Lean Mean And Green!

What’s your favorite color? For me I would have to say that I don’t have just one favorite color because my favorite color changes with whatever mood I happen to be  in.

Today it happens to be green. There is just something soothing about it. When I  see green I think health, vitality, prosperity and it always triggers my mind to think of nature.

It’s day six on the Whole 30 challenge and I’ve eaten my fair share of things that are green and although I’m feeling pretty good I will say that fatigue has hit hard the last couple of days!

IMG_5060I’ve slept great and although I had hopes of sleeping in this morning my body woke me up at the regular ole time of 4:30 raring to go!

It never ceases to amaze me the changes your body and mind goes through after you have indulged in way too much sugary crap and then switch back to eating clean. It’s like your body starts rebelling and well it can make you a little mean or at least irritable!😈

Other than minor “meanness” and fatigue I feel like I’ve made it over the hump and really loving the leanness I feel along with the clearness of both my mind and complexion.

Loving this Whole 30 thing! Give it a try!!

My diet has pretty much consisted of lots of veggies, fruit , clean lean meats, eggs,nuts and seeds. I also have been drinking lots of water, getting adequate exercise and I’m going to insert a little subliminal message here…….

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Chiropractic adjustments! If you have never given your spine a check up I highly recommend you do. Chiropractic is not just for alleviating pain. We all live with sublaxations on our spines from everyday activities and even though the pressure of those sublaxations on the spinal nerves at a minimal are as heavy as a dime it can interrupt the life  flow to every organ in your body therefore causing a multitude of symptoms.

A Chiropractic adjustment releases that pressure and allows that life to flow back through those nerves to allow your body to function at an optimal level!

I started chiropractic care about 7 years ago and can’t live without it. It took me from having to have allergy shots and being on all kinds of allergy meds to being on none and struggling very little with symptoms. Not only has it pretty much cured my allergies I rarely experience sickness.

GET YOUR SPINE CHECKED!

As I get this lean mean and green Saturday started I wanted to share something green and delicious with you.

Smoothies are near and dear to my heart and I love the fact you can throw whatever you like in a blender and enjoy your fruits and veggies in a different way!

20120328-120300 1 Frozen banana

1 Cup unsweetened  almond milk

A couple of handfuls of spinach and kale

1 Tbsp of almond butter

Ice cubes and water to adjust thickness

Blend, whirl and slurp!

I’m kicking it with green today baby all the way down to my shoe laces!

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Cheers…. Here’s to health!:mrgreen:

Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut!

Let’s get a little nutty here okay?  Coconutty  to be exact. I’ve come to adore these things along with the multitude of others.

Growing up the only coconut I can remember eating was my grandmas coconut cream pie and my memory of that still makes my mouth water! Her pies were amazing!

Coconut has certainly come into the limelight lately and it amazes of all the health benefits that comes from this miracle nut.

The coconut is naturally occurring in saturated fat but it is so good for you and provides a number of profound health benefits, such as:
•Improving your heart health
•Boosting your thyroid
•Increasing your metabolism
.Promotes a lean body and weight loss if needed.
.Supports your immune system.

Coconut oil even benefits your skin when applied topically and has been found to have anti-aging, regenerative effects. Woo hoo! What girl doesn’t love the thought of that?

I keep a huge jar on my vanity in my bathroom and use it for moisturizer and it’s an excellent eye makeup remover!

My kitchen cupboards have become obsessed with it also covering everything from coconut oil, coconut flour, and I recently found a cooking spray.

I even experimented in making my own coconut butter.. Oh Me Oh My I could literally swim in this stuff! 😍

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Yes, one thing is for sure and that is that the coconut is very versatile. It can be eaten raw, dehydrated or in the form of butter. It’s excellent in baked goods and a plethora of sweet treats,

As much as I love these things I have to confess I’m hopeless in cracking these suckers open with grace and style…. Somebody Help Me!!!

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Pretty huh?

I’m on Day 2 of The Whole 30 and got creative thanks to Pinterest this morning with my breakfast.

IMG_4994It was an egg white with 1 egg , sautéed sliced apples with cinnamon  omelet with you guessed it….Coconut butter! Perfection!

Day 2 hasn’t been too bad. I found myself a little tired this morning but that also could be contributed to information overload at work!😯

Yes, sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don’t or so the jingle goes but I think I will always be a little nutty it’s more fun.😉

Again…. I’m Wholey Yours!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Between all the small challenges of life, the everyday things that suck the life out of you and changing jobs I’ve just been in a major blogging block but just as easy as those blocks come all of sudden my mind races with all sorts of things to write about.

