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Spice Up Your Workout! –Take A 30 Day Challenge!

November 9, 2017

 

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#2blog 579 (1) to be finished brwn eyes         I’ve always loved going to the gym and you’ll never have a problem getting me to go.

But sometimes if we can’t get there, it’s not because we don’t WANT to go.  Sometimes there are things that pop up that can keep us from getting there, or keep us from being able to workout.

 

This has been my problem.

 

My right knee became a little sore.

It was suggested I “not go crazy at the gym”  ……. and……. “take it easy.”

(One of the worst thing you can say to me… when it comes to the gym).

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But I have learned to listen  (well, doing my best) when it comes to people who know more then me about fitness and what is healthy and safe ….and smart.

One day a friend invited me to do a FB challenge with her.  It was for burpee’s.   Now a burpee is a tough thing to do.  No one really “likes” them.    (Do they? , lol)   Though you can like what they DO….. for you  lol.

I was feeling kind of stuck and shut down at the gym not being able to do the amount I wanted to at the gym… and it was not much at all.  I walked a little…I did the machines for the upper body, I did not go crazy because so many exercises that I always did ended up being connected to using my knee.    So when she asked me to do this challenge I thought “OK, why not!.”   The fact this was something new made it interesting and I needed something new to get me out of the funk I felt I was in.

 

Now, a burpee.  I hadn’t done them in a long while.  I hadn’t done them much in the past either..  I had to google it lol.    When I did well, it certainly involved using my legs.  But as the group leader explained there were modified versions.   I chose one and then actually modified it a bit more.  Making it LESS stress on the knee.  You might ask why do this if you had to modify it so much why do it, right?  I might say that too.  But I wanted to stick around and give this a shot.

The group consisted of people who were asked by a friend and asked to ask their friends to join as well.  Just a way to get others who like to exercise, like yourself,  involved.    I was skeptical.  I thought, “Oh, someone is probably selling something”.  Which is fine.  I just couldn’t really afford to purchase anything right now.  But they were great and never pushy or insistent.   They simply left a pinned post on top of the group Facebook page, and if you wanted to, you could ask about it ….or not.  They were really great about it.

Everyone was supposed to check in everyday and post that they did their 30 burpees and that was it.  At the end of the 30 days if you had posted each day there was a prize you could possibly win.  Noting huge, but it was nice. Incentive for everyone!.   I honestly didn’t care about purchasing anything or even winning anything.  I was there for the challenge.

(They may not ALL offer something.  This one did though).

Everyone would post and be so positive and supportive of everyone else, it was such a great little community of people punching each other in the arm!.  Everyday you would have everyone’s FB post on your timeline, (If you didn’t want that, you could always set it not to have that)    I liked it though.    It was a shot in the arm, seeing and reading everyone’s posts or little anecdotes, videos, or stories about how they did that day. Sometimes people saying how they didn’t feel so motivated that day but pushed through because someone else had said something that made them try harder!..

 

So I did the 30 Day Challenge and stayed around for the next one too!.  A LOT of people stuck around.  I’m on my third challenge now.   I love them.  I may not be great at each one, but I love the support, the feeling of accomplishment and seeing myself get stronger and better at each one.

So, if you are feeling stuck, or possibly bored with your gym routine, try a Challenge!.

Check out Facebook  You will find any number of them you can join or even start your own!   I HIGHLY recommend trying it!  

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

 

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I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating person. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan has given to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

https://reachformorenow.wordpress.com/

Click the link above to see my other blog as well! Reach For More.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Easy Apple/Cinnamon Infused Water Recipe!

December 17, 2016

 

 

#2blog 579 (1) to be finished brwn eyes       I recently tried this from the local grocery store.  I thought to myself,  “I could give this a  try at home!” I kept the bottles and though I have never done this, I thought it might be fun.  🙂

If you’ve never tried to make infused water, it’s super easy and quick to make….AND it wasn’t expensive, and it does taste great!.

 

First you need a bottle. Or of course a pitcher.  I used the bottle I got from the supermarket. I just washed it out, and saved it. I knew I loved the flavor, but wanted to start small to try it myself.

 

#1.  Apple

(any kind of your choosing. I used an organic Fuji.  I know organic can cost a little more but I try to get organic when it comes to certain things.  Apples are one.  After researching a while back for a blog post about pesticides, trust me, apples is one fruit to try to buy organic.

