1 Million Step Challenge

Happy New Year!!

I ended up taking a week and a half off from writing over the holidays, but since I know you were all busy with fun of your own I’m sure you didn’t miss me. :)

Unlike other years I’ve decided not to post a list of goals for 2016. Why? I don’t know exactly. I guess what it boils down to is I don’t feel like it, simple as that.

I will share that in 2016 I don’t plan on running any distance races. I’m going to be sticking to 5k’s and maybe a 10k or two. I achieved a new half marathon PR last year and ran a few distance races which were fun, but this year I’m going to be more about strength and less about cardio. I originally started running distance to improve my lung strength (I have a soft spot on the top of my left lung), but if I’m being honest, all distance does is make my lungs fatigued and causes pain. I’m fine up until around 12-14k and then everything goes to pieces. So why now that I’ve gone through the training 5 times for a half and have seen no improvement in how much lung feels after the 12-14k mark I think it’s time to let that go for a while and focus on the shorter distances – which are my stronger area anyway.

That works as a pretty nice little segue for today’s topic – a one million step challenge!

In other years I’ve hosted DietBet games in January to help get us all back on track and lose those holiday pounds, but I’m really trying to move the focus from weight loss to health in general (since the later is the more important of the two in my book) so when I was contacted by HealthyWage about hosting a step challenge in January I thought it sounded like the perfect fit!

Being active, logging steps, and winning $$ Nope, you’re not dreaming. Sign up today! https://goo.gl/tBKdTY

Those of you who have participated in my DietBet games in the past – this works largely the same way but with a few differences. This particular challenge will last 100 days, and costs $100 USD to join (which you can pay in 3 monthly instalments). When you sign up you’ll be asked to create or join a team. Each team will consist of 2-9 players, and the goal is for your TEAM to average 1 million steps over 100 days. All the teams who achieve that average will win a share of the pot! Which means as long as your team averages 1 million steps you’ll get your $100 back plus more!

You can sign up by clicking here: https://www.healthywage.com/steps/suzi-fevens/

The challenge starts this Friday (January 8th), so you still have lots of time to dust off that fitbit/jawbone/pedometer and get registered.

Get a couple of your friends to join with you and make your own team and you are well on your way to winning cash and getting healthier!

Ready to get started?

Being active, logging steps, and winning $$ Nope, you’re not dreaming. Sign up today! https://goo.gl/tBKdTY

Join today! —> https://www.healthywage.com/steps/suzi-fevens/

Have a question? Leave me a comment below or email me at info@suzifevens.ca (you’ll probably get a faster response if you email me).

Disclosure: I have partnered with HealthyWage for this challenge and will be receiving a small commission of the pot. However, I am spending my own $100 to take the challenge

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Post-Christmas 5-Day Healthy Living Challenge

Hi everyone! I’m winding down into vacation mode over here for a few days, but before I go I wanted to let you all know I’ll be hosting the new 5-Day Healthy Living Challenge over on Facebook next week from Dec 27-31st!

Worried about weight gain over Christmas? Join my FREE 5-Day Healthy Living Challenge next round starts December 27th!

This is a new monthly challenge I started hosting last month, and it went over so well I’ve decided to make it a monthly thing! And let’s face it, this week and next are going to be the worst weeks of the whole year nutritionally speaking for most of us!

Worried about weight gain over Christmas? Join my FREE 5-Day Healthy Living Challenge next round starts December 27th!

How Does It Work?

To join the challenge you need to have a Facebook account, if you do all you need to do is request to be added to the closed challenge group. Then each day for 5 days I will post a daily challenge for nutrition, and one for exercise to help keep you (or get you) back on track. Because I firmly believe in enjoying the season, the daily challenges won’t prevent you from enjoying holiday fare, instead they will help you get some of the essential nutrients besides cookies and fudge in your system. 😉

What Do I Do?

Each day once you’ve completed the daily challenges comment on the challenge thread to let me know you did it, and at the end of the 5-days one person will win a free 30-day membership to my Team Spark online training group!

So don’t waste anytime, go get added to the Facebook group now, and then watch your newsfeed on Sunday for your first challenge!

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How Are You Going To #OwnIt in 2016?

How many times have you said something along the lines of, “I/We will finally _____________ when I lose these last few pounds.” Whether that blank is filled in with a dream vacation, family trip, updating your wardrobe, getting a new hair style, wear a bathing suit or any of the other million things we women want to do once we feel we look “good enough”.

How Are You Going To #OwnIt in 2016?

How many times have you turned down opportunity for fun memories that will last a lifetime because of your weight, the size of your dress size, or your perceived vision of yourself?

How many times have you vowed that next year would be the year, and then let your self-talk, talk you out of doing it?

Let’s break the cycle. Every time I see this Special K commercial I love it just a little bit more. The message is such an amazing – and empowering one.

So let’s make a deal. Let’s vow right here, right now, to #OwnIt in 2016. Who’s in?

Let’s tackle some of those dreams and goals that we have been letting our negative self-talk hold us back from doing. Because you know what?

Nobody else cares what our arms look like in a tank top. And when we look back at the pictures we took while visiting Rome/Australia/LA/where ever, it won’t matter what dress size we were wearing. What will matter is our memories of the trip.

Our kids (or nieces and nephews) just want us play with them at the beach, they don’t care if we are in a bathing suit or are wearing a tank top and shorts because that how we feel more comfortable. What they’ll remember is that you played.

The size of our pants has no bearing on how much we will enjoy San Francisco (though if you decide to walk those hills might make you come home in a pant size smaller!).

