Morning Yoga at Strala Yoga
I actually got myself out of bed and off to @stralayoga. Watch out toes, I’m coming for you! (at Strala Yoga)
Mobility and flexibility are just two pieces to the holistic puzzle of fitness and health. They are just as important as building up endurance and strength. Including mobility and flexibility will take your fitness goal to the next level.
Now until the New Year, I am committing to yoga twice at least twice a week. I’ll be touching my toes in no time.
What are your end of the year goals?
I recently stumbled upon this incredible pumpkin chili recipe and thought I would put the left over pumpkin puree from Thanksgiving to use. (When else do you use pumpkin puree?!)
What you’ll need:
What you’ll do:
-Brown the beef and add in the onions and garlic. Cook until the onion are soft (5-10 minutes)
-Add all of the other ingredients (including the beef, onions and garlic) to the crock pot. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours. — I always forget how easy crock pot cooking is!
The pumpkin and cinnamon added some interesting flavors to the chili. I think it’s the perfect fall/winter chili. Next time, I’m going to add more cayenne pepper. Love the spice!
What if you:
Changing your perspective is subtle, yet powerful. You choose how you see and react to the world around you.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am so thankful for each one of you. You motivate me to be my best self everyday.
Your stories, goals and achievements drive me to complete my own story, set my own goals and achieve more than I could have alone.
For that, I am grateful. Keep following your passions and achieving your dreams.
Happy Thanksgiving :)
This past Monday, I started a 30 day health challenge. This particular challenge is not just about fitness; it’s about being healthy in all aspects of your life (right up my alley).
Yesterday’s goal was to unsubscribe to at least 3 subscriptions you no longer wished to receive. The activity took maybe 10 minutes and afterwards, I felt empowered and relieved.
It got me thinking about unsubscribing and letting go of things outside of your inbox.
In this day and age, our time is truly the only constraint. People and brands convince us to spend more time with them or their products. If you always say yes (or rather, you don’t say no), these things can quickly fill all your time.
I challenge you to unsubscribe to the things, situations, activities and people that don’t enhance and support you. Life is too short to hate what you do, to spend time with people who drain you and to waste energy worrying about things you can’t change.
Unsubscribe - It’s easier than you think.
Handful of cranberries, cherries, raspberries, one raw beet and a spoonful of chia seeds. You can taste the earthiness of the beets and the tartness of the cranberries. It was really good!
I’m now 3 weeks post New York City Marathon. (Kinda hard to believe time goes by so quickly!) During and after the actual race, I was in pretty bad shape. My knees were killing me and my IT band was on fire. I thought that it would pass and after a week of limping around, I finally saw a doctor.
Long story short, I have very weak hips and very tights muscles. I was so focused on endurance sport for the past 6 to 9 months that I’ve barely done one squat. My old CrossFit Coaches would be appalled at my state.
A new holistic approach
If I’m honest with myself, I haven’t taken a holistic approach to fitness. Fitness is an all-encompassing thing. It’s not just about running, biking or swimming. Stretching and strength also need to be incorporated. And by being a well rounded athlete, you become stronger in your sport of choice.
I’m now working on adding stretching and strength into my daily routine.
How do you keep your fitness lifestyle balanced?
What are your favorite stretches and strength exercises?
I can’t stop eating this. You know when you find something you love to eat, and you just want to eat it all the time? That is this salad for me at the moment. I’ve had to force myself to not make it so I won’t get sick of it.
The best part is that it’s easy and healthy.
What you’ll need:
3 leeks, 1 onion, oil, salt and pepper and cream/milk (optional).
What you’ll do:
1. Take the leeks, cut the bulb and dark green leaves off. Slice lengthwise and then slice thinly.
Pro tip: Wash the leeks after you cut them up. Put them in a bowl of water, swish it around and then skim the leeks off the top.
2. Chop up 1/2 to 1 onion. In a pan over medium heat, add coconut oil (or olive oil) and the onion, salt and pepper. Let the onion soften a bit (about 5 minutes)
3. Then add in the leeks and cook until soft — about 5 to 10 minutes.
4. Finishing touch (optional)- add a tablespoon of cream or whole milk. Mix in thoroughly. If you are whole 30/primal/paleo just add a bit more coconut oil. It will give you a similar result.
Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.
You better believe this is showing up on my Thanksgiving table.