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

Excuses Or Results?

Well excuuuuussse me!

Yea we all have those things called excuses for everything we don’t want to really do. I know I’m most certainly guilty and in any given day I can find in my mind’s eye a perfectly logical excuse for a number of things. I think unfortunately its human nature to give excuses for every selfish thing we do. For example ….you catch me eating straight out of the ice cream carton with the largest spoon that exists in the utensil drawer and my excuse would be that I had a bad day at work or you ask me if I worked out today and I said no because my legs were sore or my favorite workout socks were dirty!!! I could go on and on but the thing with excuses are they never get you anywhere they only keep you going in circles and then you find yourself dizzy from all that spinning around.

Before I decided to commit to doing Chalean Extreme this year I asked myself was I going to offer up a bunch of crazy excuses as to why I couldn’t do it or was I going to be passionate and determined enough that I wanted to see results? My decision was to see results and I got them! IMG_4165

I don’t think I have ever had muscle definition in my arms EVER! The process of all this has not been easy for this girl who has struggled with disordered eating for most of her life. The concept of building muscle where puny flabby skin once just hung on bones and the fact that I’ve had to start eating beyond  my comfort zone to be able to nourish and refuel my body throughout this program has sometimes thrown me into a panic but having the mindset of NO EXCUSES I decided to push through! It’s been very rewarding!

The Beachbody community has helped and encouraged me so much through their support and their products that it has stirred this new-found passion for not only myself but having the desire to pass it on to others. I did not enter into this program as a get rich scheme, to push products, or to come across as some know it all when it comes to health and fitness. My desire is to help people taste and see how health and fitness can change your life from the inside out! I believe that once you get motivated and you decide to commit to it that it’s like lighting up one of those sparklers you see so much this time of the year. It’s contagious and I’ve decided that excuses are just not going to work for me because I would rather see the results!

I believe we make-weight loss and getting healthier so much more complicated than it really is and that’s’ why last week I started my own personal challenge with a friend who I shall call Guinea. Yes she volunteered to be my guinea pig and she wanted to remain anonymous so I’ve affectionately given her that name.

Last Monday I had Guinea take her before pics and measurements and she then started her journey to a healthy lifestyle.

The challenge I laid before her was this…..

  • 1 Shakeology shake a day
  • 2 other meals plus a snack a day…her choice as long as they were healthy choices!
  • Doing Chalean Extreme (strength portion only )with me 3 days a week
  • Finding some kind of cardio she enjoyed  at least 2 days a week ( she informed she did not like traditional cardio like running, treadmill or the like so I let her choose her own)

Not a hard challenge at all so she put away the excuses and accepted!

Although we are not weighing in every week she wanted to just get a glimpse of her progress and I’m proud to report…….

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I’m so proud of her and can’t wait to see all the changes that are going to take place in her the next 90 days.

Getting fit does not mean you have to spend 8 hours a day in a gym, spend an insane amount of money on equipment or give up every food you love but it does mean you have to ditch the excuses and decide you want to commit to seeing the results!

I remind myself of this verse every time I want to give into excuses……

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God; 20 he bought you for a price. So use your bodies for God’s glory.

To be continued…….. 😉 ……..Let’s cheer Guinea on!!!

Challenge And Accountability!

I don’t know about you but I’m the type of person who loves a challenge. There is just something about someone setting a challenge before me that makes me want to give it all I’ve got and to nail it! I’m not a competitive person unless it’s with myself and I find it easier as do most people to have accountability in reaching a goal. There is strength in the number 2.

I’ve been raving in my earlier posts about my love for Shakeology and  I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is and to present a challenge to a willing participant. I’ve found her and she has willing gave me permission to log her progress. I’m going to be doing this challenge right along with her and I’m so excited to see all the transformations that are going to take place in her life both physically and emotionally.

What’s the challenge you ask? I’m investing in her a months supply of Shakeology and we will be doing the strength portion of Chalean Extreme 3 days a week for the next 90 days. She is not one who loves traditional cardio and doesn’t like a lot of bouncing around so I made her deal and asked her to  replace one meal a day with Shakeology and to do strength 3 times a week along with her choice of cardio the other 2 days a week.

Check out all the amazing benefits of Shakeology! Click the link!

I believe in the Beachbody programs and products so much that I was willing to fit the bill to get her started. My desire and passion is to get people to want to take responsibility for them selves to get healthy! My goal is to at least get you to taste what health feels like and then I believe the rest will fall into place.

I am not any kind of professional in the matters of health and fitness but I do know that I love how eating healthy and staying active has helped me so much in my own journey to health and overcoming disordered eating. I only want the same for everyone else. I can’t diagnose you or even prescribe you anything but my heart is to steer you in the right way with a big dose of encouragement along the way!

I’ll be offering challenges like this and others along the way and if you think you may be interested visit my coach page to get more info or like my Facebook page for updates! You be my Daniel San and I’ll be your Mr. Myagi….kind of..sorta..you get my drift! 😉

Let the Challenge begin!

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Red White And Blue Chia Pudding!

