Update on the #MillionSteps Challenge: Juicing and Weight Loss

January 31, 2013

I didn’t officially make a ‘Resolution’ this year for weight loss – but rather a generalized sense of knowing that I need to change some things in order to be more healthy!

I explained in my last post that I am quickly becoming a Juicing ‘Convert’ and find myself craving the juice in the morning (battling my coffee cravings!). My favorite juicing recipe is one that I’ve adapted from a few of my favorites: I call it Pineapple Green Lemonade.

Pineapple Green Lemonade 3

Through my partnership with Best Buy on the Blogging Board – all of us bloggers were given a Cuisinart – Compact Juice Extractor and a Fitbit – Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale to pair with our Fitbit.  They challenged us to a Million Steps logged in the month of January between the nine of us!

Best Buy is excited to have the nine members of our Blogging Board participating in a Million Steps Challenge in January. These bloggers are using health and fitness products, found at Best Buy, to keep track of their steps during the month of January with the goal of hitting 1,000,000 steps together by February 1st. To see how they’re doing, follow @BestBuyWOLF or search #MillionSteps on Twitter. Make sure you post your steps, send them a word or encouragement, or grab a team of your own and see how many steps you can take in January. We’re starting out 2013 with a New Year’s Resolution to live healthy – please join us!

The Fitbit Aria Scale is a *very* effective motivating tool.  I know when I’m not doing well with my diet (eating a ton of junk food, not moving as much as I should, etc..) so when I go to step on the scale to see the damage: it’s not just ME that sees it.  It’s everyone that I have on my friends list.

I have it set so they don’t see my actual weight: but rather a graph. So it looks a little like this:

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The downside of this is that if I step on the scale fully clothed, mid-day: that records the heavier weight as opposed to yesterday morning when I just woke up.

As far as the juicer goes: I really enjoy having it. It’s very easy to take apart and clean.  The only complaint that I have is that the juice container that comes with the machine is slightly on the small side. It is a “compact” juicer – so that’s expected. I just use a larger container.

Cuisinart Juicer 2

I’ve been loving the juicing; and trying to juice as much as possible. It’s definitely a change in the way our fridge looks as well as the amount of time for us to get ready in the morning: but I feel the difference.

Click the photo to see Amy’s Pineapple Green Lemonade Recipe!

Green Lemonade 1a

The last week and a half has been hard for me: we’ve eaten out a lot – and I worked a lot; meaning I didn’t have much time to prepare juices. I feel it in my body; more bloated, and even a few extra pounds.  I’ve got to get back on track!

These products sold at Best Buy are a great way to jumpstart your workout routine. I absolutely recommend all of them! For a limited time, there are a few coupons available!

Coupons!!

Looking at purchasing a new small appliance or Health/Fitness item from Best Buy?  I’ve got some great coupons for you as my friends/family! Click the links to print the coupons:
Enjoy 20% off any small appliance                  Valid through 2/13/13

Enjoy 20% off any Health or Fitness item        Valid through 2/11/13

How are your New Years Resolutions coming along?

I received the juicer and scale as part of my relationship with Best Buy Wolf Blogging Board in exchange for my opinions on the products. This is no way influencing my opinion on the products.

Comments

  1. Gina Brickell says:

    Hope you can stay on track and stay motivated!! I am really looking into the juicer.. I bet it could do wonders and help fill you up!

  2. Amy Orvin says:

    This looks like something every kitchen and family needs to own.

  3. kelly nicholson says:

    looks interesting

  4. Alicia Keen says:

    i need to try juicing

  5. Matt Stringham says:

    That looks so delicious!!

  6. I love fresh juice. You can also use frozen fruits.

  7. I would love to start juicing, and your recipe sounds delicious! If I’m ever able to get a juicer, I’ll definitely try it!

  8. Yep, I can easily see from your photos that the container provider with the juicer might be problematic and definitely on the small side. The bowl you put under to replace it seems much more functional! I think the recipe you’ve provided sounds so appealing, I might just opt to skip my regular breakfast drink this week and try it out! Thanks!

  9. I really need to try juicing! It looks delicious and healthy!

  10. Good Luck on getting healthy and staying on track. I know it’s so hard.That’s a cool looking juicer and isn’t bulky like a lot of them are.

  11. My goal is to swim 3 times a week.
    So far, so good.

  12. Robin Wilson says:

    I just recently watched an infomercial re: the benefits of juicing and was intrigued. Though i cannot for the life of me remember the name of the emulsifying blender, it used the entire fruit/veggie. There are a lot of benefits in the parts of those that we usually toss. I personally love juices, but don’t have a way to make them. Keep the faith and let us know how it is going!

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