Posts tagged ‘challenge’

April 17, 2014

APRIL HH OF THE MONTH

CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez

CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez

 

Meet Lauren Lopez Rocking the baby bump on the April cover of Healthy Housewives!

http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonial25.html

January 22, 2014

Big Dreams! Big World!

Big Dreams! Big World!

Big reasons to get and stay fit. I’m hosting a webinar at 3:00 p.m. cst TODAY, free to anyone who wants to learn more about cellular detoxification. Well, and other ways to keep your battery charged up for the ride. Sign up at link below or email: lectrofit@gmail.com

January 1, 2014

Happy Detox Day!

I’m kidding… Happy New Year! If you’re considering a detox diet this New Year’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. As a Healthy Housewives Team, we are your online source for all things healthy and fit. I won’t speak for the other girls, but I am a big supporter of periodic detoxification. The operative word there is PERIODIC. Like most other things, if you detox too often you risk not absorbing enough nutrients for your body to grow and thrive. That’s no way to live.

Detoxing for up to 30 days is not only healthy, but it’s becoming required to maintain optimal health in such a toxic society. I’m not talking just food either—your cell phone, pollution, stress, smoke, and yes, the chemicals in our food supply all lead to over-toxic bodies. As part of a detox, you’ve probably purchased your choice detox support product, a bunch of organic produce, and several jugs of water. Good for you! Here are some recipes that will fit into most detox plans, and won’t drive you bonkers with time in the kitchen. (Who has extra time to spend? Not me.)

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Serves 4

Salad:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 cups mixed greens such as spinach and arugula

Dressing:
1/4 cup cashews
1/8 cup pine nuts
2 tsp miso paste
1/4 tsp agave nectar
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

COOK quinoa according to package instructions.

While quinoa cooks, COMBINE all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add water if dressing is too thick.

In a large serving bowl, COMBINE cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with olive oil and garlic-infused vinegar. Serve chilled.

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Serves 2

1 large fennel bulb, slice stalks and bulbs into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups fresh baby arugula
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 large carrot, finely chopped
Juice from 1 organic lemon
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp lemon zest
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cashews

FILL a large bowl with ice water.

BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add fennel and cook for 3 minutes. Drain fennel and immediately submerge into ice bath. Set aside for 3 minutes. Drain.

TRANSFER fennel to a large serving bowl; pat dry. Add avocado and carrot.

DRIZZLE salad with lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, basil, sea salt and pepper.  Gently toss to coat.

DIVIDE salad between 2 serving dishes. Top with ground chia seeds and cashews.  Serve at room temperature. Eat husband’s if he doesn’t finish it.

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Serves 2

2 large McIntosh apples, cored and diced
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup sugar snap peas, peeled
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp stevia powder (if desired)

PULSE apple, orange juice, peas, cilantro and stevia in a blender until liquefied.

POUR into serving glasses; serve chilled.

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My last grocery list:

veggies, avocado, salsa, eggs, fish, spices, coconut water, almonds, grass-fed beef, and wasabi peas (LOVE them.)

Success Tips: Choose veggies you’ll eat. Try out different spices to shake up flavor! Don’t let one set back kill your goal—get back on track asap. Warm lemon water or herbal tea is more satisfying than you think. Spend time alone to really feel what your body is feeling. Get and stay in tune with your body! Celebrate small wins with a new playlist, book, or a massage—not food.

SMILE! A game I play with myself is to ensure nobody knows when I am detoxing. I’m still as energetic, joyful, and productive as always. I’ll be leading a detox support group via Instagram @LectroFit and via email at: lectrofit@gmail.com if you’d like to join.

Stay glued to what the Healthy Housewives will be doing in 2014—you’re sure to be inspired, educated, motivated, and perhaps a bit entertained along whatever health journey you are on.  Happy detoxing!  –Lacey

December 6, 2013

MEET OUR DECEMBER COVERGIRL FAN WINNER!!

