FitStella: A Healthy Snack That Kids Can Make

It is summer and it is hot and as everyone knows FitStella is all about eating healthy food to grow big muscles (just ask her)!  So here is a recipe for kids to make that is a healthy and fun summertime snack that is FitStella Approved!

Step 1
Ask a grown-up to buy green, red, or concord grapes at the farmers' market or grocery store.

Step 2
Wash your own hands and then wash the grapes under cool water.

Step 3
Put the grapes in a plastic zip bag and place them in the freezer until they are frozen.
Step 4
Take them out of the freezer,
pop them in your mouth
and ENJOY!

FitTastic Fun with FitStella at Healthworks Fitness..."You're in Beantown, Stella!"

So much fun to have FitStella visiting me this week, all the way from Austin to Boston! 

As I mentioned August 1st, you can find out a little bit more about FitStella and her counter-part, FitStanley on MizFitOnline's site, but the original idea came from the worldwide Flat Stanley Project with MizFit's daughter.  From FlatStanley was born the idea of FitStanley... and (insert Marlon Brando montage here) everyone knows that Stanley goes hand-in-hand with Stella. *grin* (Yes, I'm doing the "Stelllahhhhh" yell as I write this!)

So tonight, I bring you a little preview of what the FitStella visit wrap up at week's end will hold...

FitStella and HealthyLoserGal
Hit the Gym!

Hey! Look who has been waiting
for me to get out of work!
Healthworks Fitness in Porter Square is really great..
FitStella agrees!

Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan/ HealthyLoserGal
& FitStella : )

Such a great quote for living a happy life!

Thanks to Attune Foods for posting this on Twitter this afternoon. So positive!

Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan / HealthyLoserGal

An Awesome August 1st in Pictures : ) PS: FitStella Arrives! (Woot!)

I've had a great on-plan day for the first day of the Awesome August Challenge... so great and so busy that I'm tired out and want to get to bed to get a good night's sleep to start it all again in the morning! : )

So tonight's post is a pictorial (kind of...) of Monday, August 1st... a day in the life of a healthy loser gal! *grin*

Breakfast looked something like the photo over there... 'cept it was plain yogurt and raspberries and blueberries. But the photo I took of breakfast is on my work laptop which is... unfortunately... in my office.

I made a turkey, avocado, tomato with dijon mustard sandwich for my lunch at home and brought it into the office... with a fresh, juicy peach.  Really delicious! :)

Did my food journal thruout the day!

After work I headed for my first workout at Healthworks in Porter Square to take advantage of the all club pass I won at FitBoston.  I really "got my sweat on" and was only there for 35-40 minutes working out.  More on Healthworks tomorrow night, but this is a photo of Danielle who oriented me to the great fitness club and spa yesterday.  She shared with me that she has lost 100 lbs and started at over 230 lbs.  Now she's toned and sculpted and just ran over 4.5 miles last week.  So very cool. 

Drove back home and was pretty tired out by this point, but - lo and behold!  What is this in my mailbox?! Ohhhh... woohooo.... Fit Stella has arrived in Lexington!   She and I are going to have an awesome week together.

What's that? Who or what is FitStella?  Well - short 'n sweet, you can read about her on MizFitOnline's site but you'll be seeing her plenty this week on the blog.  She's a world traveler... she's a health icon... a fitness guru.  And Stella and I have some sites to see, some healthy food to eat, some adventures in store.  Stay tuned!

Nearly 8:30pm by the time I'm out of the shower, flowers are watered and I'm ready to make my planned dinner.  Huge salad with balsamic dressing, skinless 4oz chicken, fat free Hood cottage cheese with a little salsa on both the chicken and cottage cheese - oh so delicious.  And a small (4oz) glass of Reisling.  Reward for staying on plan and a great day!

A pretty perfect day, all in all.  August really IS going to be awesome! : )

Dream... because we all need to believe we can do great things.
Believe... 'cause when you truly believe and work hard toward your dreams, great things begin to happen!
Achieve... you'll be amazed at all the goals you'll surpass, all the magical moments your life will hold!

Jan / HealthyLoserGal

Awesome August Challenge! Let's Go For It!

Last August I started monthly challenges on the blog and over the course of a year we have had 327 people (!!!) join into healthy challenges for weight loss or fitness or... like me, for both! :)  This month, I'm going back to the original challenge and hope you'll all join in!  I want to ROCK this month of August... I want to end it looking back and by us saying "I really gave this month my all... it truly has been AWESOME!" So who is with me?

Oh! and I'm still working on my Healthy Habit Challenge, too, believe me - - and so far so good - I'm planning my food and exercise and logging which is my goal for a new habit!

How did the summer come and go so quickly? I am determined to make every little second of August count for me - both for summer fun and fitness! When thinking about this earlier tonight I logged onto Twitter and posed the question "If I were to challenge you to an #AwesomeAugust for #fitness, would you join me? Maybe something like committing to exercise 24 of 31 days?" Well, within an hour or so, I had well over two dozen resounding "I'm IN!" replies! I was so shocked and happy! How totally cool are our Twitter friends and I am SURE some of you reading the blog will join in, too.

Sweaty, happy,
HealthyLoser :)
 So here is the idea... let's really commit to ourselves to make August count with our own personal fitness pledge. Of the 31 days of August, commit to yourself and to the #AwesomeAugust group that you will walk or exercise 24 of those days. It is really incredibly hot in some parts of the country so the rest days will be recovery days to use! : ) We can make the last month of the summer our best month of the summer and enter September proud of ourselves for the commitment we made and KEPT to ourselves!! You can post here on the blog or on Twitter when you've exercised or group the days together and post what you did for the week. If you're posting on Twitter, please use the #AwesomeAugust hashtag so we can find one another and support each other during the month!! It'll be fun! :)

If "you're in!" on the Awesome August Challenge and want to use the badge above or over on the right, simply right click on it and save it to your photo directory to add to your webpage or blog!

Happy first day of August, friends, and let's have an Awesome August!!

Dream. Believe. Achieve!
Jan / HealthyLoserGal