If you’ve followed my blog at all you know the one thing I love to talk about is food, fitness and health but I have to confess that while I’m a healthy girl I do veer off the beaten path and indulge in too much crap and I then find myself having to jump back on track with a challenge.

I recently did a 40 day fast from meat, dairy, sugar of any kind, caffeine and anything processed. Although I was mainly doing that for spiritual reasons and taking the time to be in prayer about some things  I must say I’ve never felt better. After any type of fast though we all know what is likely to happen when you come off  of it and that is ….Binge!

It wasn’t a total binge but I have fallen back into sneaking ….Oh my sweet love….Candy Corn, coffee and of course CHOCOLATE!!!!

After about 2 weeks of this I’ve come to the conclusion that I do not Like the way I feel. All of this crap leaves me feeling on edge and just plain Yuck!20130320-170223

Soooo I’m back on track and going to do a little  Whole 30 Challenge with myself unless I can convince you to tag along with me through this!🙂 Bueller? Bueller?

The Whole 30 is a 30 day challenge to abstain from sugar both natural and artificial, dairy, legumes, caffeine , processed anything and to eat and enjoy whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, clean meats, nuts, seeds and water, water, water.

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Check it out!!…… The Whole 30 Challenge

As the new week is here and yes yes I know Halloween is around the corner and yes I know I will have to lay down that chocolate laden brownie batter spoon and resist the temptation of eating a whole sleeve of Oreo’s but that’s what is kind of fun about a challenge! No pain no gain!

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It’s back to good ole wholesome food that I really do adore! …

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20120708-185018Alrighty then are you in or are you out? Regardless I’m in and I’ll be blogging about it to keep me accountable!

It’s only 30 days and I love a challenge!

Have a great and healthy day!🙂

Lock It In!

At the beginning of this year I started strength training  and I purchased a set of those multi functional weights that you click the little dial and lock it in to the pound of weight you want to lift. They have proven to be a great buy and I love the fact that don’t take up a lot of space…. very convenient!

IMG_4981Now, I am not entering any body building competitions anytime in the near or even the distant future  but I do feel like a bad A** while lifting these babies!😆

As I was in a session the other night and clicking that little dial away the thought occurred to me that everyday I get up I’m either allowing the thoughts of the enemy, what others say about me or listening to what God says about me determine my mood for the day. This can be tricky in listening to the right words because we as humans are so good at allowing those sneaky and invading thoughts from the enemy trick us into believing them about ourselves. I’m sick of him and all his wiles of getting me to doubt myself and God!

The truth is that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and as long as I have breath in my lungs that I’m here for a reason and have a purpose to fulfill! I’ve discovered that I have to consciously aware of the thoughts I think. I have to be purposeful in choosing to dial and lock in to the truth and lift those weights with strength and know that greater is He that is in me than he who is in this world.

IMG_4983It’s not always easy to lock into these things especially when I find myself throwing pity parties or choosing to love those that are not easy to love in my life but everyday I must choose these things in order to truly grow and develop those spiritual muscles that are more important than any physical muscle I may gain.

So I will thank God daily that He made me just as He has with all my introverted, silly, fun-loving, optimistic, witty and most definitely blonde self I am! Case in point…. I went for an early run on Saturday while having a lot of errands to run afterwards so what does one do when you’ve run and produced a good sweat and wanting to get all your errands ran by X amount of time? Well you turn on those creative survival skills and blow dry your hair by car!

IMG_4976Push those lying thoughts to the side that say you are not enough, you won’t, you can’t, it’s not possible, be afraid and the multitude of other negative thoughts  that hold you back from being all He created you to be because trust me He has proven to me over the last two years that I am stronger and braver than I ever thought was possible!  He is taking this silly introverted blonde to places that I never thought!

Nothing is too hard for HIm nor is there anything impossible! The word impossible in fact says that I’m Possible!!😉

Keep hoping, keep trusting, keep loving, keep forgiving and keep moving forward because when you practice lifting these spiritual weights you will see some muscle soon and find that these weights are not heavy at all!

Dial it up and Lock it in!

Here’s to a great week at being YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perspective

Pray ….. Do you ever get stuck in a rut or feel like everyday seems to be just like the one before? I know lately I’ve been feeling this way. I wake up, have my coffee, do my morning workout, feed the dogs, go to work and well you know blah, blah, blah!

Those feelings of blah can really suck the life right out of you and before you know it you find yourself frustrated, agitated and somehow in this funk of whoa is me!

