Monday, July 4, 2011

Mamavation Monday - Summer Time

Because it was a holiday, I barely noticed it was Monday already...

Summertime is filled with long days, picking veggies and fruit, preserving as much as we can, and playing outside.

I hear a lot of complaints about how expensive it is to eat healthy, fresh foods. For me, this is the time of year that makes or breaks  us for the remainder of the year. It is all about planning.

Our family owns a produce farm, so I try to freeze, process and can as much as possible. Our favorites are peaches, tomatoes, corn and berries to pack away to be enjoyed in those colder months.

Look beyond the grocery store to your Farmer's Market or local farm stands and local farmers. You might be surprised at the savings and bounty you will find there.

My goal this week is to cook outside our usual food box... There will be more of the seasonal goodies now available. I have kale, broccoli, Summer leeks and zucchini as the stars this week. I have a new recipe for kale ravioli I am dying to try out. Stay tuned for that post. What are your seasonal favorites?

As for exercise? I am still struggling to get back into a routine. I am tempted to go back to my Mamavation workout schedule, but am not sure it provides the balance I need in my life as a whole. I have several new DVDs to try out, but am looking for something to really grab my interest. Any suggestions?

And for my scale pic update...

Well, after a weekend of parties, fun and little sweating... it is creeping back up. I am not in panic mode because I know what is needed to get back down to my goal of 150 lbs this year.

A big congratulations to all the Mamavation Mom Finalists. I am so proud of everyone who applied! Yeah, it takes a lot of guts and humility to put it all out there. I hope to see every applicant rock the Move it & Lose it Challenge. And I hope to see many of you following the Grunt Style Challenge. I am so excited for that one to begin.

I know this post is short, but the weekend came and went and I am ready to dive straight into the new week!
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