Day 17 of Spring Clean Challenge!

Day 17!

Wow!  This week has flown by!   I’m taking it easy and listening to my body.  It’s very hard for me to chill and relax.  I’m early in my first trimester and being “advanced maternal age” I want to be careful.  I had high hopes of doing high intensity workouts during this pregnancy but so far, I’m too tired to do anything!!! LOL!  Please keep me in your prayers:)))

 

1) Thursday- Yoga Day!

 

2) Sugar Fact of the Day!  I am convinced that sugar is from the devil!!! LOL!
I challenge you to go ten days without sugar.  Starting NOW!!! :))))  Let us know how it goes!  Don’t worry, you’ll live!  Trust me:)))

 

3) Mantra for the Day- What’s your Transformation Story?

I’ve had my moments of being chubby and thin.  I am really excited because for the first time, I feel like all my cylinders are working together.  I am eating well and exercising at my peak performance.  In the past, I couldn’t get it together.  Either I worked out a ton and ate like crap or I ate really well and didn’t work out.  Also, my mental game was not on straight.  My motives were not pure and because I wasn’t obese, I didn’t really feel the urgency to get fit.  I knew my body well enough that if I needed to lose a few pounds I could.  Well, the yo-yo dieting took a toll on my body and now I struggle with thyroid issues, gluten sensitivity and sugar addiction.  I really have to be super careful and eat healthy because I HAVE to, not just because I WANT to.  I think the biggest thing I’ve learned so far on this journey, is to be yourself.  So much of my struggle came from looking at other women and comparing myself.  My standards we’re not realistic.  So I learned to be patient and OK with myself.  I had to surrender the idea that as a forty two mother of three I wasn’t going to look like a woman in her twenties.  I don’t mind it because I’m actually in way better shape now than I’ve ever been!  So, be patient.  Surrender your expectations and enjoy the journey.  It’s not going to be perfect everyday.  Be OK with it!

Now, I get to work on having a fit pregnancy.  Wish me luck:))))


Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:))))  XOXO!!!

Day 20 & 21 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 20 & 21!

Happy weekend!  Enjoy some down time with friends and family.  Remember to plan ahead for the following week.  When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Plan to succeed!

 

 

1) Saturday – Do something active with friends and/or family.  It’s always better to workout with someone:)))  Find a workout buddy!  Dogs make a great workout partner!

 

Sunday- Relax and rejuvenate:)))

 

 

2) Food- Clean Mocha!
Learn to make “clean” treats:)  Just because you’re eating clean doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself.  Make this mocha!  Yummmmmm:))))

 

3) Mantra for the Day- This Too, Shall Pass!
This is a great mantra!  I have used it often in my life:)  In our fitness journey, we will have times of victory and times of defeat.  Remember that nothing is permanent.  We have the choice to change every single day, every moment, and remember that every new breath is a new opportunity.

 

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:))) XOXO!!!

Day 11 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 11!

Sometimes we can feel like we’re losing steam.  We can hit a wall and feel like we’ve run out of gas.  If that’s where you’re at, don’t worry, it’s not unusual.  We can start well and then get tired.  That’s when I want you to read your goals.  You know, the ones I had you write out in the beginning of the challenge!?  I want you to remind yourself ‘why’ you’re doing this!!!  If it’s to look good for a wedding or reunion I can almost guarantee that you will gain the weight back.  Those goals are too short sighted and superficial.  If your goal is to live longer so you can see your children grow up, grow old with your spouse or loved ones, to be healthy and not be enslaved to medication and doctor visits, then you will muster up the energy and keep going!!!  You owe it to yourself and those that love you to be a great example of health and fitness.  They’re counting on you:)))  No pressure;)

1) Thursday-Yoga Day
Yoga is so awesome!  I have a love/hate relationship with yoga.  Sometimes, I hate it when I’m in the middle of my puddle of sweat all twisted up like a pretzel.  But I love how I feel after:)  It’s great to challenge your body and be amazed at all the wonderful things it’s capable of doing.  Try it!  Let us know how it goes:)))

 

2) Food- Juice Recipe
There’s a nasty flu bug going around.  I pray that everyone can steer clear of it and if you do get it I hope you recover quickly.  Build up your immunity by juicing!  Try this one:)

3) Mantra for the Day- I give myself permission to CHILL!!!:)
This is my mantra fro 2013!  I need to learn how to chill and relax.  My husband is always trying to help me with this because I feel like I always have to be doing something.  Well, today was a good day.  I gave myself permission to go to the spa and let go of all my responsibilities for the day.  I delegated and let stuff go.  My wonderful husband was kind enough to pick up the slack and took care of getting all the kids from point A to point B!  Anyway, I hope you get a chance to do the same.  Even if you don’t go to a spa, go for a quiet walk, hike or go to a bookstore and read a book, enjoy a mani/pedi or whatever it is you like to do.  Taking the quiet moments to recharge and refuel will make you that much better.  Good night my friends:)))

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 6 & 7 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 6 & 7

You guys made it through the first week of the challenge!!!  The weekend is here and this is where it can be a little tricky.  Make sure you plan carefully and be mindful.  If you’re going to be out with the kids all day driving them to soccer, and dance, and band, etc…you need to have good snacks in your purse in case of emergency.  We tend to give in and cave in when we are not prepared.  Trust me, I’ve done it!!!

