Root Veggies You Should Eat More Of

Are You Eating Your Root Veggies?

Root vegetables are plant roots used as vegetables. Here “root” means any underground part of a plant. Root vegetables are generally storage organs, enlarged to store energy in the form of carbohydrates. They differ in the concentration and the balance between sugars, starches and other types of carbohydrate. Of particular economic importance are those with a high carbohydrate concentration in the form of starch.

For an entire list of root veggies visit HERE!

Root Veggies You Should Eat More Of:

  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Jicama
  • Beets
  • Celery Root (Celeriac)
  • Ginger
  • Radishes
  • Yams
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Sweet Potatoes

I’m MAD Excited for a #NoExcuses 2015

Lets Make 2015 the Year of #NoExcuses

I’m committed to 2015 – staying active, thinking positive and getting it done! If you want to #SweatPink with me (SPA – Sweat Pink Ambassador) and Fit Approach this year join the #NoExcuses Challenge!

It’s super easy, no rules, no difficult guidelines to follow, just challenge yourself every day to move and be active and share, share, share… Anyone can join in and share the prompt of the day (each Sunday there are new prompts) via social media and when you share everywhere you do don’t forget to use the hashtags #SweatPink and  #NoExcuses.

I’m MAD Excited for a #NoExcuses 2015

The challenge officially started yesterday, but it’s never too late to join and do some fun activities with your fit buddies like this MadLib everyone is doing to kick things off with some blogging fun for a chance to win awesome prizes from Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.

Want to join the fun? It’s easy, just…

  • Copy the MadLib below
  • Fill in the blanks (underlined) with your own answers
  • Tag 3 friends to share how they’ll make 2015 the year of #NoExcuses!

Lets do this!

  • Hey 2015, it’s me Suzana (nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name).
  • This year I would like to tone my body, run, and spend more time doing fun things with my kids.
  • It would also be super duper awesome if I also did take a vacation this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because life is short.
  • The thing I am looking forward to most this year is doing things with my family.
  • I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is coffee to help me get up, get moving (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.
  • Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is my hair and I have used it to get out of doing exercise and chores around the house (like vacuuming) on more than 100.000.000 (number) occasions.
  • I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to style my hair EVERY day.
  • Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still do my workouts.
  • I will stop blaming the everyone in the house [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the cookies when everyone knows it was really me.
  • My busy lifestyle and job [job, hair, car, husband, kids] are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my busy lifestyle and job [same as before] who’s boss this year and get my running [type of sweaty activity] on.
  • I know that running [type of workout] is better than sitting on the couch [noun].
  • I will reward myself by getting cute new workout clothes and shoes.
  • No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a hoodie (article of clothing) from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and smell free (adj) I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking half moon pose [yoga pose / workout move] in new Tie One On Leggings [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my core [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next long run [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.
  • Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my new workout clothes [article of clothing] will smell in my / during my gym time [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!


Tag, Tweet, shout-out, call, text, fax or email 3 friends to take this survey and share how they will have a #NoExcuses 2015. Remind your friends to simply fill in the underlined parts!

I’m tagging: Living Indigo Fit, Balance by Brittany, Heart Mom Fitness.


Use the #NoExcuses hashtag and post to win prizes from Augusta Active, ShowerPill,ActivMotion Bar,WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.

 2015 We’re Coming for You!!!

How to Make a Fitness – Weight Loss Chart

Make Your Own Fitness and Weight Loss Chart

Decide what you want to keep track of. For most people, weight loss is the best indicator of improved physical fitness. However, you can also chart your waist measurement, your biceps measurement, or your improving performance at exercises such as walking, running, or gym time.

Buy a blank poster board at an office supply store. This can be a thin, flexible sheet of cardboard or a rigid foam board. To make building the chart easier, buy a poster with a grid already on it. If you draw your own grid, make the squares large enough to allow you to write dates and other numbers beside and above them.

Begin at the top left, where the first vertical and horizontal lines meet (to track decreasing numbers such as weight or waist size). Draw a dot at this intersection and write the start date above it. To the left, write the number that indicates your weight, waist size or other measurement. (To track numbers that are increasing, start at the bottom left.)

Let each square across represent one week. Write a date in each across the top of the poster. Count the number of weeks you have to work with and determine what a safe and reasonable goal is for that number of weeks. For instance, a reasonable weight loss goal may be 2 pounds a week, so a chart that covers 20 weeks would show a weight loss goal of 40 pounds.

Move to the bottom right of the chart, where the last vertical and horizontal lines meet. Draw a dot at this intersection and write the goal weight or waist size below it. (To track numbers that are increasing, move to the top right.)

Count the number of horizontal lines between the top and bottom of the poster and divide your goal for the number of weeks represented on the chart by the number of horizontal lines. The result is the weight loss or measurement represented by each horizontal line. For example, if your chart will measure a 40-pound weight loss, and there are 20 horizontal lines, then each line represents a weight loss of about 2 pounds. Write the weight loss or measurement represented by each horizontal line at the left and right side of the chart.

Find something with a thin, straight edge and place it so it connects the two dots at the top left and bottom right of your chart. Draw a straight line between them. This line represents the progress you want to make toward your goal. You will mark your progress each week, as explained in Tip 2 below.