 

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2.  Cinnamon Sticks:  Now, you’ll find cinnamon sticks in the baking isle of the grocery store.  They might be a little tough to find.  The are whole as you can see here below.

 

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#3.   A Pitcher Or Container Of Some Kind.

I used the plastic water bottle the water I bought, came in. I wasn’t sure how mine would come out and I wanted to use the bottle because I actually found them really nice!.

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I waited 24 hours to finish this post because I wanted to be able to say how long it took for it to start to taste like apples and cinnamon.  I would say a full 24 hours and you will taste both fruits.  To make it even better, I think next time I will use a sweeter apple.  This is GOOD , though I would like more apple flavor.  I thought that about the one I purchased as well.  it was So GOOD. that I am writing this post about it! ….But I can improve on it with a sweeter apple I think.  🙂

 

I hope you give this a shot.  It’s really easy and lots of fun.  I have some more ideas I will be trying as well!.  I may post them down the road if I think readers might like to see them! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

If you do decide to try this recipe, Let me know how it comes out and what you maybe added or did differently!🙂

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I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating person. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan has given to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

https://reachformorenow.wordpress.com/

Click the link above to see my other blog as well! Reach For More

 

 

 

 

Healthy And Super Easy Homemade Almond Butter Recipe!

March 21, 2016

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Almond butter is one of the easiest things you will EVER make in your life and trust me, one of the most delicious!.

When I got interested in making it, I really just wanted to make it pure.  No spices.  I really just wanted to stick to that pure almond butter taste, for the first try anyway, though I did really like the taste of the one I had just bought, which had a little molasses in it.  The sugar content was very low, only 3 grams and it had such a good flavor I decided to go with that. Besides it was such a slight taste it would still be that pure flavor, for me anyway.

Some recipes said to add oil if necessary, I didn’t want to do that really.  Though when I was making it, I was so excited to do it, got impatient and added 2 TBLS. along the way.  Later when I checked on a recipe, because it was taking so long to get to that consistency I knew to be almond butter, I looked up another recipe for more information,  and for a little advice.

I then saw one that said:

“If you think it isn’t working because it’s taking so long, keep going!.  It can take about 20 mins. of processing.”

I have a feeling they were right.   It just takes a bit of time for it to get to that thin, shiny consistency.  But I think it will without oil.  I can’t say exactly how long it took in total time the processor was on.  I pulsed it and had it on and off scraping the sides and adding the oil and molasses. So if you would rather not add the oil, give it some time, or just add a little and see how it goes from there.

 

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This recipe made one full jar 16 oz. plus about 1/2 cup extra.

 

My Recipe For Homemade Almond Butter

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups of raw almonds

 

2 TBLS. Oil      ( I used a canola oil)    I think this will be optional

 

Molasses        (I used about 1/3 of a cup in all )     I went by taste.

 

Kosher salt     I used about  1  TSP.     I went by taste.

(I used kosher salt, I use it at home, because it’s one of the lowest in sodium)

 

Directions:

Roast the almonds in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  I used a regular cookie sheet, and parchment paper.  After they cool a bit, put them in a processor.   I used the metal dough blade to do it.  Mine looks like this.  I have my Mom’s processor which is slightly older, so yours might look a little different.

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 Toasting these nuts made the whole kitchen smell amazing! .

 

Once in the processor,  turn it on,  and let them go for a few minutes. After a few minutes, stop it and scrape down the sides.  Once the nuts are totally chopped you can start to add your salt, oil  (if desired),  and molasses, (or any spices you may choose, if any). 
Then turn it back on… and from here it’s just going to take time.  Remember, it WILL take about 15 – 20 mins. I would continue to turn it on and off and check.

 

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It filled a 16.oz jar with about 1.2 cup on the side as well.  (you can see the little white ramekin in the picture I used to hold the rest of the almond butter the jar would not hold. )

Everyone really loved it.  I’m going to make more this weekend! 🙂

I hope you try this recipe.  It’s so incredibly easy and simple, takes really all in all, little time!.   The only downside might be that all nuts are expensive today. But I figured it out and it cost about $2.00 more to make it than buying a jar in the store. I paid $8.00 for the jar I had. I thought, for the amount of fun I had doing this, planning it, and sharing it on instagram   https://www.instagram.com/p/BCv5WpgCmSw/?taken-by=colleenfkelly   and on Facebook,and most of all, I have almond butter that has no preservatives or additives in it and is homemade, that extra $2.00 was really worth it.    🙂

It tasted even better the next day!.

