Heather Eng

Tiffany, Week #21: Can We Have It All?

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I say YES! In this game of weight loss and living a healthy life, getting to the gym and making low-cal meals takes time. Time away from your significant other, children, housework and extended family. How do I manage all that is on my plate and still have time to work out and be healthy? In a word…Partnership.

Andy and I have partnered with one another and have unwavering support for the other in this journey. Not just with in the Family Circle challenge but in life. We realize what we have to lead and its good for Anna and Jack to see us make time to do all that we have to and maintain good health and loss the excess energy.

Weight loss success also takes commitment. You have to be so committed to your goals and really stop and think how is this going to help me in reaching the end result.

How are you willing to work on your partnerships and commitment to win at weight loss? Post a comment and tell me!


Tiffany, Week 20: What We Let Slip To Stay Fit

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I’ve blogged a lot about how much I love working out. Sweaty, intense, long sessions of weights and cardio. And I bet you’re thinking, “She has to be cutting corners somewhere. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Well, let me tell you the #1 place that I’m not cutting corners: What we eat. Yes, it’s tough finding time to put a healthy meal on the table and manage this. The solution: Planning. You have to plan. If you don’t have a meal plan you’ll slip. We don’t work out on Sundays so that’s the day that we will cook a lot in preparation for the coming week. We eat a lot of fresh fruit, eggs, chicken, salad, and turkey. We also love quinoa, which is a great meat substitute. We eat a lot of quinoa tacos. We always have chicken cooked up so we can put it in salads or make fajitas.

So what does slip? Housework. Our house is not as organized and clean as I’d like it. But I’ve gotten over it quickly and realize that it’s never going to go away. It will always be there waiting for us. The kids, our health, our lives, etc, could be gone in a moment. So we prioritize what is most important and the rest falls into place. Really we lead a great and busy life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope I’ve given you some tips on how you too can have it all. It might take time but stay persistent and it will fall into place.

What do you push to the side to make time for fitness? Post a comment and tell me!


Challenge Yourself: Get Healthy Today

Walking

This week, Peggy invited you to get healthy, too. She never expected to be chosen for the Healthy Family Challenge, but now that she is, she and her family have changed their eating habits, started exercising and lost weight.

You can do the same at home. Throughout the challenge, we’ve given you many ways to challenge yourself and eat better, drink more water, exercise and get more sleep. You can also use the tips from Elizabeth and Stephanie, our fabulous nutritionists.

If you haven’t been, check out the links and make a few small changes. You’ll see results soon–and be on your way to a happier, healthier life.

What motivated you to get healthy? Share in the comments below.


Challenge Yourself: Order Healthier Fast Food

KFC Smart Swap

This week, our Healthy Family Challenge nutritionists. Elizabeth and Stephanie, have shared a lot of advice for making healthier food choices on the go. This is so important when it comes to losing weight. You’re never going to eat every meal at home, so you need to choose better options when you’re grabbing a quick bite.

Often, we end up at fast food places. And while those menus include lots of calorie-laden choices, there are also better-for-you options. See what they are:

Smart Swaps: Healthy Fast-Food Choices

20 Healthy Fast-Food Meals

What’s your favorite healthy fast food meal? Share in the comments below.


Challenge Yourself: 5 Calorie-Burning Strengthening Moves

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In her post today, Tiffany noted that strength training is just as important as cardio when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape. The reason? As your muscles recover, you’ll continue to burn calories.

For best results, follow Tiffany’s lead and do both strength training and cardio in every workout. Here’s how to squeeze in five easy strengthening moves in just 10 minutes.

What’s your favorite strength/cardio combo? Share in the comments below.