Move Nourish Believe Challenge (Week Three Wrap-Up)

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Week three of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge has just ended. This was the final week of the challenge, and although I am relieved to let go of the daunting number of tags and hashtags required every day (five!) I am sorry to see it go, and hope the connections I have made remain long after the daily challenge assignments have ended. This was “believe” week.

Monday’s challenge was “Spoil yourself! Do something just for you today! Take a walk, go to yoga, spoil yourself!”

Walking? Yoga? I went for the ultimate (for me) “spoil yourself” item  … Pop Culture!!

Day 11

Tuesday’s challenge was “5 Mindful Minutes  – Do good to your body, meditate for 5 minutes and find your zen.”

I loved this day’s prompt. But I didn’t do a structured “meditation-y” thing. For me, five minutes with no headphones in, just me, the sky, the bird sounds, and some movement (via walking), was freeing enough.

Day 12

Wednesday’s challenge was “Be Happy – show us your happy place!”

Just one happy place? I chose a picture of me running with women at the Gadsden Correctional Institution. Physically, it is a place of boundaries and mandatory uniformity. Add running to the mix, and everyone can transcend those boundaries and let their own individual spirits soar.

Day 13

Thursday’s challenge was “Thankful Thursday – Let us know what you are thankful for!”

Again, how to choose just one thing? But my mind goes daily to the women I met in Guatemala — old and young — the picture below was taken the first full day I was in Guatemala when I visited in July 2011. The joy in the dancing was so pervasive.

Day 14

Friday’s challenge was “Share the love – s/o to your #1 supporter/motivator”!

Gotta hand it to the family on this one. To the husband who deals with the budget hit our family takes from my running and paying a coach. To my daughter who drives my son to the bus stop on my run days so I can get my run in early. To my son who I really miss running with but who I hope will come back to the fold. Neither of them would claim running as “their thing,” but they bend over backwards to support the fact that it is mine.

Day 15

And just like that, the three-week Move Nourish Believe Challenge is winding down! To read about how it was structured, visit this link. AND there’s a Twitter Party on Wednesday night (February 26) at 8 p.m. Eastern for a last hurrah and the announcement of the winner of the $1,000 Lorna Jane shopping spree.  Use the hashtag #mnbchallenge.

Thank you to Lorna Jane and Fit Approach for organizing and sponsoring this challenge.

MNB SKY with writing

Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.

Move Nourish Believe Challenge (Week Two Wrap-Up)

MNB LJ

I just completed week two of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge. I do challenges frequently, and often take a “day by day” approach (i.e., figuring out the day’s assignment the night before or morning of); in the case of this challenge I just figured out that the reason the entire week’s assignments had to do with food was because it was “Nourish” week. Duh.

Monday’s challenge was “Go meatless – skip meat today! Try vegetarian/vegan meals.”

Going meatless was pretty easy! I had just made the “Rainbows and Butterflies Pasta Salad” for my #FeedSouthAfrica post, so my lunch was easy. I enjoyed a meatless breakfast and dinner as well.

plated pasta

Tuesday’s challenge was “TYLTW – Take your lunch to work today!”

Now I’m getting a little repetitive, I guess, but it was a day for Rainbows and Butterflies again! Good thing they were tasty!

lunch

Wednesday’s challenge was “Write it down! Journal your food today and share your WIAW with us”!

Probably the hardest (and most illuminating day of them all). I use LoseIt, but for years now I have only used it first thing in the morning to register that day’s weight. On Wednesday, I used it to record everything that went in my mouth (as well as my activity). It was an important reminder that tracking what we eat is a powerful thing (and the ability to scan barcodes to quickly pull up/track a food is awesome!).

day eight

Thursday’s challenge was “Smoothie Day! Happy Thirsty Thursday! Make a healthy smoothie today”!

I didn’t make a smoothie, but I used the day as an opportunity to make my first visit to Axios Salt Spa + Juice Bar. Melissa whipped up a chia-choco-tilla (vanilla almond milk, raw cacao powder, chia seeds, honey, and an added scoop of SFH vanilla recovery whey protein). It was honestly the densest food item I have ever consumed through a straw … it is intended to be a healthy meal replacement and it was definitely filling. Although the smoothie looked like a traditional chocolate milkshake, I quickly learned that it is a bit of an acquired taste since the natural sweeteners are not as intense as the sugary milkshakes I am accustomed to. It’s worth the transition!

smoothie

Friday’s challenge was “Go raw Friday! Choose a recipe and go raw”!

I am usually completely up for a recipe challenge but Valentine’s Day and a busy day at work as well as company coming into town conspired against me. Therefore I just grabbed some fruit and gave myself a raincheck to do a recipe later. (I did in the course of my research (before I gave up on actually preparing a recipe) discover Jill at The Kitchen Goddess – check out her site!).

fruit

Now that I am “on to” this “theme” set-up, I am looking forward to “Believe” week! It’s the last week in the challenge; feel free to join us! For more details, visit this link.

Thank you to Lorna Jane for sponsoring this challenge. Check out their lovely fitness apparel via this link.

As the finale of the week, I had the privilege today of running for Gareth (who I always run for) and for Cheyenne, at the “Flash” 12K race, which is run in memory of Tim Simpkins, a beloved Tallahassee runner who passed away from cancer (Tim used to run through the streets of Tallahassee in super hero garb).  Cheyenne, an infant, died on January 31, 2014, from a very rare form of cancer. Her page is here, and her family can use your prayers.

cheyenne flash

 

Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.

Move Nourish Believe Challenge (Week One Wrap-Up)

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The first week of the Move Nourish Believe Challenge is over. I have really enjoyed the structure of the various challenges, and the new people I have been able to interact with.

Monday’s challenge was “sweat it out — show us your favorite way to sweat”!

Monday was a “stretching” day for me but I shared an older “sweaty” picture of a running day; running is always my favorite way to sweat.

Challenge Day One

Tuesday’s challenge was “Change it up! – Sweat a new way”!

Tuesday was a “regular run” day for me but I shared a picture from my “Kangoo” workout last year. It was definitely a new way to work out and a fun challenge!

Challenge Day Two

Wednesday’s challenge was “Let’s get planking — plank at least five minutes today”!

I did this in five one-minute segments: an elbow plank, a regular plank, a left side plank, a right side plank, and an elbow plank.

Challenge Day Three

Thursday’s challenge was “Buddy Up – work out with a friend today”!

Since I had no buddies for my 6 am run, I shared a picture from last summer, when I got together with my friends Diane and Amelia for a Saturday morning workout (I ran with Diane then kept running while she did an open water swim with Amelia) on Clearwater Beach.

Challenge Day Four

Friday’s challenge was “Show us your five fitness faves”!

Five Fitness Faves

My faves are (clockwise from top left):

1) My coach, Jeff Kline;

2) Yoga;

3) The child I run for through I Run for Michael, Gareth;

4) The camaraderie of runners (this picture is from our day running “Megs Miles” from Badass Fitness);

5) “The sheer joy of running.”

(And although I was only supposed to demonstrate five things, it’s important to note that Charity Miles is almost always part of my running!)

There you have it! There are two more weeks left in the challenge, so please feel free to join us! For more details, visit this link.

Thank you to Lorna Jane for sponsoring this challenge. Check out their cool fitness apparel via this link.

And although today wasn’t an official challenge day, I’ll close with the highlight of the day. My son (who has been sucked into a few years of gaming after many years of being an active youngster) joined me for the “Run for the Cookies” (he ran the mile, I ran the 5K). It was a happy happy moment.

Cookie Run Mother Sun

Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many.