On the Road to Start Healthy

Hello again Start Healthy friends! It’s been a week since I embarked on my journey to Start Healthy, and I have never felt better. I’ve implemented a solid workout plan, and am really trying hard to stick to the meal plan that I’ve been using throughout the summer. In today’s post I want to talk to you about the types of workouts that I enjoy doing, and my goals for the next week.

When I think of a fitness goal I hate to think of it as a number on a scale. Creating goals influenced by what we think is “acceptable” because of what society says is just ignorant. To truly create a realistic goal we have to understand that every body type is unique. I can say that my goal is to look like Candice Swanepoel, a well-known Victoria’s Secret model, but that doesn’t make sense. Aside from the major factor that I will never be five feet and ten inches tall, I will also never look like her because that is not the type of body that I possess. My goal within these next couple of weeks is to accept my body for what it is, and try to make it the best version of itself that it can be rather than the best version of someone else’s body. Yes, losing weight does involve numbers and I would be lying if I said watching that number on the scale goes down does make me joyous. However, I’m more concerned about my body mass index, my fat percentage, and the way that I FEEL more so than an arbitrary number. If I feel good and am healthy, than why should any number have such power over me?

As far as exercise goes, I belong to a gym that I love. Besides an amazing array of exercise equipment available to its members it also offers a selection of interactive classes and other amenities. I love being in a class environment because I feel that being surrounded by others working to get in shape, and having a teacher there to really push me makes me work that much harder. The classes I go to are mainly lifting, tabata, or high cardio classes. It’s nice because none of them are ever more than 45 minutes, so I really have no excuse for not squeezing at least one into my day. Outside of those classes, I love to run, bike, and do yoga on my own. Without those three things I probably would not be able to keep my sanity. Cardio is such a good stress reliever, and really allows me to have a few moments to myself outside of my hectic life. I used to be a very avid runner before I went to college. Sometimes clocking upwards to ten or twelve miles a day. Unfortunately, I’ve strayed away from that over the past couple of years for a number of reasons, but one of my exercise goals outside of yoga on this journey is to get back into my running groove. The Start Healthy team is signed up for a couple of 5k races at the end of August and I’m really using those as a kick-start to get back on the running path.

This week my goals are going to be kept simple and attainable because I am heading out of town on Thursday for a week. The beautiful thing about yoga mats and sneakers is that they’re easy to take anywhere, so I really have no excuse to not keep up while I’m away. No days off, right? Sixty minutes of yoga a day, and a three-mile run are what I plan to squeeze in. However, I need your help. Hold me accountable to this goal while I’m away! Encouragement is always welcome, and highly encouraged. Let’s Start Healthy together.


Until next time, stay active, and start healthy!



Girl in Motion

beckyLet’s be realistic, we all lead very busy lives and it is challenging at times to take care of yourself by eating healthy and caring for your body. My life is no different, my name is Becky McElroy and I’m a girl in motion. My days are spent working behind my computer, designing marketing materials for our clients at 724 Factory (of which I’m a owner of). As well as raising 3 amazing girls who keep me running in multiple directions with their activities and schedules. Add to that busy schedule, my husband and I recently purchased another business that he is running, but my weekends and off-hours are spent helping him with our comic book store and all of it’s new adventures.

I have always been an active person and enjoy being physically active and am not a picky eater, so eating fruits and vegetables isn’t an issue for me. I like to workout and like to eat healthy foods – it’s the time and planning to do these that I find as my biggest challenge. I spent my youth and early 20s making sure I spent time in the gym, biking or running in my spare time. Enter the 30s and 40s… bringing my 3 girls into this world – I did my best to continue to try to find time to eat right and exercise, but age and having “little people” to care for, I have found I put everyone else’s needs first before taking care of myself.  I’m sure many mothers can relate. So, this is my journey to find the balance in caring for my family, running 2 businesses and taking the time for me and my health. As we age, many of us including myself start to gain those extra pounds. During my 3rd pregnancy I lost the ability to wear my wedding ring, since that time (she’s now 2 years old – eek) I haven’t been able to get my ring back on my finger. My goal with making healthy living a priority for myself as well as brining my family on this adventure is to be able to wear my wedding ring again (without going to the jewelry store to resize it -I’m stubborn that way).

I find one of my biggest challenges is planning and organizing a schedule to be active as well as planning healthy menu options for my family as we run here and there and everywhere. As I begin this journey to start healthy everyday I would love your support and encouragement and hope that maybe I can inspire someone else as well. I’m definitely bringing my children and husband along on this journey so I can be an example for our children so they establish healthy habits and continue those habits as they grow into adulthood.

My Journey to Start Healthy

AndreaHello fellow Start Healthy friends and followers! My name is Andrea Loudenback, and this is my journey to start healthy. I’ve always lived a pretty healthy lifestyle. I love working out and finding new ways to make meals healthy, fun, and exciting. However, with the hectic life that I lead between school and juggling three jobs, my health sometimes slips away from me. I’m really looking forward to using this challenge as a way to get healthy and stick to it. My ending goal is to one day gain my yoga instructors license, but for now I just want to get into the habit of doing yoga every day and becoming the best possible version of myself.

Now for a little bit more about myself. I’m twenty years old and will be starting my third year of college this fall. I spent my first two years of school at the University of Hawaii studying marine biology, but switched my major to animal science at the end of my sophomore year. I plan to spend the rest of my education at the University of Minnesota starting this year. I really enjoyed Hawaii, but decided it was time for a new scene.

My favorite past times outside of school include any type of activity outdoors. I love to bike, swim, run, hike, snowboard, surf, go to the beach, and do yoga. Anything that can be done outdoors is something you can catch me doing. Another huge part of my life is music. I’ve been playing piano since as long as I can remember, and it’s something that has really stuck with me throughout the years. Along with all of that there is nothing I really enjoy more than I good book and a cup of tea.

I would love to hear encouragement from all of you as I embark on this journey. Help hold me responsible for my goals! The best part about being involved with the Start Healthy Team is that we are all here for each other. So, I challenge you to come along with us on this journey. Create your own goals and share them with us. We are all in this together!



Turkey Sausage, Spinach Patty & Egg Whites On A Sweet Potato Pancake

Sweet Potato Pancakes (Flour Blend [Whole Wheat Flour, Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, )], Water, Mashed Sweet Potatoes [Sweet Potatoes, Citric Acid], Sugar, Dextrose, Evaporated Cane Juice, Soybean Oil, Baking Powder, Whole Eggs, Buttermilk, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Salt), Fully Cooked Turkey Breakfast Pattie with Spinach (Turkey Thigh, Chopped Spinach, Water, Sugar, Potato Starch, Sea Salt, Potassium Chloride, Spices, Magnesium Salts, Rosemary), Egg White Patty (Egg Whites, Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Natural Color (annatto))
Contains: Eggs, Milk

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Egg White & Gouda Cheese On A Sweet Potato Pancake

Sweet Potato Pancakes (Flour Blend [Whole Wheat Flour, Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, )], Water, Mashed Sweet Potatoes [Sweet Potatoes, Citric Acid], Sugar, Dextrose, Evaporated Cane Juice, Soybean Oil, Baking Powder, Whole Eggs, Buttermilk, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Salt), Egg White Patty (Egg Whites, Corn Starch, Xanthan Gum, Natural Color (annatto)), Gouda Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto (vegetable color), Natural Smoke Flavor)
Contains: Eggs, Milk

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