Giveaway, Healthy Holiday Reality Check and Links


Tick, tick, tick.  We interrupt your regularly scheduled holiday revelry for an important reality check.  When it’s all over you may have a regret or two. 

Finding Your FIt

Finding Your Fit

Or not.  Especially with a little help.  Like from a book like Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit by Kathleen Trotter. 

Compassionate Trainer???  I like the sound of that! And I have an extra copy to send to one lucky reader! 

What appealed to me about this book was its unusual focus.  Although it includes some sample exercise routines, the focus is more on motivation.  Things like:

  • Understand that you have power
  • Find opportunities to be positive
  • Reframe setbacks
  • Have a personal mantra prepared

Count me in!  I skimmed it now—and plan a full read before January 1.  Gonna start my New Year’s Resolutions positioned for success!  

Motivation is key to starting any healthy habit (and thankfully habit does eventually take over).  That’s why I do things like join a CSA (weekly box of veggies = eat more veggies).   Why a friend and I are “weight watching buddies” to make sure we aren’t gaining (ahem, much) weight over the holidays. And why I am excited to find more good advice in Finding Your Fit!

Outdoor fun adds to a Healthy Holiday Season

Outdoor fun adds to a Healthy Holiday Season

Looking for some more healthy tips? Check out: 

Happy (and healthy) Holidays!

And now the giveaway for one paperback copy of Finding Your Fit!  Sponsored by the publisher, it is open to US residents and closes December 18, at midnight CST.  To enter, leave a comment below telling me how you are trying to live healthier.  For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on Pinterest and leave a second comment below letting me know you are a follower. The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with mailing information or a new winner will be chosen.




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  1. I am trying to live a healthier life by exercising 5 days a week and eating more fruits and veggies!

  2. I am trying to drink more water and choose healthier options for lunch and dinner.

  3. I am following using @slossyshouse on Pinterest.

  4. Although I’d love to win, unfortunately I don’t qualify. Good luck with your resolution!

  5. I am trying to live healthier by being more physically active. I am walking mor each day and starting CrossFit workouts. I am trying to eat healthier meals by including more vegetables, fruits, healthy oils, high fiber foods.

  6. I’m trying to live healthier by exercising regularly. I’m eating healthier foods and I’ve reduced the amount of sugar intake.

  7. I clicked over to Pinterest and found that I’m already following you on Pinterest.

  8. I’m trying to exercise more.
    I lose my modivation fast though 🙁

  9. I am trying to live a healthier lifestyle by watching what I eat

  10. I follow you on pinterest under the username marinamathers

  11. I am trying to do a little exercise daily.

  12. Drink more water and less wine!

  13. My hubby & I are trying to get healthier this year by walking 2 miles after work each day. 🙂

  14. I have completely changed the way I eat in the last eight months. I plan all meals. Try to eat as little processed food as possible. Now to just add more exercise daily.

  15. it’s not easy, but I’m trying to drink less beer

  16. I am drinking water only, every once in a great while I will have a soda. Eating more veggies and fruits. And adding stretching to my daily routine. Walking with the kids when we can and walking my dog

  17. I’m trying to live healthier by eating more fruit!

  18. I am trying to cut down on my soda consumption

  19. I am trying not to stress about the little things.

  20. I have been drinking more water. I feel like my skin is benefiting from that.

  21. I follow on pinterest as dlw47.

  22. I am eating more organic, whole foods and exercising more often.

  23. I am drinking more water and meal planning.

  24. I am trying to eat cleaner and drink more water

  25. i’ve been trying to get out of the house every day, even if i just take a walk around the block!

  26. i follow you on pinterest @molliwins

  27. Follow you on pinterest @edyenicole

  28. i have been buying a bag of heads of romaine and a container of tomatoes, and having that in my work fridge for the week! every day, I bring something to put on the salad, maybe some grilled chicken from the night before, a hard-boiled egg, corn cut off the cob, or a can of tuna! it helps to keep it from getting old to me!

  29. I am living healthier by eating a salad every day.

  30. I’ve been slacking the last couple of months since things have been busy about getting to the gym. During that time I try to make sure that we’re at least getting meals at home and not grabbing quick things out on the road!

  31. I now follow you on Pinterest!

  32. I’m trying to drink and eat more.

  33. Am trying to exercise, cook healthily and go to bed a decent hour.

  34. Daily exercise and eating more fiber!

  35. Pingback: Thank you ‘Art of Living’ | Kathleen Trotter—Personal Trainer

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