101 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge

101 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge for Girl Scout Alumnae, Parents, Volunteers, and Adult Members

This is your opportunity to make yourself top priority, have fun, lose weight and get fit! We always support our girls in friendly competitions; now it is time for the adults to have some fun! Over the next 101 summer days focus on YOU! Eat healthy, get active, and reap the benefits. Get your friends and family involved! Each week track your progress and get your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers etc. to pledge a dollar to GSCCS for every inch, pound, or % of body fat you lose. You can compete with yourself or others, it’s up to you! Feel free to post pictures and/or updates on our GSCCS Facebook page!

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Here are 101 ways to lose that weight and stay fit and healthy!

1. Determine achievable goals [break]
2. Make a fitness plan[break]
3. Find a work out buddy or group[break]
4. Take a before picture and post it somewhere you will see it often as a motivator. [break]
5. Get inspired[break]
6. Take your before measurements (arms, legs, waist, hips, butt, and bust)[break]
7. Eat clean – lots of fruits and vegetables[break]
8. Eat smaller food portions/meals[break]
9. Drink more water[break]
10. Buy healthy alternatives to sweets and soda[break]
11. Don’t forget to reward yourself. Plan one splurge meal a week[break]
12. Think before you eat. Is that donut really worth it? [break]
13. Carry healthy snack items all the time[break]
14. Train to run a 5k [break]
15. Don’t drink you calories [break]
16. Drinking coffee, not sugar coffee drinks[break]
17. Get rid of fast foods and fried foods [break]
18. Don’t skip meals[break]
19. Eat breakfast[break]
20. Avoid alcohol[break]
21. Watch grazing while you prepare food [break]
22. Go easy on salt[break]
23. Stay away from crash diets[break]
24. Limit eating out [break]
25. Eat your vegetables first[break]
26. Make use of a food journal[break]
27. Eat at the table and not somewhere else[break]
28. Bring your own lunch to work[break]
29. Add more spices into your recipes[break]
30. Avoid processed foods[break]
31. Think positive[break]
32. Manage stress[break]
33. Get your family involved[break]
34. Get enough sleep[break]
35. Get physically moving every day[break]
36. Exercise at least 3 days a week [break]
37. Walk or ride your bike instead of driving[break]
38. Choose exercise options that work for you and that you enjoy[break]
39. Find a parking spot far away [break]
40. Use the stairs instead of the elevator[break]
41. Pace yourself [break]
42. Vary your routines so you don’t get bored[break]
43. Take a day off from your exercise routines [break]
44. Complete a 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge[break]
45. Learn more about exercising[break]
46. Walk around the park[break]
47. Know when to stop[break]
48. Start your workout program properly[break]
49. Work out at home[break]
50. Complete the Jillian Michaels’s 30 Day Shred[break]
51. Complete a 100 Pushups Challenge[break]
52. Complete P90X[break]
53. Work out at a gym[break]
54. Complete a 200 Sit-ups Challenge[break]
55. Complete a 200 Squats Challenge[break]
56. Maximize your time at the gym[break]
57. Get moving after lunch[break]
58. Play outside with your kids more[break]
59. Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days) [break]
60. Do some physical activity during commercial breaks[break]
61. Hit the dance floor[break]
62. Complete a 30 Day Yoga Challenge[break]
63. Clean your room/house once a week – it burns a lot of calories [break]
64. Do breathing exercises[break]
65. Look at yourself in the mirror and smile; you’re doing great![break]
66. Fitness is not all about losing weight; it’s about getting healthy and feeling better[break]
67. Take your measurements once a week [break]
68. Set up your environment at home or work to get fit[break]
69. Get new ideas for healthy recipes and new exercises off the internet[break]
70. Lift light weights. More muscle means less fat.[break]
71. Do cardio[break]
72. Eat before hitting the grocery store[break]
73. Eat slowly[break]
74. Bring a grocery list and stick to it[break]
75. Avoid junk foods[break]
76. Drink a large glass of water before every meal[break]
77. Eat protein at every meal or stay hungry and grouchy[break]
78. Slash your intake of refined flours and grains[break]
79. Eat 30 to 50 grams of fiber a day[break]
80. Learn to read food labels so you know what you are eating[break]
81. Stop guessing about portion size and get it right – for good.[break]
82. Make your own food and eat at least ten meals a week from home [break]
83. Get rid of junk food in your pantry! [break]
84. Remember to breathe[break]
85. Stay hydrated when you work out[break]
86. Accept your body type and learn to love it!!![break]
87. Stretch, stretch, stretch[break]
88. Try new things[break]
89. Get goals throughout the process[break]
90. Reward yourself along the way (massage, foot rub, new outfit, etc.) [break]
91. Be prepared! Fill your freezer with easy healthy meals[break]
92. Pack your exercise bag and leave it in your car.[break]
93. Put your workout shoes next to your bed so you see them all the time[break]
94. Eat dark chocolate instead of milk or white chocolate [break]
95. Take the Jump Rope Challenge[break]
96. Go swimming [break]
97. Take a bike ride[break]
98. Eat apples (they help lose weight) [break]
99. Skip like you were in 3rd grade[break]
100. Try interval training [break]
101. Smile! It burns more calories than frowning [break][break]

