Comment Contest Tuesday announcement

Thank you to everyone who participated in the most recent Comment Contest Tuesday.

The Comment Contest Tuesday was connected to Go Fit Girl’s September Monthly Challenge where GFG! readers were asked to come up with healthy ways to improve their lifestyle that they don’t have time for.

Recently in my yoga teacher training we are learning to ask ourselves What is important for me? What are my priorities? What do I want to make time for?

For the Comment Contest Tuesday I asked my readers to post their challenges and for others to come up with advice and solutions.

There were so many great comments. The best part for me was to see my readers to be so supportive of one another. It was beautiful and amazing.

I am not a mom, so I can only give so much advice to those who struggle with their time for themselves, their children, job, etc.

It will take me some time to sort out the winners. Yes, I said, winners. This Comment Contest Tuesday has multiple prizes.

Thanks again to those who participated to show support to Go Fit Girl! I asked my readers to make a commitment to be … Continue reading

September Monthly Challenge

OK, for September’s Monthly Challenge I dug into my stockpile of ideas from readers from a Comment Contest Tuesday a few months back.

Thanks, Nicole W. for this idea.

Normally we have one nutrition challenge and one exercise challenge. This month they are kinda combined into one.

This Monthly Challenge also asks for a little extra participation by GFG! readers. You’re ready for this, right?

Like I stated yesterday, I need commitment and support from my readers. You can really show it to me with this Monthly Challenge.

This challenge breaks down throughout this month.

Week 1) Think of things you don’t have time for (a fitness class, shopping for fresh veggies instead of eating/serving frozen meals, cooking at home regularly, going for nightly walks after dinner, getting up in a little earlier for a 20-30 minute yoga practice, making it to the gym at least three times a week, going to bed at a regular time, etc.).

Week 1 1/2 and Week 2) Figure out how to make time for at least one thing. Bonus points for taking on a nutrition AND exercise challenge. I will make this a Comment Contest Tuesday this coming Tuesday, the third. Readers can … Continue reading

GFG! BIG announcement

In the past 10 months or so I have been doing a lot of thinking, exploring, reflecting and starting to make changes in my life.

I am excited and nervous about the opportunity I am about to take on.

Starting next week I will begin a 10-month yoga teacher training program at Piedmont Yoga Studio.

Going through this program is something I have been thinking about since last October/November.

Everything is lining up for me in my life with signs showing me that this is the right time and the right opportunity to take it on.

My life has been transforming and becoming more focused on health and fitness, including really focusing on Go Fit Girl! and how the blog helps me and my readers.

Two of my favorite teachers, Baxter Bell and Vickie Russell Bell, studied at Piedmont and they are teachers under the Deep Yoga program I will be attending.

The timing is just right as this program only starts in September. And I can still fit in my full-time job and most personal things in my life.

If you are familiar with the yoga world you have heard of Rodney Yee. According … Continue reading

GFG! is going on vacation

OK, so you already thought I was on vacation, right?

Every week I think life is gonna slow down and it just seems to get more hectic.

This means certain things in my life suffer, such as regular exercise and blogging.

And starting Friday I am on vacation.

Curt and I are heading to Turks and Caicos for a week of beach, sun, drinking and other fun and cool stuff.

The Club Med resort offers all sorts of exercise, including trampoline and trapeze, which I am super excited about.

I am sure you will get a post or two out of me while away. But if not, don’t worry, I will be back to a regular routine soon. (That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.)

There will be no August Monthly Challenge as I haven’t had time to work on one. Plus I need some more participation from my friends/readers/challengers in order to justify me taking time to work on those. That’s a HINT. 🙂

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July Monthly Challenge: Say no to sugar and yes to planks

Go Fit Girl’s July Monthly Challenge is brought to you by your fellow GFG! readers and Challengers. (A recent Comment Contest Tuesday got all kinds of ideas for many Monthly Challenges, including July’s.)

Thanks for the ideas, ladies.

Nutrition: Reduce sugar intake. Reducing refined sugars would be even better. But I realize that is difficult.

With it being summer there are lots of yummy fruits and vegetables available.

Try to find ways to not use processed foods–that’s where a lot of that refined sugar hides. Start reading labels.

A simple change: make dessert fresh fruit and plain greek yogurt or just fresh fruit. Instead of eating a cookie have an apple instead.

A Livestrong article credits FamilyEducation.com as saying, more than two-thirds of the refined sugar used in the United States is added to processed or manufactured foods.

Exercise: Let’s do a plank challenge this month. A few people have asked for one. So let’s go for it. Let’s make our goal to get to a 2-minute plank over the month. At work we did a 4-minute plank challenge. I dropped out of the challenge once we hit 3:30. It was bad for my back and I felt … Continue reading

7 minutes turns into 45

The exercise challenge in this month’s Monthly Challenge is to try out The Scientific 7-Minute Workout.

