40 Days to Personal Revolution – What is it and thoughts so far

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Hey guys! How is your week going so far?  It has been pretty good over here.  I feel like this week has been moving so fast, I can’t believe it is already Wednesday.  What about you, has it been a slow, fast or normal week so far?

I have gotten quite a few questions about the 40-day revolution I am doing (currently in week 2), so I thought I would share a little about it today.

One of my favorite yoga studios was offering it as a 6-week course, with weekly meetings. Since one of my goals for 2018 was to develop a more regular yoga and meditation practice, I decided to sign up for it. To be honest, I signed up without really knowing what to expect. I have had such beautiful experiences with this studio, I just figured it would be a great experience and jumped on in.

The program itself follows the 40 Days to Personal Revolution book, written by Baron Baptiste.  The book presents the 12 “Laws of Transformation,” which are essentially spiritual laws which govern our lives.  Each week of the program focuses on a different area to aid in your personal growth.  Week one focused on being present.  This week is focused on vitality.  Yoga, meditation, journaling, and diet are all tools used in the program.

The yoga and meditation are daily practices, that increase in duration each week.  We started with a once a day 20 minute at home yoga practice, and two 5 minute meditation sessions.  This week it has increased to a 30-minute daily yoga practice and two 10 minute meditations.  While I am a little worried about how I will make time for yoga and meditation each day as the practices get longer, I am really enjoying the practice thus far.

I have been doing my yoga practice first thing in the morning and notice such a huge difference in how I feel from start to finish.  I immediately follow with the morning meditation.  It is a wonderful way to start my day.  Even though I have been getting up a little earlier (which is already really early!) to get it in, I feel so grounded and ready for the day when I am done.

(Most of my daily practice has been in my living room surrounded by toys that didn’t get put away the night before, but I like to pretend I’m in my favorite little studio corner).

The evening meditation is a different story, I don’t know why exactly, but sitting to meditate even for just 5 minutes in the evening seems like such a chore.  I am working on it though and did manage to get in all my evening meditations so far.  Hopefully, I can keep it going.  I do find that it helps me to let go of some of the stress I had been holding onto from the day.

The journaling does not come naturally to me.  I know quite a few people who have found journaling to be such a wonderful outlet for them, but I always feel a bit forced when I sit down and try to journal (though I love dishing to you guys).  Fortunately, each week has prompts, which makes it a little easier for me.  Some of the first week prompts also really made me think about my life in ways that I normally don’t, and helped me to identify some areas I think I need to nurture more, so, all in all, I think it’s a good thing.

The diet component so far has been focused primarily on noticing what you eat and moving towards eating nourishing, unprocessed foods.  While I would be lying if I said I was totally abstaining from chips, cookies, and more processed goodies, I do believe that I feel my best when I am eating primarily minimally processed foods and lots of fruits and veggies and am trying to be mindful and focus on foods that make me feel nourished.  Later in the program, there is a three-day fruit fast (our leader encouraged us to think of it as a fruit feast), so we will see what that is like. If it is full of beautiful mangos like this one, I think it will be doable. Also, we have been informed that avocado is a fruit to include.

I am planning to share about my journey in this challenge periodically over the next several weeks, but if you have any specific questions just let me know!

Question: Have you completed any yoga or fitness challenges? What kind and how was it? Do you meditate? If so, how do you get into a good meditation groove?  Going from a 5-minute meditation to 10 minutes has been a struggle for me, so I’m a little nervous about increasing duration each week.

Hope you have a great day!

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Weekend Recap + A Giveaway!

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Hey there! Before we jump into the weekend, I wanted to let you know that I will likely be decreasing my posts, at least for the next few weeks. I plan to keep posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and will likely post at least one additional time most weeks (I like visiting with you guys).  I will miss posting Monday-Friday, and will get back to that schedule in the future if I can, but for right now I will need to scale back just a little bit.   Also, stick around for the giveaway at the end of this post.

Now, weekend recap time. How was your weekend? Ours was great, but I feel like it was over in just a blink. Friday afternoon was a hectic one at work, so we all got home a little later than normal, we quickly found our way into a weekend groove though.

I have to share this story about my little guy from Friday, because I was cracking up telling the hubs about it later. I was tucking him in and he had his eyes closed and seemed to be just about ready to doze off, when he looked over at me with the most adoring little look on his face. My momma heart was swelling up thinking he was about to tell me something super sweet when he said “momma, I love……apples….and English muffins.” He then rolled over and fell asleep. Yes son, I love those things as well, but I was kinda hoping for an “I love you, momma.”  Lol, oh well maybe next time.

