And I Almost Didn’t Do It!

I almost didn’t get this workout but I sooooooo happy that I did. Every time I push play it makes me smile and takes my mind far way from any stress or struggle I might have going on. It allows you to let your hair down and just have a ball while burning those calories.

Exercise does NOT have to feel like torture! Here is proof.

Pico de gallo

Pico de gallo

pico de galloMy hubby is soooo picky when it comes to what he eats. He’s not big on many veggies so if he shows interest in anything in the produce world I am all over it. One of his favorite things is pico de gallo. He will eat it with his burgers or hot dogs and sometimes all by itself.

I try to keep some in the frig for him to spot and grab when he is looking for something to munch on. As most of us are, he is a mindless eater…meaning, he doesn’t need to be hungry to eat. So if I can help pump some nutrition into him during this mindless process, I’m on it!

It’s so simple to make and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. Give it a try this holiday weekend. Serve it with chips or even as a garnish to burgers or dogs.

Ingredients:

3-4 large tomatoes
1 small sweet onion
2 cloves garlic
fresh cilantro
lime or lemon
salt
*jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped

Slice tomatoes in half and then remove seeds. After seeds removed dice tomatoes into small pieces.
Chop onion to preference (my husband likes really small pieces where I am fine with nice diced pieces)
Use garlic press to press garlic cloves and then chop with knife.
Use cilantro to taste. It’s a pretty strong herb so add gradually.
I use about half of a lime, again it’s more about personally preference.
Pinch of salt, my preference is Himalayan salt.
*I will add some jalapeno peppers into if hubby is not around. He likes mild and I like spicy!

Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.

Seeing the Potential

Seeing the Potential

Potential BeautyI absolutely love taking old things and repurposing or refurbishing them. There is just something awesome about finding an item that someone else has discarded as having no value because they can longer see the beauty in it. It makes me smile when I find that thing and I can see it’s potential. Sometimes I might not completely see the full potential of the item at first, but I know there is something there even if no else saw or felt it was worth the effort. Just think about it. If others saw the value in it, it would have never been left on the shelf or thrown to the curb.

We tend to do the same thing with people. We tend to discarded each other when see each other’s deepest flaws. We may keep someone around for a while but eventually we no longer have a use for them. Someone more interesting comes along and we suddenly only see the brokenness in the other person which justifies our moving on. The sad part is we are flawed but tend to not see it in ourselves. We usually discard people that we don’t understand because we have never walked in their shoes and lived their experience. I am not saying that there is not a time to leave friendship because it’s abusive or enabling an unhealthy lifestyle. But I am saying that many people would rather gossip about someone flaws then to speak good words over someone even before they deserve them. Speaking good words over someone well before they deserve them is what has the greatest potential to change them in a positive direction. Gossip destroys the character of the person doing it, it pollutes the mind of the one listening to it and it damages the one being gossiped about.

I guess you could say I am a huge fan of the “underdog” because I have always felt a little like one myself. For many years I have had a thought that if people really knew the truth about who I WAS (please notice the past tense there) they would not like me at all.  I have an extremely colorful past that included a very wild lifestyle. But I can tell you it was my way of trying to mask a lot of hurt and pain. Broken people are broken for a reason. Usually they are in search of love and acceptance. Unfortunately, they look in all the wrong places because they  don’t feel worthy to look in all the right places.

So next time you decide that you prefer to move on from a friendship with someone you feel is just too broken for you to be around for whatever reason, do both of you a favor and choose to speak words of over them they don’t yet deserve.  Though you may not be broken today keep in mind that tomorrow you might be the discard item left on shelf just waiting on someone to come along and see something beautiful that others have been unable to see. Words are containers that hold the power. Speak words of life because we must not forget, we will  reap what we sow…..eventually.

 

A Yummy Holiday Breakfast Treat

A Yummy Holiday Breakfast Treat

Oatmeal I know not everyone is as big of a fan of oatmeal as I am, but I think it is super yummy. I don’t eat grains very often anymore, so when I do, I want it to be worth it. The grains that I choose to eat will usually be gluten free, so if you are like me and try to avoid gluten, just look for brands that are certified as gluten free.

During the holidays I tend to splurge more often than any other time of the year. I am pretty sure I am not alone. I have gotten wiser over the years and know if I will pick something relatively healthy it’s much easier and faster for me to get back on track. This year, I think I just might splurge with some GF oats.

Check out these amazing oatmeal recipes. If you love oatmeal like I do, I am sure one of these will definitely speak to you!

Find the yummy factor here >>>>> 15 Amazing Oatmeal Recipes

Have You Made These 6 Cooking Mistakes?

Have You Made These 6 Cooking Mistakes?

cooking-mistakes-fat2Could these mistakes be making you fat?

I have to admit even though I love being in the kitchen and trying to keep things fresh and healthy, after reading the list below, I found myself guilty of a few of these mistakes. Nutrition is no doubt the platform to our health and wellness and it’s vitally important that we try and get that part of the mix right.  So, I guess I still have some tweaking to do in the kitchen. If I am going to invest that much time cooking fresh, I want to get the most out of it.

 

 

Recognize yourself in any of these?

Cooking Mistake #1: You’re too generous with the olive oil
Cooking Mistake #2: You forget to spice things up
Cooking Mistake #3: You bake meat in the oven
Cooking Mistake #4: You’re “cleaning up” baked goods
Cooking Mistake #5: You’re, well, cooking everything
Cooking Mistake #6: You think pasta was made for noodles

Get the tips on how to over come these mistakes here.

I totally believe in exercise. I think it’s very important, but you can’t exercise away a bad diet. There is nothing more frustrating then to try and work your butt off (literally) in the gym with little or not results. More cardio is probably NOT the answer if you are already crushing it at the gym. My guess would be that your problem is in the kitchen, not the gym.

If you will start to take strides towards eating more nutritious foods (foods closest to their natural state) you will start to see things change. Invest time in learning how to make yummy foods that feed your body and soul. Find recipes that put a healthy twist on something you hate the thought of giving up so you don’t feel deprived. Learn different ways to cook your veggies for variety. Take baby steps, you don’t have to do everything in one day.

 

 

 

There is No Growth Inside Comfortable

There is No Growth Inside Comfortable

piyo instructor

When was the last time that you did something that scared you? Something that you knew would push you outside of your comfort zone. Me? Today!

I signed up to become a PiYo instructor (it’s a fitness thang!!). Not so much to teach classes (but I just might though) but more so to push me out of my comfort zone. There is no growth inside comfortable so it’s time to stretch myself outside of the box I’ve kept myself in.

Years ago (yes I do mean yeeaaars) I was asked repeatedly to teach step aerobics. I was told I would be an aweseome instructor because I loved it and had so much energy and fun encouraging others in class.

So why didn’t I do it…simply out of fear. I was scared that everyone one reject me and I didn’t want to take the chance of failing in front of others. I knew I was good at being on the side lines and encouraging people but being in front of them was whole another story.

Today, I am starting to rewrite that story by signing up to be a PiYo instructor! By signing up, it’s put me in a place where I will be completely uncomfortable outside of my comfort zone. I am so excited and can’t wait to GROW!!!