Jenny's Top 5 Tips to Avoid Halloween Temptations

Halloween starts the beginning of the Holiday junk food season. Walking through the stores you just see dozens of different types of candy. Candy is just empty calories, void of any nutrients, and one snack size bar can pack a whopping 100 calories. I have to run a mile to burn 100 calories. Do I want to run an extra mile just for a piece of chocolate. No, I do not.  Losing and keeping off over 200 pounds is not easy, so what do I do to avoid the temptation of Halloween candy??

This is always a challenging time of year for me, but I have come up with some tricks to help me avoid the lure of binging on Halloween candy.

1. WAIT to buy the candy. Don't buy it as soon as it gets on the shelves. Wait until Halloween day. There is NO reason to buy candy before Halloween day. No reason at all...

2. Buy candy you HATE! If you have to buy candy for your trick or treaters buy candy that you don't like!! For me, I can't stand Candy Corn. If I had to buy candy for little ghouls and goblins, that's what I would buy. Candy Corn.

3. Get it out of the house!! I haven't bought Halloween candy in years. The days right after Halloween can be just as challenging as the days leading up to Halloween especially as a mom to 3 kids who go trick or treating so the kids and I have a deal. I allow them to eat what they want while we are out walking and collecting. Then we come home, and that's the candy that we pass out to the kids that ring our doorbell. That's right. We re-gift our candy. Tongue Out Anything that is left gets donated to Treats for the Troops on November 1st.

4. Enjoy Halloween parties for the atmosphere, NOT the food. Attending Halloween parties often means that there will be unhealthy food choices. Try to focus more on the festive aspect of Halloween, the fun costumes, the scary decor! And ALWAYS bring a "safe dish" that you know will help keep you on track.

5. Wear a cute costume.  Wearing a body fitting costume can help you to remember your goals and remind you NOT TO INDULGE!! Make sure it's a costume that makes you feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to stay on plan.

And there you have top 5 tips to avoid Halloween Temptations!

What do you do to avoid Halloween temptations?



There has been a blog post floating around Facebook this week, and my CrossFit En Fuego coach posted it last night and even though I had already read it, I took a deeper look at it, and at myself.

Since starting CrossFit, I haven't been to any other box. When we went on vacation, I thought I might be able to visit a box in Asheville, but I didn't. I did some traveling WOD's instead and of course, lots of hiking.

Like the woman who writes the blog Fat CrossFitter, I am larger than your average gym rat. I have a lot of extra skin that makes me look bigger than I am. People might not even be able to look at me and know that I workout as much as I do, and that I eat a clean diet. Of course the people that I workout with on a daily basis and my real life friends and family know that I am strong, fit, and committed, but would a group of strangers be able to tell how hard I work??

I decided that I would conduct my own social experiment. Was I real crossfitter? Could I do a WOD at a different box??

I contacted another local box CrossFit14 through Facebook and asked if I could come and take a class on Wednesday. They said yes, of course, they 'd love to have me, and we left it at that. They had no idea who I was, what I've been through, and what I do on a daily basis.

It was a bit eerie dropping in on another box. The box owner (sorry, didn't get your name!) didn't look up at me as she passed me the paperwork and said "have you ever done CrossFit before?" and then she glanced up at me, and said "oh of course you have, I love your shirt."  Tongue Out Haha! I had worn my butterfly tee from Life as Rx. I guess if I do this experiment again I'll have to make sure to NOT wear CrossFit clothing.

I went to take a look at the white board and noticed that we'd be doing a Hero WOD: Wood.

Wood is named after Australian Army Sergeant Brett Wood, 32, of Ferntree Gully, Victoria. He was assigned to the 2nd Commando Regiment, based in Sydney, New South Wales, and he died on May 23, 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, after insurgents attacked him with an improvised explosive device. I'm not sure of the 400/10/10/10 but I'm sure that they mean something.

I decided that I would do the "fitness" option of this WOD, and instead of running, I would row. I really hate running. I had just done burpee box jumps yesterday, and on Saturday I did Sumo High Pulls at the Diablo Games, so I was feeling pretty confident.

We did our group warm-up and then set up our stations. We had to work in pairs with one person starting at a different point than the other so that there would be enough space for everyone. My friend Larisa works out at CF14, and she was also going to do the fitness WOD so we decided to work out together.

