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let’s celebrate

All was quiet on CSM last night.  I just needed a little bit of time to unwind and disconnect from everything. Jon and I took Olive and went on a walk, which we haven’t done in awhile bc we’ve been so busy.  I’ve missed our walks so much!

Yesterday afternoon I took a trip to a new Farmer’s Market on our university’s campus.  It was fairly small, but each farmer had a good array of fruits and veggies.  I was hoping to pick up some swiss chard, and while they didn’t come through for me on that, I did score all of this

cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, canteloupe, squash

I love all the different shapes of produce you find at the Farmer’s Market.  When food is grown naturally, you don’t get the perfect, uniform look that you see in the grocery stores.   It reminds me of how fresh and natural these veggies are.  Beautiful!

It also reminds me of us as humans.  We are all so different in shape and size…and that is something to celebrate!  It’s our individuality and uniqueness that makes us beautiful. I know I need a frequent reminder of that!  All too often I find myself envying someone else – their job, their body, their personality – but I try to redirect my thoughts to focus on what I love about myself

squash the size of my arm!

This morning I got up and enjoyed a bowl of plain soy yogurt, fresh berries and raw oatmeal before heading off to PiYo class!

A little while after getting back home I snacked on a whole wheat tortilla and some salsa.  I usually try to base snacks around fruits/veggies, but when a serious craving strikes…I have no choice but to listen!

I’ll be spending the rest of the day working on Outbox tasks and practicing PiYo.  Things are moving along with preparing to teach.  Slowly, but surely.

Tonight Jon and I are going to make a run to the city, so I can look for a dress to wear to the Healthy Living Summit cocktail party!  Hopefully I’ll be able to find something on sale!  Wish me luck:)

What is one thing you can celebrate about yourself? It can be something about your body, personality…whatever!  And you can’t avoid commenting on this post because you don’t want to answer the question;)  We all have wonderful amazing characteristics, and it’s good for us to remind ourselves of those things.

I’ll get the ball rolling:  I love that I have a high sense of compassion for people.  My heart breaks so deeply when I see other people hurting.

Ready…GO!!

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i’m in love

While this girl slept in this morning…

…Jon and I went for a quick run.  The Garmin was acting kind of goofy this morning, so I’m not sure about the stats.  What I do know is that it was hot…and sticky.  But it felt great once we got back into the a/c!  I’m not sure how we survived without it when we lived in Thailand.  It’s funny because I don’t remember it bothering me all that much.  I guess it’s all about perspective and what you’re used to!

For breakfast I made a new juice

1 beet, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 large carrot and a small handful of blackberries

My stash is runnin’ low!!  No more juice until I make a trip to the store:(  And as I told you yesterday, that may be awhile…unless we break down.

I wanted to show you guys what it looks like right after it comes out and before I pour it into a glass.  I get giddy watching it come out because it’s so pretty! I gaze longingly into the cup…and my heart skips a beat.

Okay, now I’m scaring myself.

Back away from the juice, Candice.

Can you see me?

nice stems.  ow ow!

I kid. I kid.

If you missed my juicer review, don’t forget to check it out.  You won’t be sorry!

This morning I’m spending some time working on PiYo.  You see, getting the certification was the easiest part.  Now it’s time to actually put together a class.  I’m not gonna lie to you guys – it’s intimidating! Don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited about it.  But before I can teach I have to memorize the poses, the cueing for modifications and what to say to guide students through the poses.

PiYo is very flexible (in more ways than one!) in that you can either use one of the pre-choreographed lessons the company already created, or you can put together your own sequences of poses.  I keep leaning toward putting together my own so I can use the poses that I love the most, but it’s all a little overwhelming, and I think just learning the pre-choreographed class would be easier to begin with.  Ahh!

Succeeding in your dreams is all about pushing through when things are scary or hard.  And I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s scary and hard when you step out to pursue something that you love.  I used to think it’d be easy, but it’s not.

I’m starting to change my perspective to look at intimidating challenges as a chance to get that rush from accomplishing something that you didn’t think you could accomplish rather than backing down when fear rears it’s ugly head.

