Holiday Accountability + Kicking off Tis the Season for Giveaways #1! (closed)

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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)?
No way.
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) at Be sure to follow me on Twitter as well @Orangespoken.
Speaking of HOLIDAYS – Today I also kick off Tis the Season for Giveaways!



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.

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    November 15, 2013, 11:23 am

    Holy calories….4,000-5,000 calories for one meal? I will be paying attention as I sit down to Thanksgiving dinner this year! I just noticed that you have a December birthday too….yay for us!

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      November 15, 2013, 12:25 pm

      Totally! It’s got to be all those buttery rolls and pies! Eek!

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    November 15, 2013, 11:58 am

    Wow, 4-5,000 calories is scary! This year, I’ll be more in the camp of “indulging sparingly” … many Thanksgiving foods are ones I literally only eat once a year, and I want to enjoy the ones I really like. But I also will not eat HUGE servings of every single item just because it’s an “indulgent” day. Thanks for the perspective!

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      November 15, 2013, 12:27 pm

      Agreed! I’m definitely going to enjoy the sweet potato casserole! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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    November 15, 2013, 12:07 pm

    i need to learn more about auto stores. haha. and love the accountability steph!

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      November 15, 2013, 12:30 pm

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

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    November 15, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Oh wow! That’s a lot of calories!!! I’m definitely going to be mindful of that this holiday season! Have fun in Las Vegas Kat!!!

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      November 16, 2013, 12:01 am

      I know, right? And some of those calories are sneaky!

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    November 15, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I think being accountable for ourselves is really important, in all aspects of life 🙂

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    November 15, 2013, 4:38 pm

    I’ll admit, I’m bad about indulging this time of year. I’m pretty good on Thanksgiving because I get full quickly. Its all of the snacking during the day (Christmas cookies, anyone?) that does me in. Staying on top of my fitness will probably be my only saving grace.

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      November 15, 2013, 11:59 pm

      Christmas cookies are my nemesis as well! So good!

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    November 15, 2013, 4:51 pm

    I look for fair prices and quick service times.

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    November 15, 2013, 5:26 pm

    Customer service is huge, but word of mouth goes a long way, too. If a store has a history of trying to (or successfully) ripping people off, steer clear!

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    November 15, 2013, 11:58 pm

    I look for honesty. I really hate going to an auto store and feeling like I’m being ripped off, only to come home and have my husband say I was! UGH. Of course fair prices are important, too 🙂

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    November 16, 2013, 4:37 am

    friendly, honest, reliable service!

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    November 16, 2013, 6:01 am

    I haven’t eaten sugars and grains for 12 years! I forgot what they taste like and I don’t give a HOOT AND A HALF!!! On thanksgiving I load my plate with the turkey, brussels sprouts, butternut squash and chestnuts!! WOO WOO! That’s enough for me, well after my 4th plate 😉

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      November 18, 2013, 2:29 pm

      Awesome!!! I’m about a month into NSNG and love it!

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    November 18, 2013, 11:18 pm

    I look for stuff to be labeled good and organized!

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    November 20, 2013, 2:57 pm

    WOW that’s a lot of calories! I die!

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