 

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 Thanks so much for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

If you do decide to try this recipe, Let me know how it comes out and what you maybe added or did differently! 🙂

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating force. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

Click the link to see my other blog as well! “Reach For More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy, Low-Cal, No-Bake Easy To Make Energy Balls!

March 1, 2016

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I’ve been hearing and reading so much about energy balls lately and I really wanted to try them.

I tried a recipe from Dr Oz.   I liked them so much!.  The only problem I had with his, was calories.  His came out to be about 150 calories. To me that seemed way too much for a little energy ball.  I figure, it’s all in what your ingredients are and your amounts.

I decided to come up with my own recipe.  I’ve made them 3 times so far.  I plan on making more next weekend.  I wanted to share my recipe with everyone.  They came out great, and I can’t wait to try more variations, and they really are pretty good.  🙂  A couple of them can do the trick.  They are filling enough, and make a great healthy snack. Especially after working out.

 

The recipe is pretty simple, and takes about 45 mins. to 1 hour, from start to finish.

When I made it the first time I made one single batch.  (It made about 15 -20 energy balls) When I make them now I double the recipe.  Much like a cookie recipe, as my Mom taught me, you most likely need to double it because the a lot recipes don’t make exactly the amount it says it will.  Doubled, the recipe will make  about 30 – 35 energy balls.

 

Healthy and Really Simple, Energy Ball Recipe!

 

(It made about 15 -20 energy balls)

2  1/2  Cups of oatmeal   (uncooked dry, 1 minute oats)

1 level scoop of whey protein

1/2 cup ground chia and flax seed. (Hodgson Mill brand is what I used.  A mix of both and already ground!)

2 Tsp. cinnamon

1/4 Tsp. ground ginger

2 Tsp. vanilla

1/4 Cup of finely chopped, 66%  Bakers Chocolate

1/4 to 1/3  Cup almond butter  (then the rest Smucker’s creamy natural peanut butter making  1/2 cup, combined)

3/4 cup light vanilla soy milk

(1/3 Cup of toasted walnuts chopped very fine, for rolling.)

(The chocolate is optional, as are the walnuts for rolling.)

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Instructions:

Put all the dry ingredients together in a big bowl.  Mix until well combined.  Then add the chocolate, and mix well again.

Add the peanut butter/almond butter mixture and then vanilla soy milk.  Mix with a large spoon.

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As it becomes more moist you should be able to pinch the mixture and it should stick together, and then you can form it into 1 inch round balls.

As you make the balls, roll them in the walnuts.  (They may not stick perfectly, you can use a little pressure when rolling.  If you add a bit more milk the mixture will be more sticky and the nuts will stick better.  I added just a touch more milk the second time,  just a little, to keep the calories what I wanted them to be.

When you are finished making them just put them into an air tight type container.

I would say they should last up to 2 weeks in the fridge.  🙂

Calories: Approx. 100 calories per energy ball.

 

I hope you try them!.  Everyone in my family has really liked them!.

 

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Thanks for coming to the blog!  I really do appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.   🙂  I truly am appreciative for all the support!. Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one, can be a really tough thing to find and to keep. Sometimes someone else can help!.

This is Dan Gheesling.

He is an amazing Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!.

#2DanInRedShirt

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach. (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!. It can be really tough sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he knows that.

Dan is such a great motivating force. He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly, how to help you keep that motivation going!.

Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

dan-blog-coaching

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals! Hear them tell their stories and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach. Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on). You can see this book… and all of Dan’s books on his website!. Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader, to work in your life. You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!. 

Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why, wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

(Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

http://www.DanGheesling.com

or you can tweet him at: https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

You can find me, at the following places !

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

My other blog as well!!

Click the link to see my other blog as well! “Reach For More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Things That Have Boosted My Workouts!