Saturday morning we all slept in a little, and then enjoyed some coffee and lounging.  I woke up with a real hankering for a donut, and the family was more than happy to get donuts with me.  I went with an apple fritter, which was delicious.

I then was off to teach class (had a great time with my group, they always work so hard) and spent the rest of the morning hanging out with the kids and doing chores before heading to my 40 day revolution meeting.  I have gotten several questions about the 40 day revolution, so I will be sharing more about it this week.

After the meeting, I scooped up the family and we headed over to a friends for dinner and a play date.  Several families from the kid’s school were there and we had great time getting to know them better.  I brought a big bowl of fruit to share, and spent a whole lot of time with the homemade salsa and guacamole they had out.  It was so good!

Sunday started with an Orangetheory Class. I forgot my heart monitor, so no stats to share, but it was a great workout with alternating run, row, and weight sets.  I love the days that have you doing lots of different things, it makes it go by so fast.

After class, it was pancake time.  I used this almond flour pancake recipe, and added blueberries and an almond butter syrup (almond butter, a little syrup and a little water heated up and mixed together).  I hadn’t had pancakes in a while and it definitely hit the spot.

Sunday afternoon we headed to a first birthday party.  We ended up having to leave a little early, but had a great time there. It was a cowgirl theme, and I just loved this sign my friend made for the birthday girl.

We ended the weekend with homemade chicken noodle soup.

Now on to the giveaway. The Thug Kitchen and Thug Kitchen 101 cookbooks are favorites of mine.

They are vegan cookbooks, that are fun and cheeky (lots of naughty language).  The recipes are easy to follow and are real crowd pleasers.  I have made them for plenty of vegetarians and meat eaters alike and they all loved the recipes.  Recently, a dear friend gave me this set as a birthday gift and I actually already had them, so I wanted to share the love with one of you. Enter the raffle below for this set of cookbooks.  A winner will be announced on Monday and you have through Saturday to enter.

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Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 1/26/18

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Happy Friday friends!! How are you today? Sorry for the disappearing act yesterday. It was a busy day and by the time I had a moment to sit down and write, it was too late for me to put together anything worth reading.

Part of the reason I have been so busy recently is because I was trying to squeeze some study time in, in preparation for the group fitness instructor exam. I decided on this program both as a continuing education course for my personal training certification, as well as for professional development. I am happy to say that I took my test and passed! So that is definitely a favorite of the week.

Have you seen the Girl Scouts out and about selling cookies yet? My coworker’s daughter is selling them so I had to pick some up. I am all about Samoa’s, but the hubs is team Tagalong all the way.

I have been eyeing the Clarisonic facial spin brushes for ages, but just hadn’t been able to justify the cost when my current skincare routine has been working for me. I stumbled on this spin brush at CVS, where it was priced at $10.00, but on sale for $5.00.  I have been loving it!  I use it a few times a week with my regular cleanser and it is a great, gentle exfoliator. My face always seems so soft and smooth after.  Amazon has the Spin Spa for just under $12.00 if you want to give it a try.

From around the web:

I cannot wait to try these Chocolate coconut flour waffles from Hungry Hobby. They look so good, and that peanut butter drizzle!?! Yes, please!

Heather suggested this Coconut curry noodle bowl to me last week, and it is exactly my type of dinner. Thanks for the awesome suggestion!

I am a sucker for DIY beauty products, this Coffee sugar scrub from Katie’s Kottage looks like the perfect way for my coffee loving heart to pamper my skin.

Now your turn (I love hearing about your favorites), what’s a favorite from your week? Do you have a favorite Girl Scout cookie? Samoa’s have long been my favorite, but I feel most nostalgic about Thin Mints.

Hope you have a great weekend!

A day in the life…..

Hey friends!  How are you today?  I am on day three of my 40-day revolution and am enjoying taking the time for meditation each day.  The amount of mediation increases each week though, so we shall see how I am doing with it when it is larger chunks of time.  Today I thought I would share a day in the life post.  I always love these posts and it had been a while since I shared one, so here we go.  This is from Monday of this week.

4:00 am Pop out of bed. I was excited to start my 40-day revolution yoga practice, so I made sure to get up right on time.