 

1) Saturday & Sunday
Use Saturday to be a day to do activities that involve other people.  Go on a hike, bike ride, skating, or walk together as a family or with friends.  Enjoy:)

Sunday is normally a rest day.  Take the time to replenish your body and re-group for the up coming week.

 

 

2) Food- Day 6
Another yummy juice recipe!!!

 

3) Mantra for the day:

We are only six days in and you guys are already experiencing great results!!!  I’m so excited for you!  Remember to stay the course and don’t get complacent.  This is a marathon not a sprint.  Take each day as it comes and enjoy the journey!

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you!!!  XOXO:)))

 

Day 83 & 84 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 83 & 84!

Lookout weekend here we come!  Don’t throw in the towel to 2012.  Keep at it guys.  Finish strong!  Everyday counts.  Everything you do counts:)))

1.  Saturday & Sunday- Do something active over the weekend.  Whatever it is, have fun and enjoy the people you’re with!  Also, don’t forget to take a rest day.  It’s super important to relax and replenish!!!

Go for a hike with your family or friends!

Who’s ready to relax!?!?!?

 

 

2. Food- Juicing Tips

Here are some more juicing recipes…

 

3. Mantra for the Day: What you do today will affect your tomorrow!
Just like the farmer that sows seeds during the winter, they do it knowing that they will not see produce until late spring or summer.  That doesn’t stop them from working, cultivating, planting, watering, weeding, etc…you get the picture.  Even when you don’t see immediate results, you still have to keep doing the work because one day, the harvest will come.  Sometimes, it doesn’t come when we want it.  It’s OK, don’t give up.

 

 

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:))) XOXO!!!

 

Day 62 & 63 of 90 Day Challenge!!!

Day 62 & 63!

It’s the weekend!  Tis’ the season for holiday parties!  I love this time of the year.  Normally, I would just go for it and forget about my clean eating and eat whatever I wanted.  I always work super hard come January 1st!  Well, those days are over.  This is a lifestyle and not a fad.  I’m so grateful that switch finally got turned “ON”:)))  Don’t be part of the statistics of people who will gain between six to ten pounds during the holidays.  Be smart and make wise choices.  Keep it moving:)))

 

1. Saturday- This is your day to work out with your loved ones and try something new and fun!  I love workouts that don’t feel like workouts:)))

Sunday- Don’t forget to REST!  Take a rest day:)  You need it to replenish your energy!

 

 

 

2.) Food- Holiday Pot Luck!
If you are going to a party, offer to bring a dish.  Eat before you go and be mindful.  Here are some great potluck ideas!  So cool:)))

 

 

 

3. Mantra of the Day!!! – Take Inventory!
As we close out the year, take some time to take an inventory of your life.  For me, I realized that I need to cut some things out of my life and simplify.  I need to take more time to rest and chill:)  This is very difficult for me.  I’m excited about learning to slow down.  Another thing I’m doing is taking an inventory of people in my life.  Some people are drama and toxic and I need to have clear boundaries.  I also want to surround myself with people who inspire me, challenge me and make me a better person.  I’m so excited to see what the New Year will hold.  2012 has been amazing but it’s just the beginning!!! 2013 is gonna rock!!!

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))

Day 55 & 56 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 54 & 55

I’m so proud of you guys! All the hard work and dedication is paying off.  Don’t look at what everyone else is doing.  Keep your eye focused on the goal!

 

1.  Saturday- Family fun day!  Incorporate your friends and family for a fun activity!  If you’re around come take my Zumba class at Pulse Fitness LA in Sherman Oaks.  Bring your friends and family!!!

Sunday- Take some time to relax and rejuvenate!!!  Enjoy:))

 

 

 

2.  Food- Super food of the day!!  EGGS!

 

 

 

3. Mantra for the day: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”– Aristotle

This is such an awesome quote!  Our daily habits are what will bring us success.  I know that sometimes life can be a little boring, we can be sick of eating the same things or doing the same exercises but as you’re working little by little everyday you are inching your way closer to your goals.  You may not be where you want to be yet, but at least you’re not where you started!  Enjoy the journey.  Don’t get so impatient and freak out when you’re not seeing results.  Do the work daily and you will get there.

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))

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Day 48 & 49 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 48 & 49!

