Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #4

So it's Saturday and we're on to Tip #4!  

I hope you're planning for ways to put my first 3 tips into action (anyone sign up for a Turkey Trot yet?? I did! I did!)

Hi guys!!  It's Saturday - WOO HOO - hope you're all having a great day!!  Since Thanksgiving is only a handful of days away, I'm sure some (most!) of you are taking advantage of this weekend time and starting on TIP #4....

This is a feast of a holiday - the mere mention of the word 'Thanksgiving' and my brain goes straight to thinking about turkey and cornbread and stuffing and cranberry sauce....and so on!

I think, for a lot of families, it's not only food that's made in the kitchen....memories are made there, too!  Cooking together, sharing recipes and the stories behind them, getting messy and pouring your love into the dishes that you're really makes them taste even better, I'm sure of it!

Now I'm not telling you to dive in and cook a 20 lb turkey!!  If you're up for the challenge though, go for it!

I'm just suggesting you make appetizer, a side, a dessert.  What's your go-to dish?  What are you great at making?  MAKE THAT!!

If you have the time, try something new a few days before Thursday and see how it goes!  If not, just make what you know.  There is so much else going these days it'll be way less stressful to make something already in your repertoire!!

Cooking is also very exciting because you're in control....of the ingredients!  You can make substitutions, swapping out high fat/calorie foods for great alternatives, or not!  You decide!

I think it's healthy for mind and body - so get in the kitchen with your loved ones and help prepare this awesome meal for your family and friends!

What are you making for Thanksgiving??
I'm planning to make a green bean casserole and something yummy for dessert!

2014 UPDATE: We're going OUT for dinner this year! Takes some of the pressure off & best of all...we don't have to clean up!!  It's not as intimate but it's easier since we're a lot of people this year!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #3

TGIF my friends!!  It's time for Tip #3! {Here are Tip #1 and Tip #2 in case you missed it!}

By now we're all familiar with this game I'm playing, so I'll get right into TIP #3....

This is a healthy tip for your mental well-being rather than your physical well-being, but in my opinion it's just as important as TIPS #1 and #2!

Have a conversation!  Sounds simple, I know....but please let this be your reminder to DO IT!  

Sit down with your grandparents....your children....your friends...and have a meaningful chat!  Put away the video games, shut off the TV and grab a coffee or hot chocolate and just TALK!  This is time together that you won't get back.

Tell stories with each other, share things and connect - or reconnect! - with the people that mean the most to you!  Take the time to let these people know that they are important in your life.  It sounds small but it really feels good, and means a lot!

I have close girlfriends that I don't see or speak to all the time because we're...well...busy.  After college we all went off to do our own thing - I got married and started a family, some friends moved to the Big Apple and started the "Sex and the City", single-gal life, others went off to graduate school.  

We may not see or speak to each other every day or even every week, but when we do we pick up right where we left off.  We can see updates from Facebook and pictures, but it's nice to connect sometimes...not through text or email, but through real conversation.

Take advantage of (free!) video chat to connect with loved ones that can't be with you physically!

Sometimes you need a reminder to make that extra call, or close your computer, to make the most of the moment that you're in, with the people you love!

Stay tuned for TIP #4 tomorrow :)

Do you have family or friends that you may not see or speak to all the time but when you do it's like no time has passed?


2014 UPDATE: Let's make a Thanksgiving-resolution together.... Make 1 phone call to a friend or family member that you haven't spoken to or seen in a while. I PROMISE you that you will feel so good after you're done! And keep me posted :) 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #2

Thanks for coming back today for Tip #2!! {In case you missed it, here's Tip #1 from yesterday!}

I am reposting these from last year so some of the links aren't relevant but the tips & tricks are totally applicable!

Here is my 2013 Thanksgiving Holiday TIP #2

I hope this series is getting you excited for Thanksgiving - I've enjoyed planning it and coming up with tips that I think you guys will really be able to use and implement!  It's not that I'm giving you mind-blowing suggestions that you never would have thought's just that sometimes (especially for me!) it helps to see things in black and white, laid out in front of me, in a simple list!

For today, here is Tip #2:

I know what you're thinking...drink?  How is that a healthy tip??

I'm not talking alcohol people!!  (but I will get to that in a minute!)  I'm talking the good for you, refreshing, raw, pure, delicious...




Water is important for so many reasons, especially around the holidays when there tends to be more eating and less moving!  Water fills you up, it keeps things moving (ahem!), it keeps you hydrated (duh! lol) and honestly, more times than not, when you think you're hungry, you may just be thirsty!  Try it and let me know! 
If you can't stand the taste of water - which I can't understand because has no taste! lol - try something to spice it up, like Crystal Light!  But there really is no substitute for the real deal!

As a former Weight Watcher (or lifelong WW, I guess!), I am a water freak!  I drink water all the time, all day long, every day!  I always have my water with me!  And so should you!  

If you're interested, I just found this great article - click here for Real Simple's Best Reusable Water Bottles.


Don't get me wrong....I am planning to drink alcohol too!  Any reason to celebrate!  Just remember to drink responsibly, have a plan and don't drink and drive!  Enjoy yourself within reason :)

Do you like water?  
Do you drink 'enough' of it?

2014 UPDATE:  I am still on the water (band) wagon!! Drink it people - all day, every day!!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sammy's 8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving - TIP #1

So for the next 9 days (Sunday won't have a tip!) I will be posting tips that will help you get through the Thanksgiving holiday!  Little reminders to keep in mind during this holiday season!!

