Manic Monday Challenge #3

Sorry I am posting this so late tonight. Not feeling so well but here it goes!

Last Weeks Challenege

Get at least 1 minutes of active yesterday every day. Did you do it! I did every day but Saturday. Dance parties, gyms, and my favorite was Sunday. Some of the shopping centers near by have a play area so we walked the shopping center, took my daughter to play, and had frozen yogurt. So much fun!

Challenge #3

Who is ready for the next challenge? No Fast Food! Thats right no fast food this week! I should be able to do this but I am not sure. I will be running errands all day tomorrow so I better find something. Also my play group always meets at Chick Fi la  or Mcdonalds on Fridays. I can do this! I will pack a lunch or eat before I go.


Manic Monday Challenge #2



Sadly, I am aware that last week I forgot the Manic Monday Challenge. I guess that is a downside to being a new blog writer is that I am still getting in the routine. I did remember on Thursday and I figured that was a little late. So lets catch up!

Last Weeks Challenge

The first Manic Monday Challenge was to drink only water or coffee for a week. Did you do it? I did! To be fair I don’t like tea and once I saw the calorie count in juice it was out. I have been without any kind of soda since Christmas. I am very proud of my self for that. If you are working on giving up sodas it is a hard road but you can do it.

Manic Monday Challenge #2

Get at least 15 minutes of exercise everyday this week. You can do it! Go to the gym, take a walk, dance crazy with your kids, stop and do some jumping jacks, or anything else you can to get your heart pumping. It is best if you can get all 15 minutes in at the same time even better; if not do 5 minutes three times a day. Even if you do not normally work out this is a great starter idea.

Let me know how you did last week and how you plan to get this weeks goal in.

Food Scale & Portion Control

Rather you are trying to lose weight or just start eating healthier the first thing you need to learn is portion control. Over the years super sizing has become so common most people cannot recognize a correct serving size. As I began to join message boards on getting healthy I realized I needed a food scale to help me learn the difference. I had been measuring portions with measuring cups/spoon but I realized that was not even close to accurate. Depending on my much you packed the measuring cup made the “portion” vary in size, sometimes doubling what it should be. Before I move onto scale I want to show you to pictures portion control.

This first picture I have seen time and time again in my kids doctor’s office but never really paid attention to it. As I look at now I realized I have been serving way to much. I know you can’t see all the words in the picture but you can see the main purpose of it.

Again, with the second picture I apologize that some of the words are not clear but the message of the picture is. Over time portions have become much larger and unhealthy. I am currently trying to train my stomach to prefer smaller meals. For example, if I do get a fast food meal I get a kid’s meal or just a small burger. Your body only things you need a mega sized combo meal because you have trained it that way.

This is where food scales come into play. You weigh your food and get accurate amounts. I am not saying you need to tote around a scale and measure every bite every time you eat. Even I as a devote scale user have not taken it into a restaurant. What I am saying is you should start measuring EVERYTHING at home when you eat.

No matter how hungry you are start with just one portion of each of the food you made for dinner. If you are still hungry twenty minutes after you get done eating then you can eat more. Scales are easy to use. No mater what type you have-digital or manual you get the weight of the container , take the weight of everything, and the subtract the weight of the container. Easy! At fist I did not measure things I could count by hand; example when it say 14 pretzels. I learned that even just counting out 14 pretzels was wrong. On some things the number they give you will weigh more than 28g serving specified and sometimes when you are lucky you get to have more than 14 for the same weight.

I even measure out liquids. Just like with solids there are variables when using measuring cups; how they are made, if they have become warped, or if you are like me you don’t want to fill them to the rim because you will spill. Instead of trying to make sure all the variables I use a cup and measure out however many ounces I need.

Worried that you may not be able to convert units? I am not good at math so I was very worried. Thankfully if you just type in what you have to what you want it to be (18 grams to ounces) in google they will convert for you.

Scales come in digital and non-digital. The main things to consider is your budget and that ease of use. Amazon has over 200 different scales starting at less than $10 and going up to $300.

Do you use a scale? Tell me about it!

Dance Crazy With Your Kids!

Lets Dance!! My 5-year-old is so slow in the morning and never wants to wake up. We started waking her up for school 15 minutes early for a dance party! This gets us all awake, is a lot of fun,  has become family time the kids really enjoy, and I realized this morning got in exercise!  According to HealthStatus I burned 88 calories just spending 10 minutes this morning dancing crazy with my kiddos.

We often do this during the  day once or twice too. Its fun and silly and the kids love it. The more crazy you dance (don’t worry nobody is watching) the more you burn. If your kids are a little older than mine then at first they may think you are crazy. My 8-year-old nephew thought I had lost it till I told him the person who danced the craziest got to pick out what we had for snack, he got to dancing!

For you it’s about spending time with your kids and dropping some calories. For them it is about fun and they don’t know it but keeping them healthy with exercise. The best part? Once you start doing it on a regular basis, no matter what time or day, the kids will ask for it more and motivate you to get moving when all you want to do is sit in your couch.

What type of music? All types! We listen to some kids songs, some country (for me), some jazz, some hip hop (for hubby), anything with a beat. Adding lots of music benefits yours children in many ways.

Start Dancing!!