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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Little Black Dress Challenge


The Little Black Dress Challenge

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner? Yeah, neither can we! Most people tend to slip away from their goals this time of year but we don't want that to happen to you! A 4 week challenge is a great way to stay on track plus you will have the opportunity to win a $50 gift card plus bragging rights! It's only 4 weeks - you can do anything for 4 weeks. You will be absolutely amazed at your progress. Put your excuses to the side, pull out the LBD that you want to wear and hang it up for motivation. EXTRA BONUS: Find out how to get our FREE HIIT eBook at the bottom. :-)

What is the 4 Week Shred?
Not for the faint of heart, this program was designed as a more advanced workout, preferably done after completing the She Sweats 12-Week Transformation or the She Sweats 12-week Run Builder. Focused on strength training and HIIT in a circuit-based workout, the four weeks are structured to optimally shed fat and help retain the muscle you have worked so hard to build. (NOTE: This is NOT a beginner program and is NOT meant to be completed year-round.)

Not Quite Ready for the Extreme? No problem. You can choose any of our other workout plans and complete 4 weeks of it and send in your pictures the same way!

How It Works:
  1. Grab a copy of our She Sweats Extreme 4-Week Shred (gym version, home version or a combination of both - they are interchangeable.) or any other She Sweats workout plan by November 1, 2014. You must have your own copy to enter. It is illegal to distribute copies of this workout.
  2. Take your "before" picture with a date stamp or holding a newspaper. You can take your before picture in workout attire or even that LBD that you want to wear to your big event.
  3. Complete the 4-Week Shred.
  4. Take your "after" pictures the same way you took your "before" pictures.
Read about the workout plans and start the challenge here.

How You Win:
Email your "before" and "after" pictures to thegang@heandsheeatclean.com with the subject line She Sweats Extreme Challenge. All pictures are due by November 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced by December 1, 2014.

What You Win:
Bragging rights and a $50 gift card! Oh, and staying fit and healthy through the holidays!

The Motivation:
We have a She Sweats Facebook page and a She Sweats Facebook group for you! Do you have a blog? Are you on social media? We would LOVE to see you updating about your journey! Please email us at thegang@heandsheeatclean.com if you plan to blog about it so we can follow along! You DO NOT have to have a blog but if you do post on social media be sure to tag us AND use the hashtags #heandsheeatclean and #shesweats.

Connect with us!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How do you Measure Your Best?


People always tell you to do your best - your parents said it, your teachers said it, your friends said it. We tell our friends and our children. It's encouraging, right? But how do you know when we are really doing our best?

Here's the thing: We are often our worst enemy. We try our hardest only to measure that effort to our own standard and fall short of the outrageous standard we created for ourselves. That's when we fail or simply give up because trying to reach our bogus ideal isn't feasible. It's why diets often fail. It's why we stop exercising after one week because we just can't work to the point we think we should. 

It's why we don't reach a goal that we think is really important to us. We are, in fact, our worst enemy. 

So, how do we actually measure what our best is? It all starts with goal setting. We have written many posts on it (read here, here, here and here), but before you commit to a change in your life, take a moment to walk through the steps you will have to accomplish to make that change. Even if it's taking part in an event - it's a change from your norm. 

Mentally or Physically Map out the Steps to Meeting Your Ultimate Life Change/Task/Goal

Set Small Goals Pertaining to Each Step

Determine a Reward Structure to Reinforce Completion of Each or a Few Steps at a Time

Reach Your Ultimate Goal and Do your Best!

Tiffany

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Recipe Substitutions - Turn Almost Any Recipe into a Fall Treat!


We are embracing everything fall over here in Georgia - football games, pumpkins, beautiful leaves changing colors, some brisk air for outdoor activities, and the scents and foods that fall brings! I'm all about going into my favorite grocery store and taking in a nice, deep breath of cinnamon brooms and cinnamon pine cones.

I wanted to share my suggestions for making recipes substitutions in your favorite recipes to make them feel a little bit more like fall! Here's my take on turning almost any recipe into a fall treat. Substitute at your own risk, but for most recipes, we highly recommend!


Need some more ideas for recipe swaps and substitutions? Check these out:

Tiffany

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our Top 5 Crockpot Recipes!


It's the time of year when everyone wants to dust off the crockpot to make soups and chili! We do the same thing. Some of our favorite (and most popular) recipes are crockpot recipes! We wanted to share with you our top 5 most popular crockpot recipes (in order of popularity). Also, be sure to follow us on Pinterest - we just added a new fall board!


P.S. We have a {Revamped} Salsa Chicken recipe too!






Visit our Slow Cooker/Crockpot page for more recipes! Have some leftover chili? Make these easy Chili Smothered Baked Sweet Potatoes!

Which recipe is your favorite?

- Whitney

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Chili Smothered Baked Sweet Potatoes



So you made a pot of chili, but now the family isn't sure if they can eat chili more than one night this week, right? Well no problem! They (and you) don't have to feel like left-overs are drab! Make these Chili Smothered Baked Sweet Potatoes and they will be asking you to make chili just so they can have these babies!



Here's how you make them:
1. Grab your favorite chili recipes, or one of ours:
   - Chicken Chili
   - Low Carb Chicken Chili
   - Bison Chili
   - Southwest Style Bison Chili with Quinoa

2. Bake sweet potatoes in the oven (they are sweetest this way, but the microwave will work if you are in a pinch!). Here's a tutorial on the Restaurant Style Baked Sweet Potato.

3. Top your sweet potato with warm chili and add your favorite toppings. Some suggestions:
   - Organic Shredded Cheese
   - Chopped Green Onions or Chives
   - Dollop of Greek Yogurt (healthier alternative to Sour Cream)
   - Sliced Jalapenos

4. Enjoy!

Tiffany


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sweet Potato Fries with Blue Cheese Crumbles and Scallions


If you haven't heard already we kind of have an obsession with a small town in NC named Boone. We go there A LOT during all seasons for hiking and skiing...and for eating! We already shared our Honey Glazed Banana recipe that we re-created from a restaurant in Boone and we just re-created one of our favorite appetizers from a restaurant in Blowing Rock! These tasted identical to the ones we order without being fried! Give them a try and let us know what you think!


Sweet Potato Fries with Blue Cheese Crumbles and Scallions

Ingredients:
3 sweet potatoes
Olive oil
Scallions
Blue cheese crumbles
Sea salt
Pepper
Garlic powder



Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut sweet potatoes into fries (we use a gadget similar to this one).




3. Using an olive oil spritzer, spray the sweet potato fries until coated. Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake for 18 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and shake/flip the sweet potatoes and bake for another 18 minutes.
5. Once removed from oven, while potatoes are still hot, add blue cheese crumbles and scallions. This will allow for the blue cheese crumbles to partially melt.



Enjoy!


- Scott and Whitney