Let's Ditch our Doubt and Own It in 2016.

The Statue of Liberty will be every bit as cool to see as a size 4 as it will be as a size 18.

Let's Ditch our Doubt and Own It in 2016.

And finishing a 5k/10k/Half/Full/whatever will feel just as much as an accomplishment whether we are wearing $100 capri pants or $15  bottoms from the local department store.

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Letting life pass you by because of ear of how a certain part of your body looks is such a waste of opportunity. So here we are mid-December, at the start of what is typically a huge food-focused time of year. One which leaves many of us with a couple extra pounds come January 1st, and feeling a little disgusted with ourselves.

But what do you think would happen if instead of focusing on how much weight you need to lose, you started concentrating on what experiences you want to experience 2016 instead? Sure it’s important to re-focus to get back on track food and fitness wise in the new year, but once you have a handle on that, wouldn’t it be nice to start to think about all the things your want to experience this coming year?

Because in the end, we are the sum of our experiences, not our waist size. And I don’t know about you, but when I look back at my life I want to have had so many cool experiences that I don’t even know where to start when asked about the fun things I’ve done.

Let's Ditch our Doubt and Own It in 2016.

Let's Ditch our Doubt and Own It in 2016.

(from top left) At the Toronto Pan Am Games 2015; hanging out with my boyfriend Tigger; working out in a private class with Jillian Michaels; Dancing with the Rockette’s (I was the middle split!); meeting Bob Blumer; meeting & interviewing Ellie Black; with Canadian Fashion Icon Jeanne Becker; in San Fran with Team in Training after raising $4000; with Gina Grant at the Zumba Convention; performing on stage at ZIN Day Canada in front of thousands of Zumba Instructors.

And at every single one of the events from which the photos above were taken I was so self conscious about going because I didn’t think I looked the way a fitness instructor/blogger should look. I was certain people would judge me, would think I didn’t belong. I was afraid on almost every one of those trips because I was going out of my comfort zone and doing things I wouldn’t normally do, and many times travelling alone. But here I am, with all of those experience and memories in my mind and heart, and in the end how I looked during the trip has nothing to do with any of of my memories.

So please, join me in my mission to #OwnIt in 2016, and start focusing more on how many experiences you can collect next year versus how many experiences you can put off until you feel better about yourself.

NEW special K logoWhat is one experience you’d like to add to your collection in 2016? I’d love for you to share in the comments below!
 For me, I’m really hoping to go on a trip with my husband somewhere! Travelling for work is fun, but travelling alone gets old pretty fast!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Special K’s #OwnIt Campaign, for which I am an ambassador. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Blondie Bars

Everyone seems to have those few holiday specific recipes that they are known for, and that you will be in trouble by family members if you should show up for Christmas or Easter or whenever without. These blondie bars are so good they will undoubtably be considered a must-have my your family once they try them.

This Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Blondie Bars recipe is going to quickly become a Christmas favourite!

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If you have never had cookie butter before, it’s pretty much amazing-ness in a jar. For this recipe I used PC Speculoos Cookie Butter which taste like gingersnap cookies in a spreadable form. Truly, it’s a dangerous product. The type of product that nobody can find fault with you for swiping your finger in (as long as your finger is clean!).


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12 Days of Smoothies Recipes + A Giveaway

It’s a rare Sunday post because I have some awesome things to giveaway today! First of all, for any of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ll have seen my 12 Days of Smoothies posts these past two weeks. Well, it’s now the 13th so my 12 days are up, but the excitement is only just beginning for you!

12 Days of Smoothies, these holiday and Christmas inspired recipes will keep you feeling healthy and festive all December long!

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For starters, I’ve complied all of my 12 smoothie recipes into a downloadable PDF that you can save to your computer/phone/iPad/whatever by clicking here. I hope you enjoy any that you make, the eggnog, gingerbread cookie and strawberry macaroon smoothies were my favourites! The best thing about smoothies is that they are really quick to make, so you really have no reason to not eat well even during the busy holidays. Throw some ingredients in a blender and get going! I really love Vega One because not only is it a protein powder, it also has 6 servings of greens, 50% of your daily requirement of vitamins and minerals, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Antioxidants, Probiotics, and 7g of fibre/serving. Those are some pretty great stats for something you can drink in the car!

12 Days of Smoothies, these holiday and Christmas inspired recipes will keep you feeling healthy and festive all December long!

Giveaway

Because I love Vega so much, and because it’s the holidays, I’m super excited to be able to bring you a giveaway for a Vega One Prize Box valued at $100!

12 Days of Smoothies, these holiday and Christmas inspired recipes will keep you feeling healthy and festive all December long!

Includes a large tub of Vega One Vanilla, a box of Chocolate, some single samples and a Vega mason jar and shaker cup! The Vega mason jar is pretty amazing, I’ve received so many compliments on mine, and I love it for smoothies!

Giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US (no PO Boxes) and winner will be drawn using Random.org. Giveaway closes at 12:01am on Monday, December 21st, 2015.

To Enter: GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

Leave a comment below telling me your number one tip for eating healthy over the holidays and what holiday treat do you find it the most difficult to use moderation around? For me it’s those delicious little peanut butter balls/buckeyes/chestnuts/whatever you call them where you live. YUM.

Good luck everyone!!

Edited to add: A winner has been chosen – congratulations Brenda!!

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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Vega One. I reached out to them to see if they would work with me on this project because I honestly use their products every single day. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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