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.  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.