Thursday, February 26

Inspiring Words: Where's Your Fire?



"I used to extinguish under the weight of living. But one day I reached into my chest, dusted off my courage, and asked myself, 'Where's your fire?'"
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Wednesday, February 18

If You Give A Toddler A Camera...

Our son got a camera as a 3rd birthday present and he's been carrying it around with him ever since. I didn't realize how many places it had been with him till I dumped the photos because the storage was full and he was frustrated. When I did I got a little teary eyed getting to step into his world and his perspective for a few minutes. From our trip to visit his grandparents, to dinner at a restaurant, to random photos around our house, to daycare... he had been snapping shots all over and they offer a pretty incredible view into life as a newly 3 year old.

I never realized how much it might feel like the world is towering over him till I looked through these images. Big things and big creatures hovering over or in his face. His view is often of our torso's or little details I might miss. Some of the times he took photos I didn't even realize he had his camera. And then there's the candid photos of me....

If you ever want to step outside of your own insecurities about how you look, give your innocent, beautiful, wide-eyed child a camera and see how they see you. I'm almost crying again just writing it out. Just me, his mom. Not a woman trying to dress in flattering colors or stand in flattering positions, or highlight the best parts and hide the things I don't like... just his Mama, being that, and to him I think I'm perfect just the way I am.

As a photographer myself, I'm humbled by his viewpoint on things. Realizing how overwhelming the world might seem to him sometimes and how much we just expect him to understand when he might not. How well he notices details that we grown ups might miss. I thought I'd share some of my favorites in case you're curious what the world looks like to a little kid...


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Monday, February 16

What is the 21 Day Fix Extreme + My Results and Review

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FAST FIVE ABOUT THE 21 DAY FIX EXTREME

WHO: Who is the 21 Day Fix Extreme for? Anyone! This program is a more intense version of the original with a slightly stricter nutrition plan (no cheats allowed, no wine, no eating out). This program is based on basic principles of balance and clean eating. It can easily be adapted for people with dietary restrictions like vegetarians, vegans, GF, paleo and primal lifestyles! In fact, I shared all about how I make the 21 Day Fix work for me as a paleo eater here! The workouts are short but intense, just 30 minutes, and utilize a lot of weight lifting to burn calories and build muscle. Because of this, you might not see as quick of a drop on the scale as the original but you might VISIBLY see more changes in your body or in the way your clothes fit. This program is especially awesome for busy people or people who don't love spending hours a day working out. If you are new to fitness, I suggest starting with the original 21 Day Fix and then "graduating" to this one. It will be a great back-to-back plan!

WHAT: The 21 Day Fix Extreme is second program put out by trainer Autumn Calabrese. It builds on the foundations he laid out in the original 21 Day Fix but takes it up to a new level of dedication. The colored container and full guide to the nutrition program is included along with the DVD's with all the workouts. It is available as just the program alone or in a Challenge Pack. The latter is what you need to join my monthly online Challenge Groups where you get free coaching, support, accountability, and help as you go through the program with a group of us together!

WHEN: NOW! The 21 Day Fix Extreme is available. You can GET IT HERE.

WHERE: The 21 Day Fix Extreme is a program you can do it at home saving you time and money and allowing you sooooo much more freedom with your schedule! Fire your gym! Home workout programs ftw! ;) Then you can get plugged in with my challenge group for community and accountability as well as help with meal planning and staying motivated!

WHY: Because you want an easy-to-follow plan that gets results quickly. Because you struggle with nutrition. Because you HATE counting calories and macros. Because going to the gym for hours a day isn't working for you. Because you like a challenge. Because you want to get lean and toned. Because you get bored with long workouts. Because you have some weight to lose. Because you're tired of feeling weak and bloated. Because your body needs it. Because we'll do it together so it will be fun! Because you deserve to feel amazing in your skin!




THE DOWN AND DIRTY ON THE 21 DAY FIX

What Workouts Come With the At Home Program?
➳ Plyo Fix Extreme: An explosive lower-body workout that uses jumping and resistance to torch calories and sculpt muscles.
➳ Upper Fix Extreme: By alternating opposing muscle groups, this no-rest upper-body workout will shred the chest, back, shoulders, and arms.
 Pilates Fix Extreme: Using a resistance band for every exercise, this intense mat workout works the entire body, placing emphasis on the core
➳ Lower Fix Extreme: Glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves will get stronger, leaner, and more defined with 30 minutes of challenging resistance work
➳ Cardio Fix Extreme: Combining weighted cardio moves with traditional metabolic training intervals keeps the heart rate soaring..
➳ Dirty 30 Extreme: Using only seven compound moves focusing on multiple body parts at a time, this workout will burn extra calories while defining muscles. Get down and dirty, and get it done.
➳ Yoga Fix Extreme: A fast-paced flow yoga class, combining strength, balance, flexibility, and power.

How much does it cost?
The best deal on the 21 Day Fix experience is called a CHALLENGE PACK and it is normally $160 but for the month of February 2015 it is $140! You get the full 21 Day Fix Extreme program and nutrition plan + 1 month of Shakeology (normally $130). So basically it's like you are getting the 21 Day Fix program for just $10! This is what you need to buy to join my monthly challenge groups. The challenge group is the key to long term success because it connects you with a community, especially with a program like the 21 Day Fix Extreme where you will likely have lots of questions about meal planning and recipes ideas! You get free coaching from me as you go through the program with a group of other people all doing to together! We talk about nutrition and goals and how to create healthy habits. We encourage each other when we start to stumble and celebrate each other's successes. It's the real deal.

