Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week Four of Thanks! (Last One!)

Thankful that I have finally found balance and harmony in my body.
PiYo is such a huge part of this contribution!

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas...

Girlfriends and Wine <3

Homemade Pecan Pies for Turkey Day!

Our Post Turkey Burn Boot Camp Picture :)
Raised money for Adopt a Family while sweating it out to enjoy the feast
I prepped for the day by drinking my Shakeology.  Never go hungry to a big meal!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

Somehow I lost my Day 29 photo! :(

Puppy Snuggles and Feeling Loved <3 He's the best.

That's all folks!  #30daysofthanks was super fun!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Week Three Of Thanks

I love personal development.
This week I discovered Marie Forleo and I'm in love with her!

Sundays are good for the soul. <3

Needed a little help falling asleep and 
I was so grateful that there was at least this one lonely tea bag left!

AHHH!! I'm SO excited!! Desperately trying to figure out how to get to NYC

Amen.  I am SO grateful for ALL of my relationships.

End of the course = Survey time!
I am always nervous to read them, but this warmed by heart.

Just my pups and I snuggled on the couch!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Week Two of Thanks

Day 8 - I LOVE New Recipes! 
Today, I made homemade almond butter. 
So easy & so delicious! 3 cups of almonds in the food processor and GO!

Day 9 - Penn State's THON and Canning
It was a canning weekend for the current Penn State students and it always makes me proud to see them on the corners raising money for The Four Diamond Foundation and pediatric cancer.  I was a THON dancer with my best friend in 2010 and it was truly one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of my life.

Day 10 - Sometimes you just need to "soak it off"

My Grandfather, Vic

My Late Grandfather, Jerry

Day 12 - This is a screen shot of our pup Murphy running for joy with his new bone.  It reminded me that sometimes you just need to get excited about the little things.

Day 13 - Snow Flurries...the first snowfall of the winter! Since I missed Winter for the most part in PA last year, I was excited for it! (But once Christmas is over, I will not be!)

Day 14 - Muggsy <3
He was our family dog growing up - he made it to 17 years old!
Today would have been his 18th birthday.  Our family misses this little dog so much.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Nutrition is PERSONAL

We make a lot of mistakes when it comes to nutrition, and this happens because we want simple rules.  We want a black and white list - "What to Eat and What NOT to Eat."  We want a SIMPLE go-to for how to structure our meals: low carb, no carb, no gluten, low fat...Paleo, Atkins, South Beach Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, on and on and on.  Just walk the "health" aisle in Barnes & Noble to find your selection.

The truth is Nutrition is PERSONAL.

NO one has the same genetic make-up and therefore the way that food responses in YOUR body will be different than the response in MY body.  Those are the facts - those are the rules.

Do you know people that SWEAR by a certain way of eating? Awesome - that is what works FOR THEM.  It does not necessarily mean that it will work for you.  Can you try it?  Absolutely, but learn to take notes about how you feel while you do it. (And I wouldn't always trust Joe Shmo on the street.  A lot of people have a lot of opinions about nutrition).

What we do know is that processed foods are not benefitting anyone.  Eating real, whole foods is the best way to go, and then see how it works for you from there.  Make adjustments and listen to your body.

For example, I WANT to eat oatmeal, quinoa, dairy, beans (to name a few).  I DO love to eat them and the variety of meals I can make with those ingredients, but the fact remains, my body does not respond well to them.  Even having a "Shakeology Protein Ball" made with some oatmeal does not settle well :( Occasionally, I will eat them, but I'm aware of the consequences.  I've listened and had enough "experiences" to know my body's's a risk I choose to take! 

So naturally, some people ask "What exactly are whole foods?"

Well, I think that will have to be the next post ;)

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Week One of Thanks!

In my last post, I explained my idea of dedicating the month of November to publishing #30daysofthanks!  Here is a recap of the photos from the first week :)

We are high school sweethearts and I cannot imagine going through life without him!

Our puppy, Murphy, is an English Springer Spaniel.
He is 16 months and certainly a rascal!

I teach a fitness format called PiYo on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
They are my favorite hours of the week :)

I LOVE a good smelling candle.  They are constantly lit in our home.

"If I were a tea, I would be Yogi Tea" -- I LOVE the inspirational quotes each cup provides :)

I love birthdays {except my own!}  My husband turned 27 today.
It was a Thursday so I posted a #throwbackthursday from our graduation week of high school!

Saturday, November 01, 2014

30 Days of Thanks

November 1st.

November marks the start of the holiday season.
The stress. The penny-pinching. The calories.  The lack of time.

Not this year!

Beginning this holiday season with a different of appreciation and thankfulness.
For my family, friends, health, career, and everything else I am lucky to have!

Therefore, I have decided to kick of the month of Thanksgiving with a #30daysofthanks challenge.

Day 1. I am appreciative for the opportunity to coach others.

Monday begins the start of my next health challenge group.  We are all completing the 21 day fix together.  I started the group with a ZOOM call this morning discussing the program, planning, organizing, and more! It was great to interact face-to-face (or via phone for those challengers that were on the go!) I shared my plan of attack with the challengers.  Although it was a Saturday and technically this is part of my job, I do NOT consider it "work" at all.  I woke up excited to share the opportunity with my challengers.  I know they are going to do a wonderful job these next 3 weeks!