Okay Challengers…..last week is upon us. The challenge ends next week: you can wake up on Feb 13th and cheat a little. ; )
That said…like I repeat through this blog’s life span: I don’t believe in diets, I believe in changing life style! When I say ‘cheat’ I mean go ahead and have that brownie, cookie, fries if that’s what you’re craving but you need to balance that out with a lighter meal at some point that day, and some extra exercise. I indulge my love of chocolate often, but I also train more than most people due to my life as an ashtanga yoga teacher. This last month I was dealing with a prolonged cold so this challenge is just what the doctor ordered: not only have I kicked my sinus infection sans antibiotics but all the healthy food/Arbonne immunity boosters & protein shakes/green drinks and vitamin C have me back in from running and practicing again. Yay!! Not a moment too soon: the Holiday season indulgence and Jan cold induced napping means I had work to do.
I’m hearing from my challengers that exercise has been the biggest issue not so much diet. Not surprising given the weather where I am…cold, and short days. My advice is two-fold: 1) If you live where I do (Canada) winter is a part of life…get the parka out, the boots, the hat/gloves and take a walk in the snow. Look at it this way..if there is a lot of snow the walking is more challenging…like running on the beach. You also burn more calories in the winter as your body is working hard at keeping warm: bonus! 2) Find something indoors you can do to escape the cold and burn some calories. I turn to yoga (it’s always warm in our studio) but you can hit a gym, a local indoor pool or even pop a DVD in and do something at home. In the age of Wii fit etc there are no excuses! If you live in small condo or apartment–run the stairs (that’s what I did when I lived in a condo).
Since this post started with thoughts of ‘cheating’ here is a cheat you can feel good about…it’s a healthy cookie. Really! No sugar, lots of fibre from the oats, protein from the nuts and there is so much good to say about both bananas and dark chocolate. This recipe again comes from Heidi Swanson…..Can you tell I love her blog/cookbook? I took these to an Arbonne leadership training event on Sat and the team demolished them in minutes.