Well, I gotta run.  I’m meeting a friend for lunch today, and I’m cuttin’ it close!  See you all later on:)

How do you tend to handle fear and intimidation?  Are you good at tackling challenges head on?

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prepare to drool

Hey!

I can’t believe the weekend is already over!  Summer is flying by.

Yesterday, Jon and I spent most of the day cleaning.  Thankfully Jon offered to tag team it with me…and it still took us over 3 hours!  We did the hard core, twice a year kind of clean.  The whole time I just kept envisioning how great it was going to feel once it was done. And it was so worth it.  I love waking up to a clean house!  The only downside = it can only go down from here:(

Here’s a glimpse of our freshly cleaned crib;)

my side of the office – where all the CSM action goes down

Jon’s side

living room (and Olive’s tail end:)

living room, dining room, kitchen (and again…Olive’s tail end:)

dining room and kitchen

kitchen

and last, but not least – our bedroom

Tour over.

Of course we took food breaks throughout our day of torture cleaning

green beans (click for recipe) from my step-dad’s garden.

Clark – if you’re reading…I need more green beeeeaaaannnnssss!!!!

leftover salad minus the veggie burger this time

Whole Soy blueberry yogurt, raw oats, Kashi U and fresh blackberries (the star of the show)

And dinner – leftover tempeh spaghetti sauce over whole wheat pasta.  Sides = ezekiel bread w/earth balance and garlic + swiss chard and chopped pattypan squash sauteed in olive oil, garlic and a dash of lemon juice

Dear beloved green beans,  you may now have a new green rival.

We got up and went to early service and Sunday school this morning.  I took a green monster to-go (running late of course:) and drank it during the service.

For lunch, we were both craving pancakes for some crazy reason – here’s what I came up with!

I used Hodgson Mill Buckwheat pancake mix, which includes 1 egg (organic free range of course) and 1 tbsp of oil

2 cakes layered with plain Whole Soy yogurt + fresh blackberries

makes my heart go pitter patter.

I need not explain how delicious they were.

The rest of my eats today were very random.  They included things like bran flakes and soy milk, tons of watermelon and more leftover green beans. hehe.

That’s all for today friends.  I’ve gotta be up and at ‘em early because I have a 9:30 am orthodontist appt. on the other side of creation (ie my hometown).  Hoping to get in a run first!

Hope you all have a great start to your week!  Thanks to all who entered in the chia seed giveaway!  Winners will be announced tomorrow!

How do you and your significant other handle cleaning?  Do you tag team?  Or is one person usually in charge? Last year while I was teaching and commuting, Jon took care of almost all the housework (swoon).  But now that I’ve got more time, I have taken back over a lot of it.  While I don’t love the actual act of cleaning…I do love keeping my house and making my husband HAPPY:) Plus, I LOVE the feeling of a spic and span house.

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a rare (but tasty!) occurrence

Good Morning!

I missed checking in last night…right around the time Jon got home from work, I started having stomach pains.  Kind of felt like cramps, but I’m not entirely sure.  Either way, this morning I woke up feeling mostly good, so I’m happy!

For dinner we created a spin off our usual enchilada recipe.

whole wheat tortilla smeared with canned refried beans (clean ingredients!) topped with black beans, rotel tomatoes, soy cheese.

rolled up and covered with green enchilada sauce

with a side of baked tortilla chips – cut a corn tortilla into chip sized pieces, lay them on a cookie sheet and bake until crispy!

We officially decided last night that no matter what we throw together, if it’s Mexican inspired it’s gonna be good!

Jon and I rolled out of bed this morning and headed straight to the gym.  I ended up doing some incline walking at about 3% incline for 20 ish minutes.  Then I stepped it up a notch to 5% incline and jogged for another five minutes. Let’s just say running in our little town does not get me in shape for hills!

On the way out I noticed that a class calleed Butts n Guts was starting in about 15 minutes, so I made the executive decision to drop Jon off at home, refill my water bottle and head back.  It was a great class, but my favorite part was kickboxing using….those big things you use to kick during kickboxing. Does anybody know what those things are called?!  I haven’t the slightest.