I’m going to be honest with you …I was there this past week and it wasn’t pretty!!😯 but after throwing myself at Gods feet and asking for help, grace and mercy I began to see things in a different perspective all thanks to my dogs.

Most of my friends have children and I constantly hear them saying that they learn so many life lessons from them and I’ve always loved how children can take a seemingly complex adult problem and give you the brutally honest answer in the simplest form that leaves you thinking well….Duh!

Now my “kids” can’t talk except in the form of a bark, whimper or growl but I do learn from them everyday. In this case they helped me gain some perspective in how God wants me to see each day.

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Let me introduce you to Buck (black) and Chuck (Red) . They are as different as night and day but they have one thing in common….they love me!

Stinkers they are but they are my little buddies.

The God lesson I walked away learning from these two is this….

Chuck has taught me that even though his day is pretty  much the exact same thing everyday it doesn’t matter. You wake up wagging your tail ferociously and eagerly ready to start the day by lavishing your master with kisses, high fives and joyous jumping around! It doesn’t matter that his day is going to be pretty much like the day before he’s just ecstatic that it’s a new day and he gets to share it with me come what may!

Buck being the senior and a lot more laid back has taught me that like me he’s a little too content in being swaddled underneath his blankets and actually needs some coaxing to come out and face the day but once he emerges he becomes my little shadow. I think the sweetest thing I learn from him is that he doesn’t even care about eating he just wants to be with me and he even has to make sure I’m watching him eat before he will even start!

Such sweet fur babies and here is my take on this perspective….

Unlike the pressures I place on myself God simply wants me to get up excited everyday to just be in His presence and to be eager to face a brand new day. He also wants me to follow Him so close that I desire His attention more than I want anything else…even if it is food.

Perspective is essential and it doesn’t take much to make you realize how blessed you are and how we should cherish and seize everyday before us knowing He loves us and wants the best for us!

Eat…. It’s August…It’s HOT and well all I really want to eat right now are salads. Salads in my opinion are just the perfect Summer time staple. I know most people tire of them but I don’t think I do. The beauty of salads are you can you throw just about anything in them you want and with all the fabulous freshness of Summer you can go wild!!

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What’s your favorite salad combo?

Love….. What am I loving lately? That one is  gonna have to be a tie because you just can’t make me choose!!!!

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1011548_10151746303933879_2090230351_nI have been devouring these gems but who could resist?

Laugh…. I spend way too much time on Pinterest looking under the “Humor” section but this pic caught my eye and every time I see I laugh.

561849_10151769356423879_1237083905_n It serves to remind that no matter how much I talk up vegetables, fruit and fitness that deep down inside this little girl still lives on the inside and wants out from time to time! Bwhahahahahaha😉

Sweat…. If I’m honest and I’m gonna be here I don’t wake up every morning , throw the blankets back and jump up ready to get sweaty. This is how it actually is most mornings….

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Right now I’m having a love hate relationship with Shaun T.😯 He’s a great motivator and I’m loving this program.

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The results are showing and the greatest thing is that you get it done in 25 minutes! Who doesn’t want that? If you’ve not checked it out yet or interested send me a message or just click the Beachbody link on my page. It’s on SALE so it would be a great time to give it a try!

It’s almost the weekend! Hang in there!

P.S My little friend Guinea is still doing great with Chalean Extreme! We do measurements and total weight loss tomorrow so stay tuned…………

Trust The Process!

Processa continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner.

Trust the process the article on muscle gain tells me. Although this was an article on strength training and muscle gain it got me to thinking and applying this principle with trusting the process to more than just my workout. I’ve come a long way since I started the adventure of strength training at the first of this year. I’ve gone from a broken-hearted, gaunt and bony girl who used to cry herself to sleep at night to a bold and confident girl who feels stronger in more ways than just physically!

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God continues to amaze me at just how He can bring such strength, growth and healing through the things in our lives that bring us pain. When you are walking through hurt it’s hard to see the possibility of how the shrapnel pieces of your broken heart could ever heal but God does and he too simply whispers in our ears to say”Trust the process”. Easy to do? NO! Worth it? You bet!

Throughout life we are always going to be called on to trust the process and it’s not always going to be easy but I believe you have to make a resolve with yourself and say I will press through, I will look forward and not look back, and I will not give up! When you make those proclamations to yourself there is nothing you can not accomplish and you will see the fruits of your labor even if it is simply gaining muscle definition you never had.😉

I’m trusting the process and proceeding to all the great things that God has planned for me!

I couldn’t leave you without sharing something I created in the process ;) of preparing my lunch for tomorrow.

