From a Size 3x to Medium

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Christine Chipman
Lost 83 lbs. & over 30 inches!

What motivated you to join the Challenge?

I have always had weight issues for as long as I can remember and although I exercised, it was never enough to assist changes in my lifestyle as I always resorted back to wrong food choices. In 2014, I decided it was time to turn my health around. I realized it was time to put myself first.

Over a 2 year period, I lost 70 lbs., I felt great but needed something to really fuel my results. Around that time my friend, Maryellen, reached out to me about the Breakfast Pack. I liked the idea of accountability and the drive provided through the Challenge.Read More

This is Why We Love the Breakfast Pack

Rachel Ogg
Lost 26 lbs. on Breakfast Pack

“I struggled with my weight my entire life. Growing up, it took a huge emotional toll on my self-esteem and my social life. I never thought I could change. I never asked for help. I blamed my weight on my genetics. I realized I couldn’t go on like this when I started having health problems and hit my highest weight. I had to do something. But diets were quick fixes and only made me want to eat more. I hated exercising and avoided it at all costs.Read More

Cut Calories with 1 Simple Trick

Portrait of young happy smiling woman eating saladSuper-sized portions are everywhere – at restaurants, schools and in the grocery store aisles. This trend has certainly distorted the way most Americans view “normal” portions and contributed to the obesity epidemic (over two-thirds of the adult population in the U.S. is overweight or obese. scary, right?).

So whether your goal is to lose weight or simply to maintain, it’s important to control portion size and the calories you consume. In a recent study, researchers found a simple way to do just that.Read More

Rise & Shine

rise_shineEver heard the term ‘they woke up on the wrong side of the bed’?

The way our morning starts can have a surprisingly big impact on our attitude and feelings the rest of the day. Make it a point to be one of those people that woke up on the right side of the bed and start your morning with this workout that can brighten your day!Read More

The Latest on Resveratrol’s Blood Sugar Management Potential

girls_tre_picnicNew meta-analysis says that daily intake of resveratrol may improve glucose and insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition set out to quantitatively evaluate the effects of resveratrol on glucose control and insulin sensitivity.

Resveratrol is a polyphenol that has gained popularity because of its powerful health benefits. Resveratrol can be found in red wine and other antioxidant rich berries, and is even linked to the ‘French Paradox’ whereby the high-fat diet of the French has not led to a high incidence of heart disease and obesity because of a high level of wine consumption.Read More

5 Simple Ways to Find Time for Exercise

girl_plankingFirst of all, we don’t believe the excuse “I don’t have time to exercise”! What that statement is really saying is “I’m not making exercise a priority”. You shouldn’t need to wake up super early (because sleep is very important for both weight loss and recovery), or ignore your other responsibilities in order to make working out a priority, but rather just look to all of the short term and long term benefits for sustained motivation.Read More

A Must Read for Women of Any Age!

15671371_xlTo reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D) incorporate both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities into your routine! Aerobic exercise is physical activity that increases your breathing and heart rate- like power walking, jogging and swimming. Try resistance training and yoga as muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities to work your muscles.

A recent Harvard School of Public Health study found that muscle strengthening and conditioning activities are associated with a lower risk of T2D. The Harvard study followed nearly 100,000 women over eight years, and found that women who did more than 150 minutes a week of muscle strengthening or conditioning activity had a 40% lower risk of developing T2D than women who did no muscle work. In addition, women who did at least 150 minutes a week of aerobic exercise and 60 minutes a week of muscle-strengthening were a third as likely to develop T2D as inactive women.Read More