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So I’m taking the 40 Days of Fitness challenge and have been doing some form of fitness activity each day. Yesterday was busy and it was 1:00 am (which was actually today, but details!) before I got to my fitness activity. So I did about 10 minutes of static squats against the wall. It burned so that is a good sign. I intended to do Dr. Oz’s 7-Minute Workout yesterday, but didn’t get to it until today. I must say I was a bit skeptical, even after I watched the video. But tonight I did the exercises (at 7:30 pm, not 1:00 am!) and it is a good workout. Heavy breathing, heart rate up, muscles fatigued (ok, maybe I’m just out of shape). But I like the workout (it is yoga-based) and I can’t really ever say I didn’t have time to do a 7-Minute Workout, so I think I will add it to my basket of fitness tips to keep. Try it out too!

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Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I LOVE pumpkin pie. I only recently made a pie using an actual pumpkin, in other words, not canned pumpkin. Who knew it was so easy. I used this recipe by Rebecca Wood and it was incredibly delicious. According to my husband, it was the best pumpkin pie he has ever eaten! So I thought I better share it with you. Enjoy!

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I thought this article was helpful and contained some great tips on nutrition to help ward off cold & flu this season. It’s at Scholastic magazine and lists superfoods, including (my favorite) sweet potato, salmon, broccoli, milk, oatmeal, and more.

sweet potato

Photo by Mark Lund at http://www.Scholastic.com

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40 (actually 36) days of fitness: Day 35

Day 35 (counting backwards): All I could fit into my schedule yesterday was 100 crunches and 10 minutes of yoga. And it was at 11:45 pm last night! But I did it! Still, I am proud of myself for doing something – anything – to keep me on track for 40 Days of Fitness. Anything is better than nothing, right?! I seem to recall a link to a 7-Minute Workout in the Livestrong blogpost. I’ll check that out and maybe do that today, on Day 34. It’s looking like I am on track for another near-midnight fitness routine. Sigh…

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I am a goal-oriented person. I like to achieve. I am able to accomplish work projects, and DIY home projects, and personal projects by setting a goal and a deadline. It works great for me. I am not so great at keeping up with a fitness routine when life gets really busy (it always seems really busy these days). So when I saw this challenge at Livestrong.com, I knew it was perfect for me. It is a 40-day (well, at this point, a 36-day) challenge to do at least one fitness-related thing each remaining day of 2012. Here is the heart of the challenge:

Thanksgiving marked 40 days left in 2012, and I want to make them 40  Days of Fitness. Rather than fall apart in the home stretch like most  people, we can fight back. How?

By making one healthy choice every day.

That choice could be to work out, or it could be to stand by the veggie tray  instead of the cookie tray at a holiday party. Maybe you’ll be able to get in a  long run, ride, or gym session, or maybe all you have time for is Dr.  Oz’s 7-minute workout. Or perhaps your healthy choice will be to relax with  a massage or gentle yoga routine to de-stress from holiday shopping madness.  What you do will change from day-to-day. But throughout these 40 Days of  Fitness, we’ll commit to making our own health a priority -no matter how hectic  things get.

Why is this so important during these last 36 days of 2012? You already know, of course, but here it is, laid out specifically:

[S]tudies show that the average American gains about a  pound to a  pound-and-a-half during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. With  parties and family events tying up our time, keeping us out of the gym and often  in front of cookie trays, we tend to eat more–and move less–during this time  of year than at any other period.

Worse yet: Most of us never  lose that extra weight. It accumulates over time. Multiply that  pound-and-a-half a year by 20 years and you’re 30 pounds overweight.

Dogs on a hike

Emily & Samantha

So I started today. I power-walked/hiked a local trail with my dogs this morning. It was only a 20 minute trek but it would have made me sweat if it wasn’t 30 degrees outside. And now I’m drinking a cup of detox tea while I tell you about it.

I’d like to say that I’ll blog every day about my next 35 days, but life is busy right now (just like for everybody else), so I’ll keep you updated as time allows. I hope you will join me and Brian Sabin (the creator of this challenge) on our Days of Fitness! Let me know what you are doing!

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“Healthier” Chicken Pot Pie

As I look at the nearly five inches of snow outside my window (it’s not even winter yet!), I am thinking about warm, yummy, comfort food. And I saw these recipes at the Eating Well blogs for “healthier” (it’s all relative) chicken pot pie. I think I’ll try the biscuit-topped recipe first, assuming we don’t lose our power again (like last week during Superstorm Sandy).

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Woman Holding Cup of Water and LemonA friend recently reminded me of a great home remedy for a cold or flu, particularly one that has you feeling phlegmy. This great home remedy, made from things you likely have in your pantry, really does work. Read about it here. The key ingredients are vinegar, honey, and lemon, plus a few other things. If you can’t stomach the vinegar, ramp up the lemon and add some cayenne. It will definintely still help! Be well!

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