Food Journal Challenge

Keep the Fire Burning-The 5 Day Food Journal Challenge is Almost Over! Finish STRONG!

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It's Day 4 of the Food Journal Challenge! We've been so energized by the responses we have received thus far, and we are excited to see what the rest of June will have in store for us! We are stronger together ladies! Remember that it's never too late to start changing your life for the better- start the My Fitness Pal Food Journal Challenge today or and if you already started let's finish the week STRONG!

Two favorite truths to encourage you to give your best and never give up! 

James 1:2-4  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

James 1:12  “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

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Let's fill our mind with positive thoughts and inspiring goals and give our best for the remainder of June! Just because the food journal challenge will be over, doesn't mean you have to stop being accountable for your nutrition! Keep challenging yourself to journal your food daily!

We are so proud to have so many hardworking friends!

On Saturday, please email, text, or tell us that you completed the food journal challenge! You can email us at transfitathens@gmail.com. We will collect all the names of all our participants and then put all the names in a jar for a raffle for $100 credit towards sessions! We are so proud of each of you who have participated! Keep up the hard work! You are living transformed!

This week we are offering YOU a SPECIAL SUMMER deal on all inspirational merchandise!  Today through Thursday, June 21, you can use our code SIZZLE for 20% off all merchandise, in-store and on our Etsy pageYou can use this code at checkout to receive your discount! 

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If you need any help planning meals, remember that we have a week meal plan on our website FOR FREE! You can also email us to schedule an appointment to meet with our registered dietitian! Check out our website HERE for a nutrition package that fits your needs! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at transfitathens@gmail.com. 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

Join Us For The Food Journal Challenge! One Week of Food Journaling Accountability To Transform You!

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Sweet friends!

This week we want to challenge you to a week of accountability with your nutrition! We are challenging each of YOU to a 5-day Food Journal Challenge! Take this challenge with us and submit your journal at the end of the 5 days and be entered in to WIN $100 CREDIT toward sessions! Check out the details below!

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What is the challenge?

Keep a food journal starting Monday and going through Friday, 5 DAYS! Download the MyFitnessPal app and log your food, outlining the details of your meals and snacks throughout the day.

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Why take the challenge?

Using a food journal is the number one way you can take control of your healthy lifestyle. Everyone struggles with what we put in our mouths and self-awareness helps us to realize what food and beverages we are actually fueling our body with daily. Journaling is an amazing tool for weight loss, assessing a food intolerance, or to treat a deficiency.  We have seen the MOST effective results with our nutrition clients who have kept a food journal and showed it to us weekly! The week of accountability is one important key to unlock your success in reaching your personal goals. You can live anywhere and take this challenge. If you have time to whine about your body, you have time to write down what you ate during the day. No excuses, friends, you CAN DO this challenge! You bite it, you write it!  We are here for you and will be your partner in this journey! Let’s do it – start today, be honest, and you will see results!

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5 Helpful Tips to Get Started on the Food Journal Challenge!

  1. Download the MyFitnessPal app and create an account! You can also do a handwritten food journal if you don't care for the app.
  2. Commit to doing the food journal every day for 5 days.
  3. Write down 3 goals for the week right now, and tell someone else out loud your goals!
  4. Be honest! We are not judging you on what you eat- the challenge is for you to become a healthier person and by journaling, you will gain a greater awareness of what you are eating daily!
  5. Clean out the pantry and refrigerator.  Start the week off right; any food or beverages that are tempting to you- TOSS! You don’t need it and neither does your family! Start the week fresh with a clean refrigerator and pantry so that you can restock with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. YES, YOU CAN! 
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We believe in YOU! You CAN commit to 5 days of food journaling! We want to provide you accountability! Encourage one another to take the challenge and share your food journals with one another. Accountability is a key to your success! Let's do it, ladies! 

Reminder! We have a FREE meal plan and recipes on our website under the Healthy Living tab of the website! Also, if you're on vacation check out our workout videos on YOUTUBE

Email us at transfitathens@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to schedule a 1-1 with one of our Personal Trainers or Nutrition Consultants to help you reach your health goals! We are here to serve you! 

Blessings, 

Team TransFit

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Holiday Extravaganza Countdown & 3 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes!

Sweet friends! We are getting so close to the start of our Holiday Extravaganza Challenge! Can you believe it?? If you haven't yet- email me to set up a weigh-in appointment and join in on the party!! Email me at transfitathens@gmail.com.