February 16, 2016

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Motivation

That has to be one of THE biggest questions, one of the biggest problems we have when it comes our in health and fitness.  I think we all deal with it, at least from time to time.  I mean, there are so many things going on in daily life that can either take our energy… or even keep us from getting TO…. that workout.  I wanted to put a few of the things that have been really making a difference lately, for me, together, hoping maybe it can help others too!.

 

Changing Your Routine.   

I’m one to stay with the same routine. I’m not great with change.  Keeping it fresh and giving your body new challenges is the best thing for your workout. That’s what it’s all about.  Building on your abilities for the best and most successful results. Like I said, I can get in a groove, and stick with it.

WRONG .

I have always worked with weights and machines as well as my favorite.  Cardio.  🙂

I wanted to make a change, step up working more with machines and doing more core exercises.  I always have, but wanted to change up how and when and much I do them.  So far I love it.  I have been doing more with machines and really enjoy it so much.   I FEEL different, my body feels stronger and I’m starting to really see a difference as well!.

Another REAL payoff right now,  is the added excitement of getting there to the gym and working out differently.   That fresh new workout!.

 

Keeping Your Music Fresh

This one is HUGE.  When I started working out years ago.  The first gym I went to, had TV’s across the ceiling and you could have headphones.  I didn’t know that. lol

Really,  I had no idea. (hey, I had never been to a gym in my life lol) .

I used to workout without anythingNothing.

When I got my first ipod…(mind blown)..  The difference it made was amazing.  All those songs that drive you, make you want to fight harder, keep you moving and motivate you.  Oh my gosh!.  It gives me such fight and energy while working out.

One thing though.  We are always changing and as we do, the way we feel about things will change.   It’s really important, I’ve found, at least for me (and I think it will be for you too) to change up your playlist.. as you change.

I have songs that I still love on my Ipod  from when I started, but I have of course added new along the way..  As we change, our workout changes and we have to adjust things to get the most out of our workout and ourselves. Music helps me in my workout, SO MUCH.

If you have trouble finding new songs, which I do from time to time, ask what your friends are listening to, Google the top 20 workout tunes, if you need a little help.

(This is a favorite of mine from my workout list on my IPOD!!)

 

 

 Getting Motivation From Others/Paying Attention To Your Surroundings

This is one I  discovered working out at the gym.  Most gyms today have TV’s on their treadmills, ellipticals etc.    I don’t use the TV’s really but one day on the elliptical, the tv had something silly on it, and I reached up to turned it, I kept flipping the channel and came to one of the sports channels.  It was mens track.   I left it there and as I was watching these men run around the track, listening to my music, I felt even more determined and full of “fight.”

To watch people run at speeds I would love to run at, was breathtaking and so motivating for me I wanted to just run with them!.  Oh my gosh, what a motivating moment for me!!.  I just wanted to fly around that track with them!.  Watching people run has always inspired me.  I sometimes watch other sports as well!.  It’s a great motivator to watch others excel.

 

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Then I took a look around the gym.  Seeing others working out, reaching, fighting, working so hard, I thought, it really is so helpful to have others working , in a sense right beside you trying to reach the same goal.  Being in the best shape you can and feeling good about yourself.

Pay attention to your surroundings.  Whether it’s at the gym or just running through the park, whatever you are doing, or wherever you are working out, seeing others doing the same thing, watching them reach for that goal, striving, fighting, can be so inspiring and motivating for your own workout too!.

Always keep your eye out for things that can help you in your fitness goals.

 

 

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No matter how your workout is going.  Keep it going.  If you have something that helps you, share it with others.   It will come back to you.

Never give up.  Always keep pushing forward towards your goal. Keep going.   If you get stuck, re evaluate your routine and the way you are eating, your calories.  What you are eating, how you are working out…keep your eye on all you do. If something isn’t working, make a change.   Never rest on your last workout.   Keep moving forward!.

 

 

Next Post!!!  —

My Own Recipe:  Next Week —Delicious Healthy Energy Balls!!!  

 

 

 

Hey, thanks for coming to the blog!  I appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.  I truly am appreciative for all the support!.  Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

 

comment blog

 

I really would like to hear it!

 

 

 

 

 

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one,  can be a really tough thing to find and to keep.  Sometimes someone else can help!.

 

This is Dan Gheesling. 

He is an amazing  Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!. 

#2DanInRedShirt

 

 

 

 

Dan, was also a Teacher and high-school football coach.  (He still coaches football ).