If you continue to follow my blog I must warn you I turn into this mad scientist or at least this crazy blond with nerdy glasses who goes into her kitchen often with the hopes of creating a food masterpiece or at least something edible.

Thinking hard on what to create!

Thinking hard on what to create!

The challenge……Eggplant!

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The creation…. Roasted Eggplant Parmesan Salad

Approx. 2 cups sliced eggplant

1 small sliced zucchini

1/2 cup frozen or fresh corn

1/4 cup chopped scallions

2 crushed rice cakes (you could do bread crumbs I’m just on a no bread thing at the moment)

3 -4 Tbsp marinara sauce ( Your choice I used Bertolli)

A variety of italian seasoning ( garlic salt, oregano, basil,etc)

1- 2 Tbsp Olive oil

1/4 cup chopped basil

Spinach

Drizzle olive oil and seasonings over veggies and spread onto baking sheet.

I roasted the eggplant, zucchini, corn and scallions at 425 for 35 minutes turning over half way through.

Remove from oven and mix veggies with crushed rice cakes, and marinara sauce and spoon over chopped spinach and basil.

Garnish with black olives and fresh tomatoes if desired!

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Now I can’t wait until lunch tomorrow!

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This crazy blond with nerdy glasses is signing off for now but remember keep going, keep dreaming, keep trying, keep making healthy choices and Trust The Process!

 

 

 

 

Blend Baby Blend!

I have to share a little secret with you…..I have a blender in my bathroom! Now before you get completely disgusted with me let me explain.

Two years ago during my divorce I moved in with my younger sister and although we are pretty much like ships that pass in the night with our schedules and lifestyles I can not blend my smoothies in the wee hours of the morning without disturbing her!

Why you ask?

This is not just a blender  it’s a BlendTec which will pulverize anything into pure smoothie deliciousness but while it’s doing its special smoothie thing it is extremely LOUD! Yes this is the culprit …….guilty as charged! blender2 I’ve always enjoyed smoothies and love love love to make frozen bananas into soft serve ice cream but as I’ve mentioned before Shakeology is the new love in my life and to go without it just won’t do so it’s to the bathroom I go to blend baby blend! Shakeology_Choco_GreenAre you drinking this stuff yet? If not you don’t know what you are missing! IMG_4235 I dare you…no I triple dog dare you……..—–> Shakeology

Putting all that secretive blender saga to the side I wanted to share something that happened to me this morning. Yesterday happened to be a bit of a trying day. Between my own frustration with life, the air conditioning on the blitz at work in this 90 plus degree weather and trying earnestly to know how my passions fit into Gods perfect will for my life I truly was a frazzled puddle of tears by the time I got home. My cry to God went something like this….God WHY me? …WHY  does it have to be this way?… WHY?! ….sobbing….God  would you please help me?!?!?

Of course the enemy was loving this all the while screaming his accusations and lies in my ears….”You can’t do that” ….”You’re not strong enough”….”That is never going to happen”…”This is the way it will be for the rest of your life”! Yes I was completely down in a pit of despair but God is faithful in the fact that He hears every one of our cries and is eager to speak to our frantic hearts. My  last prayer before bed last night was God please give me a picture of how you see me in all of this confusion!

One of my favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17…..The  Lord  your God is in your midst,  a mighty one who will save;  he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. All I can say is that I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He indeed was whispering and singing over me last night because my picture came to  me this morning in the form a Facebook friends status. I did not get his permission to use this but honestly don’t think he would mind…. IMG_4234What a perfect picture of just how our heavenly Father loves to see us live out our passions! He’s not some big ogre in the sky ready to stomp on our dreams but He delights to see us use our gifts and talents that He gave us! He wants us to dream and to dream BIG!  This just served to remind me that the fact I’m so passionate about health, fitness, cooking and a multitude of other things is that He’s the one that put those things in my heart for me to live out to bring Him glory! So you will have to excuse me if my eyes light up when going through the produce section at the grocery store, when I stumble over my words when talking about working out and Shakeology or I get misty eyed watching my two sisters getting into exercise and wanting to eat healthier! These things are what are near and dear to my heart. It’s my passion to help people want to live out happy and healthier lives and after reading this simple status update this morning I know my Father in heaven smiles at me and it warms His heart seeing me doing what I love to do!

Don’t ever dismiss those dreams and those things that you hold dear to your heart because they were put there for a reason !

Let’s DREAM BIG!

By the way Guinea is down another pound and feeling cool as a cucumber!🙂 IMG_4237