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Last month we had a social media contest for our Healthy Housewives fans. We asked the fans to write in and tell us why we should choose them to be on our Healthy Housewives magazine cover. They had to have a high res image that we can use to be our cover. We had a ton of entries with women from all over the world that shared their stories and sent pictures, we were so overwhelmed on who to pick.

 

After a week of rereading and looking at which candidate would be the next cover girl, we decide on 2 women. Then we changed our entire 2014 year, to the year of fans. Without the fans, we wouldn’t be here. So, for 2014 we are picking 12 women to grace our cover. If you want to share your story and send in hi-res images that you would like to be featured as our cover, please email covergirl@healthyhousewives.com. We would love to hear from you!

 

Let me introduce our December covergirl Laurie Strough Smith. She is inspiring women out there with her positive attitude. She is over forty, fit, and raising five kids! Go Laurie!

 

Meet Laurie:

http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonial21.html

 

Her video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUdcdQTNMxg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqDn2t3viH7Vn7uzB7jFl3A

 

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Marzia Prince

Creator of Healthy Housewives

November 6, 2013

Meet Ya at the Barre?

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Saying, “I’ll meet you at the bar,” just got a little sassier. The bar I’m talking about is so cool, it has an extra RE to its name… Barre; as in RE-invent yourself; RE-define girls’ night; RE-prioritize your schedule. Barre Bee Fit was the location of my inspiration to challenge myself into an entirely different fitness level. When I first visited the new studio in Dallas, Texas, I arrived anxious, fearful, and a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to finish the class. Running marathons I can do, but holding ballet poses, pulsing, and maintaining a flexible perception for one hour left me less than confident.

When I arrived, I heard energetic music coming from a large, open room to my right. To my left were some of the friendliest, leanest, and happiest ladies I’ve met. Any place I get to wear leggings and socks, I’m a fan of—especially on a cold, rainy evening like we were having that day. Any chill in the air disappeared as we started class.

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I love a fitness instructor with a rockin’ playlist. The playlist really makes the instructor, in my opinion. It’s definitely a first impression thing. If I were dating instructors, I would ask to see their playlist before agreeing to meet them. Music therapy is a tool used in the quest for holistic wellness, so don’t under-estimate the power of music as it relates to your energy level and mood.

Kelsey was our instructor for interval barre class. To be honest with you, I didn’t know what interval barre meant, but I knew it would be challenging and fun. Now, let me confirm—interval barre is aggressive cardio with strength training set to an awesome playlist. Adam Levine takes you to your final seconds of a plank hold and Imagine Dragons serenade you at the barre lifts. At one point, I thought Kelsey went crazy and doubled our reps. No such luck—this was all intentional and part of her well-crafted, aggressive class choreography.

Kelsey isn’t the enemy anymore, but coming to class on an empty stomach was my rookie mistake, and my new enemy. Noted. Kelsey is the perfect combination of aggressiveness and affirmation. As a matter of fact, this barre is inspiring with words of affirmation decorating every corner of the studio. If you start to give up on yourself, just look at the walls and read. Game back on!

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Barre class isn’t the time to get soft, and I felt the energy in my class get tougher as we moved through the hour. The consistent but not over-bearing direction, coaching, counting, and interval announcement from Kelsey was appreciated when I stopped thinking altogether.

As the music became slower and graceful, I realized I was dripping with sweat and parts of me were twitching from the muscle work. As we stretched, I felt a surge of energy… or was it pride? Either way, I felt accomplished and glad I went to the barre that night. If you live in Dallas, I am jealous. I drive 25 miles to attend classes at Barre Bee Fit in the Design District. Those of you looking for a challenge, to jump start the holidays with a fit bod, or to experience a new kind of barre, check out www.barrebeefit.com and sign up for a class at the Dallas location. If you’re a Facebooker, like them at http://www.facebook.com/BarreBeeFitDallas.

