BODY AFTER BABY| DietBet & My Eating For Energy E-Book

I blogged a few weeks ago about my Body After Baby plans and well I guess now is a better time than ever to jumpstart this process.

DietBet

 I was approached a few months ago about hosting a DietBet game and at the time I wasn’t taking on a new projects but after lots of consideration I have decided to host my own DietBet starting October 27th!

I’m at that place where I know all of the things I need to do to help lose the weight but more than that get myself back to that healthy state that I once was in but I could use a little support. I know the health changes I need to make (ie. improve eating, get my body moving more, drink more water, take more time for myself, ect.) and I know that when I have the support of others I am more likely to achieve my goals.  

That all being said I have been a health coach for four (almost five) years now and I have been working to support a number of individuals to achieve a variety of health and fitness goals and after taking a little bit of time off from actively working I’m ready to get back at it. So my first goal is to help guide my DietBet team through this journey by providing health coaching support through healthy living tips, recipes, e-mail support and weekly check-ins and hopefully you’ll find support from each other as well.

DietBetting is about believing in yourself and investing in your health. It’s not about crash diets or other unhealthy modes of weight loss (I would like to make it clear I do not support or endorse unhealthy modes of weight loss.) It’s about saying that YOU ARE WORTH IT! You are worth the small $25 and you are worth the time. Who’s ready to join me and the others who have already signed up? Still unsure? Keep reading. 

Sign up today and receive my Eating for Energy E-Book. 

eating for energy

This book is filled with tips on how to increase your energy while making improvements to you diet and lifestyle. Learn what foods help to increase energy and what foods decrease energy. Also included is a delicious energizing menu to help you get started. So are you ready to join me now? No? Well consider this then creating an account is free and they can join a game and check it out for 7 days and still get a full refund if they decide it’s not for you. 

I hope that you join me and we can spend the next 28 days working together to accomplish our weight loss and health goals. Don’t worry this game will end in plenty of time for you to weigh in before heading out to Thanksgiving dinner (and you won’t have to worry about it during the Holiday). 

Have you ever participated in a DietBet? Why did you or why have you decided to participate in the RWT DietBet game?

September 2014 (I'll post my before photos this Fitness Friday)

September 2014 (I’ll post my before photos this Fitness Friday)

So why did I decide to host and participate in a DietBet? Well it’s no secret that I’d like to lose a few pounds (or 60+ in the next 24 or so months). While I’m not sure that I will lose 4% of my body weight (that’s around 9lbs) I do think that it’s a good way to jump start my postpartum weight loss. My goal with this game is to create a community of players who can support each other with the main goal to be to create healthy eating and workout habits.

While winning the game would be great I think that is really just a bonus. I want to focus on eating well, working out and taking care of ourselves with the support of each other. Sometimes we just need to connect with others to help us jump start or maintain our healthy habits. So rather than thinking about this as a weight loss game I would like you to think about it as an opportunity to connect with others and find support to help lose weight. I would like to be clear that I do not support or endorse unhealthy measures to lose weight (ie. crash diets, diet pills, eating disorders) this game is about making healthy lifestyle changes to help you reach your weight loss goals.

Disclaimer: I received a credit to participate in this game. Neil is also participating and he paid for his own admission into the game. 

TRAINING | First Postpartum Race | Hippie Chick Quarter

I did it. I registered for my first postpartum race and I am so excited. 

HIPPIE CHICK 2015 LOGO

Back last late April I participated in a Fitfluential twitter chat with Hood to Coast Race Series and I won a free race entry to the 2014 Hippie Chick Quarter and Half Marathon. Since at the time I was about 7 months pregnant I wasn’t up for running or walking that far so I asked if I could defer my race entry to 2015 and they kindly agreed. Since then I have been waiting for the 2015 race registration to open and it finally did last week. As soon as I received the e-mail I signed myself up for the quarter run and Edith up for the kids fun run.

Now you might be wondering why not the half and I really debated doing the half but as some of you might remember I participated in the 2013 Hippie Chick Quarter and I went right from basically not running to four runs per week training from late January through May and I just burnt myself out. I didn’t want to do that again so I am starting earlier and getting myself back into it. I really didn’t want to over commit and besides I have been roped into (just kidding I want to) registering for the Portland Half Marathon next Fall.

Also fun side note unless I find a 5k I want to do before the Hippie Chick it will also be my first postpartum race with Alder just like it was with Edith! 

hippie chick 2013

I’m really looking forward to the race and am curious to see how things are run this time around. The race has since changed organizers since I did it last and I know that Hood To Coast Race Series puts on some great races so it should be a fun time. I know Edith is thrilled to run the kids race too. 

So I must ask –> Would you like to read weekly or bi-weekly training updates? Do you have any questions?

What was your first race or first postpartum race? How did you prepare? 

RECIPE | Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Edith was begging for a snack this morning so I listed off her options – applesauce, banana, crackers- I got a no after every option. Since we are lacking in the grocery department right now I tried to rack my brain as to what other options we might have in the house. I thought about baking muffins and then I remembered we had a few bunches of kale in the crisper. I proposed the idea of making kale chips to her and she jumped up and ran to her Learning Tower ready to make kale chips (I took that as a big ol’ yes!)

Tots in The Kitchen - Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips ingredients

I usually go for a cheezy kale chip or just plain olive oil with a dash of salt but today I decided to make salt & vinegar.

What you’ll need:

  • Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips
    Serves 2
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    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    40 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Prep Time
    10 min
    Cook Time
    40 min
    Total Time
    50 min
    Ingredients
    1. - 1 bunch of kale
    2. - salt
    3. - apple cider vinegar
    4. - olive oil
    5. - salad spinner and towel (to try the kale)
    6. - gallon plastic zip bag
    7. - large sheet pan
    Instructions
    1. Pre-heat oven to 300F.
    2. De-stem your kale, rip into chip sized pieces and then wash and dry completely; this will ensure a crispy chip.
    3. Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil and ACV into the zip bag along with a pinch or two of salt.
    4. Add the kale to the bag, push out the air and zip close and then massage your kale with oil, vinegar and salt.
    5. Pour out onto a sheet pan and toss into the oven for 30-40 minutes until crispy.
    6. Allow to cool for 5 or so minutes on the sheet pan before gobbling up.
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Tots in The Kitchen Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips

Also make sure you have a cute helper and taster on hand. You can see more photos of E helping make these kale chips over on Naturally Family.

Tots in The Kitchen - Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips muncher

What are you favorite kind(s) of kale chips? I love cheezy kale chips made in the dehydrator but when I’m in a pinch I like to do olive oil, tamari, nutritional yeast and a dash of pepper (same directions as above) and toss them in the oven for quick crisping.

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