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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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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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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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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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Refrigerator Raider

1. Almond butter! I get it fresh ground from the Farmer’s Market. There’s also some sunflower seed butter that I usually use for THIS recipe. They’re also some raw nuts and seeds. I always keep mine refrigerated. 2. Portioned out fruit salad for tomorrow’s lunch! 3. I make 2 casseroles a week that we eat for lunches and sometimes dinners. This week it’s an enchilada casserole with bison the second is one I could eat every day. I mean, it calls for an entire package of bacon, need I say more? 4. Chicken salad. Light on the mayo, salt and pepper, golden raisins and curry. You’re also seeing a little bit of leftover Brussels sprouts. 5. Defrosting salmon. When you […]

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Bathing Suit Pep Talk!

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Throw out your goals & get on board with the 1%

Ok, not really just kind of and not that 1%. What I’d like to suggest is instead of putting all your emphasis on your BIG HUGE GOAL (BHG) focus your daily energy on just improving a little. Over the years (ahem, I’m older then I look) I have had campers who come wanting to achieve some pretty big things-and they do-but sometimes they overlook the all the small wins that get them to the finish line because they’re too focused on that 1 BHG. Or worse they spend energy beating themselves up having not done more each day because their steps to achievement weren’t big enough. Stop.that.noise. BHGs take time to get to. They are almost never achieved in 1 […]

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