I am a Superwoman Aglow with Liebster Love and Epic Awesomeness

I’m feeling love vibrations in the air…

It must be the the Liebster love granted to me by the charming Kylie from The Life of Kylie, and from the exotic Whitney at Charms of a Gypsy. Thank you, ladies. I’m honored.

Also, I’ve been bestowed the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness, courtesy of David Stewart at The Green-Walled Tower. David and I go way back in blogging time; I would surmise from day two of blogging. David is masterful at telling wondrous stories often in the sci-fi and fantasy genre. Beware, he’s fond of the dark. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. You must check him out. Thank you, David.

And guess what else? You guessed it…I am a Superwoman…

I got third place in the Superwomen Super Challenge! This was a six-week challenge I entered with the Superwomen Boot Camp I joined about eight weeks ago. I love this Boot Camp because it pushes me. We do workouts I would never attempt on my own.

The Super challenge revolved around exercise and following a healthy menu. I don’t like to use the word “diet.” Participants were awarded for two separate categories for loss in body fat and in weight.

With my third-place prize, I lost three pounds and gained $140! Okay, maybe this doesn’t seem like much. I can’t buy a new car, but extra money is a bonus. And three pounds seems trivial, but hey man, I just have more muscle now. Didn’t you know strong is the new sexy?

I thought I would impart some wisdom from my experience of the challenge. I mean I did win the 3rd prize and all. Maybe you’ll find this useful.

Things I Learned in the Challenge and Want to Keep Doing

Go for the protein in the morning: Having protein first thing in the morning can shape your whole day of eating. If you’re not much of an eater in the morning, try a protein shake. Other options include: Greek yogurt, raw nuts, eggs, or a little almond butter or peanut butter on your wheat toast.

Healthy snacking is a good thing: I discovered I loved the chips and crackers…but that much of it was emotional eating. If you can try to eat mostly healthy snacks like fresh fruit, veggies with Hummus, nuts, string cheese, cottage cheese, you won’t feel depleted by the time you have a meal. The key again is a little protein throughout the day.

Introducing the Green Smoothie: The recipe is basically one cup of water, banana, frozen fruit of your choice, and 1-2 cups of spinach (put in blender in that order). Blend.

My sister asked me if you really needed a blender for this. Well, if you can mash together spinach leaves and frozen fruit, have at it. Maybe you have some magical powers. Otherwise, yes, this does require a blender. I recommend frozen fruit for icy coolness. You can try strawberries, blueberries, peaches, mango, grapes, oranges, pears…whatever you fancy. You can also use kale instead of spinach. And if you don’t frozen fruit, of course, you can use ice in a pinch.

Here it is…Ta Da!

Try the smoothie for breakfast or as a snack.
Try the smoothie for breakfast or as a snack.

Side note: The Green Smoothie will vary in color depending on what type of fruit you use. The smoothie can appear green or brown….but just don’t look it at it. It’s actually really nutritious and delicious.

Exercise and healthy eating is a win-win: Exercising made me want to eat better.Β  It has a kind of domino effect. On the other hand, I think it’s more difficult to eat healthy if you’re not exercising. Eating the right foods helped me get through these workouts.

Here fishy, fishy: Try to eat fish such as salmon, high in Omega-3s, a couple of days of week. I always felt more energetic after eating fish. You can also get Omega-3s from flaxseed added to your Green Smoothie or from a supplement.

Treat yourself: Reward yourself for your healthy eating with a little treat. A piece of chocolate cake or an ice cream? Whatever it may be, enjoy it guilt-free.

And, finally…

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Never leave home without your water. You never know…the zombies could be around the corner….it might come in handy for survival.

I’ve felt like I’ve had a lot more energy! Maybe even if you just take one thing away from this, you will you too. Peace out.

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30 thoughts on “I am a Superwoman Aglow with Liebster Love and Epic Awesomeness

  1. You are so wonderful, definitely a super-woman for us all! πŸ™‚ I’m dying to try your green smoothie! My roommate has been a smoothie machine lately, and you’ve inspired me as well. Happy Easter and have an awesome week, my dear!

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    1. Oh, it’s good to see you Whitney! Thank you. Let me know what you think about the green smoothie. I like pears…they sweeten it up a bit! Let me know what you think. I hope you had a nice Easter. You have an awesome week too!

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  2. Congratulations, you super-woman, you, and you’re most welcome. Reading your post almost makes me want to be healthier (of course I want to be healthier, but now I just have to act like it.) I will try to follow some of your tips. That shakes looks good, but it also looks like kiwi juice. I guess the banana would give it more taste than the spinach. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Epically Awesome Friend!! I’ve added a few ideas for the smoothie to my post…you can use kale instead of spinach, and then for fruits, basically anything. Even kiwi. I’ve never tried that one. I like pears because they’re really sweet or oranges. Yes, the banana does kind of overpower the spinach taste. You could always add ice if you didn’t have frozen fruit. Anyway…here’s to happy and healthy you. πŸ™‚

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      1. Over here, you can buy fresh fruit juice on the street for about $1.25. The usually kinds are strawberry, kiwi, pineapple, sometimes peach, depending on the season. They’re so good.