Up until about 4 years ago I never would have imagined consuming chia seeds. The only association I ever had with them was with slathering them onto a clay figurine of some sort and tending to them until they grew into a little lush green garden. The thought of eating them never crossed my mind but now I love the tiny little things!

You can add them to anything for some extra protein and they are great for hydration. I also learned early on that if you grind them into a flour form you can use them as a substitute for eggs in baking. Brilliant if you ask me!

My favorite way of eating them lately is in a pudding from and I want to share this little recipe I came up with just yesterday.

Red White And Blue Chia Shakeology Pudding

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk or milk of your choice

2 Tbsp chia seeds

2 Tbsp of either oat meal or granola ( I used a 3 berry granola from Trader Joes

1 scoop or 1 packet of Tropical Strawberry Shakeology

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

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1.Combine milk, chia seeds and granola and let sit overnight in fridge

2. The next mornings add Shakeology ..mix well then add in your berries

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3. Enjoy a delicious protein packed breakfast or a sweet treat!

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This was so good and filling!

I was feeling a bit like a super hero after consuming this today so to entertain the girls at work and having the 4th of July spirit I wore my Wonder Woman socks!

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They loved it and I loved some of the strange looks I got from customers!

I’m practicing being confident this month and I was feeling quit confident in these today!

Happy 4th Of July!

Love At First Sight…Not Really!

Are you one of those that believe in love at first sight? I have to admit that I’ve fallen victim to this at various times in my life and learned rather quickly that a second look is always pretty much-needed before you decide that it is indeed love and not just emotion. Then there are those times that what is the absolute best for you is right under your nose but you are oblivious to just what a treasure you have until suddenly upon second review you realize it’s LOVE!

This happened to me. Let me tell you a little love story………

It was just about a year ago when a friend of mine started talking in a foreign language entitled Shakeology. I had never heard of this stuff that seemed to be a cross of an apparent shake with the “ology” tagged on the end to make it seem much smarter than it really was. I’ve never confessed this to her but I honestly thought to myself that this was just another Slim Fast deal. I was having flashbacks of drinking those chalky fake tasting shakes and already had my mind made up that I was not falling for yet another shaky gimmick.

My friend would constantly rant and rave about her smoothie concoctions and other recipes she would create with this so-called “Healthiest Meal Of The Day” stuff and I admit they looked and sounded great but my mind was just not open to it. She even went as far to have the nerve to give me samples! 🙂 Okay now I had no excuse to not at least try it  so I tried it but my skeptical mind was so shut off to another shake thing that I politely placed in my pantry and forgot about it.

Like I stated in the above …..I’ve never confessed this to her so now I’ve either made my friend gasp with such disbelief that I thought such things or if I know her like I know I do she is giggling and smiling at me!  😉 We all live and learn and some of us learn the hard way!

Just goes to show you that you can have the greatest thing right under your nose but unless you are willing to open yourself up to taking a little risk and trying something new you will never come to realize the treasure that you have.

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In December of 2012 I decided to invest in a strength training program by Chalene Johnson. It was her Chalean Extreme program and I’m ashamed to say it took me until February of this year to finally get it out of the box. I’ve loved everything about it and it has given me a love for strength training I have never had and if you follow any of the  Beachbody programs you will hear all about Shakeology. Yes, there that stuff showed up again!

Okay I’m listening now!

It wasn’t long into it that I had fallen in love with this new program so that led to looking into more programs and before you know it I was signed up to become an Independent  Beachbody Coach! I received my challenge pack along with my Shakeology and made the decision that I was going to put it to the test before I told anyone about it or started singing its praises.

Now let me just tell you……I absolutely am sold on this stuff and I don’t know how I’ve lived without it! It lives up to everything it promises. My day is just not complete without it and now I really am singing its praises!

The energy that this stuff gives you is incredible and it is not that jittery I’ve had 8 cups of coffee energy. I’m getting my daily dose of vitamins, minerals, fruits, veggies and so much more, and my hair and nails are growing like a weed!  It promises to curb cravings and curb your appetite and coming from someone who is a bottomless pit on most days I have found  that if I drink this for my breakfast that I can easily go until lunch and be just fine.

The beauty about Shakeology is that you can mix it up a thousand ways and always come up with something new and delicious so you are never bored with the same old thing everyday. You can be as simple with it or you can get more creative by adding extras to it but either way you are always honestly getting the healthiest meal of your day!

My smoothie this morning was made with the Tropical Shakeology, almond milk, water, ice, frozen cherries and a little cocoa powder. It tasted like a chocolate covered cherry! Yum! A fabulous way to start Monday!

 

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Don’t believe me yet? That’s okay because I didn’t believe it at first either but I love this stuff so much that I’ve even rounded myself up a little Guinea pig who is going to take my challenge to try Shakeology for 3 months along with doing some strength training with me and she’s allowing me to blog her progress so STAY TUNED!

Love at first sight may or may not actually happen but I’m learning regardless that it is always wise to take a second look! 😉

If you think you may be interested in knowing more about Shakeology just click the link of my “About” page! 😉