Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Last week I mentioned I was participating in this awesome Elf4Health challenge.


The low down is that every two weeks (through January 6) I'm paired with an "elf."  There are daily challenges, and my elf is there to keep me motivated and hold me accountable.  I'm really happy to have gotten paired with Emily.  She knows all about teaching & the struggles you face being healthy while teaching.  Emily also just ran her first half marathon which makes me super happy!  Her blog is full of health and fitness tips & info, which I love.

Here is a recap of last week's challenges & how I stacked up.

Monday - Meatless Monday.  This wasn't too hard for me since I eat meatless most days, but I tried extra hard to make it a good one.

I started my morning with a smoothie (which is pretty typical these days).  My smoothies always consist of more veggies than fruit.  Lunch with a Whole Foods salad topped with protein-heavy egg salad & cashews.  I stocked up on WF's Super Food salad & a side dish of butternut squash with almonds & cranberries.  The main was a homemade black bean burger topped with guac & a dippy egg.  Rocked it.

Tuesday - Send a card to a friend.  It was definitely nice to be able to pull out a card and hand write a note.

I chose to send my card to Olivia who is such a style muse for me.  Girl is rocking her running game (and is signed up for her first half marathon this summer) and planning a wedding at the same time!

Wednesday - Try a new workout today.  Failed.  I had grand plans to hit a new spin class at the gym.  I overslept didn't get out of the bed.  BUT after getting home from a long day I had planned to not even do Ripped in 30.  I did end up doing it even if it was at 9pm (and after overindulging on some guac & chips).  So personal win overall.

Thursday -  Get up 15 minutes early to meditate and reflect.  Fail again.  No excuse for that one.  Although I did do yoga on Wednesday am.

Friday - Eat the rainbow.  

This is about as far as my rainbow got.  I hadn't gone grocery shopping & was working with what I already had.  My breakfast was pretty colorful!  My usual am smoothie + black coffee + a boiled egg.  I could have done better but ended up eating lunch at school & out to eat for dinner since we had a friend in town.

Weekend - Fill a bag with clothes to donate.  My preemptive New Years goal for January is to clean out my closet & get rid of stuff that doesn't even fit.  I have so much now that I can't wear that I don't know what I have that I can wear.   I figured I would get a head start on January and tackle one portion of my stuff.

All of my clothes are spread out between our master bedroom & our guest bedroom.  I tackled part of the guest bedroom on Saturday.  From just my tupperware shelves & shit that was thrown in the closet & on the chair, I collected two bags worth (plus a third that I plan to take to my sisters in Georgia).  I'm kind of scared that I had been hoarding this stuff for so long...and not to mention that I still had a lot that I kept!  It feels good having that stuff organized.  I know when January comes, it is going to be the best feeling getting rid of so much stuff.

I feel like this upcoming week is going to be a bit more of a challenge, but I want to one-up myself!  I'm looking forward to being healthy in new ways!


M. Eileen said...

this is awesome! Keep up the great work! I have to clean out my closet before the holidays too....ug, we should have done this when we moved this spring :)

meghan said...

Nice job on the ones that you did get done. I failed on the clothes giveaway and the fiber counting. I'm definitely going to donate clothes, though. I just need to add it to my list of things to do this week or weekend. I'm starting to think that we're all going to be more refreshed and better after this challenge just by completing the ones that we do get done. I don't think it has to be an all or nothing kind of thing; I think that it's going to be successful as long as we do what we can!

Alex Byer said...

Girl! This is so awesome! I love the variety of tasks too. And I totally cleaned out my closet this weekend too. It was getting to be a nightmare in there!

Britta Marie said...

i've been wondering what those tweets were about! haha. sounds like you are doing some great things ...much more motivation than me ;)

Unknown said...

Thank you for the shout out :).

Anonymous said...

Good job on week one! This week is a bit more of a challenge- I'm a little nervous about makeup free Friday!

Cara-Mia said...

Girl, you are so inspiring! I always see your tweets/Instagram photos and admire your healthy lifestyle! I confess I haven't exercised since the time change... I need to challenge myself more. I need to put my yoga Groupon to work!

Claire Kiefer said...

Sounds like a really fun challenge, and I like seeing your updates on instagram!

Getting rid of clothes is one of the best feelings in the world. And as for eggs--how are your chickens producing these days??


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