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  3. Kudos to you on these accomplishments. It’s funny but I have been stating for the past couple of weeks that I haven’t been getting enough protein and that I wanted to start having a protein shake in the morning for breakfast. Thanks for backing me up. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. That’s an excellent idea to try the protein shake in the morning. Having a little protein always gives me a great boost. Good luck with it! I find sometimes a reminder is all we really need.

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  4. Three cheers for Amy! Congratulations on placing in this health challenge. That is a HUGE accomplishment. Also, thanks for the tips. I am trying to eat more protein during this pregnancy. I find it helps curb my morning sickness. Although I’m fresh out of nuts so I need make a Trader Joe’s run! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yay, Anka! Thank you. I hope the protein helps your morning sickness. Oh, I don’t envy you. I like eating the nuts. They’re so simple and fill me up. I hope you can get stocked up soon and you’re feeling better, Miss.

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  5. Good healthy tips there superwoman! I don’t always like bananas in a smoothie, particularly one that has green stuff in it, it can kind of make it blobbly (yes, I’m pretty sure that’s a real word) and somehow bitter, but there isn’t really a good alternative if you don’t want a really watery smoothie is there, maybe avocado? Hmmm not sure if that would work.

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa! I understand your hesitation with the banana. Like you, I’ve never liked them in smoothies. It seems different with the spinach…maybe because the spinach is bitter. Anyway, you could try the avocado. Also, you can try kale instead of spinach. I have not tried that yet. You could skip the banana all together. You could do grapes, oranges, and pears combo with kale. I hope you try it. Let me know if you like it. It’s healthy anyway!!

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      1. I do love spinach so I’d probably try that first. Ages ago we used to have this green powder that you could put into smoothies that had algae and stuff in it and it really tasted bad, and banana made it worse – I think that’s what put me off bananas in smoothies, but I’m willing to try your version!

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  6. Oh, you know I’m loving this post. Congrats on the Superwomen Super Challenge win. You must be so proud of yourself! Boot camp workouts are tough, but they make you feel so strong and energized afterwards. And I agree–protein is a key player in fending off the hunger. Here’s to your good health!

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    1. Oh thanks, Carrie! I’m so happy I have the good doctor’s approval! I am proud of myself since I kept at it. Secretly, that’s the real reason I won probably. Others just gave up. But I figured I would continue on with this stuff no matter what so there was no giving up. You just take it one day at a time. I was amazed how much better I felt when I ate better. I love the boot camp! Thanks…here’s to your good health as well!

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  7. Congratulations, Amy!!!! This is just what I needed to read this morning! This motivates me like none other. I think I can get on board. Thanks for all the valuable information. I’ve made the green smoothie once before and really loved it. Adding flaxseed sounds like a good idea. It’s
    amazing how a few little tweaks can make a big difference. I don’t like the word diet either.

    Congratulations on your Liebster Award. I think we all know you’re epically awesome and to us you’re always a superwoman! Good for you!! You have a great blog and a winning way about you – it’s always a pleasure to come over here and read your posts.

    Enjoy your day, beautiful lady!! xoxo
    Lisa

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    1. You’re such a sweetheart, Lisa. I wanted to cry reading your comment. I hope you can try some of these things and they work for you. You’re absolutely right, just a few small things can make a world of difference! You go girl! I actually like the flaxseed in the smoothies. It gives it a little texture.

      I love all your warm, kind-hearted thoughts. Likewise, I enjoy you too, my blogging friend. It’s great to be a part of your circle. Thank you so much! Love, Amy xoxo

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  8. Congratulations, Amy πŸ˜€ Well done on the awards and the Superwomen Super Challenge! I’ve been working so hard on the RUC I’ve been feeling very hungry indeed! Hubby went fishing out at the Great Barrier Reef on the weekend and we now have a fridge full of fish! YUM – I love my Omega-3s πŸ˜€

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      1. It’s coming along slowly, Amy (but having said that the builders will be there today after their Easter break, so things might be looking better this afternoon – fingers crossed!) πŸ˜€

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  9. Congratulations on all the awesomeness, Amy! Very impressive! Of course, I wouldn’t expect any less from a superhero, of course! Hahaha… speaking of which, does an I.V. full of Coca-Cola count as ‘healthy living’?! I don’t know about fish, but there’s got to be some protein in that, right?! Er… something?!
    πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! Robert, no, a Coca-Cola I.V. does not count. Try again! How about some almond milk instead : ) Ha ha. Are you a coke drinker? I could never give up my coffee, I’ll admit! I love the stuff, can’t function without it. Like fish? You should give it a go.

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