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Kicking the Soda Habit

Soda Caps

Soda. It can taste so good and be so addicting. Millions of people consume it everyday. And millions of people reap the unhealthy side effects from it. I was, and sometimes still can be, one of those millions. I was never one of those people that consumed 3 cans a day, or anything like that, but I so like soda, and there have been times when I’ve had too much. 
But I know how bad it is for you. You’ve most likely seen images floating around the internet displaying just how much sugar is a 20 oz bottle of soda. It’s absurd, but unfortnately it doesn’t seem to be enough to stop people from drinking all that soda. What about the fact that most sodas are also loaded with artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and other chemicals harmful to our bodies? Nope, that’s not stopping them either. 
Why is that? Could it be that soda is addicting? It could be, but addictions can be handled and broken. And if you’re reading this wondering how you can break your soda addiction, I want to share a few ways that helped me break my soda habit. 

Get it out of the house and don’t bring it back in. 

I know, this sounds simple but it can make all the difference in the world. When you have soda, or any junk food for that matter, it’s so easy to have a little here, a little there and before you know it’s gone. Keeping it out of the house will really have to make you work for it if you want it. Not only will you have to spend the money on it, but you’ll have to go to the store to get it. And if it’s late at night, and you’re already in pajamas? Then you have to change, unless going to the store in PJ’s is your thing. That’s a lot of work for some empty calories and I don’t know if it’s worth it for me. 

Find an alternate energy booster. 

I get it, there are days when we all need an energy boost mid-day. Soda, however, is not the way to go, especially with all the chemicals in it. Try an all-natural energy booster instead. Try drinks like green tea, a green smoothie, or some Xinja Red by Young Living. You can also try my favorites; some deep breathing or simply get moving. Sometimes standing up and walking around is enough to give a boost of energy to get you going. 

Try sparkling water. 

There are times when we crave soda. It’s not because we want caffeine but because we want a little something with carbonation. If that’s the case for you, try some flavored or unflavored sparkling water. It might be the ticket you need to replace that soda habit. Try brands like San Pellegrino, La Croix or even your store’s generic brand. 

Try flavored water. 

 OK, so wanting a little carbonation may not be what you want. Maybe you aren’t a water fan. Maybe it’s too bland for you. Try drinking naturally flavored water or making your own by adding some of your favorite to your water. The combinations are endless and it’s so delicious. 

Tell someone else about your “No soda” plans. 

It may sound silly, but when you tell someone else, especially someone who you are around all the time, like spouse, a close friend or another family member, you are more likely to stick to it. That person makes a great accountaboloty partner and when that soda temptation starts creeping in, you have somewhere there to remind you of your goals. and perhaps, just sharing your goals will spark someone into doing the same. 
I wish I could end this post telling you that if you did these simple tips taht you would break that soda habit in no time, but that’s not true. Breaking habit or addiction is hard and takes time and discipline, but if you keep your eyes on the future, you can do this. Just take it one day at a time.

Have you ever had a soda habit? How did you break it?

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Changes Are Coming

Have you ever noticed when one aspect of your life changes, it has an affect on others? Or at least makes you look at other aspects of your life differently. The last 6 months or so have done that for me. We’ve know for a while that our lives were about to change in a big in 2015. And those changes have slowly started happening.
One change that was never mentioned was our temporary move to an apartment here in Savannah. The owner of the house we were renting really wants to sell his house. He has been gracious enough to extend our lease to allow TJ to finish school. That was also when we originally thought we would be moving. When we realized TJ couldn’t start school until August, due to GI Bill caps, we knew we’d be living here longer than planned, so in effort to save a little money and allow the owner to finally put his house on the market, we found a small apartment with a short term lease.
But that’s just one change that has started happening for us. Another change for us is a more ongoing, can-be-done-anywhere type of change. And that’s our continous move to become a healthier family. Admittedly, it’s more me than anyone else, but I figure what I can do to help my family is a step in the right direction.