In addition to becoming a healthier YOU, you could win the grand prize of a fantastic Girl Scouts gift basket and other prizes! BONUS: You get to help us provide valuable Girl Scout programs to girls who would not otherwise be able to![break][break]
Donate online at www.girlscoutsccs.org/donate/ or by mailing a check to:[break]
GSCCS, 1377 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711[break]
Donations must be made by September 21, 2013 in order to qualify for the gift bag opportunity drawing.[break][break]
Questions? Call (800) 490-8653 ext 155 or email info@girlscoutsccs.org[break]
Please write and send pictures of your summer challenge! THANK YOU![break]

Catch up with Megan Talbert and Hope

Happy New Year!

            I hope everyone had a great holiday season filled with family and lots of joy! I have enjoyed my winter break back at home, and I will shortly be back to UC Santa Barbara. Over break Hope and I were able to attend a Christmas party at the down town library. The kids were able to participate in crafts and take pictures with Santa, and of course read to the dogs! Hope is a great reading buddy because he never corrects the children’s pronunciation and is a great listener!

            We were also able to attend a group visit to the Valley Health Care Center with other members of TDI (Therapy Dogs International) Fresno.  Hope was able to socialize with his TDI friends and spread some holiday cheer to those living in the center.

            I was very excited to finish my first semester in college. It was a very rewarding and somewhat relieving feeling to know finals were over and I would be returning to my family and friends. After some relaxation, I’m ready to go back to school next week and start my second quarter. Hope all is well and that there is a great year head of all of us!

                        Sincerely,

                        Megan Talbert and Hope

Alumnae Spotlight – Samantha Gibson

Post by: Samantha Gibson

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My name is Samantha Gibson and I am currently a communications intern for the Girl Scouts of Central
California South. I am also a Girl Scout alumna and was a proud member of San Diego Troop 4084,
for nine years.

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My favorite experience as a Girl Scout was my yearly adventure to Girl Scout summer
camp. It brought new friends, sing-alongs, and campfires. As a young girl, I counted down the days until
summer camp rolled back around and I once again got to experience something new. I also looked
forward to cookie sales every January (but then again, doesn’t everyone)! My troop would have such a
great time developing new sales strategies and making cookie sales a fun time. No matter what event
or activity we were attending, we always had a fun time.

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Although at the time I didn’t know it, I have learned that my experiences with Girl Scouting have made me who I am today! Even though it has been over eight years since we were in a troop together, the girls of Troop 4084 still keep in touch and support each other. Today, I am a senior agriculture communications major at Fresno State. I work as a news assistant for Fresno State University communications and I am also the children’s director of Quail Lake Community Church. I attribute many of my program ideas and leadership skills to my time as a Girl Scout. It is safe to say that I would not be the woman I am today; If I wasn’t the Girl Scout I was then.

Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout.

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GSCCS Learning Facilitators head to camp!

12 Learning Facilitators from our council just attended the Consortium of Girl Scout Learning Facilitators conference in northern California at Camp Bothin.

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They had a  great time learning, networking and having  fun. They stayed at the historic Camp Bothin, owned by Girl Scouts of Northern California. There were over 100 Learning Facilitators at the conference. They had classes on Engaging Multi-Generational Volunteers, Inquiry Based Learning (Girl-Led) activities, Video: The Now Medium, and Go Outside (nature activities). The Go Outside session was led by GSCCS Lee Nave, Carmen Decker, Holly Derington, and Sheila Otteson. Everyone had a wonderful time learning and networking with each other and making new friends.

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“What I LOVE about Girl Scouts is that we are always a sister to every other Girl Scout and I met a bunch of new sisters this weekend! What a great time we had! We are all learning facilitators from Central, Coastal and Northen California and also from Nevada. We provide coaching to help leaders of Girl Scouts become the very best leaders they can be! And WE had a great time getting together: learning, sharing , eating (very well I might add), and singing (my favorite pasttime!)” – Eloise Golden, Girl Scout Alumna and Trainer.

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If you would like to join the Learning Facilitator team please contact Michelle Loyd at (800) 490-8653 ext 200. The next workshop for new trainers is November 17, 2012 in Fresno.

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Visit our Adult Training Page for more information on Girl Scout trainers!

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Pictures from the conference:

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Human Race 2012

Help support Girl Scouts of Central California South by joining in The Human Race September 9th, 2012.

The Human Race is a fun and healthy way to support our programs and activities for troops and girls, our volunteer training’s, and the Girl Scouts Connect program. Register online through September 8th for $25 individual or $10 kids 12 and under. Hope to see you there!

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How to wear your Girl Scout Uniform

Here are some  pictures explaining how to wear your Girl Scout uniform! If you have any questions about the uniform please contact the Gold Mine Store at (800) 490-8653 ext 114. To purchase your Girl Scout Uniform visit our online store http://www.gsccs-store.org/ or stop into either Gold Mine Store.

