Relaxation Challenge – Almost Halfway

Relaxation Challenge – Almost Halfway

Alright I’m almost 2 weeks into my stress reduction month and I’ve definitely made some progress.   I think the most important thing I’ve done has been keeping data by maintaining a stress journal.   It helped me discover what events triggered additional stress and the times of the day that meditation can provide the most benefit.   On the other hand, some things that I thought might help like driving in the slow lane probably caused as much stress as it prevented.  …

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Why no challenge this month?

Why no challenge this month?

I wish I could say that after my fail last month that I picked myself up and kicked butt this month.  That did not happen.  I was pretty sick for 3 full weeks and I still have a chesty cough.  Yesterday was the first day that I really thought I was better and that was day 8 of antibiotics for a sinus infection that made my face hurt for days. My plan was to do a different exercise video every…

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Jason’s March Relaxation Challenge

Jason’s March Relaxation Challenge

For March, I’ve decided to make reducing stress a challenge.  Everyone has too much stress and we all know that’s not a great thing, but what can you do about it?  This month will be an interesting experiment as to whether a plan and concerted effort can make a difference when it comes to stress.   The first step of my plan was to identify  the major sources of stress in my life, which include work, competitive activities, family responsibilities, and…

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Real Food Wrap Up- Epic Fail

Real Food Wrap Up- Epic Fail

This challenge proved too much for me this month.  I made it nine days, fell off the wagon and failed to get back on.  I think because I tried to change too much that it became overwhelming for me and, to be honest, I did not prepare and I think that’s where failure starts in most endeavors.  I need to try this challenge again, but after I’ve worked through some of the bad habits I have and have a plan/menus/prep work in…

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Real Food – Day 14, a new start

Real Food – Day 14, a new start

Okay, so I took off three days and ate what I wanted.  I’ve decided to modify the challenge for the rest of the month.  We’ll be travelling for a few days to visit Jason’s mother who will be starting cancer treatment soon and I don’t want to worry about any diet while we’re there.  It’s not about me.  And at the end of the month I’m hosting a party here and I’d like to enjoy the yummy fruits of my…

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Real Food – Day 10, Uh-Oh

Real Food – Day 10, Uh-Oh

I haven’t checked in to update my Real Food challenge because, well, it’s sucked  and I didn’t want to gripe and moan.  I didn’t want to admit that I didn’t feel any differently physically.  I didn’t need you to know that I was grumpy and had zero energy.  And I definitely didn’t want to say that this challenge was too much for me. I made it through 9 1/2 days and although the first few days were okay, every day…

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Real Food Challenge – Day 3

Real Food Challenge – Day 3

I’m tired.  I have a headache.  I’m not digging the change so far.  But going gluten and dairy free is no joke and add nothing processed on top of it?  Hard.  I’ve lost two pounds so that’s nice. The problem is that I started unprepared and haven’t caught up yet.  I’ve survived on eggs, rice, beans, salsa, peppers, peanuts, fruit. Tonight I cooked a chicken and Gage and I stood at the counter and ate it right off the bone. …

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Real Food Challenge

Real Food Challenge

I am not and never have been a healthy eater.  I love and always have loved fast food.  Eating out is and always has been my preferred method of getting food into my body.  These things mattered little in my teens and 20’s but once I hit 30 the pounds crept on and started inviting friends.  When I got pregnant with Gage at 38 I weighed almost 50 pounds less than I do now. 50.  I haven’t had time to worry about…

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Documentary a Day Wrap Up

Documentary a Day Wrap Up

What a fun month!  We learned about history, food, the economy, sports, different cultures, and inspiring people.  The best part?  We did it together.  Each documentary, whether we loved it or hated it generated great conversation and time spent together on the couch. A perfect challenge for the cold days of January. We finished last night with an hour to spare.  Woo hoo 🙂  You can click here to browse through all the documentaries for the month. Stacy’s Top 5…

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Documentary a Day – Six mini-reviews

Documentary a Day – Six mini-reviews

2016. Stacy & Jason 4/5 We saw the new version, which was updated for the Cavs win.  The first version was filmed before the Cavs victory and that would have been just outright depressing.  It was fun to relive the victory and all the celebrations – good times.  I thought the film went a little overboard on trying to make Cleveland look bad as it basically showed every negative event of the last 50 years.   Just think how torturing the Indians World…

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