I’ve shared my definition of healthy before and that still holds true. I think it encompasses more than just fitness and nutrition. It’s about health and wellness as well. And the more I research, the more I realize I want to take this blog in that direction. I want to share the ways in which we are becoming a healthier family through healthy eating, fitness, using natural products, taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint and more.
I’m not claiming to be an expert but I’m learning and researching and I want to share with you what I find out. So over the next few weeks (or possibly months) this blog is going to go through some changes. It will be less focused on fitness and more on overall health, which of course does include some of the some same topics as before, but I want to expand to more topics about how all of us can achieve the best version of us possible. 

Does that mean perfection? Absolutely not! There will be treats and “cheats” if you will along the way. Indulgences are ok in moderation and I will definitely be doing just that You should too, but it’s more about being a better person overall. 

What else does that mean for the blog? Well, I’m working on a new name (which is a lot harder than I thought it would be) and a new design and that may take a while. I have a vision in my head and I want to work hard to achieve that vision. I want have the information you want on the blog in an easy-to-find way that keeps you coming back. I want to find a way to allow you to connect with each other to help and answer questions. It’s going to take a while and will be a work in a progress, but I am excited about the changes that will be taking place. 

 Being healthy is about the mind, body and soul and that’s what the future of this blog will be about.

What are you interested in seeing on the blog? What types of health and wellness topics interest you most?
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Why I Became A Coach (And My First Video!)

I know what you’re thinking. A Sunday post aside from Schweaty Sunday? Is that girl crazy? Nope. OK, well maybe a little but only the good kind of crazy. 
In any case, it’s Sunday and I have something to share with you. As you know I am a Beachbody Coach. One of the coaches on our team challenged everyone to create a video explaining why we all became a coach. I’m always up for a challenge, but making a video? This is out of my comfort zone, however, I knew I should do it. I have had a few people ask me that very question and if you’re going to be a coach and help others, it’s good for them to know you’re why.
I hope you enjoy! 

Now you know why I became a Beachbody coach and how my goal is to help you. Whether it’s through a new Beachbody program or not, that’s OK. I just want to help you achieve your health, fitness and nutrition goals. 
Your turn! Have you ever made a You Tube video? Were you nervous the first time?

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July Challengeā€¦Are You In?

Can you believe it’s almost July already? It’s crazy how fast time is flying. TJ’s graduation will be here before I know it (my husband graduates from SCAD in March 2015). I know it’s still kind of far away but we’re in the final year people!

OK, where were we? Oh yes, July! July brings lots of fun. 4th of July celebrations, my anniversary, beach days and more. For much of the country, it also brings some of the hottest temperatures of the year.
In an effort to battle the heat, we need to drink more water. When we don’t drink enough water, we can become dehyrdated. And dehydration can lead to heat related injuries, swelling of the brain, seizures and more. The problem is, most of us don’t drink nearly as much as should. Which is why in July I want to invite you. I want invite you to take the Water Challenge.

What is the Water Challenge?
The water challenge is a 10-Day challenge to help you slowly increase your water intake each day so that by Day 10 you will be consuming your daily water intake.
When will take place?
July 1st – July 10th
Where will it take place?
In a special private Facebook group just for the challenge where you will receive tips, advice, support and encouragement each day.
Bonus: The group will be open for 31 days to continue to provide support and encouragement to kepp up your daily water intake levels and make this a habit and way of life. Those who stick with the challenge and offer additional support throughout the 31 days will be entered to win a prize at the end!
How do I sign up?
Sign up for a free Beachbody account so I know where to send your prize if you win. And yes, the account is 100% free, and is a great tool for monitoring all your health and fitness goals as well as a fantastic community of support and motivation. Seriously, it’s free! The whole challenge is. You’ve gotten nothing to lose. Click here to sign up!
Do you struggle with getting your water in for the day? What helps you make sure you do get it in? Join me in this month’s challenge. And if you have any other questions about signing up, the challenge or the Beachbody account, please feel free to ask! I can’t wait to see you in the group!