Sunday, August 14, 2016

Don't give up.

The Rio Summer Olympics are on right now.  
It's 11:15 PM. 
I should go to bed. 
But as as I sit here working, a stat flashed across the screen that caught my eye, 

This is Kerri Walsh Jennings. She is 37.
One year older than me.
She's an Olympic athlete.
I am not.

But what I love about her, and all the athletes competing well into their 30s is that they challenge the expiration date on what our bodies are capable of.

And nope. We don't need to be Olympic athletes. We just need to not give up on ourselves. Another Olympic athlete, Dara Torres won silver in Beijing as a 41 year old new mom. In her memoir she wrote about people fearing middle age because that is the time they give up on themselves.

Her message is that age is just a number.

My message is that you can never give up on yourself.

Have you given up on yourself? Do you look in the mirror and resign yourself to having a "mom body" that you hate? Do you reach for the pint of ice cream, thinking, "I know I shouldn't eat a huge bowl of this, but what does it matter, really?"

It does matter. It completely does. Only not in the way you are probably thinking (having a bikini body. pffff. That is one thing that doesn't matter.)

It doesn't matter how old you are--it matters if you are taking care of yourself.
It doesn't matter if you look like Kerri up there--it matters if you are using your body the way it was meant to be used.
It doesn't matter if you look like me, or the images you see in magazines, or your spin class teacher--it matters if you are protecting and maintaining the one body you've been given so it will last you as long as you need it.
It doesn't matter if you fit into a size 4--it does matter that you are showing your kids what it looks like to eat well and healthfully to prevent age and obesity related diseases. Showing your kids how to have pride in themselves--leading by example.

So yes, I do like to dole out the tough love. I do it because I wish someone had given me some a long while ago.

You know that golden rule, "treat others how you would want to be treated?" Why aren't you treating yourself that way?

I am gearing up for another month of learning, caring, growing, and helping. Are YOU ready?
Sign up for September's accountability group here:

Monday, July 25, 2016

Better Together

In two days I'll be heading to Nashville for Summit. What is Summit? It is a gathering of people who all have the same drive and desire--to help others achieve the goal of having their insides match their outside. To focus on healthful living and self-care.

The overarching purpose is to end the trend of obesity that is washing over us like a tsunami wave. I hope it will help me better express the things that have been going around my head for the last several months.

Things like how, before I got started, I knew what I was supposed to be doing but couldn't manage it.
Just like how most people know they should be taking better care of themselves, but it's their minds, not their bodies stopping them. And my calling is to dig into that head space and help people see their way out of it. Because the way is clear for me now.  I want to make it that way for others. Be the wiper blades they need--swishing back and forth through their lives so they can see the way too. And make no mistake--wiper blades is a good analogy because it's a constant need to have the way cleared when it's raining. And damn, was it raining for me.

I'm excited to hear Gary Vaynerchuk speak. He tells it like it is. "Quit doing shit you hate." Kind of like a sucker punch for me.  I'm a pleaser, always wanting to make other people happy. Even at the expense of my own needs. Not anymore. Now I take care of me first, so I'm a better person when I show up for everyone else. I still have to do some shit I hate--but mindset is everything and I've learned to flip the script on the things I hate and turn them into acts of love.

I believe everyone can make these kinds of changes in their lives. I believe I've got the tools you need to make a change. Now, I'm hoping to learn how to shout my message from the rooftops so everyone hears it over the roaring of that tsunami wave.

And hey--if you've heard me already and want to get started--I am rolling right into August. Clean Slate 30 day group starts 8/1. Wipe the sins of summer clean before the madness of back to school AND get a great foundation going before even more madness is heaped on with the Holidays (yeah--I said it!)

Contact me for details!

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Meal Plan

I tried to limit the amount of cooking for the prep on this one! It's hot out there. And cooking isn't tops on my list of things to do when the weather warms up.
All the vegetarian proteins can be swapped out for the original versions.
Links to recipes down at the bottom.

Saturday is a little bit of a "cheat day!" So naughty--eating salted caramel tahini cups.

Shakeology: I always add a purple container (1/2 banana) and a green (1 cup greens) and sometimes a yellow (almond milk or coconut water) when I need it. Prep that stuff to make it easier by putting the "extras" in a ziplock in the freezer. 