Dan now is also a coach, helping others reach their dreams and goals!.  It can be really tough  sometimes to find that motivation, to reach our goals, and he  knows that.

 Dan is such a great motivating force.  He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly,  how to help you keep that motivation  going!. 

 Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

 

 

dan-blog-coaching

 

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals!   Hear them tell their stories  and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach.   Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he  can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on).  You can see this book…  and all of Dan’s books on his website!.   Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader,   to work in your life.   You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!.   Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why,  wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

 

 (Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

 You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/hire-coach  

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

 

 http://www.DanGheesling.com

 

or you can tweet him at:    https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

 

 You can find me,  at the following places !

 

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

 

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

 

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

  

My other blog as well!!

 

Click the link to see my other blog as well! “Reach For More”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Eating: Can You Do It Healthy? Yes. A Couple Of Tips How!.

December 16, 2015

 

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It’s the holiday season once again folks!.

We just had Thanksgiving!.

 

Don’t tell me…it was a mine field of festive foods.

TONS …of festive foods as far as the eye could see!.

They were everywhere,   right?.

 

E- V -E- R- Y- W- H -E- R- E.

 

 

Well, hold on to your hat because it’s not over yet… Christmas is coming soon.

Very, soon!!!.

 

“How are you going to handle it.?”

 

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Was this what you were thinking ?

 That Holiday Decision

 

“To eat it all , or not to eat it all.  That, is the question.”

 

The “holiday season”  it means there will be more than a few tough decisions you will be faced with when it comes to all the holiday foods that will be paraded in front of you.

You know, cookies, eggnog, pies, pastries, gravy, hors d’oeuvres  etc.

The list goes on and on….. and on,

 

and on…….

 

I know it’s the holidays and it’s a time of celebrating, family, friends and fun….and I know, and have heard all the usual reasons “that letting go” and just eating all those holiday foods is. “OK”.

Yes,  I have heard them all….a million times…

 

“It’s a holiday.”

“It’s a time of enjoying those foods and relaxing.”

 

and my favorite is:

“It’s just ONE day.”

 

 Come on, let’s be honest,  It’s not “just one day.”

 

Thanksgiving goes for daaaaays with leftovers and more leftovers and THEN,  well here comes Christmas a few weeks later.  Christmas dinner, more leftovers and cookies, etc.  from Christmas can go until New Years.   Then it’s more holiday foods for New Years Eve and New Years day!!!… and for possibly even a few days after that!.

 

Hold on….Just a day !??!        Who said that anyway ?! LOL

 

 

First….that is so NOT true……. and take a look at this:

 

“Most Americans who gain weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve don’t lose that weight ever again,   Some meals people eat during the holidays can add up to 2,000 calories or more.  You  can actually put on an extra pound every day if you keep indulging like this. Then  you become used to the higher calorie intake, it may seem like normal and you can continue on that level.”

 

 

I never really want to say it. “Pass on the holiday food.”

 

That’s a tough fact though, isn’t it?.    Worth reading again and really, really, thinking about.  The truth is the truth.  Your body doesn’t go “Oh hey it’s the holidays, we’ll just not count all those holiday calories!.   You’re welcome.”    

 

So what to do about it.

 

 

Making A Healthier Choice

 

The holidays are so important to everyone.    I love spending time with my family, I love the decorating, I love all of it!.  The traditions my Mom created, my Grandma and great Grandmothers,  I love keeping them alive … It all means so much!.  I love to do that for my family.   I enjoy it so much!.   Many of those traditions are recipes… but today,  where I can,  I make them healthier.

 

Grandma would understand  lol.

 

I  do understand why people love to eat all those great tempting holiday foods.   I grew up with them just like you did.

I don’t think much has changed in that I think in SO MANY cases during the holiday season we push ourselves to eat more than we really , really, are actually hungry, for.  We feel we should have a little of everything, I guess, or possibly not disappoint relatives, who take the time to cook, or bake for us…(maybe not upset Aunt Jackie that we didn’t try her new fruitcake recipe or the cookies that cousin Jenny worked so hard on).     I also think we have some weird notion that because “it’s the season”, we should eat it.