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Go ahead… raise your personal bar and experience a new kind of sexy. You’ll be dripping with sweat from you hair to your grippy socks, but feel like a supermodel. Try it and RE-peat!   –Lacey

P.S. I meant to get a photo with Kelsey after class, but I completely forgot. I’ll have to go back. 🙂

September 10, 2013

Dare to Be!

Image“I dare you.” Your 11-year old self still cringes at the sound of those three words. Or is it just me? It was definitely popular around South-Central Texas in the late 1980s to taunt friends and enemies alike with challenges, most of which I took, and from which I endured bruises, scrapes, and two rounds of stitches (that I can recall.) Then, as a teenager, the game “Truth or Dare” made its rounds at the parties I attended, and within my social circles. Oh, don’t gasp with innocence, you know you participated that one time. I digress… 

By the time I was in college, I got really good at being a dare-devil. I started the dancing on the dance floor. I wore yellow when everyone else was in black. I ran long-distances when everyone else slept in. Once I applied for a scholarship that marketed only to a specific race, of which I was not, simply to take a stand for equality–true equality. Basically, if you told me I couldn’t do something, I wanted to do it even more. And I did. Thankfully, I survived. 
 
As an adult, I recall taking less risks. The older I got, the less I challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone. When did I lose my edge? Sure, maturity took care of some of it (e.g.; no more shot games of any kind. Period. Oh, and racing across a football field in your PJs (shorts and tank top) with your girlfriends on a snowy day isn’t cool anymore either), but a friendly challenge between you and your spouse, coworkers, friends, or even just challenging yourself every so often, reminds you that you’re alive. As long as you’re not harming yourself or others, get after it! For additional fun, grab a dare-devil buddy to dive in with you. 
 
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My niece decided on her own that the time was right (and she was tough enough) to get her ears pierced. She faced her fear, and now she sparkles even brighter than before with added confidence (and bling.) 
 
Folks, I think it’s time to bring back the “I dare you.” Perhaps, we can bring back the “I double-dog dare you.” (Who’s subconscious just recalled the movie, The Christmas Story?) What’s on your bucket list? What project are you going to finish before the end of the year? What race will you enter this fall? What karaoke song are you signing up for? Take the plunge! You weren’t born to sit on the sidelines and observe your life away. Get in the game! Face your fears! Challenge yourself to be comfortably uncomfortable! Go ahead… I dare ya! –Lacey Pruett 
May 15, 2013

Mini-Challenges and Many Cheers!

Finding time to work out has historically plagued the average American because it is thought to be  irritating, difficult, and not fun. Fitness is something many push-off until the very last-minute possible; as in, doctor’s orders, disease sets in, or the clothes simply do. not. fit. Groups of wellness warriors are stepping out and shouting from the roof tops that this is simply not true. More importantly, we’re starting to embrace the more intense, yet shorter workouts, so we can fit the activity into our busy days, saving longer workouts for another day. A fellow coach friend of mine challenged me to a daily fitness circuit for one month. Together, we would focus on three core moves and challenge ourselves to be stronger in these areas. As I moved through the month, I’ll admit that finding the extra 30 minutes in my day to complete this challenge was tough. Once time, I even found myself doing a series of push-ups, plank holds, and ab holds in a conference room during break time at an event I was attending. Now that’s being creative!

Equating fitness to failure, fatigue, and frustration is old-school thinking, and all you have to do is log onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest to check out the creative and clever ways busy Americans are fitting fitness and nutrition into their lifestyle. Organizations such as The Healthy Housewives hope to encourage and educate others as they continue to find their fit and healthy best. Since this means something different to everyone, I’d like to showcase and honor a few people/groups who are using what they have, during the time they can spare, to maintain a fit and fun lifestyle. The balancing act these ladies perform makes the “Crane Pose” in Yoga look easy. (I cannot seem to master the Crane Pose.)

The challenging but effective Crane pose.