If you are unsure- check out the results from last year here! AMAZING! Collectively, the participants lost 116 pounds!!!  To put that in perspective, 116 pounds of fat equates to roughly 738 Big Macs, 2,900 cans of Coke, or 3,867 bananas! Check out the winner from last year! Please read her story in the above link. 

First prize wins the cash in the bucket!!! 2nd prize will be an entire outfit donated by Lulu Lemon Athens that you can pick out! 3rd & 4th prize will be some awesome gift baskets with donated items from local businesses! Super great prizes!! But the best prize - that you are feeling amazing January 1st 2016! 

I am hearing so many great stories from you about the success you have had with your Food Journal Challenge this week which is GREAT practice for holding yourself accountable as you prepare for the holidays! You have a few days left- keep up the great work and email us photos of your journal (written or MyFitnessPal), we would LOVE to encourage you and praise you for your hard work! 

As we look ahead to next week starting the challenge, we must start to think about the holiday season and what all it is going to hold. If you are like me, you've already begun to think about all the dishes you will have to prepare, events you will be going to and the full (yet wonderful!) schedule the next few weeks hold. Amidst all of this we have to stay focused on our goals and be diligent even through the holidays! Our client spotlight Tina Carpenter said in her article "Just live, learn and laugh along the way…and enjoy your life as you strive each day to be your best. If you are misguided or if you make mistakes, shake it off and get back on your bath to being the best you can be!" That is the mindset I encourage us all to have this season! There will be times when we will have a treat that maybe we didn't plan for or a day when we will miss a workout- BUT what is important is that you do not allow that to completely take your eyes off of your goals and your progress. If you put that small slip behind you but get right back on track, you will find that you are even better than before!! Patience and perseverance will be the name of the game!! 

 

September Food Journal Results and The October Squat Showdown!

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September was a great month for TransFit and I'm so proud of everyone that joined me in the food journal challenge! I received so many updates from friends saying that once they started tracking their food, they started making some changes in their diets for the better!

This month's winners were:

  • Colleen Pruitt- winner of the Nutrition Consulting Session
  • Luci & Mac Furlow- winners of the $50 EarthFare gift card
  • Pam Adams- winner of $25 off her TransFit training sessions

Awesome job to everyone else who completed or tried the challenge! Alison Norris, Katie Woodall, Lauren McElhannon, Velena Vego, Lacy Sinkwich, Nancy  Deleski, Yvette Jackson, Judy Talton, Leslie Dorris. Katie Collins, & Kim Pittard- you all did amazing and I'm so proud of your hard work!

Now October is here and it's time for a new challenge! This month I wanted to focus on building strong legs, especially for those of you training for half or full marathons or 5k's. The October Squat Showdown is all about building a strong base through different squats and lunges so that we can be healthy and ready to tackle any challenges ahead.

Each week will have a different activity. You will do this activity every day for the week to really feel the burn and strengthen your muscles. The good news is every activity is simple and should only take a few minutes to add into your routine! Do some squats while folding laundry or do your lunges while cooking dinner. By the end of the month you will realize how easy it is to add some exercise into your daily routine. If you want an extra challenge, add in a few more squats or lunges each day!

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Click on the calendar above to download a copy of this month's challenge and prepare to work those legs!

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FALL HARVEST APPLE SALAD

 PREP TIME: 5 mins

 Light, healthy and packed full of fiber and protein, this apple harvest salad is perfect for lunch or dinner. Fall has never tasted so fresh!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 c. lightly packed spinach
  • ¼ cup Quinoa or Farro
  • ½  cup cooked (but not mushy) sweet potato
  • 1 small or medium apple, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 3 tbsp. chopped walnuts or cashews
  • 1 tbsp Goat Cheese

For the vinaigrette:

  • 1 tsp. minced shallot
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fig preserves or maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add greens to a large dinner plate or salad bowl. Top with the cooked (and cooled) quinoa, apple chunks, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and walnuts.
  2. To make the vinaigrette, combine the shallot and vinegar in a small mixing bowl, whisk to combine. Slowly add the olive oil by pouring in a steady stream, whisking vigorously until emulsified. Drizzle the salad with the dressing and serve immediately.

If you plan on making this salad for dinner, try adding slices of chicken or if you're vegetarian try adding cubes of roasted butternut squash or sweet potato. Enjoy and please email me if you have any questions!