Hero WOD's are never easy and then to be out of my own environment, I was a bit freaked out. Could I do it? Would I finish? Would I make a total and complete ass of myself and fail miserably?  But I pushed all those thoughts out of my mind and instead heard the voices of all my En Fuego coaches in my head reminding me to pull my shoulders back, drop my butt down, get those knees out the way, and I did a few quick thrusters just to try out the weight. I didn't realize someone was watching me. As I set the bar down this man comes up to me (turns out he is a CF14 coach) and says "wow, your form is really great, where are you visiting us from?" I thanked him for the kind words and told him that I was local, just in for a visit.

So now I had 2 CF14 coaches recognize that I was a CrossFitter. One from my outfit, another from my form. My confidence was building. And 3, 2, 1, GO!

I started off on the rower. I was surprised that they didn't ask me to row further than 400m, but you know what...I did anyway. Wink I did a 500m row, because that's what Coach Pete would have had me do (or he might have told me to "suck it up" and run Tongue Out) And I wasn't about to sandbag it just because I wasn't at my normal box.

So I went for it. And when I put my name on the board I realized I had finished FIRST.

In retrospect, I could have gone heavier on the thrusters and sumo high pulls, but whatever. I didn't even know where they kept their weights at and I was working with a partner so I couldn't have added weight on the bar without messing up her WOD. But I kept moving, and moving fast. I did take the FULL one minute recovery (a 50 burpee penalty was threatened if anyone was caught not taking the rest break) between sets. My heart rate max hit 97% and I burned 514 calories.

I ran some errands, came home and had this message from CrossFit 14:

"Hi Jenny, thanks for dropping in at our box this morning, we appreciate you pushing through the Hero WOD with us. You did great and your form was excellent! You are welcome to come back anytime."

I still hadn't told them exactly who I was but I replied with this: "Thank you! I love Hero WODs!!  Thanks again for allowing me to visit. I'll be doing a blog post shortly and can forward you the post when I'm finished. I blog here:"

Again, I still haven't told them that I workout.

They reply with this:
"WOW! Congratulations on your 212 lbs. weight loss, that's incredible! I had no idea you've lost that much weight, you move very well like a seasoned CrossFitter and kudos to your En Fuego Coaches because your form is excellent. Your story is very inspiring and I love that you are blogging about your journey because there are so many others out there who are struggling and probably terrified to try CrossFit. I'm sure you've inspired many people to take control of their health, fitness, and nutrition and congratulations on your success."


I woke up this morning wondering if was a REAL Crossfitter. Could I do a WOD outside my comfort zone??  Now I have NO doubt. I AM A CROSSFITTER!!

Thanks again to CrossFit 14 for allowing me to workout with you today, and many many many thanks to my amazing En Fuego coaches who have taught me so much!



Giveaway! Purtian's Pride Halloween Survival Kit!!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Halloween Survival Kit from Puritan's Pride and one to giveaway to a reader!

This Halloween Survival Kit from Puritan’s Pride will definitely come in handy this Fall. I gave the Green Coffee Bean extract to a friend since I'm caffeine free, and have been taking the cinnamon and probiotics on a daily basis!

What's included??

Cinnamon, Stevia, Green Coffee Bean Extract, probiotics, and honey ginger.


What are some of the known health benefits of Cinnamon? This ancient herb has been referenced in Oriental scripts dating back thousands of years.  Cinnamon helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within a normal range and contributes to healthy circulation and heart function.


What is Stevia and what are some of its uses?  Stevia is a great tasting herb which contains no sugar, preservatives or artificial flavors. Stevia  has zero calories. Stevia contains a phytochemical called rebaudioside, which accounts for its unique properties. It’s great to mix into your favorite hot or cold beverages Stevia is gaining a reputation among herb-lovers and cooking enthusiasts alike! Also known as “sweetleaf.”


What can Green Coffee Bean Extract help with? Green Coffee Bean contains antioxidant properties.* Puritan’s Pride Green Coffee Bean Extract contains 400mg in one rapid release capsule. This dietary supplement is standardized to contain 45% Chlorogenic Acids.


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