The challenging but effective Crane pose.

A group of teachers in Plano, Texas are encouraging each other to do 100 push-ups a day. For each day they complete the challenge, they place a star on their display board as an honor and to encourage the other challengers. I’m sure the person with the most stars gets an award of some sort, but in my opinion, they all win simply for participating and challenging themselves. Talk about a team-building activity!

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Tracking progress and celebrating mini goals keeps motivation high!

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Having an accountability partner can push you beyond your own perceived limits.

 

Another group of ladies I know agreed to share plates each time they ate out for lunch and/or dinner. No matter who it was, they had to ask to split an order. If this wasn’t possible (oh say a client meeting or hosted event…), they had to only eat half of the order and leave the rest. It worked on the honor system, but with every day, they became more aware of portion size, what was excessive, and what their body truly needed. I can imagine this made for some excellent meal conversation as well. On some occasions, they were able to donate the funds of the other plate to help feed the hungry. Awesome!

I currently have a group of seven clients detoxing with the Advocare Herbal Cleanse, and they are using the 10-day cleanse to incorporate 30 minutes of cardio activity. Walking, jogging, swimming, and dancing with their children all count. Not only does sweating help move toxins through the body, they are stimulating the detoxification herbs working hard to clean out their bodies. My hope is that after the 10-day cleanse, they will continue the 30 minutes of activity because they feel amazing.

Finally, I received an email from a lady who managed to gather five co-workers to run the stairs of their corporate building during the lunch hour three times a week for one month. They have one week to go, and though it was tempting to skip on certain days, they proudly reported consistency and improvement in their pace. As for that 3:00 p.m. slump, two of them say it’s minimal now after implementing their group activity. Plans for the next month’s challenge are already in the works.

Be creative with your motivational board/displays.

Be creative with your motivational board/displays.

There are many other mini-challenges in the works around us; however, you get the point that having shorter/smaller goals to pin-point daily with one or several accountability partners may help you get your daily activity time DONE. And at the end of the day, isn’t that what we all want?

I still enjoy challenging myself, and trying out to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader was one of my favorite personal challenges (and bucket list item.)

I still enjoy challenging myself, and trying out to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader was one of my favorite personal challenges (and bucket list item.)

As for that blasted Crane Pose? Well, that’s today’s challenge for me, so I better hop to it.  In joyful health, Lacey

April 17, 2013

I Run Because I Can

I Run Because I Can

Remembering those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings. I’ll continue running to honor everyone working hard toward a dream and/or goal.

March 12, 2013

Throw away your scale

Throw away your scale! You heard me, I am not even joking with you. Our obsession, especially females with seeing a specific number on the scale is alarming. The fact of the matter is I always weight the MOST when I am at my tiniest. I repeat…I weight the MOST when I am in the best shape. So what if that magic number appears on the scale if your clothes  fit tight and you are winded when you walk up a flight of stairs. 

 

So let’s start talking about non-scale victories and how you are going to gauge and measure your goals without stepping on the  scale. I know, you are thinking, but its what I do every morning naked after I go to the bathroom (I know all the tricks you try)…but trust me…this will be a liberating experience for you. 

 

1. Measurements….take your measurements. Get a good old fashioned measuring tape out and write out your measurements. Go back monthly and see the difference or the lack their of. 

2. Before and after photos….a photo is worth a thousand words right?! And often we can’t gauge change in ourself because we look in the mirror everyday. But when you see two pictures side by side you can see even the smallest and tiniest changes in your body. 

3. How do your clothes feel….seriously this is one of my favorites. I can immediately feel when I am a little out of whack by the way my jeans fit around my waist and butt. Clothes fitting looser…celebrate!

 

I don’t want you to be a prisoner to the scale. I am 140 lbs, and proud of it. Imagine if I felt like I needed to see that magic number on the scale…I would either be too skinny or lacking a whole lot of muscle. Why? Because for my height and my athletic build, 125 isn’t the right number. 

