10K-a-Day + Squats & Push-ups Fitness Challenge

10K-A-Day PLUS Squats & Push-ups FREE Fitness Challenge Calendar - Printable calendar and free downloaded Google Calendar. #shrinkingjeans

It's almost March and that means SPRING is just around the corner! We are stepping into spring with a brand-new, challenging and awesome fitness challenge -10K-a-Day + Squats & Push-ups! We are challenging you to accumulate 10,000 steps each and every day! The goal is to get up and moving -no … [Read more...]

Motivation Tips from A to Z

Motivation Tips from A to Z

As I write this, snow is still falling on top of the 10 inches we already received since 11 this morning. The record low temperatures have been doing a number on my motivation in the last week or so. If you're in need of some ideas to give you a boost or just some new things to try to break out of a … [Read more...]

Are Abs Made In The Kitchen?

Are abs made in the kitchen

Have you ever heard the phrase "Abs are made in the kitchen," or that getting fit and healthy is "80 percent diet and 20 percent gym?" According to a recent article in the Washington Post, studies show that a foods-as-reward dynamic is often a culprit of weight-loss efforts. According to a study … [Read more...]

Marathon Week: Here I Am

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I am running my first marathon this Sunday. My training runs have been very slow...like slow.  I am OK with slow, but for the first time ever, I checked the course time limits. I want to make sure I don't get picked up by the sweeper vans.  I think I will be OK....I know I will be OK.  Sometimes … [Read more...]

Yoga for All!

yoga for runners

I like yoga. Scratch that. I love yoga. I used to attend classes at the gym but then my schedule got a bit crazy and finding time to go to the gym for one hour plus drive time on either side got quite difficult for me.  What's a girl to do?  This girl turned to youtube, you know, that itty … [Read more...]

Sleep Trackers

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If you are following our Year of Small Changes Challenge, then you know last week's challenge was all about getting enough sleep.  The change: get 7-8 hours of restful sleep every night.  Christy talked about ways to maximize your chances in the last newsletter - doing things like developing a … [Read more...]

Fitness Friday – My Top 5 Sneaky Tips to Keep You Moving

Top 5 Sneaky Tips to Keep You Moving!

Hello dear Shrinkers. I think this is my first chance to wish you all a Happy New Year! Aren't you glad the holidays are over and a new year is here? I sure am. I've been off to a good strong start so far in 2015 in terms of getting in regular exercise and cleaning up the diet. I'm doing a 21-day … [Read more...]

Plyometrics: harder, better, faster stronger

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What a week. How'd you do? Did you stick to healthy food choices, daily activity/exercise, a steady sleep schedule? Were you successful with the water challenge - the first of the 52 small changes? I tried. I really did. And I was successful....most days. I plan to continue trying to drink more … [Read more...]

Should you eat before a workout?

shouls pre-exercise nutrition really all that important? Will it make or break your workout? Will working out on an empty stomach aid in weight loss? #fitness #nutrition #dietd you eat before a workout

To Eat—or Not to Eat: The Pre-Exercise Question Should you eat before a workout? That's the question athletes of all ages and abilities most commonly ask when I'm presenting a sports nutrition workshop. While most people expect a simple response, such as “Eat a banana” or “Have a slice of … [Read more...]

Kicking off 2015: Challenges, Goals, Changes

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So, we're already FOUR DAYS in to the New Year. How's it going? How are you feeling? How are those goals and resolutions looking? I have yet to jump into anything - my own personal detox will start tomorrow....the same day I start back at work AND classes start again. I thought I may as well pile … [Read more...]

Where to start? Top 20 tips from Shrinking Jeans readers

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  I've been lucky to be around the Sisterhood for a while now and one thing I've learned is that time and time again our readers come through for us in many ways. We all know we have a brand spanking new year coming up on us fast and what a shot in the arm that tends to give us. We also … [Read more...]