Snack 1 is pretty obvious. 

Lunches: Tofu Broccoli Slaw Salad

Zoodles--Use a spiralizer or use a vegetable peeler. Divide zucchini noodles evenly between two food containers. Top each with one fully cooked chicken or veggie sausage, ¾ cup marinara sauce, and 10 olives. When it’s time to eat, heat for two to three minutes in a microwave. Serve with one yellow container filled with whole grain crackers.

Snack 2: 

Cake Batter Chia Pudding --I add berries on top! I'm obsessed with this recipe.

Salted Caramel Tahini Cups --a total treat! 


Mock Tuna Salad --please note that I could not find a suitable "clean" sweet pickle relish at my local grocery store so I will be making my own out of this recipe: Quick Pickle Relish . The store relishes all had high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors. 

You can just make a healthy tuna salad if you don't want to do this! For example, mix up one can light tuna, ½ cup white beans, ¾ cup shredded lettuce, 1/4 yellow bell peppers, One green onion, two tsp. olive oil, and two tsp. balsamic vinegar and serve in a whole wheat pita pocket (1 red, 2 yellow, 1 green, 2 tsp.)

Southwestern Tempeh Bowl with beans and corn

This entire meal plan was inspired by this team Beachbody no-cook meal plan!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer Party Time

Party Time! Excellent!

Summer and parties just go together in my mind.
Here are some of my favorite ideas to make summer parties that much better!

A party-ready tub.
I hate hunting all over the house looking for serving platters and dishes. It's even worse when you want to cart the stuff outside for your summer shindig. Why not get a plastic tub and stock up on melamine party ware when it's on sale (which it is right now for a lot of places--you know how the stores like to rush us into the next season). Then, you have everything you need on hand. You can also pick up silverware for an outdoor party super cheap at thrift stores and garage sales--then you can keep it in the tub. Just pull the tub out when you are ready to party and store it away in the basement or wherever when you are done (wash the stuff first--duh!). It will make that next impromptu neighborhood gathering that much more fun!

Catchup Catsup Ketchup: any way you spell it--this is so clever. Got guests who prefer their organic bison burgers at different temps? Mark who wants what with ketchup (the proper way to spell it, IMO). (this website has super creative party ideas!)

Genius veggie cookery right here! I hate trying to get veggies on and off the grill without burning off my eyebrows in the process. Here's a trick!

How much alcohol should I buy??
For a three hour party, figure about three bottles of wine for every four people and four cocktails per guest.
More than that? Tell them they don't gotta go home, but they can't stay here. Just kidding! Let your drunk guests stay over or call an Uber for them. And if you are having a casual get-together, I don't think there's anything wrong with asking guests to bring something to drink to share. If it's a more formal event with actual invitations and things like that, don't be cheap. Just buy more drinks! 

Bugs Bugs Bugs! Are not invited to my party. 
Think about getting collapsible bug tents to cover food. It's about $10 for 3. And don't forget your food safety--don't let perishable food sit out for too long unless it's on ice. Serving courses can help eliminate this worry. So start with veggies and dip, then pull out the cheese plate later, and so on. 

No bug towelettes for your guests!
Avon Skin So Soft

A fan to gently keep mosquitos and flies away from your guests. Bonus for a chic vintage looking one! 

It's always fun to have classic summer toys out at a party. Think bubble wands (the bigger the better!), hula hoops, sparklers, small squirt toys, etc. Hey did you know they make a new version of everyone'e favorite toy of death--Jarts?!?! But now they're safe.

So I hope you found these ideas helpful--Maybe they are too obvious? 

But you know what bums me out? Pinterest pressure. A party is a party. It's fun because you are there, with friends, enjoying life. 

Like a lot of things I talk about, there seems to be this pressure that everything we do must be photo-op worthy. That you and your party must be PERFECT.  You don't need any fringe pom-poms or little boat place cards made out of lemons. If those kinds of things light you up--go for it! That's great. But if you just want to have a simple, fun party--DO IT! Invite those people over and don't worry whether your house is clean enough, if your outfit is cute enough, or if your wine glasses all match.