Jillian’s Getting Soft, SLIM Super Bowl Party Recipes and a Goal Setting App. It’s Friday. I’m In [Link] Love!

It's Friday, I'm In Love.

It’s Friday, I’m In Love.

Friday.  The best day of the week and I have links that you will love. Jillian Michaels is getting soft, the vomiting flu is sweeping the globe (Yikes!), fitness-themed parties are in vogue and the CEO of Weight Watchers says to forget about willpower.  It’s Friday, I’m in love!

Jillian Michaels: Putting Family Over Fitness Has Given Me A ‘Softer’Body – Although I’m not one of  Jillian’s biggest fans, I do enjoy her workout DVDs that are always varied and challenging.  I like her even more after reading the article about how ‘real’ her life has become since adopting a two year old from Haiti. She says she just doesn’t have the time to work out like she used to!  Read more about Jillian’s softer side here.

US Hit By Stomach Bug Spreading Around Globe – If you did as the CDC recommends and got an influenza vaccine this year, you may still be susceptible to a new strain of stomach bug that is sweeping the U.S.  There is always confusion about what is the flu and what isn’t. Illnesses where symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are present is usually something other than the flu.  This article gives details about the new nasty strain that’s making its way around the globe.  I don’t know if there’s any way to protect yourself except as always wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!  Read  more about it here.

SLIM Super Bowl Party Foods from Simply Nutricising – If you’re working on your New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds, don’t blow it by mindlessly grazing on high-calorie foods on Super Bowl Sunday.  Simply Nutricising is a one-stop-shop for party appetizers created by nutritionist Alyson Heller.  Sloppy Joe lettuce wraps, chocolate covered strawberry footballs, low-fat stuffed mushrooms with crab, and more can all be found here.

Label Watch.comLabel Watch.com provides ingredient labels for over 25,000 foods and even breaks the ingredients down into categories:  Beneficial Ingredient, OK Ingredient, and Cautionary Ingredient.  If you’re trying to limit – or eliminate – your consumption of processed foods, this is an excellent resource.  The site also compares brands so, for example, if you search for English muffins you’ll see a list of about 15 labels.  Remember, often times more than five ingredients is an indication that the food has been heavily processed and is therefore lower in nutrition.

Fitness Themed Parties Gaining In Popularity – Don’t you hate it when you’re working towards a goal to lose weight and along comes a special event, such as a birthday, that you want to celebrate.  Usually that means dinner, drinks, and cake or other desserts.  All diet sabotages!  A fitness-themed party would be a way to celebrate that event in a healthier way.  You’ll burn calories and avoid all of those guilty pleasures that come with celebrations.  Get inspired to have your own fitness-themed party and start a trend where you live

Active Goals App – We already know that goal setting and tracking is the key to successful behavior change. A new iPhone app called Active Goals is designed to motivate you to do just that.  Active Goals allows you to set, keep and log personal goals whether they be running, swimming, biking, etc. The app is new on the market and getting good reviews. It’s available for $1.99 at the app store.  To read a review and find out more about the app click here.

Weight Watchers CEO: Forget Willpower and Do This Instead – David Kirchoff, the CEO of Weight Watchers, has tips to help people be successful.  Weight Watchers is considered to be one – if not the – best weight loss systems available.  In this video interview you’ll learn that even the CEO of Weight Watchers is tempted by his children’s candy.  Check out the interview here.

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