Blessings,

Caroline

Finishing the Food Journal Challenge Strong!

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The end of September is almost here, and that means the Food Journal Challenge will soon be over. I've been so energized by the responses I've received thus far, and I can't wait to see what the rest of September will have in store for us! To all those who have submitted their log to me every week -keep up the good work! To those who missed a week or decided to start the challenge late -remember that it's never too late to start changing your life for the better!

"Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy, think on such things." Philippians 4:8

Let's fill our mind with positive thoughts and inspiring goals for the remainder of September! You can download my food journal template below to help keep track of all the amazing work you are doing. I am so proud to have so many hardworking clients and friends!

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If you need any help planning meals, remember that I just started offering a weekly meal planning service. For just $10 per week, I will send you a  pdf meal plan for the week including every meal and snack recipe you need for a well-balanced diet! I can also customize these plans based on vegetarian needs or other dietary restrictions. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at transfitathens@gmail.com and if you'd like to purchase this service you can do so by clicking the PayPal button below.

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And just in time for football season, here is a quick and easy recipe I love to bring to tailgate. Serve it with carrot chips for an extra serving of veggies or serve it with homemade pita chips or tortilla chips. Yum! 

Cowboy Caviar

Photo by: Norman Plate

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Hot sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 firm-ripe avocado
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black-eyed peas or black beans
  • 1 can (11 oz.) corn kernels
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 pound Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix vinegar, hot sauce, oil, garlic, salt & pepper. Peel, pit, and cut avocado into 1/2-inch cubes. Add to vinegar mixture and mix gently to coat.

2. Drain and rinse peas and corn. Add peas, corn, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes to avocado; mix gently to coat. Add salt to taste.

Blessings,

Caroline

September Food Journal Challenge is Back!

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Last year many TransFit clients and friends were very successful and had real results in just ONE month taking the Food Journal Challenge! I want YOU to do the food journal challenge again (or for the first time) this September!

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What do I have to do?

Keep a food journal for 4 weeks in September! The journal can be an app (my fitness pal is great) or a written journal outlining the details of your meals and snacks throughout the day.

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Why take the challenge?

Using a food journal is the number one way you can take control of your healthy lifestyle. Everyone struggles with what we put in our mouths and self-awareness helps us to realize what food and beverages we are actually fueling our body with daily. Journaling is an amazing tool for weight loss, assessing a food intolerance, or to treat a deficiency.  I have seen the MOST effective results with my nutrition clients who have kept a food journal and showed it to me weekly! The weekly accountability is the key to success with the journal. You can live anywhere and take this challenge. If you have time to complain or whine about your body, you have time to write down what you ate during the day. You bite it, you write it!  I am here for you and I will be your partner in this journey! Let’s do it – start today and you will see results!

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Daily Food & Fitness Log Sample 

The Rules:

Email, Text, Facebook, Instagram me that you are taking the September Food Journal Challenge and you will be entered in for a drawing to a win a $50 gift card to EarthFare and 1 free TransFit Nutritional Counseling Session (value $75). To be eligible you must text, email, or bring me a copy your food journal by Sunday for each of the next 4 weeks in September (the first week ends September 7th). Contest ends September 30th and whoever fills out their journal (honestly) weekly and sends it to me weekly (for 4 weeks) will be entered to WIN the PRIZE!  The biggest prize is that you will feel better knowing what you are putting in your body!

5 Helpful Tips to Get Started with the September 2014 

Food Journal Challenge!

  1. Find a journal or app (Lose it, My Fitness Pal, Fitbit) that you like and will use weekly.(I use a small notebook that fits in my purse.) Here is a good guide for your journal:
  2. Commit to writing in the journal everyday.
  3. Write down yourgoals for the month of September on the first page!
  4. Be honest! I am not judging you on what you eat- the challenge is for you to become a healthier person and to teach you a greater awareness of what you are eating daily!
  5. Clean out the pantry and refrigerator.  Start your month off right; any food or beverages that are tempting to you- TOSS! You don’t need it and neither does your family! Start this month fresh with a clean refrigerator and pantry so that you can restock with fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

We are all too busy, too hectic, or too unorganized but let's challenge ourselves this month!  Start your September off right!  

Proverbs 21:5 reminds us that, “Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry puts you further behind”.