What can you do to be fit and healthy? Try the SlimKicker Challenge & Giveaway!

Fitness/Health Challenge Time! Leave a comment on my blog for a great idea, like “doing 20 pushups a day for 1 week”, or “squatting during commercials”. Your suggestion could be chosen by SlimKicker as the best idea posted here, and used on their site to promote health and fitness — and if it is, you’ll win* a free Hamilton-Beach Power Multi-Function Blender, courtesy of SlimKicker!

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The contest is open for one week, starting Sunday, March 31 and closing on Saturday, April 6.

*Please note, the giveaway is limited to USA residents only.

Background: Why am I offering this contest?

In January 2012, I ordered myself some clothing in my normal, post-childbearing size and was shocked when it arrived and didn’t fit! I weighed nearly as much as I had while I was pregnant with my children, and this was disturbing.

Instead of sending the clothes back, I joined Weight Watchers, and over the course of four or five months, dropped 22 lbs. In the summer, I attempted to get back into yoga and tried running a few times, but I couldn’t keep the routine up. Then, this past Christmas, my husband bought me a 3-month gym membership, and it was great! I went frequently, felt empowered and strong, sweated almost every day for a week or two at a time. Terrific.

And then the gym closed.

And the winter was long.

Doughnuts are again my comfort food.

But no more!

I’ve found SlimKicker. It’s a lot of like Weight Watchers, but I like it better because it’s like a game. When I record my food and activity, I get points toward a reward I give myself. Achieving a challenge means levelling up. It’s really positive and empowering, and I’m feeling enthusiastic again about portioning and getting active. SlimKicker also has lots of coupon codes such as Bowflex promo codes.

So get in on this, folks! Let’s do some brainstorming on little ways that will make a big impact on being fit and healthy! I can’t wait to see who’ll be expecting a blender on their doorstep next month!

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Confession…

I’ve been working on this post for five days. That’s not really my confession, it’s just that wording it has been difficult.

One of my resolutions this coming year is to exercise — get active, get out of the house, do more physical activity, and especially build up my upper body strength. So here’s the thing: When money was tighter, I used to avoid exercise because I worried that working out would make me more hungry, and I’d have to spend more on food. There. I’ve said it. I actually used to be afraid that getting healthy would be more expensive than…well, not. For the same reason, I used to drink pop all the time to save the juice for the kids, eat peanut butter and jam twice a day so the kids would have all the cereals, soups, mini ravioli, etc.

But things have been getting better. I cut out most of my pop drinking last year, or at least the non-diet. I know that the diet pops are just as bad for me in different ways, so I’m trying to focus back on the herbal teas. It’s the fizz that’s the hardest to let go of — I like fizz. Bubbles on my tongue just make me happy.

The exercising, though — I need to do that. I’m not sure whether it’s going to make me more hungry, but I have to dive in, anyway. There will always be bills to pay, but I won’t always have my health.

I’m afraid of making this resolution and not keeping it, but I asked my husband for a membership to a local gym, and the wonderful man obliged. Now the hard part is breaking my pattern and actually getting there…but last night I found my workout clothes (old-ish leggings and some workout tops donated by a friend who lost some weight), and on the weekend I retrieved my running (lol) shoes from work. The only thing stopping me now is *me*… well, that and making sure my kids are good. The gym doesn’t have babysitting, but my son is just about old enough to babysit his little sister. It’s making sure they’re fed and happy before I go, but it’s probably better for my peace of mind if I wait until my hubby gets home from work. I’m very, very good at making excuses to NOT go to the gym, but I’ve also been making an effort to get out of the house on walks, so going to exercise is something I am GOING to do.

Now, here’s a question: two years ago, I got back into yoga for a bit (which I want to do again, if I can make space in this small house to do it) and I tried running. I lasted until a big heat wave. I found, though, that on the days I exercised, I wasn’t able to do very much writing. In fact, barely any. On the days when I sat around on my bum, I did a ton of writing. So how do I find the balance between the two? Also, those were things I did in the summertime, when I wasn’t teaching. Can I find a balance between these during the regular school year? Teaching all day…parenting when I get home and in the early morning…going to the gym at least three times a week, after school (or evenings, maybe)…writing when? At bed time? On the days I’m not at the gym — maybe while waiting for the kids during their activities (karate & dance)? There’s reading for my own pleasure, too. And cleaning. Let’s not forget the cleaning.

Sometimes I think I should be like Sheldon on TBBT, scheduling time for everything. I’m not sure how well it would work, though. Something always comes up, when I’ve tried that in the past. And not accomplishing something in the time I have allocated is simply bruising to my self-esteem.

But I need to have time to write — the third book in my trilogy has been percolating and it feels like it wants to take shape. And promoting, I have to make time for contacting reviewers and bloggers. Book One of the Talbot Trilogy will be coming at me any day now for edits, and Book Two needs revisions and editing. At the same time, I need to get out and be active (in some way that doesn’t hurt my stupid ankle), spend time with my kids and help them with their homework, spend time with my hubby, keep up the house with their help (and spend time training them to do so)… Is it any wonder that hiding in my bed seems like a much easier alternative?

I am not a Type A personality, or whatever — so if you’re like me, how do you keep it all together? What do you do when you have to let something go in order to get other things done? How do you prioritize?