Safety First! Using MyID to Speak Up For Us + Giveaway
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– Steph J
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Today’s post is a Guest post by Steph at orangespoken.com!
As I was getting ready to start a workout the other day at OrangeTheory Fitness, our coach, Troy, dropped a bomb on the class. He cheerfully informed us that the average American consumes anywhere from 4,000-5,000 calories during their annual Thanksgiving meal. Yup, you read correctly. 4,000-5,000 calories for JUST one meal!
Needless to say, we were all a bit horrified at the number. I mean I knew it was high, but never did I think it would go over the 2,000s. And as we waited for Troy to get the music going and bring us in, I overheard people chatting as they digested the info. I heard comments along the lines of “it’s just one day! We all have to live a little!” and “I’ll be here working off those calories for the next two weeks!” Others discussed plans for indulging “sparingly”, while others contemplated skipping Thanksgiving completely.
I couldn’t help but think about my own holiday plan as I listened. The months of October, November and December are by far my favorite months of the year. I love the sounds, the changes in the weather and the all-around festive feel this time of year brings. And I’d be lying if I said that some of that comfort and joy isn’t brought on by the foods of the season. Cookies, stuffing, sweet potato soufflés, buttery rolls and glazed hams. Just thinking about it makes me feel all ooey and gooey inside. (In a good way). 😉
So what IS my holiday plan as far as keeping my health goals in check? I maintaining momentum and accountability is important; no matter what time of year it is. Currently I’m a couple of weeks into reading Grain Brain and going completely off refined sugars and grains (NSNG) for a 30 day period. I started a few days before Halloween, and honestly I couldn’t have chosen a better time to start. Because I haven’t been giving my body grains or sugars, I haven’t been craving them. And yes… even trick or treat candy! The science behind NSNG is just that- if you don’t consume them, your body won’t want them; and that couldn’t be more on point. I’m almost certain that I will still be fueling my body in this way through Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, which will provide me with the tools I’ll need to ensure I don’t consume those monster calories.
Grains? Who needs em 😉
Does that automatically mean I won’t find that food-driven joy? That I won’t indulge a little? Well, no. I am already scouring the web for NSNG holiday recipes to satisfy that need for holiday comfort foods. And if I want a bite of regular pecan pie, I think a bite won’t do me in. After all, life is for living! But do I need to eat an entire pie (which is what I would have done 3 years ago)?
In addition to watching nutrition, I’ll ensure that my workout routine won’t be put on the back burner. In fact Orange Theory Fitness has lined up some special events for the holiday season like their Thanksgiving “kill a million calories” week, prior to Turkey Day, and themed workouts to fight gingerbread gut.
So tell me: What is your plan for healthy living and accountability through the holiday season?
– Steph J
You can read more about my health journey (and other crazy adventures) athttp://www.orangespoken.com. Be sure to follow me on Twitter as well @Orangespoken.
Between now and Christmas – not to mention my birthday 😉 – I’ll (Kat) be hosting giveaways so that you can enter to win FABULOUS stuff for either yourself, or as a gift for someone else!
Giveaway #1 – Pep Boys!G and I have lately had our fair share of car fun (a.k.a. things going ary off and on) so depend on places like Pep Boys to help us in a pinch!
Pep Boys are now launching an additional 10 redesigned stores across the Tampa region this weekend — Friday, November 15, 2013 through Sunday, November 17, 2013 — during their Pep Boys Grand Re-opening Weekend, and they would like to invite you to join them.
Check out the re-designed stores, and take advantage of their specials for the weekend:
Conventional Oil Change Service for only $19.99 with coupon, and includes:— Up to 5 quarts Conventional Motor Oil and Oil Filter*— Multi-point Inspection— FREE Tire Rotation— FREE Tire Pressure Check Print a coupon for a Pep Boys $19.99 Conventional Oil Change (expires 11/30/13 – check their website link for coupons)
Pep Boys offered to let me give two (2) readers a $25 Pep Boys Gift Cards through a Giveaway to experience the new store upgrades!
Sidenote: These gift cards will arrive after the event itself, so you are welcome to come and see the new stores at any time, and are not limited to the re-opening weekend.
Disclosure: I was given the chance to giveaway 2 x $25 giftcards and received compensation myself through giftcards to Pep Boys in exchange for this post – all opinions are my own. Information is via Pep Boys’ website themselves.