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Fresno – 1377 West Shaw Ave Fresno, CA 93711

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Bakersfield – 1831 Brundage Lane Bakersfield, CA 93304

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Girl Scout Daisy Tunic & Vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Brownie Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Junior Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Cadette Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Senior Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Ambassador Vest & Sash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scout Adult

 

 

 

Girls World Forum in Chicago

Eloise Golden and Alison H attended the Girls World Forum in Chicago, Illinois as representatives for Girl Scouts of Central California South. Below is the day to day activities at the Girls World Forum.

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Guest Blog Post by: Eloise Golden, Girl Scout Alumna

7/11/2012 (Wednesday)

We arrived in Chicago today to join several hundred young women – Girl Scouts and Girl Guides – aged 14 to 18 along with chaperones, volunteers, facilitators and staff from Girl Scout Councils all over the USA. Tonight we met together for an informal gathering after dinner where the girls had an opportunity to exchange S.W.A.P.’s (for the initiated that means Something With A Pin – a favorite Girl Scout tradition)! It was a fun evening and everyone is looking forward to the Opening Ceremony tomorrow morning. After the casual dinner Connie Lindsey, National President of the Girl Scouts USA, and Anna Marie Chavez, Chief Executive Officer of GSUSA, spoke briefly to the girls, welcoming them to the Forum and inviting them to all have a magnificent time learning and meeting new friends.

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7/12/2012 (Thursday)

The wonderful opening ceremony was so colorful with flags being furled from 145 Member Organizations (M.O.’s)! Over 80 countries are represented at the Girls World Forum and an estimated 600 Girl Scouts and Girl Guides are in attendance including girls, volunteers and facilitators. Melinda Carroll, renowned Girl Scout singer/songwriter from Maui, Hawaiian Islands, led everyone in song after the flag ceremony was complete. Welcoming addresses were given by Connie Lindsey, National President of GSUSA and Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of GSUSA along with the CEO for the Chicago Girl Scout Council and a WAGGGS staff member. Sejal Hathi, founder of Girls Helping Girls, gave an inspirational Keynote Address which had the impact of giving girls and adults the realization that great change for the good can begin with one fifteen year-old girl.

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What an exciting day for girl delegates and chaperones and volunteers and facilitators! Girls and Adults spent the day learning about the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDG’s). The United Nations created these goals with the intent to be completed by 2015. Girl Scouts and Girl Guides have joined forces with the United Nations to work on three of the eight goals. These include:

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#1 – Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

#3 – Promote gender equality and empower women

#7 – Ensure environmental sustainability

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The young women attending the Forum are being asked to create a Take Action Project which deals with one of the above issues in their own communities. The girls are being given tools to do this during their sessions throughout the Forum. Girls and chaperones are requested to reflect over what they each had learned during the day to reinforce new found knowledge and begin to discuss what Take Action Projects they might work on once they return to their home.

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7/13/2012 Friday

We had a very early start today and were on the bus to Brookfield Zoo by 7:00 a.m.! The intent for today was to learn more about MDG #7 regarding environmental sustainability in partnership with the Chicago Zoological Society. Besides being a fun day at the zoo a lot of knowledge was gained about how changes in the environment are dramatically impacting animals on our planet. Because of illegal logging operations in some countries, the natural habitat for many species is being destroyed and, therefore, many of these animals are nearing distinction. Girls learned what kinds of things they can do to promote the longevity of animals, even if these species live on other continents.

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The evening was free to do a little exploring in Chicago and many girls, along with chaperones, had a great desire to go check out that famous deep dish Chicago pizza!

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 Allison, and her two new friends from Japan!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7/15/2012 Sunday

Today was spent in sessions at the hotel. Girls and adults once again met separately. The adults learned more techniques on how to effectively support our young women when they go back to work on their Take Action projects. They were able to select from a variety of different topics so they could learn what might help the most in their country or community. For me personally, the best class I attended was a Leadership Development Class. Although I teach the Gold and Silver Award program to young women in our council, I am frequently asked by parents, leaders and project advisors, “What is my role in her project?” We certainly want and need to keep all our programs “Girl-led”, but sometimes have difficulty figuring out just how to do that. I learned some great techniques and tools for that today.

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A goal for each of the delegates is to perform a Take Action Project when they return home. As a result of that, Chaperones and Delegates were asked to meet at least 30 minutes each day to discuss what each had learned and to begin formulating a Take Action Project idea. By making a specific plan for a project the delegates will be more likely to succeed.

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During the evening we were able to explore the City of Chicago while doing a Scavenger Hunt! We were given a map with 8 stations to visit. At each station we received a card which explained some information about one of the Millennium Development Goals. Allison and I had a wonderful time doing the scavenger hunt; especially after we joined forces with delegates from Ireland! We sang their way through downtown Chicago singing all our favorite Girl Scout Songs! There is no doubt this will be a treasured memory!

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 ~Eloise Golden

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