 

(Whew.  That’s a lot of pressure for something that is supposed to be enjoyable, the holidays, isn’t it ? )

 

But, Ok, but how about the hard work YOU have done, over the past YEAR  and your goals?.  All the hard work you put into getting in better shape and eating right?.

For myself,  I choose not to mess up what hard work I have done for the past year.    I did mess it up it so MANY times.  Every time.  It’s soooooo easy, isn’t it?.  

Once you allow the cookies and pies that maybe you backed off from throughout the past year …in…it just can make it tougher to get back to thinking and eating like the motivated and dedicated person you were during this year…   I bet you have gone through that too.

 

So why KEEP doing it?????.

Like I said, I did over and over, and so…I cut it all out.  Period.   Yep,  I just wanted to get the job done. I know everyone does.  I guess I just figured if I did it would be easier and I would be more successful. —   It was just a choice that I wanted to make.  I have always felt great about making that choice though.

I understand though, most people won’t don’t want to do that though and enjoy the holiday foods.  So….

 

 

1.  Remember the hard work you did throughout the year.

I really mean it.  When you are offered more cookies or reach for that second piece of pie.

Just really think and FEEL what it was like on your toughest day at the gym or your hardest workout. Then ask yourself is it really worth it.

If you can do that, I doubt you will reach for a second piece of pie.

 

 

2.  Remember it’s really OK to say, “No, thank you.”   

 

Yes.  Yes it is.  

 

Naturally, be polite,  and with kindness for all their hard work…. just say “No, thank you.”

 

Yes, you can.

 

 Sounds easy.  Simple tips.  No.  It’s not easy.   But it IS the truth.   If you remember all your hard work and dedication, It will be easier to pass on those tempting foods.

Wrap Up

 

The message here is to have a happy holiday season!.  Enjoy time with family and friends.  Just don’t forget in the midst of Aunt Jackie’s fruitcake and Cousin Kathy’s pumpkin pie, all the work you did throughout the year.

I’m really just saying take it easy.  I know food is a huge part of celebrating the holidays.

(What I think about that, is for another blog post. lol)

 

Just do yourself this HUGE favor…  In the midst of all the foods that are tempting you…remember the hard work you did eating healthy and exercising all this year and not get too caught up in all the holiday eating that it makes it just that much more difficult and harder on you…to get back into the swing of living healthy and eating right.

 

 

Give yourself a gift this holiday season.

 

A  healthier and easier running start…. into the New Year!

 

After all, you deserve it!!.

 

 

 

 

Hey, thanks for coming to the blog!  I appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.  I truly am appreciative for all the support!.  Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

 

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I really would like to hear it!

 

 

 

 

 

I know motivation for any project or idea we may have, not just a health oriented one,  can be a really tough thing to find and to keep.  Sometimes someone else can help!.

 

This is Dan Gheesling. 

He is an amazing  Coach, Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!. 

#2DanInRedShirt

 

 

 

 

Dan was a high-school football coach who now coaches people, helping them reach their dreams and goals.  It can be really tough  sometimes to find that motivation,  to reach our goals, and he  knows that.

 Dan is such a great motivating force.  He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly,  how to help you keep that motivation  going!. 

 Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

 

 

dan-blog-coaching

 

You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals!   Hear them tell their stories  and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach.   Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he  can help you as well.

Dan’s latest book is about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on).  You can see this book…  and all of Dan’s books on his website!.   Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader,   to work in your life.   You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!.   Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why,  wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

 

 (Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

 You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/hire-coach  

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

 

 http://www.DanGheesling.com

 

or you can tweet him at:    https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

 

 You can find me,  at the following places !

 

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

 

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

 

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

  

My other blog as well!!

 

Click the link to see my other blog as well! “Reach For More”

 

 

 

( —–Excerpt from:   —Weight Gain During the Holidays Is Hard to Undo”  —  Registered Dietitian, Health Counselor  —http://www.huffingtonpost.com/timi-gustafson/holiday-health-tips_b_2132928.html  )

 

 

7 Things You Need To Succeed In Your Weightloss/Fitness Goal! This Is Your Year!

December 23, 2014

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Every year we make New year’s resolutions.

I  know 99% of us have made this one….

 

Lose weight and or get into shape.  

 

I thought about it, and for me, as well as many others ….  these are factors that can make or break you in your plan to lose weight and or, get in shape.

If  you can follow through and do these few steps,  you have a great chance for success!