See if your weekly progress falls above or below the straight line you drew to represent your weekly goals. If it falls above this line, you need to make further changes to your diet or exercise routine. If it falls below this line, you are doing well and should continue with your current diet and exercise routine.

  • Tip 1: Remember to keep a journal of what you eat and your exercise sessions. If you aren’t meeting your fitness goals but can’t remember what you did last week, how will you know what to change?
  • Tip 2: Each week on the date written on your chart, weigh yourself or measure your waist. Find the corresponding number of the left or right of the chart and follow the line to the vertical line that represents the date. Draw a dot where the two lines intersect. (You may find that your weekly progress falls between two lines; adjust the dot accordingly.)
  • Tip 3: Make a new chart when you get to the last week of your current chart.
  • Tip 4: Use a calorie counter.

How to Stay Motivated in the New Year

Find the Motivation for the New Year and New You!

New Year is a perfect time to revisit your goals and get some new motivation to get you going. Check out these simple tips to stay motivated after the craziness of the holiday season.

How to Stay Motivated in the New Year

  • Confidence – The more you accomplish, the more you’ll believe in yourself.
  • Fit in Your Goal Dress or Jeans – You may already have this article of clothing hanging in the back of your closet, or you just saw it in the store… What ever it takes get motivated and do that extra mile and stay on track. Before you know it you will be wearing that perfect outfit.
  • Brake up the Week – Sometimes it feels like the week can take forever. Make simple, small goals and make the week go faster while reaching your goals.
  • Give Your Days a Healthy Purpose – Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Have a new workout, get moving, take a walk with friends, play with your kids.
  • Stay Motivated for Your Kids – Be healthy and motivated for your kids and your grandkids. The healthier you are, the longer you’ll be around to watch your kids grow. They’ll want you to be around as long as possible.
  • Stay Motivated for That “Wow” – “Wow, you look great!” By sticking with your goals, this can happen all you need to do is work on it.
  • Keep Gaining Experience – The more you do, the more you will learn and understand. You’ll discover which tactics work best for you and which ones don’t.
  • Motivate Others – By staying motivated you can motivate others too. Family, friends, your online buddies will see how well you are doing and be motivated to follow in your footsteps.

Share with us How do you stay motivated?

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Book of the Month: Revival

Revival By Stephen King

In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers.


Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.

Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Scribner – November 11, 2014 – 405 pages – $17.04

Meaningful Within Your Means (Part 3)

At SunTrust Bank Their Purpose is Lighting the Way to Financial Well Being

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust Bank. The opinions and text are all mine.

Happy New Year! What is your best holiday memory from this year? Learn any lessons? In hindsight, did you really need a new outfit for every party? A little too generous with the gift-giving?

The holiday hangover is among us and hopefully not driving your New Year’s resolutions.

For us personally this holiday season was pretty stress free thanks to planning and budgeting with SunTrust Bank. We were able to step back and leave behind the whole hustle and bustle and enjoy time with our kids, family and friends.

One thing we learned this year is, that it’s not about gifts, big parties and spending a lot of money, but about memories and traditions you create with those you love. We made sure our kids will remember the time we spent together far longer than the gifts received.

Now that holiday season is behind us it’s time to set our New Year’s resolutions. Goals we hope to reach this year. I don’t really set many goals or resolutions, for me I see it as improving on the lifestyle we already lead in our household.

  • I hope to involve our kids in more healthy activities, ones that don’t cost us money, but are fun and good for us.
  • Another goal I have for this year is for us to move to a larger house. Nothing too big, but with just enough room to accommodate the four of us, because the current one is more comfortable for two to three people.
  • We already eat healthy in our house, but I would like for us to keep doing that too when we are outside of our home as well.
  • And like many of you to save money!

To help us reach our goals we are using the SunTrust Bank’s Money Personality Quiz as a fun way to lead us in the right direction to better money habits in 2015.

What are your goals and resolutions for 2015?

Want to pay off debt this year? Save more money? Eat better? Exercise more? We tend to use the end result as the resolution when really; your resolutions should be changes to behaviors that will get you there.

For example:

Pay off debt? Resolution – set up an auto payment from every paycheck that day you get paid. The money is taken out right away before you even have a chance to realize it’s there. By setting up smaller auto payments vs. one payment on the due date you can save on interest and actually pay off quicker.

Save more money? We get it, saving is hard. Over 70% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Resolution – Find one thing to either eliminate or find savings in your budget. Can you eliminate premium channels from cable and save $30 a month? Have way more data than you need on your mobile plan? Cut that down and save $25 a month? Take whatever savings you can find, even if its $5 and set up a monthly auto transfer of that amount into your savings. TIP: Use Mobile/Online Banking? Remove your savings account from your accounts view so you are not staring at the money sitting there…tempting you. Out of sight, out of mind.

This year think a little differently. Share with us Do you have any tips to share that can lead to resolution success? For more ideas visit #holidaymeans!

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well being. They help you get organized, make a plan, and stay on track so you can get and stay in control of your finances. When you are confident about your money, you can save for your goals and splurge knowingly on what matters most to you.

What is your money personality?  Find out here

To find advice, tips, tools and motivation to start your new year click here

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SunTrust. The opinions and text are all mine.

Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) wrote this sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned company or their PR Representative. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.