The timing of the routine itself I don’t agree with. But with some modifications I think it is a good and legit exercise routine.

My recommendation is to do each exercise for a minute instead of the 30 seconds the article states. And I also think to make it a good exercise routine is to do the routine three times instead of just once.

I finally had a chance to try out the routine on Thursday night.

I performed each exercise for a minute and I did the routine three times. It came out to about a 45-minute exercise routine. It was tough and sweaty and definitely a full workout. I was sore the next day.

Because I was using my phone for music and it was attached to my arm I didn’t have exact time on each exercise. So I just counted.

The original article states that between each exercise a rest should be done. I don’t think you need to rest between each one. But when you need to take a little break you should. I know I did, which is … Continue reading

Plain Greek yogurt in the mix

One of the challenges for Go Fit Girl’s June Monthly Challenge is to experiment with plain Greek yogurt in various meals.

Before this challenge started I had already been experimenting with the Greek yogurt, which is why I thought it would be fun to make it part of the nutrition challenge this month.

Here’s what I have tried:

  • I substituted sour cream with plain Greek yogurt on my baked potatoes. Great substitute.
  • I used the plain Greek yogurt to make a cream sauce for my penne pasta and sautéed tomatoes. It looked gross but it tasted amazing.
  • I used 1/2 a cup to a cup and drizzled about a tablespoon of honey over the yogurt. It’s a yummy snack and/or dessert.
  • I experimented with a Morningstar “Chicken” Patty on a toasted hot dog bun, which had a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and some hot sauce. Eh, it was just OK. But it just tasted like I added the yogurt … with no added value to it.
  • I used the yogurt to make creamed spinach. It was rather tasty.

Fruit and granola are good things to mix in as well.

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June Monthly Challenge: Greek yogurt, exercise routine & giving

All right, it’s time for Go Fit Girl’s June Monthly Challenge.

I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in Go Fit Girl’s Comment Contest Tuesday. There were lots of great ideas for future Monthly Challenges. And I promise to use them in the upcoming months. But I did have some ideas already for June’s challenges.

Ready for them?

Nutrition: I got this idea when we ended up with a vat of plain Greek yogurt recently. If there are any vegans out there I did find a vegan version of Greek yogurt. I’m sure that isn’t the only brand available.

Experiment  and get inventive with plain Greek yogurt and use it in various meals. I found multiple ways to use it. I will write about my meal/snack experiments sometime this month.

If you absolutely don’t want to work with Greek yogurt come up with something else.

Exercise: The New York Times recently wrote about The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. I am not 100% excited about the routine proposed. But with modifications I think this is a great exercise routine.

It has been scientifically proven that adults need 30 minutes of cardio five days a week. You can … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday winner announced

The most recent Comment Contest Tuesday asked Go Fit Girl!’s readers to come up with challenges to help fuel some ideas for future Monthly Challenges.

The responses were great. And most, if not all, will be used in the future. Thank you so much for helping me come up with ideas. These should keep us going for some time. At least through 2013 and possibly longer.

Alicia was the GFG! reader who won the random drawing. And in case you want to know what she is getting. She is getting this and a Starbucks gift card.

Here are some of the things Alicia gave input on for possible future challenges: Take a recipe and modify it to make it healthier. And for exercise, she said, since summer is upon us we could challenge ourselves to outdoor activities such as walking and running in the park, playing volleyball at the beach, playing tennis, or going to the playground and playing on the swings. (LOVE the swing idea. So fun!)

GFG! readers had all kinds of great comments and ideas. These are some of the ideas GFG! readers had:

Andrea: How about 30 minutes of physical activity a day for … Continue reading

Yoga pose: Extended Triangle Pose

I practice yoga regularly–about three times a week. Sometimes more.

Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) is a regular pose in my regular practice in both Hatha and Vinyasa classes.

Every yoga pose has an anatomical focus, therapeutic application and many benefits. On the Yoga Journal website many poses are broken down step by step on how to get into the pose, including Triangle Pose.

The site also includes contraindications and cautions; beginner’s tip; variations; modifications and props; partnering; preparatory poses; follow-up poses; and how to deepen the pose.

According to the YJ site, the anatomical focus is the thighs. (Great for part of this month’s Monthly Challenge.)

The therapeutic application is for stress. (Sounds like I should be practicing that pose more often.)

The benefits of this pose are great and endless. When I read a list like this I am reminded again that yoga is incredible and powerful and adds so much more to my life than just exercise.

The YJ list of benefits on Extended Triangle Pose are: stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles; stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine; and Stimulates the abdominal organs; helps relieve stress; and Improves digestion; helps … Continue reading