I am reposting these from last year so some of the links aren't relevant but the tips & tricks are totally applicable!

Here is my 2013 Thanksgiving Holiday TIP #1

Thanksgiving is only a week away!!  WOW - that came fast, huh?  

The days leading up to Thanksgiving will be filled with family, friends, fun and food - and rightfully so!  It is a time to indulge and enjoy yourself, to stop THINKING so much, to give thanks for everything that you have, everything that you should be grateful for!

Which is why I decided to do A Tip a Day until the Big Day...  Each day I will reveal a new tip - and include some easy and feasible ways to incorporate this 'tip' into your Thanksgiving celebration.  These tips will not help you lose weight (necessarily!).  They aren't really meant for that....they are simply meant as a reminder to stay mentally and physically 'healthy' during this festive and food-y holiday!

So let's get this party started with....

TIP #1 - MOVE!

If you have the time and energy, continue on with your usual workout routine! Why not, right?  Go to the gym, head out for a run, take a spin class!  If you're pressed for time, check out my favorite online trainers that have 100s of full-length real-time workouts to choose from...Melissa Bender and Coach Kozak!

Sign up for your local "turkey trot" which is a fun and light-hearted 5k run/walk.  Or if there isn't one near you, sign up for a virtual one! (like Roni is hosting, check it out here!)

Walk at the park, walk to the park, walk after dinner with your family, walk while the kids ride their bikes, walk to check out the homes in your neighborhood that have put up their Christmas lights  (I'm excited to say that we have a few already!!), just take a feels good!

Dance with your kids, with your honey, by yourself!, in your living room, like no one's watching!

Do #wycwyc - can't ask for more than that! :)

Is anyone planning to run a Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving?? I am!

Stay tuned for the next week while I slowly reveal the rest of my healthy tips!!

2014 UPDATE: I AM doing the Turkey Trot again this year on Thanksgiving morning! I love a chilly, casual 5k with my sister!! :)

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Wordless Tuesday...why not??

Hi friends!!

So I'm popping in to share some pictures and I'm not really in a chatty mood (shocking, right?!) so I'm making it a Wordless Wednesday Tuesday...because I CAN!! :)

Tomorrow I'm going to be starting a week-long series of posts called: 

8 Days of Healthy Tips Before Thanksgiving!  

so stay tuned for that!  They're going to be more of re-posts, because I ran the series last year!, but I'm pretty sure most of us weren't friends back then so it'll be new to a lot of you!! They're great, fun tips so get excited!!

So here are some pics of what's been going on around here lately....

Making our own ornaments!! $3 for 20 ornament crafts - I {heart} you Target!

Our "Tree"....
Spoiler Alert: We don't celebrate Christmas - but I LOVE being festive over the holidays!

Dinner with friends Friday night - I DID NOT finish this....not even close...but it was really good!

They're ALWAYS looking for the garbage ALL hours of the day....even in the DARK....when it's not even garbage day!! [little boys!]
See you tomorrow for Tip 1!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

5 Reasons Why Running a Race is Like Planning a Wedding...for real!

It's Thursday so I'm linking up with Amanda to Think Out Loud! (Love this #thinkingoutloud business!)

So my half marathon high (recap here!) is slowly dwindling....

I will ALWAYS have this accomplishment (and jokes aside I love my medal!) but the fact that it came and went is a little depressing anti-climactic!  Which got me thinking....all of this planning and prepping and anticipation...and then it's done! Reminds me of something...

Very much like wedding planning, don't you think?!

(1) You plan your outfit out waaaay in advance.

Color, cut, fabric...all important! It's for different reasons (for the wedding you want to look thin/fit/beautiful, for the race you want to be breathable/functional/non-chaffing) but it's still a very important aspect of both very important days! {{One is probably much more expensive than the other though lol}}

(2) Once you commit to a date you spend day and night thinking and dreaming about it.

The countdown begins the second you pick a date (for the wedding or the race!)! You think about it all the play it out in your start dreaming about it - and then you wake up and are either (a) happy it didn't really happen yet or (b) pissed that you were about to cross the finish line and then woke up! ;)

(3) You eat very specifically for the big day.

Tips: healthy (because food = fuel) and cautious (because you don't want to be bloated or gassy!)!  You eat very plain and consistent...nothing new right before the big day!  You don't want anything that will knock you off your game/routine!

(4) After it's all over you leave with bragging rights and a medal!
Let me introduce "my husband" = I just ran a "half marathon". New shiny bling....Bling ring = bling medal. (The husband is just the added bonus!) ;)

(5) Right after it ends you can't wait to see the professional pictures!
No explanation needed here, right??

There is one way that they're VERY VERY different though.....

When you finish a race you can't WAIT for the next one.....when your wedding is finally over you think - I'm exhausted and I can't imagine doing this again...I think I'll stick with this one for a while! ;)

What do you guys think?
If you've planned or are planning a you agree??

Oh, one last thing.... (I can be random because we're Thinking Out Loud today, right? lol)

Check out my new badge...

If you follow me on social media you probably saw this already - but I'm THRILLED to tell you that I'm now an IDEA Inspired Blogger! I love their hashtag #inspiringfitness and I'm really taking this title seriously - I want to inspire you....and I want you to inspire me too! :)

I will be talking more about this (and it means so much because IDEA is a community of fitness professionals - and even though I always thought of myself as this, now I really am!!) & I'm hoping I can get to the IDEA World Fitness SweatPink BlogFest in 2015 (since I'm involved now in both of these amazing communities!!).

Have a great Thursday everyone!! 

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