4:05-4:30 Yoga and meditation. I’m not sure if it was because I had just gotten up, or all the sitting in the car the day before, but I woke up stiff! It was great to start the day with the stretching and quiet, meditation time. I felt a huge difference from how stiff I was at the beginning and how much better I felt at the end.

4:30-4:45 Coffee time, with the usual almond milk, collagen, and ashwagandha. I also took this 15 minutes or so to check in with the blog world and relax before really starting the day.

4:45-5:30. Hop in the shower and get ready for the day. I had washed my hair and laid out clothes the night before, so I was able to get ready pretty quickly. I try to get ready before the kids get up, especially on days I leave early to teach, so I can focus my attention on them when they get up.

5:30-6:00 Baby wake up and snuggle time, one of the best parts of the day. I also hung out with them while they started breakfast and then headed off to teach my class.

6:00-7:00 Had a great group for class today.  I love my group of early morning folks.  They have such a good energy and get me feeling pumped every time.

7:00 Headed to my office. One of the perks of being out and about early is pretty sunrises like this.

7:30 Had a quick breakfast at my desk while catching up on emails. Two savory breakfast muffins, a bunch of blueberries and some Whoppers someone left in the break room, breakfast of champs.

11:30-11:50 After a busy work morning, I decided it was time for lunch. I normally pack a fresh lunch, but had limited options and didn’t want to eat what I had planned for dinner for two meals in a row, so frozen meal to the rescue. This was pretty decent, though I think it would have been a lot better if I had been able to bake it rather than microwaving it.   It did not look especially lovely after being microwaved though, so box picture it is.

I am really bad about working through lunch but decided to kind of follow Maureen’s suggestion and do a little reading at lunch. I say kind of because I was studying for my upcoming group instructor exam, not reading for fun, but still a nice little break.

3:30-4:30 My personal city tour to pick up my kiddos and get home.  Traffic was mild and I got some good podcast time in on my way to pick up my little ones.

5:00 Dinner time! We had carnitas burrito bowls that came together in about 5 minutes because I had prepped the meat, rice and beans the night before. It was so nice to only have to make some quick guacamole (weeknight version = salsa and avocado) and chop some lettuce.

5:30-7:00 Baby hangout time! Baths and hanging out/unwinding before bed.

7:00-7:30 Quick at home workout using this little guy. My brother gave me a set of resistance bands not to long ago and I am loving them.  Also, jackets with thumb holes are the greatest!

7:30-8:30 Catch up with the hubs and unload the dishwasher

8:30-9:15 More study time/reading before bed, plus a five-minute meditation.

9:15 Sweet, sweet bedtime

Well there you have it, my Monday! This was a fairly normal Monday for me.  I like to end the day with a show or some fun reading, but am trying to study when I can right now.

What’s a typical day like for you? When do you normally get up during the week? 4:00-4:30 is pretty typical for me during the week so I try to get to bed by 9:00ish.

Hope you have a great day!

Savory Breakfast Muffins (Gluten/Grain Free)

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Happy Tuesday! How is your week starting out? No complaints over here. Yesterday was full of the usual Monday hustle and bustle, but I felt prepared and everything went pretty smoothly. Since I knew we would have pretty full days this week, I made sure to do some good meal prepping on the weekend. Dinner last night was pretty much heat and serve, and I have breakfast ready to go for the week!

What am I having for breakfast this week?  These delicious, savory breakfast muffins. These little lovelies are made with coconut flour, so they are gluten and grain free. They also come in at just 110 calories and have 6 grams of protein per muffin with the mix-ins I used. I have been loving a couple in the morning paired with fresh fruit.

Savory Breakfast Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2.5 tablespoons melted butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used 2% milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • Add-ins: get creative here, I used 4 slices chopped turkey bacon, 2 diced green onions, 1/4 shredded cheese

Directions.  Preheat oven to 400.  Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray.  Mix first 8 ingredients together until well mixed.  Fold in add-ins.  Evenly distribute into muffin tin.  Bake for 18-20 minutes until firm to the start and just starting to brown on the edges.

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge.  I would suggest heating them up to serve as they are best warm.  Just leave out the bacon to make these vegetarian  You can also play with the add-ins you use to make it your own.

Are you a sweet or savory breakfast person?  I love both.  My during the week go to breakfasts are usually some combination hardboiled eggs with fruit, homemade muffins, and oatmeal.   On the weekends, I love a good quiche or traditional eggs and bacon breakfast.

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Recap – Food, friends and starting my 40 day revolution

Hey friends! How was your weekend?

