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November Writing Challenge


Overcoming a Setback – November Blogging Challenge #6

3 Ways to Improve Your Workout – November Blogging Challenge #5

1. Workout with a Friend – Misery DOES love company.  Ok, in all seriousness, having a workout buddy has some serious perks.  You’re more likely to show up and stay at the gym when someone else is counting on you.  You can push and motivate each other through those rough patches.  It’s also fun to have a little friendly competition now and again.  So set a gym date.  

2.  Change it up – Doing the same routine day after day, week after week gets boring. Not only that, but over time, your body will adapt and you’ll see less and less gain.  Change things up for a little variety and to add a little muscle confusion to up the intensity.  Try some new moves to target those muscle groups in different ways or find a new cardio machine to hang out on.  If you’re gym has classes, try a few new ones.  Who knows, maybe you’ll like it!

3.  Hire a personal trainer – This isn’t just a shameless plug.  We really do know what we’re doing and can help you get out of that rut.  A good personal trainer will be able to find a routine that works for you, know how to keep you motivated, and will keep things challenging and fun.

Warm Pear Yogurt Parfait – November Blogging Challenge #4

I needed a snack yesterday that wasn’t left over Halloween candy, and I needed one fast!  The question was, “What could I make with the lack of food in my fridge?”  I had Greek yogurt, some pears, and condiments.  That was about it.  Getting a little creative, I decided a yogurt parfait sounded delicious.  With my fingers crossed it didn’t turn into a huge kitchen disaster, I grabbed a skillet, some seasoning, and went to work.  Here’s what the final result was…

Warm Pear Yogurt Parfait


  • 1 pear, sliced

    Sweet Georgia Grains Heirloom Oatmeal Cookie Granola

  • a dab of butter (butter flavored spray will work as well to cut out the fat and calories)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 oz vanilla greek yogurt
  • granola cereal (I love the Sweet Georgia Grains Heirloom Oatmeal Cookie Granola)


  1. In medium skillet, melt enough butter to coat pan.  Add pears, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Combine well and cook until pears begin to soften.
  2. Pour pear mixture into a bowl and top with yogurt and granola.
  3. You can add other toppings such as raisins, dates, dried cranberries, nuts or honey if desired.



Look How Far You’ve Come! – November Blogging Challenge #3

 What would you tell a friend who wanted to quit?

This is the question that Lisa @ She’s Losing It! posted for today’s blogging challenge.  So what would you say to that friend?  We’ve all been there.  It would be so easy to quit and walk away every time a challenge stood in your way.  But where would you be if you always gave up?  It’s taking those challenges head on that made you the person you are today. 

So when a friend or one of my training clients or one of my runners is ready to throw in the towel, I remind them to look back and see just how far they have already come.  This can be as simple as looking back at an old photo and seeing that change in appearance from losing the weight.  With my personal training clients, I encourage all of them to do a health and fitness assessment with me before starting on their fitness journey.  I don’t do this because I love torturing people with the scale, skin calipers, and my stopwatch.  It’s because I know that at some point there is a good chance they will hit that plateau.  And when they do, we’ll do another assessment where I pull out those old results and show them just how far they have come in that time.  We often miss those little day-to-day changes, so having it there in front of them just how many pounds or inches they lost, how much their blood pressure has dropped, or how much their strength and fitness has improved will hopefully help them out of that rut and give them that motivation to keep going on. 

So look back at those old race times or Dailymile journal entries when running 2 miles felt like cruel and unusual punishment.  Try to remember that old self that had a hard time making it up the stairs at work without having to stop and catch their breath or who would grab fast food on the way home instead of taking the time to prepare a healthy fresh meal for your family.  And yes, we are all works in progress, but look at how far you have come, not how far you have left to go.


5 Ways to Sneak in a Workout this Fall – November Blogging Challenge #2

Let’s face it.  The holidays suck when you’re trying to keep the pounds off.  The food, the parties, trying to fit the gym into the craziness… It’s a recipe for disaster.  So today, Lisa at She’s Losing It wanted to know what your 5 strategies for keeping the pounds off this holiday season are.  I was actually thinking about this topic today while raking my yard.  That was my workout for the day (I have the blister to prove it!), and I’m beat.  So here are 5 ways to get that little extra workout in during the holiday season.

November Goals – November Blogging Challenge #1

I loved the blogging challenges from Janice at this summer, so I was really excited to see one of my other favorite mommy fitness bloggers, Lisa at She’s Losing It! post a blogging challenge of her own.  With the racing season winding down for the year and me seriously contemplating going into hibernation mode this winter (after my ultra of course!), I need any type of motivation I can get.  So here it goes, Day #1 of the November Blogging Challenge.