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#NourishWhatCounts ~ Since starting the Quaker Heart Health Challenge, earlier this month, I have lost 10 pounds by simply changing my diet and being more aware of my portion sizes and of what I am putting into my mouth. It sounds simple but it does take a little thought and preparation.

I have also started riding the recumbent bike several times a week. I can always feel a difference when I workout. I like to do it in the morning. It always helps me to start the day with a clear head and a little extra energy. Plus, when I get up and work out, I go through my day feeling like I accomplished something. It always makes me feel more self-confident to be proactive. Getting up and moving doesn’t have to be getting up anf running a marathon, it just needs to be doing something active, preferably fun.

heart health, #Nourishwhatcounts

#NourishWhatCounts: Your Body

Unfortunately, I have been really ill with walking pneumonia for the past week and have not been able to work out. I miss the endorphin rush but I know that being this ill, if I tried to ride the recumbent bike I’d probably pass out and most likely need a breathing treatment of some sort afterwards.

I’m human and I need to be able to have these setbacks and then resume my routine when I am healthy enough to do so. I think many of us get so focused on the end goal that we sometimes keep going when what we really need is a break. In the long run, it’s better for me to sit out a few days and get well than to make myself even more ill, resulting in an even greater loss of time.

#NourishWhatCounts: Your Mind

I’ve learned that to be truly healthy, it is not just about exercising or nourishing your body, you have to exercise your mind and nourish your soul, as well. By simply being aware of this fact, it has made the entire challenge more fulfilling.

If you want to get healthy, why not join me in the MapMyFitness Quaker Challenge. You deserve it.

February is National Heart Health month. Even if it’s only 5 more minutes a day, what extra step will you take to stay fit?

For your chance to win $750 complete these two steps:

1.Share the challenge with your friends
2.Tell us that you’ve invited your friends to join the challenge AND share the extra step you’ll take to stay fit below

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats Company. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

#NourishWhatCounts: Your Soul

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Healthy Heart

Healthy is as healthy does ~I am turning 40 in September. Go ahead, gasp in shock. I know you can’t believe that I am that old. I can hardly believe it myself. As many of you know, I have spent most of my life with severe body issues and eating disorders.

This year, I have decided that I need to face my fears and move passed them. I am embracing who I am and really trying to get healthy and learn to live in my skin. I am trying to learn to love my body and I want to live a long time to enjoy my life with my husband and children.

Body used to mean what I looked like physically. That was all it meant. I had a specific idea in mind that I needed to achieve and I would do so at all cost. I did so at great cost but I have daughters now.

Now, my body is what will carry me through their lifetime. My body needs to be healthy and strong so that I can be around to cry at their weddings, share in their accomplishments, be in awe of their miracles. I want to be there for all of it, more than anything else in this world.

Healthy Mind

I have decided to join the Map My Fitness Quaker Heart Health Challenge, to ensure that I am healthy and happy for many years to come; to enjoy my marriage and my children. I want to be around to enjoy the life we’ve built. The life we planned for. The life we deserve.

The challenge is to simply complete 15 workouts in 30 days. it doesn’t have to be extreme , you only need to commit to getting up and moving. I am eating healthier and committing to riding my recumbent bike for 45 minutes four times a week over the next 30 days.

What can you do to get healthier in the next 30 days? Won’t you join me?

Joining the Map My Fitness Quaker Heart Health Challenge is my first step towards becoming a healthier me. Now I’m curious to know, what motivates you to stay healthy?

For your chance to win $750 complete these two steps:

1.Share the Challenge with your friends
2.Tell us that you’ve invited your friends to join the Challenge AND share what motivates you to stay healthy below

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats Company. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules. Don’t we all deserve to be healthy?

Healthy Soul

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