Last week was a hustle and bustle week for us and stayed that way for the most of the day Friday. I got off work later than normal and it was a bit of a rush getting the babies home and fed. But after they were settled in, the hubs took over bedtime duties and I headed out for drinks and snacks with a friend. We went to check out Culinary Dropout, which is a relatively new place in town but has locations in other cities. It was a pretty fun hangout spot, with games (ping pong, cornhole, etc) and a small band playing.

We enjoyed some fancy drinks and snacks while chatting away.  My drink kinda reminded me of a spicy, spiked green juice. To snack on we had the pretzel bites with fondue and a build your own antipasto. They have a variety of meats, cheeses, bread, and veggies to pick from. It was delicious.  One of our veggies was some unpictured spicy roasted brussel sprouts that I am hoping to figure out how to recreate soon.

It was a fun evening out and nice to catch up a bit.

Saturday morning we hung out and had breakfast before I left to teach. I was pretty excited when my little dude requested oatmeal. However, he ate no oatmeal and instead just ate the fruit off the top. Oh well, at least my oatmeal (with a touch of brown sugar, peanut butter, and dried blueberries) was delicious.

Later in the day, I continued my delicious eating trend by meeting a friend who was in town for lunch. We met at a local sushi spot, which happened to be having a lunch buffet at the time. I took advantage of that and had a little miso soup, a little sushi, a few of pieces of veggie tempura and a couple unpictured crab puffs. It was a delicious lunch and even better company.

After lunch, I attended my first meeting to start a 40-day program focusing on change from within and utilizing a daily yoga and meditation practice. It officially starts today. I am super excited to take some time to reflect and deepen my meditation/yoga practice. I will let you guys know how it goes.

The rest of the day was spent cheering on the UA in their win against Stanford (go cats) and chilling with my little family.

Sunday started with a bright and early Orangetheory class. It was a great workout, I missed out on getting my stats though because I could not get an accurate heart rate reading. My monitor wasn’t working properly, they lent me a different one but I still wasn’t able to get a good read. Apparently it’s me?  My heart rate would be like 120% when I was only walking and then drop to 0% for several minutes at a time, it was the strangest thing.  The staff was so nice and helpful trying to get it figured out though.

After class, I rushed home and got ready so my little guy and I could head up to Phoenix for my cousin’s baby shower. She is the cutest pregnant lady ever! I didn’t get a lot of pictures, mainly because I was chasing the little dude around most of the time, but did snag a picture of my lunch plate and the pretty drink and dessert table.

It was really nice to catch up with the family and celebrate my cousin and her baby. I can’t wait to meet the little one.

Once we got home, we got ready for the week, and I put together this little post.

How was your weekend? Tell me about one of your weekend activities! Anything you are especially looking forward to this week? I am excited to start my 40-day revolution and dig into the book and practice.

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 1/19/18

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Hi guys, happy Friday!!! Hope you are having a fantastic day. I for one, am glad it is Friday. Even though it was a short week, It seemed to drag a bit. I think maybe I just never got into a real groove. I am hoping this week I can get organized and more on my A game.

Per usual, I wanted to take some time today to focus on my favorites from this week. I always love hearing about your favorites as well, so please play along in the comments.

First up, I recently discovered the smoked butterscotch syrup at Starbucks. It is pretty sweet (I don’t usually go for super sweet coffee), but a single pump in a grande coffee is just about perfect!

I also recently tried this Natural Calm mix, and really enjoyed it. I had these samples sitting around for a bit, I really don’t know why I waited so long to try it.  Also, anything that potentially helps with stress sounds good to me!

I am also loving these Nike Lunarglide shoes I got for Christmas. They are lightweight and supportive.  I have been liking them during both running and strength style workouts.

I am also loving me some short, at home workouts recently. I put recently shared this one and this one. I have also tried a couple of the Fitnessista’s Winter Shape Up workouts, which are always great.

I have already made multiple batches of the apple pie version, and am looking forward to trying the rest of these apple cider vinegar drinks from Eating Bird Food.

These ranch chickpeas from Running in a Skirt look like the perfect healthy snack to keep me from stress eating a bag of potato chips.

Glitter on a Dime shared these awesome looking apple nachos earlier this week, I can’t wait to give them a try with the kiddos.

I am a sucker for coconut milk in soups and this coconut chicken soup from PB Fingers will definitely need to happen soon.

What are you loving this week? Any big plans for the weekend? I have a girls night planned with a friend and my cousin’s baby shower, I am looking forward to some fun with some of my favorite ladies.

