Time For Reflection

Time For Reflection

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.  - Søren Kierkegaard

Brené Brown talks about the Reckoning, the Rumble, and the Revolution in her book Rising Strong. We need to know where we are before we can figure out where we need to go. It is good to periodically spend time reflecting on where we are at and where we would like to be and what gets in the way of getting there.

A Message From Mark - Workout Inspiration

A Message From Mark - Workout Inspiration

Maybe it's because it's summer (as I'm writing this) and my brain doesn't want to think...so this week's post comes from the founder of the Primal movement, Mark Sisson. His approach to working out and fitness helped bring joy back into my life. His approach along with one of Brené Brown's Guideposts to Wholehearted Living - Cultivating Play has gone a long way helping this sometimes much too serious woman to let go and have some fun. So here are his words:

Stressed?

Stressed?

Stress. We all experience it. We are told to reduce it, but how? Some of us experience stress daily. For some of us it is more about the situation we are in. Some of us have personalities that tend to stress more than others. 
 

Exercise?! No time and I'm exhausted already!

Exercise?! No time and I'm exhausted already!

My relationship with exercise used to be very much a love/hate relationship. And if I'm honest, most of the time it was hate. It was yet another thing in my overwhelmed life that I was supposed to be doing. There were times I would recommit to it and get to the gym nice and early and do the elliptical for 40-60 minutes. I would stick with it and then see some weight loss but it never gave me the energy all the experts promised. I would go back home (I was a stay-at-home mom.) and it would take everything in me not to fall back asleep at 10 am. Something else in life always seemed to happen and I wouldn't be able to get to the gym for awhile and the weight I had lost would find me again. It was a horrible, joyless cycle. 

Staying Motivated

Staying Motivated

You made your commitment to start a new way of eating or exercise routine. You have the best intentions and your heart is in it. You really do want this! Then the excitement wears off. The day to day decision making hits. Will I do this? Can I do this? Is it even working? What if all this effort doesn't work and you begin to talk yourself out of it. You find your motivation quickly disappearing. I hear you! Oh the struggle is real!

Resilience Through Setbacks

Resilience Through Setbacks

We've all experienced this. We set out to make new habits. Maybe it's making healthy food choices. Maybe it's starting a new exercise routine. It could even be wanting to implement a new morning routine of meditation. We are doing well for the first week or so and then bam! we are sidelined with either getting sick, getting injured or life throws us a curve ball. 

Strategies for the Holidays

Strategies for the Holidays

You know it's coming. You know you've recently made a commitment to yourself to nourish your body with healthy foods. Foods that serve you well. Yet, you know it's coming. The parties. The offerings. The friends. The family. The temptations. The explanations. The choices. How will you navigate through this so that when you reflect on the memories the focus is on the actual holidays and not the shame of over-indulgence?

Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats

These are simple to make, tasty, and filling. All-in-one meal too! Here's what I did:

Ingredients:
7-9 small Zucchini
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Basil
Marinara sauce
4 cups Mozzarella
Small Pkg. of Pepperoni

Preheat oven to 425*F.

Slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Place on lined baking sheet. (I used a silicone liner.)

With spoon, slightly scrape out some of the zucchini to create a well for the cream cheese mixture.

Mix cream cheese and spices to spread on slightly hallowed out zucchini halves.

Top with marinara, shredded mozzarella and pepperoni. Bake at 425* for 18 min. Serves 8

Little Bites of Nutrition - Week 7

Little Bites of Nutrition - Week 7

Varieties of Protein   

It is well established that protein is an essential macronutrient that we need and it is even argued that it is the most essential nutrient because we can’t make it on our own. We need to eat protein. While it is nice to keep things simple, I want to expand a little on the benefit of eating a variety of protein sources.