I thought this was very appropriate for the day after Easter. God gave us the ultimate gift by granting us eternal life through Jesus dying on the cross so that we may live.
But he also gave us another gift. Use the gift, of your life here on earth, as an example of the goodness of God.
It’s April already? Although you wouldn’t probably guess that by the weather in post places….but I digress. The first quarter of the year has flown by for me. How about you?
I thought this month might be a great time to check in and share how 2014′s been going so far…..
Diet: (still hate that word, so lets call it what it is….My new way of eating)
I am enjoying being mostly paleo /gluten-free and low carb (I went paleo/gluten-free the beginning of Jan and low carb the middle of Jan). A year ago you would NEVER have heard those words come from my mouth I assure you! But I am full of energy, feeling healthy, strong and better than I have all around in a long time. If your asking why in the would I would do such a drastic thing in such a short period of time I have one word for you. Alzheimer’s There is a lot of evidence being uncovered between the brain / gut connection. My grandmother had and my mother has dementia/Alzheimer’s. If I can prevent it through diet I am 100% on board!!! It’s just a heartbreaking disease.
*if you want to learn more about the brain/gut connection I suggest you read “Gran Brain” or just do a google search on the subject. You might be surprised what you learn.
Year of the veggies:
Still going strong on the year of the veggies. I eat my greens every day! Spinach is still my go-to veggie.
I am actually enjoying my scaled back distances. I think I was just burned out. Sometimes taking a step back is actually a giant step forward! I still do short runs and HIIT. I am scheduled for a few 5k virtuals and the Dirty Girl Mud Run.
Beast Mode On
I am really enjoying my second round of Body Beast. I did my first round last year and decided not to continue. I continued to lift on my own on days I didn’t run. But this year was a perfect time for me to jump back into the program. I think I am getting better results this time for a few reasons. 1) I am not running as much so my body is adapting better 2) My nutrition is way better this round. The low carb thing isn’t leading to huge gains, however I am trying some new ways to work with that. My “save the brain” diet is priority to me over muscle gains. I would rather be cut and lucid than bigger and possibly losing my mind ;). I have dropped body fat without dropping much weight. Score!
I am still doing my Oil Cleansing Method, I started in November, and still loving it! I continue to research and evolve my own personal combination of oils and that work best for me. My skin is clearer and just well, looking nice. The diet isn’t hurting that either! If you want to read more about my OCM experience click here for my post “OCM – What is it? Is it for you?”
So what about you? How are your goals turning out so far in 2014.
I would love to hear about it. Sharing and motivation are ALWAYS welcome!
Even though I am away this week, I saw this and just couldn’t resist! So glad I can schedule posts ahead of time!
Have a great week everyone!!!
Ok, ok get your minds out of the gutter and into the MUD!!!!
I am so excited to announce I have been asked to be an Ambassador with….
So what is the Dirty Girl?
Dirty Girl is a 5k mud run. And it’s the largest women’s only 5k mud run and obstacle series in the country
Who can participate?
At Dirty Girl they aren’t about who finishes first. All obstacles are optional and ALL fitness levels are invited to participate.
What is the idea behind Dirty Girl?
The race is built around creating a day that encourages women to get out there and do something unexpected with their friends/loved ones.
What about the obstacles?
There is everything from the “Get-A-Grip” net to a “Down and Dirty” crawl. With 10-12 obstacles per race you are sure to get some good “dirty” fun! (remember all obstacles are optional so if you’re not comfortable doing one you’re welcome to pass it by) No pressure just lots of muddy fun for everyone!
I am still fairly new to Mud Runs, but man I enjoyed my first one so much I can’t wait for this new experience with Dirty Girl!!
Do you want to join me in Virginia Beach or try a Dirty Girl Mud Run in your state?
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One of the greatest women to live in our lifetime. Take the time to smile today and every day! Good advice
Great quote, not much else I can say about it. When your soul, mind and body are all aligned then you really do have peace and happiness.
I love learning all the new things about fitness and nutrition that I have been lately. Last weeks big find…
We are talking things like pickles, sauerkraut, kefir and even fermented salsa! Now don’t get me wrong I am not trying to re-invent the wheel here but I had NO idea how great fermented foods were for you. In my new “brain preservation” quest (my grandmother and now my Mom have both suffered from Alzheimer’s/dementia so I am on a quest to save mine) I have been discovering there is a HUGE healthy gut / brain connection. Healthy Gut = healthier brain!
So out went the gluten and wheat and in came low carb foods, healthy fats like coconut oil and now these great fermented foods.
What’s so great about fermented foods? Well check this out:
- They contain probiotics -
- Improves Digestion
- Rich in enzymes (enzymes help digest, absorb and utilize the nutrients in the foods you eat)
- Fermented food lasts a long time (for months even!)
- Fermented foods are fairly inexpensive
I have been including sauerkraut in my diet for over a week now. Its tasty, healthy and low carb too! My Bubbies brand (I have no affiliation with the company) has just 5 calories per 1/4 cup and only 1 carb. Total healthy gut score!
Next up I am going to make homemade pickles. My Babcia (grandmother in Polish) always had homemade pickles on hand and we just couldn’t get enough of them! We probably went thru two jars every time we visited her. See Babcia really does not best
Do you include fermented foods in your healthy eating plan?
If so which are your favorites?
Chicken is a staple in my diet. I love how easy it is to work with and change-up.
This weekend I got a great deal on some organic chicken breasts. Usually I freeze my chicken (or buy it frozen) and cook it in the crock pot. These were fresh and so I decided to try out something new. Another staple of my diet is spinach….yum. This recipe is simple and quick. Great for low carbing too.
Creamy spinach stuffed Chicken (makes 4 3.5 oz servings)
2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts around 7 oz each (organic is best if you can)
4 cups Fresh raw spinach (again organic is best)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used Trader Joes)
4 tsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
I pounded out the chicken breasts to even them out a bit and so they would be easy to fold over my spinach stuffing. In a pan I lightly browned (not cooked, just browned) the chicken breast on both sides. A few minutes.
In a food processor (I used my Vitamix) add spinach, cream cheese, garlic, olive oil and salt/pepper. Mix until spinach is chopped and well blended.
Placing the chicken in a pan or stone (as I did) scoop half the mixture on to half of each chicken breast. Fold the chicken over to cover the mixture. Bake chicken on 400 for 40 minutes. Cut the breasts in half to make the 4 servings. (3.5 oz each)
Calories Per Serving (using half a breast or 3.5 oz chicken breast): 250 g carbs 3 fiber 1 (net carbs 2)
Calories Carbs Fiber Fat Protein Potass
*** amounts are with the specific brands/sizes I used. Double check your ingredients or more exact macros.
How your week goes can have a lot to do with your attitude. We can’t change situations but we can change how we choose to look at the new day and week. Monday is a great day to start anew. Make it a great start to a great week! Start fresh, get moving, eat right and SMILE!
I must trust in this completely, as alone, sad, upset or confused as I get about any given situation I need to remember that God will never leave my side. There are things we will never understand or comprehend in this life but we must have complete trust in His plan for our lives and for those we love. We weren’t made to be perfect, and this life was not promised to be an easy road but it is one I must trust that I don’t travel it alone.