Day 12 of February Sweetheart Challenge!

Day 12

We survived Valentines!!!  Woo hoo!!!!  I confess, I definitely had way too many chocolates.  It’s OK, we’re back in the saddle today.  Going on a juice cleanse to re-set my body.  I definitely feel the sugar high and low.  If you overdid it yourself, just press re-start NOW!!!:))))

 

1) Friday- HIIT Training

No messing around today, go hard or go home!!!  Train insane or remain the same!!!  If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you!  Get messy, ugly, sweaty, and dirty today!!!  After my class last night, my husband and daughter said I looked like a “hot mess”!!! LOL!!!  That means I had a great workout:)))

 

 

2) Food- All right..no more treats!  Let’s re-set the body!!!


3. Love Post!  Happiness is an Inside Job!
I love this and I totally agree.  If you are not happy, you have to ask yourself “why????”  Take some time to meditate, pray, journal, seek within to see what areas in your life you need to evaluate.  Set some goals and then work daily to make the steps to attain them.  I know that it can be overwhelming and it may seem impossible.  One of my mentors used to say, “How do you eat an elephant?”  Answer- “One bite at a time.”  Take some time to take inventory of your life, health, finances, relationships, spirituality, career, family, etc…It’s never our circumstances or other people that make us unhappy.  It’s choosing to stay in those situations.  Now there are things that you can’t change.  Work on surrendering those areas, but all the other areas that can change, what are you waiting for!?

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))  XOXO!!!

 

Day 11 of February Sweetheart Challenge

Day 11

If you’re paying attention, we skipped day 10.  Sorry, I was totally swamped and didn’t have time to do it.  Today is Valentine’s Day!!!  I hope that no matter where you are in your life that you feel special and loved.  If you don’t have a Valentine today, it’s OK.  You are still awesome:))))

 

1) Thursday- Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Tai Chi
Try a new workout today that will stretch your body and your mind.  These are some great types of workouts that will help balance your body from all that cardio and weight training.  It’s great to mix it up a bit.  Let us know what you think:)))

 

 

2) Food- Clean Treats!  Here’s a link to some awesome Clean Treat recipes!!!

Click Here…


3. Love Post!  Love yourself
This is a funny mantra for Valentine’s but the truth is, it starts here.  If you don’t genuinely love yourself, you will have problems in relationships.  Whether you are married, single, divorced, widowed, etc…you have to learn self love.  I love what I do because I am passionate about empowering people to love themselves right now.  Not when you lose ten pounds, or when you can fit in to those jeans, etc.  You MUST love yourself right now as you are.  You will be more desirable and lovable when you are secure, confident, self assured, and living your life to the full.  Don’t let a man define you.  You are a whole being now and anything added to that is gravy;)  Enjoy your Valentine and be grateful, but even if you don’t have a significant other, you be the best Valentine to yourself today:)  Treat yourself well:)))


 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))  XOXO!!!

 

Day 9 February Sweetheart Challenge

Day 9

It’s Valentine’s week!!!  Be strong:)))  Step away from the chocolates…..Okay…just a have a couple;)  Enjoy!!!!

 

1) Tuesday- Cardio Day
Instead of doing your normal one hour cardio routine, try a shorter, higher intensity routine that optimizes fat burning!  Tabata training is an amazing workout.  Try some of these and let us know what you think!!!  If you’re not sure what the workout is, go ahead and check Youtube:)))

 

 

2) Food- Clean Treats!  Healthy Frappuccinos

(Serves 2)

  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp instant coffee (I use Mt. Hagen decaf, but regular is ok too.)
  • 1/16 tsp salt (don’t omit)
  • sweetener, such as 3 nunaturals stevia packets (or 2-3 tablespoons sugar)
  • optional: a reader suggested adding 1-2 tsp fruit pectin for even extra thickness

Mix the ingredients together in 1 or 2 shallow plastic containers. Freeze. (You could also use an ice cube tray.) Once frozen, pop the blocks out of the containers. Thaw until just soft enough for your blender to be able to handle it. Blend each serving individually, until desired slushiness is reached. Add extra sweetener if needed, but do NOT add ice! It will dilute the flavor. Pour into two glasses and enjoy.

Click the following for this recipe’s Nutritional Info.
(From http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/08/01/healthy-starbucks-frappuccinos/)

(recipe and picture from Chocolate Covered Katie)

 

 

3. Love Post!  Write a Bucket List Together:)
Dream together!  Find new interests and enjoy new hobbies together.  Erik and I love to go to live concerts, travel, hike, watch documentaries, go to the movies, eat really good food, go dancing, and go shopping:)  We just had date night last Saturday to see the band Ozomatli and we danced the night away.  Marriage is an investment.  It doesn’t just grow and thrive by osmosis.  It takes work.  Even though Erik and I enjoy spending time together, we are constantly looking for new adventures that we can do together.  When you have children, it’s easy to allow your focus to go into all the details of rides, homework, laundry, bills, yada-yada!  But one day, they will be gone.  I want to make sure that we don’t drift apart.  So, the challenge today is to write a bucket list together.  Try something new together and explore new possibilities! 



 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))  XOXO!!!

 

Day 8 February Sweetheart Challenge!

Happy Monday!
All right!  It’s time to take away all the excuses and start the week with a vengeance!  Work out with full intention and be completely present and engaged throughout your whole workout.  Whatever you do, do it with all your heart!  Now, drop and give me twenty!!!
1) Start the week with lower body exercises!
2) Food- Clean Treats!
This recipe had three ingredients and looked like it could do the trick.

