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7 non-food ways to reward yourself

Staying motivated to workout and eat right is always encouraged by rewards for small milestones. When I did a strict 6-week eating challenge this past year I decided to reward myself at the end of every week if I had not had any cheats. BUT I did not want to use food as the reward since, the foods I’d choose -re: ICE CREAM!-would be a cheat. So I developed a list of things that weren’t too expensive, were not food, and would feel like a treat. Use my list to get you started then add on. Maybe for having a week of boot camp with 100% attendance? No food cheats? Getting in all your H20 every day for a week? […]

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Lunch as of late

I ate the same thing for lunch every day of high school: 1 pb & j, 2 Capri Suns, 1 green apple, 1 bag of chips and a single twix bar. Every day and I loved that shit. I am a repeat eater, if it’s good I’ll eat it for every meal and still look forward to it the next day. I would guess if my wife Melissa could change anything about me, this would be it. Melissa relishes a good meal, wants to try everything, and can eat a casserole for maybe 2 meals. So it is breaking news in our house when I’ve switched up my go-to so cue the “we interrupt this program” message because I have […]

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The hottest knees in Nashville

Recently I was talking to an athlete friend of mine while she was stretching post workout and asked her what some of her current fitness goals are. She responded asking if I knew who Carrie Underwood is. “Uh, yes.” “I want her knees.” This is where I sat down on the floor next to her because I had to talk this one out. The convo went like this: me: so have you ever met Carrie Underwood? I mean, have you seen her in person? her: no me: oh, so you’ve only seen her photoshopped. her: oooohhh, yeah, I guess you’re right. me: and what exactly are we talking about as far as her knees go? her: well I have this […]

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Baby it’s cold outside + Magic Mike

Your need to eat ice cream and queso dip while suckin’ down margaritas doesn’t go into hibernation in winter and sister/brother, neither can you.  Whether you’re hittin’ the pavement with us at Operation Boot Camp or you’re working out with your family on the weekends you can’t let the cooler temps keep you from being active.  It can be intimidating to work out in colder weather but the difference between getting out there and rockin’ it and getting out there and turning around is your gear.  And frankly, layering.  A lot of it is layering. So, when it’s reallly cold, like 30-20 degrees I wear the following: 1.  What yo’ mama calls “long underwear.”  Bottom and top. Look for styles […]

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I’m at my limit

If you’d asked me if I am working hard when I’m working out I would definitely say “yes.” And look at you like you’re a jerk face because I would say my efforts are all over my face. BUT after having recently started doing team fitness competitions I can tell you what I thought was my max was probably 80%. Really. 80%. Because when other people are depending on you, you don’t stop to catch your breath, you just keep going because you’re assuming you won’t pass out and it will just work out. You aren’t telling yourself it’s “too hard” because you committed to doing it and there is someone on another team somewhere else doing it right now, […]

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Indoor/Outdoor Camp!

  That’s right! This winter (Dec-Feb) we will have the option of having some of our workouts indoors. There won’t be heat on but we will be out of rain/sleet/snow! On days where it is raining etc. we’ll use the gymnasium at the First Baptist Church Decatur. First Baptist will be the new meeting location for those months for both the Druid Hills/Emory camp as well as Candler Park/Decatur camp. Also known as Drucatur Camp. We’ll still be getting our layers on and enjoying the holiday decor of downtown Decatur but we’ll be able to do book check and-if it is miserable – go inside. Don’t spend your time this holiday putting on the inches, start now to be in the best shape […]

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5 Recipes I’ve tried & love

Stuck in a rut? Try one of these JoJo’s taste buds approved items! Click the title for the link! Pulled Pork Sweet Potatoes Grilled Stuffed Bananas Kale & Purple Cabbage Salad Slow Cooker Kalua Pig Paleo Pad Thai

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9 months sugar free.

Well, most sugars. In January 2014 I stopped eating added sugar and the only kind of sugar I eat is from fruit, sometimes some honey. I try and keep down the amount of honey because, though it has other benefits, it’s still sugar. I started my sugar free life with the 6 week nutrition challenge that I did but have kept this part going with the goal of doing it for a year. It wasn’t until I was 5 months in that I didn’t think about candy or soft serve every day. Month 5, people. That my friends is a serious sugar addiction. But what I realized is that I mostly craved/thought about sugar when one of two things were […]

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Paying your enemies if you don’t go to camp

Like everyone, there are days when you just don’t want to do the stuff you have to. Whether it’s cleaning your house, filing your taxes or getting your butt out of bed and into the car for camp. Luckily, I have some real life strategies to help keep you on track when you really don’t wanna. 1. Pay your enemies. So, I have employed this one myself in year’s past. Basically you choose an organization you are morally against and you make a deal with yourself that any day you don’t go to camp you’ll donate X amount to their cause. This works best if you REALLY can’t stand them because then the dollar amount doesn’t even matter-you’d definitely go […]

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Pantry Raid Time!

Did you have to do a dbl take on that one? Were you already having Animal House flashbacks? Me too. As promised in last week’s Refrigerator Raider post we take a few steps over to my and MMG’s cabinet to check out what we consider must-have healthy eating set up for success make it easy as possible to make what we eat items.   1. Ah yes, the humble sweet potato. We love you as a side with shaved brussels, sliced as coins with lots of spices, shredded at the bottom of a breakfast casserole and really any other way they come. Also in here, onions (used in almost everything-I like to put a few in the food processor to […]

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