 

 

 

 No Junk food –

 

I know everyone says “Moderation”.  I do agree moderation is a good thing.    For me,  it was just easier to cut all junk food out though.  They way I saw it and see it even more today,  I had it all my life.  I had enough.   I wanted something more,  something bigger and better than the next snickers bar.  It was time to get serious.

I had tried all my life,  and this was going to be done…. now.

In cutting all junk food out , not buying it, bringing it home or eating it out, I felt better about myself more than ever before because I was giving it my best , giving it my all.  Not just half the way.

Today there are more choices to replace those foods with healthier versions than ever before.  You won’t have to miss it.  I don’t.  You won’t either.  Once you get a taste of feeling healthier,  losing a few pounds, looking better, having more energy , feeling better about yourself, the last thing you’ll want is to give that back…. for a Big Mac.

 

 

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 Keep Your Focus

 

This is very important.  You need to keep your focus.  We’re so busy today running around from work to home to wherever that we can lose ourselves in the mix and things like a diet and working out, getting to a gym can become …just to hard.  That’s when we might give in,  and to make it easier,  we instead of cutting up those vegetables for dinner,  we grab something fast, easy and too many times .. unhealthy.  We’re just so tired from all the running around we decide not to workout, or not to drive to the gym.

This is where staying focused is so very important.

You CAN do this.    YOU were meant to succeed, not fail in this.

You will succeed.  You might need to put  in some extra effort sometimes when it gets a little hard.  I can promise the extra effort will pay off though!.

I’ve been there.     I can tell you this.  If you put in the time and effort.  you will succeed.

 

 

 

 

Surrounding  Yourself With Positive Like Minded People

 

Surround yourself with people who care about you and what you’re doing.  People who share your desire for eating healthy and working out.   Not everyone you know has to be on the same path as you are,  but they have to respect that you have made the decision to change things in your own life….. and not make it harder for you.

When I joined a gym I found so many people who were doing the same thing as I was.  Looking to get in shape, lose weight and be the best they could be.  I found new friends in many of the people I met there that I am still friends with today.  I will say I got very lucky in that.   Everyone I met was so kind and helpful to me.   A gym is a great place to find support, and that daily focus which I mentioned that is so very important,  nutritional guidance, to learn about what works for you,  what you need in calories, etc.

A gym is a great place to find all of these things.

You will meet so many people who share the same vision as you do about where you want to go and where you want to be.

Not to say you should give up your friends.  Of course not,  most friends will of course understand and support your healthy new choices.  There might be a couple friends that won’t, because they just aren’t in the same place you are right now,  and  if being with certain friends puts you in a tough situations with food and taking care of yourself and you end up  making choices that are detrimental to your plan of living a healthy lifestyle, you may at least, need to see less of them until they understand or at least until you feel self assured in your path that you can say “no” to them, and stand strong in your healthy choices.

 

 

 

Eat Healthy Everyday

 

 

 If you have tried to lose weight and get in shape before, then you know eating right is KEY.

This does not mean every other day or just during the week.  It means everyday.  I know it isn’t easy.
Do you know how many diets I was on until I finally really lost weight and kept it off ?   Too many.    I bet you can say the same thing.  Well, this time I want you to succeed and succeed in

keeping it off.    One of the key ingredients in doing this is eating right everyday.  It not only will be good for your body but the effect it has on your mind and your confidence is so very important.  Trust me, eating healthy makes you even feel “clearer”.   It also gives you a confidence about your path and feeling confident is one of the things that will keep you eating healthy!.

 

 

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 Working Out

 

I know you may not want to hear it but the truth is eating right and ..working out, go hand in hand.    One truly helps the other and the combination is unstoppable.  I never worked out.  So many times I started a diet and it consisted of just that.  Eating better.  That was great, but I never worked for me.  I always gained it back and sometimes I gained even more back.   Sound familiar ?.  Yep.  I know how you feel.  So when I tell you that working out was what made the difference for me and working out EVERYDAY.  Please trust me.  it comes from experience.

 

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Be Patient

 

The last one.  Patience.  Saved this for last because I think MOST of us start this stuff without it.   This is ,  SO Important.  You have to be patient.