I made them and after about fifteen minutes in the deep freeze they were ready.
These tasted just like a frozen ice cream bonbon. The banana inside had frozen up to taste much like smooth ice cream. My kids were elated, my husband…well…I kept catching him sneak into the freezer drawer…even in the morning!
I hope your family enjoys them too.
2 Large bananas cut into chunks
1/3 cup of dark chocolate broken into pieces
1/4 cup of natural almond butter
Place the chocolate and almond butter in a glass bowl and microwave for one minute.
Stir rapidly till it is melted together and smooth.
Dip the bananas in the chocolate and place on parchment paper over a cookie tray.
Place in freezer for fifteen minutes or overnight.
Enjoy!  (found on Pinterest)
3)  Love post of the day:  Love Unconditionally
It’s funny how I want to be loved unconditionally and yet it’s so hard to love others with the same standard.  I can easily get irritated and self righteous.  If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times!!! LOL!  I need to stop and ask myself, “How would I want to be treated right now?”  My husband is a great example of this.  He’s always so full of grace with me.  I need to be more like him.  So, the challenge of the day is to love unconditionally.  Love your spouse, your kids, your parents, your boss, etc….even if they don’t deserve it.  Actually, especially because they don’t deserve it!

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))  XOXO!!!

Day 6 & 7 February Sweetheart Challenge

Hi guys,

I took a little break from the blog but we are full steam ahead with our February Challenge.  It’s been great so far and we are enjoying the daily workouts and the “sweetheart challenge”.  I just wanted to check in and connect.  It helps me to write everyday because it holds me accountable:)

 

1) Saturday and Sunday
Saturday- Activity Day!  Go for a walk, hike, bike ride, skating, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, etc…there’s so much to do!!!

Sunday-Rest Day!  Recuperate and rest your body so that it’s ready to rock and roll on Monday;)

2) Food- Clean Treats!  I’m gonna try this:)))
This month I will be posting yummy, clean treats to give you ideas for Valentines!  Guilt-Free Ice Cream. Two ingredients. Frozen bananas and peanut butter. This is really yummy and something different to do with those brown bananas! (For less calories use PB2)

 

3. Love Post! Marriage Takes Work
This month I will be posting encouraging, sappy, love quotes. I hope you enjoy them.  No matter where you are in your journey, stay open to the possibility of love.  It’s a wonderful, terrifying, beautiful journey:))))

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)))  XOXO!!!

 

Day 27 & 28 of January Detox Challenge!!!!

Day 27 & 28

WE DID IT!!!  Can you believe we’re done!?  I have to say that this was one of the most successful detox groups I’ve ever hosted.  I’m so proud of you guys and how you really went after juicing, giving up processed food, and staying active.  Thank you for giving me the honor of sharing in this journey with you.  You guys inspire me, encourage me, and help me to stay on track!  If you’re ready to go to the next level in your fitness level, then it’s not too late to join February’s “Sweetheart Challenge” group!  We will begin Monday, Feb. 4th!

You can register and sign up here…

 

 

1) Saturday-Enjoy an activity today.  Whatever it is, have fun and explore new things!

Sunday-Rest Day.  Be sure to let your body recuperate:)

 

 

2) Food- Super bowl Sunday!!!
The best way to ensure that you will have a healthy treat at your party is to bring one:)  This is what I’m bringing:)))
It’s just mixed fruit with a vanilla yogurt topping!!!  Yummmmm:))))

 

3) Mantra for the Day- Discipline
The key to success is discipline.  It’s what you do everyday that counts.  Everyday won’t be perfect but you have the opportunity to make the best choice every time.  Tonight I was at a restaurant with friends and I didn’t have any good choices.  Everything was either gluten laden or fried.  I waited and made a juice when I got home.  I would have NEVER done that before.  Because of the daily discipline, I knew that my choices would have consequences. I’ve already been there, done that!  The more you put in “good” food, the more your body will crave it.  Believe me, I WANTED those fries so badly tonight!  I knew I would have to pay the price with how I felt the next day.  The price is too high for me now.  I can’t afford to feel lethargic, bloated, sick, and tired.  So, if I can do it, you can too!  Take it day by day.

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)  XOXO!

 

Day 26 of January Detox Challenge!

Day 26

Can you believe that it’s February already!?  WOW!  Time flies when you’re having fun:) Enjoy the journey my friends!  If you haven’t already signed up for the “Sweetheart Challenge” then do so today.  We will send you menus and recipes.  We start on Monday!

You can register and sign up here…

 

 

 

 

1) Friday- CORE day!
I love working on my core.  This is the weakest part of my body and I love challenging it to make it strong:)  One of the most effective workouts for the core are planks. There are many variations of plank exercises.  Just do it!!!

 

2) Food- Super food of the day- KALE!!!
I love kale salads, kale shakes, and baked kale chips.  Try it today:)))

 

3) Mantra for the Day- Be Consistent!!!
So, you started off the year with high hopes and a new, New Year’s resolution!  Well, here we are, 31 days in and you don’t look like a super model yet.  Well, sorry to burst your bubble but it won’t happen in 31 days.  It’s about being consistent, having self control, and being self disciplined.  I know, it’s easier said than done.  Keep doing the work unconditionally.  No matter what the outcome is, keep at it because it’s good for you.  Sooner or later, you will see changes.  Be consistent.  Do it even when you don’t want to.  You can do it!!!

 

Love you guys and I’m rooting for you:)  XOXO!