Some refreshing coming soon to Christiminter.com.
It is Monday and we all LOVE MONDAYS :)
We also LOVE MOMS/MUMS whether biological, friend or a second mom and we all LOVE GIVEAWAYS. While gearing up for the week ahead . . . THINK positively! ***Here is a pretty Facebook Cover FREE with a link to the fun with words competition happening right now on the [C] facebook page.. WINNER chosen this week so get your clever hats on!
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Winter has melted. Valentine hearts have flown out of the Jar and spring has arrived.
I don't know about you but the summer magazine's started filling my mailbox weeks ago "briefing" me on whats new in swimsuits. :/
How are your 2015 health resolutions looking ?
A client of mine and talented Personal Trainer, Lauren Hanks was so kind to share some of HER favorite insights to staying focused resolutions that seem so long ago.
STAY THE COURSE EVERYONE! Show Lauren some love.
YOUR first exercise: After the article, scrooooll ALL the way down to the very bottom to find one of Lauren's favorite recipe & Sign up for upcoming features ;) - C
I've been thinking a LOT about how to avoid the common pit-falls of over-eating, over-drinking, under-sleeping, under-exercising and on and on. How do we avoid feeling lousy, fattened up, unorganized, unaccomplished, undisciplined, sluggish, wishful and all those defeating things after the holidays and in amongst our regular fun lives?! I recently read a book that truly resonated with me. The Compound Effect. In this book, Darren Hardy talks about our daily routines and habits that sum up to the whole of who we are!
"WHAT'S SIMPLE TO DO IS ALSO SIMPLE TO NOT DO."
The magic is not in the complexity of the task; the magic is in the doing of simple things repeatedly and long enough to ignite the miracle of the Compound Effect. So, beware of neglecting the simple things that make the big things in your life possible. A daily routine built on good habits is the difference that separates the most successful amongst us from everyone else.
"Indulging in your bad habits doesn't seem to have negative effects at all in the moment."
It's the summation of those choices. So we can wake up and wonder how in the world we got to such an unhealthy place? Or we can wake up and be energetically charged for the day, ready to take ownership of all the small choices that positively impact our health. Every Day Counts. Make yourself proud!
A few tips:
- Drink half of your body weight in ounces EVERY DAY to ward off dehydration and false hunger pains.
- For the week, aim for 80% super clean eating. ENJOY the rest!
- Pick only the parties/events, occasions that mean the absolute most to you. Every other night, go to bed early. Adequate sleeps helps you make better decisions.
- Have a snack or small meal before attending a party so you don't go crazy on junk food.
- Replace the late evening glass of wine with a cup of high quality hot tea.
- Stay ACTIVE! Do not neglect your workout routine. Go for a walk, jog, do body weight exercises in the driveway or hotel to keep your body in motion.
- Set an alarm in the evening to shut everything down (phones, emails, facebook) and start relaxing for bed. When this alarm goes off, disconnect yourself from the chaos of the day or the anxiety of tomorrow.
***CHALLENGE: Pick one of these things you’ll focus on this week!
Please remember, if we do the simple thing repeatedly and create a positive and healthy daily routine, we'll be successful! ***Please visit and LIKE my page at www.facebook.com/fitnessandfoodforyou***
HERE IS ONE OF MY favorite HEALTHY SALAD RECIPE
KALE & CRANBERRY SALAD
compliments of Terry Givens at www.resetyourbody.com
One large head of kale cut very small (stems removed from end and center)
1 cup diced Cherry Tomatoes
¾ cup Dried Cranberries
¾ cup Pine Nuts OR Pumpkin Seeds ( whatever you prefer)
Sprinkle of Fleur de Sel or Sea Salt
1 large juicy Lemon freshly squeezed
3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Honey
Mix salad ingredients in large bowl. Mix dressing ingredients in medium bowl and mix well together. Add dressing to salad and toss.
All can be adapted to taste! If you like a more lemon flavor, use lemon infused olive oil or more fresh lemon juice. If you like sweeter, use more honey.
Perks of using kale (besides the incredible nutrition properties) is that it is hardy enough a leaf to be great left over! You can make a big batch of salad and have for two days.
I know, I know . . . now you have the song in your head! The first of the week is typically labeled with dread and seriousness for most. Poor Monday has never had a chance following Sunday. A wise one once told me to treat yourself on a Monday! Wear that favorite scarf or outfit! Grab a coffee with an extra pump of syrup. Do something for someone else! Whatever you do enjoy where and who you are in life.
In the midst of a family portrait session recently, I began to channel the little girl sense of humor and dreamy imagination side of myself in hopes to get two little girls to smile and be themselves naturally in front of the crazy blonde with the camera. In that spiral, I started singing "Let it Go" from Frozen and as a typical "NOT MOM" I did not know the words, but I tried with a passion! It got me thinking . . . and them smiling:)
As an adult ( I just heard a huge sigh!? ) every day I battle entertaining stress and dressing up as Sophisticated Serious Barbie. A splash of sophistication and serious is NEVER a bad thing. However, I find no matter how many outfits I try on to make up who I long to be . . . at the end of day, true colors and the "real me" outfit looks and feels the best. The simplicity of sticking to my true self, trusting my intuition and skill set always gets the best creative results. Also attracting the very people and projects I want to be surrounded by. Working for advertising agencies and now as business owner, dressing the part takes on an entire NEW meaning. I have to be true to myself, clients and projects Pulling out the best visual, story, or design!
After the session, I began reminiscing with the little girls mother ( who I have known since high school ) and I walked away with a feeling of giddiness, excitement and relaxation all together. Was is it the photos? The creative silly fun with the little girls? No, ( although fun ). Was it the weather or my outfit? No, I realized ( afterwards in the mirror) I had a sweat-stache, covered with grass and no makeup.
Yet, I walked away smiling with a light heart and refreshed!! The feeling you get when you walk away from a really good "I DID IT" moment, or a really fun date with great conversation. I "LET GO" and embraced a REAL Barbie. In my life her name is Lucy. This is the nickname I've inherited over the years "Lucy" AKA Lucille Ball. This version of me is the little girl, the comedian, the silly yet sophisticated "real me" so-to-speak. Some make fun of Lucy's. They can appear as a scattered left brain that is unplanned or silly. In reality, that is not the case!
I have grown to appreciate the Lucy version of myself that makes life waaaay more enjoyable. As children we begin our journey with an innocent view. Not just of the world, but of ourselves! That childlike demeanor is a gift. So why do we fight that persona? Why do we spend long hours trying to be what we "think" we should be by someone else's standards or even our own?
I would choose the Silly Sophisticated Lucy any day. Oh wait, God already granted me that! I I have to remember that each day of my adult life to be true to her and God's design. So today I encourage you to be REAL, keep it REAL and merely just add a scarf to the ensemble that is YOU!
What do ya know . . . two my favorite comedians singing the VERY song that inspired this blog post! They did not know the words either and rocked it.