 

Does this make sense? Are you willing to do this?Can you do this? Hide the scale for 30 days if you can’t throw it away…liberate yourself and work on your results and celebrate those non scale victories!Image

November 10, 2012

Anybody Up for a Little NaNoWriMo? What?!?

Hi, there, HH Family and Friends! This is Brooke with a question for you—how many of you have ever wanted to write a novel? You know, a real, honest-to-goodness piece of fictional genius that will show the world how truly clever you are and give insight into the human condition unlike anything that’s been published before? This lofty goal seems relatively unattainable and is pretty much b.s. anyway. But if you really love writing, have a burning desire to write a book, but lack the motivation to put pen to paper or even rear to chair to get it done, I have a solution for you. . . NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, a literary phenomenon that began quietly 14 years ago and has since spread all over the world. Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo, and some friends were casting about for something to do, so they decided, “Hey, let’s each write an entire book! And let’s do it in only one month!” Although November is now the official month for the contest, the first NaNoWriMo began at 12:01AM on July 1, 1999, and ended promptly at 11:59PM on July 31, only 30 days later.  The group settled on a minimum of 50,000 words (175 pages) of completely new material to be finished by the end of the month—yikes! The careful preparation and dubious solemnity that normally surround the event of (cue angelic singing) Writing a Novel were mercilessly stomped out—just a crazy group of Gen X-ers wired on caffeine and junk food throwing good judgment, healthy living, and personal hygiene out the window, for a short while. And they did it! Well, a few of them anyway. The first group had 21 participants and 6 winners (winners: those celebrated few who reached 50,000 words by the stroke of midnight). Fast forward to 2011’s NaNoWriMo magical month of creation: 256, 618 participants and 36,843 winners—wow!

The breathtaking pace and severe time limit of this venture force extreme mental focus and stifle the soul-killing perfectionism inevitable to many creative pursuits. Because I often wrestle unsuccessfully with perfectionism and have a gnat’s ability to focus long-term, and because my dearest dream to write a book has to this point been unfulfilled, I’ve maintained a long, envious flirtation with NaNoWriMo. But I’ve never committed . . . until now. Eek!

Ok, my fellow closeted authors out there, here’s how it works: (from the NaNoWriMo website, http://www.nanowrimo.org/about/hownanoworks/)

  • Write a 50,000-word (or longer!) novel, between November 1 and November 30.
  • Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft (though outlines, character sketches, and research are all fine, as are citations from other people’s works).
  • Write a novel. We define a novel as a lengthy work of fiction. If you consider the book you’re writing a novel, we consider it a novel too!
  • Be the sole author of your novel. Apart from those citations mentioned two bullet-points up.
  • Write more than one word repeated 50,000 times.
  • Upload your novel for word-count validation to our site between November 25 and November 30.

Since its inception, this contest has spawned more than 500 chapters of members around the world, many of whom gather together each November in literary “block parties” or fall upon various Starbucks like locusts to bask in shared creative energy and sleep-deprived community. Over the years, NaNoWriMo has partnered with Room to Read, an international children’s literacy program, to build and outfit libraries for children around the world without access to reading resources. Another wonderful offshoot is the Young Writers Program, a NaNoWriMo challenge for kids ages 17 and younger. This program has been an enormous success, spreading across hundreds of classrooms, and by 2011, boasting an astonishing 50,000 young writers who participated!

For any of you who have harbored deep and unspoken yearnings to finally break free of yourself and get that #%&@ book written, I encourage you to check out NaNoWriMo (http://www.nanowrimo.org/) and join in the fun ASAP! Yeah, November is rapidly unraveling, but panic and adrenaline can be your best friends—they’ve never let me down!

Good luck and blessings,

Brooke

P.S. If you decide to take on this adventure in literary craziness, be sure to drop me a line at brooke@healthyhousewives.com and let me know how you’re doing!