Adventures in Healthy Living + KINDAwesome Giveaway!

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When I set out to live a healthier lifestyle in 2014 I didn't make a fuss about it, I didn't make a post about it, and I didn't really have any confidence that it would actually happen. I've never been the type of person who could stay motivated to hit the gym or choose carrot sticks over chips & queso, but somewhere over the last year something changed because I'm suddenly really into staying active and making healthier choices. 

I believe in...

Finding time to move! Right now my goal is twice a week. I'm usually at Athleta Newbury for their free classes at least once a week, and then attending another class around Boston or running. This has worked well with my busy schedule and is an economical way of keeping in line with my goals. 

Fruits & Veggies! I love fruit so it's working in the veggies that has been a challenge for me. Pairing veggies with yummy sides like Laughing Cow cheese or tossing a handful of spinach into my smoothies has been the easiest way for me to snack smarter. I've also been hitting Pinterest for yummy dinner ideas. Last night I made these Zucchini Fritters for the second time (so yummy!).

Little Changes! Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing a plank during TV commercials, and drinking more water are all small changes that stack up to make a big difference in our lifestyles. I really believe it's the small changes that make difference and I am already feeling healthier, am generally more upbeat, and can actually walk up the escalators at Porter Square (the biggest series of escalators ever, seriously) without feeling like my legs are going to give out from under me. 

I don't believe in...

Depriving Myself. If I want a cheeseburger, I'm going to have a cheeseburger. If I'm attending a wonderful cocktails and cupcakes class, I'm going to have several cocktails and 4 cupcakes (more on that later!).

Counting Calories. I just try to make healthier decisions. Bringing my lunch instead of buying it at the food court, not eating blindly in front of the TV, serving myself smaller portions until I'm full, etc. 

Being Embarrassed. I tried Zumba for the first time at one of EventBrite and Athleta's SweatWorking events and boy did I look ridiculous, could not keep up, and couldn't even really see the instructor. Oh, and I was the only person who missed the Zumba memo and didn't wear sneakers. I was a little embarrassed but then I remembered that I was there to move and I was accomplishing my goals just by showing up. 

To celebrate my new adventure one of my favorite healthy snack makers KIND Snacks has generously provided me with a one month supply of their awesome snack bars to giveaway to one of my lucky readers! To enter use the Rafflecopter form below and leave a comment telling me what ! Winners will be announced Monday February 3rd! (Allergy Note: Most if not all flavors contain nuts)
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It's been almost a full month since I've set out to make better choices and I couldn't be more proud. I really thought I would fall off the wagon after a week and go running to Wendy's but I find myself craving sushi, greens, and Laughing Cow cheese more than anything. How are you doing at achieving your healthy goals? What are you doing to stay healthy and fit in 2014?

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