It take time to learn a new way of eating,  it takes time to learn a new way of thinking.  You have to give yourself ALOT of time.  Give yourself a break this time around.  I know you might get tired,  I know you want it all right now.  So did I.    I still do!.   I always want to be where I’m heading, yesterday!.

It takes time.   But in that time, you’re changing.  If you stick with it and really give it the time,   you will do it this time.  The one thing about it taking time…..It will most likely last.

Please, please, please,  the best thing you can do for yourself is give that to yourself…. TIME.

 

 

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Stop Thinking Of It As… “A Resolution”

 

When you think New Years  resolutions, do you have that feeling of “success”?.   Something that when you have done it, it usually lasts and you are glad you made it  or something that might or will probably, in time, “fail” because, well, when you do it, they usually do because they  fizzle out in time?.  Right..

So stop calling it that,  because that is not what you’re doing and  it can bring that old feeling back to you, like you already have one strike on you because you’re already in the back of your mind, thinking.. it might not last.  I hate to quote Nike, forgive me,

but “Just do it.”

Don’t label it a “resolution”.  It’s not what you intend it to be right ?. You want this to be a new start, a lasting change, right ? .

Don’t give yourself a strike, before you even take a step into the “batter’s box.”  Just think of it as you really want it to be.       A new life

 

If you like, please checkout my other  blog:      “Reach For More”  “Resolutions,  For And From The Heart”                                                            

 

 

 

Wrap Up

 

You can succeed this year in your plan to lose weight and get in shape.  You really can.  I know you probably have tried before and maybe have been disappointed.   The difference between the last time and past times,  is you and how you approach it and think of it. 

You have to think of it as, and make it a priority and important.  Put in the time and hard work you need too.  The difference is deciding what you want most.  If you really want it and do what you need to do, you will succeed this time.  It’s all in what you put into it, having the right tools, ie. eating right and working out, and really deciding you won’t give up and make it a real life change.

 

 It will become a life change.  You will change,  if you stick with it.   

 

 

 

 

I want to Thank everyone for taking the time to come to the blog this year!!!  You are so kind and I would like to wish you all the very Merriest of Christmas’ and the healthiest Happiest New Year, yet!   God Bless!.  🙂 

 

 

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Hey, thanks for coming to the blog!  I appreciate it so much when you take time out of your day to read my latest or past posts.  I truly am appreciative for all the support!.  Hey, don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the post!.

 

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I really would like to hear it!

 

 

 

I always have a few favorite websites I always like to take the time to mention here. Especially this one.  

This is Dan Gheesling. 

He is an amazing  Coach,  Writer, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and realitytv winner, as well!. 

#2DanInRedShirt

 

Dan was a high-school football coach who now coaches people, helping them reach their dreams and goals.  It can be really tough       sometimes to find that motivation,  to reach our goals, and he  knows that.

 Dan is such a great motivating force.  He truly knows how to motivate, and most importantly,  how to help you keep that motivation  going!. 

 Sometimes we need fresh new ideas and ways to reach our goals, another voice, another opinion.

 

 

dan-blog-coaching

 You can check out the testimonials on Dan’s site from those who Dan has already helped reach their goals!   Hear them tell their stories  and give their opinion, of Dan as a personal Coach.   Hear their personal stories on how Dan helped them reach their goals and how he  can help you as well.

Dan also has a new book just out last December about Leadership.

“Clean Your Own Mirror” (which he bases his lectures on).  You can see this book…  and all of Dan’s books on his website!.   Read and get all the information about the presentations that Dan gives to Colleges and Universities all about how to put the lessons in his new book, on how to be a better leader,   to work in your life.   You can also SEE him at work, in videos right on his website!.   Watching Dan give his presentations, you can see and feel the energy Dan brings to his work, and hear why,  wherever Dan gives a presentation, everyone speaks so highly of him.

 

 (Links to reach Dan Gheesling are below)

 You can get all the information needed on Dan right here:

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/hire-coach  

 

http://www.DanGheesling.com/speaking

 

 http://www.DanGheesling.com

 

or you can tweet him at:    https://twitter.com/DanGheesling

 

 

 You can find me,  at the following places !

 

https://twitter.com/ColleenFKelly

 

https://www.facebook.com/ColleenFKelly

 

http://instagram.com/colleenfkelly

  

My other blog as well!!

http://www.dollysdaughter.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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