I loved it though!  It made me think I should try some kickboxing.  Our gym doesn’t have an actual kickboxing class, but I think there are some classes that are similar.

I love the little city we live in, but one reason why I’d love to move to a bigger city is to have more options for workouts. Particularly for different types of yoga.  There isn’t even an actual yoga studio here at all, and the gym versions are just not the same.  I would love to try hot yoga…but the closest class is over an hour away from here:(  It made me think that I would love to pursue starting up some kind of yoga studio myself….I mean, why not?  With all the college and sorority girls here, I’m sure there is a demand.  Hmmmm….

Anyway, I headed home after class, trying to decide on what to have for breakfast.  Unusually, I was craving something savory!  I almost can’t even believe what I ended up eating.  And I really can’t believe that I liked it.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have a problem eating free range, organic eggs.  I don’t eat them very often, almost never actually, but if the craving hits I give in!

Unfortunately, I’m the world’s worst egg fryer.  Look how sad…

I poured about 1/2 a tsp of olive oil in the skillet before breaking the egg into it.  I had no idea what I was doing.  But how hard can it be to fry an egg, right?

Meanwhile, I toasted a slice of Ezekiel bread, spread it with Sabra hummus and added a layer of fresh baby spinach.  When the egg was cooked, I plopped it on top and sprinkled on a bit of black pepper!

This really hit the spot!

Well, I’m off to shower and do some stuff around the house before I meet a friend for lunch.  Hope you all have a great day!  Oh, and the giveaway it coming up asap…promise!

Please let me know your thoughts on these questions in the comments section.  I’m excited to hear what you all think!

Have you tried kickboxing classees?  Would you be interested in trying one?

Have you tried any form of hot yoga?  What did you think of it?  Would you try it again? I heard you need to go to at least a few classes before judging whether or not you like hot yoga.

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runnin’ just as fast as i can

This morning I hit the gym for a quick 5k and some weight machines.  As mentioned before I have lost some of my running endurance, and I am now on the road to getting it back.  I took one walk break smack dab in the middle of my run this morning, so my final time was about 35 minutes.  Not that impressive, I know, but I’m just happy to be running!

Oddly, I wasn’t too hungry when I got home, so I held off awhile before fixing this for breakfast:

grilled banana and peanut butter sandwich on Ezekiel

This was my first time for a grilled pb and b, and I loved it!  Will definitely be making this again and again.  I simply spread a layer of pb on one side of a piece of Ezekiel bread  (toasted for about a minute to thaw it out).  Then I sliced a half a banana in half, laid it on the bread and put another slice of toast on top.  I then lightly buttered each side of the sandwich with Earth Balance so it would cook better.  Then threw it in a skillet and grilled away!

A few hours later I decided to make something fun for Jon since he was coming home for lunch.

For the bowl, crumple a piece of foil into a ball and lay a whole wheat tortilla over it, pressing it down over the ball.  Bake it in the oven at 400 degrees until the edges are slightly browned.  Spread the tortilla with refried beans and sprinkle on brown rice.  In the meantime, sautee green bell pepper and onion strips in seasonings until soft, then add them to the bowl.  Finish it off with rinsed black beans, cheese, salsa and homemade guacamole.  Jon could not stop raving over how delicious this was.  By the time he got home to eat, I was a bit hungry so I made one for myself as well, minus the tortilla and cheese.  Heaven in a bowl:)

Today I’m working on getting our office organized, which is proving to be quite a feat!  There is layer upon layer of stuff to go through, everything from college projects to current bills.  It feels like it’s never going to be done, but I know it will feel so good and be such a pleasant place for J and I to work once it’s all cleaned up.  We’re planning on rearranging and doing some more decorating as well…there will be chalkboard paint involved!

That’s all folks!  Hope you’re having a great Monday.  I’ll leave you with a quote I saw on a friend’s twitter earlier:

Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage!

Amen and amen!

Also, stay tuned later for my promised juicer review as well as a recipe on these vegan beauties

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