shredded coconut, lay them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and freeze until frozen. Yum!
“Frozen Yogurt” drops
If my tip to stay away from frozen yogurt bummed you out, try these.
Take a container of your favourite yogurt (pick something with loads of fruit!), add 400 grams to a zip lock bag. Close the bag and snip off the end to act as a spout. Squeeze the yogurt into drops on a lined tray and place in the freezer for 3-4 hours. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Watermelon “Slushie”
Easy-peasy if you’re craving a frosty slush! Just whir up chunks of seedless watermelon with ice, lime juice, water and some raw honey and you’ll have a great take on a slurpee.

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“Peach Pie” Smoothie
From Healthy Blender Recipes

2 cups of fresh or frozen peaches
2 cups coconut water or filtered water
2 cups ice (if using fresh peaches)
¼ cup of raw cashews (soaked)
¼ cup chopped pitted dates
1 chopped dried apricot
1 tsp non-alcoholic natural vanilla extract
Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Place all your ingredients in your blender or Vitamix and puree until smooth and creamy.
Tweak the flavours to taste depending on quality of your peaches.

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What are some of your favourite healthy summer recipes? Do you find it hard to stay on track during these summer months? Any tips and tricks? Please share!

21 Day Challenge – Week 6

February 20, 2011

The Final Week

Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacles necessary to achieve your goals, that can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment.

Congratulations this is your last week! Wishing you the best of luck, you should be proud of yourself for making it this far. I cannot wait to read your conclusion journals and thoughts on this experience. Your journey and transformation has been an inspiration to follow. I am proud of you all!

With love

Eva

www.BodyConditioningByDancers.com

To Read Week Five Journal Entires Click Here

A Huge Thank You To Our Experts

Lee Anne Galloway a Motivational Life Coach dedicated to empowering women towards positive change.  Believes “The secret to changing your life is changing your thoughts” shared some invaluable tools to reshaping our self talk.

Natalie Roy a Yoga Teacher & Meditation Therapist shared with us a guided meditation exclusively available to the 21 Day Challenge participants for personal meditation practice. A powerful tool for getting to know yourself & the self you wish to become.

The ladies of The Living Kitchen Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green, Chief Nutritionist, Creative Chef and Green Gardeners “inspiring health, vitality and healing through conscientious eating & loving good food” shared 11 Tips For Eating Well and Feeling Great.

Susan Hobson Principle Performance Coach at Elite: High Performance Coaching whose mission is to help clients “Envision, Execute & Elevate!” Shared with us the steps to creating your Personal Roadmap to Success

21 Day Challenge – Week Five

February 13, 2011

Week Five

Every single life only becomes great when the individual sets upon a goal or goals which they really believe in, which they can really commit themselves to, which they can put their whole heart and soul into. Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.

Congratulations this is your second last week! Wishing you the best of luck, don’t forget about your experts, they are here to help you, reach out to them or visit their websites. I am so proud of you and the best part is how proud you are of each other. Continue to read each others entries, be inspired and know that you are not alone in this journey. I am inspired by all of you!

With love

Eva

www.BodyConditioningByDancers.com

To Read Week Four Journal Entires Click Here

Your Experts

Lee Anne Galloway a Motivational Life Coach dedicated to empowering women towards positive change.  She believes “The secret to changing your life is changing your thoughts” and will share some invaluable tools to reshaping your self talk.

Natalie Roy a Yoga Teacher & Meditation Therapist shares with us a guided meditation exclusively available to the 21 Day Challenge participants for personal meditation practice. A powerful tool for getting to know yourself & the self you wish to become.

The ladies of The Living Kitchen Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green, Chief Nutritionist, Creative Chef and Green Gardeners “inspiring health, vitality and healing through conscientious eating & loving good food” share 11 Tips For Eating Well and Feeling Great.

Susan Hobson Principle Performance Coach at Elite: High Performance Coaching whose mission is to help clients “Envision, Execute & Elevate!” Shares with us the steps to creating your Personal Roadmap to Success

 

21 Day Challenge – Week Four

February 6, 2011

Week Four

The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if:

(1) You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving,

(2) You’re willing to take massive action,

(3) You notice what’s working or not, and

(4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.

Congratulations on completing the first 21 days! Wishing you the best of luck for your fourth week. I am so proud of you and the best part is how proud you are of each other. Continue to read each others entries, be inspired and know that you are not alone in this journey. I am inspired by all of you!

With love

Eva

www.BodyConditioningByDancers.com

To Read Week Three Journal Entires Click Here

21 Day Challenge – Week Three

January 30, 2011

Week Three

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.”

Thank you for taking part in the 21 Day Challenge, wishing you the best of luck for your third week. I know last week wasn’t easy. Read each others entries, be inspired and know that you are not alone in this journey. I am proud of you all!

With love

Eva

www.BodyConditioningByDancers.com

To Read Week Two Journal Entires Click Here


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