What is the Difference Between the 21 Day Fix and the 21 Day Fix Extreme?
Great question! Both programs are bootcamp-style with 30 minute workouts 7 days a week. Both programs come with the color coded containers, nutrition plan, and Shakeology shaker cup. Both programs are only 21 days long.

The differences are that the original program is appropriate for all fitness levels including beginners. The Extreme is more difficult for beginners and is really better for intermediate level and above. In the original program there is a mix of moves using weights and not using weights. In the extreme most workouts and moves are using weights or a resistance band. As far as the nutrition plan goes, in the original 21 Day Fix you are allowed some cheats like wine and options for eating out. In the 21 Day Fix Extreme, those options have been removed. You eat completely clean for 21 days! There is also an additional "Countdown to Competition" version of the meal plan which is basically paleo and removes sugars and carbs completely from your daily diet for even more dramatic results.

My Review
(coming soon, I'm currently in the process of completing my first round!)

Here are the REAL RESULTS of my own first round of the 21 Day Fix Extreme Program:
(photos updated as I finish!) 

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Sunday, February 15

The Weekend Collection: New Moons, De-Cluttering and How To Say Your Name


Happy weekend of love internet friends! What did you do yesterday? We aren't big on Valentine's day in our house so we mostly just told each other nice things and hung around. Pho for dinner, movies on the sofa for dessert. 

For your post-holiday daze enjoyment, here's some of the best things I saw around the internet this week! Make sure to take some time to re-fuel your soul today before the new week starts! Enjoy.
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➳ Are you ready for new moon changes? I am!

➳ I actually just finished telling my husband I wanted to tackle a great purge this month! Love this not-too-serious article about transforming a chaotic space with cleaning...
"Ready, set, affirm“My messes are gone, and I live in a beautiful space now…” Now look around… mess still there? Shit."

➳ This hair situation is one of the craziest things I've ever seen.

➳ I currently have over 1300 unread messages so I need this: How To Stop Hating Your Email

➳ I finally found some good quality bones to make broth. Here's the recipe I'll be trying.

➳ My favorite food blogger just won first place in my heart with this new post about paleo lumpia!

➳ I am OBSESSED with this trinket shelf in the workplace of The Bloomfield School


➳ Do you sense a theme happening? Here's 10 Things To Purge For Instant Decluttering

➳ Shameless plug: I revamped my page about my online fitness/wellness challenges.

➳ Does your instagram feed need a makeover? Re-imagine it! Love her all-white style.

➳ This Ted Talk about vocal tone and impressions of leadership is FASCINATING!




Images: 1 | 2 | 3  (all can be found on my currently board)

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Monday, February 9

Inspiring Words: Anything's Possible If...


I'm starting the 21 Day Fix Extreme Challenge today alongside my February wellness challengers! I just laid out my mealplan for tomorrow and I'm nervous and excited because I'm not only going to be doing this first week of it strictly paleo but I'm going to try to do it fully auto-immune paleo. (Also, I know that the AIP is more of a 6 month process but it's less overwhelming for me to think of it in week by week chunks.) Because paleo wasn't tough enough? Ha! But seriously, because I've been feeling a little off and I want to make sure I'm treating my body in ways that build it up instead of tearing it down. Life with auto immune issues is a constant balancing act. Wish me luck! xo.
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Saturday, February 7

The Weekend Collection


Happy weekend friends! I have the weekend off so I'm happily enjoying some family time and doing all those boring life errands (that are actually kind of fun) like grocery shopping and organizing the pantry. I'm all of a sudden obsessed with researching herbs and herb lore. Too many late night hours have been lost to google with that one. Ha! What are your weekend plans?

In case you're stuck inside or just don't know what to do, here's some of the best things I found online this week. Enjoy!
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Should you go gadget free in the bedroom? (Not a horrible idea.)

➳ 5 Tips For Creative Genius (Including something called "Circadian Scheduling". Chirp Chirp.)

➳ All I want to do now is make my own teas and name them with mystical names.

➳ Loved this essay about the comparison game and wild women.
"She waits patiently because she knows it is how every wild woman has been feeling for a very long time. It has been far too long since we have run free."

➳ On my reading list the minute it comes out: Elizabeth Gilbert's new book!

➳ Dear Universe, I really want to raise chickens some day soon

➳ Death to the thigh gap! (And every not-bow-legged girl rejoices!)

➳ This article about Why Entrepreneurs Hate Their Lives hits the nail on the head.

➳ How do we reconcile our conflicting desires for security and adventure in sex in marriage?
 

➳ How to fall asleep in 1 minute. (I need to try this one tonight!)

➳ The queen B nails it again in this video about imperfection



➳ And then I binge watched Beyonce's Visual Album series on YouTube because... obviously.

➳ You are your own permission slip. (Amen.)

➳ Loved this essay on how to use jealousy to help you discover who is living your dream

➳ Why Rich people exercise and poor people take diet pills. (That last line breaks my heart because I can so relate. I felt the SAME WAY before I decided to just dive in with my first challenge group. Obviously it worked for me and now I am passionate about helping other people make it work for them!)

➳ Could changing your password change your life? Maybe.

➳ On being a badass women. (Spoiler alert: you don't have to chose between power and love)

Images: 1 | 2 |  (both can be found on my currently board)

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Thursday, February 5

Inspiring Words: If You Yearn...


"I'll tell you right now the doors to the wild woman are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door. If you have an old old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and sea so much you almost can't bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door." - Women Who Run With The Wolves
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