I am so excited about all the things I’m learning during this challenge.  I remember doing this a while back, I kept a food journal, worked out hard, measured my food and I was able to see great results.  I realized that just because I did it once doesn’t mean that I had arrived and that it was all good.  Once I stopped intentionally being pro-active with my food choices and portion control it was very easy to go back to my old ways. When we let up and lower our guards, it’s very easy to slip up and go to our old ways.  So, with that….don’t be annoyed or frustrated with the amount of time and energy you devote to this.  In order to have success you need to be on your toes and not let up.  Sorry..I wish I could tell you there was an easier way but anything that is worth it is going to be a challenge.  Once this becomes part of your rhythm, it will become easier and even enjoyable!  :)

 

1.  Saturday-  Fun day for the whole family.  Go for a walk, run, hike, bike ride, skate, etc…whatever it is, incorporate the whole family or friends in your workout.  This is a great time to build memories and teach your kids by modeling a healthy, active lifestyle.  I’m so encouraged that some of you on the team have started working out with your spouses!  That is awesome!!!  We’ve been riding our bikes as a family.  It’s been so awesome!!!

Sunday- Don’t forget to take a rest day.  It’s super important to recharge your mind, body and spirit!  Enjoy:)))

 

2.  Food- Great job on eating clean and replacing the bad habits with good ones!  Don’t you just love how much better you are feeling?  A good number of you have lost weight on this journey.  Please do not get discouraged and depressed if you’re not where you want to be.  This is a lifestyle change.  You didn’t gain it overnight, you won’t lose it overnight either.  Do not obsess with the number on the scale.  The goal is to feel better, eat healthier, and live longer!!!  Fitting in your jeans and looking good at the beach is just the icing on top!

LOL!  We’ve all felt this way about diets…DO NOT DIET!  Make this a way of life.  There are so many delicious healthy recipes now.  Enjoy!!!

 

 

3. Mantra for the day:  I am Mentally Tough!

You are mentally tough!!!  The battle starts in your mind.  If you doubt and give up mentally, then you are out of the game.  Start to believe that you are strong and that you are finisher!  Don’t be weak and be a quitter!  You don’t have to finish pretty, or perfectly, or gracefully, JUST FINISH!!!  This journey is an exercise in character.  Look at all the things you have overcome in your life up until this point.  This is just one area that you will be able to look back on and say, YES..I FINISHED!!!  You can and you will.  I believe in you! You ROCK!!!

 

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

Day 20 & 21 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 20 & 21

I’m so proud of you guys! All the hard work, dedication and commitment are paying off.  This is the time where we can tend to let up.  Don’t look back or to the side to see what everyone else is doing.  Keep your eye focused on the goal!

 

1.  Saturday- Family fun day!  Incorporate your friends and family for a fun activity!    Whatever you decide to do today, make sure it’s fun!  Enjoy:)))
Sunday- Make sure you take a rest day and rejuvenate your body:)  RELAX!!!

2.  Food- Weekends tend do be the hardest time to stay on track.  If you haven’t heard of myfitnesspal.com you have to sign up today!  Its FREE and so easy to use.  They have an app that you can use right on your phone.  It will track your calories, exercises and even scan food items to let you know if you are within your limits.  It’s a really handy tool.  Use it when you’re out at dinner.  You would be surprised at how much bigger the meal portions are at restaurants!  Some meals are 1500 calories per plate!!!  Hmmmm…and we wonder why there’s an obesity epidemic! If you join, add me…judythureson:)))

 

3. Mantra for the day: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”– Aristotle

This is such an awesome quote!  Our daily habits are what brings us success.  I know that sometimes life can be a little boring, we can be sick of eating the same things or doing the same exercises but as you’re working little by little everyday you are inching your way closer to your goals.  You may not be where you want to be yet, but at least you’re not where you started!  Enjoy the journey.  Don’t get so impatient and freak out when you’re not seeing results.  Do the work daily and you will get there.

 

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)

 

Day 13 & 14 of 90 Day Challenge!

Day 13

Time sure is flying!  Take a moment to connect and thank your self for going on this journey of healing and transformation.  It’s such a beautiful experience for me to watch amazing women start to take care of themselves and begin to understand the importance of self care.  You have all been such an inspiration to me.  I thank you for allowing me to be a witness.

 

1.  a) Saturday-  Cardio fun day for the whole family.  Go for a walk, run, hike, bike ride, skate, etc…whatever it is, incorporate the whole family or friends in your workout.  This is a great time to build memories and teach your kids by modeling a healthy, active lifestyle.  I’m so encouraged that some of you on the team have started working out with your spouses!  That is awesome!!!

b) Sunday- Relax and rejuvenate.  Give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing.  It’s OK:)  Life will not stop.  I promise:)  Go ahead and say ahhhhhh……

 

2.  Food- I’m a visual learner.  I like this chart because it illustrates food portions and describes times to eat and snack.  Check this out:)))

 

 

3. Mantra for the day:  I am mentally tough!

You are mentally tough!!!  The battle starts in our mind.  If we doubt and give up mentally, then we are out of the game.  Start to believe that you are strong and that you are finisher!  Don’t be weak and be a quitter!  You don’t have to finish pretty, or perfectly, or gracefully, JUST FINISH!!!  This journey is an exercise in character.  Look at all the things you have overcome in your life up until this point.  This is just one area that you will be able to look back on and say, YES..I FINISHED!!!  You can and you will.  I believe in you! You ROCK!!!

Have a beautiful day! I love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)