Hope you have a great day and weekend!

3 x 3 workout

Hey friends, how are you today? It may just be me, but I feel like this has been a super long week already, especially considering I had Monday off.  I already have my eye on the weekend prize, lol.

While this week hasn’t been quite as crazy as last week, it’s still been difficult to make it to the gym or classes (I miss you spin class, I’ll be back soon).  So I have been relying on at home workouts a lot. Even when things are super busy, I try to squeeze in at least 20-30 minutes a day for a workout. It is a huge stress reliever for me and always ends up being time well spent.

I put together this workout recently and really enjoyed it.  It starts with longer, tougher rounds, and decreases in duration each round. Which is one of my favorite style of workouts.  The whole thing should take under 30 minutes.  A pair of dumbbells is needed for the bicep curls and tricep extensions, but you could sub in push-ups and tricep dips for a no equipment, do anywhere option.

As always, check with a doctor before starting a new workout routine and listen to your body.  Hope you enjoy this workout!

Quiz Time! – 13 Questions

Hey, hey!  How are you today?  Hope your week has been great so far.

I love the little quizzes that float around Facebook, it is always so fun to learn new things about the people in your life.   I saw this quiz on a friend’s page not too long ago and thought it looked like fun.  I would love to hear some of your answers as well!

  1. Favorite smell – Hmmmm, this is a tough one but probably a tie between something baby related, baby shampoos and lotions always smell so good, and the creosote rain smell you find in Arizona.

  2. Last time I cried – While watching Coco, the hubs may have laughed at me, but the ending got me right in the feels.  Also, I loved this movie and would recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.


3. Favorite pizza – All Pizza deserves to be a favorite, but I am partial to thin crust. I also love me some pineapple on pizza.


4. Favorite Flower – peonies, they are so pretty. I always get excited when I see them at Trader Joe’s


5. Favorite dog breed – Cute little mutt dogs like this guy.


6. Do you untie your laces before taking your shoes off? – Nope, I only untie my shoes if I need to adjust them or tighten the laces.

7. Roller Coasters? – Maybe, I used to love roller coasters, but don’t really care for them anymore. I will partake in the occasional rollercoaster if it’s not too scary though.


8. Favorite ice cream – Love Potion 31 – it’s the Valentines flavor at Baskin Robbins.


9. What are you listening to? Hakuna Mata – we recently introduced the kids to The Lion King and it’s been stuck in my head for days. I have also been catching up on Model Health Show podcasts recently.


10. Favorite food – It’s hard to pick just one (I love all the food) but probably tacos or pizza.  Though recently I have been wanting Poke Bowls all the time.


11. Favorite Holiday – Halloween, I love all the costumes and spooky stuff.  I also really love the time of year, which definitely plays a part in it being my favorite holiday

12. Night owl or morning person – Morning person, I have always been an early bird.


13. Favorite day of the week – It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday, I always look forward to extra time with the babes and to reconnect with friends and family.

Your turn!  Answer a question or two in the comments.  I would love to get to know you better!

Hope you have a great day

Lemony Garlic Baked Salmon

Hey friends! How are you today? How was your Monday? I was off yesterday and enjoyed a little extra time with my minis. They even ” helped” me with some chores!  I did a ton of laundry yesterday, and am proud to say that I even put most of it away.  I actually kind of like doing laundry, but I hate putting it away and usually put it off for way too long.

For a long time, I was intimidated by the idea of cooking fish at home. The hubs does not really eat fish, so I wouldn’t make it for dinner, and just didn’t really have much experience preparing it. Over the last year or so, I decided that I needed to get over that and have been making fish a lot more regularly. Salmon is one of my favorites, and it is so easy to prepare. Today I thought I would share one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon for a weeknight dinner. It takes minutes to prep and bakes up quickly. I usually roast some veggies while it is baking and maybe make some instant rice, for a healthy dinner that is ready super fast and requires minimal dishes!

Lemony Garlic Baked Salmon

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 salmon filet, skin on (about 1-1.25 lbs)

1 lemon, sliced into rounds

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves minced garlic

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Dash red chile flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 400.  Lightly spray a sheet pan with cooking spray.  Blot salmon with a paper towel.  Mix together olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning and red chile flakes.  Salt and pepper fish, then spoon olive oil mixture over top.  Top with sliced lemons.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork.

Do you eat fish?  Are there any foods that you were nervous to make on your own?

Hope you have a great day!